The Bishop England boys golf team includes (front row, from left) Wil Sheppard, Patrick Ging, Ben Burton, Jamie Wilson,Ben Quinque, (back row, from left) Wilson Yearout, B.J. Grevey, Todd Fanning, Bradley Lipsmeyer, Jeremy Grab and Patrick Tompkins. (Not pictured are head coach John Greavu and assistant coach Jeff Burton.)
The Bishop England boys golf team finished as state runners-up last season, but with four of the Battling Bishops' top six golfers from last year returning, they hope to get another crack at the gold.
Jeremy Grab, a senior who has signed to play at Wofford, is one of three 2012 2A all-state team selections for Bishop England. Senior Patrick Ging and junior Todd Fanning are the others. Grab has led the team in scoring average the past two seasons.
As a team, Bishop England was 10-2 in dual and head-to-head matches. The Bishops also earned one first, one second and two third place finishes in five invitationals.
“Our goals are to continue to play in the top invitationals against the best teams in the state,” coach John Greavu said, “in order to prepare for a solid run at the state title.”
The schedule is highlighted by an invitation to play in the Georgia-South Carolina Cup, which annually pits the top eight teams from each state against each other.
“This year, the strength will center around experience,” Greavu said. “We are fortunate to have four players returning for their third year together. It should also help our younger group develop well under their leadership.”
The Wando boys golf team have four eighth graders on its roster – more than the senior, sophomore and freshmen classes combined.
The Warriors will rely on that youth to defend its region playoff title from last season. Brent Hubbard is the team's lone senior. There are five juniors, one sophomore and one freshman joining the eighth graders.
“Last year, we graduated five seniors and had two seniors who signed scholarships to play college golf at the College of Charleston and Winthrop,” coach Jerry Lloyd said. “This year's team is very young... We are going to need some leaders to step up and fill their shoes, if we are going to be successful.”
Lloyd named two team goals: preparing the younger players for the future, and winning the region with a chance to be competitive in the state tournament.
The Warriors have two preseason scrimmages, nine regular season matches and five invitational tournaments. The 18-hole region tournament will be April 29.
Palmetto Christian Academy made the switch to the 2A ranks, and through the fall and winter sports, the Eagles are extending their athletic dominance to the higher class.
The boys golf team, coached by Dewey Caulder, will get a chance to continue the trend. In 1A, Palmetto Christian won back-to-back region championships. Last season, the Eagles finished third in the state.
One senior, Greg Malone, returns to the team. Matthew Mulvaney, a junior, is the only other upperclassmen. Five sophomores, one freshman, one eighth grader and one seventh grader populate the rest of the roster.
Home matches are played at Patriots Point and Wild Dunes.