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Sutton's clutch play nets honor

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Star junior golfer reaps player of the year award

By The Staff

Anthony “T”  Sutton has continued his stellar play in junior golf, winning a second straight Western N.C., U.S. Kids fall tour championship and player of the year honors over a talented field of junior golfers.

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Sutton, a Buford Elementary School fourth grader, outlasted a talented group of youngsters week-in and week-out as the fields included four players with world championship experience.

The first three events ended with Sutton tied for first, even though he came up short in all three playoffs. His play showed his consistency as they were against different players. Sutton won the event at Cherokee Valley, shooting even-par 36 on a challenging mountain course. After a second-place finish at Etowah Valley, and a third at Meadowbrook, Sutton trailed Hendrix Price of Tennessee by 5 1/2 points. Bryson Morrell, of Tennessee, and Dillon Hite, of Lexington, S.C., were also in the hunt for the title.

Kenmure Country Club was the site of the tour championship on Sunday and with a win any of the four players would be player of the year.

Sutton played his best golf of the tour when it counted, firing a two-under 34 to win by six shots over Morrell.

Hite and Price faded as they shot 44 and 46, respectively. With the win Anthony is invited to participate in the 2011 world championships as well as a host of regional tournaments.

Next up for Sutton is the George Holliday Memorial at Myrtle Beach National on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25-27.

The annual tournament is held in memory of George Holliday, an accomplished junior and collegiate golfer who was tragically killed in 1967 in an automobile accident at the age of 22.

Sutton and his father, Tony, would like to thank Raymon Chisom, the Lancaster Junior Golf director at the Crow’s Nest Driving Range, for his encouragement along with Edgewater Golf Club,White Plains Country Club in Pageland, Lancaster Golf Club and the Kershaw Country Club for their continued support of “T” as he continues to grow as a golfer in his career.

Foursome’s 57 tops PCC field

The winning foursome shot a 15-under 57 to capture first place in the fifth annual Pregnancy Care Center golf tournament held Oct. 29 at the Lancaster Golf Club.

The winning team included Larry Westcott, Dan Edwards, James Haire and  R.G. Hayes, who teamed to top an 11-team field.

Edwards aided the winning team with a pair of close-ups during play.

Rev. Steve Anglin, the PCC board chairman, said the event went well.

“This is a major fundraising event for the center and we didn’t have as many teams as we’ve had in the past, but it still was a good event.

“We awarded a lot of door prizes and we also had a good barbecue and fine fellowship among the golfers,” he said.

Anglin said tournament proceeds will be approximately $7,000.

“That helps as we wind down the PCC year,” Anglin said. “We’re grateful to those who played and participated in any way.”

Center director Amy Vincent praised the effort.

“Considering our local economic climate, I was very pleased with the turnout, especially through sponsorship,” Vincent said. “We were blessed with a beautiful day and great fellowship with our ministry friends.

“We also appreciate the work of our board chairman, Rev. Steve Anglin, and Danny Reynolds with the tournament,” she said