Boiling Springs won its second straight championship and Easley finished as runner-up for the second year in a row at the 77th Kiwanis South Carolina Class AAAA boys state tournament Tuesday at the Furman University Golf Course.
Trent Phillips of Boiling Springs, the medalist as an eighth-grader a year ago, repeated as champion by finishing at 6-under-par 138, four shots ahead of Fort Dorchester’s Ky Matsumoto.
Boiling Springs carded a 595; Easley had 605. Gaffney was third at 612, Dorman fourth at 613 and Lexington fifth at 615.
Easley had a strong finish in Dave Giffin’s final season as the coach of the Green Wave.
“I wasn’t sure what we were going to get this year, because I had a few unproven players,” said Giffin, who’s retiring after 20 seasons, the last 16 as head coach. “But as we went through the season and got to play more tournaments, they finally got a lot of confidence.
“We had to play good as a team, because we don’t have a bunch of individuals. We’ve got five or six that can play together and score. It’s been a good ride, and I’m proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish.”
Easley was tied with Boiling Springs at 303 after the first day of the tournament, which wound up being 18 holes instead of 36 because of rain.
“We were a little disappointed the second round got canceled, because all of us were playing really good,” said Easley senior Matt Carter, who tied for fifth at 147 and made all-state. “But if we knew we were going to be tied going into the second day, we’d have been happy with it. We’re happy with how we played.”
“They got used to what I wanted them to do, get a game plan together, be mentally tough with no fear and play through whatever obstacles they found on the golf course,” Giffin said.
“It’s a good way to finish my senior year,” said Carter, who will continue his career at USC Upstate. “This is Coach Giffin’s last year. He wanted us to play really good since he’s retiring. It’s really a special thing for him that we came together this year. We’ve kind of been playing for him all year.”
75th KIWANIS S.C. CLASS AAAA STATE TOURNAMENT
At Furman University Golf Course
Team Scores: Boiling Springs 595, Easley 605, Gaffney 612, Dorman 613, Lexington 615, Byrnes 618, North Augusta 622, Fort Dorchester 632, Sumter 634, Bluffton 640, South Aiken 641, Greenville 642, T.L. Hanna 644, J.L. Mann 645, Summerville 654, Carolina Forest 673.
All-State: 1. Trent Phillips (Boiling Springs) 138; 2. Ky Matsumoto (Fort Dorchester) 142; 3. Trevor Phillips (Boiling Springs) 145; 4. Alec Weary (Bluffton) 146; 5. (tie) Jordan Warnock (Dorman), Matt Carter (Easley), Lauren Stephenson (Lexington), Reed Bentley (Byrnes) 147; 9. (tie) George Eubanks (Dorman), Christian Woods (Summerville), Seth Taylor (Gaffney), Jonathan Costello (Byrnes) 149.