Eastern Alamance freshman golf standout Emily Mathews shot a brilliant two-under-par 70 in the second round of the NCHSAA 3A golf state championships, which was held last week at the Foxfire Resort and Golf Club (Red Course) in the Pinehurst area. Thanks to her strong finish, Mathews finished second overall in North Carolina’s 3A ranks.
Mathews shot a five-over-par 77 on October 28 in the first round, placing third in individual play through 18 holes of competition, trailing only Elizabeth Lohbauer of Cox Mill by four shots (73, one over par) and Hailey Pendleton of Weddington by two shots (75, three over par). EAHS also got a solid opening round in the state finals from Riley Beck, who carded a 16-over-par 88. Beck’s round placed 24th overall through 18 holes of play. Chandler Bryant added a score of 29-over-par 101 for the Eagles.
Eastern ranked sixth overall in the team standings following the opening round with a combined team score of 266. The Eagles were nine shots behind fifth-place Marvin Ridge heading into the second round, and 15 shots behind fourth place Weddington. Cox Mill’s first round team score of 237 led the way, followed in second place by Eastern’s Mid-State Conference rival Rockingham County, who shot a team score of 240.
Mathews’ strong second round result propelled her into second place in the final rankings with a two-day score of 147 (three-over-par), four strokes behind the 1-under-par score of state champion Lohbauer. Teammate Riley Beck, playing for the final time in the EAHS green and gold, carded a 15-over-par 87 in the second round to finish 31-over-par for the tournament, tying for 26th place, while fellow Eagle Chandler Bryant shot a 23-over-par 95 in the final round, earning her a tie for 59th place (52-over-par).
As a team, Eastern placed six out of 13 teams competing in the state finals. And while the Eagles will miss Beck next season, the return of Mathews and Chandler means that Eastern will be among the favorites to return to the NCHSAA state finals in 2020.