South Stokes golfers took third place at the NCHSAA 2A Men’s Golf State Championship for the second year in a row at Foxfire Resort’s Grey Fox Course in Pinehurst.
“Well I think they played good one day, but it wasn’t consistent both days which hurt us,” explained coach Kent Mendenhall. “They were a little up and down as far as scoring. I could see they were disappointed because we just couldn’t get over that hump.”
Wilkes Central finished first by shooting 310 on both days, 21 strokes over their nearest competitor, Clinton.
Tanner Bibey led the Sauras individually tying for 13th place at 156. Austin Cecil finished 15th in the state at 158, A.J. Boyd tied for 26th with 164, Seth Bibey 43rd at 172, and Bryson Misenheimer tied for 65th at 187.
After gaining momentum by clinching the WPAC championship and raking in conference player of the year in Boyd, tournament medalist Bibey, and coach of the year, South hoped to pull out a win at states.
“Seems like we can’t put our best golf forward when we need to, but golf’s that kind of game. You just have to keep playing your best each day,” Mendenhall said. “I’m proud of the kids. They do an outstanding job. They always conduct themselves well, they know the rules, and they put forth a good example of Stokes County and South Stokes.”
The team will be returning everyone but Misenheimer next season.
“Bryson came on and has been a great asset to the team. I hope for the guys coming back that they’ll keep playing competitive golf and get in as many tournaments as possible. From all indications they’re willing to work and get better. I feel like they’re dedicated and have no doubt they’ll keep working hard.”
Mendenhall added, “This team is resilient. They’re definitely not quitters. They have a lot of Stokes County heart in them and we’re going to keep working and keep getting better.”
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandTDodson.