St. James claims first region golf title in program history

The St. James girls golf team not only captured their first-ever region championship on Monday, the Lady Sharks did so convincingly.

St. James battled windy conditions and a tough field to prevail by more than 50 total shots over runner-up Myrtle Beach at Shaftesbury Glen Golf & Fish Club in Longs.

St. James eighth-grader Smith Knaffle fired an 80 to lead a balanced the Lady Sharks’ squad to the title. Teammates Ashley Anderson (82), Kelli Smith (84), Steely Hays (86) and Jordon White (87) finished in the top seven as all five earned all-region honors.

North Myrtle Beach’s Madison Elliott captured medalist honors with a 78 to edge Knaffle for the individual region title. North Myrtle Beach’s Kyle Chandler (90) finished ninth to earned all-region honors, but the Lady Chiefs (390) couldn’t beat runner-up Myrtle Beach (386), which was led by Jasmine Chestnut’s 88.

Georgetown shot 399 to claim the fourth and final spot in next week’s Lower State tournament at CCU’s Hackler Course. Socastee shot 469 to miss the cut.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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