Freshman Wills Kelly shot a 4-over par 74 to win the medalist honors while helping lead the Camden High golf team to the Region 4-AAA championship at the Camden Country Club on Monday.
The host Bulldogs finished with a final 324 total followed by Indian Land at 375 and Chester, which carded a 439 score as a team.
Camden’s top four golfers earned All-Region 4-AAA honors as Kelly was joined by sophomore Even Younghans, junior Patrick Lindsay and Zack Cameron, an eighth-grader, on the all-conference squad.
“Wills played closer to what he’s capable of playing,” said Camden head coach Matt McCarley of Kelly’s round on Monday. “His score could have even been better but, that’s golf.
“Wills finished in the top 15 as an individual player at last year’s AAA state championship tournament so, we expect big things from him.”
The Bulldog boss said he likes the way his team is rounding into shape as the weather becomes more conducive to playing golf.
“Evan Younghans and Patrick Lindsay have been playing better toward the end of the season,” McCarley said. “David Bishop (a sophomore) and Zack Cameron have been playing well as has (sophomore) Robert Inabinet.”
After not having qualified for the state tournament as team in 2017, McCarley said his current squad could rectify that when Camden competes in the AAA Upper State tournament which will be played on Monday, May 7 at Boscobel Golf & Country Club in Pendleton.
“I expect us to play well. I expect us to have a good tournament and advance to the state tournament the following week in Seneca. Anything less than that will be a disappointment,” McCarley said of his goals for the Bulldogs.
“We did not play as well in the Upper State, as we expected to last year. I fully expect us to play well next week. This team is better equipped mentally and physically to handle it.”