Knaffle’s 68 sparks Sharks to strong finish at WSCGA

sjgolf-wsginvite2016St. James High golfer Smith Knaffle rebounded from a tough first round at the WSCGA High School Girls Invitational to shoot a Sunday best round of 4-under 68 at Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island, tying for second place individually and helping the Lady Sharks claim third place in the prestigious tournament.

Following a disappointing round of 74 Saturday that left her tied for seventh and seven strokes off the lead pace of eventual medalist Gracyn Burgess of Lexington (138), Knaffle scorched the scenic course Sunday to finish tied with Kathleen Sumner of Bishop England.

Knaffle also helped St. James (452) move within one shot of runner-up Wando (451) for third place. Lexington (445) won the team title. More than 20 of the top teams from around the state competed in the invitation-only event.

In a unique format that allows teams to count only three of four scores instead of four out of five, the Lady Sharks were unable to take full advantage of their depth. Jordan White and Katie Smith shot 81s on Saturday 81 and Adrian Anderson shot 83. On Sunday, White (82), Anderson (86) and Smith (93) were unable to improve on their first-round scores to make a run at the team title.

The Lady Sharks don’t get much of a break. They return to action Monday by hosting Carolina Forest and Myrtle Beach at Wachesaw Golf Plantation.

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