High School Golf

Dorman tops Upstate qualifying, Carolina Forest leads Lower State

The Dorman Cavaliers have posed for a bunch of pictures after winning tournaments this fall. The Cavaliers will hope to take one more picture after next week’s AAAAA State Championship at Holly Tree Country Club in Simpsonville. (Dorman Photo)

Dorman’s scorching girls golf season continued at the 5A Upper State qualifier at Chester Country Club on Monday.

The Cavaliers fired a 298 to finish first in the tournament, winning by 12 shots over second-place Chapin. T.L. Hanna was third with a 313, with Blythewood (315) and Mauldin (325) rounding out the Top 5. Byrnes (331), Gaffney (337), and Spartanburg (341) all qualified for next week’s State Championship match at Holly Tree.

“The girls have been preparing all season for this post-season stretch,” Dorman coach Olivia Herring said. “We feel confident in the scores they’re producing and we’re excited to see how this season is going to finish for us.”

Dorman was dominant in the match, with all four golfers finishing in the Top 16. Abby Franks tied for the low score of the event, as she and Blytewood’s Caroline Hawkins each shot 68. Londyn Rath tied for 5th with a 73, Maddie Grace Peake tied for 13th at 77, and A.C. Peake shot 80 to tie for 16th.

Herring said seeing her team come through in a big match is a great payoff for the season to this point.

“It makes all of the work and preparation worth it,” she said. “They’re working harder than I’ve ever seen, and it’s paying off for each one of them. I know today was a confidence booster for them. Shooting our second-lowest round of the season when it really counts made a huge impact on their mental game. It helped them to see it’s paying off.”

Now, the Cavaliers will turn their attention to next week’s state title match. Herring said she expects them to be ready.

“We still have the top event ahead of us, but we’re going to continue what we’ve been doing,” she said. “We want to make improvements where they need to be made and remain consistent with what we’ve been doing all season. Confidence is going to be our key moving into next week, knowing and believing that the hard work is coming to fruition, and this is the time to continue the grind and make a big impact. The best is yet to come, and we’re ready to make it happen.”

Four golfers qualified for next week’s State Championship as individuals. Boiling Springs’ Madison Dixon and Nation Ford’s Vivian Harris each shot 73 to qualify, Clover’s Mallory Dover fired a 78, and Fort Mill’s Mackenzie Finn shot 80

Scores from the Upper State AAAAA Qualifying tournament at the Chester Country Club

Individual Qualifiers

Madison Dixon Boiling Springs

Mallory Dover Clover

Shea Kennedy Woodmont

Carolina Forest leads Lower State qualifying

The Carolina Forest team shot a 335 total to lead the 8 teams qualifying for the state championship from the Lower State.

The Panthers finished 7 shots in front of perennial AAAAA power Lexington.

Mia Gray from Carolina Forest had the top individual score from the qualifying tournament played at the Links at Stono Ferry, in Hollywood, SC.

Gray, who won the prestigious CGA Twin State Girls Championship back in June was the Region 5 AAAAA indivudal champion in qualifying for the lower state qualifier.

The 7th ranked player on the SCJGA Heritage Foundation girls ranking shot an even par round and finished 4-shots ahead of three golfers tied for second place. Grace Lindsey from Wando, Avery Smith from Ashley Ridge and Caitlin Gaines from River Bluff all tied for second at 4-overpar.

Lower State Qualifying scores from BirdieFire.com https://birdiefire.com/tournament/132734/

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