YORK -- The York Comprehensive High School boys golf team welcomes the challenge of hosting the Region 3-AAAA Tournament Monday at Spring Lake Country Club.
The 36-hole event, which sends the top two finishers to the state tournament at Furman University, begins at 7 a.m.
"Although the tournament format presents a tough challenge, hosting the event gives us an advantage, being familiar with the layout of the course," YCHS head coach Christopher Black said.
In assessing the team's performance to date, Black said several young team members have improved their game.
"Four of our top players are sophomores or younger," he noted. "It is a jayvee roster in part.
"They are contributing to the success of the team, which is good for the future of our program."
Another key to the Cougars' success has been the senior leadership provided by Wade Ramsey and others.
"We, as seniors, want the younger players to understand how much emphasis is placed on the region tournament," Ramsey said. "Our goal is to advance to the state and we feel it is a reasonable goal."
Zach McCarter said the Cougars are playing good golf at this stage of the season and playing well as a team.
Said McCarter, "We help each other out, which makes the team better."
McCarter said the strongest part of his game is driving the ball off the tee.
"I need to improve my putting," he added.
Sophomore Jacob Phillips said the Cougars are playing better golf than when the season started.
"We're working on the small things that are part of the game, the things it takes to win," he said. "We have good players. Our goal is to advance to the state."
Black hopes this year is payback time for what happened in last year's region tournament.
"We were among the contenders in the region last year but finished third in the tournament and had to stay home," he noted. "We hope to be a surprise team this year and advance to the state."
The Cougars won a three-way match at Spring Lake Country Club last week with a cumulative score of 164.
Clover was next at 170 and Union finished at 179.
Ryan Brandenburg paced the host Cougars with a 37 score.
Other individual scores included: Daley Ballard, 42; Phillips, 42 and Ramsey 43.
High school golf teams play nine holes.