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Lancaster area youth golfer T Sutton continued his stellar play.
The two-time defending player of the year on the Western N.C., fall tour has produced early success.
Sutton, a Buford Elementary student and a member of the Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association, opened play Aug. 13 at Highland Lake in Flat Rock, N.C.
The field featured eight players in the boys 10-year-old division, and play was tight as Sutton shot a 39 on nine holes. He was pressed into a playoff by Lexington’s Dillon Hite, who had a 39.
Sutton and Hite tied on the first hole, and after Sutton left his approach shot left on the second hole, Hite was poised to win with a 12-foot birdie putt.
Sutton battled as he pitched from the rough to four feet.
When Hite missed his birdie, Sutton knocked in his par and they moved to the third playoff hole where they both hit good shots on the 120-yard, par three.
Hite lipped out his 12-foot birdie. Sutton, with a chance to win, sank his eight-foot birdie putt in front of a nice crowd gathered at the ninth green, who gave a loud applause for both competitors.
Sutton’s second event was Aug. 14 at Etowah Valley Country Club with a field of eight players.
Sutton again was forced into a playoff, this time by Hendrix Price from Tennessee after both posted impressive two-over 38s on a wet and muddy course.
The finishing hole was a par three playing at 125 yards and the two golfers were tied. Sutton hit a five iron to within two inches, a near hole-in-one.
Hendrix put his shot on the green 12 feet short.
Sutton tapped in his birdie, and as happened all day, Hendrix knocked in his putt to match Sutton for another playoff. This time sudden death went two holes as they tied on the par-four first hole.
The golfers then played the 455-yard, par-five second hole.
Sutton smashed a 220-yard drive and hit a three-wood to set up a seven iron which he hit to four feet.
Hendrix missed a 35-foot par putt, and Sutton tapped in for the win.
Sutton leads the tour with 60 points and is followed by Hite with 32 points after he finished fourth in the Aug. 14 tournament.
Sutton’s next tournament in the Western Tour is Sept.18 in Travelers Rest at the Clubs at Cherokee Valley.