Golf: Sharks claim second place at Palmetto Preview

The three-time defending state champion St. James girls golf team got its first tough test of the season Tuesday at the Palmetto Preview tournament at Mid Carolina Country Club in Columbia.

The Lady Sharks got off to a slow start before picking it up on the back nine to finish in second place with a team total 333, five strokes behind rival Lexington.

Two-time individual state champion Smith Knaffle was the tournament medalist, firing the only under par round of the day with a 1-under 72 on the par 73 layout.

Freshman Adrian Anderson and sophomore Amanda Meno both contributed 85s after coming off a 36 hole weekend competing in the National Junior Golf Tour End of Year Championship, where Anderson won and Meno placed third. Senior Katie Smith rounded up the top four scores with a 91.

Other notable performances came from Emily Dunlap (74) of Maudlin, Kennedy Carrol (75) of Bishop England, Isabella Rawl (76) of from Lexington, and Cecilia Knect (76) of Fort Dorchester.

The Sharks host a non-region matchup Thursday with Waccamaw and Myrtle Beach on Thursday, which scored a 181-200 victory over Loris at Arcadian Shores Golf Club on Tuesday. Taylor Pirttima (40), Essie Rike (44), Sophia LiVigni (48), and Madison Hinde (49) led the Lady Seahawks.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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