The allure of strong competition and two of the premiere golf courses in the Southeastern United States has drawn teams from coast to coast to participate in the 21st edition of the Palmetto High School Golf Championship this week.
From April 18-20, 2019, True Blue Golf Club and its sister design at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club will host 29 prep teams from as far away as California and Colorado to spend their Easter Weekend on the links. Thursday’s qualifier round at True Blue will determine seeding for the tournament’s first and second rounds to be held Friday and Saturday, with each course hosting teams each day.
Upon completion of Thursday’s qualifying round, the top 13 teams based on qualifying scores plus all individual competitors will be placed in the Championship Flight, with the remaining 16 teams drawing the First Flight. Championship Flight tee times take place at Caledonia from 12:45 to 2:24 p.m. Friday, and at True Blue between 7:48 and 9:18 a.m. Saturday. First Flight times are at True Blue between 7:48 and 9:27 a.m. Friday, and at Caledonia from 7:48 to 9:09 a.m. Saturday.
Boiling Springs (S.C.) returns to defend its 2018 team championship, as does 2017 champion Waccamaw (S.C.) and 2015 winner Durham Academy (N.C.). National sports powers Mater Dei and Oaks Christian (Calif.) are sending three of six teams from the Golden State, joining teams from other distant locales like Argyle Liberty Christian (Texas).
As one of six schools competing in its home state, Dutch Fork counts PGA TOUR players Wesley Bryan and the world’s number 1-ranked golfer, Dustin Johnson, among its most prominent alumni.
Check in at the event’s Web site, as well as on social media (#palmettoMB on Twitter and Instagram), for updates on this year’s competition.