Sharks second to Wildcats again at Palmetto Preview

sjgolf-palmettoAfter winning its first state championship last year, the St. James girls golf team may have needed a bit of motivation to go for a repeat this season. The Lady Sharks are getting it in the form of rival Lexington.

For the second time this week, St. James finished runner-up to the Lady Wildcats in a major tournament – by 30 strokes at the Aynor Lady Blue Jackets Invitational over the weekend, and by 10 shots in the Palmetto Preview on Tuesday.

The Lady Sharks (318) have been battling for state bragging rights in recent years with the Lady Wildcats (308), who were led by medalist Gracyn Burgess’ 6-under 67. She made nine birdies on the Mid Carolina Golf Club in Prosperity.

After missing the Aynor tournament to play in a top junior event, Smith Knaffle returned to fire a 1-under 72 to lead the Lady Sharks. Teammate Jordan White shot a 75, Katie Smith carded an 85, and Amanda Meno and Adrian Anderson shot matching 86s.

Blythewood (322) and Bishop England tied (322) for third in the 15-team tournament.

St. James returns to action Tuesday against Georgetown and Conway.

Photo courtesy of SJHS Athletics

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