The Lady Bears golf team flexed its muscle on Tuesday with a landslide win at the Mount Airy Invitational.
The story of the day came from Mount Airy freshmen Alyssa Cox. In just her second high school event, Cox broke Mount Airy’s record for the lowest round while on the front nine of Cross Creek Country Club.
Cox, whose sister Whitney played for East Surry, shot a 3-under 33 to earn the medalist honor.
“I knew she was going to be good, but I never expected her to shoot that low today,” said Bear coach Tommye Phillips. “She was phenomenal today. She just really enjoys playing golf, and you can tell it in her game.”
Cox finished six strokes ahead of the second-place finisher, Autumn Senter of Surry Central.
East Surry coach Chad Freeman said that Cox’s performance was the best he has seen since he started coaching.
Equally as impressive as Cox was the entire Mount Airy team. The Lady Bears finished 12 strokes ahead of Surry Central, who finished second, and all three of Mount Airy’s golfers shot a 54 or lower.
Following Cox was junior Haley Hagwood with a 48 and Bailey Flippen with a 54. Hagwood’s score earned her fifth place overall.
“It was a total team effort,” Phillips said. “Haley’s our leader, and she’s been getting better and had a great round today.”
Phillips also noted that she thinks this year’s team has the potential to be great, and she is excited to see what comes in the future.
After Senter, Surry Central received a nice round from Ellie Kidd who finished with a final score of 52.
A young East Surry team finished in fifth place on Tuesday. Madison Bowman had the best round for the Cardinals with a 57, and Kinley Jessup followed her at 58.
East Surry and Mount Airy will take part in their first Northwest Conference event next Tuesday at the Hemlock Golf Course in Walnut Cove.
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