The Boiling Springs Bulldogs not only won the Region III AAAAA girl’s golf championship they dominated the 18 hole tournament.
The Bulldogs placed all five of their golfers on the All-Region team and won the title by 29 shots.
The last girl’s high school ranking had the Bulldogs as the second ranked team in AAAAA golf. Only the defending champions from Lexington is rated higher than the Bulldogs.
Boiling Springs shot a 301 total to top the field. Byrnes shot 330, Dorman shot 344, Gaffney posted a 355 score and Spartanburg finished at 365.
The Vikings Elle Johnson won the individual Region championship shooting a 2-under par 70 at The Country Club of Spartanburg.
Victoria Hall of Byrnes carded a 1-under par 71 to finish second. Both Johnson, Hall and Spartanburg’s Anna Morgan joined the five Boiling Springs golfers on the All-Region team.
Madison Dixon was the top Bulldog in the tournament. The 7th grader shot a 1-over par 73 to finish third.
Sydney Roberts posted a 3-over par 75, Isabella Britt finished with a 76 and Caitlyn Cash and Amber Amaker each shot 77s to all make the Region all-star team.
“We have achieved one of our team goals,” said Bulldog golf coach Kyle Scruggs. “When the season started we wanted to win region and win the Upper State. We have never done that and that is our next goal,” said the coach.
Boiling Springs, Byrnes, Dorman and Gaffney along with Region champion Johnson all will play next week at the Carolina Country Club for the Upper State title and the right to go to the state championship.
“We have a very young team, but they are playing well right now and each golfer can contribute a good score in a tournament,” said the coach.
Dixon is the youngest member of the team. Newcomer Britt is a freshman, Roberts is in eighth grade while Cash is a sophomore and Amaker is the oldest player on the team and a junior at Boiling Springs.
Scruggs does not want the team to start thinking about the state championship just yet. However, if the Bulldogs continue to play the way they have so far this season they hope they can challenge Lexington for the AAAAA title.
“Lexington is a great team with major college players. Gracyn Burgess is the player of the year in the state. The last time we played in a tournament with them we got within six shots. It is going to be very difficult to catch them especially since the state championship is on their home course,” said Skruggs.
Lexington won their 12th straight Region title and qualified for the Lower State championship tournament. They also placed all five of their golfers on the All-Region team.
With the progress the Boiling Springs team has made over the past few years Skruggs believes his team can compete for a state title in the future. He also believes the girls can eventually be as successful as the Bulldog boys team which has dominated state high school golf.
“We have a chance to get better and with all the young players who are playing so well right now we have the chance to be a good program,” concluded Skruggs.