High School Golf

Dorman and Franks win Lady Patriot at Smithfields

The Dorman Cavaliers added The Lady Patriot team title to their other five tournament victories so far this year. The Cavaliers Abbey Franks won her second individual title as the top-ranked AAAAA team in South Carolina remained undefeated in tournament play. (GolfClub Photo)

The formula was the same for the Dorman Cavaliers as they scooped up their sixth tournament title with a win at the Lady Patriot.

A top of the leader board performance from Abbey Franks and solid play from the rest of the team resulted in another win for the Cavaliers.

“We are undefeated this year,” said Franks. “I think we have all been working hard and practicing and we have gotten better together this year,” she added.

It was the second individual title for the Dorman golfer to go along with three runner-up finishes as Franks has either been first or second in five of the Cavaliers’ six tournaments this season.

The Cavalier senior was backed up by a strong performance from Londyn Rath, Ava Romansky Maddie Peake and Maddie Carroway as the team remained undefeated in major girls high school tournament play.

The first South Carolina Golf Coaches Association Poll had the Cavaliers ranked as the top AAAAA team in the state. The Cavaliers posted a 321 total to finish 10 shots in front of Seneca, the number 1 ranked AAA team in South Carolina.

Cavaliers’ Senior Abbey Franks won the Lady Patriot individual championship. It was her second win of the year. (GolfClub Photo)

“We’ve been doing the same thing all year. We just keep grinding. We are not worried about rankings. We just go out and play our game and however it ends up, it ends up,” said Franks.

The South Carolina High School Golf coaches poll number one ranked AAA team from Seneca finished in second place at the Lady Patriot played at Smithfields in Easley. (GolfClub Photo)

The Hanna Yellow Jackets, a AAAAA team, finished in third place while Pickens the top ranked AAAA team was fourth and BHP was fifth.

The Hanna Yellow Jackets finished in third place at the Lady Patriot Invitational at Smithfields in Easley. (GolfClub Photo)

Most teams have some region matches remaining before Regional championships are played to qualify for the Upper and Lower State qualifying tournaments.

The top teams in those qualifiers advance to the state championships later in October.

Franks believes the high ranking and the success the Cavaliers have had so far this year will not change anything as they prepare for the biggest tournaments of the season.

“We won’t change anything, how we go to practice,everything has been great. The only thing we can do is control our practice, not the results so we are just going to keep on practicing,” said the Lady Patriot medalist.

On October 17th the AAAAA Upper State qualifier will be played at Chester Country Club, while Willow Creek will host the AAA qualifier and the Upstate teams in AAAA will qualify for the state championship at Saluda Valley

The Lady Patriot All-Tournament team included medalist Abbey Franks – Dorman, runner-up Olivia Pellerin, – Mauldin,
Ansley Bryson – Seneca, Peyton O’Brien – Daniel, Katelyn Cox – Blue Ridge, Olivia Ireland – Chapman. (GolfClub Photo)

The South Carolina High School League state championships will follow on October 24th and 25th at four locations around the state.

Lady Patriot medalist Abbey Franks talks about her win and the success of the Dorman team this year.

The Lady Patriot event did not produce a scoring summary for individuals here are the team totals from the event.

The Lady Patriot Invitational at Smithfields

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