Sutton nets LJGA honor

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Buford High golf star Matt Blackwell Award winner

By Robert Howey

Anthony “T” Sutton has added another honor to his golf resume.
Sutton, the defending Lancaster Golf Club champion and an all-state golfer at Buford High School, can now claim the title of the Matt Blackwell Award as the Lancaster Junior Golf Association Golfer of the Year for the 2016 season.
Sutton wrapped up his title with his win in the Roy Small Junior Championship at the Lancaster Golf Club last week.
Sutton shot a stellar two-under 142 for 36 holes to win the boys 15-18 age division. Sutton’s two-day effort included three eagles, eight birdies and 18 pars for a 68-74.
“He (Sutton) had an outstanding round in the Roy Small,” LJGA director Raymon Chisom said. “His play matched what he did for the season with steady, consistent play all the way through. ‘T’ has been with our program since he could first play and it was good to see him earn this honor.”
Nick Mangano, who plays at Lancaster High School, was second with a 151, 79-72. Mangano had an eagle, three birdies and 23 pars.
Lewis Lambert finished third, carding a 162 (85-77), with three birdies and 14 pars.
Sutton, for the season, posted 105 points, followed by Michael Long’s 98 and Mason Sowell with 95.
In the boys 13-14 age group, Buford High golfer Caleb Henson won the Small tourney with a three-over 147 (71-76). He had 10 birdies and 16 pars over 36 holes. Lancaster High golf standout Trey Crenshaw was a close second with a 149 (76-73), which featured two birdies and 31 pars.
Mason Tucker placed third in the boys 13-14 age group with a 155 (75-80). He had five birdies and 19 pars for two days of play.
Henson topped the boys 13-14 boys division for the LJGA season with 120 points. Trey Crenshaw followed with 90 and Mason Tucker had 87.5 points for the season.
David Oliver, in the boys 10-12 age group, carded an 82 over 18 holes – 41-41 to take the Small crown for his age group. Oliver’s effort featured a birdie and eight pars.
Toby Willis was second with an 89 (46-43), with a birdie and four pars.
Braden Small was third with a 102 (51-51), and three pars.
Oliver’s stellar season for the boys 10-12 age group included 150 points.
Toby Willis and Braden Small each had 98 points. Luke Benfield was third overall with 91.5 points.
Landry Williams, 7, won the boys 7-9 age group in the Small tournament with a 53 (28-25) on three pars over 10 holes. Mason Deese was second with a 56 (26-30) and two pars. Jake Milhorn carded a 58 (32-26) and two pars to place third in the field.
Williams, with 150 points, topped the boys 7-9 field for the season. He was followed by Deese with 97, Deaton Reed 95 and Milhorn with 94.
In the girls 13-18 age division tournament in the Small field, Catherine Mangano, over 18 holes, had a 99 (50-49). She highlighted her effort with three pars. Mangano was the season winner with 120 points, followed by Bethany Snodgrass with 90 points and Cara Hasty 58.
Courtney Plyler, in the girls 7-9 age group, was the Small tourney winner with a 59 (31-28) over 10 holes. She highlighted her two days with a pair of pars.
Rachel Kate Hinson carded a 64 (30-34) to tie for second in the tournament with Braelyn Oliver 64 (34-30).
Oliver won the girls 7-9 age group for the season with 158 points. Plyler was second for the season in points with 137 and Hinson had 125.
In the girls 10-12 age group, Averi Lyles won the tournament with a 109 – 58-51 – over 18 holes. Lyles, for the 2016 season, compiled 120 points to capture the girls 10-12 age group crown.
Chisom noted he has two sets of siblings on the 2016 chapter all-star team, Nick and Catherine Mangano along with David and Braelyn Oliver.
“That’s quite a a feat, something the chapter is proud about,” Chisom said.