It was back to match competition Wednesday morning for the Spring Hill Bears and Lady Bears golf teams hosting Camden Harmony Grove to begin the 2017 golf season at Hope Country Club.

It was back to match competition Wednesday morning for the Spring Hill Bears and Lady Bears golf teams hosting Camden Harmony Grove to begin the 2017 golf season at Hope Country Club.

In two varsity matches for nine holes of golf action, Camden Harmony Grove came away to win the boys and girls showdown against Spring Hill.

For the boys match, the Bears finished with a team total score of 162 and Camden Harmony Grove finishing with 154 to only prevail by only eight strokes. Despite the tough defeat, the top golfer of the day came from Bears' golfer Colby Light who finished with overall top honors of both matches as medalist. Light finished the day shooting 40 for the boys overall top score.

Teammates Brady Whatley shot 56 and Ramsey Brown finished at 66 in their debut match of the 2017 golf season. For C.H. Grove, Luke Rogers finished with 46, Dawson Poindexter shot 52, Alec Nixon had 56 and Jayce Posey shot 57 to round out the visiting Hornets.

For the girls, the Lady Bears totaled for a team score of 169 to fall short to C.H. Grove Lady Hornets with 153. C.H. Grove's Sidney Pigott was medalist for the girls and shot 45. Laurie Ledbetter finished with 47, Grace Vint shot 61 and Alyssa Mantooth finished with 64 for the visiting Lady Hornets. For the Lady Bears, Graycee Barham led Spring Hill and shot 50, Jada Quillin finished at 55 and Jordyn Murphy shot 64.

SHS golfers will look to return to varsity golf competition on Monday August 7 hosting De Queen and Parkers Chapel at the Hope Country Club. Tee off set at 10 a.m.

With a background of championship glory in Spring Hill boys and girls golf program, they've caught the attention of all high school teams in Class 2A. Last season, the Bears finished runner-ups at the district tournament and third overall at the Class 2A state boys golf championships. The trio of Light, Whatley and Brown all were apart of last year's team to bring experience back for this season. The Bears golf team lose Garrett Davis the lone senior during the 2016 season and finished with a success during his four-year golf career at Spring Hill. Light finished last season with Class 2A All-State honors and just two strokes shy from qualifying for the overall tournament last year at the state championships in Camden.

For the four-time Class 2A state champion Lady Bears golf team, they finished last season district tournament runner-ups and qualified to compete at the Class 2A state girls championships for a fifth consecutive year. Barham, who returns this season and a member from the 2015 state championship Lady Bears team qualified to compete at the overall golf tournament last year. Losing Christi Chambless and Cait Light, who graduated last year and finished their careers with state golf championships in Spring Hill girls golf program leave successful legacies for teams in the future.

Quillin participated during golf season in 2016 and returns this year with experience with newcomer Murphy on board to help add more success to the Lady Bears golf program.

Spring Hill golf teams are scheduled for three home matches this season before hosting the district tournament Sept. 18-19 at the Hope Country Club. The Class 2A girls state tournament scheduled Sept. 25-26 in Camden and boys state tournament set Oct. 2-3 in Conway. Spring Hill golf teams are under the direction of head coach Roy Whatley.