South Pointe hopes the results of the Trojan-Bearcat-Stallion Invitational will be a preview of good things to come in this week's Region 3-AAAA tournament.
The Stallions captured the tournament on Saturday with a two-day total of 619. South Pointe shot a low first-day total of 305 and matched Fort Mill with the best second-day score of 314. Boiling Springs solidified second with a total of 629, and Fort Mill placed third with 632.
The Stallions' foursome of Will Graves, Joey Quimmer, Morgan Brown and Miles Curley blended their golfing skills to give South Pointe top team honors. Graves, a sophomore, was the second highest individual golfer with a two-day score of 149. Quimmer and Brown tied for ninth with 156, and Curley was three places behind in 14th with a 158.
"We just stayed confident," Graves said. "We used the advantage of (being familiar with) the greens," as all four are members of Rock Hill Country Club, host of the two-day tournament.
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Curley, a freshman, said being familiar with the course didn't make the event easy.
"The course play was very tough today and yesterday," Curley said. "That made the scores higher than they usually are."
South Pointe (13-1-1) is hoping the weekend championship will be a springboard to competition. Fort Mill is the top seed in the Region 3-AAAA tournament, but the Stallions are hoping to have peaked at the right time for it, which will be played in Fort Mill.
Brian Horton, a Boiling Springs senior, emerged as the top golfer of the invitational with a two-day total of 145. Horton shot a 73 on Friday, which was one shot behind Graves. Horton maintained consistency on Saturday with a 72, good enough to clinch medalist honors.
Graves held on to second with 149, and John Clinton of Northwestern and Andy Moore of Blythewood tied for third with 152.
"I made a lot of birdies, but also got more than my share of bogeys; but my putting was real good," Horton said. "I played on this course last year and ended up finishing eighth. I know this course well, even though we have to work hard and play well each day."
In addition to South Pointe and Fort Mill, the other local team scores included Lancaster with a two-day 654 for seventh place, Northwestern with a 663 for eighth, York at 718 for 11th, and Rock Hill, who posted a first-day total of 338, was disqualified on the second day.