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Sports: WHS golfers set records in 2nd place finish

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

Waccamaw High’s golf team set two school records and rallied to finish second in the Palmetto High School Golf Championship last week at True Blue and Caledonia Golf and Fish Club.

The Warriors’ four-man total of 280 for 18 holes at True Blue on Saturday shattered the school record by 12 shots and propelled them past Myers Park High of Charlotte, N.C., and East Rowan High of Granite Quarry, N.C., to the runner-up spot behind Bellarmine College Prep of San Jose, Calif.

The Warriors broke the school record by one shot in Thursday’s qualifying round at True Blue with a four-man total of 292 and made it into the championship flight. “We did what we needed to do and finished tied for second,” said Waccamaw coach Chris Daily. Trey Salley led the Warriors in the qualifying round with a 71, and Will Canipe and Jackson Cole shot 73’s. Patrick Golden’s 75 rounded out the team total of 292. The 31 teams were divided into two flights after the qualifying round, and competition started fresh.

Waccamaw found itself in fourth place after the first round at Caledonia, 20 shots behind the leaders from California. “It certainly wasn’t our best day on the course as the team got off to a slow start and struggled to make putts on the greens,” Daily said. “Thanks to solid rounds from Patrick Golden (68) and Trey Salley (72) they buoyed the sluggish play of the other team members. We were eight shots back of third so we needed a strong final round just to get to the top three.”

The Warriors put it all together Saturday at True Blue with five players, including Chris Kaylor, making the turn under par. “The final round was where the magic happened,” Daily said. “Four of the five boys came in at par or better, shooting a new school record of 280, eight under par, shattering the old record by 12 shots.”

Golden’s five-under 67 on Saturday moved him into third place in the individual competition, two shots back of Eddy Lai and one back of Boots Del Biaggio, both of Bellarmine College Prep.

Daily said the Warriors are making progress toward becoming a championship-caliber team. “I was really pleased to see the boys bounce back from a bad first round with such a solid final round,” he said. “That really goes to show how far this team has come the past couple of years and is becoming a mentally tough group. Obviously we’d have liked to win, and we still lost the championship by 22 shots, but it was a step in a positive direction. “In my mind and I believe the boys’ minds, we came to the realization we can play with any team in the country. Bellarmine CP was -16 for the event, but our second round of -8 shows that if we keep working hard those 36-hole totals are possibilities for us. We can’t get complacent, there’s still a bunch we’d like to accomplish this season. However, if we use this as a springboard and keep our noses to the grind I think this team can accomplish some special things.”

Waccamaw results: Patrick Golden: 75 (+3), 68 (-2), 67 (-5), third place; Trey Salley: 71, 72, 72, t-11th; Jackson Cole: 73, 77, 70, t-21st; Will Canipe: 73, 77, 71, t-23rd; Chris Kaylor: 78, 77, 77, t-43rd.

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