Knaffle garners SCCAWS Player of the Year award

St. James High junior Smith Knaffle may need to add an extra shelf to her already loaded trophy case as yet another prestigious award came in Thursday.

Knaffle was named the Class 4A Golf Player of the Year by the South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports. She will be honor you at a Player of the Year Luncheon next month in Columbia, the next stop on her rising career.

The University of South Carolina commitment turned in an amazing season on both the high school and junior circuits, including her second straight individual and third straight team state championships.

Knaffle also had a breakthrough season on the junior golf stage, qualifying for and competing in three major national events. Competing against 156 of the world’s top juniors, she advanced to the Sweet 16 in the US Girls Junior Championship in Augusta, Mo.

Knaffle will be back next season in hopes of leading the Lady Sharks to a four-peat and earning a rare state medalist three-peat.

Photo courtesy of WJGC

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