Waccamaw High School, led by Patrick Golden’s 3-under par 69, rallied from a 7-stroke deficit on the final day to win the Palmetto High School Golf Championship at True Blue Golf Club.
Waccamaw entered the day trailing Charlotte’s Myers Park High School but had four players – Trey Salley, Jackson Cole, Zary Gouin and Golden, shoot 74 or better en route to a second round score of 287. The Warriors finished with a two-day team total of 581, 13 strokes better than Myers Park.
Bishop Hendrickson’s Joe Tucker shot a final round 68 at True Blue and finished the Palmetto at 7-under par, which earned him medalist honors in the Championship Flight. Golden and Frederica Academy’s Sarut Vongchaisit tied for second two shots back.
Tuscola High School of Waynesville, N.C., won the First Flight championship with a two-day total of 608, good for a 19-stroke victory over Providence Day School. Colin Trahan and Danny Plachock tied for medalist honors in the first flight, finishing at 4-over par 146.
Twenty-eight teams from seven states competed in the tournament.
The 54-hole, college style event opened Thursday with a qualifying round at True Blue Golf Club. The Friday and Saturday rounds were played at True Blue and its sister course, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, both of which are ranked among America’s top 100 public courses.
Caledonia is ranked 24th on Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 You Can Play, a ranking of America’s best public courses, and True Blue is 77th on the prestigious list. Both layouts are Mike Strantz designs that offer distinct, yet equally dramatic and memorable experiences.
Caledonia, which is equal parts art and architecture, plays through a stunning piece of lowcountry land that was once home to a thriving rice plantation. A round at True Blue, while completely different from a design perspective, is no less captivating. Strantz used waste bunkers, which frame many of the course’s fairways, to craft a layout that is among the area’s most visually stunning.
Current PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler, the 2006 champion, and Harris English are among the Palmetto’s distinguished alums.