Last week South Stokes men’s golf team played at the Mount Airy Country Club and secured their first place ranking in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference with two regular season matches left.
“We are starting to play well,” stated Sauras coach Derek Ward. “Tanner (Bibey) has led our team all year, but AJ (Boyd), two-time reigning player of the year, has battled back from some injuries and is starting to do well.”
In the match, Bibey shot a 34 to lead the team to victory. Boyd, who has committed to play at Catawba University, shot a 39, while Austin Cecil had a 40 and Justus Moorefield a 41.
The Sauras have won three straight conference championships along with the conference tournament. They have finished as either regional champions or regional runner-ups each of the last three years and have placed third in the state in 2015 and 2016 in the 2A Division.
“We have a lot of senior leadership on the team,” commented Ward. “Wilkes Central will be a hard test, but I expect us to be right there in the end. Four of our top six players are seniors and we are going to look to them for a strong finish.”
South Stokes had made the state golf match ten times in the history of the school including the last three years. They led Forbush by three strokes in the conference standings with West Stokes in third place at twenty-two shots behind. Bibey is leading the player of the year by seven strokes with two weeks remaining in the season.
The Sauras will be back on the green in another conference match at Hemlock in Walnut Cove this week.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.