AC Flora defeated Chapin in a playoff to capture the Class 3-A boys golf state championship Tuesday at Coastal Carolina University's Hackler Course, while Hilton Head Island High School finished 19 shots back in fourth place on a rainy day in Conway.
Hilton Head High was led by a player who doesn't even go to the school yet -- Andrew Orischak, a seventh-grader. Orischak earned all-state honors, shooting a 76 on Tuesday and finishing sixth overall with a 149 total. Hilton Head High's other scores from the final day were 83s from Gavin Lindstrom, Chris O'Donnell and Troy Hoisington.
"It was pretty good turnout for the boys," Seahawks coach Bill Smith said. "I was very happy with them and very proud of them."
The young Seahawks squad, which had no seniors in the lineup, didn't have a chance to build up any momentum in the final round. They had to play several holes in a heavy rain, and then endured a 2-hour stoppage as lightning arrived. The course was drenched by the time the Seahawks were able to go back out to finish their round.
"The rain pretty much killed us," Smith said.
Chapin's Will Starke was the individual medalist with a 138 total.
Class 3-A Boys Golf Championship
Final round, Tuesday, at Conway; Hackler Course, Coastal Carolina University; Par 72
Team scores -- AC Flora 607, Chapin 607, Fort Mill 625, Hilton Head High 627, Nation Ford 628, Greenville 633, St. James 635, Hartsville 639, Traveler's Rest 639, Eastside 642, Bluffton 651, South Pointe 652, York 655, Daniel 657, North Myrtle Beach 677, Midland Valley 685.
Individual Scores -- Will Starke (Chapin) 138, Will Hicks (Camden) 145, Nick Eberhardt (Ft. Mill) 145, Wick Andrews (A.C. Flora) 145, Hunter Nichols (Clinton) 147, Andrew Orischak (Hilton Head High) 149, Wes Stancell (Pickens) 150, Drake Cassidey (Hartsville) 150, Alan Crum (St. James) 151, Briar Herd (South Pointe) 152, Will Marter (A.C. Flora) 152.
Class 4-A state championship: The Beaufort High School boys finished in 16th place after Tuesday's final round at the Furman University Golf Course, carding a team score of 319.
"We played better as a team," Eagles coach Brook Dixon said. "We shot the best round we had out of all the 18s."
Beaufort High finished with a 54-hole score of 979.
Josh Fickes led the Eagles, placing 17th individually after a final-round 76. Taylor Simonsen was 27th, posting a 78 on Tuesday. Tommy Earl had an 81, Joel Fickes an 84 and Patrick Watson a 102.
Easley overcame a one-stroke deficit heading into the final round to win the state title by 11 strokes. Matt Neismith of North Augusta won the individual title with a 208 total, the third best mark in tournament history.
Thomas Heyward Academy: The Rebels participated in the SCISAA state championships Saturday at the Live Oaks Sportsman Club in Swansea.
Thomas Heyward's team of Matt Rountree, Dalton Smith and Brodie Etheridge finished runner-up in the senior varsity division. The trio posted a score of 261 out of 300 targets, just three broken targets behind the winners.
Hilton Head Christian Academy: The HHCA Eagles Sporting Clays team competed against 370 shooters recently in Georgetown at the state meet. Hunter Greenwell was the Eagles' top shooter, with a 79 clays broken out of 100. Other scores for HHCA were: Drew Davis (78), James Bartholomew (71), Kerry Davis (69), Kelly Humes (67) and Matt Crowe (67).