North and South Stokes wrapped up their Northwest 1A Conference golf matches on Monday afternoon at Pilot Knob Park Country Club in Pilot Mountain. Mount Airy continued to dominate behind Alyssa Cox’s 39 and won the team event with a score of 143. East Surry (159) placed second and the Sauras (162) third. The Vikings competed with two team members, one shy of playing for a team score.
South’s Rachel Fenner, sitting in second place overall behind Cox for the season, shot a 50. Teammates Salem Washburn tallied a 53, Elizabeth Smith a 59, and Anna-Kate Cheek a 64.
“We have improved as the season has gone along,” said Sauras coach Kent Mendenhall. “I don’t think we played as well today as we have, but the goal is to get better every time out. Rachel (Fenner) and Salem (Washburn) have a chance at regionals and hopefully the state tournament. We have our conference tournament next week at Cedarbrook and that will prepare our ladies for regionals the following week. It is a difficult course and I feel it will be good for us to play it a week early.”
North Stokes Jade Britt and Grace Hernandez participated individually on Monday. Britt placed fourth overall and shot a 51. Hernandez, a freshman, scored a 66 and is improving every week, according to coach Wayne Fulp.
“Grace has steadily improved and gotten much better. Jade has played well all season ranging in the upper 40’s to the lower 50’s. She has a legitimate chance to move up in the conference top five players if she does well at the conference match next week. We want her to qualify for regionals and our ultimate goal is states. Playing in those tournaments is a totally different mindset.”
The Sauras and Vikings will tee off at approximately 1 p.m. on Tuesday at Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin. The current team standings have Mount Airy first, East Surry second, and the Sauras close behind the Cardinals in third with only a few shots back.
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