STATE ROAD — A short-handed Surry Central golf team wrapped up its regular season with a trio of awards this week.
Coach Daniel Broughton won the conference coach of the year award, and the Lady Eagles won both the regular season and tournament championships for the Western Piedmont — despite having just two players this year.
Cedarbrook Country Club hosted Tuesday’s conference tournament.
“The weather was beautiful,” said Broughton, “and the course was in awesome condition.”
The top three carded in the same order as their season rankings.
Forbush’s Mallory Fobes went into the day as the top golfer, with Central’s Ellie Kidd and Savanah Atkins in second and third places respectively.
Mallory is tall and strong and is a very long hitter, said Broughton. The junior already has committed to UNC Wilmington to play college golf.
Fobes shot a 41 on the front 9, with Kidd four shots back at 45.
Savanah had one bad hole, said the coach. She shot a 10 on a par-5, and at a tournament like this there is no cut-off, maximum number.
If she had shot a bogey instead, Savanah would have gone into the turn at 46 and been right there with Ellie, said Broughton. Instead, she shot 50 on the front side.
Still, he said of his two girls, “They both played really well. Even when they had a bad hole, they had a short-term memory to bounce right back with a good hole, and that was the key to success (Tuesday). We were consistent with that all day, which is important in golf.
“They did a good job of keeping the ball in play and never giving up on any ball all day long.”
Atkins was five shots better on the back 9 with a 45, while Kidd improved one stroke to 44. Unfortunately for them, Fobes also got better, shooting a 37 to finish with a wide 11-shot margin.
Fobes had a 78, Kidd 89 and Atkins 95. They were the only three to break 100 on the day.
Don’t expect there to be any hard feelings toward the Forbush star for earning medalist and the player of the year honor.
These three have played together all season and have become friends, said Broughton.
“She (Fobes) has been very encouraging to them,” he said. “They all pull for each other. That’s the neat thing about golf. … It’s a sportsman’s game.” And, players like stiff competition because it makes them better golfers.
As for team standings, this was an interesting season because Fobes was the only Forbush golfer, and team scores require three entries.
In the past, if a team was missing a slot, then the coach would have to put down the maximum score kept per hole during the regular season — a triple bogey. Over a nine-hole match, that would typically be a 63.
During this season, Ellie averaged a 42 and Savanah averaged 45, said Broughton. That gives Central an 87. With a 63, the team score would typically be 150.
However, Broughton said the rules changed this year to make it harder for short-handed teams like Central and Forbush to earn team honors.
The new rule is double par, he said. If the front 9 has a par of 36, then the score for any blank spot would be 72 instead of 63, he explained.
With Mallory playing by herself, that would be two scores of 72 with whatever she shot.
“This season, I have been so proud of them,” Broughton said of his golfers, “knowing they would be facing a max score every time out.”
At the conference tournament, 18 holes are played instead of nine, and Cedarbrook plays at par 74. So, double par is a score of 148.
With Kidd and Atkins combining for a 184, the Eagles’ team score was 332. That barely beat out West Stokes at 336, despite the Lady Wildcats’ best score being a 100.
Forbush, with Fobes’ 78, had a 374, which put it in third place. Atkins finished with a 392.
North Surry, Carver and Walkertown didn’t have any participants this year.
Broughton said Fobes and his two golfers have qualified for the 2A regional in two weeks; he believed that West Stokes’ top two finishers also may have qualified in Lily Frosh and Emma Wade.
The regional will be right back at Cedarbrook for another 18-hole event on Oct. 16 starting at 8 a.m., said the coach.
He believed that the top three teams and the top 17 individuals would advance to the state 2A championship in Pinehurst Oct. 23-24.
Mallory Fobes (For) — 78
Ellie Kidd (SC) — 89
Savanah Atkins (SC) — 95
Lily Frosh (WS) — 100
Emma Wade (WS) — 112
Navine Kramer (Atk) — 116
Emily Cox (WS) — 124
Christine Hauser (Atk) — 137
Ashley Coleman (Atk) — 139
Reach Jeff at 415-4692.