SOUTHERN PINES — East Surry’s Madison Moore finished in the top 10 in the state, and Elkin had two players finish first and second at the state 1A/2A golf championship.
The Lady Elks’ Annika Winebarger won the state title with a two-day total of 151. Teammate Mary Frances Hall finished just three shots behind, tied with Isabella Rusher, the two-time defending state champion from Salisbury.
Winebarger shot 74-77 to be atop the leaderboard both days. Hall shot an 80 to be tied for seventh, but turned it around with a 74 on the second day at Longleaf Golf and Country Club.
Moore finished ninth in the state with a 165. She shot 82 on the first day and 83 on the second, but the days were complete opposites, according to East Coach Chad Freeman.
On the first day, Madison’s ball striking was great, but the putts didn’t fall. On the second day, the putting was improved, but she didn’t hit as well, he said.
She knows now that she can play well because she’s done it at this level in both striking and putting, he noted. Now she needs to put them both together on the same day.
Even when things weren’t going that well, Madison battled through adversity and kept her head, the coach said. Ninth isn’t what she wanted, but it is still something to be proud of, he said.
This should be motivation for her senior year, and she could use Winebarger as an example, he said.
Freeman said he was really proud of Annika this year.
“She always has been a pretty good golfer, but in the past year she has really developed her game and gotten a ton better,” he said. “She grew by leaps and bounds this year.”
South Stokes’ Megan Mabe shot a 79 on the first day and finished tied for 10th after a second-round 88.
Megan was playing very well, but she ran into trouble on the 17th hole and posted just one big number that knocked her a couple of spots down the leaderboard, Freeman said.
Surry Central Coach Daniel Broughton was very proud of his player.
Sophomore Autumn Senter is the first Lady Eagle to qualify for the state tournament.
After suffering some butterflies on day one and shooting a 112, Senter bounced back with a 100 in the second round.
On the first day, she was 65th in the field, but on the second day she was 37th overall. That brought her up to 56th for the two-day event.
And a lot of the girls ahead of her are upperclassmen, Broughton added.
Autumn has a very bright future ahead of her, he said. She did a better job of keeping the ball in play and executing her approach shots. Her chipping around the green was fantastic.
With plenty of offseason practice, Broughton believes Senter could make a huge jump in the standings next year.
Mount Airy’s Haley Hagwood was just one stroke behind Senter after shooting 105-108 for the two days. Hagwood is just a freshman, so like Moore and Senter, the coaches expect to see her at the state level again next year.