High School Golf

Round up the usual suspects

The Boiling Springs Bulldogs have won two tournaments so far this spring and start the season as the top ranked AAAAA team in the South Carolina High School Golf Coaches poll. (GolfClub Photo)

The South Carolina boys high school golf season is a few weeks old and some trends are already starting to show in the early spring.

The top of the first poll produced by the South Carolina High School Golf Coaches looks very much like a list of state champions and top contenders from most years.

In the AAAAA ranks Boiling Springs has two narrow tournament wins over Dorman, the second ranked AAAAA team. The Bulldogs feature Andrew Gregory, Zach Phillips and Davis Hill. All three players claimed wins in statewide junior tournaments last year.

Dorman is led by future Gamecock golfer Nathan Franks who had an impressive finish to last year’s junior season with three significant wins. He started the new high school season with a win at The Rebel and a runner-up finish at The Bengal.

A.C. Flora from Columbia notched an impressive win over a strong field of teams from both the SCHSL and SCISA at The Bengal and are ranked on top of the AAAA poll.

Usual AAAA power A.C. Flora showed its strength this year by topping both the Bulldogs and the Cavaliers at The Bengal. Not only did Flora top strong AAAAA teams in the early season tournament, they also finished in front of several of the top teams from the South Carolina Independent School Association.

In the AAA classification Bishop England and Oceanside from around Charleston are on the top of the poll. Woodruff is third and will have home course advantage when the state finals are played at Three Pines Country Club in Woodruff.

Christ Church leads the AA-A poll and is always the team to beat for a state title in the classification.

The poll only includes South Carolina High School League teams.

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