Academic Magnet won its first team state championship in school history Tuesday as the Raptors' golf team won the Class A boys state championship in a convincing manner.
Academic Magnet shot 300 at the par-72 Links at Stoney Point in Greenwood. Christ Church and Ninety Six both finished regulation at 319, and Christ Church claimed second with a four-hole playoff win.
"This is fantastic," Academic Magnet coach Jason Stackhouse said. "I've been at the school for 12 years, and the last two years we finished second to Christ Church. We had a bumper crop of freshmen, and they helped put us over the top."
Raptors junior Alan McLeod won individual medalist honors with a 71, while freshmen Matthew Furlong (75), Corey Martin (77) and Andrew Novak (78) all earned All-State honors, as did Elliott Mappus, who shot a 77.
"I knew we had a chance," said Stackhouse, whose team finished with a 17-4 record. "I looked at past scores and told our guys if they shot in the 70s, we could win. The front nine, it was our lowest nine-hole score of the season. We shot a 148."
Stackhouse was extremely pleased with McLeod, who won medalist honors.
"He was runner-up last year, and his performance today was unbelievable," Stackhouse said. "He shot a 36 on the front 9, and was 1 under on the back nine. He drove the ball well. His drives were dead on and long. We call him 'Big Al McLeod.' "
The tournament was scheduled to be a two-day, 36-hole event, but the High School League cut it back to 18 holes after Monday's inclement weather.
"We got up here Sunday, had a practice round and were ready for Monday," Stackhouse said. "We made two trips to the course yesterday, but never got started."
Academic Magnet split with Wando this season and beat Bishop England three times. The Raptors also beat Stratford, Goose Creek, West Ashley and James Island. They lost two times to SCISA state champion Pinewood Prep. The other loss was to Porter-Gaud.
The Raptors will compete in Class AA next year.
"I feel we can be competitive," Stackhouse said. "I know we can contend."