The Boiling Springs Bulldogs came from four shots off the pace to win the prestigious Southern Cross High School championship at the Palmetto Golf Club in Aiken.
The Bulldogs improved on their first round score of 220 by eight shots to move past their Region rival Gaffney and win the tournament by 12- shots.
“This is a big one for us,” said Boiling Springs golf coach Josh Pruitt. “It is our first win in this tournament and sets us up to make a post season run again this year,” he said
The Bulldogs Trent Phillips made it a sweep of events at the Palmetto Club. The top-junior in South Carolina shot a 66 in the final round to win the individual title by four-shots.
Last summer he won the Palmetto Amateur at the club and now adds the title in the Southern Cross to his golfing resume. Only a handful of golfers have won both the Southern Cross and the Palmetto Amateur. Current PGA Tour player Ben Martin from Greenwood is in that category.
The Bulldogs are the defending AAAA (now playing as AAAAA) champions in South Carolina. The team has had strong competition this year from Gaffney. The Indians finished as the runner-up to the Bulldogs last year. A victory over the field which included Gaffney restores some of the swagger the Bulldogs have had during their run of three straight state championships.
“The next three weeks are the most important weeks of the year. We need to play like this to win another state championship,” said Pruitt.
The Southern Cross is played by four players with three scores used for the team. Regular high school tournaments included five players with four scores counted.
In addition to Phillips, the winning team included Harrison and Graham Corbin along with Josh Sprouse.
After Boiling Springs and Gaffney, AAAA power A.C. Flora of Columbia was third. Cannon School finished in fourth place with Hilton Head Christian and Christ Church tying for fifth place.
Phillips was tied with Harry Reynolds of Christ Church and Cody Transou of Gaffney after the first round. The three golfers all shot 71.
Phillips final round score of 66 was one shot better than the best round he shot in winning the Palmetto Amateur.
Reynolds finished in second place four shots back. Dan Azallion of Hilton Head Christian was third while Ian Stewart of Flora and James May of Ninety Six tied for fourth.
The Bulldogs will next play in the AAAAA Region II tournament on Tuesday at Cherokee National in Gaffney.