Sharks win Lower State; five local teams advance

sjgolf-lsNot even a two-week layoff from Hurricane Matthew could keep the St. James girls golf team from successfully defending their title in the Class 4A Lower State Championship on Monday.

Moved from Hilton Head Island to the Hartsville Country Club due to damage from the storm, the Lower State title remained in the Lady Sharks’ possession with an impressive 39-stroke victory over the host and runner-up Lady Red Foxes.

St. James standout Smith Knaffle earned medalist honors with a round of 70, and teammate Jordan White claimed second-place individual honors with a 76. Amanda Meno (86), Adrian Anderson (87) and Katie Smith (90) rounded out the scoring for the Lady Sharks, who finished with a team total of 319.

Myrtle Beach (377) and North Myrtle Beach (451) also advanced to next week’s state championship, where St. James will try to successfully defend their state title.

Class 5A

* Carolina Forest and Socastee did just enough at Monday’s Class 5A Lower State Championship to qualify for next week’s state tournament, finishing sixth and seventh, respectively, as the top eight teams advance to the state tournament.

Carolina Forest (384) was led by Sami Spencer’s round of 85 to edge Socastee (398). Conway (446) failed to qualify for the state tourney.

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