Myers Park to chase Palmetto defense with 5 returners
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Palmetto High School Golf Championship takes place March 28-30 in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and will include 41 teams from around the country.
The first 18 holes will be a qualifying round, used to flight teams for the tournament . The qualifying round and the first official round will be held at Barefoot Resort, and the final round will be played at Sea Trail Golf Plantation.
First played in 1998, the Palmetto originally was known as the North-South High School Golf Championship, and was played at Bay Tree Golf Club. It was a regional event for only North Carolina and South Carolina high school players.
With 30 teams from the Carolinas, founder Tracy Conner decided to allow teams from all over the Untied States play the event. The named changed from the North-South to the Palmetto, and Conner handed the reins over to Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday.
Today, the Palmetto is conducted as a 54-hole team stroke-play championship with a play-five-count-four format. The qualifying round will separate the field into groups of 16-20 teams based on scores. Within their flights, the title will be given to the team with the low 36-hole team total.
In 2012, the event was shortened to 18 holes due to inclement weather, but Myers Park High School from Charlotte, N.C., claimed the championship flight by 16 shots. All five team members – Andy Simmons, Philip Oweida, Austin Morrison, Davis Morrison and Luke Thalmn – will return for the title defense.
Providence Day School’s Christian Cichan was the only player in the 2012 field to shoot under par at the Legends Resort’s Parkland Course. His 1-under 71 left him with the individual title in the championship flight.
In the first flight at the 2012 Palmetto, Greer High School won by three shots over Cape Henry Collegiate, and in the second flight, North Myrtle Beach High won by one shot over Ayala High School.