Matthew Gorry Sports Writer
October 9, 2013
ELKIN — The defending Mountain Valley Conference golf champion Lady Elks have roared out of the gate to open their campaign.
Elkin has won its first four matches of the 2013 season, including three league matches, looking to defend its title.
In the first match, the Elks bested host Alleghany, 123-152, at the High Meadows Country Club in Sparta on Sept. 18.
Annika Winebarger carded a 34 to top the list, holding off teammate Mary Frances Hall, who shot a 36. Katie Tally of Alleghany shot a 42 to round out the top three.
Elkin then stepped out of conference on Sept. 23 to take on Northwest Conference powerhouse East Surry, who placed third at the state meet last year.
Hall paced the Elks on the afternoon, posting a 38 to edge East Surry’s Madison Moore by two strokes as Elkin finished first once again with a team score of 130. East finished third with a 153, while South Stokes finished second with a team score of 144.
Winebarger finished three strokes off the lead with a 41, while South Stokes’ Megan Mabe and Nicole Rogers finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Two days later, the Lady Elks won the second conference match of the season, topping Alleghany once again, 130-160, at the Cedarbrook Country Club. Ashe County (164) and Wilkes Central (186) rounded out the top four.
Hall carded a 37 to win the individual title, finishing three strokes ahead of Winebarger. Tally once again finished third behind the Elkin duo with a 49.
In the most recent match of the season, the Elks remained perfect with another win at the Mountain Aire Golf Course in West Jefferson last week.
Elkin matched its lowest out-put of the season at 123, breezing to victory over Ashe County (148), Alleghany (156) and Wilkes Central (186) to improve to 4-0 on the year.
Winebarger and Hall continued their torrid pace to the season, finishing 1-2 again, with Winebarger finishing three strokes ahead of her teammate, 35-38.
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