Golf: Five local teams, one individual qualify for state

nmbgolf-swingGrand Strand golf teams didn’t have their best games in Monday’s Class 4A Lower State boys golf tournament at The Hackler Golf Course in Conway, but that’s the beauty of sport: They shot well enough to play another day.

Myrtle Beach (302) took third place, North Myrtle Beach (321) finished sixth, and St. James (332) claimed the eighth and final qualifying spot for next week’s Class 4A State Championships.

AC Flora (285) and Hilton Head (297) took the top two spots. AC Flora’s Jack Parrott and Ford Reynolds shot 2-under-par 70s to share medalist honors.

The Seahawks posted three low numbers but couldn’t keep pace with state power AC Flora. Freshman Keegan Vaugh carded a 1-under-par 71 to tie for third individually. Teammates Holden Grigg and Dock Jarman shot 73s to tie for seventh.

In the Class 5A Lower State tournament at Coosaw Creek Golf Club in North Charleston, Carolina Forest (325) finished fourth as Kevin Burris and Chris Fortenberry led the Panthers with a pair of 76s.

Socastee (348) earned the eight and final qualifying spot to advance to next week’s Class 5A State Championships.

Conway freshman Connor Thompson shot 75 and won in a playoff to claim the final individual spot in next week’s state tournament.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner

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