Beaufort’s Bruns cracks top 10 at Lowcountry Invitational 

Hilton Head Prep finished fifth and Beaufort High was sixth in a strong 10-team field at the Lowcountry Invitational high school boys golf tournament played last week at Berkeley Hall and Chechessee Creek Club. 

Frederica Academy won the team title with a scorching two-day total of 422, carding matching 211 team scores each day to cruise to a 19- shot win over Porter-Gaud (441). Bishop England (444) and AC Flora (448) were right on the Cyclones’ heels, with Hilton Head Prep (466) and Beaufort High (471) in fifth and sixth. May River (498), Hilton Head Christian Academy (501), Hilton Head High (511), and Bluffton (528) rounded out the field. 

Frederica’s Jackson Byrd, the son of former Clemson star and PGA Tour veteran Jonathan Byrd, carded two stellar rounds, shooting 65 and 67 to win by seven shots over Porter-Gaud’s Lucas Acevedo (71-68). 

Beaufort High’s Jerry Bruns was the only Lowco golfer to crack the top 10, tying for ninth with a 36-hole total of 150 after carding a 73 in the final round, with help from Simon McAlister (159), Jack Lubkin (162), and Jack Sumner (170). 

Tag Graziano (155) led Hilton Head Prep to its fifth place finish, with Cade Kriscunas and Jack Crousore posting matching 157s, and Garret Fader (164) rounding out the lineup. 

Bluffton’s Jones Saylor missed the top 10 by one shot, posting rounds of 78 and 73, while Landry Williams (160) led May River, Nolan Hawkins (162) led the way for Hilton Head High, and Sean Engler (163) was the top finisher for HHCA. 

Patrick, Dolphins win at Fripp 

Led by individual medalist Jeep Patrick, Hilton Head Prep boys golf cruised to a big win in the first SCISA Region 4 golf match of the season Wednesday on Fripp Island Club’s Ocean Creek course. 

Patrick fired a 1-over-par 37 over nine holes to earn medalist honors by one shot over John Paul II’s Gabe Schmitz, and the Dolphins’ team total of 156 was good for a 14- shot victory over Heritage Academy. Holy Trinity was third at 177. 

Hilton Head Prep posted solid scores throughout the lineup, as all five of their golfers placed in the top 10. Patrick led the way, but JP Carr and Chase Horn each shot 39 to tie for third with Heritage Academy’s Michael Gavin, Tripp Hedden was eighth with a 41, and Max Diamond, whose score was dropped from the Dolphins’ team total, shot 42 to tie for ninth with Holy Trinity’s Luke Simonis. 

Heritage’s fledgling program had a strong showing, as Gavin tied for third and Sepp Pearson was one shot behind, tied for sixth with a 40. Sam Hodgkins (45) and Thomas Ludwig (46) rounded out the scoring for the Stingrays. 

Holy Trinity’s young squad also had a good outing, as Simonis cracked the top 10, and Barnes Gooding (43) and Bray Sheehan (44) were just outside. Cross Episcopal’s Dylan Forscroft also finished just outside the top 10 with a 43. 

Schmitz’s strong round led John Paul II (191) to a fourth-place finish, while Jack Carter Worrell (44) led fifth-place Beaufort Academy (197). Brady Bagenstose shot 49 to lead Hilton Head Christian Academy (208). Bethesda Academy (243) struggled, but Quentin Brooks carded a 40 to tie for sixth. 

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