Surry Central wrapped up a conference championship in girls golf with a three-stroke win in the Western Piedmont championship.
Playing at South Stokes’ home course (Hemlock), the Lady Eagles shot a 291, edging Forbush (294) for the tournament title.
Forbush had a very strong day and catapulted ahead of South Stokes, which had a sizable lead for second going into the 18-hole event.
“We hoped to do better since it was our home course, but golf isn’t a game you can predict,” said Saura coach Kent Mendenhall.
Senior Nicole Rogers, a contender for player of the year honors all season, shot a 92, and Mallory Tedder, Rachel Brown, and Lauren Collins scored 112 to 113.
“I think Nicole felt some pressure. She played alright in the front, but came a little undone in the back. She pressed on and I was proud of her,” Mendenhall said.
By the end of the long day, the Eagles won the conference title by 60 shots over Forbush and 70 shots over South Stokes.
Next up for the golfers is a combined 1A/2A Regional Tournament that will decide who moves on to compete at state.
Surry Central will be the host for the Oct. 19 regional event, played at Cross Creek Country Club. Like the conference tournament, the regional will be an 18-hole match. The state tournament has 36 holes played over two days.
“The two courses, Hemlock and Cross Creek are like night and day. Cross Creek is a longer course and can give you some trouble because there’s a lot of sand traps,” Mendenhall said. “Nicole and Mallory qualified and those girls have grown leaps and bounds in their game. They know how to handle themselves.”
North Stokes golf finishes third in conference
Mount Airy finished first in the Northwest Conference at Pilot Knob Park and then went on to clinch the conference title on Monday at Cross Creek Country Club. East Surry came in second, North Stokes third, and Walkertown fourth.
Vikings first-year coach, Carla Dominick said she’s seen improvement in her team since the start of the season and believes their knowledge of the game has grown.
The five players, made up of sophomores are Kaitlyn Johnson, Lorin Sizemore, Rachel Martin, Sarah Martin and Hailey Sheppard.
Sheppard was chosen all-conference on Monday and has led her team this season, with her lowest score being a 49.
“They’ve enjoyed practicing with one another at Hemlock, as well as playing conference matches with other girls from other schools,” the coach said.
Dominick would like to see the program grow at North Stokes.
“I hope we can find other girls interested in golf or learning about golf so we can continue to have a program in the future,” she said.
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