St. James takes runner-up to Lexington at WSCGA

The St. James High girls golf team turned in another strong weekend performance at the WSCGA High School Invitational in Beaufort, but the Class 4A Lady Sharks once again finished second to Class 5A state power Lexington.

One week after the same 1-2 finish at the Lady Patriot Invitational, the two teams squared off atop the leaderboard at The Sanctuary Golf Club on Cat Island. Lexington finished at 8-over 440, 14 strokes ahead of St. James (454) for the title.

The Wildcats were led by Gracyn Burgess, the tournament medalist. She was supported by strong outings from her three teammates, all shooting under 80 both days. Isabella Rawl contributed a 150 total, Karlee Vardas a 151, and Kennedy Gooding a 154.

The Lady Sharks were led in scoring by junior Smith Knaffle’s 73-70-143, good for runner-up honors individually. Adrian Anderson (155) and Jordan White (156) also contributed scores for the Sharks. Individually, Smith Knaffle finished second, Adrian Anderson tied for 21st, Jordan White 23rd, and Katie Smith tied for 46.

Oceanside finished third (465) in the 15-team tournament. Other 4A teams in the tournament were May River (510), Daniel (513), Hartsville (547), Pickens (557) and Greenville (569).

The Lady Sharks will have one last chance to beat Lexington on Oct. 5 at the rescheduled Palmetto Preview at Mid Carolina Country Club. The Lady Sharks return to regular season play Monday at home against Georgetown and Carolina Forest.

Photo courtesy of SJHS Athletics

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