The 10th annual Capitol Classic golf tournament, one of the premiere in-state events of the spring boys season, begins Thursday at Country Club of Wildewood. Action shifts to The Woodlands CC on Friday. Both rounds begin at 9 a.m.
The loaded field features 26 teams that finished in the Top 10 at three classification state tournaments last season, including defending state champions Dutch Fork (4A) and A.C. Flora (3A). The Midlands lineup also includes Blythewood (3rd last season in 3A), Spring Valley (tied for 4th in 4A), Chapin (8th in 3A), Irmo, Dreher, Sumter, Ridge View and Lexington.
The other returning Top 10 teams on hand are Gaffney (2nd in 4A), South Aiken (3rd in 4A), Dorman (tied for 4th in 4A), West Florence (6th in 4A), Easley (7th in 4A), North Augusta (8th in 4A), Greenwood (9th in 4A), Fort Dorchester (tied for 10th in 4A) and Central of Pageland (3rd in 2A).
West Florence is the defending Capitol Classic champion. The Knights escaped with 612-613 victory margin over Dutch Fork, which staged a second-round charge that fell a bit short of the mark. Lexington finished in third place with Blythewood fourth.
Blythewood, Spring Valley and Ridge View are the host schools.