High School Golf

South Carolina High School Championships start Monday

The fields are set and tee times announced for the start of the South Carolina High School Championships on Monday at four locations around the state.

Defending champions in each classification qualified to to try to win another state championship.

Class AA Championship at the Cheraw State Park Golf Course

Greenville’s Christ Church has been the top-ranked Class AA team in South Carolina all season. (GolfClub Photo)

Greenville’s Christ Church has the longest current active championship streak

Christ Church will be trying to win their 9th straight championship and 20th state title in school history dating back to the 1976-1977 season.

The current streak dates back to the 2012- 2013 season. The only year Christ Church didn’t win a championship since then was in 2020 when the tournament was not played because of the pandemic.

The Cavaliers won four of their eight championships in Class A and picked right up with four more when they were moved up to Class AA.

“Our theme this year is nine in a row,” said Christ Church coach Levi Horner. “We think it is going to be more difficult this year than in some past years. There are more good teams playing well going into the championship,” he said.

Horner believes there are at least two or three teams in the field that are capable of challenging the Cavaliers.

“Anybody can get hot and win. Sometimes in the past we just had to show up and we would be in good shape, but I think this year it is going to be different and more difficult,” said the coach.

The Cavaliers bring four golfers with state championship experience to the finals. Jay Lowder and Jack Roberts have been a part of championship teams in the past.

Walker and William Jennings not only have helped Christ Church win high school championship the two are among the very best junior players in the state with SCJGA and CGA major championship victories.

“John Waldrop is our only golfer who has not played in a state championship before, but our veterans should be able to help along,” said Horner.

Christ Church will be grouped with Brashier Middle College, Pageland Central and Latta in the first round with tee times starting at 11:25 at the Cheraw State Park Golf Course.

Class AAAA Championship at Forest Lake

AC Flora from Columbia will defend their AAAA championship and host the AAAA Championship on their home course at Forest Lake Country Club. (GolfClub Photo)

AC Flora from Columbia and Christ Church are tied with eight straight titles in their schools history. The Falcons streak ended in 2017 and now they are ready to try to start a new run of championships.

This week the Falcons will defend their Class AAAA title on their home course at Forest Lake.

Flora has been the top-ranked team in the South Carolina Golf Coaches Association AAAA Poll all year and finished on top of the Upper State Qualifying Tournament at Stoney Point in Greenwood by 11 shots.

The main competition for the Falcons is expected to come from the teams ranked right behind them in the coaches poll.

North Augusta won the Lower State AAAA Qualifying Tournament. Greenville and Eastside have had very good seasons. Indian Land finished second to Flora in the Upper State and has the defending AAAA Individual champ Mason Kucia back leading the Warriors.

Live scoring will be available at https://birdiefire.com/tournament/110953/

AAAAA Championship at Charleston Municipal Golf Course

Boiling Springs will be defending their AAAAA Team Championship at the Charleston Municipal Golf Course and the Bulldog’s Andrew Gregory will also try to win a second straight individual title for Boiling Springs. (Bulldog photo)

The Class AAAAA defending state champions from Boiling Springs didn’t start the year looking like the Bulldogs could produce a state championship team.

The team suffered through a number of injuries that prevented the Bulldogs from putting their top-five players into a tournament, together, until late in the season.

When they finally all got on the course at the same time the Bulldogs won the AAAAA Region II championship and followed it up by finishing on top of the AAAAA Upper State Qualifying Tournament.

The Bulldogs Andrew Gregory, who has put together several wins in big tournaments this year, will try to bring home another individual championship following up on last year’s championship won by Zach Phillips.

The AAAAA Championship will be played at the Charleston Municipal Golf Course.

Live scoring will be available at https://birdiefire.com/tournament/110590/

Class AAA Championship at Bulls Bay

Wren was the winner of the Upper State AAA Qualifying Tournament at Saluda Valley Country Club in Williamston.

The Class AAA championship will be played at Bulls Bay in Awendaw near Charleston.

The South Carolina High School Golf Coaches Poll has had the defending champions from Woodruff in third place behind last year’s runner-up Bishop England and Oceanside.

The host school, Oceanside, won the Lower State Qualifying Tournament while Wren was the winner of the Upper State Qualifying Tournament.

The championship field includes these teams.

3A Upper State Qualifiers

1- Wren 303
2- Blue Ridge 310
3- Woodruff 314
4- Palmetto 333
5- Daniel 339
6- Mid Carolina 342
7- Powdersville 347
8- West Oak 349

Joey Crane Seneca 82
Mason Ritz Chapman 82
Matthew Bible Seneca 83

AAA Lower State Qualifiers

1-Oceanside 293
2-Bishop England 307
3-Waccamaw 313
4-Camden 316
5-Fox Creek 320
6-Academic Magnet 355
7-Hanahan 357
8-Aynor 367

James Pollard 88 Swansea
Dakota Chavis 89 Gilbert
Owen Price 89 Gilbert

We have asked all tournament hosts to forward each days results to us so we may post the scores from each Classification.

Goof luck to all the team and players.

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