South Stokes golfers took another first place finish Wednesday afternoon at Yadkin Country Club. The Sauras shot a 157, edging Forbush out at 164. West Stokes finished third at 171 and Surry Central fourth with 193.
“They did well,” said South coach Kent Mendenhall. “The scores seem to get lower and lower every match and that’s what you work for so I was real tickled.”
Juniors AJ Boyd and Tanner Bibey led the team, both shooting an even par.
“I feel like they have a lot of potential,” the coach said. “Both of them are very capable of playing college golf. It just depends on what they want to do.”
South started the season slow, dropping a few earlier matches to Rockingham and Forbush but have powered through the last two weeks holding on to the Western Piedmont Conference lead. They’re currently leading Forbush by 16 shots and West Stokes 23.
“We’re having fun and improving; it doesn’t getting any better than that,” Mendenhall said. “They’re working hard and have their sights set on states again. They feel like last year it got away from them a little bit. Now, they feel like they have something to prove.”
Last season, the Sauras won the WPAC title with Boyd, Bibey, Austin Cecil, Bryson Misenheimer, and Jonah Moorefield. This year freshmen Seth Bibey and Justice Moorefield are part of the team, both younger brothers to two of the veteran players.
“I’ve never had two sets of brothers on the team so it’s been interesting,” Mendehall laughed. “But both freshmen are doing well and have been a good addition. There’s definitely some potential.”
Rounding out the team is assistant coach Derek Ward who works individually with each of the golfers.
“He does an outstanding job and is a valuable asset. He’s younger than I am and relates to the kids. He makes a big difference. I think we’re a pretty good combination.”
The coach believes this group of players bring enough experience to understand what it takes to be successful on the course.
“Their approach isn’t just about hitting long drives, they have to be good at all parts of the game. They know you have to get out and work, and they’ve been willing to do that. You have to be strong mentally and go into it enjoying it. Golf’s the kind of game where you can’t put pressure on yourself. That’s a key to being successful in this sport.”
South travels to Cross Creek Country Club in Mount Airy next Thursday, April 14 and will have one more regular season match at Hemlock on April 20 before the conference championship, regionals, then states.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.