Sharks fall one stroke shy of WSCGA Invitational title

sjggolf-wscgaThe St. James High girls golf team has established itself as one of the best in the state this fall by beating the best in the state.

The Lady Sharks finished second in the elite Women’s South Carolina Golf Association High School Invitational, which features the top teams and individuals in South Carolina. St. James fell one shot shy of Wando among the teams 26 high schools competing at The Sanctuary at Cat Island on Saturday and Sunday.

The unique format saw four players compromising each team, with the top three scores are counted. The Day 1 pairings showcased season tournament rivals St. James, Lexington, and Easley. The Sharks posted a team (230) for a three-stroke stroke lead. They were trailed by Travelers Rest (233), Wando (234), Lexington (240), Boiling Springs (245), and Easley (246).

St. James freshman Smith Knaffle posted an extraordinary 69 after starting with a double bogey, but bouncing back with a staggering seven birdies to tie Wando senior Kate Harper for the individual lead. St. James’ Jordan White shot 80, Steely Hays scored 81, and Kelli Smith had an 86. Freshman Katie Smith played as an individual and shot an 86.

Day 2 pairings were the top three teams – St. James, Travelers Rest, and Wando. The Sharks struggled to score on the second day of play. Knaffle (75) to tie for second individually, followed by Hays (81), Kelli Smith (84), and White (87). The Sharks 470 total fell one stroke short of winning team behind Wando High School (469).

Lexington finished third, marking the second straight tournament the Sharks have defeated the defending state champs. St. James won the Lady Patriot Invitational and finished second in the Lady Wildcat Invitational earlier this season. The Lady Sharks face Conway at Blackmoor on Monday and have the rest of the week off until the Aynor Invitational on Saturday and Sunday at Black Bear Golf Club.

Photo courtesy of SJHS Athletics

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