FOXFIRE VILLAGE — It will take a big comeback for Mount Airy to bring back a championship today at the 1A/2A state golf championships at the Foxfire Resort, but all-state honors are well within the grasp of one Mount Airy golfer.
The Lady Bears’ Alyssa Cox is tied for sixth overall in the individual standings after Monday’s first round of play. The sophomore shot 42-41 — 83 over 18 holes on the resort’s 6.851-yard, par-72 course.
The performance would have Cox in contention for the state individual championship in most seasons, but Clinton’s Amy Wooten shot a blistering 1-under 71 on the first day and leads the entire field by five strokes. However, if there were separate championships for the 1A and 2A classifications, Cox would be tied for first with Grace Jones of Hayesville, who also shot 83 on Monday, putting both two strokes ahead of eighth-place Sarah Hardin of Ashe County. The third-highest 1A golfer is Ava Tharpe of East Wilkes, who is tied for 10th at 15-over 87.
A number of other golfers from Surry County and the surrounding area are competing in the championship, which ends today.
Mallory Fobes of Forbush still has a long-shot chance at catching Wooten, if the latter comes back to earth on Tuesday. Fobes shot 42-38 — 80 and trails by nine, behind Rachael Mast of West Davidson, who opened with a 76.
Surry Central’s Ellie Kidd is in 29th place after shooting 96 in the opening round. Haley Hagwood opened with a round of 101, while Savannah Atkins and Madison Bowman of East Surry each shot 110.
Mount Airy is the only local school competing in the finals as a team. The Lady Bears, who sent Cox, Hagwood and Bailey Flippin, are eighth overall with a team score of 304. West Davidson is running away with the team title with a first-day score of 256, 28 strokes ahead of Franklin Academy. The Lady Bears have the best score among traditional 1A schools during the first day of competition.
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