HS GOLF: Patrick, Dolphins top field at first SCISA meet

Led by individual medalist Jeep Patrick, Hilton Head Prep boys golf cruised to a big win in the first SCISA Region 4 golf match of the season Wednesday on Fripp Island Club’s Ocean Creek course.

Patrick fired a 1-over-par 37 over nine holes to earn medalist honors by one shot over John Paul II’s Gabe Schmitz, and the Dolphins’ team total of 156 was good for a 14-shot victory over Heritage Academy. Holy Trinity was third at 177. 

Hilton Head Prep posted solid scores throughout the lineup, as all five of their golfers placed in the top 10. Patrick led the way, but JP Carr and Chase Horn each shot 39 to tie for third with Heritage Academy’s Michael Gavin, Tripp Hedden was eighth with a 41, and Max Diamond, whose score was dropped from the Dolphins’ team total, shot 42 to tie for ninth with Holy Trinity’s Luke Simonis.

Heritage’s fledgling program had a strong showing, as Gavin tied for third and Sepp Pearson was one shot behind, tied for sixth with a 40. Sam Hodgkins (45) and Thomas Ludwig (46) rounded out the scoring for the Stingrays.

Holy Trinity’s young squad also had a good outing, as Simonis cracked the top 10, and Barnes Gooding (43) and Bray Sheehan (44) were just outside. Cross Episcopal’s Dylan Forscroft also finished just outside the top 10 with a 43.

Schmitz’s strong round led John Paul II (191) to a fourth-place finish, while Jack Carter Worrell (44) led fifth-place Beaufort Academy (197). Brady Bagenstose shot 49 to lead Hilton Head Christian Academy (208). Bethesda Academy (243) struggled, but Quentin Brooks carded a 40 to tie for sixth. 

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