Bellarmine claims Palmetto; Waccamaw finishes second

golf-BellarmineBellarmine College Prep of San Jose, Calif., shot a second round 278 at True Blue Golf Club, finishing the event 10-under, to cruise to a 22-stroke victory in the Championship Flight at the 19th annual Palmetto High School Golf Championship.

After shooting 6-under as a team in the first round, Bellarmine took an 8-stroke lead into Saturday play. Waccamaw, which was 8-under as a team on Saturday, finished in second place.

In the battle for medalist honors, Eddy Lai shot a 67 Saturday to overtake teammate Boots Del Biaggio by one stroke, finishing 9 under par, a new tournament record. Waccamaw’s Patrick Golden equaled Lai for low round of the day with a 67 and finished in third place individually, two shots off the pace.

In First Flight action, St. Paul’s B emerged victorious, beating Jesuit B by six strokes. The First Flight played at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club on Saturday. Chapin’s Micah Westermeyer shot a 4-over 145 to win medalist honors in the flight.

[First Flight Leaderboard: Team; Individual]

The Palmetto is a 54-hole, college-style event that allows high school teams to test themselves against opponents from across the nation.

Teams opened play with a qualifying round at True Blue Golf Club and were then flighted for the final 36 holes of competition. The final two rounds were played at True Blue and Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, both of which are ranked among America’s top 100 public courses.

Caledonia is ranked 24th on Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 You Can Play, a ranking of America’s best public courses, and True Blue is 77th on the prestigious list. Both layouts are Mike Strantz designs that offer distinct, yet equally dramatic and memorable experiences.

Defending champion Durham Academy is returning to defend its title against teams from South Carolina, California, Louisiana, North Carolina, Maryland and Texas.

Current PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler, the 2006 champion, and Harris English are among the Palmetto’s distinguished alums.

Photo courtesy of MB Golf Holiday

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