Hilton Head Christian takes second at state golf tournament
By David Shelton
Hilton Head – The talented Hilton Head Christian boys’ golf team had to swallow not one but two bitter pills at the SCISA class AA state golf tournament in late April.
The first pill to swallow was not being able to capitalize on a strong day one performance and eventually falling two shots short of winning. The second pill to swallow was finishing runner-up to rival Hilton Head Prep, who rallied on the second day to take the title.
The event was held at the Hackler Course on the campus of Coastal Carolina University and Hilton Head Christian came into the event as the defending state champion. Despite having only two returning starters from last year’s championship team, the general feeling was the Eagles were again the team to beat.
Day one saw Hilton Head Christian post a solid team score of 299, taking a four-shot lead over Hilton Head Prep (303). Four of Hilton Head Christian’s five golfers posted scores in the 70’s in the first-round.
Day two was a different story as the Eagles struggled to find consistency. Two of the five golfers shot in the 70’s and the team’s score of 311 was not good enough to offset Prep’s 305.
Danny Azallion, Hilton Head Christian’s number three scorer coming into the tournament, finished as the top scorer in the state meet and earned all-state honors. Azallion shot 77 on the first 18 but rallied with a 70 on day two to finish at 147.
Matt Lehman and R.J. Bartolomucci are Hilton Head Christian’s two returners and top two scorers this season and both earned all-state honors last year. Lehman shot 76-77 to finish at 153 in this year’s tournament, while Bartolomucci shot 71-83 to finish at 154.
Anna Lesemann Eddy was Christian’s fourth scorer, shooting 75-81 for a 36-hole total of 156. J.D. Patterson shot 81-83 for a 164 total to round out Hilton Head Christian’s scoring efforts.
Meanwhile, the Hilton Head Christian baseball team had a strong finish and earned a spot in the state SCISA playoffs. The Eagles finished the regular season at 10-8 and coach Matt Smith was named the region coach of the year for 2016.
Earning all-region honors in baseball were John Blackshire, James Bartholomew, Andy Ballard and J.D. Monts.
The Eagles opened the playoffs with a first-round double-header at Oakbrook Prep on May 2nd in a best-of-three series. After dropping the first game, 5-4, Christian rallied for a 6-2 win in game two to earn a split. The split set up a deciding game at Hilton Head Christian on May 3rd with the winner advancing to the second-round series on Friday, May 6th. Results of the game three matchup were not available at press time.