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S.C. golf: Pros dominate Cup standings

The United States Ryder Cup team could have a South Carolina flavor this fall.

Myrtle Beach's Dustin Johnson (Coastal Carolina) is currently ranked second and Greenville's Lucas Glover (Clemson) is third in the standings. Greenville's Bill Haas (Wake Forest), in 13th place, remains in striking distance.

The eight after the PGA Championship in mid-August earn automatic berths. Captain Corey Pavin will select four more players to round out the team.

Steve Stricker (2,068.53 points), Johnson (1,963.150), Glover (1,952.2), Stewart Cink (1,795.017), Tiger Woods (1,286.163), Phil Mickelson (1,154.21), Ben Crane (1,126.772) and David Duval (1,117.27) own the top eight slots through Feb. 21.

Points are awarded based on prize money won in 2009 and 2010 major championships and 2010 official events. Multiple points are collect in major championships.

Castro gets votes. Mike Casto, director of golf at Fort Jackson Golf Club, was elected vice-president of the Carolinas PGA Section on Monday at the organization's annual meeting in Myrtle Beach. Casto will serve a two-year term and is on track to become section president in 2012.

Other officers from the Palmetto State include Gil Feagin, internship director at Coastal Carolina University (Area VII director), Kurt Vogel, head pro at Fox Run Country Club in Greer (Area I director), Stephen Younger, head pro at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course (Area III director) and Brian Gerard, general manager of Kiawah Island Golf Resorts (at-large director).

Junior titlelists. Trevor Phillips of Inman (boys 10-12), Lauren Stephenson of Lexington (girls 10-12), Trent Phillips of Inman (boys 8-9) and Jensen Castle of West Columbia (girls 8-9) captured titles in the South Carolina Junior Golf Association's Pee Wee Championship Feb. 20-21 at Greenwood Country Club.

Trevor Phillips shot 33-31-64 to win the boys 10-12 title by four strokes over Coleman Self of Greenwood. Stephenson earned the title among the older girls by seven strokes with a 34-36--70 score. In the 8-9 groups, Trent Phillips led the way with 38-35--73, and Castle prevailed among the girls with 46-48--94.

Knox wins eGolf event. Scotland's Russell Knox fired a final-round 70 to win the eGolf Professional Tour's Palmetto Hall Championship at Hilton Head by three strokes. Chris Epperson of Hilton Head and Alex Hamilton of Aiken shared fifth place at 285.

Junior winners. Emanuel Kountakis of Augusta (74-71--145) and Devon Compton of Rochester, Minn. (79-80-159) won the boys' and girls' titles in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour's Columbia tournament at Timberlake Country Club. Sam Jackson III of Pelion (68-79--147) and Libby Crawford of Chapin (86-90--176) placed second in their respective divisions.

S.C. major upcoming. The South Carolina Golf Association kicks off its major tournament season next weekend with the Players Championship at Spring Valley Country Club and the Members Club at Woodcreek Farms. Two-player teams will play captain's choice in the first round and four-ball stroke play in the second.

Bill Smunk teamed with Mark Anderson to win the title on the third playoff hole a year ago. With Anderson's turning pro, Smunk will be joined by Tre Sheppard this year. Jarrett Grimes and Chris Mitchell, second a year ago, will team again.

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