For the first time in the 20 year history of West Stokes, the ladies golf team won the Western Piedmont Athletic 2A Conference championship by six strokes over Forbush at Pilot Knob Park Country Club. On Tuesday, Forbush and Surry Central tied for the WPAC Tournament championship at Cedarbrook Country Club in Elkin, while the Wildcats placed third.
“I’m going into my seventh year of coaching at West Stokes and this is a great feeling,” said Wildcat coach Jeff Robertson. “After months of practicing and matches it finally paid off for us. This is something the girls should be proud of and they will be bonded together because of this championship. My ladies have played steady golf and stuck to the same game plan all season. Emily (Cox) and Lily (Frosh) have picked each other up and the addition of Natalie (Hughes) has been a great addition to the team. She has been a quick learner.”
Frosh failed to compete in the conference tournament on Tuesday due to an illness, but finished the season third overall individually. Cox shot a 108 at Cedarbrook and placed fourth, 12 shots behind her teammate. Hughes scored a 144 and completed her first season only seven strokes behind Cox.
Mallory Fobes of Forbush was recognized as medalist of the season and conference tournament. Along with Fobes, Savannah Atkins of Surry Central, Frosh, and Cox were awarded WPAC all-conference. Hughes and Surry Central’s Taylor Cochran were named honorable mention and Robertson was touted coach of the year.
Northwest 1A Conference Tournament
North and South Stokes were also at Cedarbrook for the Northwest 1A Conference tournament on Tuesday. Mount Airy beat the competition by 39 strokes and scored a 269. East Surry placed second (308) and South Stokes (360) third. Mount Airy’s Alyssa Cox was the gold medal winner with a score of 74 on 18 holes. Teammate Mattie Noonkester placed second and South Stokes Rachel Fenner and East Surry’s Elizabeth Carson scored a 96 and tied for third.
North Stokes Jade Britt was seventh overall and tallied a 105. She shot 53 on the front nine and 52 on the back. South’s Salem Washburn struggled on the course and shot a 131. Teammate Anna Kate Cheek scored a 133 and Elizabeth Smith a 140. The Vikings Grace Hernandez finished the day at 145.
“Rachel struggled with her short game today and Salem had her own struggles, but this is a tough course,” said longtime Saura coach Kent Mendenhall. “We hosted the tournament this year and Cedarbrook was kind enough to let us play here. We wanted the girls to experience this course and hopefully give them a head start on regionals next week because it will be held here. Golf is a mental game and you have to have a short memory and move onto the next shot when you make a mistake. Sometimes it’s hard for these girls to do that, but there are professionals that struggle with the same mental aspects of the game.”
Cox, Fenner, Noonkester, Britt, Washburn, Bailey Flippen (MA), Elizabeth Carson (ES), and Eliza Hart (ES) earned Northwest all-conference. Mount Airy won the season and tournament conference championship, while East Surry placed second, South third, and North fourth.
The 1A/2A Western Regionals will be held at Cedarbrook on Tuesday. Tee times will be released on NCHSAA.org either Friday evening or Saturday morning.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.