Bruins have tough showing in state field

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By Robert Howey

The Lancaster High School golf team, bidding to defend its state championship, didn’t fare as well in the 2019 Class AAAA state golf tournament at the Barony Course in Hilton Head.
The Bruins, in what coach Joe Adams called a “disappointing showing,” tailed the 16-team field with a 677.
Hilton Head High School topped the field with a 607. A.C. Flora of Columbia followed with a 610 and Myrtle Beach had a 613, followed by Eastside of Taylors with a 617.
Lancaster, for the two-day tournament Monday and Tuesday, carded a 345-332.
“We improved from day one to day two, but we had too many shots to make up after the opening day of play,” Adams said. “I thought we would do better.
“I was disappointed in how we performed,” Adams said. “Golf is a tough sport. You can have a good day and then come back with a bad day, and vice-versa. We just had two tough days on the course.”
Lancaster High, which won the Region III-AAAA title for the fifth straight season and finished sixth in the Class AAAA Upper State field at Furman University, was led by Simon Wright, who shot a two-day 147 (73-74) to earn all-state honors.
“Simon played the best and he deserves the recognition,” Adams said.
“He played great over two days. He’s competitive and works at his game.”
Trey Crenshaw followed Wright with a 152 (82-70), and Mason Tucker finished with a 158 (79-79).
Caleb Griffin, in his first season with the Bruins, carded a 220 (111-109) to round out the LHS scores.
“All of our guys are capable of better scores, and that is the disappointing part,” Adams said. “We went from first in the state tournament to last in the state tournament, but we’re going to be older next season with no seniors on our team, and we going to shoot from going from last to first in the state tournament. That’s going to be our rallying cry.
“We need to continue to work and improve,” Adams said. “I know these golfers and I know they will be determined to do well next season.”
Derek Bunce, who shot a 141 – 70-71, was the Class AAAA medalist, helping Hilton Head High School to the state crown.
The Bruins’ Wright was six shots back with his 147.
“We started on the back side of the course, the toughest part of the course for both days,” Adams said. “That made it tough.”
Adams added he would like to see the return of the junior golf program of the spring and summer.
Lancaster didn’t field a junior golf program last season for the first time since it began in 1995.
“That program is a boost to all the area high school golf programs,” Adams said. “Youngsters learn the game at a young age and it helps them to develop their game. Golf is a sport you can play for life.”