Sharks rally to finish sixth at Class AAA state golf tourney

The St. James High boys golf team rallied for a sixth-place finish in the Class AAA state golf championships on Tuesday at Coastal Carolina University’s Hackler Course.

The Sharks knocked three strokes off Monday’s opening-round 319, firing a 316 on Tuesday for a two-day total of 635 – just 10 strokes out of third place.

More importantly, they improved two places in the final standings. After entering the final round tied for eighth, they moved up to sixth.

Chapin defeated AC Flora in a playoff after they finished tied at 607. Fort Mill (625) was a distant third, with Hilton Head (627) and Nation Ford (628) rounded out the top five.

Hartsville and Travelers Rest tied for seventh at 639, followed by Eastside (642), Bluffton (651), South Pointe (652), York (655) and Daniel (657).

Tournament host North Myrtle Beach (677) finished 14th of the 15 qualifying teams, edging Midland Valley (685) to stay out of the cellar.

Chapin’s Will Starke was the medalist after firing a 138, seven strokes better than the runner-up. St. James’ Alan Crum finished ninth at 151 to lead the Sharks.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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