High School Sports

Cougars' Ramsey picks Erskine

YORK -- Wade Ramsey laughed and said he can't quite challenge John Daly in a long-drive contest.

"But I can hit pretty far,'' he said. "That's part of golf, is my strength.''

Ramsey will be teeing it up at Erskine College the next four years. Wednesday at York Comprehensive High School's fieldhouse, he signed a grant-in-aid with the small school.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity,'' said Ramsey, son of Dean and Kim Ramsey. "Erskine is starting its first golf team and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to helping start something new.

"I went to Erskine in late November for a preview day, where golfers came from all over to play. Erskine's coach, Jason Allen, called me a few weeks later and said he was going to recruit me. Coach Allen made the offer in January.''

Ramsey started at point guard for York's basketball team and was a 3-point specialist. Ramsey said he'll miss hoops, but from here on he'll concentrate only on golf.

From now until he reports for college, Ramsey plans to work harder on his putting. That, he said, is his weakest part and he vowed to get better.

Ramsey was the first York boys golfer to make all-region in Class AAAA last year. York coach Chris Black said he'll likely repeat when this season ends.

High-school golfers play nine holes. Ramsey's best score for nine is a 34 and he's averaging 39 strokes per match. His lowest score for 18 holes is 70.

He got his start at age 5, when his dad took him to the course and put a club in his hand. That's all it took. When he was 8, Ramsey joined the York Junior Golf Association Tour. He's been on the high school team since he was in the seventh grade and has lettered every year.

"This is my third golfer to get a scholarship and I'm very happy for Wade,'' Black said. "He's one of the most competitive kids I've ever coached.

"Erskine couldn't have picked a better kid to help start its program. He's a great person, has high character and is outstanding academically.''

Ramsey, a 4.465 grade-point average student, said he's undecided on a major.