Lady Sharks win first state championship in girls golf

sjggolf-stateThe St. James High girls golf program has accomplished almost every goal in recent years – Lower State championships, prestigious tournament titles and individual medalist honors. Now they can add the final piece to their trophy case after winning the 2015 Class 3A state title on Tuesday.

The Lady Sharks, who finished runner-up in this event last year, shot a two-day total of 654 at The Barony Golf Club in Hilton Head Island to defeat Travelers Rest by seven strokes.

The Lady Sharks shot a strong 320 in Tuesday’s rainy conditions to stretch their six-shot lead after the first round by another stroke. They shot 334 in Monday’s blustery conditions.

On Monday, St. James’ Smith Knaffle fired an opening-round 75 to lead all scorers. She followed it up with a final round 78 to lead the Lady Sharks and finish tied for fourth individually. Kelli Smith shot identical 79s for a 158 to tie for eighth-place and join Knaffle on the all-state team. Steely Hays shot 170, Jordan White tallied 173, and Katie Smith carded 179 to give St. James the depth to win the state championship.

Myrtle Beach finished eighth at 783, led by Miranda Russell’s 189.

Photo courtesy of SCHSL

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