Chanute’s Cleaver competes at NHSGA Nationals in North Carolina

Drayton Cleaver climbs 20 spots in the final day of competition.

CHANUTE, Kan. – Chanute High School’s Drayton Cleaver had the chance to compete this week with more than 330 of the best high school golfers in the United States – playing at the NHSGA National Invitational in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

The tournament is invitation only – featuring players who have won their respective state championships as a team or as an individual.

Cleaver finished as the KSHSAA 4A State Champion for Chanute back in May.

This week’s tournament was a three-day, 54-hole tournament. Cleaver shot a 75 (+3) on day one and a 77 (+5) on day two – before finishing up with his best round of the week – posting a 73 (+1) on Wednesday.

His final-round score moved him 20 spots up the leaderboard in the final day, giving him a T-34th finish.

“Overall, this week was definitely a tough week from a golf standpoint,” Cleaver says, “The first day I had a terrible day on the putting green. On the second day, I had a quadruple bogey and a double bogey. The last day I struck the ball absolutely awfully. However, it feels really good to be able to score decent without having my best stuff and place 34th out of 333 state champions.”

“It was definitely a cool experience to get to play in the National Invitational again,” Cleaver finishes, “Pinehurst is an amazing place with some great golf, and it’s great to experience it in a tournament format.”

Cleaver graduated from Chanute High School in May, and will continue his golf career in college at Division II Ferris State – located in Big Rapids, Michigan.