YCHS girls’ golfers tee off season with success

genegraham@comporium.netSeptember 10, 2013 

— With two wins against rival Clover, the York Comprehensive High School girls’ golf team is off to a successful start.

First-year head coach Kayla Brooke Ramsey, a former Lady Cougar golf standout, said she is excited about the season. She lauded players for their dedication and for a commitment to the program.

“Our No. 1 player, Sarah Smith, competes year-round,” said Ramsey. “We have other golfers that play in the high school offseason.”

The team defeated Rock Hill High School 186-218 on Monday.

Ramsey has seen several players contribute to the team’s success in the early season. Smith shot 50 and was the medalist for the match in last week’s win against Clover. The York golf team defeated Clover by eight strokes last week, 210 to 218. York defeated Clover 147-149 on Aug. 28.

“Kimball Prosser, Taylor Ramsey and Mallory Prosser also played great and their scores counted in the match,” said Ramsey.

Kimball Prosser carded a 51, Ramsey a 53 and Mallory Prosser shot 56.

Smith, an eighth-grader who was the No. 2 individual player in upper state 4A competition last season, is determined to make her presence felt this year. The all-region performer had an active summer, including participation in the South Carolina Junior Golf Association’s junior league.

“I am driving the ball well and have confidence in my chipping and putting,” Smith said. “I feel good about the season, but there’s always work to do to improve my game.

She added: “Golf is a difficult sport. You never know what will happen from one day to the next.”

The Prosser sisters, who are identical twins, are in their senior season and they have been involved in the program since ninth grade. They both played junior golf during the summer.

“We competed every other Monday in the summer,” said Mallory Prosser. “It’s hard to believe we are seniors.”

Both said they feel good about their tee-shots at this stage of the season.

“Golf is 85 percent mental,” said Kimball. “It requires a proper mindset.”

Ramsey said the key to continued success in the region will be working hard to improve each week.

“I’ve had some experience at the high school level,” said Ramsey. “We advanced to the upper state when I played golf at YCHS.”

The team will play Northwestern at 4 p.m. Thursday at Spring Lake Country Club.

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