Golf

August 16, 2014

Drive, Chip and Putt draws 92 to Fort Jackson GC

If the scene that unfolded Saturday at Fort Jackson Golf Club provides a glimpse into the future, the game will be in good hands.

If the scene that unfolded Saturday at Fort Jackson Golf Club provides a glimpse into the future, the game will be in good hands.

Ninety-two youngsters aged 7 to 15 participated in the Drive, Chip and Putt competition’s sub-regional, and 16 departed with dreams of playing at Augusta National on the Sunday prior to the 2015 Masters intact.

They came in all sizes and backgrounds to compete in the program designed to grow the game. It is sponsored by the U.S. Golf Association, the PGA of America and Augusta National Golf Club.

From the moment Eleanor Brown of Myrtle Beach struck the first drive down the grid outlined with American flags until Drew Weary of Bluffton rolled the last putt, a special aura filled the air. Dads giving pep talks designed to calm jittery nerves, and moms providing “do-your-best” kisses created memorable moments.

“The game of golf is the big winner on days like today,” said Ron Schmid, executive director of the Carolinas PGA of American Section. “Days like today belong to the future of golf.”

The first two finishers in each of eight age groups — 7-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15 for boys and girls — advance to the regional Sept. 6 at River Bend Golf and Country Club in Falls Church, Va. Each age group winner there will compete at Augusta National in April.

Among those headed to Virginia is Zantoria Goodwin of Columbia, a fourth-grader at Arden Elementary, who won the girls’ 7-9.

“I’ve been playing since I was 3,” said the 9-year-old daughter of Curtis and Rhondalyn Goodwin. Zantoria hones her game at LinRick and Northwoods.

Columbian Adam Hunt, a fourth-grader at Satchel Ford Elementary, was second in the 7-9 category. He has been playing two years.

Hunt plays at Cobblestone and Forest Lake and could not wait to test the new greens at the re-opening of Forest Lake.

Parker Stavley of Elgin, who will be an eighth-grader at Blythewood Middle School, advanced with a second-place finish in the girls’ 12-13 competition.

“She shot her best round, a 70 from the women’s tees at Crickentree, just before her 13th birthday,” said her father, Ryan Parker.

Weary, the last player in the alphabetical listing, posted the top score of 164 in winning the boys’ 14-15.

Bear Smoker of North Augusta, who missed advancing in the boys’ 12-13, earned a special nod from the PGA’s Schmid by making all three of his putts — from 6, 15 and 30 feet — on the slick practice green.

“We’ve done 10 of these local and now sub-regional events (with about 2,000 competitors) and he is only the second one to make all the putts,” Schmid said.

Saturday Results

Top two advance to regional Sept. 6 in Falls Church, Va. Points awarded based on distance on drives and proximity to the hole on chips and putts.

Boys, 14-15

1. Drew Weary, Bluffton, 164; 2. Tyler Haines, Waxhaw, N.C., 154; 3. Coleman Bess, Murrells Inlet, 146; 4. Zachery Lawter, Inman, 134; 5. Thomas Gettys, Rock Hill, 133; 6. Parks Hutto, Blythewood, 127; 7. Bronson Myers, Columbia, 126; 8. Adam Patterson, Elgin, 124; 9. Austin Thompson, Rincon, Ga., 121; 10. Ky Matsumato, North Charleston, 105; 11. Jacob Daley, Summerville, 84; 12. Daniel Herber, Simpsonville, 63.

Boys 12-13

1. Michael Ford, Spartanburg, 150; 2. Sam Means, Augusta, 125; 3. Bear Smoker, North Augusta, 119; 4. Cole Klugo, Clemson, 119; 5. Lance Vu, Myrtle Beach, 119; 6. Rafe Reynolds, Greenville, 118; 7. Pearse Lucas, Charlotte, 112; 8. Matthew Simoncini, North Myrtle Beach, 110; 9. Luis Thompson, Charleston, 110; 10. Brandt Toburen, Sumter, 102; 11. Payne Gettys, Rock Hill, 89; 12. Trey Fairbairn, Rock Hill, 61.

