Bellarmine blistering field to lead Palmetto Championship

golf-pcday1Bellarmine College Prep of San Jose, Calif., shot a 6-under 274 at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, seizing control after the first round of the Palmetto High School Golf Championship. Bellarmine will take an eight-shot lead over second place Myers Park (NC) into the final round.

Bellarmine was led by Boots Del Biaggio, who shot a blistering 6-under 64. Thomas Eubanks from Myers Park and Eddy Lai of Bellarmine were each 4-under. Waccamaw’s Patrick Golden shot a 2-under 68 and is in sixth place individually.

The Warriors are in fourth place as a team after shooting a 294.

The Championship Flight will play its final round Saturday at True Blue while the first flight will play at Caledonia.

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.

Caledonia, which is equal parts art and architecture, plays through a stunning piece of lowcountry land that was once home to a thriving rice plantation. A round at True Blue, while completely different from a design perspective, is no less captivating. Strantz used waste bunkers, which frame many of the course’s fairways, to craft a layout that is among the area’s most visually stunning.

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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