FOXFIRE VILLAGE — It won’t result in an “official” state championship, but the best 1A golfer in the state for 2016 plays for the Lady Bears of Mount Airy High School.
Sophomore Alyssa Cox shot the fourth-best score of the second day at the NCHSAA 1A/2A state golf championships on Tuesday, and her second-round 80 lifted her into fifth-place overall in the final standings. All four of the golfers who finished ahead of her represented 2A schools. The finish also earned Cox a spot on the 2016 all-state team.
Mount Airy was also the only local team to qualify for the championship as an entire team, and the Lady Bears (Cox, Haley Hagwood and Bailey Flippen) finished tied for seventh overall with a team score of 605. The team shot three strokes lower on Tuesday than it had on Monday at the unfamiliar 6.851-yard, par-72 Grey Course at Foxfire Resort near Pinehurst.
Amy Wooten of 2A Clinton ran away with the individual title. After shooting the only under-par round of the tournament on Monday, she followed up with a one-over 73 on Tuesday and ended the championship at even-par 144. She won the title by 13 strokes over Ellie Porman of Stuart Cramer High School. Rachael Mast of team state champ West Davidson was third at 158, 14 off the lead and over par. She was followed by Forbush’s Mallory Fobes (80-82 — 162) and Cox (83-80 — 163).
West Davidson won the team title by 60 strokes over runner-up Franklin Academy.
The Lady Bears’ Hagwood sliced 10 strokes off her score on Tuesday and finished tied for 31st place overall with a two-day score of 101-91 — 192. The performance left her tied with another local golfer, Ellie Kidd of Surry Central, who shot at 96 on each day to match Hagwood’s 192 total.
Madison Bowman represented East Surry in the championship and finished tied for 51st.