Gillespie: Talbert leads state junior honorees

A sophomore, Collins Bradshaw has been a leader for the A.C. Flora golf team since she was in middle school.
A sophomore, Collins Bradshaw has been a leader for the A.C. Flora golf team since she was in middle school.

North Augusta's McKenzie Talbert was named Carolinas junior girls player of the year, and is joined by Columbia's Collins Bradshaw and Lexington's Maureen Dunnagan on the 2009 All-Carolinas girls team named by the Carolinas Golf Association.

Blythewood's Damon Postal is the only South Carolina player named to the All-Carolinas boys team, joining player of the year Andy Knox of Cary, N.C., and Payne McLeod of Reidsville, N.C.

Talbert, 14 and a freshman at Strom Thurmond High, won the Carolinas PGA Charles Tilghman Junior and was runner-up in the Women's SCGA S.C. Girls Junior, the S.C. Junior Golf Association's The Blade Junior and the Joe Cheves Junior. She also played for the winning team in the South Carolina-Georgia Junior Challenge Matches.

Dunnagan, 18 and a Lexington High senior who is headed to N.C. State, won the CGA Carolinas Girls Junior, tied for third in the Charles Tilghman and had six other top-10 finishes. She also played in the S.C.-Georgia matches

Bradshaw, 16 and a sophomore at A.C. Flora High, won The Blade Junior, was third in the WSCGA S.C. Girls Junior and third in the Charles Tilghman along with two other top-fives, as well as playing in the S.C.-Georgia Matches.

Postal, 17 and a senior at Blythewood High who has signed with Winthrop, was third in the CPGA Junior and the Joe Cheves Junior. He also reached the semifinals of the CGA S.C. Junior Match Play, and qualified for the U.S. Junior, reaching the second round.

Ford-Picard Junior. Winnsboro's Taylor Ingle and Charleston's Elizabeth Thompson won individual honors and Greenwood's Coleman Self and Furman Self won the parent-child portion of the two-day, Ford-Picard Junior Championship at Wild Dunes' Links Course on Isle of Palms.

Ingle shot a 75 to claim the boys 15-18 division in the Picard Championship, and Thompson won the girls title with a 73. Elgin's Kelli Murphy captured the girls 13-under bracket, shooting a 78.

Blythewood's Parker Allen and father Spencer Allen tied for second in the Ford parent-child competition, shooting a 76, and Chapin's Mary Chandler Bryan and father George Bryan III shot 78. The two competitions are named for seven-time S.C. Amateur winner Frank Ford of Charleston and for Henry Picard, winner of the Masters and the PGA during the 1930s, both deceased.

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