Holden Grigg won’t be going far to play college golf.
The junior at Myrtle Beach High School has verbally committed to play at Coastal Carolina University.
Grigg chose CCU after taking official visits to other schools and said he believes in the program first-year coach Jim Garren, who helped Oklahoma win the 2017 NCAA championship as an assistant coach last season, and assistant Jeremy Alcorn are building. He also wanted to remain near his golf coach based at Barefoot Resort.
“I committed to Coastal because I wanted to be a part of what Jim and Jeremy are building and be able to continue to work with Alasdair Dyer,” Grigg said.
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Grigg has become bigger and stronger over the past year and had a breakout 2017.
In May, he set a state-record low score with a 14-under 130 in the Class 4A state high school championship at The Barony at Port Royal Golf & Racquet Club in Hilton Head Island.
In June, he won the Carolinas Junior PGA Championship at the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina with a 5-under 139 to qualify for the national Junior PGA Championship at The Country Club of St. Albans in St. Louis.
And in July, he won an event on the American Junior Golf Association Tour, which is considered the best junior tour in the country, despite playing the tour sparingly.
Grigg won the AJGA Junior at The Legends, shooting a 5-under-par 67 in the final round to win by a stroke with a 2-under 214 total at The Legends Country Club in Eureka, Mo. He made six birdies in the final round, including on holes 14, 15 and 17 to pull ahead late.
Grigg knows some of the other players who have committed or are expected to commit to the Chanticleers in the 2018 and 2019 classes.
Earlier this month, Garren signed Tyler Gray of Lugoff, Brady Hinkle of Lancaster and Conner Newton of Auburn, Ala., as incoming freshmen in 2018. Grigg would join the team in the fall of 2019.
Gray finished 12th at the 2017 Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship at TPC Myrtle Beach and is a two-time South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA) 2A state champion and three-time Columbia city champion.
Hinkle won the 2016 South Carolina Junior Match Play Championship and Newton is ranked No. 2 among the Alabama class of 2018 and won four events on the Southern Junior Golf Tour.
The Chants are in need of the recruits considering two team members this season were recruited from the school's PGA Golf Management program.