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Dutch Fork storms back to earn fourth Capitol Classic golf title

Dutch Fork claimed team honors and A.C. Flora’s Thomas Bradshaw was the individual champion at the Capitol Classic golf tournament, which concluded Friday at The Woodlands Country Club.

Dutch Fork, which has been the dominant team in the 10-year history of the Midlands event, secured its fourth CC championship by shooting a second-round team score of 304 strokes on the cold, damp day, thus negating a seven-shot deficit it faced at the end of the first round on Thursday. Last year, the Silver Foxes’ second-round charge fell one shot short of catching West Florence.

Dutch Fork is the only program to have more than one Capitol Classic championship on the books, and has had eight top three finishes.

Mark Joye led the Silver Foxes second-round charge with a 1-under round of 71 – the best score of the day. Joye had solid support from Colin Witak, Lee Duncan and Chuck Moore. Like Joye, Witak and Duncan were better the second time round. Joye shaved four strokes off his first round total. Witak carded a 76 after shooting 79 in the first round. Duncan scored 77, five strokes lower than his first-round effort. Moore rounded out the team score with an 80, one shot higher than his first-round score of 79.

Bradshaw became the first A.C. Flora entry to come away with medallist honors. The Falcons standout, who has committed to play at Clemson, finished with a two-shot edge over runner-up Cody Austin of Pinewood Prep. Bradhsaw, who set the pace in the first round with a 2-under 70, checked in with a 1-over 73 over the final 18 holes.

Spring Valley actually had the best second-round performance with a team score of 301 strokes. The Vikings surge allowed them to tie Pinewood Prep at 621, two shots behind Dutch Fork. SV earned runner-up status because it had lower team score in the second round.

The key to Spring Valley’s best-ever Capitol Classic finish was Ben Fogler’s hot start on the front nine. After carding 85 in the first round, Fogler posted a 35 at the turn and finished with a round of 73. The Vikings improved by 19 strokes in the second round.

Tournament leaders

Top 10 team scores: 1. Dutch Fork 315-204 – 619; 2. Spring Valley 320-301 – 621; 3. Pinewood Prep 312-309 – 621; 4. Dorman 308-315 – 623; 5. A.C. Flora 319-307 – 626; 6. Blythewood 313-313 – 626; 7. Sumter 323-309 – 629; 8. Easley 322-313 – 635; 9. Lexington 321-321 – 642; 10. Gaffney 325-320 – 645.

All-tournament team: 1. Thomas Bradshaw, A.C. Flora, 70-73 - 143; 2. Austin Cody, Pinewood Prep, 71-74 – 145; 3. 6. Mark Joye, Dutch Fork, 75-71 – 146; 4. Chandler Brazeal, South Aiken, 75-72 – 147; 5. Will Overden, Dorman, 73-76 – 149; 5. Brad Sill, Dorman, 74-75 – 149; 5. McKenzie Oref, Easley, 77-72 – 149; 8. Allen Parker, Blythewood, 73-77 – 150.

Local scoring

Dutch Fork (619): Mark Joye, 75-71 - 145; Collin Witiak, 79-76 - 155; Chuck Moore, 79-80 - 159; Lee Duncan, 82-77 - 159.

Spring Valley (621): Eric Eaton, 76-75 - 151; Shawn McKinney, 79-76 - 155; Ryan Turner, 80-77 - 157; Ben Fogler, 85-73 - 158.

A.C. Flora (626): Thomas Bradshaw, 70-73 - 143; Allan King, 78-80 - 158; Will Murphy, 83-75 - 158; Stanton Pruitt, 88-79 - 167.

Blythewood (626): Allen Parker, 73-77 - 150; Josh Lorenzetti, 78-77 - 155; Damon Postal, 79-73 - 162; Josh Hinson, 83-86 - 169.

Sumter (632): Jon Weiss, 79-75 - 154; Hayden Lettein, 79-77 - 156; Brian Amick, 80-74 - 154; Taylor Brunson, 85-83 - 168.

Lexington (642): Luke Reeves, 77-81 - 158; Cole Thornton, 78-78 - 156; Grant Bouknight, 79-83 - 162; Brooks Massey, 87-79 - 166.

Chapin (673): Ben Starke, 80-77 - 157; Will Starke, 83-78 - 161; G. Doolittle, 88-80 - 168; Matt Meetze, 92; Livingston 95.

Dreher (687): Det Cullum, 79-75 - 154; Zack Castro, 82-86 - 168; Will Godgrey, 82-85 - 167; Devon Kilgore, 96; Keane Robinson, 83.

Irmo (690): Travis Cushion, 85-80 - 165; Chris Doerring, 85-84 - 169; Michael Day, 86-82 - 168; Ken Henderson 95-93 - 188.

Ridge View (751): Chaz McIntyre 88-90 - 178; Brett Foltz, 93-84 - 177, Jordan Whitehead, 96-93 - 189; Brad Pouncey, 103; Lee Nabors 104.

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