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YCHS golf team advances to state after hosting region tourney

York Comprehensive High boys' golf coach Christopher Black was all smiles when he spoke with his team at the conclusion of Monday's Region 3-AAAA Tournament held at Spring Lake Country Club.

And rightfully so, considering the Cougars advanced to state championship play with a second-place finish in the grinding 36-hole event.

Pretournament favorite Fort Mill lived up to its billing with a cumulative team score of 600, solidifying the Yellow Jackets' first-place finish.

The host Cougars were next with a 643 team score, highlighted by sub-80 rounds from Ryan Brandenburg and Jacob Phillips. Brandenburg, who shot 76 in the first round and 77 in the second, made the all-region team.

"I felt good hitting the ball today," he said. "A 36-hole tournament requires a lot of concentration."

Said Black to team members gathered in front of the leader board, "I am proud of you. You played great."

York's individual scores: Brandenburg, 76-77, 153; Phillips, 79-75, 154; Wade Ramsey, 85-80, 165; Luke Lancaster, 84-87, 171; Daley Ballard, 92-92, 184.

The Cougars will compete in state competition May 5 and 6 at Furman University.

Blue Eagles finish fourth

The Clover Blue Eagles finished fourth in the tournament with a 654 total, a scant four strokes behind third-place Nation Ford.

Andrew Ward made the all-region team and finished tied with Rock Hill's Eric Eberspeaker for the lowest non-qualifying score. Eberspeaker advanced to individual state competition by winning a sudden death playoff.

"We had good scores from our top three golfers today, which is the way it's been all year," CHS coach Dudley Lybrand said.

Clover's individual scores: Ward, 77-76, 153; Ethan Parrish, 79-78, 157; Lucas Harper, 81-80, 161; Trey Croom, 96-89, 185; Brandon Harrell, 94 first round; Logan McAlister, 103, second round.