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Golden sets new state record, Waccamaw wins state golf title

Waccamaw’s Patrick Golden drives the ball in a downpour during the Class AA state golf championship at True Blue Plantation.
Waccamaw’s Patrick Golden drives the ball in a downpour during the Class AA state golf championship at True Blue Plantation. jlee@thesunnews

Waccamaw golf coach Chris Daily doesn’t know what golf course Patrick Golden was playing, but he certainly has trouble believing it was True Blue.

Golden set a new state record on Tuesday, shooting a 13-under 131 during the 36-hole event at the Pawleys Island golf course. More importantly, he helped his team meet its goal of winning a championship.

Waccamaw shot a team total of 581 during its two days at True Blue Golf Club – also a record for the state golf tournament – besting Bishop England by 15 strokes to claim the Class AA state title.

“We played really well all year, but we weren’t able to win any big invitationals or tournaments,” said Waccamaw golf coach Chris Daly. “So to finally cap it all off with the one we really wanted to get, that was good. The boys did well to not play tight, they all wanted it and it was really good to see both days they were comfortable with the environment.”

No Warrior golfer finished lower than 22nd. Following up Golden’s record-setting performance was senior Will Canipe, who tied for third with a 2-over 146 for the tournament, and Jackson Cole, whose 7-over 151 earned him a top-10 finish.

However, it was Golden’s effort that caused much of the chatter among those gathered at the True Blue Golf Club.

Shooting an opening-round 67 despite windy conditions, he bettered that mark on day two with a 64 that oddly surprised the young golfer.

“Honestly, it is just something that happened,” he said. “I was just hoping to put my best foot forward for the team and then maybe put us in position to be there at the end. I never saw a state record or anything like this.”

Also placing in the top five for the tournament were Bishop England’s Ben Burton with a 1-over 145; his teammate Jamie Wilson, who shot a 2-over 146; as well as Pendleton’s James Ayers and Andrew Jackson’s Logan Sowell, who finished tied for fifth with a 4-over 148.

Though not among the tournament’s leading scorers, Barnwell’s William Edwards notched a career landmark of his own, making a hole-in-one during second round play at True Blue. He finished the tournament with a 27-over 171, tied for 32nd.

Long after everyone had left the course, though, Waccamaw players, coaches and their parents gloated in a job well done, finally getting over the hump of being a bridesmaid and into the spotlight.

“We finally were able to get past all the small things, the things that made this year a little difficult,” Golden said. “All those things are what makes today that much sweeter.”

Team scores–1. Waccamaw (+5) – 290-291 – 581; 2. Bishop England (+20) – 297-299 – 596; 3. Andrew Jackson (+45) – 312-309 – 621; 4. Pendleton (+59) – 319-316 – 637; 5. Ninety Six (+61) – 321-316 – 637; 6. Chesnee (+89) – 332-333 – 665; 7. Buford (+91) – 340-327 – 667; 8. Mid-Carolina (+107) – 340-343 – 683; T9. Barnwell (+139) – 370-345 – 715; Saluda (+139) – 356-359 – 715; 11. Johnsonville (+149) – 375-350 – 725; 12. Pelion (+159) – 372-363 – 735; 13. Aynor (+181) – 380-377 – 757; 14. Silver Bluff (+217) – 403-390 – 793; 15. Andrews (+342) – 489-429 – 918; 16. Academic Magnet – 390-NC – NC.

All-State, Individuals–1. Patrick Golden, WAC (-13) – 67-64 – 131; 2. Ben Burton, BE (+1) – 74-71 – 145; T3. Will Canipe, WAC (+2) – 73-73 – 146; T3. Jamie Wilson , BE (+2) – 71-75 –146; T5. James Ayers, PEND (+4) – 72-76 – 148; T7. Colt Martin, PEND (+5) – 76-73 – 149; T7. Conner Yeargin (+5) – 77-72 – 149; T7. Anthony Sutton (+5) – 76-73 – 149; T10. Jackson Cole (+7) – 75-76 – 151; T10. James May (+7) – 77-74 – 151.

Joe L. Hughes II: 843-444-1702, @thejournalist44

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