The Chesnee Eagles punched their ticket to the state championship tournament in Conway with a first place finish at the Upper State qualifying tournament played at Southern Oaks.
The Eagles finished with a 314 total to top the field of qualifiers who will compete at the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina next Monday and Tuesday.
“We got off to kind of a tough start, but we hung in there,” said Chesnee coach Kyle Scruggs. “We didn’t play our best, but we did what we had to do to qualify for state,” he said.
The Upper State tournament does not recognize medalists since it is a team qualifying tournament, but if it did the Eagles Sydney Roberts would have had a share of first place.
“Sydney has been playing great. She shot a 69 today and that was with a triple so without that it could have been a couple of strokes better,” said the Chesnee coach.
Wren’s Chloe Holder, who won the individual AAAA championship last year, finished tied with Roberts at 3-under par.
“We got a good round out of Paige Scruggs, who had her lowest score ever and Addy Parker also posted her best round. We are looking forward to next week,” said Scruggs.
Daniel, last year’s AAAA champion finished second in the Upper State. The Lions were dropped down to AAA after reclassification.
In the Lower State AAA-AA-A qualifying tournament Gilbert finished on top of the field.
In several tournaments this year Chesnee and Gilbert have battled for the top spot among teams in their classification.
Blythewood won the AAAAA Upper State Qualifying Tournament at the Chester Country Club.
The Bengals shot 290 to finish in front of the other 7 teams qualifying to play at Lexington Country Club in the AAAAA finals on October 26 and 27th.
Dorman had their best day of the season as the Cavaliers finished in second place. Byrnes was third followed by Boiling Springs and Spartanburg.
Also advancing to the state final are Hanna and J.L. Mann. The Patriots earned the last playoff spot by winning a playoff over Spring Valley.
Madison Dixon from Boiling Springs had the best individual score posting a 2-under par 70.
In the Lower State AAAAA Lexington shot 288 to lock up a spot in the championship to be played at their home course.
Molly Hardwick had an outstanding day posting the best score in the qualifying tournament. Hardwick shot a 6-under par 66.
Wando finished second with St James and Carolina Forest tied for third.
Also qualifying from the Lower State were Chapin, Conway, River Bluff and Stratford.
A.C. Flora led the qualifying tournament for Upper State AAAA teams at Falcons Lair in Walhalla.
The Falcons shot 327 to finish in first place. Pickens was second with Catawba Ridge in third place, Greenville in fourth place and Walhalla in fifth.
The AAAA State championship will be played on October 26-27th at the Barony Golf Club on Hilton Head.