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Age division titles and all-star berths will be decided at the annual Roy Small Junior Championship golf tournament Monday and Tuesday at White Plains Golf Club in Pageland.
Winners will earn double points and the chance to represent the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association all-stars in the state tournament next month.
The Lancaster chapter capped its regular-season Monday, July 16 when it played at the Kershaw Golf Club.
David Oliver, in the 6-7 age group, led the way in his division with a 17 over five holes. Davis Tucker shot a 29 and Kaden Plyler posted a 37. Oliver, with 100 points, tops the division points. Tucker and Jonathan Thurmond are tied for second with 69 each. Plyler has 68 points for third place.
In the boys’ 8-9 age division, Trey Crenshaw continued his solid play, carding a 23, a shot ahead of Toby Willis’ 24. Zachery Eason posted a 27 over five holes.
Trey Crenshaw leads the division points with 100, with Seth Crenshaw second with 80 and Eason third with 62 points.
Brady Hinkle, in the boys 10-12 age group, captured the win at Kershaw with a 33. Hinkle has 100 points for the season to lead the division. Anthony Sutton followed Hinkle with a 39. John Erby and Mason Sowell each tallied a 40. Sutton follows Hinkle with 80 points and Erby has 68 points for the season.
In the girls’ 8-10 age division, Hannah Boone fashioned a 29 over nine holes for the Kershaw win. Tikevah Mackey followed with a 36. Boone has 100 points to pace the girls’ 8-10 age group. She is followed by Haley Thurmond with 85 and Mackey’s 72.
Baylee Evans, in the girls 11-13 age group, shot a 39 to edge Emily Cox with a 41 for the nine-hole win at Kershaw. Jakemiah Mackey followed with a 59. Evans leads the division points with 100, while Cox is a close second at 90. Mackey has 68 for the season.
Samantha Melton captured the Kershaw win in the girls’ 14-18 age division, shooting a 38. Ashlynn Mullis was second with a 47. Melton is atop the division points with 100. Mullis follows with 85 points and Carley Snyder is third with 56. Hannah Hatcher is fourth with 48.
Logan Sowell won the boys’ 13-14 age division with a 76 over 18 holes in Kershaw. John Ware was second with an 87 and Chandler Norville finished third with an 88. Sowell, with 75 points, leads the overall boys 13-14 age division.
Michael Williams is second with 56 and Norville third with 49.
In the boys 15-18 age division, Jeremy Etters carded a one-over 73 over 18 holes for the victory in Kershaw. Matthew Terry, the division leader with 70 points, was a close second after posting a 74. Josh Payseur finished third with a 79.
Payseur is second in the overall points with 61, with Morgan Frost third with 46.
Lancaster chapter director Raymon Chisom praised Kershaw pro Champ Williams and his staff.
“Late in the week before we played there on Monday, the Kershaw course had five inches of rain and Champ and his staff did an outstanding job in having the course ready for play Monday,” Chisom said. “We appreciate what all the area pros and their staffs do for our junior golf program. They know the importance of the junior golf program because these youngsters are the future of golf.
“We’ve had an outstanding season and I look for outstanding play in the Roy Small Junior Championship tournament,” Chisom said. “Our junior golfers get excited about the tournament and it shows in their play.”
The Roy Small Junior Championship is played in memory of Roy Small, a Lancaster Athletic Hall of Fame member and an avid supporter of junior golf in his lifetime.
The top two finishers in the overall division points, from age 8-9 through 15-18, will represent the LJGA in the all-star tournament at the Anderson Country Club in Anderson on Aug. 25-26.