Hilton Head High’s boys golf team saved two of its best rounds of the season for the biggest stage, as the Seahawks fired rounds of 304 and 303 on Monday and Tuesday at Port Royal Plantation’s Barony Course to claim the Class 4A state title.
The Seahawks placed fourth at last week’s Lower State qualifier, but a new week and a familiar course worked in their favor. After opening with a 304, Hilton Head was tied for second and three shots behind leader Myrtle Beach, but the Seahawks’ second-round score of 303 was the best of the day, and they surged to a three-shot win over A.C. Flora.
Derek Bunce led the way for the Seahawks, firing rounds of 70 and 71 to finish at 3-under-par 141 and claim individual medalist honors by a five-shot margin. Nolan Hawkins (152) tied for 13th for Hilton Head.
Beaufort High (632) finished eighth, led by Jerry Bruns, who tied for 20th. Bluffton (672) was 14th with Ricky Weathers tying for 13th overall.
Hilton Head High 607, AC Flora 610, Myrtle Beach 613, Eastside 617, Wren 630, Greenville 631, North Myrtle Beach 631, Beaufort High 632, Hartsville 639, Palmetto 643, Blue Ridge 652, South Aiken 654, Aiken 659, Bluffton 672, Travelers Rest 674, Lancaster 677
HHIHS: Derek Bunce 70-71—141; Nolan Hawkins 79-73—152; Tyler Kriney 79-77—156; Jack Lashinger 77-82—159; Ben Batson 78-88—166
Beaufort: Jerry Bruns 79-75—154; Max Kase 75-80—155; Riley Kase 82-78—160; Jack Lubkin 80-83—163; Mason Westerfield 95-92—187
Bluffton: Ricky Weathers 74-78—152; Wayne Toon 82-81—163; Jones Saylor 88-85—173; Cam Collins 84-100—184; Alec Toon 92-100—192
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