WALNUT COVE — The Mount Airy golf team is closing in on a second straight Northwest 1A Conference title.
The Granite Bears dominated at the fifth conference meet on Thursday at Hemlock Golf Club in Walnut Cove, taking individual medalist and team honors on their way to a nine-stroke victory over East Surry that, barring a monumental collapse in the last regular-season league meet and in the conference championships, all but assures Mount Airy will win the conference.
Nabyant Walker won medalist honors by shooting 2-under-par 33 for the evening. Walker was one of three Mount Airy golfers who completed their nine holes in less than 40 strokes, joining Reagan Fitzgibbons (37) and Sam Nester (38). Zach Hall shot a 40 to round out Mount Airy’s foursome whose scores counted. Drew Tilley and Brock Heck also competed for the Bears.
Fitzgibbons was one of five golfers who finished second overall as an individual. Bishop McGuinness’ John Nastasi and Matt Kelly, along with East Surry’s Landon Barnes and Will Felts, all shot 37 as well.
For the second match in a row, Bishop’s bottom of the order performed poorly, allowing the Cardinals to overtake the Villains for second place in the meet, and also take a substantial lead in the overall conference race for second place. The Bears now lead the overall standings by 37 strokes over East Surry, with Bishop another 16 behind East Surry.
Parker Tilley shot 41 and Zeke Brunner 42 to allow the Cardinals to finish second for the meet at 157, nine back of Mount Airy. The Villains, who had no golfer other than Nastasi or Kelly shoot better than 46, had a team score of 167 for third place. By contrast, 46 was the weakest score posted by any East Surry golfer. Drake Cruise and Jason Moore completed the Cardinals’ lineup for the day.
Atkins was fourth at 184, followed by host North Stokes at 190 and Walkertown at 200.
The teams will meet for the final time in the regular season on Monday at Bishop’s home course of Pine Knolls Golf Club in Kernersville. The conference championships will be held in two weeks on the Bears’ home course at Cross Creek.