A.C. Flora need a one-hole playoff, but got the job done at the Capitol Classic golf tournament. The Flacons finished the two-day, 36-hole affair in a tie for first place with Fort Dorchester, but emerged with their first CC championship since 2007 by topping the Patriots in the extra session.
Thomas Bradshaw, who set the tone in the playoff with a birdie, was the individual champion for the second year in a row. The Falcons star scored a 1-over 73 on Thursday in the first round at Country Club at WildeWood, and finished with a three-stroke margin of victory and a tournament score of 142 after firing a 3-under 69 in the second round at The Woodlands Golf & Country Club on Friday. Bradshaw led the field last season with a score of 143.
ACF closed the first round in third place with a team score of 315 and improved by 10 strokes in the second round to finish at 620 as a team. Fort Dorchester caught the Falcons at the end with an even better second-round performance, scoring the low team score on Friday. The Pats came in at 297, significantly lower than their 323-stroke effort on Thursday.
Will Murphy joined teammate Bradshaw on the all-tournament team with a tournament tally of 148 strokes, good for a fourth-place tie. Murphy was tied for first with Bradshaw and Greg McCullough at the end of the first round.
Blythewood and Spring Valley also cracked the team Top 10.
Blythewood’s second-round score of 300 (second lowest on Friday) allowed the Bengals to moved up from sixth place at fourth in the final tabulations. Josh Hinson and Damon Postal shared teams honors for the Bengals with final scores of 154. Hinson rebounded from a first-round 82 to shoot par on Friday.
Shawn McKinney and Ben Fogler led Spring Valley to a seventh-place finish with a strong second-round showing. The Vikings scored 324 on Thursday, and rebound with a 305, which tied A.C. Flora for the third-lowest score on Friday. KcKinney’s 77-71 – 148 performance was good for a share of fourth place and a spot on the all-tournament team. Fogler missed the all-tournament team cut by one stroke. His 76-74 – 150 tournament performance was good for a share of ninth place.
Chapin’s Will Starke (77-72 – 149) finished in a tie for seventh place and earned all-tournament honors. The Eagles finished well down the list with a team score of 678.
Otherwise in Midlands matters, Sumter finished in 11th place (634), defending champion Dutch Fork was 16th (644), Lexington was 23rd (686) and Dreher closed in 24th (697). Individually, Brian Amick (79-73 – 152) had the Sumter low score, Collin Witiak (83-73 – 156) led Dutch Fork, Luke Reeves (82-86 – 168) paced Lexington and Zach Castro (86-79 – 165) led Dreher.