Eastern Alamance’s women’s golf team got its 2019 season off on a victorious note, as the Eagles won an all-county match on Wednesday at Indian Valley Golf Course in Burlington against Southern Alamance and Western Alamance. The Eagles overwhelmed the Patriots and Warriors, defeating the two inter-county rivals by more than 20 strokes each.
Freshman Emily Mathews, who has quickly emerged as the Eagles’ No. 1 player and the future of EAHS women’s golf, shot a 1-over-par 36 over nine holes for the day’s top performance. Eastern High teammates Chandler Bryant, a junior, and Riley Beck, a senior, also had respectable outings, with Bryant shooting a 46, and Beck shooting a 49.
Together, the three EAHS golfers totaled a score of 131 over 27 holes, which easily bested Southern Alamance’s score of 152, and Western Alamance’s total of 158. EAHS has two other golfers on its roster - junior Riley McCann and freshman Sarah Vannavong. Both McCann and Vannavong shot 66’s each in the opening round of the year.
On Thursday, the Eagles traveled to Greensboro, where they participated in a non-conference 2A/3A match.
Emily Mathews is the younger sister of Eastern High star men’s golfer Nicholas Mathews, who qualified for the U.S. Amateur National this summer and has helped lead the Eagles to back-to-back Mid-State Conference titles and NCHSAA 3A state championship appearances.
The younger Mathews is building her own distinguished amateur golfing career, as proven this summer when she placed second overall among nearly 40 competitors at the Dogwood State Junior Girl’s Championship, which was held at Salem Glen Golf & Country Club in Clemmons in July.
Mathews led the 54-hole event through both the first and second rounds, shooting a 69 in the first round, and a 66 in the second round for a blazing 7-under-par start. Mathews, one of the five youngest competitors in the field, finished the tournament with a 1-under-par score of 212, which placed second behind only UNC-Wilmington-bound golfer Mallory Fobes. With Mathews on board, the Eagles, who have struggled in recent years in women’s golf, are instantly much improved.
The Eagles open conference play with a match in Greensboro on Sept. 9.