Blythewood earned a spot in the Class 4A state girls golf tournament next week at Lexington Country Club by making the cut at the Upper State qualifying event on Tuesday in Spartanburg.
The Bengals finished seventh in the team standings at the one-day, 18-hole event with a team score of 348 strokes, just two behind sixth-place Boiling Springs.
Spring Valley’s Taylor Kelley and Dutch Fork’s Nicole Chin also qualified as individuals.
Fuve-time defending state champion Lexington, which made the grade on Monday at the Lower State qualifier, is the other Midlands team entry in the 16-team field.
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Blythewood was paced by Kelsey Badmaev, who carded a round of 75 and finished in third place, one stroke behind co-champions Kaitlin Matheson and Maegan Higgins of Upper State champion Wren.
Rachel Wyatt (82), Erin Watkins (83) and AnnMarie McManus (108) accounted for the rest of the team scoring. Wyatt, who was a seventh-grader on the first Blythewood girls golf team, has improved so much in the six years since her halting debut, that she expects to continue playing at the next level at Winthrop.
Chin’s 76 was good fo fourth place, and Kelley also cracked the individual Top 10 with her round of 78.