Bailey Goode is going to Spartanburg Methodist College to play golf, where he could well be the proverbial diamond in the rough.

Goode fooled around a few times on the golf course as a kid, but he never played on the Laurens District High team until his sophomore year and didn’t take up the game seriously until his junior year. Since then, he’s risen up the charts with a bullet. He’s not a hit record yet, but he’s on his way.

In a year, Goode’s average for nine holes (most high school matches) has improved by about eight strokes, from 53 to 45. He’s played almost every day for a year and a half, mostly at Ware Shoals, the Rolling S in Waterloo and the Raiders’ home course, Lakeside Country Club.

“It’s really been good to have him on our team,” coach Jim Iacuone said. “He has a great deal of enthusiasm about golf. He’s really picked it up.”

Goode expects to pursue a two-year business curriculum at SMC and then transfer to a four-year school, likely Lander.