CLOVER — The Clover High School boys’ golf team defeated York Monday afternoon at Spring Lake Country Club to remain unbeaten for the season with a 5-0 record.
The Blue Eagles finished with a team score of 164 while the Cougars shot 177 as a team.
Eighth-grade CHS golfer Andrew White finished with a sizzling 36 to earn medalist honors.
Quinn Smith, a senior, wasn’t far behind, with a 39 total. Senior Will Vowell was next at 44, and sophomore Harrison Parrish finished with a 45.
While head coach Eric Harper said he is pleased with the Blue Eagles’ position atop the Region 3-AAAA standings and 5-0 start to the season, he is looking for more consistency as a team.
“We’re shooting lower than our opponents,” the CHS coach said. “But the players still haven’t reached their full potential. We’re looking for more consistency.”
Harper commended senior Spencer Walker and Smith for their contributions to the success of the team this season.
Smith is a third-year varsity participant. He knows not to try to do too much with his game until the region tournament is held in May.
“I am keeping the ball in play in early-season matches,” Smith said. “I can be more aggressive from 120 yards in.”
Smith feels there are better days ahead for the Blue Eagle team.
“We are young, but I feel good about the team’s potential,” he said.
Walker is in his sixth year as a Blue Eagle golf participant, having contributed to the program as a seventh-grader.
“I need some work in some phases of the game but there are some positive things about my game in the early season,” Walker said. “I am hitting the ball well with my irons and putter. It’s all about consistency. You don’t have to shoot a low score every time.”
The CHS coach said there are several ways to prepare for the region tournament showdown in May.
“We’ve played against strong teams in a couple tournaments,” Harper said.
He said the River Hills Country Club course makes the Blue Eagles a better team.
“River Hills is a demanding course,” Harper said. “That’s where we practice.”