Thursday, April 17, 2014
Georgetown High’s boys golf team is eyeing a spot in the Lower State team tournament.
“I’m hoping we all show to play and everybody plays well on the same day and we can get the job done and advance to Lower State,” said coach Kaith Young.
Living in the “golf capital of the world” fills Region VII-AAA with the “cream of the [golf] crop,” Young said, but also makes the Bulldogs more competitive.
The region also includes St. James, Socastee, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Wilson. Only the top four teams advance to the Lower State tournament. The top eight teams then advance to the State tournament to face off against the top eight teams in the Upper State.
“I’d like to do it as a team this year because these guys have been playing together for awhile,” Young said. “They like each other. They know each other. They’re friends on and off the golf course. It would be nice for them to go as a team.”
Senior Evan Runion qualified for the individual Lower State and State tournaments last year. He is joined on the Georgetown team by fellow seniors Doc Young and Carter Weaver, and freshmen Hannah Fesperman, Will Marlowe and Patrick Walsh.
With three seniors and three freshmen, coach Young said the team is young and old at the same time.
“They’re a good group of kids,” coach Young said. “You never have to worry about behavioral issues, which you shouldn’t in golf anyway.”
In the past the coach has encountered players who only join the team because their parents want them to play a sport.
Not this year’s players.
“They want to compete and they want to get better,” coach Young said.
Runion, who will golf for Spartanburg Methodist College in the fall, has “good swing and works at it very hard,” said coach Young.
Runion joined the Georgetown High golf team as a freshman, and has seen participation grow under coach Young’s leadership.
Doc Young said the program has “gotten better” in the last few years.
“A lot of us take it more seriously,” he added.
Coach Young said Doc Young and Weaver both have the ability to play at the next level.
With year-round programs like Junior Golf, high school golf has evolved quite a bit since Coach Young played.
“To be good at golf you have to play year-round anyway. To compete at this level you have to play year-round and you have to really want to be out here.”
Fesperman plays year-round, and on both of Georgetown High’s teams: the girls in the fall, and the boys in the spring.
She likes the extra practice with playing for both teams.
“It’s not much of a difference but I like [the boys team] better because they’re more competitive and they play faster,” Fesperman said.