The AAA High School championship was scheduled for a 36 hole tournament, however the tornado that hit Spartanburg near the River Falls Plantation golf course was unscheduled.
The first round of the tournament began in rainy weather and playing conditions kept getting worse.
“We tried to get the round in, but the weather was just so bad we had to bring the players in off the course,” said Wright Gaines of Chapman High School. Chapman was the host for the tournament.
With severe weather warnings being broadcast the decision was made to cancel the round. The coaches met to decide how to deal with the situation, but part of the decision was out of their hands.
“Our general manager and course superintendent told us we couldn’t play because there was too much water on the course,” said club pro Travis Simcheck. “The course could have been damaged and as it turned out it was a good decision for the safety of the players too,” he added.
A tornado hit just up I-85 from the course in Duncan, While River Falls took on a lot of water the course was not damaged.
“It was a near unanimous decision among the coaches to wipe out the round and play 18 holes for the championship. We only had one coach who didn’t like the plan, but it was the only fair thing to do,” said Gaines.
The River Falls staff got the course back in playable condition and the rain shortened tournament was held on Tuesday.
Oceanside shot a 314 total to win the championship. The team played the tournament with only four golfers so each players score counted. Teams are made up of five golfers with the top four scores counting.
Bluffton was second at 352.
The individual championship was won by Kennedy Carroll of Bishop England. The Bishops golfer was the only player to shoot under par. She won the individual title with a 1-under par 71.