Fort Mill golfers qualify for Upper State; York nudges NaFo for final berth

mbanks@comporium.netMay 5, 2014 

Fort Mill’s Cory Brooks helped to lead the Jackets to a third place finish in the Region III golf tournament at Chester last week.

MAC BANKS

— With a third place finish in the Region III tournament, the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets qualified for the Upper State tournament this week in Greer.

Fort Mill shot a 655 as a team in the 36-hole tournament finishing a stroke ahead of York, which placed fourth to get the final qualifying spot. Nation Ford finished fifth missing out of the final spot by 19 strokes. The Jackets were scheduled to play a first-round match at Willow Creek Golf Club Tuesday.

The region tournament was held at the 6,811-yard par 72 Chester Golf Club. Fort Mill was led by Ryan Seco, who shot back-to-back rounds of 81 for a 162.

His scores were followed by fairly consistent rounds from Cory Brooks and Shuler Cotton. The two shot identical rounds of 165 (83-82).

Austin Hite also shot a 165 for Fort Mill with rounds of 82 and 83. Graham Carter shot rounds of 85 and 81 for a 166 for the Jackets.

Most of Nation Ford’s players struggled. The Falcons were led by Jack Burson, who started the first 18 holes with a 74, but followed with an 83 for a 157 total. Mac Brindle shot a 170 total, with rounds of 86 and 84 and Riley Hilton shot a 172 with rounds of 90 and 82.

Will Grantham finished with a 176 (91-85) and Will Howell finished with a 178 (93-85) for Nation Ford, which was in fourth place after the first round. However, the Falcons were leap-froged by York, which improved its first round score by 28 strokes to seize fourth place after Nation Ford only improved its second round score by seven strokes.

Team scores

1. Clover 317-318--635, 2. South Pointe 315-321--636, 3. Fort Mill 329-326--655, 4. York 342-314--656, 5. Nation Ford 341-334--675, 6. Northwestern 347-334--681, 7. Rock Hill 354-336--690, 8. Lancaster 350-358--708.

Fort Mill - Cory Brooks 83-82--165, Shuler Cotton 83-82--165, Graham Carter 85-81--166, Ryan Seco 81-81--162, Austin Hite 82-83 – 165.

Nation Ford - Jack Burson 74-83--157, Riley Hilton 90-82--172, Will Grantham 91-85--176, Mac Brindle 86-84--170, Will Howell 93-85 – 178.

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