WEST JEFFERSON — The 2016 season started off on a high note for the Lady Husky golf team.
Ashe played host to Watauga at Mountain Aire last Thursday and came away with a 15-stroke victory in the first match of the year. Ashe finished with a team score of 149 while Watauga shot 164.
“This match was both teams’ first match of the season, so we battled nerves and all that goes with the first match of the season. I am very pleased with our performance overall, especially considering this is the first time we have ever beaten Watauga,” said head coach Laura Foster.
Senior Sarah Hardin just finds ways to keep getting better, shooting a 35 in the match, a personal best at Mountain Aire.
“Sarah played outstanding, shooting a 35 at a true mountain course like Mtn Aire is incredible,” said Foster.
Madison Osborne and Alexis Howell tied for the second best round for Ashe with a 57. Freshman Bethany Bare shot a 60 and fellow freshman Melena Howell shot a 61.
“Our freshman played better than expected. This match was so good for them,” Coach Foster added.
For Watauga, Kate Williams had their best score with a 47. Morgan Critcher finished with a 57 and Elizabeth Copenhaver shot a 59.
The Lady Huskies also got a special visit from Ashe County School Superintendent Phyllis Yates on the course.
“I appreciate Philip Shepherd and the entire Mountain Aire staff for all they do for our golf program. Special thanks to Superintendent Yates for coming out to support our team,” said Foster.
Ashe will be back at it on Thursday at Boone Golf Club for another non-conference match that gets underway at 4 p.m.
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