The regular season for girls high school golf in South Carolina is past the half way point and teams are focusing on getting ready for regionals as well as the upper and lower state qualifying tournaments.
The Chesnee Eagles have been the runner-up in the last two AAA-AA-A championship finals. This year’s team has shown it is capable of being a contender for the championship once again later in October.
The Eagles posted their best tournament score of the season with a 308 total to finish on top of a strong field at the Lady Hurricane tournament played at Southern Oaks.
“It is a really good feeling to play this well especially as we get closer to the state championship,” said Chesnee coach Kyle Scruggs. “We are going to have to play like this to have a chance to win the state,” he said.
Dorman finished second posting a 314 total.
The Cavalier’s Abbey Franks won medalist honors by topping the Eagles Sydney Roberts with a birdie in the playoff.
Both golfers tied for the top spot with 3-under par rounds of 69 on a cool and often rainy day.
Joining Franks for the Cavaliers were Maddie Peak who finished third, London Rath, Ava Romanski and Coleman Huckabee.
For Roberts it was a continuation of an outstanding season in which she has either won or finished second in each event.
Earlier in September she finished on top of the field at the Greenwood Eagle Invitational and finished second by a shot at the Palmetto Preview.
“Sydney is having a great year. Her stroke average is 67.75. She has won a couple of tournaments and also had a couple of seconds. Today two of our other golfers had their best rounds of the season,” said Skruggs.
Addie Parker and Olivia Shields continue to improve their play as the entire team has benefited from some extra work on their short games.
“We had some problems scoring and it was because our chipping and putting needed to be better. Everyone on the team has improved, but it really helped Addie and Olivia,” said Skruggs.
The Eagles have some big tournaments still on the schedule to get ready for state championship play. Last year the Eagles finished behind Gilbert for the state title and the two teams have played about even so far this year when they have been in the same tournaments.
“There are other really good teams around this year, but they have outstanding players and probably are the team to beat for the championship,” said the Eagles coach.
Chesnee will get two more chances to see how they measure up with Gilbert at the Ponderosa Shoot-Out played on Gilbert’s home course and then the Smith Memorial at the Newberry Country Club.