COLUMBIA — Preparing to enter his fourth season at the helm of the Fairfield Central High School program, head coach Demetrius Davis catered to fans and sponsors by hosting his Fourth Griffin Invitational at the Oak Hills Golf Club on Thursday.
Located on Fairfield Road in Columbia, Oak Hills is an 18-hole course situated on a 160-acre tract among oaks, pines and dogwoods. In 2006, Oak Hills was named to Golf Digest’s “Places to Play.”
The Steve Melnyk-Davis Love III course design features 419 Bermuda grass fairways and TifDwarf greens.
There were a total of 14 teams that participated in the invitational.
The winning team scored a 56 to take the first place trophy. The Griffin Invitational didn’t just attract fans and sponsors, but it also attracted an elected official — District 93 Rep. Russell Ott.
Representing the Orangeburg area, Ott was a part of the winning team that included Duane Cooper, Stanley Meyer and Wayne Simms.
Coming in second place with a score of 58 was the four-member squad of Caleb Chapman, Mark Chapman, Taylor Ingle and Brandon Truesdale.
Fairfield Central High School Principal Tracie Swilley and Superintendent of Fairfield County Schools J.R. Green were also on hand to show their support, as well as enjoy the festivities and some barbecue.
Following the 18 holes of golf, Davis handed out a slew of raffle prizes with the headline piece being a brand new Nike 3-Wood club.
Griffin football will engage in a seven-on-seven drill at Irmo High School following the Fourth of July holiday.
Under Davis’ leadership, the Griffins are 32-9 and have claimed the last two upper-state titles.
The regular season is scheduled to kick off on Aug. 22 at Brookland Cayce at 7:30 p.m. Fairfield Central’s first home game is on Sept. 5 against Crestwood at 7:30 p.m.