High School Golf Boys’ Region 3-AAAA Tournament

Clover earns Region 3-AAAA golf tournament title

scopeland@heraldonline.comMay 1, 2014 

The Clover Blue Eagles won the Region 3-AAAA golf tournament by one stroke over the South Pointe Stallions on Thursday at Chester Golf Club.

The Blue Eagles had a 36 hole total of 635. The Stallions led Clover by two strokes after 18 holes, but the Blue Eagles came back in the second round to claim the title.

“I am very happy for our seniors,” said Clover coach Eric Harper. “They led us to back-to-back region titles.”

Harper is also very optimistic about what his team can do moving forward in the playoffs.

“There will be a lot of strong competition in the Upper State tournament, but I feel good about where we are right now,” said Harper. “We are getting better every time we play.”

South Pointe also qualified for the Upper State tournament, and coach Michael Cook is looking forward to the challenge.

“Today capped off a good year for us,” said Cook. “Our kids have worked hard. We have played in a lot of tournaments getting ready for the region and beyond. It has really helped us.”

Fort Mill finished third at 655, and York earned fourth at 656. York turned in a 314 in the second round to claim the final Upper State playoff spot. The Cougars’ score in the second round was the best of day by any school in either round.

Northwestern sophomore Miles Baldwin won medalist honors with a two hole playoff victory over South Pointe sophomore Wyatt Reid. Both golfers finished with 36 hole scores of 153.

“There are some very good golfers in this region, so winning medalist is very rewarding for me,” said Baldwin, who won the playoff with a pair of pars.

Baldwin’s team did not qualify for the Upper State tournament, but he made it as an individual with his outstanding two rounds.

“I wish my team could have qualified, too,” said Baldwin. “I feel like my two rounds today will give me some confidence heading into the postseason.”

Despite not winning the playoff, Reid was pleased with his two rounds.

“The first 18 holes was the best I have played this year,” said Reid. “I just hope that I can keep it going for the rest of the season. I am also happy that our team did so well and qualified for the next round.”

Joining Baldwin and Reid on the All-Region team were Clover’s Spencer Walker and Quinn Smith, South Pointe’s Bryan Edwards, Nation Ford’s Jack Burson, and Lancaster’s Brady Hinkle.

Clover, South Pointe, Fort Mill, and York will advance to the Upper State Tournament on May 12 at Willow Creek Country Club in Greer.

Team Scores

1. Clover 317-318--635, 2. South Pointe 315-321--636, 3. Fort Mill 329-326--655, 4. York 342-314--656, 5. Nation Ford 341-334--675, 6. Northwestern 347-334--681, 7. Rock Hill 354-336--690, 8. Lancaster 350-358--708.

Individual scores

Clover - Spencer Walker 79-79--158, Harrison Parrish 76-86--162, Andrew White 81-80--161, Quinn Smith 81-79--160, Jake Rowe 83, AustinWalker 80.

South Pointe - Wyatt Reid 75-78--153, Cody Taylor 79-85--164, Chris Taylor 82-79--161, Bryan Edwards 79-79--158, Austin Johnson 90, Kale Pilcher 92.

Fort Mill - Cory Brooks 83-82--165, Shuler Cotton 83-82--165, Graham Carter 85-81--166, Ryan Seco 81-81--162, Austin Hite 82-83--165.

York - Austin Hall 87-79--166, Chandler Sain 83-84--167, Tucker Laney 88-75--163, Landon Joye 85-84--169, Tyler Ellis 87-76--163.

Nation Ford - Jack Burson 74-83--157, Riley Hilton 90-82--172, Will Grantham 91-85--176, Mac Brindle 86-84--170, Will Howell 93-85--178.

Northwestern - Miles Baldwin 76-77--153, Charlie Diuncan 83-84--167, Matthew Worley 93-85--178, Peyton Smith 95-88--183, Brandon Lathan 96, Thomas Gettys 95.

Rock Hill - Coble Panetti 84-80--164, Nick Mayfield 96-84--180, Fred Croom 85-85--170, Austin Clinton 92-92--184, Charles Baxley 93-87--180.

Lancaster - Brady Hinkle 77-83--160, Baylee Evans 93-98--191, Scottie Walker 92-90--182, Carly Funderburk 90-95--185, Jason Blakely 91-90--181.

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