FURMAN - The Blythewood High golf team breezed to its first state championship in its five-year history Tuesday, winning by a 20-stroke margin at the Class 4A tournament at Furman University Golf Course.
Parker Allen and Shane Rogan both finished in the top five for the Bengals. Each shot 54-hole totals of 223. North Augusta's Matt Nesmith shot the same score and beat the Blythewood pair in a two-hole playoff to take second place.
Josh Lorenzetti shot 225 for Blythewood to finish in a four-way tie for seventh.
The Bengals scored 896 as a team, easily distancing themselves from second-place Sumter (916) and third-place Easley (930)
West Florence's Stephen Behr (217) won the individual title, carding a 2-under 70 in the final round for a six-stroke victory. He became the Knights' first medalist in the tournament's 33-year history.
"At the beginning of the round, I knew it was going to take about a 3-under-par effort to become medalist," Behr said. "I made a big birdie on my 16th hole and then just tried to hold par on the last two holes."
White Knoll's Joshua Rogers (225) tied for seventh place.
Class 4A state golf tournament
At Furman University GC
Team results: Blythewood 896, Sumter 916, Easley 930, Wando 931, Gaffney 939, Dorman 940, Fort Dorchester 940, Dutch Fork 952, South Pointe 957, West Florence 958, North Augusta 965, Hillcrest 970, Nation Ford 977, Aiken 984, T.L. Hanna 992, James Island Charter 1,015, Beaufort 1,072
Individual results: Stephen Behr (WF) 217, Matt Nesmith (NA) 223, Parker Allen (Bly) 223, Shane Rogan (Bly) 223, C.J. Liner (NA) 224, Adam Goins (Gaf) 224, Joshua Rogers (WK) 225, Josh Lorenzetti (Bly) 225, Blake Kennedy (Dor) 225, Caulder Moore (Wan) 225.