East Surry took home the golf team trophy Monday, while North Surry’s Kasie Tolbert won player of the year.
The Lady Cardinals easily beat South Stokes and North Surry for the lowest combined scores for the whole season, while the junior Tolbert edged out Madison Moore for player honors.
The Northwest Conference held its final match at Cross Creek Country Club Monday. Tolbert won the medalist honor with an 18-hole score of 81, four strokes better than Moore, East Surry. South Stokes and East Surry tied for the team score, but East got top honors by having better numbers among the lower seeds.
For the player of the year award, the conference adds together every score from the six matches and honors the one with the lowest total.
“I have to brag on Kasie Tolbert,” said East Coach Chad Freeman. For most of the season, Tolbert trailed his player Moore by a slim margin.
“The past two matches we’ve had, she’s played unbelievable,” he said of Tolbert. Last week’s low score at South Stokes’ tournament put Tolbert ahead.
“She was leading by just two shots coming into the day,” he said. “Madison played well, but Kasie played that much better. She ratcheted up her game and took it to another level. I’m looking for good things from her at the regional.”
The teams play nine holes during the regular seaon, but played a full 18 on Monday.
Adding together the whole season, Tolbert shot a 285 combined. Moore was just six shots back at 291.
For the all-conference team, the Northwest chooses the twelve lowest scores of the season, regardless of whether the player’s score was used toward the team total that day. For example, East Surry had all five players make the list even though only the top three scores are used to determine the team results.
After Tolbert and Moore, coming in third was Sarah Johnson, East Surry, 301. Fourth was Brooke Martin, South Stokes, 321.
Tied for fifth are Ashley Jessup, East Surry, and Megan Mabe, South Stokes, 328. Tied for seventh were Kaity Lewis, Mount Airy, and Brooke Kiger, South Stokes, 329.
The Bears’ Summer Hamilton was ninth at 339. North’s Gatlin Hiatt finished 10th with a 342. East’s Madeline Angel was 11th at 357, while teammate Lindsay Chamblin was 12th at 359.
Not surprisingly, the Cards’ low scores gave East the season’s lowest total of 1,067. South Stokes was second with a 1,135, while North Surry was third at 1,151. Mount Airy was fourth and Surry Central was fifth.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the girls on our team,” said East’s Freeman. “I told them from the first day of practice they would have a target on their backs. They might have surprised some people last year, but they would be chased by other teams in the conference. From the first match, they never let the pressure bother them.”
Of getting all five players on the all-conference team, he said, “I’ve been blessed to have five girls that played really well.” Even if one player had an off day, the others could pick up the slack, he said.
Freeman said the team would lose three seniors – Angel, Jessup and Johnson – but will return Moore, Chamblin and Elizabeth Shelton. Hopefully the team will be able to add a couple more players for next year so that the school can continue to build on this early success, he said.
Many of the Northwest players will advance to the 1A/2A regional tournament next week at the Warrior Golf Club in China Grove. That lineup will be available later this week.
Kasie Tolbert, NS, 81, Madison Moore, ES, 85, Megan Mabe, SS, 86, Brooke Martin, SS, 88 and Sarah Johnson, ES, 89.
Kaity Lewis, MA, 93, Summer Hamilton, MA, 94, tie Ashley Jessup, ES, and Brooke Kiger, 97, and tie Chelsea Palfreeman, MA, and Lindsay Chamblin, ES, 100.
East Surry and South Stokes, tied 271 – East takes first because the fourth score was lower.
Third, Mount Airy 287, fourth North Surry 292 and fifth Surry Central 365.