High School Golf

Cavaliers are 3 for 3, Dorman wins Hurricane Invitational

Dorman won its third tournament in a row to start the high school season, The Cavtaking the Lady Hurricane Invitational at Southern Oaks with a score of 295. (GolfClub Photo)

By Jed Blackwell, Associate Editor – Associate Publisher, The Golf Club

The Wren Lady Hurricane Invitational at Southern Oaks ended the same way a couple other early events have finished this season – with a red-hot Dorman team on top.

The Cavaliers fired a team score of 295 on Monday to take the title by eight strokes over second-place Seneca.

“It was a great day,” Dorman coach Olivia Herring said. “I definitely didn’t see three wins in a row. I’m beyond impressed with their dedication and the work they’ve put in. I shouldn’t be surprised, because they do work so hard.”

Dorman got strong performances up and down the lineup again.

Abby Franks shot a 67 to finish as overall runner-up in the tournament. Maddie Grace Peake joined her under par at 71.

Londyn Rath fired a 76, and Ava Romansky shot 81.

How well did the Cavaliers play? They couldn’t use Maddie Carraway’s 86, a score that would’ve counted for all but two other teams in the field.

“It makes a big difference having that three and four (Romansky and Rath) who can come in and put up those numbers,” Herring said. “Ones and twos are usually pretty consistent everywhere, but those threes and fours really make a huge difference for our scores.”

There were plenty of fireworks throughout the field, too.

Seneca’s Ansley Bryson took medalist honors with a scorching round of 66.

It was her second straight first place finish after shooting a career best 5-under par 67 to medal at the Palmetto Preview last week.

“The short game was coming in clutch today,” Bryson said. “I was hitting it close and giving myself good looks at birdie. I really think just staying in the fairways and hitting greens was big today.”

Bryson said she was steady throughout the day, but pointed to an eagle on the par-5 15th as the spark that ignited her round.

“That was big for me,” she said. “I hit 7-wood off the tee, and I had an 8-iron in from about 160. I hit it long, and putted it from off the green. I think it was around a 15 or 16-footer. It feels great to shoot that kind of number. Any score under par on this course is a good score.” 

There was another big individual accomplishment, too. While Travelers Rest’s Rebekah Demars wasn’t thrilled with her score, she was pretty happy about her tee shot on the par-3 fourth. Demars dunked a pitching wedge from 88 yards for the second ace of her career.

“I couldn’t believe I did it,” she said. “I made one before, at No. 6 at Verdae. I didn’t play great today, but that definitely makes up for it.”

Lady Hurricane Team Scores

  • 1 Dorman 295
  • 2 Seneca 303
  • 3 Hanna 313
  • 4 Pickens 316
  • 5 Mauldin 339
  • 6 BHP 342
  • 7 Blue Ridge 349
  • 8 Daniel 353
  • 9 Chesnee 364
  • 10 Hillcrest 373
  • 11 Christ Church – 384, 12 Chapman – 384, 13 Woodmont – 387, 14 Easley – 396, 15 Landrum – 396, 16 Wade Hampton – 401, 17 – Wren 419, 18 Travelers Rest – 421, 19 Powdersville – 446, 20 Daniel (B) – 490.
Travelers Rest’s Rebekah Demars made an ace on the par-3 fourth hole at Southern Oaks during the Lady Hurricane Invitational. (GolfClub Photo)
The All-Tournament Team at the Lady Hurricane Invitational was a virtual Who’s Who of Upstate girls golf, with Seneca’s Ansley Bryson, Dorman’s Abby Franks and Maddie Grace Peake, Mauldin’s Olivia Pellerin, Chapman’s Olivia Ireland, T.L. Hanna’s Ivy Schulz and Marissa Scaletta, and BHP’s Emilyn Davis all making the team. (GolfClub Photo)

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