After the first two big high school tournaments in the upstate have been completed, two teams seem to be poised to separate themselves from the rest of the field.
The Boiling Springs Bulldogs and Dorman Cavaliers again topped the leader board at the Rebel Invitational played at River Falls Plantation.
The results were the same as they were the week before at the Red Raider Invitational in Greenville.
The Bulldogs won that tournament by 1-shot over Dorman and the result was the same at the Byrnes tournament.
Boiling Springs shot 300 and Dorman finished at 301.
“We struggled more today than last week, but we still got it done,” said Boiling Springs coach Josh Pruitt. “It shows our guys, again, that every shot counts,” he said.
Future South Carolina golfer Nathan Franks claimed medalist honors with a 6-under par 66 to help his team come close to a win.
The Bulldog’s Andrew Gregory had the best score for Boiling Springs, carding a 3-under par 69 to help his team to the win.
Gregory was joined by Zach Phillips, Clayton Taylor, Davis Hill and Easton Keller on the winning team.
“We had a very good team last year and we felt like we could have been contenders for a state title if the season had not been stopped. It is just so much fun to be back and playing, and playing well,” said Pruitt.
For Gregory the team win and his runner-up finish had special meaning. Last year’s event at River Falls was the last tournament his mother saw before cancer claimed her life.
“It meant a lot to me to play well today and the way the entire team remembered my mother,” said Gregory.
To honor the memory of Gregory’s mother, Jennifer, the Bulldogs traded their usual black and red uniforms for purple shirts.
“We wanted to do something special to remember Andrews mom. She was a great team mom and everyone misses her,” said Pruitt.
Ladson Hill from J.L. Mann had the third best individual score finishing at 1-over par 73.
Spartanburg finished third in the team standings giving three upstate AAAAA teams showing early season strength.
The top Viking was again future Wofford golfer Drew Harrill who tied for fifth at 2-over 74. Harrill was the medalist at the Red Raider event last week.
Eastside finished fourth with Benton Leinster earning All-Tournament recognition with his tie for fifth at 74.
The Greenville and Mauldin teams tied for fifth place. The Red Raiders’ Huge Faulkner and Jackson Hill each shot 2-over par 74s and also were on the All-Tournament team.
Many of the teams from the Byrnes event will tee it up next week at The Bengal, a 36 hole tournament being played at Columbia Country Club.
Team Scores: Boiling Springs 300, Dorman 301, Spartanburg 308, Eastside 312, Mauldin, Greenville 315, Mann 317, Hillcrest 318, Southside Christian 320, Gaffney 324, Riverside, Greenwood 330, Hanna 334, Byrnes A , Easley 335, Woodmont 361, Wade Hampton 368, Byrnes B 371, Chapman 376, Chesnee 395.