Bishops golf captures second straight state title

  • Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Bishop England won its second straight Class AA state title Tuesday. PROVIDED

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Last season, the Bishops were the hunters. This year, they’re the hunted. Either way, they’re champions.

Bishop England golf captured its second straight Class AA state championship Tuesday with a dominant performance at Indian River Golf Club in West Columbia.

The Bishops shot a 609 as a team to win the title by 17 strokes over second-place Waccamaw and run away from the 14-team field.

“As defending champions, you’re not sneaking up on anybody. You certainly feel that you’re the one being hunted,” Bishop England head coach John Greavu said. “We knew we had to go in there and make a pretty solid statement.”

The Bishops got off to a 22-stroke lead with an opening-round 299, led by junior Wilson Yearout who shot a 5-under-par 32 on the back nine to finish at 72. With the title there for the taking, the Bishops kept themselves motivated by opportunities for the individual championships and all-state recognition.

“It was one of the better days I’ve seen at the state championship,” Greavu said. “We focused on keeping the lead insurmountable. We wanted to stay ahead as a team and a lot of them still had a lot to play for individually.”

Sophomore Jamie Wilson, a South Carolina commit, captured the individual state title with a 149 two-round score. Wilson followed an opening-round 74 with a 75 in the second round. In a four-way playoff, he dropped his second shot 10 feet from the hole and then sank the birdie to hold off Yearout, Saluda’s Will Sawyer and Waccamaw’s Adam Wooldridge.

All four of the Bishops’ qualifying scores shot in the 70s both rounds. Yearout, Wilson, Todd Fanning and Ben Burton were all selected to the AA all-state team. Stacked with young talent, the Bishops’ championship reign should be tough to topple in the coming seasons.

“We have great leadership coming back next year,” Greavu said. “B.J. Grevey and Wilson Yearout will both be seniors we’ll count on to lead. Jamie (Wilson) will be there leading by example. We have to keep working because now we’re going to be hunted again next season.”

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