High School Sports

Hilton Head High girls just miss state title

The usual suspects topped the leaderboard Tuesday in the final round of the Class 3-A girls golf state championship at Quail Creek Golf Course in Conway.

Three of last year's top five finishers were again among the top five, including Strom Thurmond's McKenzie Talbert, who had the event's only sub-par rounds with a 1-under 71 on Monday and a 5-under 67 on Tuesday to finish at 6-under-par 144 and defend her 2009 state title.

Talbert, just a sophomore, was the runner-up in 2008 and was fourth in 2007.

A.C. Flora made the leap to the top of the podium to take the team title after finishing in the top three the past four years, finishing with a team total of 236, a stroke ahead of Hilton Head High.

For many of the Seahawks, the close loss was a bitter pill to swallow.

"They're pretty beat down," Hilton Head High coach Rawn Grant said of his team. "They gave an awesome, awesome effort. We just came up a little bit short."

Hilton Head High took a six-stroke lead into the final round but was unable to hold off A.C. Flora's second-day push.

Jackie Budidharma followed up Monday's 77 with a 76 on Tuesday, finishing in fifth place overall with a 153 to earn all-state honors. Three other Hilton Head golfers earned all-region honors: Lily Bartell (78-81 -- 159), Nathalie Lezcano (83-78 -- 161) and Samantha O'Donnell (81-83 -- 164).

Bluffton, the defending state champions, finished in fourth place as a team with 670 strokes.

Sammie Buchanan earned all-state honors, following up Monday's 76 with a 78 on Tuesday. After firing an 83 in the first round, Brandi Hammonds rebounded with a 73 to also make the all-state team. Other Bluffton scorers were Kylie Nizolek (85-83 -- 168) and Kasidy Beckel (99-93 -- 192).

Team scores: 1. A.C. Flora 636, 2. Hilton Head 637, 3. Chapin 653, 4. Bluffton 670, 5. Blue Ridge 680, 6. Daniel 689, 7. Pickens 712, 8. Greenville 745, 9. Pendleton 747, 10. Chesterfield 751, 11. South Pointe 760, 12. Berkeley 770

Top 5 individuals: 1. McKenzie Talbert, Strom Thurmond, 71-67 -- 138; 2. Collins Bradshaw, A.C. Flora, 72-73 -- 145; 3. Chelsey Couch, Ware Shoals, 78-75 -- 153; 4. Jackie Budidharma, HHH, 77-76 -- 153; Grace Glaze, Daniel, 79-74 -- 153.

Hilton Head High (637): Jackie Budidharma 77-76 --153, Lily Bartell 78-81 -- 159, Nathalie Lezcano 83-78 -- 161, Samantha O'Donnell 81-83 -- 164

Bluffton (670): Sammie Buchanan 76-78 -- 154, Brandi Hammonds 83-73 -- 156, Kylie Nizolek 85-83 -- 168, Kasidy Beckel 99-93 -- 192

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