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Anthony “T” Sutton, a Buford Elementary fifth grader, has started strong this season in youth golf.
Sutton has won the first four tournaments of the U.S. Kids Tour in Charlotte.
Sutton opened play Feb. 20 when he played at Charlotte Golf Links and shot an 82 on a wet and rainy day.
The players were not allowed to lift, clean and place their ball.
Logan Biggers of Lexington, S.C., finished second with an 84.
The next tournament was at The Divide in Matthews, N.C., on Feb. 24 and it was also played under wet conditions.
Sutton fared a touch better, shooting a 79 to pace the boys 11 age group, with Biggers again coming in second with an 86.
Sutton competed at Tega Cay Golf Club on March 11 and once again led the field, this time finishing with a 76 on a tough layout with plenty of rolling hills and narrow fairways.
On March 18 at Rocky River Golf Club in Concord, N.C., Sutton hit his stride, shooting a strong one-over 73 on a course with the toughest, most undulating greens he’s played.
Sutton was two-under with five holes to play, but had three bogies coming in to capture his fourth straight win. The win at Rocky River was a milestone as Sutton won his 70th junior tournament in six years of competitive golf.
“We would like to thank Phil Lobeck of Edgewater and Jon Rivers of White Plains in Pageland for letting ‘T’ practice and play at their courses and Raymon Chisom of the Crow’s Nest for his continued support of Anthony,” said Tony Sutton, T’s father.
Sutton and area golf ace Brady Hinkle will compete in a national tournament at the U.S. Kids Golf Championships at Jekyll Island, Ga., this weekend.
“Wish these fine, young men good luck if you know them as they represent Lancaster,” said Chisom, who is the Lancaster chapter director of the S.C. Junior Golf Association. “They are top-notch youngsters who have a bright future in golf.”