The courses have changed and some of the players have changed, but the schools that have been at the top of the four South Carolina High School classifications are right back in position to win more championships.
First round AAAAA and AAAA results are below. We will add AAA and AA when available, Check back later.
Boiling Springs leads the AAAAA Championship
Boiling Springs, the defending AAAAA Champions, were 16 over par on the first nine holes at the Charleston Municipal Golf course.
The Bulldogs carded some big numbers on the first nine holes, but played like the defending champions on the back nine and will take a 6-shot lead over Chapin into the final round.
“The front nine here is a bear,” said Bulldog golf coach Josh Pruitt. “It was really challenging and you have to play smart or you can get in a lot of trouble,” he said.
When the Bulldogs made the turn their scores made a major improvement.
Boiling Springs finished the back nine at 4 over par for a 20 over par total. Just a little over the score Pruitt thought the team could post the first day.
“Seeing the course and the way it played I was thinking a 305 would be a good score and we shot 308,” he said.
The top Boiling Springs golfer was a bit of surprise as Clayton Taylor finished at 2-under par on the back nine to post a 1-under par 71.
Taylor trails Tucker Simon from Wando by 2 shots for the individual lead.
“I’m not surprised Clayton would shoot under par, I’m surprised he was able to do it because he still isn’t 100 per cent healthy,” said Pruitt.
Taylor missed some of the season and his swing has been limited when he does play because of his injury, but his limitations may have helped him in the first round.
“You have to hit a lot of low shots and shots that need to run on the ground and that is what he can do,” said Pruitt.
The Bulldogs top golfer, Andrew Gregory, struggled to a 5-over par 77 with a quad on the 12th hole.
“There is no way Andrew is going to shoot a 77 again tomorrow. He will bounce back and if everyone else can keep it going I think we have a chance,” concluded Pruitt.
South Carolina AAAAA Scores https://birdiefire.com/tournament/110590/
Flora in command at the AAAA Championship
The top finishers from the Upper and Lower State AAAA Qualifying tournaments brought their “A” games to Forest Lake for the state championship.
Flora, the Upper State’s top qualifier has the lead over North Augusta, the Lower State’s top Qualifier after the first round.
The Falcons, playing on their home course, shot a 4-over par round of 288 to hold a 12 shot lead over the Yellowjackets.
Indian Land which finished second to Flora in the Upper State is third with Beaufort and Easley rounding out the top-five.
Mason Kucia form Indian Land and Adam Hunt from Flora were the top two finishers in the Upper State tournament and they hold the top-two spots after the first round of the state championship.
Kucia, the defending AAAA champion, shot a 3-under pr 68 while Hunt is one-shot behind at 69.
Flora’s Luke Sullivan and North Augusta’s Matthew Baxley are tied for third at even par.
AAAA Scores from Forest Lake https://birdiefire.com/tournament/110953/
Christ Church leads AA Championship
The Cavaliers are in a familiar spot in the AA State final, but not by their usual familiar margin.
Christ Church shot a 299 score to have a 9-shot lead over Central of Pageland as they try to win their ninth straight state championship.
Walker Jennings led the Cavaliers with a 5-under par 67 that included a 120 yard hole-out on a par-5 for an eagle.
William Jennings is right behind with a 2-under par 70 to help the Cavaliers to the team lead.
“I thought it would be closer than it has been in the past and I was right,” said Christ Church coach Levi Horner. “We know there were going to be some good teams here and we would be challenged,” he said.
During the run of eight straight state titles the Cavaliers have often enjoyed double-digit leads going into the final round.
“Walker and William played great, but we need some of the other guys to pick it up. It is going to be interesting to see how we respond to this challenge,” said Horner.
Team Scores from Round One at Cheraw State Park Golf Course
1 Christ Church 299, 2 Central 308, 3 St Joseph’s 313, 4 Phillip Simmons 314, 5 Gray Collegiate 326, 6 Chesterfield 331, 7 Chesnee 338, 8 Abbeville – 350, 9 Latta 353, 10 Andrew Jackson 367, 11 Brashier Middle 362, 12 Batesburg-Leesville 394.
Hoping to add individual scores when we receive them.
Oceanside leads AAA Championship
Sorry we don’t have many details but here are the scores and tee times for the final round at Bulls Bay on Tuesday.