High School Golf

Flora dominates at The Bengal

AC Flora won the Parks Hutto Bengal Invitational. The winning team included Adam Hunt, Charles Cauthen, Thomas Lamar, Coleman Ferguson. (Flora photo)

AC Flora looked every bit the state championship team they are with their win at the Parks Hutto Bengal Invitational played at the Columbia Country Club

The Falcons won their second straight AAAA championship last year by 30 shots and placed everyone of their 5 players on the all-state team.

At the Bengal, Flora was competing against many of the same teams they will have to finish in front of again if they want to make it three titles in a row.

The tournament is the first two round tournament for most of the 27 teams in the field. The tournament is hosted by Blythewood High School with contributions and support from the town of Blythewood.

It also uses a different scoring formula as each team plays four golfers and counts all four scores, making it different from the state championship which plays five and counts four scores.

The Falcons shot a 281 first round to hold an 11 shot lead over Bishop England.

In the second round the Falcons finished off the win by shooting 296 for a 1-over par 577 total.

Just like in last year’s state championship North Augusta was second , but the Yellow Jackets closed the gap on the champions to 7-shots.

Individually, Lucas Acevado from Porter Gaud shared the first round lead with three other golfers at 68,

In the final round, Acevado locked up the individual championship and the tournament MVP award when he carded a 70 to finish at 4-under par for the championship.

Fort Mill’s Cam Baker was second by a shot while Flora golfers Adam Hunt and Charles Cauthen along with Sam McMillian all tied for third place and made the All Tournament team.

Ginny Hutto presents Porter Gauds’ Lucas Acevedo with the award for winning the tournament that is played in honor of the memory of her son Parks. (Blythewood Photo)

The tournament is played in memory and in honor of Parks Hutto. Hutto was a promising young golfer on the Blythewood team who tragically passed away at only 15.

The year following his passing, in 2016, the tournament added his name to the title.

The Hutto Family has been involved with the Bengal annually presenting the MVP Award to the winner.

This year Ginny Hutto presented Acevedo with his remembrance for his win in the tournament held in part to honor the memory of her son.

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