Marking the halfway point through the South Carolina Independent School Association’s Region 1-AAA golf season, the Augusta Christian Lions had a chance to gain ground at a familiar location.
Playing host to the rest of its region foes – Ben Lippen, Cardinal Newman, Hammond and Heathwood Hall – at Bartram Trail, the Lions finished fourth out of five teams and failed to gain ground in the region standings.
After three region events, the Lions are in fifth place with the top three teams advancing to the state competition.
For coach Terry Rutherford, who lost three players who would have been returning for their senior seasons, the day was more about the future.
“It’s a great learning experience for these young guys to play against this level of competition,” Rutherford said.
Leading the way for the Lions, who scored 343 points to narrowly edge Ben Lippen (346), was sophomore Nick Lewis and junior Sarah Harrison, who each carded a 7-over 79.
Seventh-grader Brycen Bessey put up a 91 and junior Iverson Johnson shot a 94.
Harrison, the only girl on the team, can advance to the state competition if she is among the six lowest-scoring golfers in the region at the end of the region season.
Saying they are building for a couple of years down the road, Rutherford wasn’t stressing over the team’s scores.
“What’s better than playing golf on a Tuesday afternoon?” Rutherford asked.