MB’s Grigg, SJ’s Knaffle go low to earn PGA Junior bid

mbgolf-griggrealbigGrand Strand golfers made strong showings at the Carolina PGA Junior Championships over the weekend, including a local boys champion and a girls runner-up.

Competing at the Hackler Course on the campus of Coastal Carolina in Conway, Myrtle Beach’s Holden Grigg claimed the title with a two-day total of 5-under-par 139. The rising junior and reigning Class 4A state champion qualified for the PGA Junior Championships.

St. James High’s Smith Knaffle also qualified for the national tournament by rallying for second place Sunday. After shooting an 8-over-par 80 in Saturday’s opening round, she rebounded for a 5-under 67 Sunday to go from tied for 10th place to sole possession of second.

Grigg and Knaffle, both rising juniors at their respective schools, advance to the PGA Junior Championships next month at The Country Club at St. Albans (MO).

Other top local finishers included Carolina Forest’s Chris Fortenberry (142), who tied for fifth place.

Photo by Terry Massey

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