ELKIN — Ashe County and East Wilkes battled all season long for the top of the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference. The ladies at East Wilkes ended up capturing the MVAC Championship on Monday at Cedarbrook Country Club.
East Wilkes finished with a score of 307 for a 13-shot win over Ashe County. Alleghany was third with a team score of 352 followed by Wilkes Central with a 355 and North Wilkes with a 361.
While the team might not have won the title, Ashe’s Sarah Hardin cemented her legacy as arguably the best golfer in ACHS history. Hardin finished first overall with a score of 90 and took home her third MVAC Player of the Year Award. The senior has verbally committed to play golf at Appalachian State University next season.
The Lady Huskies had two players receive all-conference recognition. Hardin and her senior teammate Madison Osborne joined Alleghany’s Morgan Finney, Laken Harrold from North Wilkes, Ava Tharpe from East Wilkes and Hunter Tharpe from East Wilkes on the all-conference squad. Wilkes Central’s Sammi Jo Walker and Kayla Wiles from East Wilkes were named honorable mention performers.
The MVAC Coach of the Year award went to East Wilkes head coach Barry Byrd. Byrd helped the Cardinals win three MVAC regular season matches as well as the regular season and tournament championship.
The season is not over for three of the Ashe County golfers as they will head to regional play on Tuesday. This is the first time the women’s program has ever sent three golfers to regionals. Hardin, Osborne and Alexis Howell will represent Ashe. The 1A/2A Central Regional will be at Cedarbrook Country Club, giving some familiarity to the three ladies as they just played there in the MVAC Tournament and played there once in the regular season.
Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-489-3062.