CLOVER — Lyn Harper, head girls’ golf coach at Clover High School, knows about molding young talent into competitive players in the 4A ranks.
“We lost our No. 1 player to graduation last year,” said Harper. “We have a very young team that started a little slow in the early season. But we have a good group that is working hard to improve and making progress.”
The Clover team lost two early matches to York, falling to the Lady Cougars 210 to 218 on Sept. 4. York also defeated Clover 147-149 on Aug. 28.
Senior mainstay Chelsea Carpenter, a fifth-year player, is keenly aware of the challenges of high school golf. Carpenter admits it doesn’t seem like she should be a senior.
“It’s gone by so fast,” she said of a high school career that began as an eighth-grade golfer.
Carpenter said she is always striving to improve her game, including offseason practice on the links. “I feel good about my final season,” she said. “I am driving the ball well. There’s always work to do on my chipping and putting. Most high school golfers need to spend extra time on their total game, especially the chipping and putting.”
Sarah Reid, a sophomore, is in her second year of competing at the high school level. She’s building her game as the season continues.
“I like the way I am hitting my tee shots at the present time,” Reid said of the phase of the game she considers her strength.
Reid said the keys to success for the Lady Blue Eagle are to strive to improve and for the players to remain supportive of their teammates. “We have only five players,” she said. “We have to stay focused.”
Other golfers contributing to the program this season include freshman Addison Stanford and eighth-graders Alyssa Campbell and Paige Coffey.
Though the team is young by high school golf standards, Harper said the goals remain the same each year.
“Our goal of finishing in the top four in the region and qualifying for the upper state is very reachable,” she said. “This will always be our goal.”
The CHS girls’ golf team will compete at Nation Ford at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Springfield Golf Club.