Beaufort High held its ground in the final round of the SCHSL Class 4A Boys Golf State Championships on Tuesday, as the Eagles finished the day where they started to notch a program-best third-place showing, and sophomore Jerry Bruns was the individual runner-up.
The Eagles carded a team score of 311 for a two-day total of 618, finishing just one shot behind North Augusta, which was a distant second to AC Flora’s 36-hole total of 603. Host Hilton Head High improved upon its day one score and standing, posting a 329 to move up one spot and finish seventh at 662.
Scoring proved more difficult overall than in Monday’s first round, but Indian Land’s Mason Kucia was dialed in, making five birdies — including the 17th and 18th — in a round of 3-under 69 to finish at 3-under for the tournament and claim the individual title.
Bruns took a one-shot lead into the final round after firing a 69 on Monday, but it was a bumpy ride Tuesday beginning with a bogey at the par-5 opening hole. The sophomore standout was able to grind out a 4-over 76 and finish the event at 1-over, good for a runner-up finish and All-State honors. He will have two more chances to add a state championship to his already impressive resume.
Beaufort’s Simon McAlister also earned All-State honors, following his opening 77 with a 75 to finish ninth, while Jack Lubkin tied for 25th at 16-over and Jack Sumner was one shot back and tied for 27th with Bluffton’s Jones Saylor.
May River’s Andrew Swanson had a wild ride in his final-round, opening with an eagle and closing with a triple-bogey to shoot 77 and finish tied for 18th at 13-over. Hilton Head’s Michael Gavin finished a shot behind in a tie for 20th after a 76 on Tuesday.