Charlotte Catholic Leads 29-Team Field During Qualifying Round at Palmetto High School Golf Championship

Charlotte Catholic’s Jack Heath

A 36-Hole Shootout Will Determine 2019 Palmetto Champion

Charlotte Catholic had four players shoot 75 or better en route to recording a 293, the low score of the qualifying round at the Palmetto High School Golf Championship on a beautiful Thursday afternoon at True Blue Golf Club.

[Palmetto High School Golf Championship Leaderboard: Team; Individual]

Charlotte Catholic, which was led by Drew Hackett’s 1-under 71, was three strokes better than second place Mater Dei (Calif.) and will lead 13 teams into championship flight play Friday at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.

Cade Hancock of Harrells (N.C.) Christian Academy shot a 3-under 69, the low individual round of the day.

The 21st annual Palmetto High School Golf Championship attracted 29 teams from six states, including Texas and California, to compete in the 54-hole, college-style event.

The Palmetto’s champion will be determined by flight play on Friday and Saturday at True Blue and Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, both of which are ranked among America’s top 100 public courses.

Current PGA Tour players Rickie Fowler, the 2006 champion, and Harris English are among the Palmetto’s distinguished alums.

Caledonia is ranked 29th on Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 You Can Play, a ranking of America’s best public courses, and True Blue is 77th on the prestigious list. Both layouts are Mike Strantz designs that offer distinct, yet equally dramatic and memorable experiences.

Caledonia, which is equal parts art and architecture, plays through a stunning piece of Lowcountry land that was once home to a thriving rice plantation. A round at True Blue, while completely different from a design perspective, is no less captivating. Strantz used waste bunkers, which frame many of the course’s fairways, to craft a layout that is among the area’s most visually stunning.

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