By Jed Blackwell, Associate Editor/ Publisher
On a cold, rainy day at Woodfin Ridge, Boiling Springs coach Josh Pruitt had a good idea how his Bulldogs were able to put together a team score of 300 to win the Spartanburg County High School championship.
“Well, a 66 helps,” he said with a grin.
That’s what the Bulldogs’ No. 1 player, Andrew Gregory, was able to fire on the day, earning medalist honors and pacing the two-time defending 5A state champions to another County title.
“I was able to birdie the Par 5s, and I was hitting it close on the Par 3s, Gregory said of his round. “I birdied three of the four Par 3s, so I did pretty good on those. That makes it easier on any day, especially when the greens are kind of slow and you can’t really know which way it’s breaking. Tapping it in there and going to the next hole makes it easier.”
Gregory said the mental slog that’s sometimes the hallmark of a round in dreary weather wasn’t there at County, thanks to his playing partners.
“I had a pretty good group, so that took my mind off it,” he said. “We had a lot of fun out there, had some jokes, and I was able to just play the best I could.”
Walker Ingram shot 76 to join Gregory on the All-County team, with Clayton Taylor and Lawson Miller both shooting 79 to round out the scoring for the Bulldogs.
“Those scores are pretty solid,” Pruitt said. “Having fallen short a couple times on our home course, it means a lot to get it done,and I’m proud of them.
Spartanburg and Dorman shared runner-up honors, each shooting 315.
Spartanburg’s Connor Williams was individual runner-up to Gregory and made the All-County team, firing an even-par 72. Ben Fulmer shot a 77, Hugh Lemonds carded an 82, and Brady Lowry shot 84 for the Vikings.
Dorman’s Will Ruth shot 73 to lead the Cavaliers and earn All-County honors. Casey Kasney’s 78, Taylor Kesler’s 80, and Parker Bulman’s 84 rounded out the scoring for Dorman.
Spartanburg Day School and Woodruff tied for fourth at 321.
All-County golfer Grainger Amick shot 73 to lead the Griffins, with Hugh Converse shooting 82 and Matthew Roff and Houston Johnson each turning in an 84.
Ben McKinney’s 76 was good for All-County honors for Woodruff, with Gage Howard and Blake Kelly each carding an 80, and Parker Sloan shooting 85.
Other All-County golfers included Chapman’s Will McCraw, who shot 73, and Chesnee’s Creighton Rentz, who turned in a 74.
2023 Spartanburg County Championship Scores
Categories: High School Golf, Junior Golf
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