Lexington’s unexpected run to a seventh consecutive state girls golf championship had national ramifications.
The Wildcats, of course, secured their seventh Class 4A state title in a row on Tuesday at Lexington Country Club, finishing the rain-shortened, one-day, 18-hole affair with a two-stroke edge over heavily favored Wren, 311-313.
Lexington now ranks among the elite programs in the nation in terms of consecutive state girls golf titles secured. In fact, only six other schools in U.S. history have enjoyed longer uninterrupted reigns than the Wildcats current 2004-10 span.
According to the NFHS national record book, Xavier College Prep of Phoenix AZ is at the top of the charts with a 16-year run (1980-95). The Xavier program followed that remarkable period with an 11-year reign (1998-2008). Two other schools have had double-digit terms of glory – Baylor of Chattanooga, TN (14 years, 1995-2008) and Ontonagon, MI (10 years, 1978-87).
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Booker, TX (1986-93) and Cabot, AR (1986-93) are just in front of Lexington with eight-year reigns.
Sydney Legacy (74), Lauren Stephenson (77) and Rachel Moore (77) paced the historic Wildcats performance with all-state efforts. Teammate Hailey Cleary cracked the Top 20, finishing in a tie for 19th place with a round of 83.
In historical matters closer to home, Lexington’s seventh-year run is the longest golf reign in South Carolina annals, boys or girls. Moreover, there have been only nine longer terms in power by any team in any sport in SC High School League history.
The elite lists features:
Crescent softball, 11 (1987-97) – national record
Riverside boys cross country, 11 (1987-97)
Bishop England volleyball, 10 (2000-09)
Christ Church boys soccer, 10 (2001-10)
Bishop England girls track, 9 (2001-09)
Spring Valley girls track, 9 (1985-93)
Belton girls tennis, 8 (1960-67).
Bamberg-Ehrhardt baseball, 8 (1974-81)
Chris Church boys tennis, 8 (1999-06)