The Chesnee Eagles won the top spot in the AAA Upper State qualifying tournament at Boscobel, but their coach thinks they will need to play much better to catch Gilbert and some of the other good teams at next weeks state championship.
“You can’t be too disappointed when you win the Upper State, but if we want to have a chance next week we are going to have to clean some things up,” said Kyle Scruggs, the Eagles golf coach. “We hit the ball okay, but we need to improve our chipping and putting, fast,” he said.
Chesnee shot a 328 total to finish seven shots in front of Seneca.
While there is no medal or trophy for the top team or individual Sydney Roberts continued to play sub-par golf.
Roberts, who has committed to play golf at Clemson, shot a 4-under par 68 to finish one shot in front of Ansley Bryson from Seneca.
The AAA Championship will be played next Monday and Tuesday at Coastal Carolina’s Hackler Course in Conway.
Gilbert is the defending champion and the Indians topped the Lower State qualifying tournament shooting a 326 total to finish four shots in front of Aynor.
Waccamaw, Fox Creek and Loris also qualified for the Class AAA Championship.
This year only teams that finished Upper and Lower State qualifying tournaments with a score of 380 or less made the field.
In addition to Chesnee at 328 and Seneca at 335, Pendleton at 346, Blue Ridge at 347, BHP at 359 and Daniel at 376 advanced to the state championship.
Several individuals from the tournament also made the field for the championship.
Caroline Whitt, Randi Allen, Hanna Webber, Allison Williams, Olivia Ireland, Eliza Whiteside, Marett Cole, Merci Santerini, Nelia Leong, Yasmene Clark, Isabella Roy