For the third year in a row, South Stokes golf team won the Western Piedmont Conference tournament and became overall conference champions.
“I was really pleased with how they played,” said Sauras coach Kent Mendenhall. “We’ve been trying to build some momentum going into regionals and states so this was good for them.”
Tanner Bibey shot a 74, the lowest score of the day at Cross Creek Country Club on Monday afternoon and earned tournament medalist. Teammate AJ Boyd finished in third with 76 and was awarded WPAC player of the year.
“AJ and Tanner have been strong all season. They did their job yesterday as well as the other guys,” the coach said. “This is AJ’s second time as player of the year and he was up against some competition. It really shows he has a lot of consistency.”
South Stokes Austin Cecil finished with 83, Seth Bibey 85, Bryson Misenheimer 86, and Jonah Moorefield 93. All-Conference selections went to Boyd, Bibey, Cecil, and Seth Bibey. Misenheimer was chosen honorable mention.
“I saw a lot of drive and determination from our guys which is a good sign moving forward,” Mendenhall said.
The coach hopes the success of a third consecutive conference title will encourage others to come out and get involved in the program.
“It’s good for the school and for Stokes. This is a great group of kids.”
West Stokes finished in third place behind Forbush with Ezra Goldbach leading his team shooting an 82, Ryan Hunter 86, Perry Norman 88, Mickey Tuttle 89, Andrew Westmoreland 89, and Kyle McClound 97. Surry Central came in fourth, and North Surry fifth.
“My guys played tough all season and as a team someone would have a bad round, but then another would step up,” said Wests’ coach Jeff Robertson. “One of my favorite things with this team is how they enjoy their friendship with each other while competing for positions.”
Goldbach and Tuttle both made all-conference and Hunter was selected as honorable mention.
“All three made it to regionals next Monday so they’re excited about that,” Robertson said.
The 2A Midwest Regional competition is set for Monday, May 2 at Cross Creek.
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