Colin Trahan has only 36-holes left in his high school career and is poised to graduate as the most decorated golfer in Fox Creek history. Region Player of the Year? He’s checked that box three times. Top 5 finishes at the State Tournament? Twice. Last year, he was recognized as Aiken Standard’s Area Player of the Year. Trahan also won the Bengal Invitational hosted by Blythewood last year and this year finished 4th. He’s even added the cherry on top of his senior year: Being selected to the North-South All Star Match featuring the top seniors from across the state. The accomplishments continue when you factor in the fact that he plays in tournaments all year outside of the Predators season. And when you factor all of that together, there’s one thing Trahan did not have on his resume’: performing well at the prestigious Southern Cross Tournament at the famed Palmetto Club in Aiken.
During his sophomore and junior years, Trahan had yet to post a round of better than 78, including three rounds around the 80-mark. In his third and final Southern Cross, Trahan would conquer the demons of his prior Southern Cross experiences. In Round 1, Trahan would ride a rollercoaster round en route to finishing with a 72 (+1) on the day. The Palmetto Club greens are notoriously fast and require precision in order to post a good score. On Friday, Trahan would find himself +2 after the first three holes before rolling in two birdies over the next three holes to get back to even par. It was on the 8th hole of the first round where it looked like the Palmetto Club may get the best of the senior once again. When a hooked drive left him with an unplayable lie in the woods, Trahan would have to re-tee and scramble for a triple bogey to bring him to +3 on the day. With 10 holes left, instead of unraveling, Trahan would birdie holes 10,13,14,and 15 down the stretch to get his round back on track en route to the +1 finish, just five shots back of the individual leader.
Round 2 saw more of the same from the Preds #1 golfer. After finishing the front-9 at even par, his back-9 would start with a bang. Trahan would make eagle at the par-5 10th and then roll in a birdie on the par-4 14th. As per tradition at Southern Cross, players that make eagle are rewarded with a silver cup to commemorate the accomplishment. On the 16th, Trahan would get an unfortunate bounce that forced him to play from up against a fence and would lead to a double bogey. He would finish the round at even-par. When the dust settled, Trahan’s 72-71 was good enough for 3rd place and a spot on the Southern Cross All-Tournament Team.
Trahan will now turn his sights toward the State Championships at Mount Vintage on May 13th and 14th. Trahan’s will look to finish strong yet again in the State Championships as he will be one of the top golfers there in addition to Christ Church’s Rafe Reynolds and Walker Jennings