By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on May 12, 2021
In a stunning, but not surprising feat, First Flight High School’s Katherine Schuster won her fourth consecutive 1A/2A Women’s High School State Golf Championship on May 11, firing a 2-under-par 70 in the single-round tournament held at Pinehurst No. 8 in Pinehurst, N.C Schuster was the only golfer in the field to finish with a score under par, and she finished 6 strokes ahead of her closest competitor.
Despite a double bogey on the first hole, Schuster went on to rack up seven birdies on the day, including four straight on holes 5 through 8. The second-place finisher, at 4 over par, was Caroline Johnson of Pine Lake Prep. Jala Stamey, of Hayesville, and Jenna Rutledge of East Carteret, finished tied for third at 5 over par.
Schuster, who last November signed her letter of intent to attend Clemson, has a winning resume that is now too long to recite. But it is worth noting that last September, as the only amateur in the event, she made her first cut in a professional tournament, the IOA Classic in Longwood FL.
And while most golf enthusiasts dream of a mere visit to the home of the Masters, back in 2018, Schuster won the Drive, Chip and Putt girls’ 14-15 National Championship at the Augusta National Golf Club, where she sank a 30-foot putt on the storied 18th green to clinch the title.
Two months ago, Schuster received a different kind of honor, but one that also reflected on her incredible success. The Dare County Arts Council hosted a show by photographer Anne Snape Parson celebrating women of accomplishment. Among those whose portraits comprised the exhibit — titled “Women Warriors: Past, Present, Future”— was Katherine Schuster.