HS GOLF: Bruns, Beaufort High off to hot start this spring

Coach Brook Dixon’s Beaufort Eagles have kicked off the 2021 boys golf season with two impressive outings here in the Lowcountry. 

The Eagles brought home the title at Hilton Head Christian Academy’s Lowcountry Invitational last week. The event was scheduled to be a 36-hole affair at Chechessee Country Club and Berkeley Hall Golf Club but unfortunately was shortened due to weather and played on Berkeley Hall’s North Course. 

Unfortunately Mother Nature was not done putting her stamp on this early-season tournament. Due to darkness, not all eight teams completed their respective rounds, forcing 15 hole totals to be counted in lieu of 18. 

Beaufort bested the tournament of eight teams from Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, Beaufort, and Charleston with a 15-hole total of 190. Hilton Head High placed second with a 192, and Porter-Gaud finished in third with a 195 total. 

Beaufort High sophomore Jerry Bruns won the Fort Dorchester Patriot Invitational

The Eagles were able to finish all 18 holes and wrangled the undulating Berkeley Hall greens better than any other team in the field. Jack Lubkin paced Beaufort with a rock-solid 73. The Eagles’ depth proved lethal as freshman Simon McAllister fired an impressive 76, followed by streaking sophomore Jerry Bruns, who carded a 78, and senior George Cooler added an 81. Coach Dixon’s young and deeply talented squad bolsters only two seniors and six underclassmen, which includes two eighth-graders. 

Though a small field, winning the Lowcountry Invitational is no small feat, as the Eagles beat two defending state champions in Hilton Head High and Hilton Head Prep, and bested the favorite to win the SCISA 2A championship this spring, host Hilton Head Christian Academy.

Beaufort’s successful week started on Monday at the two-day Fort Dorchester Patriot Invitational. This year’s event was hosted at North Charleston’s Golf Club at Wescott Plantation. Bruns took on the Dr. Michael Hurdzan designed golf course head-on, firing a 71-68 for a two-day total of 5-under par to bring home low medalist honors. The Beaufort High sophomore beat out a deep field of more than 100 golfers from around the state.

Beaufort High may be building the foundation for an unforgettable run that might just end with a trophy hoist in May at Dolphin Head Golf Club at the SCHSL Class 4A State Championship.

By Brian Rietveld

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