Oceanside posted impressive scores on their way to a third straight South Carolina AAA state championship. The Landsharks fired rounds of 285 and 297 for a 582 total at the Hackler Course in Conway.
Unofficially Oceanside now holds the AAA scoring record. This year’s team posted the second best score in any classification of girls golf.
Only the 2013 Lexington team featuring Lauren Stephenson had a lower score when they won the AAAA title with a 580 total.
The Landsharks Emma Schimpf won medalist honors by a single shot over Chesnee’s Isabella Britt.
Britt eagled the 16th hole to tie the leader, but Schimpf was able to retake the lead with a birdie on the 17th hole for the championship.
Schimpf posted two rounds of 3-under par 69 while Britt’s final round 67 included a score of 31 on the final nine holes.
Both golfers are committed to play college golf at the College of Charleston.
First round leader Rachel Rich from Oceanside finished in third place while Britt’s teammate Sydney Roberts was fifth.
“I am so proud of what this team accomplished this year,” said Chesnee coach Kyle Scruggs. “Our 613 total would have been good enough to win a championship a lot of years, but not this year. Oceanside is a really great team,” he said.
Gilbert finished third followed by May River, St Joseph’s from Greenville and Greer Middle College.
Oceanside’s lineup included four golfers in the South Carolina Junior Golf Associations top-15.
The Landsharks held an 18 shot lead after the first round and finished with a 31 shot winning margin.
Blythewood and Vardas win AAAAA Championships
The competition finally caught up to the Lexington Wildcats as Blythewood claimed the SCHSL AAAAA team championship.
The Bengals finished as the runner-up to the 13 time state champions last year, but took the lead in the first round and held it to win the title this year.
Blythewood was one of the few teams to have beaten the Wildcats during the regular season and claimed another win in the most important tournament of the year.
The Bengals took a 3 shot lead over the Wildcats into the final round at the Midland Valley Club in Prosperity.
Blythewood added six shots to their lead in the last 18 holes to take a 9 shot victory over the Wildcats.
The Wildcats Karlee Vardas won the individual title in a two hole playoff with Ella Stalvey from Blythewood.
Stalvey held the first round lead, but fell behind as Vardas was able to build a four shot lead by the 14th hole.
The Bengals golfer birdied three of the last four holes to catch Vardas and force the playoff.
Vardas, a future Georgia Southern golfer, won the championship with a birdie on the second playoff hole.
The Lexington junior was disappointed her team did not win a fourth straight title, but was happy to win an individual championship.
“It was stressful, but I pulled it out,” said the AAAAA medalist. “I was upset after the team lost so I was glad I had a chance to win for myself,” said Vardas.
Upstate champion MK Talledo from Boiling Springs finished in third place.
Her teammate Madison Dixon tied with Adrian Anderson from St. James for fourth place. Both golfers earned All-State honors.
Two other Upstate golfers made the All-State team. Anika Rana from Byrnes finished in a tie for eighth place with Sarah Boteler from JL Mann.
AAAAA Team and individual scores are available at https://www.birdiefire.com/tournament/61115/