Fort Mill Times

Jackets still perfect in Region play, but finish sixth in Capital tournament

The Fort Mill varsity golf team finished sixth in the Capital City Classic tournament in Columbia last week.

The team shot a 623 in the two day, 36-hole tournament with only 11 strokes separating sixth place from first.

"One of the goals for the first day was to be in the top five, not to shoot ourselves out of it after the first round," said head coach Steve Gribble. "We were in eighth after the first day, but we were still in it. We just made it more difficult for us."

Newcomer Bryan Otis led all Fort Mill golfers shooting a 75. Seniors Clay Butler and Tyler Forbes both shot a 79 and senior Scott Boston finished with an 84.

The second day, things got a lot better for the Jackets until the last four holes, where things went downhill.

"The second day we were playing much better," Gribble said. "Jason Hnat at one time was four under after 12 holes and still finished with a strong one under 71. We had the best round going for both days by any team with just four holes to play."

In those four holes, Fort Mill gave up 12 strokes, but still managed to finish sixth out of 26 teams.

Led by Hnat's 71, Butler and Forbes shot a 78 and Otis shot a 79 for Fort Mill.

Gribble said he was happy with where his team stands.

"Very pleased that we played much closer to our potential for this early in the season," Gribble said. "We just need to learn how to finish, but I think that will come as the season progresses. We need to work on course management and our short game. We are getting close. I bet we had at least 10 to 12 lip out for birdies. If we can convert at least 50 percent of those we finish third."

Fort Mill improved to 5-0 in head-to-head competition on the year with a three-way win over Region foes last week.

The Jackets beat Northwestern, York and Lancaster at its first match at Tega Cay Golf Club. Led by Butler and Otis, Fort Mill shot a 146. Northwestern followed them with a 157. York had a 170 and Lancaster finished with an 176.

Both Butler and Otis shot a 36 and had the lowest rounds of the match. They scores were followed by Boston's 37 and Forbes' 37.

Upcoming matches

• March 20-21 at TW Memorial Tournament, TBA

• March 21 at Clover, Lancaster, and Northwestern, 4 p.m.