NaFo golf team splits pair of matches

mbanks@comporium.netMarch 17, 2014 

Nation Ford’s Will Grantham watches a drive off the range at Springfield Golf Club before his match against South Pointe.

MAC BANKS

— The Nation Ford boys’ golf team split two matches to open its season last week.

New coach Richard Hilton said he expects his team’s experience to be a key to success.

“We got a lot of experience coming back,” Hilton said. “They understandably know what they need to do. I think we will get better as the season goes on. I think we will be very competitive this year.”

Hilton said he will have his bottom three golfers competing with the JV golfers to see who will fill those spots this season as they will interchange throughout the year.

Nation Ford opened the season with a 172-175 win over Rock Hill at Springfield Golf Club. Riley Hilton led the way with an even par 36 for the Falcons. His score was followed with a 42 from Mac Brindle, a 45 from Jack Burson and a 49 from Will Grantham.

Things didn’t go as well against South Pointe as the Falcons were edged 169-171.

Nation Ford was led by Burson with a 39, followed by Hilton’s 40. Grantham shot a 42 and Brindle rounded out the scoring for the Falcons with a 50.

Nation Ford’s schedule doesn’t have it playing at Springfield, its home course, much this season. The Falcons have three more home matches on the season, including one this week against Northwestern. The team doesn’t return home until its faces Fort Mill and Clover in April.

The Falcons are involved in three tournaments this year with the first one coming up this week at the Stallion Invitational at Pinetuck Golf Club.

The team will also play in the Bengal Invitational in Columbia in April and the Fleischer Invitational in Rock Hill, also in April.

The Region III-AAAA tournament is slated for May 1 at the Chester Golf Club.

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