On the rolling hills of the Mid-Carolina Club, the state's leading girls golfers showed their hands on Tuesday in the Palmetto Preview Tournament, which each year provides a glimpse at the state championship contenders in their early form.
A.C. Flora's Collins Bradshaw hardly is a new face among that crowd.
Now a sophomore, Bradshaw has been a leader for the Falcons since middle school and, after a busy summer on the tournament circuit, she has worked her way to No. 1 in the S.C. Junior Golf Association rankings.
So it was little surprise when Bradshaw finished with a four-over 77, the third best score in the all-classification's tournament. And it will be no surprise if Bradshaw ends up among the top finishers at the Class 3A state tournament in October.
Never miss a local story.
"I know a lot of these girls and they know me, so we're pretty aware of what everyone else is capable of," Bradshaw said.
However, she said, her game at Mid-Carolina was not her finest.
Troublesome putting led to bogeys that set her back as the tournament wound down. Bradshaw does not expect that to be much of an issue in the coming weeks.
"Sometimes when you work hard, it doesn't show up right away," she said. "You've just got to keep at it, and eventually it will make a difference."
Coach Harry Huntley hopes that is true for his entire A.C. Flora team.
Huntley, who led the Falcons' boys team to state championships in 2007 and 2008, is in his first year as coach of the girls team that finished third in the state each of those years.
"I think they really have the work ethic to be successful. They are willing to do what we need to win this year," Huntley said.
With Bradshaw leading, the Falcons wound up sixth at the Preview, third among Class 3A teams. The team's only senior, Alex Van Dine, shot an 82 and Flora finished with a 346, one stroke behind South Aiken and defending champion Strom Thurmond.
Huntley was encouraged by his team's performance.
"Tournament golf is real golf. The whole idea is to get ready for the state tournament," he said. "I can't really do anything about what everybody else has, but I can find out what the girls on my team need to work on."
Thankfully, he said, there were few surprise revelations from Bradshaw or her teammates.
"It's pretty much what we knew it was, the short game, and we've already been working on that," he said.
At the end of the day Bradshaw said, the view she caught of her and her team's potential was encouraging.
"We'll be in pretty good position to challenge at the end of the season," she said.
She did not bother to whisper her prediction- that should be common knowledge by now.