The Myrtle Beach boys golf team sent a signal to the rest of the state over the weekend that they could be the team to beat for the 2018 state championship by winning the prestigious Fort Dorchester Preseason Patriot Invitational Golf Tournament.
The Seahawks traveled to Charleston to compete with 18 other teams from around the state, winning by 15 strokes over runner-up Lexington. Myrtle Beach won with a two-day total of 635 (324 on Sunday, 311 on Monday) to pull away from the field.
The Seahawks were led by junior and defending Class 4A medalist Holden Grigg (80-72=152), sophomore Keegan Vaugh (83-72=155), senior Dock Jarman (76-83=159), junior Dalton Todd (86-84=170) and junior Michael Yan (85-90=175). Grigg, Vaugh and Jarman made the All-Tournament Team and Vaugh was third Low Medalist.
North Myrtle Beach (686) placed 12th and Conway (700) was 14th. Despite finishing 15th as a team (707), Carolina Forest produced the top medalist as Chris Fortenberry shot a two-day total 79-70=149.
Myrtle Beach will be at home at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club on Monday, March 12, against Aynor and North Myrtle Beach.