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Pinewood Prep golf finishes second at state tournament

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville - The Pinewood Prep girls’ golf team wrapped up their 2018 season as state runner-up at the SCISA state tournament in Myrtle Beach in October.

The Panthers shot 783 to finish 55 shots ahead of third-place Ashley Hall. Cardinal Newman, won the tournament with a state record score of 686. Once a perennial state title contender, this second-place finish marks the first time in several years that the Panthers were able to bring home a trophy.

The opening day saw the Panthers shoot 409 with Karla Correa leading the way with a 95. Anna Parker shot 100, Aubrey Merryman shot 103 and Leighanna Sawer rounded out the scoring with a 111, with Lindsay Gilmer posting 125. The day ended with the Panthers holding a 21 shot lead over third place Palmetto Christian.

“We knew going in that Cardinal Newman would be very difficult to beat but we were pretty pleased with our effort the first day,” coach Greg Baechtle said. “We talked about what we needed to do to hold on to our position when we started the second day. We asked all the girls to try and improve by 1 or 2 shots. We felt if we could do that we would have a great chance of holding onto second place. Their response was really terrific.”

The second day saw the Panthers rise to the occasion with their best day of golf the entire season. Correa shot an 85, shaving 10 strokes off her first day effort. Merryman did her one better dropping 11 shots to turn in a 92, while Sawer put together a great effort cutting nine shots off her first day with a 102. Parker was able to shoot a 95, five shots better.

“This was just a tremendous effort from the girls,” Baechtle said. “Most of them had never played a two-day tournament and we weren’t sure what to expect, but they really stepped up. The scores were just phenomenal. I told them it was vindication for all the hard work they have put in this season and that they should be really proud of their effort.”

The Panthers completed their regular season with a record of 14-2.

In swimming, Pinewood’s Daniel Grimes won a gold medal with a first-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle event at the 2018 SCISA state meet. Grimes also finished second in the 100-yard freestyle.

For the girls team, Brea Fields placed fourth in two events – the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard individual medley.

 

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