Battling tougher conditions on Tuesday than they did in Monday’s opening round of the AAA state golf championship at Cross Creek Plantation in Seneca, Camden lowered its opening round score by 16 strokes. In spite of that, the Bulldogs fell two spots to 13th in the 36-hole, two-day event.
After opening with a 368 on Monday, Camden closed with a 352 for a two-day 720 total. Bishop England won the AAA state title shooting a 324-318—642.
Freshman Wills Kelly was the low scorer for Matt McCarley’s squad as he shot an 86-83—169 to take 27th place overall. Junior teammate Patrick Lindsay was next for the Dogs with his 90-86—176 being good for a tie for 33rd place in the field.
Bulldog sophomore Even Younghans was tied for 45th with a 96-86—182 with classmate David Bishop going 96-97 for a two-day 193 total which was good for a 64th place tie. Sophomore Robert Inabinet and Zach Cameron, an eighth-grader, each played one round each as all six players made their first foray as a team into the AAA state tourney after Kelly was an individual qualifier last year.
This was Camden’s first time appearing in the AAA state championship since 2011.
Johnson qualifies for AA state championship: Even though North Central did not qualify for the AA state tournament as a team, head coach Mitch Lowder’s Knights were represented at the one-day event played over the Mount Vintage Golf Course in North Augusta by junior Blake Johnson.
Johnson qualified at the AA Upper State tournament He shot a 53-45 for an 18-hole 98.
Demons finish 12th in 4A Lower State: Zach Young was the medalist for the Lugoff-Elgin golf team which finished 12th in last week’s 4A Lower State tournament.
Young, a junior, shot an 18-hole 84 while teammate Alex Garland shot a career-best 89 in the one-day event.
Freshman Brice Carron shot a 98 for Mike Robinson’s squad while senior Jacob Carron, who earlier this year won a 4A state wrestling championship, carded a 107. Bryson Porter, a seventh grader, shot 138 to round out the scoring for L-E.
The Demons finished their season with a 5-11 record.