Boys 10-11

1. Zach Adams, Seabrook Island, 139; 2. Gene Zeigler, Florence, 125; 3. Tillman Alverson, Piedmont, 120; 4. Walker Jennings, Greenville, 118; 5. Andrew Gregory, Inman, 104; 6. Jake Delbusse, Surfside Beach, 102; 7. Jonathan Griz, Bluffton, 101; 8. Max Green, Hilton Head Island, 97; 9. Jack Roberts, Greenville, 95; 10. Zachary Haines, Waxhaw, N.C., 92; 11. Pake June, Florence, 86; 12. Nolan Hawkins, Hilton Head Island, 63

Boys 7-9

1. Tip Price, Greenville, 151; 2. Adam Hunt, Columbia, 124; 3. Christopher Donato III, Mt. Pleasant, 122; 4. Ryan Propes, Charleston, 120; 5. Hugh Faulkner, Greenville, 107; 6. Dallas Johnson, Mt. Pleasant, 94; 7. Hanru Guo, Bluffton, 94; 8. Richard Anaclerio, Aiken, 80; 9. Jonathan Graham, Summerville, 76; 10. Gage Gaskins, Leesville, 70; 11. Jones Saylor, Bluffton, 63; 12. Forrest Eddy, Longs, 57.

Girls 14-15

1. Emily Cox, Lancaster, 152; 2. Taylor Gardner, Signal Mountain, Tenn., 127; 3. Jamie Hubbard, Hardeeville, 122; 4. Emily Dunlap, Greenville, 119; 5. Madison Branum, Lexington, 108; 6. Yixian Guo, Bluffton, 106; 7. Delaine Mortier, North Charleston, 101; 8. Samantha Spencer, Conway, 86; 9. Olivia Erwin, Charleston, 83; 10. Lauren Fix, Summerville, 76; 11. Morgan Stanchak, Murrells Inlet, 71; DNS Gabby Spoone, Little River.

Girls 12-13

1. Anika Rana, Duncan, 109; 2. Parker Stavley, Elgin, 109; 3. Jalen Castle, West Columbia, 105; 4. Sophia Burnett, Florence, 101; 5. Karlee Vardas, Lexington, 99; 6. Sydney Bowes, Bluffton, 78; 7. Nicole Shah, Greenville, 73; 8. Kate Coppage, Waxhaw, N.C., 70; 9. Raven Turner, North Charleston, 52.

Girls 10-11

1. Carter Jules, Easton, Md., 131; 2. Emily Schimpf, Daniel Island, 101; 3. Molly Hardwick, Rock Hill, 100; 4. Isabella Rawl, Lexington, 87; 5. Camila Burnett, Florence, 80; 6. Emma Curran, Greer, 76; 7. Lindsey Green, Aiken, 65; 8. Kristen Sedam, Charlotte, 60; 9. Amanda Meno, Murrells Inlet, 52; 10. Reagan Hungerford, Greenville, 50; 11. Angelina Bourcier, Conway, 47; 12. Karla Correa, Summerville, 26

Girls 7-9

1. Zantoria Goodwin, Columbia, 85; 2. Parker Jules, Easton, Md., 80; 3. Bryn Sorge, Richmond Hill, Ga., 69; 4. Abby Franks, Roebuck, 67; 5. Lang Ives, Daniel Island, 64; 6. Bailee Mason, Irmo, 62; 7. Kaylee McElwain, Aiken, 61; 8. Mattie Padgett, Seneca, 50; 9. Ellison Driggers, Mt. Pleasant, 37; 10. Kaylee Calicutt, Pauline, 37; 11. Cameron Parker, Charlotte, 32; 12. Eleanor Brown, Myrtle Beach, 20.

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