CHESTER – Both Fort Mill and Nation Ford girls’ golf teams qualified for the 5A Upper State golf tournament next week with their play Monday at Chester Golf Club in the Region 3-5A tournament.
Fort Mill finished second behind winner Gaffney, while Nation Ford finished fourth at the 18-hole tournament. The Jackets shot a 349 behind Gaffney’s 332. Boiling Springs was third with a 351 and Nation Ford shot a 357 to finish fourth.
Both the Jackets and Falcons will head back to Chester Golf Club next Monday, Oct. 18 to play in the 5A Upper State tournament looking to finish in the top eight in the tournament to advance to the 5A state tournament held Oct. 25-26 at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence.
Fort Mill was led by MacKenzie Finn, who shot an 83 (40-43) and made the All-Region team. Her score was followed by an 85 (39-46) from Greycen Baker and an 89 (43-46) from Sam Benton. The Jackets’ Kinsley Delcourt rounded out the scoring with a 92 (42-50).
Jackets’ head coach Judd Dye said he was proud of how his team played and was looking for a score of 350 when they came into the tournament. Fort Mill didn’t play at Chester before the tournament, but was able to manage the par 72 course without an issue.
“I felt like under 350 had a chance to do it (qualify),” he said. “We didn’t play our best. We have room to improve.”
For Nation Ford, the Falcons were led by Vivian Harris, who shot a 75 (36-39) and was named to the All-Region team. She was followed with an 87 (40-47) from Katie Griggs and then a 93 (44-49) from Fharren Coleman. Sara McCaskill finished the scoring for Nation Ford with a 102 (51-51).
Falcons’ head coach Amelio Rodriguez said three of his golfers – Harris, Griggs and Coleman, all shot personal best. The team improved on their best score of the season by 12 strokes. Rodriguez said he feels like his team is peaking at the right time of the season.
“I think we are,” he said. “The girls have been putting in the work.”
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