Max Jackson and his La Salle Academy (Providence, R.I.) Rams teammates headed to Myrtle Beach, S.C., last week to compete in the Palmetto High School Golf Championship from April 6-8.
The national tournament is a three-day 54-hole event that brings some of the best high school teams in the nation together to play in a college-style format. Five players tee it up for each team and the top four scores count each day. Myrtle Beach is rife with golf courses, and the Palmetto brings players to three of the best in the area. Caledonia, True Blue, and Tradition Golf Club provide various challenges: undulating greens, narrow fairways, and forced carries filter out the best golfers during the 54 holes.
This year, the field expanded from 32 to 48 teams. La Salle competed in the B Flight.
In each of the three rounds, Jackson was the low scorer for the Rams. Most impressively, he fired a 69 at Caledonia Golf and Fish. He carded six birdies in that round. The day at Caledonia was the best one for the Rams as a team, too. Joseph Earley shot a 73 and Olivia Williams and Charles Melvin both shot 79.