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Small pleased with LGC's junior clinic

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By Robert Howey

Area junior golfers took center stage at the Lancaster Golf Club on Friday.The LGC capped its annual junior clinic with the age group golf tournament.In the boys and girls 6-7 age group, “T” Sutton finished first and the junior links standout was followed by Jalen Woodard and Christian Carter.Emily Cox, a Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association standout, took top honors in the girls 8-12 girls age group. Savannah Small was second and Jakemiah Mackey placed third.Lewis Lambert was the top finisher in the boys 8-10 age group. Latavious Woodward followed and Landon Small was third.In the boys 11-13 age group, William James was the winner. Ryan Whitaker placed second and Nicholas Faile was third.Dalton Bradley placed first in the boys 14-16 age group. Michael Jacobs was second and David Jacobs, Michael’s brother, was the third-place finisher.Each of the winners received a trophy. Participants in the clinic, which began Monday at the LGC, were also given a trophy.Participants were also treated to a pizza party at the LGC patio.“We appreciate Phil Cleveland at Pizza Hut providing the pizzas,” said Lancaster Golf Club pro Phil Small. “Founders Federal Credit Union also donated towels which we gave to the players as part of a treat bag with tees and balls.”Small said the clinic drew 40 participants.“Our numbers were down some from last year, but things went well and we were able to work with the age groups and stress golf fundamentals as well as the various aspects of golf, such as course etiquette.Small said he hoped the juniors will continue to play.“We hope the clinic sparked some interest because these juniors are your future in golf,” he said. “I also hope it will help them if they move on and play in the junior golf association. We feel the junior clinic is time well spent and we plan to continue it in the future,” Small said.