Scarboro could be top golfer

Published 9:24 am Friday, August 12, 2011

Franklin High School's golf team members are, from left in front, junior Xavier Freeman, junior Grant Scarboro and freshman Tevin Boone; and in back, eighth-grader Timothy Kreider, junior Zackary Hopkins and Coach David Lease. The Broncos open the season at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Cypress Cove Country Club in Franklin. -- Gwen Albers | Tidewater News

FRANKLIN—Junior Grant Scarboro could be Franklin High School’s top golfer this season.

“He’s been working on his game a lot and he might be the number one,” Coach David Lease said Thursday.

Scarboro began golfing with older brothers Ben, a 2011 FHS graduate who heads to Virginia Tech this fall, and Johnson, a chemical engineer in Jesup, Ga.

“I learned a lot from them,” Grant Scarboro said.

He’s been practicing four days a week and shoots an average of 90 on the par-72 Cypress Cove Country Club course.

Last year’s Tri-Rivers District champions, the Broncos open the season at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16, at Cypress Cove. The district event will include Surry, Sussex and Windsor.

Last year’s season ended with Franklin winning the Tri-Rivers District Tournament for the first time in more than 10 years. The Broncos were 19-3 and advanced to the Region A Tournament in Cape Charles. None of the Broncos placed high enough to qualify for the state tournament in Kilmarnock.

Zackary Hopkins and Tony Bland, who were named to the All-District Team in 2010, are among returning lettermen. Others are Scarboro and juniors Tevin Sumblin, Chad Benton and Clay Blythe.

Others on the team are junior Xavier Freeman, freshman Tevin Boone, eighth-grader Timothy Kreider and senior Emmanuel Ricks.

The Broncos lost one senior from last year’s squad — Ben Scarboro.

Lease said he believes the Broncos have a shot at another district title.

“Every year is a new year,” he said. “There’s some new golfers and we’ve worked hard. There’s a lot of good competition out there.”

Other players off to a good start are Hopkins and Sumblin, Lease said.