Both the Fort Mill and Nation Ford high school girls’ golf teams will be playing in the 5A Upper State Championship next week at the Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg.
Fort Mill finished second with a 398 and Nation Ford finished third with a 328 in the Region IV championship held at Springfield Golf Club to qualify for the Upper State tournament.
The tricky par 70 course saw no one shoot even par, but Clover’s Alyssa Campbell was the closest as low medalist for the 18-hole tournament with a one-over 71. Northwestern won the tournament with a 373 as a team.
Fort Mill was led by a 91 from Alexia Van Zanten, followed by a 97 from Amelia Majcina and a 100 from Lillie Smith. Ashley Babinchak finished with a 110. Van Zanten made the All-Region team for the Jackets.
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“Alexia and Amelia had a very good day,” said Fort Mill head coach Bryan Zulka.
“We shot three shots better than we did at Waterford (Golf Club). We are headed in the right direction.”
Nation Ford was led by an 87 from Zoe Bowers on the Falcons’ home course. Her score was followed by a 110 from Felicity Shackleford and a 115 from Amber Bellamy. Logan James finished the scoring for Nation Ford with a 116. Bowers made the All-Region team for the Falcons.
Despite Hurricane Matthew blowing through the area the week before, Springfield was in good condition said Nation Ford head coach Jaybe Shackleford.
“It was a tough course,” Shackleford said. “We could have shot better. The front nine was tough. They did better on the back nine.”
The top eight teams from the Upper State tournament will advance to the 5A state tournament Oct. 24-25 at Members Club at Wildewood in Columbia and is hosted by River Bluff.
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