The Boiling Springs Bulldogs turned in a second-day score of 316 to win the Fleischer Invitational Golf Tournament at Rock Hill Country Club on Saturday afternoon by one stroke.
The Bulldogs were 12 shots off the pace after Friday’s opening round, good for fourth place heading into Saturday’s final round. But they rallied behind Harrison Corbin’s 75 and Trent Phillips’ 76 to take a one stroke win over Gaffney and Dorman, who tied for second, however Gaffney was awarded second place because of a better second-day score.
“I did not think we were playing good enough today (Saturday) to win, but we did,” said Boiling Springscoach Rick Tate. “This is good for our guys. Our region is very tough, and this should give us some confidence heading into the tournaments.”
Clover tied for fourth with Spartanburg, while Blythewood and South Pointe tied for sixth. South Pointe’s second round of 313 was the best Saturday score, and it helped the Stallions move from 10th after the opening day.
Dorman’s Jake Smith won the individual championship. He carded a one-under par 71 in both rounds and finished 10 strokes ahead of Coble Panetti of Rock Hill.
“This win will give me some confidence heading into the region tournament and the post-season,” said Smith, a senior playing in his fifth year on the varsity. “I figure if I can score well here, then I can do pretty good on any course.”
Panetti, who had a 73 on Saturday, felt like his showing over the past two days has him ready for the postseason.
“I worked on my bunker game yesterday (Friday),” said Panetti. “I hit the ball better today, and I hit a lot more greens. I played the final six holes in three-under par.”
Dorman’s George Eubank finished third, while Quinn Smith of Clover was in a four-way tie for fourth.
All of the coaches had praise for the tournament, course and strong field.
“This is a great tournament,” said Dorman coach Shalon Hardin. “Playing back-to-back days of 18 holes really helps our guys get used to what is going to happen in the region tournament, and the postseason.”
This is a tough course,” added Hardin. “It really prepares our players for the rest of the year.”