High School Golf

Christ Church wins Class A title, St Joe’s Henry Hall is medalist

The Christ Church Cavaliers brought home the schools 21st boys golf championship after winning the Class A title at the Hartsville Country Cub. (Cavalier Photo)

It does not matter if it is a one day championship or two day tournament, It doesn’t matter if it is a Class A or a Class AA tournament.

Christ Church is always the odds on favorite to win a state title.

Competing against expectations is almost as hard as playing the competition on the course.

“When you get to a tournament and everybody tells you you are the favorite it puts some extra pressure on your team,” said Christ Church coach Levi Horner. ” Sometimes it seems like we are playing against ourselves,” said the coach.

This year the Class A Championship would be only one round at the Hartsville Country Club, while most state championships are 36 holes.

“I’m not crazy about playing just one round, You can have a bad day or some team can capture lightening in a bottle and its over,” said Horner.

Horner sent his team out telling them there where a lot of birdies out there and to have fun and to make some other team beat them.

“The course was not long and the greens were good. I knew we could play well and our guys did,” he said.

William Jennings and Groves Williams have led the Cavaliers all year and they did again in the Championship.

William Jennings shot an even par 72 to tie his teammate Groves Williams for second at the Class A state championship. (Cavalier Photo)

Both Cavalier juniors shot even par rounds of 72 to tie for second place

The Cavaliers wrapped up the championship with an 8 shot victory.

St.Joseph’s finished as the runner-up, but Henry Hall claimed the individual championship .

Hall, a senior, topped the field with a 4-under par 68 to claim medalist honors for the Knights.

Hall hit 17 of 18 greens in regulation, The only green he missed put a double bogey on his card , but it was about the only mistake he made in the round,

“I bounced back right after that and made four birdies on the back nine, my putting was really good,” said the new state champion.

Hall didn’t know how the rest of the field stood and just concentrated on playing the course and did it better than anyone else in the field.

“It means a lot to me to win. I’ve been All-State for three years . I wanted to play my best and I gave it my full effort for both me and the team. I’m pretty happy to have a state championship,” said Hall.

St. Joseph’s Henry Hall shot a 4-under par back nine to win the individual Class A championship by 4-shots. (Knights photo)

While Jennings and Williams got most of the attention during a state championship run, Horner is quick to point out that the three other team members played important rolls in the run to the state title.

“There were times during the year when we needed them to really help us. John Waldrop, Charlie Reyner and Clayton Duke never let us down,”said the coach.

Horner’s championship team does not have a senior on the roster so there is a good chance the Cavaliers could be right back here next year playing for the school’s 22nd golf championship.

2023 Class A All-State Golfers.
All State Selections
1. Henry Hall68
T-2. William Jennings72
T-2. Groves Williams72
John Waldrop73
Brennan Kelly75
Charlie Reyner76
Preston White77
Cayleigh Goff79
Evan Cheek79
Parker Way79
Sawyer McAin79
Team PlacementScore
1. Christ Church293
2. St. Joseph’s304
3. Southside Christian316
4. Brashier Middle College337
5. Carver’s Bay362
6. Johnsonville364
7. Latta366
8. East Clarendon378
9. Hannah – Pamplico386
10. Ware Shoals390
11. Wagener-Salley407
12. McBee411
13. Great Falls413
14. Bamberg435
14. Green Sea Floyds435
16. Williston-Elko454
17. GSSM455
18. Ridge Spring Monetta461
19. Bridges Prepatory School484
20. Riverwalk521

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