LANCASTER — Both Fort Mill and Nation Ford High qualified for the Upper State golf tourney held this week in Greer.
Fort Mill finished second and Nation Ford finished fourth in the Region III tournament at Lancaster Golf Club. The Jackets finished just four shots back from Region winner Clover, which shot a 637. Nation Ford shot a 659 as a team, a good 15 strokes ahead of fifth place York.
Both clubs now head to Willow Creek Golf Club this week in hopes of qualifying for the state tournament May 13 and 14 at Furman University. The Upper State tournament is a one-day 18-hole tournament with the top eight schools qualifying for the state tournament.
In the Region tournament at the par 72, 6,500 plus yard golf course in Lancaster, the Jackets were led by Cory Brooks, who shot two rounds of 77 for 36 holes for a 154. Brooks missed being named medalist for the tournament by one stroke finishing in second place individually behind South Pointe’s Briar Herd, who shot a 153.
Following Brooks for Fort Mill was Corey Caudle, with a round of 85 and a round of 79 for a 164. Ryan Long, Graham Carter and Andrew Blum each shot 165 to finish out the scoring.
Long shot rounds of 82-83, Carter shot 86-79 and Blum shot 79-86 for Fort Mill.
Nation Ford had their bunch of scores clustered together.
Corey Verhage and John Neal each shot a 162 to lead the Falcons. Verhage shot a 77-85, while Neal was a more consistent 81 for both rounds.
The Falcons’ Tyler Welliver shot a 166 with rounds of 85 and 82, while Jack Burson finished Nation Ford’s scoring with a 169 at 87-82.