The Greenville Red Raiders used a win in the Greenville County High School championship last year to push a young team into contention with some of the top teams in the state.
The Red Raiders may be on the same track again after winning their second straight Greenville County title.
Greenville carded a 291 total to finish 7-shots in front of Christ Church in the 18 hole event at Thornblade Club.
The Red Raiders Tip Price shot a 1-under par 70 to finish in a tie with Riversides’ Matthew Morgan for medalist honors.
At most junior, high school and almost all regular season college tournaments the top finishers are declared co-medalists.
One golfer gets the trophy while the other’s award comes in the mail a week later.
But at Thornblade, playing on a day the course was not open for member play, when the final scores were posted there was both daylight and time to decide the county championship on the course.
Morgan’s 1-under par 70 was his career best tournament round while Price is used to being at or near the top of leader boards.
The playoff began on the first hole at Thornblade and Price’s length off the tee looked to give the Red Raider golfer a big advantage.
Morgan’s second shot came up a few yards short of the green, while Price was on the putting surface.
“I know Tip is a really good player and he hits it further than i do, ” said Morgan. “I just played my game,” he said.
Morgan’s confidence almost won the day. His chip shot from off the green barely lipped out,
“It really looked good going towards the hole. I thought it was in,” he said.
As Morgan’s ball; got closer to the hole, Price started thinking about his par putt.
“I was waiting for it to drop, when it didn’t it was on to the next hole,” said Price.
On the second playoff hole Price again boomed a drive, but this time his second shot on the par 4 eleventh hole ended up about 3 feet from the hole.
Morgan had a 25 footer for a par, but missed.
Price tapped in for the win, his second playoff win this year.
He won the SCJGAs Morgan-Lucas championship in a playogg back in March.
With the last third of the season remaining, Price believes this win can help build momentum for the finish much like it did last year.
“We had a rough start to last season and this kind of kick started our whole team. I think this can be a big stepping stone for us,” said Price.
Price was joined on the All-Tournament team by two of his teammates, Hugh Faulkner and Claiborne Mardre.
Griff Bell and Harrison Beck rounded out the championship team.
Morgan helped his Riverside team finish third and was joined by Connor Rose on the All-Tournament team along with Christ Church’s William Jennings.
The next important event for area teams is the Wren Hurricane Invitational at Southern Oaks on April 17th and 18th.
Bud Asbury Greenville County High School championship scores.
If there was a surpise team or golfer in the field of 16 schools
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