High School Golf

Franks and Dorman win Hurricane Invitational at Southern Oaks

The Dorman Cavaliers got their first tournament win of the season at the Hurricane Invitational. Team members included Head Coach Kurt Owings, Taylor Kesler, Will Ruth, Medalist Nathan Franks, Wesley Bishop, David Ross, Assistant coach Brad Kelly. (Golf Club Photo)

After two near misses the Dorman Cavaliers broke through for their first tournament win of the High School season.

Led by Nathan Franks medal winning total of 8 under par the Cavs earned a 5-shot victory over the recently crowned Greenville County champions from Mauldin.

“We probably were not as sharp today as we were in the first round, but the wind had something to do with that,” said Dorman coach Kurt Owings. “It was good to get the win and gives us something to build on towards the end of the season,” he said.

The Cavaliers suffered 1-shot losses to Boiling Springs in two early season tournaments. Owings believes his team has improved from those two early season events.

Individually Franks continues to play outstanding golf.

Nathan Franks shot rounds of 66 and 68 to win the Hurricane Invitational at Southern Oaks, (GolfClub File Photo)

The Dorman senior’s worst round of the high school season was even par, all the rest of his high school rounds have been under par.

The future Gamecock picked up the high school season just as he left off his fall play on the junior golf circuit.

The Cavalier golfer won the Transou, the Creed and the Mimosa Hills Junior finishing in front of many of the top players in the Carolinas.

Now he has his second high school win of the year.

“It is a little different playing for the team instead of for yourself,” he said. “You grind a little more, but the way you win has to be a team effort and that is how we won,” said Franks.

Franks first high school win this year came at the Rebel Invitational. He finished as the runner-up losing out in a playoff for the title at the Bengal and now adds the Hurricane Invitational title to his collection.

Franks finished 8-shots in front of John Quarterman from T.L. Hanna. Mauldin’s Major Lenning finished third at 145.

With the playoffs just a couple of weeks away Franks has put himself in position to be a front-runner for a state championship and is helping his team do the same.

The Hurricane Invitational All-Tournament team included (l-r) David Ross – Boiling Springs, Max Vischer – Daniel, Jay Wilkins – Mauldin, Medalist Nathan Franks, Major Lenning – Mauldin, John Quarterman – Hanna. (GolfClub Photo)

Hurricane Invitational Top-Five teams: 1) Dorman 605, 2) Mauldin 610, 3) Greenville 618, 4) T.L. Hanna 629, 5) Eastside 642.

Hurricane Invitational All-Tournament team. 1) Nathan Franks – Dorman 134 2) John Quarterman – Hanna 144 3) Major Lenning – Mauldin 145 4 Tie) Jay Wilkins – Mauldin and Max Vischer – Daniel 147 6) David Ross – Dorman 148.

Boiling Springs picks up two more tournament wins

Boiling Springs’ Andrew Gregory won two recent tournaments shooting 69 in each to take top honors. (GolfClub Photo)

Boiling Springs golfers played at the Country Club of South Carolina near Florence and won the Stableford Open.

Closer to home the team claimed the top spot at the T.C. Ezell Invitational at Meadowbrook near Rutherfordton.

The modified Stableford scoring system resulted in the Bulldogs gaining 150 points to finish in front of Lexington at 134 and River Bluff at 131.

The Bulldogs Andrew Gregory had the most individual points in the tournament. His point total translated to a 3-under par 69 and first place.

The same combination was able to claim the team and individual title at the TC Ezell Invitational at Meadowbrook near Rutherfordton.

Playing the Meadowbrook course as a par-73 the Bulldogs finished at 4-over par 296 for the tournament victory.

Gaffney, Chapman, Mid-Carolina and Chesnee rounded out the top-five.

Gregory carded another 69, this time at 4-under par to win his second individual title in as many tournaments.

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