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Junior play tight at annual break

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By Robert Howey

The boys’ 15-18 age division is tight following the completion of the first half of the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association tournament at the Kershaw Golf Club on Monday.Taylor Banks holds a narrow lead in the overall points with 66 points. Banks and Russ Faile each shot a 71 in the 18-hole tournament.Three golfers shot a 75 to tie for second.The trio included Corey Robinson, Charles Caldwell and Gavin Witherspoon Jr.Trevor Banks, who carded a 76 for third place, is second overall with 61 points. Robinson is third in overall points with 56.Ben Miller won the boys’ 13-14 for the third time this season with a 75. Miller leads the points with 75 points.Jalen Terry and Austin Terry each shot an 84 to tie for second and Alex Eliades had an 88 for third in the tournament at Kershaw.Jalen Terry is second in overall points behind Miller with 60 and Austin Terry has 49.“T” Sutton continued his stellar play, shooting a one-under 19 for five holes to capture his third straight win.Sutton, who shot a 19 in the LJGA’s opener at Lancaster earlier in the month, fashioned a three-shot win over Mason Sowell who had a 22, three shots up on Austin Evans’ 25.Sutton heads the season points with 75 on the strength of three straight wins. Sowell is second overall with 65 and Caleb Henson has 45 points.Brady Hinkle was also a winner for the third time, carding a 24 over five holes in the boys 8-9 division. Hinkle has 75 points for the season.Michael Williams and Colt Hovis tied for second at Kershaw, each notching a 31. Matthew Sweatt, Hunter Thomas, Scottie Walker and Connor Faile were a close third, shooting 33 apiece.In the overall points, Hinkle has 75. Williams follows with 56 and Sweatt has 39. Evan Hardin is fourth with 36 points.In the girls, 8-10 age division, Bailey Evans won for the second time this season, carding a 23 over five holes. Emily Cox’s 26 gave her second and Hayden Thorne, who has two wins, placed third with a 30.Evans tops the girls’ 8-10 field with 70 points, with Thorne a close second with 66 points. Cox, who has been steady all season, is third overall with 60 points.Alexandria McCain won the girls’ 11-13 age division with a 54 over nine holes. McCain, who has three wins, has 75 points.Samantha Melton shot a 59 to place second and Hannah McCain was a close third, posting a 60.Hannah McCain is second overall with 49 points and Melton is third with 40 points.Haley Heath has a solid lead in the girls 14-18 age division with three straight firsts. Heath fashioned an 84 at Kershaw. Kendall Boone, who shot a 107, finished second and Madison Morgan was third at 123 over 18 holes.Boone is second overall with 40 points and Morgan has 32.The boys’ 10-12 age division saw Evan Faile take his second win, finishing with a 41. Jacob Bailey, who tied Faile and Caldwell for first last week at Chester with a 41 each, finished second with a 43. Sam Caldwell followed with a 44.Bailey tops the overall points with 70. Faile has 66 and Caldwell has 61.The juniors will now take their annual break and return to play July 14 at the White Plains Country Club in Pageland.The juniors play Bermuda Run July 21 and cap play with the two-day Roy Small Junior Championship on July 28-29.The Roy Small tournament will be played at the Lancaster Golf Club.Small, a member of the Lancaster Athletic Hall of Fame, was an avid supporter of golf in his lifetime.“The Roy Small tournament will be real interesting as it always is,” said LJGA chapter director Raymon Chisom. “We’re having another fine season and we’re grateful for the support from the area courses at Lancaster, Chester and Kershaw where we’ve played. Our volunteers have also done a wonderful job in keeping the play on pace.”