The Fox Creek and North Augusta high school golf teams competed this past weekend at the 45th annual Southern Cross at Palmetto Golf Club before gearing up for the season's final push.
Fox Creek posted a two-day total of 498, and North Augusta finished at 517.
The Predators' Colin Trahan led the area golfers with an All-Tournament Team performance. Trahan, who recently won his third consecutive Region Player of the Year award, posted rounds of 72 and 71 for a total of 1-over 143. He finished in a tie for third.
In the first round, Trahan recovered from a triple bogey on the seventh hole with four back-nine birdies, including three in a row on holes 13-15. That gave him momentum heading into Saturday's final round.
"It boosted my confidence a ton. Knowing that I could birdie when I got to 10, it just helped a ton to start the back nine," he said Friday. "I didn't know I was gonna make those birdies on 13, 14, 15. If I could've kept it even on the back nine, I still would've been happy. But knowing that I could've birdied those holes and then did, it just makes it even more fun to want to go play tomorrow."
Trahan earned a piece of crystal in the final round with an eagle on the 10th hole. A tough break led to a double bogey on the 16th, but he closed out his weekend with a birdie on the 18th and was the clubhouse leader for a few hours until the final groups came through.
Evan Prickett added a 169 total for Fox Creek. Bryce Bessey finished at 187, and Grant Riley posted 192.
North Augusta was led by Mitchell McNeil's 174 total. He was followed at 175 by Fritz Rowell, who finished one shot away from an All-Region selection at the Region 5-AAAA championship at Woodside. Trey Stallings had a 178 total, and Bear Smoker finished at 181.
The Yellow Jackets' season came to an end in the Class AAAA Lower State Tournament at the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina. North Augusta's team total was 345, which left the team eight shots behind eighth-place Aiken.
Fox Creek's season continues May 13-14 at Mount Vintage for the Class AA state championship. The Predators finished third, behind Christ Church and Chesnee, at last year's rain-shortened championship at Mount Vintage.