Juniors' golf play tight

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LJGA points are close at midseason

By Robert Howey



Tight play highlighted competition for the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association’s third tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club and Edgewater Golf Club on Monday, June 24.

Two age divisions ended in ties.

The girls 14-18 age group, along with the boys 13-14 and 14-18 age groups played Edgewater, with the rest at the LGC.

In the boys 13-14 division, Brady Hinkle and Lewis Lambert battled to a 44-all draw over nine holes.

Hinkle, who has two wins outright and the tie at Edgewater, leads the division points with 75.

Joshua Hinson followed with a 45 at Edgewater and Cannon Catoe shot a 46.

Michael Williams follows Hinkle in the 13-14 points with 53 and Lambert has 48 points.

In the boys 15-18 age division points, Logan Sowell and Josh Payseur each carded a 38 to tie for first after nine holes.

Jeremy Etters was a close second with a 39 and Mathew Crenshaw had a 44.

Sowell, with three wins – two outright and a tie, leads the division with 75 points, followed by Etters with 49 and Chandler Norville’s 46 points.

In the girls 14-18 girls age group, Lancaster High School golfer Carly Funderburk posted her first win, notching a 45 over nine holes.

 Ashlynn Mullis, the division leader with 56 points, was second with a 48 and Carley Snyder had a 60.

In the 14-18 girls, Mullis is followed by Samantha Melton’s 50 points on the strength of two wins. Funderburk is a close third with 45.

Emily Cox and Baylee Evans continued their battle in the girls 11-13 age group, with Cox taking a three-shot win on a 34 over nine holes.

Evans followed with a 37. Tikyevah Mackey was third with a 63.

Cox, with three wins – two outright and a tie with Evans in the opener at Lancaster, tops the girls 11-13 age group with 75 points.

Evans follows with 65 and Mackey has 52 points.

Haley Thurmond, in the girls 8-10 age group, notched her third straight win with a 30 over nine holes.

McKensie Sutton followed with a 37 and Mary Martin Lobeck had a 38. Thurmond tops the points with 75 points. Lobeck follows with 56 and Sutton has 40.

Veteran junior golfer Anthony “T” Sutton registered his second straight win, carding a 36 in the boys 10-12 age group for a six-shot victory over nine holes. Mason Tucker tallied a 42 and Caleb Henson had a 43 to place third in the tourney.

Mason Sowell leads a tight points race with 53 points. Trey Crenshaw, with one win this season, is second with 51 points and Sutton has 50 points after two straight wins.

In the boys 6-7 age group, David Oliver won for the third straight time, shooting a 22 over five holes.

Marshall Deese was second with a 33 and Grant Phillips was third with a 34.

Oliver leads the 6-7 points with 75 points. Zachery Mothershed is second with 49. Deese and Brooks Horton each have 46 points in third place.

In the boys 8-9 age group, Kaden Plyler prevailed with a 29 to give him the lead in the 8-9 points with 55.

Parker Deese, second in the points with 52, was second with a 34 score.

Toby Willis had a 35 in third.

Owen Phillips, who has a win this season, is third in the overall points with 48.

“We greatly appreciate Phil Small at Lancaster and Phil Lobeck at Edgewater working with our junior golf program and making their courses available to these youngsters,” LJGA chapter director Raymon Chisom said. “The courses were in wonderful shape and are a great venue for these players to improve their games.”

Chisom noted the LJGA recently received a donation from Elaine Wilkerson in memory of Eddie Mitchell and Juanita Lewis, and for the Lancaster Ladies Golf Association.