The Lady Bears recently celebrated their golf team with its annual banquet.
Head Coach Tommye Phillips handed out team awards and was pleasantly surprised when Little Caesar’s reached out to say it wanted to honor a scholar-athlete.
Recent graduate Kaity Lewis had the highest GPA on the team and was selected by local franchise owner Dar-Car Inc. She received a check for $500, which will help out as she heads off to Davidson College this fall.
Phillips said she was thrilled that the pizza franchise stated it would like to make the scholarship an annual event.
Lewis also received the most valuable player award for the team.
Fellow graduate Summer Hamilton received the Billee Miller Perseverance Award. Phillips said the three-sport athlete plans to attend Surry Community College this fall.
Rising senior Catherine Scott received the Most Improved Player Award. She also has been selected as the captain of next year’s squad.
It will be a rebuilding year for the Bears, who lost five seniors to graduation, including all-conference golfers Lewis and Hamilton.
Scott will be joined by returning teammates Erica Carlisle and Nina Bowers.
Phillips will be looking for some new blood at tryouts this summer. Any girl enrolled at the high school is eligible to try out, she said.
The first match of the year is Sept. 5 against South Stokes, the coach noted. That means the team will need to get to work quickly once practices start at the end of July.