Lady Sharks set fire to links to win Lower State tourney

sjgolf-mistWith frost on the fairways and temperatures in the low-40s Monday morning, the St. James High girls golf team heated up the links at Coastal Carolina University’s Hackler Course to capture the Class 3A Lower State championship.

The Lady Sharks, who won the event for the third consecutive year, left no doubt about the outcome this time, posting a 311 total with four of the five lowest rounds of the day. Smith Knaffle earned medalist honors with a 1-over 73, edging Hilton Head’s Meredith Wipper by a stroke.

St. James claimed the next three spots on the leaderboard, with Kelli Smith (76), Jordan White (80), and Steely Hays (82) rounding out the top five. The balanced attack helped them blow past runner-up Hilton Head (339) by 28 strokes. Hartsville (379) finished third.

Myrtle Beach (387) claimed the fourth and final automatic bid to next week’s two-day Class 3A state championship at the Barony Golf Club in Hilton Head. The Lady Seahawks were led by Miranda Russell (87), Essie Rike (93), Jaiden Vaugh (98) and Madison Hinde (109). North Myrtle Beach’s Gabby Spoone (100) and Laura VandeHeuvel (122) competed as individuals.

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