The Polk County boys golf team geared up for this week’s Western Highlands Conference tournament with a pair of matches last week, with senior Will Ballard earning medalist honors at both.

The WHC tourney begins today at Mountain Glen Golf Club in Newland. The home course for Avery County should helpd give the Vikings a good start to the event.

The tourney is slated to conclude Tuesday at Hendersonville Country Club, though the forecast for Tuesday calls for heavy rain to arrive in the area.

Hendersonville, Mitchell and Polk County will comprise the likely challengers to Avery for the conference title. At the individual level, Ballard, Avery’s Daniel Childress and Chance Watson and Hendersonville’s Alex Yarborough are among the favorites.

Here are the results from last week’s matches:

Tuesday at Grassy Creek
Team Scores
1. Avery County 334; 2. Hendersonville, Mitchell 349; 4. Polk County 366; 5. Owen 409; 6. Madison 434
Individual Leaders
Medalist: Will Ballard, Polk County, 74
2nd individual: Daniel Childress, Avery, 77
Polk County scores
Will Ballard 74, Jaron Bontrager 96, Daniel Weathers 96, RJ Weathers 100, Tanner Garrett 106, Zane Capozzi 110

Thursday at Tryon Country Club
Team Scores
1. Spartanburg Christian Academy 340; 2. Polk County 360; 3. Hendersonville 363
Individual Leaders
Medalist: Will Ballard, Polk County, 75
2nd individual: Nick Willis, SCA, 80
Polk County scores
Will Ballard 75, Jaron Bontrager 84, Daniel Weathers 93, Tanner Garrett 108, RJ Weathers 111