Eastside golf coach Jeff Ware figured the Peach Blossom AAA Region tournament would be up for grabs. He also figured his team would have to shoot in the 310-to-315 range to be in the hunt.
He was correct with both assumptions.
Eastside shot 310 Monday at Links O’Tryon Golf Club in Campobello to win the region by six shots over Emerald. Others were nestled in just behind.
“There’s a lot of parity in the region right now,” Ware said. “We had five teams within 21 shots, so that’s pretty tight. That’s as tight as I’ve ever seen it. I don’t know if in our region there are any magnificent teams, but there are at least five good ones.”
Travelers Rest came in third at 318, and Chapman finished at 324 to claim the fourth and final berth in the Upper State tournament. Blue Ridge shot 331 and Berea 399.
Two years ago, three teams from the region — TR, Eastside and Greenville finished in the top nine at state. Last year, Greenville, TR and Eastside finished in the top seven at state.
“It just tells me that our region is solid,” Ware said. “When we go to Upper State and then state, we continue to compete well.”
Carter Bingham and Bennett Gilliard led the way for the Eagles, each carding a 4-over-par 76 to tie for fourth place with two others. Matt Massullo shot 78 and Will Joyner 80 to give Eastside its 310.
Emerald’s Weston Sanders was the medalist, finishing at 1-under-par 71, one shot ahead of TR’s Cole Patterson. Emerald’s Coleman Self was third at 74.
Rounding out the all-region team were Bingham, Gilliard and Chapman’s Jacob Bridgeman and Seth Robertson at 76 and Blue Ridge’s Walker Redmon at 77.
The Upper State tournament is scheduled for May 11 at Cross Creek Plantation in Seneca.
“I showed them the scoreboard,” Ware said, “and I told them, ‘As excited as we are to win, these guys are right on your heels, and you’re going to see these same teams again in two weeks. You should be confident that you have the ability to win, but you shouldn’t be overconfident.’ “
PEACH BLOSSOM AAA REGION GOLF TOURNAMENT
At Links O’Tryon Golf Club, Campobello
Team Scores: Eastside 310, Emerald 316, Travelers Rest 318, Chapman 324, Blue Ridge 331, Berea 399.
All-Region: 1. Weston Sanders (Em) 71, 2. Cole Patterson (TR) 72, 3. Coleman Self (Em) 74, 4. (tie) Carter Bingham (East) 76, Bennett Gilliard (East) 76, Jacob Bridgeman (Ch) 76, Seth Robertson (Ch) 76, 8. Walker Redmon (BR) 77.