Sure, Patrick Golden may be one of the best high school golfers the Palmetto State has to offer.
On Monday, however, it was his teammates that reminded all that competition at the prep level remains a team sport.
Golden shot a solid round, finishing with an even-par 72. But it was Drew Mullen’s 1-under 71 that won the day for the Warriors, who will enter the final day of competition at True Blue Golf Club in Pawleys Island with a 19-shot lead over second place Gilbert.
Bishop England (314), May River (325) and Emerald (327) round out the top five.
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Following Mullen and Golden were teammates Trey Salley and Jackson Cole, who earned a 1-over 73 and a 2-over 74 for the day.
The best individual round of the day belonged to May River’s Brandon McBride, who had a 3-under 69. His teammate Drew Weary also finished in the red with a 1-under 71.
Chapman’s Jacob Bridgeman (2-under 70) and Colt Martin of Pendleton (1-under 71) also shot under par in the round.
Aynor finished the day with a round of 355, good for 12th overall.
Braeden Barnett led the way with an 82, while Dalton Gasque followed with an 85. Cole Johnson and Railey Smith wound up with a 93 and a 95, respectively.
Georgetown’s individual qualifier James Gore finished with a 94 on the day.
1. Waccamaw 290; 2. Gilbert 309; 3. Bishop England 314; 4. May River 325; 5. Emerald 327; 6. Pendleton 332; 7. Palmetto 335; 8. Mid-Carolina 338; 9. Woodruff 340; 10. Powdersville 344; 11. Walhalla 346; 12. Aynor 355; 13. Manning 356; 14. Hanahan 358; 15. Crescent 360; 16. Brookland-Cayce 375.
Top individual results
1. Brandon McBride (May River) 69; 2. Jacob Bridgeman (Chapman) 70; T3. Colt Martin (Pendleton), Drew Mullen (Waccamaw), Drew Weary (May River) 71; T6. Jackson Whitfield (Pendleton), Patrick Golden (Waccamaw) 72; T8. Connor Moore (Bluffton), Trey Salley (Waccamaw), Willis Kelly (Camden) 73.
The opening day of competition at the Wescott Golf Club in North Charleston didn’t do local teams any favors, with Carolina Forest finishing 10th and Socastee in last.
While the Panthers managed to shoot a 75-over 651 through two rounds, with Socastee winding up at 110-over 686 for the day. Boiling Springs is the leader in the clubhouse at 10-over 586, with Gaffney 12 shots behind.
The Bulldogs also find themselves at the top of the individual leaderboard, with Trent Phillips sitting at 8-under 136 with one day down at the tournament.
Carolina Forest’s Chris Fortenberry was the best local performer, shooting 7-over 151 for the day. Teammate Kevin Burris finished at 11-over 155, while Alex Hawley was at 28-over 172, Parker Stancil at 29-over 173 and Dylan Griffin with a result of 46-over 190.
Shane Peters led the way for Socastee at 19-over 163. Lance Vu followed at 25-over 169, Grant Hutchins at 30-over 174, Chap Hutchinson at 36-over 180 and Jake Del Busse at 43-over 187.
On an individual basis, Conway’s Connor Thomas finished tied for 46th on the day, shooting 17-over 161.
A solid round by Holden Grigg has Myrtle Beach well positioned for a run at a state championship.
The Seahawks’ standout’s 7-under 65 was best among all competitors at Hilton Head’s Barony Course at Port Royal Golf Club, helping his team to a fourth-place finish during Monday’s first round of the 4A state boys golf tournament.
Grigg’s 18-hole total was three shots clear of A.C. Flora’s Jack Parrott.
Myrtle Beach earned a round of 302, four shots behind the 298 shot by Wren. Along with the Seahawks, four other teams are also within seven shots, a crowded lot including Hartsville (300), A.C. Flora (301), Lancaster (303) and Hilton Head Island (305).
1. Wren 298; 2. Hartsville 300; 3. Flora 301; 4. Myrtle Beach 302; 5. Lancaster 303; 6. Hilton Head Island 305; 7. Beaufort 314; 8. Eastside 315; 9. North Myrtle Beach 317; 10. South Aiken 325; 11. Blue Ridge 326; 12. Chapin 327; 13. Belton-Honea Path 328; T14. St. James, Pickens 342; 16. Travelers Rest 348
Top individuals results
1. Holden Grigg (Myrtle Beach) 65; 2. Jack Parrott (A.C. Flora) 68; 3. Methintr Top Kanmark (Cane Bay) 70; T4. Parker Wilkerson (Hartsville), Travis Mancill (Hilton Head Island) 72; T6. Brady Hinkle (Lancaster), Brandon Masters (Wren), Levi Moody (Travelers Rest) 73; T9. Matthew Campbell (Beaufort), McClure Thompson (North Myrtle Beach), Ryan Marter (AC Flora), Tanner Pilgrim (Wren) 74