Close play highlights juniors' start

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The Lancaster chapter of the S.C. Junior Golf Association opened its 19th season at the Lancaster Golf Club on Monday.

Despite rain, some heavy at times, and resulting wet playing conditions, the juniors, a field of some 70 youth golfers ages 6-18, kept pace to produce a quality outing.

“We had a good day with some pretty solid scores,” said chapter director Raymon Chisom. “At one point Monday, we thought about postponing the tournament, but we were able to get it in. The course was in great shape and we appreciate club pro Phil Small and his staff for accommodating us. Phil, like many of the club pros in our area, knows the importance of nurturing the junior golf program because it’s the future of the sport here.”

The play was competitive throughout the day.

In the girls 11-13 age group, the Lancaster High School girls team duo of Baylee Evans and Emily Cox each shot a 38 over nine holes to tie for the top spot. Tikyevah Mackey was second with a 76.

A year ago in the SCJGA all-stars state tournament, Cox edged Evans by a shot to win the girls 11-13 age group in a tight finish.

“Baylee and Emily compete hard and its shows in their play,” Chisom said. “They will make for some competitive golf throughout our season.”

The boys 10-12 age group was competitive as two shots separated five golfers after nine holes from the red tees. Trey Crenshaw topped the field with a 44 and three golfers followed at 45 each – Mason Sowell, Josiah Hinson and Caleb Henson. Mason Tucker was a close third with a 46.

The girls 8-10 age group was close with McKensie Sutton posting a four-shot win over five holes. Sutton shot a 36 and Haley Thurmond tallied a 40.

The boys 8-9 age group featured a close finish, with Owen Phillips topping the field with a 37 over five holes. Kaden Plyler shot a 40 and Parker Deese finished with a 41.

Brady Hinkle, in the boys 13-14 age group, registered a solid win with a 76 over 18 holes from the white tees. Michael Williams and Caleb Brown each had an 88. Cannon Cato and Joshua Hinson tied for third with an 89 apiece. Hinkle, in the all-star state tournament last summer, took the boys 10-12 age group.

Logan Sowell, the Andrew Jackson High School ace golfer, captured the boys 15-18 age group, shooting a 79 over 18 holes from the LGC championship tees. Chandler Norville notched an 85 and Matthew Crenshaw carded an 86.

Samantha Melton topped the girls 14-18 group with an 85 over 18 holes from the white tees. Ashlynn Mullis was second, with a 96.

David Oliver, in the boys 6-7 age group, captured the win with a 23 over five holes.

Zachery Mothershed was second with a 31. Carter Beegle finished third with a 39.

The juniors return to play Monday, June 17 when they travel to Pageland to play White Plains Country Club.

The June 24 juniors’ tournament is set for Edgewater Golf Club.