South Stokes golf prepares to swing hard

By Aila Boyd -

The Lady Sauras 2016 golf team.

Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

The South Stokes girls golf team is ready to hit and hit hard.

“We’ve been putting in a lot of work,” said Sauras head coach Kent Mendenhall. “The girls have very good attitudes.”

The team’s first official conference match was schedualed for Wednesday and was hosted by Surry Central High School at the Cedarbrook Golf Course in Elkin.

Teams that South Stokes competed against at the conference included West Stokes, North Surry, Surry Central and Forbush.

“It will give us an idea of where we’re at,” Mendenhall said before the match. “You really have no idea until you have that first match.”

The team is comprised of four players, with one returning player, junior Mallory Tedder. Mendenhall explained one of the new players is a ninth grader and has played golf, whereas the other two players started the season without any prior knowledge of the sport.

“It’s nice to see them improve and get better,” Mendenhall said.

The coach explained Tedder’s knowledge of the sport and said she’s been assisting the new players on the team.

“Golf is a very hard game and it can be very frustrating, but we try to keep things positive,” Mendenhall said.

Prior to the current season, Derek Ward served as assistant coach, but has decided to go in a different direction and is now working with the football program.

“He’ll be missed, but we’ll continue on and try to get through the best we can,” Mendenhall said.

The coach said it’s nice to have an assistant due to the one-on-one nature of the sport, but the players have been very understanding.

“If it happens, that’s great, but I’m not looking for anyone at this time,” Mendenhall said. “I think we’ll have a good season. We’re hoping to do well.”

The Lady Sauras 2016 golf team. Lady Sauras 2016 golf team. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

By Aila Boyd

Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.

Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.

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