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Juniors focused on Small Championship

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Two-day tournament caps LJGA season

By Robert Howey

 Titles and all-star selections will be at stake Monday, July 28 and Tuesday, July 29 when the annual Roy Small Junior Championship tournament is played at the Lancaster Golf Club.

The Small Championship caps the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association’s 2014 tournament schedule at the LGC.

Double points will be at stake as the LJGA takes to the local links for two days of play.

“The Small Championship, as always, will be competitive in all divisions,” Lancaster chapter director Raymon Chisom  said. “This tournament will be a major factor in the titles and all-star berths. Each year, it boils down to that.”

The juniors’ final one-day tournament before the Small Championship was at White Plains Golf Club in Pageland where some 55 golfers competed.

“We had a good group and it was a challenge with a rainy day for much of the tournament,” Chisom said. “They competed and did well. The course was in great shape and that helped in battling the rain.”

Haley Thurmond, in the girls 11-13 age division, aided her points lead with a 52 over nine holes from the red tees. Lauren Mothershed followed with a 68.

Thurmond leads the division points with 95, followed by Catherine Mangano with 86 and Mothershed with 76 points.

The battle for the girls 14-18 age division crown will be decided in the Small Championship as Baylee Evans, with 95 points, holds a five-point lead on Emily Cox, who has 90 points. Emilee Smarr is third in the points with 62.

Evans shot an 80 for a 10-shot win over Cox who had a 90 over 18 holes from the white tees. 

Kylie Rogers carded a 109.

Averi Lyles, in the girls 8-10 age group, won with a 27, with McKensi Sutton and Delaney Hinson second with each notching a 28.

Courtney Plyler had a 30 and Julia Jodran carded a 31 in the five-hole tournament from special tees.

In the girls 8-10 points, Lyles leads with 95 points with Sutton second at 81 points, and Braelyn Oliver third, 54.8 points.

Matthew Terry registered an even-par 72 over 18 holes from the blue tees to take the win in the boys 15-18 division. Caleb Brown had an 81 and Joshua Hinson finished with an 89. Terry owns the points lead with 86 points, with Caleb Brown second with 76 points and Logan Sowell third with 75 points.

Buford High School golfer Anthony “T” Sutton shot a two-over 74 over 18 holes from the white tees to take the boys 13-14 win at White Plains.

Brady Hinkle was close, carding a 77 in second place. Zachary Tremblay was third with an 80.

Hinkle leads the boys 13-14 points with 97.5, followed by Sutton’s 87.5 points. Tremblay has 60 points in third place.

In the boys 8-9 division, David Oliver carded a one-over 22 to take the victory over five holes from special tees. Zachary Mothershed was second with a 28. Jake Milhorn posted a 31. Luke Benfield had a 32 and Kaden Plyler registered a 33.

In the boys 8-9 points, Oliver has 95 points, Milhorn is next with 74, and Kaden Plyler is a close third with 72.5.

Caleb Henson shot a 36 over nine holes from the red tees to win the boys 10-12 age group, with Trey Crenshaw second with a 38 and Mason Tucker third with 40 points.

Henson used his win to build his lead with 95 points. Crenshaw follows with 87.5 and Josiah Hinson third with 60 points.

The Lancaster chapter juniors now focus on the Roy Small Junior Championship tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club.

Small, a 1943 graduate of Lancaster High, was a star on the Blue Hurricanes’ co-state championship football team. A Lancaster Athletic Hall of Famer, Small was also an avid supporter of junior golf during his lifetime.

Following the Small Championship, the Lancaster chapter all-stars will be selected for state all-star play.

The Thomas D. Todd All-Star state all-star golf tournament is set for  the Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six on Aug. 23-24.