The Gaffney Indians were not very good guests at the Spartanburg County High School championship. The Indians were the only team from out of the county to play in the event at Woodfin Ridge.
Last year’s South Carolina AAAAA champions looked like they could be a contended again this year as they won the title by 2-shots over Dorman.
“I knew we were a different team than last year,” said Gaffney coach Brandon Coggins. “I thought we could be a good team, but it was going to take some time,” said the coach.
The win was the second in the last week. The Indians had won the Eagle Invitational at Meadowbrook Golf Club just a few days ago.
Seth Taylor, who was the runner-up to Zach Gordon’s record setting performance in last year’s championhip, led the team with a 4-under par 68.
Brock Hamrick posted a 3-under par 69 and Rycker Ward had an even par round as the top three golfers on the Indians team made the All-Tournament team.
“We have been getting great play from the guys who have state championshjip experience (Taylor, Hamrick and Ward) and our four and five players have been holding on for us. This was an important win for us, especiallyu with the Region tournament coming up next weekm” said the Gaffney coach.
Dorman’s Nathan Franks claimed medalist honors by shooting a 6-under par 66 to finish two strokes in front of Taylor.
“This was the best score I have had at this course,” said Franks, who had a top-10 finish in last year’s county championship. “I putted pretty well and made a few medium long ones,” he said.
The future Gamecock commit knew he was playing well, but wanted to make sure no one could catch him. When he rolled in his last birdie of the day Franks thought he was in good positiion to win.
“This is a fun tournament to play. I felt good playing and just took it shot by shot,” said the new county champion.
Final Team Standings
1 Gaffney – 293, 2 Dorman – 295, 3 Chesnee – 299, 4 Spartanburg – 302, 5 Boiling Springs – 305, 6 Woodruff – 312, 7 Oakbrook – 334, 8 chapman – 348, 9 8roome – 352, 10 Spartanburg Day – 359.