State champs Hunter, Banks shine on the greens

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By The Staff

The 2008 spring will go down as a landmark season for Lancaster County high school golf.

Golfers from Lancaster County earned two of the four individual state championships at the state tournaments earlier this month.

One state crown is impressive, but two from the same county, is an extraordinary effort.

Indian Land’s Chase Hunter shot a 147 (75-72) to win the Class A medalist, a first for the Warriors’ golf program, at the Stoney Point Golf Club in Greenwood.

A week later, Buford High School junior player Trevor Banks posted a 148 to capture the Class AA medalist in the state tournament at Inman.

“That’s quite a feat with two state championships out of Lancaster County,” said Buford High School first-year golf coach Jeff Moyer, who guided the Jackets to their first berth in the Class AA state tournament going back some 30 years.

The Jackets more than made up for their links absence, shooting a team total of 664 to place eighth in the 12-team field.

The story of the Jackets’ showing was Banks, who shot 75-73, to earn the Class AA medalist by a shot. Banks’ twin brother, Taylor, was two shots back with a 150 (79-71). The Banks brothers, with their links feats, each earned all-state honors.

Trevor Banks said Hunter’s championship inspired him to do the same.

“It motivated me to go out and win,” Banks said. “That’s pretty nice to have two state champions from the same county.”

Banks’ state title appeared out of reach early in his second round. He started slow with a bogey and double bogey, but quickly picked up the pace with a birdie, par, birdie.

Overall for the day, Banks posted five birdies and nine pars.

“Trevor is quite a competitor and he showed it,” Moyer said. “He wasn’t going to let a couple of bumps in the road ruin his day.”

Not by a long shot, he quickly regained his focus and fixed his sights on a Class AA state individual title.

“I had to set my mind,” Trevor Banks said. “I was going to win it and not let up.

“I worked hard all year and this was one of my goals. This is one of the best feelings I’ve ever had.”

BHS shared in the accomplishment and came back strong to take an eighth-place showing. The Jackets bettered their first day effort by 20 shots.

Indian Land placed eighth in the Class A field with a 623 (368-355). Hunter, responding in the clutch, also reduced his score on day two.

Hunter’s play was highlighted by five birdies to reduce his second-day score three shots – 75 to 72.

“Chase was patient and took advantage of what the course gave him,” IL coach Jonathan Ferguson said. “Chase is extremely mature in his decision making on the course and his ability to make par-saving shots and create birdie chances from trouble spots is stunning.”

We’re doubly proud of what was achieved.