Sowell shines in Small tourney

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AJ star golfer age group winner, POY

By Robert Howey


Logan Sowell capped quite day in the final round of the two-day Roy Small Junior Championship golf tournament on Tuesday, July 23.

The Roy Small Junior Championship is played in memory of the late Roy Small, a member of the Lancaster Athletic Hall of Fame and an avid supporter of golf junior in his lifetime.

Sowell, in the boys 15-18 age division, posted a one-shot win, carding a 153 over 36 holes. Sowell, the AJ High standout golfer, won by a shot over Jeremy Etters, who had a 154. Josh Payseur followed with a 155.

Sowell’s one-shot win gave him the title in the boys 15-18 division of the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association.

Sowell also captured the chapter’s Wendy’s Player of the Year Award as the chapter’s top player.

“Logan earned it and he deserved it,” said chapter director Raymon Chisom.

Sowell topped the division points with 150. Etters was second with 114 points and Payseur was third with 113 points.

Sowell and Etters will represent the chapter as all-stars in the annual state all-star tournament at Timberlake Golf Club in Chapin on Aug. 24-25.

Tight finishes highlighted play in the two-day Small tournament at the Lancaster Golf Club.

In the girls 11-13 age division, Emily Cox captured the girls age division with a birdie on the first hole of sudden death.

Cox and Evans each posted an 82 before Cox won with her clutch birdie. Tikyevah Mackey followed with a 111, highlighted by her first par of the season on No. 13.

Cox and Evans, for the third straight season, were involved in a sudden-death playoff to decide final position.

Cox won the division with 150 points and Evans was second with a 135.

Mackey was third with a 124.

Cox and Evans are chapter all-stars in the girls 11-13 age group.

In the boys 10-12 age group, Anthony “T” Sutton prevailed with an 82 over 18 holes to take the win. Sutton has played well in taking the 10-12 boys title with 150 points.

Mason Sowell and Caleb Henson tied for second with an 86 each, with Sowell winning on the second hole of sudden death. The playoff marked the third straight year Sowell and Henson had gone to sudden death to decide a finish.

Trey Crenshaw was third with an 89.

Sowell was second with 120 points behind Sutton’s 150 points. Crenshaw was third with 109 points. Sutton and Sowell are the chapter all-stars.

In the girls 8-10 age division, Haley Thurmond won with a 62 over 10 holes, with McKensie Sutton second with a 77. Mary Martin Lobeck was third with a 37, but missed one day of play.

Thurmond won with 100 points, with Sutton second with 80 points and Lobeck third with 72 on the season. Thurmond and Sutton are the chapter all-stars.

In the girls 14-18 age group, Samantha Melton carded a 176 to win the division. Ashlynn Mullis was second with a 193 and Carley Funderburk had a 199.

Melton won the girls 14-18 age group with 145 points and Mullis was second with a 105. Funderburk had 97 points.

Chapter all-stars are Melton and Mullis.

Brady Hinkle, in the boys 13-14 age group, registered a decisive win with a 142 over 36 holes. Michael Williams was second with a 172 and Lewis Lambert finished with a 178.

Hinkle won the division with 150 points, with Williams second with 120.

Lambert was third with 96. Hinkle and Williams are the chapter all-stars.

In the boys 8-9 age group, Toby Willis posted a solid win with a 51.

Kaden Plyler was second with a 64 over 10 holes. Owen Phillips was third with a 66.

Willis won the division points with 141 points. Plyler was second with 114 points and Luke Benfield was third with 99 points.

Willis and Plyler are the chapter all-stars.

In the boys 6-7 age group, David Oliver shot a 39 over 10 holes for the Small title. Carter Beegle was second with 54 and Marshall Deese had a 63.

Oliver won the points with 150 points. Zachery Mothershed was second with 109 points and Deese third with 103 points.

Chapter intern Matthew Terry was presented with the Matt Blackwell Award.

“Matthew has been a key member of our staff and his work has really made a difference with our program this year,” Chisom said.

Terry, a Central High School standout golfer, returned late in the spring from an auto accident last year.

Chisom said the Lancaster Golf Club course was in fine shape for the two-day event.

“Phil Small and his staff worked hard to have the course prepared to play,” Chisom said. “The area golf courses and their pros know the juniors are the future of the game and they do all they can to promote and support junior golf each season.”