PILOT MOUNTAIN — On a day when Pilot Knob Country Club was playing brutally tough against the golfers of the Northwest 1A Conference, Mount Airy head coach Tommye Phillips had the trump card.
She’s got Alyssa Cox, and the other teams didn’t.
Cox fired a 39 to take medalist honors on Tuesday, winning the third NW1A conference meet of the season by a whopping seven strokes on an afternoon when only two other golfers even managed to break 50.
The junior, already the top 1A golfer in the state, has medaled in all four meets she has entered representing the Lady Bears, and also won a juniors tournament outside of the school circuit. At Pilot Knob, only East Surry’s Brooke Hege, who shot 46, was even within shouting distance. The only other score under 50 was the 49 shot by Rachel Fenner of South Stokes. Tied for fourth as individuals were Lady Bear freshman Mattie Noonkester and East’s Elizabeth Carson, both at 51.
As a team, Mount Airy won the meet with an aggregate score of 143. The Lady Cardinals were next, at 153, followed by South Stokes at 165 and North Stokes at 172. Each team was allowed to enter as many golfers as it wished, but only the top three performances counted.
Bailey Flippen shot 53 to count as the Lady Bears’ other qualifying score. Kayden Jenkins, Abbi Jackson, Tatyana Long, Emma Ratcliff and Carley Michael also competed for Mount Airy.
Jamie Smith’s 56 was the third qualifying score for East Surry. They also entered Madison Bowman, Eliza Hart and Breanna Nelson.
North Stokes’ contingent was led by Hailey Sheppard, who shot 52. Lorin Sizemore, Jade Britt and Rachel Martin all played for the Lady Vikings as well.
Fenner was joined on the course for the Sauras by Salem Washburn, Ashleigh Washburn, Mallory Tedder, Jessica Joyce and Anna Kate Clark.
Having beaten everyone on their own home courses already, the Lady Bears host the next conference meet on Monday at Cross Creek.