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North Augusta boys win Lower State golf title

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The North Augusta boys' golf team won the Class AAAA Lower State championship, following up their victory last week at the Region 5-AAAA championship Monday. Pictured, from left, are Luke Johnson, Davis Neal, medalist Andrew Baxley, Mitchell McNeill, Matthew Baxley and head coach Travis Spears.

Another item has been crossed off the to-do list of the North Augusta boys' golf team.

On Monday the Yellow Jackets added the Class AAAA Lower State championship to the Region 5-AAAA title they won a week ago, leaving just one big target remaining.

That will be next Monday and Tuesday at the Class AAAA championship tournament at Columbia's Forest Lake Country Club, where the Jackets will have their sights set on host and longtime juggernaut A.C. Flora.

They'll be joined there by region rivals South Aiken and Aiken, as all three advanced based on their performances at Lower State at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence.

North Augusta posted a team score of 291, 11 shots clear of South Aiken and Beaufort. Medalist Mitchell McNeill led the way with a 70, followed by Davis Neal with a 73 and Baxley brothers Matthew and Andrew with 74s.

Miles Eubanks shot 71 to lead South Aiken, which beat North Augusta by a shot last year at both region and Lower State. Cameron Biddle shot 75, Jake Shuford shot 77 and Peyton Owen shot 79 to give the T-Breds a team score of 302.

Hilton Head Island followed in fourth, and Aiken shared fifth with May River at 321. Richard Anaclerio led the way with a 73, and the Hornets also counted an 80 from Zion Sampson, an 83 from Tucker Crenshaw and an 85 from Benton Orr.

Hartsville and Myrtle Beach also advanced to state.

That's the last goal of the year for North Augusta as the Jackets look to avenge another runner-up finish from a year ago. Last year they finished 14 shots behind A.C. Flora in second at state, but they gained some confidence by posting a better second-round score than the Falcons. That confidence has continued to grow, and now is their opportunity to show it one last time this season.

Fox Creek qualifies for Class AAA tournament

Region 5-AAA champion Fox Creek also punched its ticket to a state championship tournament by placing fifth at the Class AAA Lower State qualifier at Camden Country Club.

The Predators finished with a team score of 320, just seven shots out of third place.

Co-Region Player of the Year Evan Prickett, a North-South all-star selection, led the way for Fox Creek with a 74. Braedon Murphy added a 78, Region Co-Player of the Year Grant Riley shot 80, and freshman Jonathan Godbee shot 87.

The Predators will be part of the field at the Class AAA state championship next Monday and Tuesday at Bulls Bay Golf Club in Awendaw.

War Eagles lead locals at Class A championship

The Wagener-Salley boys placed sixth on Monday at the Class A championship tournament at Cheraw State Park, making the War Eagles the top finisher from Region 3-A.

The War Eagles counted scores from Eli Smith (91), Trey Romines (97), Lance Brown (99) and Clayton Hooker (112) for a team score of 399.

Williston-Elko tied for 11th at 475. The Blue Devils counted scores from Titus Driggers (109), Grant Whitman (118), Jason Edwards (121) and Rashadd Jackson (127).

Ridge Spring-Monetta was 14th at 496. The Trojans counted scores from Chandler Harley (112), Landon Hastings (115), Savannah Minor (125) and Kylie Goode (144).

East Clarendon won the state championship with a team score of 348, 13 strokes clear of Southside Christian. Carvers Bay's Elijah Fesperman (78) won the individual title over East Clarendon's Harper Epperson on the second playoff hole.