Local 3A teams fail to crack top 10 at state tournament

Home region advantage did little to help local schools in Tuesday’s final round of the Class 3A state girls golf tournament at Coastal Carolina University’s Hackler Course.

St. James, Socastee and North Myrtle Beach finished out of the top 10 despite playing on a course close to home that required little travel and no overnight stays.

Instead, the traveling teams from the Upstate dominated in the Lowcountry, with Greenville (656) capturing the state title. Pickens (666), led by medalist Madison Cox with a two-day total of 151, was runner-up and  Daniel (711) finished third.

St. James (761) was the top local finisher in 11th, led by Alexa Falvey’s 165. Kelli Smith (185), Jordan White (206) and Morgan Stanchak (208) rounded out the Lady Sharks’ top four finishers.

Socastee (775) was close behind in 12th place, led by Collie Muirhead’s 184, Meghan Dresser’s 186, Kelly Daniels’ 197 and Lawson Devers’ 208.

North Myrtle Beach (800) settled for 15th after winning the region tournament. The Lady Chiefs were led by eighth-grader Madison Elliott (172), Elena Long (193), Kyle Chandler (212) and Erin Hershelman (223).

Photo by Joel Beachum

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