A windy day pushed most scores up at River Falls as 22 high school teams got the official boys championship season started at The Rebel played at the course in Duncan.
The teams were greeted with what may be as difficult wind conditions high school teams will see this year. Only two golfers were able to break par in the 18 hole tournament.
Andrew Gregory from Boiling Springs and River Bluffs Ashton Eubanks each finished regulation play at 1-under par 71.
The two golfers played the ninth hole at River Falls even, but on the second playoff hole Gregory’s length off the tee made the difference.
“I hit it pretty good and got way down there,” said Gregory. “I got my second shot, a wedge, to about 15 feet and thought I had a good chance to make the putt,” he said.
Eubanks played a shorter tee shot and hit his second shot to the greens edge, about 40 feet from the hole.
Playing first Eubanks had the right line, but his putt picked up speed and rolled 8-feet past the hole.
During regulation play Gregory made his putt on 18 opposite of his line in the playoff.
“I was exactly opposite the first time I played the hole and it didn’t break so I decided to go straight at it and it went in,” he said.
In February, Gregory won the boys title at the Morgan-Lucas Junior championship at Chanticleer. A week ago he finished tied for second at the Red Raider Invitational in Greenville.
Last summer he won the Carolinas Golf Association’s Hope Valley Junior and last fall was the runner-up at the Transou and third at the SCJGA Player’s Championship.
Gregory knows this is an important time to build his resume and impress college coaches.
“Putting it together, putting it together and we will see. I need to do some work on my long irons to keep improving, but I’m pretty happy with the way things are going,” said The Rebel winner.
Greenville coach Andy Newton talks about his team’s win at The Rebel played at River Falls. (GolfClub Photo)
Greenville tops Mauldin at The Rebel
The team title turned into an opportunity for two teams that were not happy with their performance in the Red Raider Invitational a week ago to redeem themselves.
Greenville’s Tip Price won the individual title at the Red Raider Invitational, but the team finished fourth in the event they hosted.
“Our guys were disappointed after the Red Raider and they wanted to come back and do something much better, and they did, in probably the hardest conditions we will face all year with this wind,” said Greenville coach Andy Newton. “It was a total team effort,” he said.
Having two of the top high school players in the state Newton doesn’t have to worry about Price and Hugh Faulkner, his high school teammate.
It was the way the other three golfers picked up their game to help Greenville post a 316 final score and the win.
“I was really proud of those young guys (Griff Bell, Walker Dunn, Harrison Beck) because, man, the ball was doing all sorts of crazy stuff today,” said Newton.
The other team that picked up their play from the Red Raider was Mauldin.
Last year’s Greenville County High School champions struggled in their opener, but got back on track at River Falls.
Major Lenning and Jay Wilkens made the All-Tournament team. Evan Eassy, Jackson Armbruster and Glenn Oxner pressed Greenville and finished as the runner-up.
The Rebel Team Scores
- Greenville 316
- Mauldin 318
- Spartanburg 320
- Boiling Springs & River Bluff 326
- J.L. Mann 327
- Eastside, Riverside, Gaffney 331
- Easley 334
- St. Joseph’s 336
- Byrnes (A) 340
- Wade Hampton 344
- Dorman 345
- SS Christian 353
- Hillcrest & Byrnes (B) 379
- Greer 388
- Chapman 396
- Chesnee 402
- Emerald 409