Knaffle advances to match play at USGA Girls Junior

Two-time defending state medalist Smith Knaffle of Murrells Inlet did what she needed to do in Tuesday’s second round of the USGA Girls Junior Championship to continue her time in the prestigious tournament.

The St. James High junior shot 4-over-par 75 Tuesday for a two-day total of 146 – good for a tie for 23rd place. The top 64 from a field of more than 150 golfers advance to Wednesday’s match play contests.

Knaffle was in the hunt for the lead in Monday’s first round before making double birdie on the 18th hole and settling for an even-par round and an eighth-place tie. Her 75 allowed her to easily make the cut in her USGA Girls Junior debut.

Knaffle qualified for the event with strong showings at the state and regional levels. This year’s national event is being played at the Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta (MO).

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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