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Golf team competes in state tournament

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Estill – Patrick Henry’s golf team has become a fixture in the Class A state golf tournament, having competed in the event for the last several years.

The team again qualified for the state tournament in 2017 after winning the region championship. Coach Mike McCoy’s hopes for his team was a top three finish but that did not materialize this spring.

The tournament, contested at the Hackler Course in Conway, was originally scheduled to be a two-day, 36-hole event. However, bad weather on day one forced the cancellation of the round and the championship was reduced to an 18-hole contest.

Patrick Henry had a bad day of golf and wound up in sixth-place in the final team standings. The Patriots combined to shoot 402 in the round, finishing 50 strokes behind state champion Charleston Collegiate. The top three finishers were within eight strokes as Lowcountry Prep scored 355, followed by Beaufort Academy at 360.

Fourth-place finisher Holly Hill, a team Patrick Henry beat twice in the regular season as a fellow region member, shot 393. Newberry Academy was fifth at 397.

“It’s unfortunate that the weather forced us to a one day event and we just didn’t play well on that day,” McCoy said. “I would like to think if we had another 18 holes, we could have put it together and moved up a few spots. We ended up nine shots out of fourth and I think we could have made up some ground. But, it was 18 holes and we didn’t play our best. It was a tough day for us. That’s how it goes sometimes.”

Patrick Henry went to the state tournament with a roster of underclassmen, including a pair of sixth-graders. Neil Chassereau was the team’s top scorer with an 89. Sophomore Telie McCoy, the stroke leader for the season, shot 91. Junior Clayton Richards finished his round at 103, followed by sixth-graders Carswell Daniel (119) and Liam Peeples (122).

“Certainly Telie and Neil were capable of playing better and maybe a second day would have seen them play better,” McCoy said. “None of our top five played to their full potential on that day. We all know we were better than we performed.”

McCoy, Chassereau and Daniel earned all-region honors for the regular season.

With the entire team expected to return in 2018, McCoy says raising the level of expectations is reasonable.

“I noticed a lot of the teams in Class A had a lot of seniors and we have everyone coming back,” the coach said. “I feel like if we can improve and get stronger, we should be a very competitive team next spring. I definitely think we will have a better chance of contending next year. That’s exciting for us as a program.”

The Patrick Henry baseball team qualified for the Class A state playoffs this spring, finishing the regular season with an 11-6 record.

 The Patriots opened the playoffs with a best-of-three series with Laurens Academy, taking the series in two straight games. They moved on to the state semi-final round against region foe Dorchester Academy and lost the first two games of that series (14-0, 20-3) to finish with a 13-8 record.

The team will lose four valuable seniors in Alex Jones, outfielder Gill Griner, first baseman Reeves Altman and outfielder Mitchell Hanna.

The team’s top player, sophomore Kennedy Fairey, will return to anchor the team next season. Fairey was the team’s top pitcher and led the team in hitting. He also manned the shortstop position defensively.

Junior Batten Bostick, sophomores Garrett Griner and William Cone, and freshman Kyle Jarrell provided solid contributions as well this season.

 

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