CLOVER -- With a youth-oriented roster that includes one senior, five sophomores, three freshmen and three seventh-graders, Clover High School boys' golf is emerging as a team on the rise.
Head coach Dudley Lybrand has been impressed with the team's work ethic.
"They have worked harder at getting better than any team I have coached," Lybrand said.
The CHS coach said the most improved golfer has been sophomore Ethan Parrish.
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"Ethan has been very consistent all year," he said.
Parrish, a second-year varsity golfer at CHS, said he worked to improve his game in the off-season.
"I grew and got more yardage out of my swing," he said. "I'm hitting the ball a lot better this year."
Parrish said playing consistent golf is the key for the team as the much anticipated Region 3-AAAA Tournament draws near.
"We want to play well and not have any high scores," the confident golfer said.
The two Blue Eagle golfers with the best average this year have been Lucas Harper, who plays No. 1, and Andrew Ward, the No. 2 player.
"We have played in three tournaments and finished respectively in all three," note Lybrand. "We had a second-place finish in the recent Byrnes Invitational."
Ward and Harper were named to the all-tournament team in the Byrnes event.
"We are a young team continuing to get better," Ward said. "We are playing good golf this year and the future looks even brighter."
Lybrand said the highlight of the season will be Monday's region tournament at York's Spring Lake Country Club.
"Playing 36 holes in the region tournament is very tough and I am not sure that I fully agree with the format," he said. "But everyone plays under the same rules so we will live with the rules that have been set.
"I would equate it to a track athlete running the half-mile, one mile and two-mile, then the mile relay in the same day of a competition. It is very demanding on an athlete."
Ward agrees, adding, "The key for us in the region event is to play consistent golf, one hole at a time."
Lybrand said the four players he is counting on to finish with low scores in the region showdown are Ward, Harper, Parrish and Trey Croom.
Seventh-graders Lybrand said have shown promise are Logan McAlister, John Edmunds and Aaron Harvell.
Clover finished second in a three-way match at Spring Lake Country Club last week.
Individual scores: Ward, 38; Parrish, 42; Harper, 43; and McAlister, 47.