Lower state teams have the lead in all three South Carolina High School girls championships after the first round on Monday.
Editors Note: Since the SCHSL is not providing information about its girls golf championships we have had to rely on some unusual sources to produce this report.
In fact if you check the SCHSL.org website you will find that in the Palmetto Finest Record section the winners from the 2019 championships are not yet listed.
Last year Blythewood won the AAAAA Championship, Daniel won the AAAA championship and Oceanside won the AAA-AA-A Championship.
The SCHSL Facebook page offers congratulations to the competitors in this year’s championship and a link to a page on the organization’s main website, but that page does not list the competing teams they are congratulating.
Those tournaments were completed a week ago and the golfers and teams deserve to be recognized by the SCHSL.
I am aware that Covid-19 has put unusual pressures on administrators and organizations, but websites are even more important now and can be updated from anywhere at anytime.
Girls golf continues to grow in South Carolina. Maintaining an up to date website with timely result reporting would not only be a benefit to all competitors, parents and fans, but to the reputation of the SCHSL.
Only the AAAAA Tournament has online scoring at http://www.birdiefire.com.
We have made attempts to get score sheets from the two remaining tournaments with limited success.
While it is not perfect we were able to secure two pictures of the leader boards at the AAAA and AAA-AA-A tournaments.
Special thanks to the parents who were nice enough to snap those pictures for us.
We did our best to present first round information. We hope we can do better with the final rounds tomorrow. Stan Olenik, Editor
At Lexington, playing on their home course, the Wildcats shot a 295 total to hold an 11 shot lead over the defending AAAAA champions from Blythewood.
Individually, Adrian Anderson from St. James High School in Murrells Inlet shot a 4-under par 68 to hold a 2 shot lead after the first round.
Paige Paolucci from Blythewood and Sarah Boteler from J.L. Mann are tied for second place.
Boteler’s round included an ace on the par-3 17th hole.
Lexington’s Molly Hardwick is fourth at 1-under par while MK Talledo from Boiling Springs and Isabella Rawl from Lexington are tied for fifth place at even par.
AAAAA Scores are available at https://birdiefire.com/tournament/65586/
At Coastal Carolina’s Hackler Course Gilbert shot a 310 total to give the Indians a 7 shot lead over Chesnee in the AAA-AA-A championship.
Legion is third at 332. Bishop England and Waccamaw are tied for fourth place at 338. Belton-Honea Path and the defending champions from Oceanside are tied for sixth at 342.
Emma Schimpf from Oceanside in Mount Pleasant has the individual lead. Schimpf shot a 5-under par 67 to hold a 2-shot lead.
Isabella Britt from Chesnee and Kennedy McGaha from Belton-Honea Path each posted 3-under par 69s.
Buggy Reinke from Legion in Rock Hill is fourth with Grayson Bonner from Bishop England in fifth place.
Sydney Roberts from Chesnee and Kennedy Gooding from Gilbert are tied for sixth place while Olivia Ireland from Chapman and last year’s AAAA individual champion Chloe Holder from Wren each shot 73s to tie for eighth.
At the Barony Golf Club on Hilton Head Island the Sharks from May River High School in Bluffton hold an 8 shot lead over A.C. Flora from Columbia.
There is no defending team champion in the classification after Daniel was re-classified to AAA.
Catawba Ridge is in third place at 339 followed by Hilton Head at 344, Greenville at 356 and Pickens at 359.
Individually Flora’s Gracie McCoy carded an even par 72 to hold the individual lead by 3-shots over Greenwood’s Clair Lewis.
Sydney Bowes from May River and Cara Hilburn from North Myrtle Beach are tied for third at 77.
Alexia Milbrandt from Hilton Head is fifth with Poe Cheney from Greenville and Lindsay Green from South Aiken tied for sixth place.