The Clover High School girls’ golf team is down to three players, but head coach Lyn Harper said the team will play on.
“The kids are working hard and we will continue to play our schedule,” Harper said before the Sept. 4 match with Region 3-AAAA teams York and Gaffney at York’s Spring Lake Country Club. “We’re hoping more kids will show an interest in golf and join our team.”
After a long wait, the three-team match was canceled due to threatening weather.
The Clover team this year is ninth-grader Alyssa Campbell, junior Sarah Reid and eighth-grader Madison McCarter.
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A lot is expected of Campbell, who, like other middle-schoolers, has affected her team at the varsity level the last two years.
As a ninth-grader, Campbell is determined to take her game to another level.
“I enjoy the game of golf and play with confidence,” she said recently before putting practice.
“I would say the best part of my game at the present time is my approach shot,” she said. “I have a lot of confidence hitting an approach shot to the green.”
Campbell said she first picked up a golf club at age 6. “I was just having fun swinging the club back then,” she said.
She said spends a lot of time chipping and putting.
“A lot of golfers struggle with their chipping and putting,” she said. “I am still working to improve.”
Harper said she believes there are reasons high school kids aren’t playing many sports, as they did in the past. “So many sports now require year-round preparations,” she said. “Kids are busy in the offseason.
“This reduces the number of kids who might would consider playing another high school sport, such as golf.”
Harper’s program has been solid for many years. She’s looking for more participation to return Blue Eagles golf to the level of play for which the program is known.
The CHS golfers will play 4 p.m. Sept. 11 against Northwestern at the Waterford Golf Club.
The Lady Blue Eagles threesome will host York 4 p.m. Sept. 16 at River Hills Country Club.