At Monday night’s Mebane City Council meeting, the elected board honored Eastern Alamance High golf standout Emily Mathews, who won the NCHSAA 3A state championship this past spring. Mathews dominated the local high school golfing scene during her tenth grade year, winning the conference, regional, and state titles to go along with numerous other trophies she’s won during her impressive youth golf career.
Mathews returns to Eastern this fall as a junior, and will have an opportunity to earn another state title in the spring of 2022, as well as the spring of her senior year in 2023.
“We have an opportunity occasionally to recognize special talent, special people in our community,” Mayor Ed Hooks said prior to reading a Proclamation honoring Mathews. “A couple of years ago, we had the state softball champs from Eastern Alamance out here for a Council meeting. And just last month, we recognized Coach (John) Kirby for a state high school (award). Tonight, we have a young lady who I think all of us that try to play golf are quite envious. I would like to recognize Emily Mathews.
Mayor Hooks read the Proclamation in front of the City Council members, as well as Mathews and her father.
“Emily Mathews, NCHSAA 3A individual state golf champion. Whereas on May 11, 2021, Eastern Alamance sophomore Emily Mathews won the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A golf championship. And Whereas, Ms. Mathews shot a one-under-par 71, winning the state championship by seven strokes, and completing the tournament as the only golfer to shoot under par.”
“And Whereas, this outstanding achievement marks the first state title ever for the Eagles’ girls golf program. And Whereas, Ms. Mathews exhibited exceptional dedication, golf skills, athleticism, and sportsmanship required to win the state championship title.”
“And Whereas, in addition to the state championship win, Ms. Mathews also won the Mid-State 3A Conference regular season league tournament championship and regionals. And Whereas, Eastern girls golf coach Robert Wood attributes Ms. Mathews’ golf proficiency to learning the game at an early age, strong support from her parents, her knowledge and love of the game, and countless hours of practice.”
“Now therefore be it resolved, the City of Mebane’s City Council hereby recognizes and commends Ms. Mathews for winning the 2021 North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3A girls golf state championship. Adopted the second day of August, 2021.”
“Thank you so much. We’re very proud of you,” Hooks said to Mathews as he presented her with a gift and a copy of the Proclamation read before the City Council.
“I appreciate that. I’d like to thank Mayor Hooks and the City Council for recognizing my accomplishments,” Mathews said. “I’d also like to thank my family for the endless support they’ve shown me over the years. Coach Wood for making high school golf extremely enjoyable not only for myself, but my (fellow) team members. Mr. (Eric) Yarbrough, my Principal, and Coach Kirby for coming out the last couple of years and supporting me at states. And Mill Creek for providing me an amazing golf course to grow my game over the years. I’m grateful for everything.”