High School Sports

Woodward leads Hilton Head Prep boys to state golf title

It was a clean sweep for Hilton Head Preparatory School at the SCISAA Class 3-A boys golf championship Tuesday at General James Hackler Golf Course at Coastal Carolina in Conway.

Junior Woody Woodward shot his second straight even-par 72 to claim medalist honors and lead the Dolphins to a second-round team score of 300 and a 19-stroke victory over Pinewood Prep for the state championship, 603-622.

Hilton Head Christian Academy finished third with a two-day total of 626.

"The first day was extremely cold and windy," Hilton Head Prep coach Kyle Maloney said. "But our team played extremely well. They battled. All the guys hung in there."

According to Woodward -- who is mulling scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Virginia, Auburn and LSU -- the Dolphins' state championship was a team effort.

"We played really well, we putted very well," Wodward said. "As a team, we just played well. It was a grind-it-out type of day, and we did what we had to do."

Woodward (72-72--144) edged Pinewood Prep's Richard Hubbard (70-76--146) by two strokes for the individual title. For the Dolphins, after Woodward came Phillip Loeb (74-76--150), Tyler Williams (78-73--151), Kyle Eichelsbacher (78-79--157) and Russell Freed (87-87--174).

"We expect great things out of ourselves every time out," Woodward said. "That's what we're built for."

For Hilton Head Christian, Bryson Nimmer led the way with a final-round 75. Nimmer also had a 75 in the opening round. Also, Will Miles finished 86-77--163, JD Lehman carded a 77-80--157, Kyle Weaver had 79-85--164 and RJ Bartolomucci shot 90-77--167.