Mooresville Girls golfer Cailynn Winford poses for a photo at the 4A State Championship tournament in Pinehurst.


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From staff reports

Cailynn Winford. The last name should ring a bell for those who have followed Iredell County High School athletics.

She is the daughter of former multisport player Chris Winford, who went on to play college football at Lenoir-Rhyne after graduating from Mooresville in 2002.

“He’s a stud athlete just like him,” said Blue Devil golf coach Michael Micklow.

Cailynn certainly knows his way around the golf course.

The Mooresville junior has averaged 37 in nine-hole games this season. She was second in the Greater Metro Conference with 234 strokes. Only Sophie Lauture (215) of Cox Mill scored lower during the conference.

R&L County Girls Golfer of the Year Cailynn rolled a 77 at the 4A West Regional Golf Tournament held at Stonebridge Golf Club in Monroe. She was tied for 13th at four and advanced to the 4A State Championship tournament at Pinehurst.

Playing at Pinehurst Resort Course No. 5, Cailynn had a pair of 77s to end the two-day tournament in late October at 10 over par. She birdied the two par 5s out of the last nine on her final round, helping her to finish tied for 18th place out of the 78 golfers who managed to advance to the state tournament.