MB’s Grigg, NMB duo put teams in hunt for 4A title

Defending state runner-up Myrtle Beach is in a familiar position, tied for second place, following Monday’s first round of the Class 4A state championship at The Hackler Course in Conway.

Lancaster (304) carries a one-stroke lead over Myrtle Beach and AC Flora (314), which has leader Nic Poole atop the individual leaderboard at 69.

Local golfers are within striking distance, both individually and as a team, when the final round gets under way Tuesday under threat of storms. North Myrtle Beach (316) is eighth and St. James (321) is in 12th.

Defending state medalist Holden Grigg and North Myrtle Beach’s Chandler Casey and Matthew Griego are tied for fourth at 73. Myrtle Beach’s Dock Jarman (76) is tied for 12th, and St. James’ Coleman Bess (77) leads the Sharks and is tied for 15th.

The Grand Strand’s Class 5A boys golf teams failed to qualify for the state tournament in Florence, but Carolina Forest’s Chris Fortenberry is representing the area well as the lone individual in the event.

Following Monday’s opening round, Fortenberry is tied for sixth overall with an even-par round of 71. He is six shots behind leader Trent Phillips of Boiling Springs (286), which trails leader Gaffney (280) by six strokes entering Tuesday’s final round.

Photo by Louis E. Keiner

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