Paula Carter, Paris, Tenn.
Sarah Johnston, Benton, La.
Carter and Johnston, teammates at Alabama, each prevailed in major amateur tournaments two weeks ago. Carter, a senior-to-be, won her second Tennessee Women's Amateur, at Ridgefields Country Club in Kingsport. She defeated Melanie Hagewood of Clarksville 2 and I in the final, playing the 17 holes in four under par. A biology major and a two-time Academic All-America, Carter got her other state amateur crown in 1997. Johnston, a junior-to-be, defeated Beth Bauer, the No. l-ranked amateur in the country, 2 and I to win the 85th Southern Amateur at Ibis Golf and Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. After shooting 68 in the qualifying round to earn medalist honors, Johnston closed out Bauer on the 17th hole with her only birdie of the final.
Bruner Binion, Mobile
Bruner, a sophomore at UMS-Wright High, made a hole in one in a practice round and then a double eagle in the Auburn High Invitational at the Auburn University Course. He holed a six-iron on the 156-yard 8th hole and a 248-yard three-wood at the 500-yard 16th hole. At the 3A state finals Bruner tied for fifth and led Wright to its ninth straight title.