Beaufort and Hilton Head High School held onto their top 10 finishes on Day Two of the 4A state golf tournament. The Eagles finished seventh, while the Seahawks moved up three spots to secure a fourth-place finish.
AC Flora pulled out a late comeback to knock off Wren, who came in as the team to beat after round one.
The tournament was held on the Baroney Course at the Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head. Beaufort head coach Brook Dixon said he couldn’t have asked for a better showing of hospitality.
“I thought it was great,” said Dixon. “I thought the weather was great, and I thought the course was amazing. The competition was excellent, and they did a great job hosting.”
The tournament saw several ranked players, including Wren’s Holden Grigg, who clinched the course record with a score of 130 overall. AC Flora’s Jack Parrott and Ryan Marter along with Levi Moody (Travelers Rest) and Ross Craft (Belton-Honea Craft) were among the tournament’s finest.
“We played against some of the best players in the state, so that’s always challenging,” said Dixon.
But the underdogs fought tirelessly against the stacked field and the sweltering heat.
“Thomas Mull shot 79 today, and that was quite a surprise,” said Dixon. “It’s a great improvement from just last week.”
Beaufort’s Matthew Campbell and Hilton Head’s Travis Mancill were selected to the All-State Tournament Team.
For Mancill, putting his best foot forward for the team was his No. 1 priority, but he still considers it an honor. The Erskine commit finished with a score of 143 overall.
“It’s always about the team, because overall it’s the team score that counts,” said Mancill. “How you finish the event as an individual comes last.”
Like Mancill, Campbell anticipated nothing short of a solid performance individually and from his team.
“I had big expectations,” said Campbell. “I was hitting the ball really well for two straight days and I didn’t make any putts at all, which was frustrating, but it was still a good tournament.”
The senior, who shot a 74 in the final round, is committed to North Greenville, and although he’ll be busy on the green as a Crusader, Dixon is looking forward to a friendly match in the future.
“(To my seniors) I have enjoyed you,” said Dixon. “Best of luck to you in the future, and hit me up to play when you’re in town.”
FINAL TEAM SCORES
AC Flora: 592
Myrtle Beach: 602
Hilton Head: 611
Eastside/North Myrtle Beach: 629
South Aiken: 638
Belton-Honea Path: 648
Saint James: 664
Blue Ridge: 671
Travelers Rest: 681
Matthew Campbell: 74
Tommy Holloway: 79
Riley Kase: 81
Thomas Mull: 79
Austin Van Horn: 90
Travis Mancill: 71
Brooks Dyess: 78
Chris Lifvergren: 78
Caden Edwards: 79
Charlie Farrell: 83