PILOT MOUNTAIN — The Mount Airy golf team ended the long reign of Bishop McGuinness as the premier program in 1A golf last season, taking both the Northwest Conference and the state title away from the defending champion Villains.
It remains to be see if the Granite Bears can repeat as state champs, but when it comes to holding on to the NW1A throne room, so far, so good.
Mount Airy emerged victorious in the second conference meet of the season on Monday afternoon, finishing up the event before thunderstorms arrived in the early afternoon and beating both Bishop and East Surry by 13 strokes.
Each team could enter up to four golfers in the nine-hole event at Pilot Knob Country Club, with the best four scores counting. The Bears’ Nabyant Wagner won medalist honors by shooting 36, one stroke better than teammates Reagan Fitzgibbons and Sam Nester, and the Villains’ Matt Kelly. Mount Airy’s fourth scorer was Zach Hall, who shot 46. Drew Tilley and Brock Heck also competed for the Bears.
Mount Airy’s team score of 156 beat both Bishop and East Surry, each of whom tallied a 169 score. The Cardinals were led by Landon Barnes, who shot 38. Will Felts had a 42, Jasoin Moore 43, and Carter Bouldin 46. Parker Tilley and Zeke Bruner also competed for East.
Atkins finished fourth with a team score of 196, followed by Walkertown at 205 and North Stokes at 211. The Camels actually had three golfers who all shot in the 40s, but no one else, and so had to take an automatic 27-over 63 for their fourth player score.