Small tourney stakes high

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LJGA titles, state bids decided in 2-day play

By Robert Howey

Age division titles and bids to the S.C. Junior Golf Association all-star state tournament will be on the line Monday and Tuesday when the Lancaster chapter of the SCJGA caps its season with the annual Roy Small Junior Championship at the Lancaster Golf Club.

Eight age division crowns will be decided over two days of play at the LGC where play begins Monday morning.

“Nothing has been quite decided in any age group,” said chapter director Raymon Chisom. “It’s wide open and double points will be the stakes for the juniors when they take the course. We’ve had a good season in the regular-season play and I look for the competition to be just as good or better over the Lancaster course.”

The juniors capped regular-season tournament play at the Kershaw Golf Club last Monday.

“It was a hot day for our players, but they played through it,” Chisom said. “Champ Williams and his staff did another fine job and the course was in real good shape. Their support for our junior golf program has always been good. That really makes a difference.”

In the boys-girls age 6-7 age division, David Oliver continued his solid play with a 23 to give him the lead in the overall points with 100.

The battle for second was tight as four golfers – McKensie Sutton, Kaden Plyler, Alex Montgomery and Gabe Robinson each shot a 31. Ryan Michels was third with a 32.

Braden Small is second in the overall points with 66, one point ahead of Michels in third.

The boys 8-9 age division featured a tie for first as Caleb Henson and Trey Crenshaw each carded a 22. Josiah Hinson was second with a 25 and Tanner Sweatt followed with a 29.

Henson, with 100 points for the season, leads the overall points. Trey Crenshaw is second with 90 and Hinson has 81 in third.

Brad Hinkle prevailed in the boys 10-12 age group in Kershaw where he carded a 33. Michael Williams and Anthony “T” Sutton followed with a 41 apiece. Joshua Hinson was a close third with a 42.

Hinkle tops the 10-12 boys age group with 100 points for the season.

Williams is second with 76 and Sutton is third with 74.

The girls 8-10 age division has Hannah Boone on top with 100 points. Boone aided her season points with a 34 at Kershaw to take the win. Haley Thurmond and Ashley Miller each posted a 38 to tie for second.

Thurmond and Miller, with 85 points apiece, are second in the overall division points. Cara Hasty is third overall.

In the girls 11-13 age group, Baylee Evans continued her stellar play, shooting a 41 for the win to aid her overall points to a division-high 100.

Emily Cox followed in second with a 44 to give her 85 points for the season.

Kylie Rodgers-Carpenter is third overall with 64 points after carding a 66 in Kershaw.

Samantha Melton, in the girls 14-18 age division, took the win with a 37 to give her 100 points for the campaign.

Carley Snyder was second with 51 and Carley Funderburk was third with a 52.

Snyder is second with 72 points and Funderburk follows with 69.

In the boys 13-14 age group, Matthew Terry has been on a tear with 100 points to date. Terry shot a 74 to claim the win at Kershaw.

Logan Sowell’s 78 was second and Josh Payseur had an 80 for third place.

Sowell’s 85 points has him second, with Garrett Crenshaw holding third with 77 points.

In the boys 15-18 age group, Austin Terry posted a one-over 73 to notch the win.

Jeremy Etters followed with a 79 and Evan Faile had an 80.

Terry tops the 15-18 age group with 86 points, with Etters a close second with 81.

Dalton Bradley is third with 80 points for the season.

The top two finishers in each age group from the 8-10 division on up will be a Lancaster chapter all-star and play in the state tournament at the Pickens Golf Club on Aug. 13-14.

Call Chisom at the Crow’s Nest, (803) 283-4653, for tee times for the junior golfers.


 Contact sports editor Robert Howey at 283-1157