Prep Roundup, Oct. 29: Bluffton girls golf team finishes 3rd at state meet

sports@islandpacket.comOctober 30, 2013 

No. 5 player Gracyn Burgess posted a 2-under 70 and was one of four Lexington players to score in the 70s in the final round Tuesday as the Wildcats finished off a 55-stroke victory in the Class 4-A girls golf state championship at Willow Creek in Greer.

It was Lexington's second straight state championship and ninth in the past 10 years. Spartanburg finished second with a score of 635, and Bluffton came in third with a 647 total.

"All the girls played really well," Lexington coach Brandon Smith said. "I'm real excited for us to go out and play well and like we're capable of. I knew we could shoot under par if we played well, and it's really fun to watch."

Lexington was led by individual medalist and Clemson commitment Lauren Stephenson with a two-day score of 140. The junior shot 2-under par each day.

Spartanburg finished as runner-up for the second straight year. The Vikings were led by all-state selection Anne Taylor Hough (145), who tied for third.

Brandi Hammonds led the way for Bluffton, earning all-state honors by finishing eighth individually. She had a score of 148, eight shots behind the winner.

SCHSL Class 4-A girls golf state championship

Team results

1. Lexington 580; 2. Spartanburg 635; 3. Bluffton 647; T4. South Pointe 658; T4. Wade Hampton 658; T6. Easley 673; T6. South Aiken 673; 8. Lancaster 701; 9. Mauldin 706; 10. Carolina Forest 716; 11. Spring Valley 719; 12. White Knoll 724; 13. Dorman 728; 14. Dutch Fork 737; 15. Fort Dorchester 778; 16. Ashley Ridge 803

All-state team

1. Lauren Stephenson (Lexington) 140; 2. Savannah Goodman (Easley) 143; T3. Anne Taylor Hough (Spartanburg) 145; T3. Kelli Murphy (Lugoff-Elgin) 145; T3. Sydney Legacy (Lexington) 145; T6. Jenson Castle (White Knoll) 147; T6. Riley Lovorn (T.L. Hanna); 8. Brandi Hammonds (Bluffton) 148; T9. Nicole Chin (Dutch Fork) 150; T9. Ashley Czarnecki (Mauldin) 150

SCHSL Class 3-A girls golf state championship

Led by senior Maddy Cox, Pickens finished with a two-day total of 660 to defeat defending state champion Greenville by 19 shots Tuesday in the Class 3-A girls golf state championship at Black Bear Golf Club in Longs.

Cox had a total of 148 to finish second individually behind two-time champ Cayla Smith of Wren, who had a 3-under-par 141 total.

Hilton Head Island High School improved its score on the final day, finishing with a 384, seven shots better than Monday. However, the Seahawks fell back in the standings, winding up 10th.

Team Results

1. Pickens 322-338-660; 2. Greenville 344-335-679; 3. St. James 342-341-683; 4. Daniel 340-347-687; 5. Wren 345-344-689; 6. Airport 365-354-719; 7. McBee 368-366-734; 8. AC Flora 386-376-762; 9. Travelers Rest 391-378-769; 10. Hilton Head High 391-384-775; 11. Chesterfield 403-380-783; 12. Chapman 414-396-810; 13. Myrtle Beach 417-399-816; 14. Eastside 433-415-848; 15. Bishop England 435-416-851; 16. Union County 466-416-882; 17. River Bluff 443-452-895.

All-state team

1. Cayla Smith (Wren) 70-71-141; 2. Maddy Cox (Pickens) 70-78-148; 3. Annika Bovender (Academic Magnet) 75-74-149; 4. Eden Howard (Hartsville) 78-72-150; 5. Carly Burkhardt (Greenville) 76-75-151; 6. Smith Knaffle (St. James) 76-76-152; 7. Karly Mims (Airport) 78-75-153; T8. Victoria Huskey (Greenville) 81-73-154; 9. Jaqueline Twitty (Chapin) 78-76-154; 10. Makalyn Poole (Palmetto) 74-80-154.

GIRLS TENNIS

Beaufort High 6, Stratford 0: The Eagles began the Class 4-A playoffs with an easy win over Stratford, led by Anna Smith's 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 3 singles.

The Eagles (11-11) won all six matches in straight sets.

Singles: No. 1 Austin Stoddard def. Christa Class 6-1, 6-3; No. 2 Morgan Morrissey def. Anastasia Rivers 6-4, 6-2; No. 3 Anna Smith def. Lauren Hudson 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 Marah Aulabaugh def. Celeste Class 6-3, 6-1; No. 5 Sarah Holloway def. Regan Cady 6-2, 6-3

Doubles: No. 2 Lexi Aulabaugh/Elise Marshall def. Erin Hastings/Kierra Gadson 6-2, 6-3

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