Golf: Sharks fire 5-under; Seahawks, Panthers roll

The St. James High girls golf team showed why they are the two-time defending state champions on Thursday by carding a blistering team-total of 5-under-par 139 at Eagles Nest Golf Club to defeat region foe North Myrtle Beach on its home course.

The Lady Sharks saw their top three players shoot par or better, led by reigning state champion Smith Knaffle’s 4-under 32 to earn medalist honors. Eighth-grader Adrian Anderson followed closely with a 3-under 33, and senior captain Jordan White posted an even-par round of 36. Junior Katie Smith sealed the deal with a 2 over 38, and fifth golfer Grace Kenley’s shot a respectable 49.

North Myrtle Beach record a team total of 203, the lowest competing against the Lady Sharks this season. Brianna Joyner led the Lady Chiefs with a 42. Gabby Spoon contributed a 43, Kalynn Basehoar scored a 55, and Corena Villa and Stephanie Kelly shot matching 63s.

Weather permitting, the Lady Sharks continue their season Monday at home against Socastee and Marlboro County.

* Myrtle Beach 189, Aynor 219: The Lady Seahawks were led by medalist Taylor Pirttima’s 43 in Thursday’s victory over the visiting Lady Blue jackets at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club.

Myrtle Beach’s Jaiden Vaugh shot 45, Essie Rike made 47 and Kelly Campman carded a 54 to round out the scoring for the Lady Seahawks.

Aynor got a 47 from Mary Kate Richardson. Teammates Rachael Wilkinson (48), Alison Cannon (58) and first-time player Caroline Canada (65) led the Lady Jackets.

* Carolina Forest 178, Conway 205: The Lady Panthers defeated Conway on Thursday at Shaftesbury Glen Golf Club, led by medalist and seventh-grader Mia Gray. She led the way with a score of 39 for the second straight match. Senior Sami Spencer shot 40, followed by freshman Alayna Fortenberry 45 and junior Riley Hunter 54.

Photo courtesy of SJHS Athletics

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