Bishops claim golf title

WEST COLUMBIA — The Bishop England boys golf team won the Class AA state golf championship by 12 strokes on Tuesday at the Indian River Golf Course.

The Bishops shot 615, while defending state champion Pendleton finished second at 627. Bishop England led, 306-313, over Pendleton after the first day and had another good round on the 6,502-yard par-71 course.

Bishop England won despite Pendleton’s 1-2 duo of Carson Young and Austin Langdale, two outstanding golfers who are headed to Clemson. Young was medalist with a 144, while Austin was second with a 145. But the Bishops won with depth as four golfers scored well enough to earn all-state honors.

Jeremy Grab was third overall with a 146, including a first-day score of 69. Jamie Wilson shot a 152, while Patrick Ging carded a 156. Will Sheppard had a two-day total of 161.

“We knew going in that Pendleton had some very talented golfers,” Bishop England coach John Greavu said. “We knew our No. 1 and No. 2 golfers would have to play flawless to keep up with them. We took the lead after the first day, but frankly we treated this a as dual match and didn’t think about the seven-stroke lead.”

Greavu had praise for his seniors.

“Three years ago, we sat down with them and talked about building a program,” he said. “We were runners-up last year, it was a close match. This year, they were really focused.”

In the Class AAAA state match, South Aiken edged Boiling Springs, 922-925, to win the three-round event.

Zak Butt of Ashley Ridge was the medallist with a score of 214 to lead the Swamp Foxes to a fifth-place finish with a 936. Fort Dorchester finished 10th with a 981.

R.J. Keurr of Fort Dorchester was third in individual competition with a 219. Austin Zoller of Ashley Ridge was sixth with a 222.