The annual Spartanburg County High School championship is always loaded with talent. The County teams are highly ranked in the SC Golf Coaches poll and more than a half dozen players have wins this high school season or on their junior golf resume.
This year’s tournament at Woodfin Ridge could have been a shoot-out between the top-2 AAAAA teams in the state, but instead it was the third ranked AAA team that claimed the county title.
Woodruff won the championship shooting a 291 total to finish in front of Boiling Springs and Dorman, the two top AAAAA ranked big schools in the state.
Daniel Brasington led the Wolverines doing most of his scoring on the back nine. Brasington went 4-under par on the last nine holes to finish at 68 and claim medalist honors.
“I made some putts on the back nine and that was the difference,” he said. “I was hitting the ball well, but I didn’t get anything out of it until the putts started to fall,” he said.
The future Wofford golfer finished 3-shots in front of Andrew Gregory from Boiling Springs. Gregory had recently chalked up a pair of tournament wins and finished the County championship at 1-under par 71 in second.
The tournament’s number 1 group included golfers that are as good as almost any in the state. The pairing could have been on the leader board at many South Carolina Junior Golf Association events.
Brasington was joined in the pairing with Zach Phillips from Boiling Springs, Drew Harrill from Spartanburg and Nathan Franks from Dorman. All four golfers won important junior championships last year and have either been winners or contenders in their tournaments this spring.
Woodruff also won the team championship. With Brasington leading the way Woodruff finished 5-shots ahead of second place Dorman.
The win in the county championship showed the kind of improvement the Wolverines have made during the year. At the start of the season Brassington and future PC Golfer Trey Howard were established, but the rest of the team needed to develop.
“Working hard to get better has been infectious,” said Wolverines golf coach Bill Brasington. “We have five here, ten on the team and seven or eight more who can break 80. It is all due to the work they have all put in,” he said.
As the year has gone along the two future college players have gotten good support from Gage Howard, Ben McKinney and Chase Turner.
“The hard work is starting to show and we are peaking at the right time,” he said.
Woodruff trails Bishop England and Oceanside from the Charleston area in the rankings, but Brasington believes it would be hard to find a more competitive event, playing against good players and teams, than the Spartanburg County championship.
“We love playing in this tournament because of the competition. Boiling Springs, Dorman, Byrnes, Spartanburg and the others, we will not play better teams or players in the playoffs,” noted Brasington.
After the top-two golfers the rest of the 6 spots on the All-County team were filled with golfers who shot the identical score of 2-over par 74.
Joining Brasington and Gregory on the All-County team were Gage Howard and Chase Turner from Woodruff, Dorman’s Nathan Franks, David Ross and Wesley Bishop. Chapman’s Ethan Holcombe and Spartanburg’s Drew Harrill.
Team Scores: Woodruff – 293, Dorman – 298, Boiling Springs – 301, Spartanburg – 316, Byrnes – 333, Gaffney – 334, Chapman 352, Boiling Springs B – 378, Chesnee – 388, Landrum – 392.
Many of the top teams in the state will be in Aiken at the Palmetto Golf Club this weekend for the Southern Cross tournament.
Region championships begin next week followed by Upper and Lower state qualifying tournaments and the state championships at several locations starting on May 17th.