Playing on a hilly and difficult Springfield Golf Course, neither Fort Mill nor Nation Ford high schools qualified for the Upper State golf tournament next week in Easley.
Nation Ford shot a 662 to finish fifth and Fort Mill shot a 675 to finish seventh in the Region III-AAAA tournament on the par 72, 6,906-yard course. The tournament consisted of 36 holes over just one day as teams played 18 holes in the morning and then another 18 in the afternoon – walking the entire time.
Despite the home field advantage of playing at Springfield, Nation Ford missed qualifying for the Upper State tournament by four strokes. York, which finished fourth, shot a 658 as a team.
Of the 38 golfers participating in the tournament, two – Gaffney’s Zack Gordon and Clover’s Andrew White – shot rounds of even par or below. Gordon was the medalist for the tournament with rounds of 74 and 70 for a 144, to lead Gaffney, who won the tournament with a 609 as a team.
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Clover was second with a 623, followed by Rock Hill with a 646.
One player from Nation Ford did qualify for the Upper State tournament – Nolan Wood, who shot a 156 (81-75). Wood led the Falcons with his score and was followed by a 162 (79-83) from Will Close, a 169 (87-82) Reed Strawhorn and a 175 (87-88) from Will Howell.
Fort Mill was led by Ryan Seco, who made the All-Region team, but missed qualifying for the Upper State tournament by two strokes. Seco shot a 158 (79-79).
His scores were followed by a 164 (85-79) from Austin Hite, a 174 (89-85) from Tyler Patterson and a 183 (87-96) from Cam Marshall.