There are no medals or trophies awarded today, instead teams only look at the scores and know if their seasons will continue by advancing to play for a state championship
At six locations around the state, the top eight teams in each of the three upper state and three lower state venues will advance to the 36 hole state championship on May 17th and 18th around the state.
Woodruff finishes on top at the Upper State AAA
Several teams have momentum going into the state championships, but it might be hard to find one with more wind at their back than Woodruff.
While the Upper State AAA tournament played at Legacy Pines in Mauldin was a qualifier, not a tournament, the Wolverines still finished on top.
Woodruff has now won the Spartanburg County Championship, finishing in front of highly ranked AAAAA Boiling Springs, Dorman and Spartanburg.
The third ranked AAA team in the state followed the county title with a win in their region tournament and a first place finish at the Upper State.
“302 is a good score considering the conditions. We played the ball down and had some rain early,” said Bill Brasington, the Woodruff golf coach. “We know there will be some very good teams at Three Pines just like here today,” he said.
The Wolverines will host the AAA championship on their home course. It should give the Wolverines an advantage, but Brasington believes it could be a double edged sword.
“We will know how to play the course, these guys play a lot of golf at the course, but there is also going to be pressure because everyone thinks we have a big advantage,” he said.
In order to make sure the course is set up so it is fair to all teams the South Carolina Junior Golf Association is in charge of setting tees and pins for the championship.
The two teams ranked ahead of Woodruff in the last coaches poll are from the lower state. Bishop England and Oceanside are number one and two.
While any team can get hot for a couple of rounds, there is a good chance the state champion will likely come from the Bishops, the Landsharks or the Wolverines.
“We can play better and we have some momentum going into state, ” said Ben McKinney, who had the lowest score at Legacy Pines. “We know we will have to play our best golf to win,” he said.
McKinney shot the best score for the Wolverines carding a 3-over par 74. His teammates Daniel Brasington posted a 75, Gage Howard finished with a 76 and Chase Turner and Trey Howard contributed to the first place finish.
The other teams to advance to the state from the Upstate tournament at Legacy Pines, 1-Woodruff 302, 2-Wren 334, 3-Daniel 341, 4-Mid-Carolina 349, 5-Blue Ridge 354, 6-West-Oak 356, 7-Belton-Honea Path 362, 8-Palmetto 364.
Lexington wins Lower State AAAAA
The Wildcats have advanced to the state finals at Shaftesburry Glen Golf and Fish Club in Conway.
Lexington shot a 14-over par 302 total to claim the top qualifying spot by 8-shots over second place Chapin at 310.
Wando and West Ashley advanced to the finals after tying for third place at 312.
Also joining the field for the AAAAA Championship are St James 313, River Bluff at 316, Summerville 317 and Conway at 319,
While there is no medalist award Ryan Bozard from West Ashley shot a 1-under par 71to finish on top of the field.
Five golfers tied for second place at 2-over par. Jay Locker from Chapin, Liam Stillwell from Lexington, Austin Rubanks from River Bluff, Jackson Lesley from Carolina Forest and Palmer Robbins from Sumter all shot 74s.
Complete AAAAA Lower State scores at https://www.birdiefire.com/tournament/67753/
Flora wins Upper State AAAA
AC Flora has been the top ranked AAAA team in the state all year and they will take that #1 ranking into the state championship next week at Dolphin Head Golf Club on Hilton Head Island.
Flora was led by Luke Sullivan shot a 7-under par 65 to finish on top of the field at the Fort Mill Golf Club.
The Falcons shot a 295 total to finish 7-over par and 10 shots in front of runner-up Greenville.
The Red Raiders’ Tip Price posted the second best score in the qualifying tournament with a 3-under par 69.
The top 8 teams advance to the state finals. 1) Flora-295, 2) Greenville-301, 3) Catawba Ridge-320, 4) Lancaster-323, 5) Easley-326, 6) Greenwood-327, 7) Pickens-333, 8) Eastside-338.
Bulldogs stay on top at Upper State AAAAA
Boiling Springs looked like the top-ranked AAAAA team in South Carolina as the Bulldogs posted a 297 total to finish on top of the other qualifiers and now advance to the state championship next week at The Country Club of South Carolina.
Andrew Gregory again had the low score for the Bulldogs carding a 1-under par 71.
Three other Bulldogs, Zach Phillips, Davis Hill and Clayton Taylor posted rounds in the 70s to help the Bulldogs finish 5-shots in front of Spartanburg. The Vikings finished at 302.
The other qualifiers at the Chester Country Club were 3) Blythewood-307, 4-5 tie) Dorman and Mauldin-308, 6-7 Tie) Hillcrest and Fort Mill-314, 8) Hanna-316.
Dorman’s Nathan Franks finished as the top individual in the tournament. The future Gamecock golfer shot a 4-under par 68.
South Aiken tops the AAAA Lower State qualifier
We didn’t receive any report on the Lower State AAAA qualifier from tournament officials, instead somehow Lexington Coach Brandon Smith found some scoreboard pictures from the tournament at The Country Club of South Carolina.
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In the closest Upper or Lower state qualifying tournament South Aiken finished 1-shot in front of North Augusta for the top spot in the qualifying tournament.
South Aiken shot a 303 total to nip North Augusta at 304.
3) Beaufort-312, 4) Hilton Head-317, 5) Aiken-340, 6) Hartsville-341, 7) Myrtle Beach-351, 8) James Island-355
The best score of the day was turned in by Jerry Bruns from Beaufort who shot a 3-under par 69. North Augusta’s Matthew Baxley posted a 1-under par 71.
AAA Lower State Qualifying Tournament At Camden
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