WINSTON-SALEM — Round two at Winston Lakes belonged to the Granite Bears.
Five days after the Northwest 1A Conference golf teams met at the Winston-Salem course, and one day later than originally planned, round four of the three-headed race for the league title was held at the same venue. However, Tuesday’s action had a very different result than last week’s.
Atkins was the host school for Tuesday’s meet, but Mount Airy was the overall winner, taking the team title by 10 strokes with an aggregate score of 167. This time around, their closest pursuers came from East Surry, with last week’s winner at Winston Lakes, Bishop McGuinness, one stroke further behind at 178.
The conference championship is determined by the total number of strokes for each team at each meet, and the Bears gained ground on both of their pursuers. Mount Airy, the defending conference, regional, and state champions, now leads Bishop by 18 strokes and the Cardinals by 28.
The Villains’ Matt Kelly won medalist honors with a one-under 35, and only one other golfer handled the 6,213-yard course in less than 40 strokes on Tuesday. The Bears’ Nabyant Wagner, who was co-medalist with Kelly last week at Winston Lakes, finished one stroke back at 36. The next-best score was Mount Airy’s Reagan Fitzgibbons’ 41,
Rounding out the top for for the Bears were Sam Nester (44) and Zach Hall (46). Teams can enter up to six golfers in a conference match, and Drew Tilley and Jacob Connelly also played for Mount Airy.
East Surry had a strong outing as a team, with all six of their golfers breaking 50. Landon Barnes shot 42, Jason Moore 43, Will Felts 44 and both Zeke Bruner and Drake Cruise with 48. Bruner’s score was counted as the fourth for the Cardinals. Their sixth player, Parker Tilley, fired a 49. No other team had all of their golfers shoot under 50.
The Villains were hurt by off-days from three of their six performers, who all shot between 52 and 57, and a fourth golfer who was off his game with a 49. This offset the strong performances from Kelly and John Nastasi, who shot 42, and dropped Bishop into third place for the day.
North Stokes finished fourth as a team with a score of 201, followed by Walkertown at 206 and Atkins at 214. The Camels were only able to enter three golfers, and had to take an automatic 63 for their fourth score as a result.
Weather permitting, the fourth conference meet is scheduled for today at the Hemlock Golf Club in Walnut Cove.