The Hilton Head Christian Academy boys golf team made it two for two on Tuesday, capturing their second straight SCISAA Class 3-A state championship with a dominating performance.
Playing in windy conditions at Coastal Carolina's Hackler Course in Conway, the Eagles built on the 19-stroke lead they had after day one. The Eagles tallied a two-round total of 586, 31 strokes better than Hammond and Wilson Hall.
"It was great," coach Doug Langhals said. "The conditions were real tough today. Our guys did a great job of keeping their composure. They continued to fight through adversity."
The defending champs were paced by the stellar play of Jonathan Schuble, the tournament's top finisher. Schuble posted a 2-under-par 72 on Monday and followed that up with a second-round 70 to win individual honors by four strokes. Teammate Trace Crowe finished tied for second with scores of 71 and 75. Bryson Nimmer's 74 and 73 was good enough to finish in fourth.
"It was fun to watch today," Langhals said. "We had three guys that were all in contention. They were fighting hard to try to take each other out. They were competing, but at the same time, they were standing on the green cheering each other on."
Langhals said he was impressed by Schuble's performance, calling him a late-bloomer who has come into form at the right time.
Now in possession of back-to-back state titles, Langhals said each one is special, and that this year's win presented different challenges.
"This year, coming in, in a totally different scenario, where we came is as heavy favorites, it was exciting in different ways," Langhals said.
Hilton Head Prep finished tied for seventh, with a two-day total of 664. On Tuesday, three Dolphins scored an 80: Jose Quilis, Walker Campbell and Art Griffin.
"Our team did not give the best outing, scorewise," coach Richie Bohrer said. "Conditions weren't great. I was pretty proud of the scores today. I know the players grinded really hard."
In Class 2-A competition, Thomas Heyward Academy finished seventh with a score of 738. Davis Owens led the way with scores of 82 and 85. Coach Marty Bowers said he was proud of his team, although he said it was a bittersweet ending to the season.
"I was very pleased with them," Bowers said. "I didn't know how they were going to handle that sort of pressure, but they did very well. I couldn't ask for a nicer set of kids."