Sharks cap historic season with third place state finish

In a breakthrough season for the St. James girls golf program, the Lady Sharks finished third in the Class 3A State Golf Championships, which ended Tuesday at Black Bear Golf Club in Longs.

Led by St. James Middle’s Smith Knaffle, who fired her second consecutive 76 to finish sixth individually,  the Lady Sharks shot a two-day total of 683 to finish behind only champion Pickens (660) and runner-up Greenville (679)  in the tournament featuring the top 16 teams and individuals in Class 3A.

St. James’ Ashley Anderson (169), Kelli Smith (178),  Jordan White (186) and Steely Hays (191) contributed to the Lady Sharks’ landmark performance. Coming into the season, the Lady Sharks had never won a region championship, much less compete for a state title. But they captured the Region 7-3A championship and posted the program’s best finish in the state in the school’s 11-year history.

Myrtle Beach finished 13th at 918, and North Myrtle Beach’s Madison Elliott tied for 24th individually with a 176.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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