MYTRLE BEACH, SC (March 26, 2016)--Bellarmine College Prep (552) out of San Jose, CA captured The Palmetto H.S. Championship by an impressive 22 strokes over Waccamaw High School (574). Waccamaw is out of Pawleys Island, SC.
Bellarmine placed three players in the top-10 including the one-two finishers in the individual race of the Championship Flight at the Caledonia Golf & Fish Club. Eddy Lai (-9) finished one stroke better then teammate Boots Del Biaggio (-8). Rounding out the top-10 trio is Austin Murphy (E) who finished tied for eighth.
Lai began the day one back of Del Biaggio but he fired a final round 5-under par 67 to overtake his teammate and capture the title. The key stretch for Lai was from No. 2-No. 10 when he played 5-under golf. During the that crucial stretch Lai birdied three holes and eagled the par-five 10th.
In the First Flight St. Paul's School (630) won the team battle over Jesuit High School (641).
St. Paul's School won the First Flight thanks to three players in the top-10. Jake Geis (+9) finished tied for second, Campbell Shelhoss (+12) tied for seventh and Brandon Wilson (+15) was 10th.
Chapin High School's Micah Westermeyer (+3) was the individual winner with scores of 71-74.
The Palmetto H.S. Championship is a 54-hole event, with an 18-hole qualifying round followed by 36-holes of flighted play. Each flight has 12-16 teams with prizes going to top-3 teams in each flight. The top-5 individuals are also recognized. 70 teams from all over the U.S. participate and compete in the event.
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