South Carolina crowned four boys championship teams and four medalists in action around the state on Tuesday. Several teams were repeat winners as were several individuals as the high school season was completed.
BOILING SPRINGS AND PHILLIPS REPEAT AS AAAA CHAMPIONS
The Boiling Springs Bulldogs were tied with Easley after the first round of the AAAA Championship presented for the 77th year by the Kiwanis Club of Greenville. The tournament was played at the Furman University Golf Course.
Boiling Springs shot a 595 total to break out of tie with Easley and win the championship. the Green Wave shot a 605 total to claim second place for the second year in a row.
Trent Phillips of the Bulldogs repeated as state AAAA champion. The young golfer from Boiling Spring shot a two day total of 138. He was the only golfer in the field to post two rounds under par.
Phillips broke out of a tie with Christian Woods of Summerville. Ky Matsumoto of Fort Dorchester finished in second place four shots behind Phillips. Trevor Phillips, Trent’s older brother finished in third place with a 145 total.
The second round of the tournament was washed out by rule on Monday making the state championship event 36 holes instead of the scheduled 54 hole tournament.
Gaffney made a good run at second place, but shot a 612 total to finish third, one shot ahead of Dorman at 613.
The All-State AAAA team included an unusual member. Lauren Stephenson of Lexington earned her second All-State honor this year. Stephenson, a Clemson signee, won the AAAA Girls Championship last fall and made All-State.
She joins Academic Magnet of North Charleston’s Annika Bovender, a future Furman golfer as the only two girl golfers to make All-State in both the boys and girls State Championships in the same school year.
AAAA All-State Selections (based on order of finish in the AAAA Championship)
1 Trent Phillips 138 (Boiling Springs) 2 Ky Matsumoto 142 (Fort Dorchester) 3 Trevor Phillips 145 (Boiling Springs) 4 Alec Weary 146 (Bluffton) 5 (Four Tied at 147), Lauren Stephenson (Lexington), Jordan Warnock (Dorman), Matt Carter (Easley), Reed Bentley (Byrnes) 9 (Three Tied at 149) George Eubanks (Dorman), Christian Woods (Summerville), Seth Taylor (Gaffney), 12 Jonathan Costello 149 (Byrnes)
FLORA COMES BACK TO TOP WREN FOR AAA TITLE
A.C. Flora won its sixth straight AAA title with a come from behind effort to top first round leader Wren High School.
The Falcons shot a final round total of 2-under par 286 to make up the three stroke lead Wren had on Flora after the first round.
Wren finished in second with a 597 total, six shots behind the Falcons.
Myrtle Beach was third with Emerald and Hilton Head tied for fifth place.
The individual title was won by future Gamecock golfer Caleb Proveaux of Gilbert. Proveaux topped future Clemson golfer Coleman Self from Emerald on the first playoff hole for AAA medalist honors.
Woods Little and Sawyer Mills of Wren, Weston Sanders and Coleman Self of Emerald along with Jacob Bridgeman of Chapman earned AAA All-State Honors.
CHRIST CHURCH AND FOX WIN CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Christ Church Cavaliers won their third straight state championship. The Cavaliers posted a 39 shot victory over St. Joseph’s for the championship.
Ware Shoals finished in third place with Southside Christian taking the fourth spot, East Clarendon was fifth and Greer Middle College was sixth in the tournament played at the Cheraw State Park Golf Course.
Pierce Fox started the day tied with St. Joseph’s Christian Baliker, one shot behind teammate Jackson Weede.
In the final round Fox and Baliker finished in a tie for the top spot and went to a playoff to determine the Class A medalist.
Fox was able to par the playoff hole and recorded the win and top honors in Class A. All five Christ Church golfers earned All-State honors.
All State Honors
1 Pierce Fox (Won Playoff) 139 Christ Church, 2 Christian Baliker 139 St. Joseph’s, 3 Harry Reynolds 143 Christ Church, 4 Kyle Eggenberger 144 Fox Creek, 5 Michael McKee 145 Ware Shoals, 6 Jackson Weede 146 Christ Church, 7 Alex Mahaffey 147 Christ Church, 8 Grant Sellers 151McBee, 9 Daniel Dietrich 153 Southside Christian, 10 (Three tied at 154) Stephen Reynolds, Christ Church, Ben Loudermilk St Joseph’s, Walker Buist Fox Creek.
BISHOP ENGLAND WINS AA CHAMPIONSHIP
Bishop England won the South Carolina AA championship at the Charleston National Golf Club. BE topped Waccamaw by 16 shots to win the title.
Andrew Jackson finished in a third place tie with Ninety Six while Pendleton came in fifth.
Jamie Wilson of Bishop England shot a two day total of 148. He had a 69 and 79 to win medalist honors by one shot over Logan Sowell of Andrew Jackson.
Will Jackson finished in third place while James May of Ninety Six was fourth. Anthony Sutton of Buford finished in fifth place while Colt Martin of Pendleton tied for sixth place with Annika Bovender of Academic Magnet in North Charleston.
Bovender, who won the AA individual girls championship last fall joins Lexington’s Lauren Stephenson as All-State golfers in both the girl’s and boy’s championships.