WALNUT COVE — Make it 2-for-2 for the Lady Bears.
The four teams who play Northwest 1A Conference golf were back on the links for round two at Hemlock Golf Course in Walnut Cove on Tuesday afternoon, and once again, defending conference champion Mount Airy made itself at home, downing East Surry and South Stokes by 11 strokes for another team win.
The Lady Bears’ top three golfers all broke 50 on the nine-hole course, with defending individual champion Alyssa Cox the medalist with a score of 39. Cox, who was the top 1A golfer in last year’s 1A/2A state finals, has been the medalist in all three meets played by Mount Airy this season, and also won a juniors tournament not affiliated with the NCHSAA a few weeks ago. She was joined by teammates Mattie Noonkester (47) and Bailey Flippen (49) as the three golfers whose scored counted toward the team tally.
Playing in their home course, the Lady Sauras turned in a strong performance and tied East Surry for second place. Salem Washburn finished second overall with a score of 46, and Rachel Fenner was fifth with a score of 48. Add in Mallory Tedder’s 52, and South Stokes was able to match the Lady Cardinals’ team tally of 146, 11 behind the Lady Bears. Ashleigh Washburn, Anna Kate Cheek and Jessica Joyce all played the course for the Sauras as well.
Eliza Hart was the low shooter for East Surry at 47, followed by Elizabeth Carson at 49 and Jamie Smith and Madison Bowman each with 50; Smith’s score was the one counted. Brooke Hege and Emma Hutchens also played for the Lady Cardinals.
Mount Airy had seven golfers complete the course on Tuesday. In addition to its top three, Kayden Jenkins, Carley Michael, Tatyana Long and Emma Ratcliff all played for the Lady Bears.
North Stokes had four players compete. Hailey Sheppard was the low scorer for the Lady Vikings at 51. Jade Britt and Rachel Martin also had qualifying scores, and Lorin Sizemore also played.
Round three of the Northwest Conference will be played on Monday, with East Surry the host at Pilot Knob Country Club. The Lady Cardinals beat Mount Airy and several other schools in a meet at PKCC before conference play began