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Chapman girls golf finishes tied for sixth at state meet

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

Inman – By all accounts, the Chapman girls golf team exceeded expectations this season.

The Lady Panthers finished 12th out of 14 teams in the upper state last year, but rebounded to finish fourth this year and qualify for the state tournament.

CHS wound up tied for 6th place with Chensee – the only team that had beaten them in the regular season. The squad finished 7-3-1 in match play overall.

“That was kind of our goal heading into state was to keep pace with Chesnee,” head coach Philip Brannon said. “…I think playing them as many times as we did really helped us toward the end of the year – and it definitely helped us when we played other matches, too.”

Chapman returns its top three golfers for next season. Olivia Ireland won Region Player of the Year and is just an eighth-grader. She won the region tournament with a score of 78 and shot an 82 on both days of the state tournament.

“I really expect her to compete for the region (the next few) years,” Brannon said. “But I really think she’ll be able to compete with some of the top golfers in our region and hopefully qualify for state each year.”

Sophomore Audrey Foster was the No. 2 golfer for the Lady Panthers the season with junior Sierra Vinson in the No. 3 spot. Vinson also made the All-Region team.

The two seniors on the team came up big at the state meet in the Nos. 4 and 5 spots. Kirby Brown shot a 93 on the first day of the tournament and Bailey Condrey shot a 92.

“They had their best showings at State, and they were really a big reason why we were able to tie Chesnee and finish as high as we did,” Brannon said.

Sydney Strawbridge was the No. 6 golfer for Chapman, and was part of a group that had only one score of more than 100 during the two-day state tourney.

“It definitely helps when the entire team can be consistent and we were fortunate to have that this year,” Brannon said. 

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