Bishops win 3rd straight state golf title

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The Bishop England boys golf team claimed its third consecutive Class AA state championship on Tuesday, wrapping up the title by 16 strokes over second-place Waccamaw at the Charleston National Golf Club in Mount Pleasant.

The Bishops shot 304-307 for a two-day total of 611, finishing well ahead of the rest of the AA pack. Andrew Jackson and Ninety Six finished in a tie for third at 653, and Pendleton was fifth at 658.

“We had two really solid days of golf,” said Bishop England coach John Greavu, who now has three titles in five seasons as head coach. “We had a pretty comfortable lead going into the second round but we went out and put up a solid score. The kids held up pretty well. It’s great to see them succeed again, especially here in Charleston. It’s nice to win one at home.”

Bishop England junior Jamey Wilson, a USC verbal commitment, also earned a repeat, winning medalist honors for the second straight year. Last year, Wilson had to survive a five-man playoff to win but won in regulation this year.

However, it wasn’t easy for Wilson, who opened up a nice lead after a 69 on Monday. Wilson shot 79 on Tuesday but rallied from poor play in the middle of the round. Wilson birdied the 18th hole to finish one stroke ahead of Andrew Jackson’s Logan Sowell.

“Jamey caught some trouble in the middle of the round and it was a one-stroke lead heading down the stretch,” said Greavu. “He was so on his game on Monday and building that lead helped. He’s so good at battling and he came up big on 18.”

Joining Wilson on the All-State team from Bishop England were sophomore Wil Sheppard and senior BJ Grevey. Sheppard finished third overall, two strokes behind Wilson at 150. Grevey tied for sixth with a two-day total of 156. Academic Magnet’s Annika Bovender also finished tied for sixth.

Senior Wilson Yearout tied for 11th individually, while junior Ben Burton finished in a tie for 19th place overall.

In Class AAAA, played at Furman University, Fort Dorchester finished eighth overall in the team standings. Fort Dorchester’s Ky Matsumoto finished second individually to earn All-State honors.

Summerville’s Christian Woods finished in a tie for ninth place overall.