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Cox, Hinkle junior all-star champs

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Junior golfers shine in state all-star tournament

By Robert Howey

 

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A pair of Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association golfers captured age division titles at the annual all-star tournament at the Anderson Country Club last weekend.

Emily Cox, in the girls 11-13 age group, and Brady Hinkle, in the boys 10-12 age group, each captured championships at the state tournament.

Cox along with LJGA teammate Baylee Evans swept the top two places in the girls 11-13 age group after Evans placed second to Cox, who won by a shot.

Cox, in the 18-hole tournament over two days, shot a 78 (37-41) to take the title. Cox was followed by Evans, who carded a 79 (38-41).

“That was quite an achievement for our Lancaster chapter with Emily first and Baylee a close second in the state tournament,” Lancaster chapter director Raymon Chisom said. “I’m so proud of both of them. When you bring home trophies from this tournament, you’re doing something special because you’re competing against the best in the state at your age level. To sweep the top two places in one age group is a tremendous effort.

“Those two girls play well against each other and bring out the best,” Chisom said. “I think that was instrumental in their performances. They have competed for several years and this year they had a real battle all the way to the state tournament. It speaks volumes for our chapter and where we are now in the state competition.”

Hinkle also had a banner showing, shooting a 71 (36-35).

“Brady has been so close the last couple of years in the all-star state tournament and I’m elated he came home with a title,” Chisom said. “He has worked hard and is most deserving of his accolades. Brady has had an outstanding season and to see him cap it with an all-star championship is wonderful.”

Hinkle highlighted his second day with four birdies in nine holes.

“Brady really had a streak going and it made an impact on winning his age division,” Chisom said.

“T” Sutton, in the boys 10-12 age group, placed fourth with a 78 (41-37).

In the boys 8-9 age group, Trey Crenshaw tied for fourth overall with a 76 (34-42) in 18 holes over two days. Toby Willis carded a 90 (46-44) to place seventh.

In the boys 13-14 age group, Logan Sowell tied for third with a 150 (74-76) over 36 holes, 18 holes each day.

Chandler Norville also competed in the two-day tournament, but didn’t place.

In the boys 15-18 age group, the Lancaster chapter had a pair of top 10 finishers. Matthew Terry was seventh with a 156 (78-78) and Josh Payseur finished eighth with a 157 (76-81).

In the girls 14-18 age division, Samantha Melton finished in a tie for sixth with a 164 (88-76). Ashlynn Mullis carded a 191 (96-95).

“I’m sure Ashlynn wanted to have a higher finish and lower scores, but this is her first year to play in the all-star tournament and that experience will only help her in the future,” Chisom said.

Chisom tipped his cap to the Anderson Country Club and its work.

“We’ve played in Anderson the last few years and they do a fine job with this tournament,” Chisom said. “The AIG group there makes this an outstanding event.”