PILOT MOUNTAIN — Elkin topped South Stokes and East Surry in a highly competitive 1A golf match Monday.
Some of the best 1A golfers in the state converged on Pilot Knob Park. East Coach Chad Freeman noted that four of the top finishers on Monday were in the top 15 in the state 1A tournament last year.
Freeman pointed out that East Surry had three players crack the top 10 Monday, but the team still finished third overall.
Elkin took first place with a score of 132. The Lady Sauras were second at 146, while the Lady Cardinals were just three strokes back at 149.
Alleghany was fourth at 157, and Mount Airy was fifth at 167. Walkertown and West Stokes didn’t field teams, but had individuals to compete.
Two Lady Elks cracked 40. Annika Winebarger took the medalist honor with a 37, and teammate Mary Frances Hall shot 38.
Freeman said his top player, Madison Moore, had just one bad hole but that knocked her back to third place with a 42.
Tied for fourth place were South Stokes’ top duo, Megan Mabe and Nicole Rogers, with 45.
Alleghany got into the top 10 next with Meredith Walker sixth with a 50. Teammate Katie Tally was tied for seventh with a 51.
Tying with her was Mount Airy freshman Haley Hagwood.
Hagwood seems to have a lot of potential and could become a very good player over the next four years, said Freeman.
One shot back was East’s Whitney Cox at 52, followed by teammate Katie Tweet with a 55.
Mount Airy’s Lauren Hodges was 11th with a 56, and East’s Emma Slater was next with a 57.
Also scoring for the Lady Bears was Rachel Ray with 60.
The top five from this event all have a great chance of finishing high in this year’s state tournament, Freeman believes. While he would have liked a win, Freeman said there is no disappointment with taking third in this match.