The York Comprehensive High School boys’ golf team ended the 2015 season at the class AAAA Upper State golf qualifier tournament at Smithfield Golf Course in Easley.
York golfers joined 15 other Upper State golf teams in the 18-hole match to qualify the top eight teams for the AAAA state golf tournament at the Furman University Golf Course.
“The Cougar linksmen played well in route to their 324 team score and tie for 12th finish in the event,” said head golf coach David Lancaster.
Leading the Cougar golfers were senior Chandler Sain and junior Tucker Laney, both firing 79 scores. Junior Chayce Blackwell’s 82 with senior Austin Hall’s 84 and junior Damon Heath’s 90 rounded out the Cougar scoring.
Region champ Gaffney shot a 303 team score to finish third and qualify for the state tournament championship.
York and Rock Hill both tallied 324 scores, with Clover finishing at 343 to represent Region 3-AAAA golf teams. Nick Mayfield from Rock Hill shot an even-par 72 score to make it to state as an individual golfer.
“A special thank you to YCHS girls’ golf coach Dillon Barrett for coaching the boys’ team at Upper State in my absence,” said Lancaster.
“The Cougar golfers finished the season with a record of 3-11-2 to go along with strong season-ending showings in both the region and Upper State tournaments,” Lancaster said.
“We congratulate senior golfers Tripp Bryant, Austin Hall and Chandler Sain, and look forward to bigger and better things for our returning golfers next season,” he said.
The 36-hole Region 3-AAAA golf tournament preceded the Upper State qualifier at the Springfield Golf Course in Fort Mill.
The event, hosted by Nation Ford High School, also included Clover, Fort Mill, Gaffney, Northwestern, Rock Hill and York high schools.
At the end of the grueling nine and one-half hour contest, the Cougars withstood a surge from Nation Ford to grab the fourth and deciding spot for the Upper State AAAA qualifier.
Leading the Cougars was Hall’s159 score. Hall missed making the all-region golf team by one stroke. Laney had two solid rounds, 82 and 78, to fortify the team effort.
Juniors Blackwell (169) and Heath (172) bolstered the Cougar effort. Freshman Landon Joye’s 41 on the final 9-holes spurred his teammates to finish strong over the remaining holes.
Joye turned in a consistent 88 and 87 showing for the day.
“Each of the Cougars chipped in important birdie scores for the day, 12 in all, with Blackwell showing four in his last 18-hole round,” said Lancaster.
Perennial golfing power Gaffney won the region title with a 609. Clover came in second with a 623 score. Rock Hill High was third with a 646, followed by the Cougars’ 658.
Rounding out the day’s region team scoring were Nation Ford with 662, Northwestern with 665 and Fort Mill with 675.