Hilton Head Prep golfer Tyler Williams is only a junior, but his process for deciding where to play golf after high school is well under way.
Williams, who plays in the No. 1 spot for the Dolphins, recently received a visit from Michigan State University coaches at an area tournament. He flew to the school last week to tour the facilities and meet with coaches. The Spartans told Williams seven players were competing for three spots on the team, and that coaches would continue to monitor his play throughout the summer.
"That's what most schools have basically said," Williams said. "It depends on how things go this summer. That can be a big opener."
Williams has other visits planned. He is also considering Penn State, Iowa State, Furman, College of Charleston and the University of Houston.
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His showcases will consist of American Junior Golf Association events. In the meantime, Williams and his Prep teammates will try to win a state title later this month at Quail Creek Golf Club in Conway.
Williams switched schools before the school year from Hilton Head High, where he had played golf since seventh grade. He said the Dolphins should be able to compete for the SCISAA Class 3-A crown.
"I'm having a good time with it," he said. "We have a great team this year. I think we'll have a good run at it."
CLASH OF CAROLINAS SOCCER ROSTERS ANNOUNCED
A trio of Beaufort County soccer players have been selected to take part in the fifth annual Clash of the Carolinas all-star soccer games, scheduled for July 9 at Blackbaud Stadium.
Beaufort High School midfielder Andrew Settlemire and Hilton Head High defender Will McCarty will represent Team South Carolina, which leads the overall series 1-0-3.
Seahawks forward Sara Manesiotis is the lone selection for the girls squad of Team South Carolina. North Carolina leads the girls series 2-1-1.
All three area selections are seniors.
For full rosters of the teams, visit clashofthecarolinas.com.
LACROSSE PLAYERS TO COMPETE IN NATIONAL TOURNAMENT
Hilton Head High's Sammi Burns and Jenna Sheeran will represent the Lower Atlantic South Carolina team in a national tournament May 28-29 in Stony Brook, N.Y. Both players will be making their second appearance in a national event after they were selected for last year's event in Baltimore.
Bluffton High School's Gabby Ciavolino was chosen as an alternate.
EAGLES SOFTBALL OFFERS FREE ADMISSION
Beaufort High School's softball program will offer free admission Friday to junior varsity and varsity softball games against Battery Creek to girls who play softball for Beaufort County PALS or at the middle school level. Girls must wear their team jersey to gain admission. Barbecue will be sold for $8 a plate, which includes sides and tea, or $25 for a Boston butt, chopped and bagged. Barbecue pre-orders can be placed by calling 524-1553.
BATTERY CREEK TO HOST FOOTBALL CAMP
Former Battery Creek standout and Arena Football League quarterback Collin Drafts will conduct a football camp May 21 at Battery Creek's football stadium.
The camp will be held from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. and is open to all ages. Cost is $50 for those who register before the camp or $75 for walk-ups. For information and to register, visit www.newschoolfootball.com/camps or call 367-9633.