Golf: Sharks win state title; Panthers take top-10 finish

sjgolf-knafflestateIn case there were any questions about St. James High establishing itself as a state power with last year’s Class 3A state title, the Lady Sharks backed it up by going back to back in Tuesday’s final round of the Class 4A girls state championships.

Smith Knaffle shot back to back rounds of 69 to earn medalist honors and lead the Lady Sharks to their second straight state title. The sophomore’s two-day total of 138 gave her a double-digit win with a 10-stroke advantage over closest competitor.

St. James junior Jordan White shot an 82, and St. James showed it is going to be a force for years to come as seventh-grader Adrian Anderson fired a 79 and eighth-grader Amanda Meno shot an 86. Sophomore Katie Smith chipped in an 89 to round out the Lady Sharks’ scoring.

St. James entered the second day with a double-digit lead and shot a team total of 316 Tuesday for a two-day total of 630. Runner-up Greenville (668) finished a full 38 strokes off the pace.

With the entire team coming back again next season, now the Lady Sharks can take aim at a three-peat.

Myrtle Beach finished 13th at 766, led by Taylor Pirttima’s two-day total of 181. Hosting the tournament at the Hackler Course in Conway, North Myrtle Beach placed 16th at 932, led by Gabby Spoone’s 187.

In Class 5A, Carolina Forest improved by 13 strokes over their first round to shoot a 389 in the finale at the Members Club at Wildewood in Columbia, earning a 10th-place finish in the 16-team field at 791. Jacki Brown shot 88 on Day 2 to lead the Lady Panthers and Sami Spencer shot 97 for a team-best two-day tally of 188.

Socastee shot 416 on Tuesday to finish in 14th place at 826. Joey Kirkman was the lone Lady Braves to break triple digits on Tuesday with a 99.

Lexington captured the Class 5A state title.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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