The York Comprehensive High School boys’ golf team, an inexperienced group striving to improve, showed signs of that improvement at Rock Hill’s Waterford Golf Course.
In a three-way match with host Northwestern and Fort Mill, the Yellow Jackets’ team total of 156 was good enough to top Northwestern for second place.
“Our kids shot a blistering season’s-best 163 to top the Trojans’ score of 172,” head coach David Lancaster said.
“Our total score at the Rock Hill course is 14 shots better than the team’s 177 average score to date,” said Lancaster.
Lancaster said York Middle School eighth-grader Landon Joye led the way for the Cougars, firing “the team’s first sub-40 round of the season with a sweet 39.”
Juniors Chandler Sain (40) and Austin Hall (41) had their best scoring rounds of the season, as did York Middle seventh-grader Tyler Ellis at 43. Also competing in the three-way match were Tucker Laney (47) and Seth Miller, who finished at 49.
In previous golf action, the Clover Blue Eagles made the trip to York’s Spring Lake Country Club, the Cougars’ home course.
Both varsity and JV golfers saw action on a warm, windy afternoon at the Spring Lake course. The varsity Cougars fired a 177 to come up short against the Blue Eagles’ 164 team total.
Leading the Cougars were Austin Hall and Chandler Sain at 42 each. Next came sophomore Tucker Laney’s 45 and Tyler Ellis, with a nine-hole score of 48.
Also competing for the varsity Cougars were Landon Joye at 49 and Seth Miller at 50.
The JV Cougars found trouble on several greens and finished with a 207 score, topped by the Clover JV’s 182 team score.
Chayce Blackwell’s 48 led the York team, with Hamilton McGarity and Will Culp each shooting 52. Andrew Roderick’s 55 and newcomer Tripp Bryant’s 57 closed out the scoring for the Cougars.
The Cougars golfers returned to the Spring Lake course to entertain the Stallions of South Pointe. As it turned out, the ride was tough on the Cougars, as the Stallions varsity squad topped the Cougars 155-171.
Leading the charge for the Cougars were Hall (40), Sain (43), Laney (43) and Ellis at 45.
Rounding out the round of golf for York were Joye and Miller, who shot 48 and 52, respectively.
The JV Cougars overran South Pointe, 195 to 204.
“This gives the junior varsity Cougars a 2-0 edge on South Pointe this season,” said Lancaster.
Chayce Blackwell was co-medalist with a 44. He was followed by Will Culp (44), Andrew Roderick (50), Hamilton McGarity (53) and Tripp Bryant at 59 for the nine-hole match.
After a week off for spring break, the Cougars have four consecutive road matches, beginning 4 p.m. Tuesday at Lancaster.
Lancaster said he is hoping the team’s improved play will continue as it prepares for the Region 3-AAAA Golf Tournament on May 5 at the Chester Golf Club.
“The region tournament is for all of the marbles,” said Lancaster. “It doesn’t matter where a team finishes in the regular season. A top-four finish in the region tournament allows a team to advance to the Upstate.”