WALNUT COVE — Surry Central won both team and medalist honors at South Stokes’ home golf match.
The Lady Eagles hold a lead for both the conference title and player of the year through three matches.
The Eagles were two shots behind after the first match in Yadkinville, then went up by a stroke after a good showing at Pilot Knob Park.
On Wednesday, the Western Piedmont schools met at Hemlock Golf Course.
Central’s top three results added up to a 144, nine shots better than South Stokes and Forbush, who tied for second at 153.
West Stokes was fourth with a 177. North Surry’s Charlotte Moser was unable to attend due to a death in the family.
Hemlock can be a tricky course with some big elevation changes. Central coach Daniel Broughton said players can’t reach for their drivers on every hole. Sometimes they have to lay up with irons off the tee.
On the first hole, Central top seed Autumn Senter played the first couple of shots well on the dogleg-right design.
Broughton said Autumn got onto the green in regulation, but then she four-putted because the greens were very fast.
She made an adjustment and soon got those two strokes back, he said. She birdied both the third and fourth holes on the way to first place with a 41.
Mallory Forbes, Forbush’s talented freshman, was second with 43.
South Stokes’s Nicole Rogers, a returning all-conference performer, tied with Central’s Ellie Kidd for third with a 46.
Mallory Tedder, South Stokes, was fifth with a 51.
Autumn is the frontrunner for player of the year now, noted her coach. She has a three-stroke lead over Forbes and then a slightly bigger margin over Rogers.
Along with Senter and Kidd, the other Eagles competing were: Star Burton (57), Katie Branch (60) and a newcomer, Danie Kirtman.
This was her first high school match, and she shot the maximum of 62, said Broughton. However, she seemed to have a good time and might have caught the golf bug.
The nine-stroke win for the Eagles means that Central has a 10-stroke lead over South Stokes and Forbush in the conference standings.