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Sowell, Hinkle lead junior golfers play in Kershaw

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By The Staff

 Staff Reports

Logan Sowell, the Andrew Jackson High School star golfer, continued his stellar play as the Lancaster chapter of the SC Junior Golf Association opened the second half of its 2014 tournament season.

Sowell, in the boys 15-18 age division, shot a sizzling three-under 69 at the Kershaw Golf Club. Sowell’s 69 edged Matthew Terry, who shot a solid two-under 70 over 18 holes from the blue tees.

“Logan continues to play well, and Matthew Terry also had a good day in Kershaw,” Lancaster chapter director Raymon Chisom said. “Logan had an eagle on No. 6 and Matthew also had an eagle in his round. Those are some fine scores for that course.”

Caleb Brown followed with a 79.

Sowell leads the division points with 75, with Terry second at 61. Joshua Hinson has 56.5 points just ahead of Brown’s 56.

Brady Hinkle, the Lancaster High ace golfer, posted an even par 72 to capture the boys 13-14 age division. “T” Sutton followed with a 75 and Mason Sowell shot a 79 over 18 holes from the white tees.

Hinkle, with 97.5 points, leads the division points. Sutton has 80.5 points in second, with Zachary Tremblay third, 57 points.

The boys 10-12 age group continues to be tight as Trey Crenshaw and Josiah Hinson each had a 37 over nine holes from the red tees to tie for the win at Kershaw Golf Club.

Crenshaw’s effort included an eagle on No. 5.

“That’s a tough division and those guys are going to battle to the wire,” Chisom said.

Caleb Henson followed with a 39 and Mason Tucker carded a 40.

Crenshaw has a narrow lead with 87.5 points, with Henson a close second with 86 points. Josiah Henson is third with 56 points.

The boys 8-9 age division is also close after Jake Milhorn won with a 27 over five holes from special tees. Kaden Plyler and Luke Benfield each had a 31. Kobe Adams and Carter Beegle each shot a 33.

Plyler has a narrow lead in the boys 8-9 points with 72.5 points. David Oliver is on his heels with 70. Jake Milhorn is third with 58 points.

Emily Cox notched a win in the girls 14-18, shooting an 82 over 18 holes from the white tees.

Emilee Smarr was second with a 128. Cox and Baylee Evans are tied at the top with 70 points, with Smarr second at 49.

The girls 11-13 age division win was shared by the duo of Catherine Mangano and Haley Thurmond with a 55 apiece over nine holes from the red tees.

Mangano and Thurmond are tied at the top of the girls 11-13 points with 70 points apiece.

The girls 8-10 division was close, with Averi Lyles leading the way with a 28 over five holes from special tees at Kershaw. McKensi Sutton and Braelyn Oliver each had a 30. Amelia Wright placed  third with a 33.

Sutton heads the girls 8-10 points with 79.3, with Lyles second at 70. Oliver is third with 54.8 points.

“The Kershaw tournament was hot, but our golfers kept pace and gave a good, overall effort,” Chisom said. “The Kershaw course was in great shape and we appreciate what Champ Williams does to help our junior golf program. They know the impact of these young golfers on the future of the sport in our area.”

The Lancaster junior golfers return to the links on Monday, July 21 when they play the White Plains Golf Club in Pageland.

Following the Pageland tournament, the LJGA chapter caps its season with the annual Roy Small Junior Championship tournament, a two-day event, July 28-29 at the Lancaster Golf Club.

Following the Roy Small Championship, the Lancaster chapter all-stars will be selected for state all-star play.

The Thomas D. Todd All-Star state golf tournament, is set for  the Patriot Golf Club in Ninety Six on Aug. 23-24.

Small, a 1943 graduate of Lancaster High School, was a star on the Blue Hurricanes’ co-state championship football team, which averaged 42.7 points a game. A Lancaster Athletic Hall of Famer, Small was also an avid supporter of junior golf during his lifetime.

Small is the father of Lancaster Golf Club pro Phil Small and Butch Small, a volunteer with the LJGA.