Golf title highlights HHCA spring
By David Shelton
Hilton Head – The 2015 season ended in outstanding fashion for the Hilton Head Christian Academy golf team.
Hilton Head Christian rolled to the SCISA Class AA state championship in the championship tournament held on April 27-28 at the Hackler Course in Conway. The Eagles posted a two-day team score of 568, a state record, finishing 38 strokes in front of runner-up Hilton Head Prep. It was the program’s third consecutive state title, having won AAA titles in 2013 and 2014.
Auburn bound Trace Crowe was the event’s medalist, posting a two-round total 135, including a 66 on the second day. All five of Hilton Head Christian’s golfers earned all-state honors, including Crowe. Bryson Nimmer and Jonathan Phillips each carded two-round totals of 142 while Matt Lehman shot 149. R.J. Bartolomucci shot 150 at the state tournament.
Winning the state championship normally finishes a season but the Eagles were not done after claiming their title. The team participated in the Southern Cross event in Aiken last weekend and came away as the champion of that prestigious event, putting a great cap on the 2015 season. Hilton Head Christian won that tournament by 10 strokes.
Nimmer was the team’s top performer in the Southern Cross, losing out on medalist honors in the second-hole of a playoff. He finished the tournament at 139.
The success of the golf team highlighted a solid spring sports campaign for the HHCA program. The track program produced a state champion this spring as Sam Gilman captured gold in both the 1600 and 800 meter races at the 2015 SCISA state track and field championships on May 2nd. Gilman was the lone representative of the program.
Hilton Head Christian’s baseball program also had an outstanding season, posting a final record of 17-6.
After finishing in a first-place tie with Hilton Head Prep for the region championship, the Eagles entered the SCISA state AA tournament. The Eagles knocked off Carolina Academy in a first-round series, winning both games of a doubleheader. The Eagles won game one, 3-2 in 10 innings, and captured game two, 5-3.
In the second round, the Eagles faced Florence Christian and lost two close games, 4-3 and 7-4, to end their season.
The girls’ soccer team won the region championship this spring and entered the state AA tournament on May 5th with hopes of reaching the AA state finals. The program was the AAA state runner-up last season and returned a veteran squad this spring.