Holden Grigg figured he’d have to take his game to another level this week, taking on the best boys golfers Class 4A has to offer.
But even he likely didn’t anticipate to perform as well as he did the past two days at Port Royal Golf Club’s Barony Course in Hilton Head.
The Myrtle Beach standout scorched the course for twin rounds of 65, finishing 14-under par en route to medalist honors at the Class 4A boys golf state tournament.
Grigg’s performance set a new low mark at the state championship level, his two-day total of 130 a shot better than the record previously held by Waccamaw’s Patrick Golden, set a year ago at True Blue Golf Club.
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“I played well,” the Seahawks golf standout said. “Luckily, I was able to hit a lot of fairways and greens. My main focus was on pulling out the win for my team. It was kind of a goal of ours.”
As a team, the Seahawks finished second with a two-day total of 602, falling to 4A state champion A.C. Flora by 10 strokes. It was the Falcons’s eighth straight state crown.
According to Myrtle Beach boys golf coach Lowell Counce, his team’s focus was sharper during its stay in Hilton Head than it had been all season long.
“This season, we already had played most of the teams (in the 4A state golf tournament) already,” he said. “The only thing we needed to know was what the course looked like, and whether (Hurricane Matthew) changed how it played. Once we saw it, there wasn’t much difference.”
In addition to Grigg’s record-setting performance, Dock Jarman earned a 10-over 154 while Keegan Vaugh finished with a 12-over 156. Also, Michael Yan notched an 18-over 162 and Seth Boyce a 34-over 178.
North Myrtle Beach finished tied for eighth with a collective score of 629.
McClure Thompson’s even-par round to close out the tournament left him with a 2-over 146, good for seventh overall. Chandler Casey (14-over 158), David Lamb (18-over 162), Matthew Griego (19-over 163) and Zack Kirtz (30-over 174) also contributed to the effort.
St. James finished 13th, with a two-day total of 664. Coleman Bess had the best result for the Sharks, shooting a 14-over 158 for the tournament.
Charlie Wike (21-over 165), Walker Devers (22-over 166), Hunter Satterley (24-over 178) and Graham Gerrald (34-over 182) also were part of the effort for St. James.
1. A.C. Flora 592; 2. Myrtle Beach 602; 3. Wren 604; 4. Hilton Head Island 611; 5. Lancaster 614; 6. Hartsville 615; 7. Beaufort 627; T8. North Myrtle Beach, Eastside 629; 10. South Aiken 638; 11. Chapin 640; 12 Belton-Honea Path 648; 13. St. James 664; 14. Blue Ridge 671; 15. Travelers Rest 681; 16. Pickens 685
Top individual results
1. Holden Grigg (Myrtle Beach) 130; T2. Jack Parrott (Flora), Methintr Top Kamnark (Cane Bay) 141; 4. Ryan Marter (Flora) 142; 5. Travis Mancill (Hilton Head Island) 143; 6. Levi Moody (Travelers Rest) 144; 7. McClure Thompson (North Myrtle Beach) 146; T8. Matthew Campbell (Beaufort), Ross Craft (Belton-Honea Path), Brady Hinkle (Lancaster) 148.
Day two of the 5A boys state golf tournament proved to be a generous one for Carolina Forest.
The Panthers shot a combined 323 Tuesday at Wescott Plantation in North Charleston, allowing them to finish ninth with a result of 110-over par.
Kevin Burris was the top performer for Carolina Forest in the tournament, finishing with a three-round score of 10-over 226 to tie for 12th. Chris Fortenberry (13-over 229), Alex Hawley (43-over 259), Parker Stancil (44-over 260) and Dylan Griffin (68-over 284) also played a role in the Panthers’ result.
After shooting a combined 161-over 1,025, Socastee claimed 15th at the 5A state tourney. The Braves’ best result came courtesy of Shane Peters, who finished tied for 37th with a 27-over 243.
Lance Vu (35-over 251), Grant Hutchins (47-over 263), Chap Hutchinson (52-over 268) and Jake Del Busse (64-over 280) also contributed for Socastee.
Conway’s lone participant, Connor Thomas, wound up tied for 37th with a 27-over 243 for the tournament.
1. Boiling Springs 889; 2. Gaffney 898; 3. Dorman 911; 4. Wando 916; 5. Lexington 930; 6. Byrnes 933; 7. Rock Hill 936; 8. Mauldin 962; 9. Carolina Forest 974; 10. James Island 976; 11. Sumter 994; 12. River Bluff 1,005; 13. Nation Ford 1,007; 14. Wade Hampton 1,010; 15. Socastee 1,025; 16. Fort Dorchester
Top individual results
1. Trent Phillips (Boiling Springs) 211; 2. Colby Patton (Hillcrest) 217; 3. Zach Gordon (Gaffney) 219; 4. Cody Transou (Gaffney) 221; T5. Reed Bentley (Byrnes), Josh Sprouse (Boiling Springs) 222; T7. Nick Mayfield (Rock Hill), Will Sheppard (Wando) 223; T9. Harrison Corbin (Boiling Springs), Thomas Hollingsworth (Dorman) 224.