Lady Sharks dig deep, fall short at Aynor Invitational

The St. James High girls golf team was forced to dig deep in its lineup to compete in the Aynor Lady Blue Jacket Invitational over the weekend and had to settle for fourth place tin the prestigious season kickoff event.

Playing without two-time defending state medalist and University of South Carolina commitment Smith Knaffle, who was competing in a junior tournament in Monroe (NC), the Lady Sharks used a youthful lineup just to have enough players to field a full squad in the 15-team tournament at Diamondback Golf Club in Loris.

St. James’ Adrian Anderson, Jordan White, Katie Smith, and Anna Grace Watford teamed up a respectable two-day total of 716. Eighth-grader Adrian Anderson finished the first round tied for second overall after firing a 74. Senior Jordan White opened with with a 77, Katie Smith shot a 79, and Anna Grace Watford shot a 122 in her first-ever 18-hole round of golf.

The Lady Sharks tried to battle back Sunday but fell short of a trophy for the first time in five years. Both White and Anderson made the all-tournament team being one of the five lowest scores after both days.

The Lady Sharks hope to beat Tropical Storm Irma and play at home Monday against region rival North Myrtle Beach and Waccamaw.

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