Fort Mill golfers qualify for Upper State

mbanks@comporium.netOctober 18, 2013 

Fort MillÕs Catherine Blum tees off the first tee at Lancaster Golf Club. Blum led the Lady Jackets to a fourth place finish at the Region tournament qualifying them for the Upper State tournament this week.

MAC BANKS - SPECIAL TO THE FORT MILL TIMES — Mac Banks - Special to the Fort Mill Times

— The Fort Mill High Lady Jackets golf team will head to Three Pine Golf Club in Woodruff for the Upper State tournament after finishing fourth this week during the Region III-AAAA tournament at Lancaster Golf Course.

Fort Mill shot a 393, just three shots back from third place York, which shot a 390.

The tournament consisted of 18 holes at the 78-year-old course that runs 4,967 yards for the ladies and is a par 73. Of the 35 players to play the course, only one person shot under par – South Pointe’s Chandler Case, who shot a 69 in leading her squad to a Region title as the team shot a 301.

Leading the Lady Jackets was Catherine Blum, who shot a 96. She was followed by Devin Sallenger with a 97, Alex O’ Neill (99) and Randi Smith (101). Those close scores helped Fort Mill make it to the Upper State tournament, where they have to finish in the top eight to qualify for the S.C. State Tournament Oct. 28-29 in Longs.

“I’m glad we were consistent,” Fort Mill head coach Steve Gribble said. “It helped a lot. This course, there are three or four holes you can lose a lot on. We are better than what we shot through.”

Nation Ford finished seventh in the tournament after two players did not post scores, thus closing the doors on their chance to qualify.

“It was a disappointing day,” Lady Falcons’ head coach Jaybe Shackleford said. “We had some scores to build on. We are very young and looking forward to the future. The experience will do them good in the future.”

Nation Ford was led by Cameron Levosky, who shot a 101. Her score was followed by a 103 from Shannon Maguire and a 147 from Francesca Ferrell.

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