Fort Dorchester senior RJ Keur placed third at the Class AAAA State Golf Tournament held at Woodside Plantation in Aiken this week.
The Patriots weren’t one of the 16 teams in the state to qualify for the tournament, but Keur tied with South Aiken’s Jake Carter for low medalist honors at the Lower State qualifier to advance to the state tournament as an individual. In Aiken, Keur shot a 221 to take third place and make the All-state team.
Boiling Springs eighth-grader Trent Phillips had the top score at this year’s 4A state tournament, a 215. Riverside senior Jonathan Hardee shot a 217 to claim runner-up honors. Two other Boiling Springs golfers, including Phillips’ older brother, also made the All-state team.
Rounding out the All-state team are Boiling Springs’ Trevor Phillips (222), Sumter’s Charlie Dallery (223), Boiling Springs’ Harrison Corbin (226), Hillcrest’s Bobby Powell (226), South Aiken’s Jake Carter (226), Aiken’s Spencer Skiff (226) and Bluffton’s Alec Weary (226).
Boiling Springs finished with a team score of 904 to claim its first team title. Easley placed second with a 917 score and Lexington rounded out the Top 3 by finishing at 934.
Only two Lowcountry teams qualified for the state tournament. Wando, the Lower State runner-up, came in with a 956 score this week to place sixth. Ashley Ridge, which placed fifth at the Lower State match, finished at 968 to place 13th.
“Our team didn’t get off to the best start and we couldn’t create any momentum,” Ashley Ridge coach Chris Shaw said. “We certainly had higher goals but in the end we didn’t grind it out enough and we did not make any putts. In this game at this level you have to be mentally strong and you have to make putts inside of ten feet to be successful.”
On Wednesday, the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association announced Keur is one of eight golfers from the lower part of the state to be selected to participate in the 2014 North/South Boys All-star Golf Match to be played at Golden Bear Golf Club in Hilton Head May 24 and 25.
“RJ is such a consistent player and does not make a lot of mistakes,” Shaw said. “He doesn’t take unnecessary risks and understands that par is a great score. At the state match, he didn’t finish his second round as well as he would have liked but his 73 in the final round was outstanding considering the wind and speed of the greens.”
Others named to the South all-star team are Aiken’s Spencer Skiff, Beaufort’s Josh Fickes, Hartsville’s Drake Cassidy, Lexington’s Zach Herold, Myrtle Beach’s Mark Karavan, South Aiken’s Alex Handy and Sumter’s John Keffer. They will compete against a team comprised of some of the top senior golfers from the upper part of the state.