It was almost deja vu all over again at the South Carolina Junior Championship.
Christian Salzer started the day one shot behind co-leader and defending champion Jack Parrott.
Salzer and Parrott battled all around the course and much like last year when the same two golfers needed a playoff to decide the 2014 champion, this year it looked like it would happen again.
The two golfers never got more than a stroke in front of each other in the final round.
Just as last year Salzer finished in front of Parrott and posted a 3-under par 69 to card the best score of the day.
Last year Salzer posted his score and had to wait for Parrott to finish his round. At Willow Creek Parrott made a miraculous chip in eagle to tie Salzer and force a playoff.
This year Parrott came to the final hole in much the same situation. The defending champion needed to pitch in from just off the green on the final hole to tie Salzer at even par for the tournament.
Parrott’s pitch rolled past the hole and Salzer, the future North Carolina State golfer, had won the SCJGA Junior Championship.
Kent Lawrence, Jr. of Mount Pleasant finished in third place four shots out of the playoff. Nick Willis of Cowpens claimed fourth place while Logan Sowell of Kershaw finished fifth.
Salzer not only wins the junior title, but is exempt into the SCGA Amateur, the Bobby Chapman and the prestigious Junior Invitational at Sage Valley.
Complete scoring details at http://www.scjga.org
In the boys 13-14 year old division Charleston’s Drayton Stewart went wire to wire to claim the age group title. Stewart shot a 224 total to finish in front of Drew Weary of Bluffton and Graham Corbin of Inman in second and third respectively,
The Heritage Foundation was again the presenting sponsor of the SCJGA Junior. Next year the junior championship will be played at The Links at Stono Ferry near Charleston.
The top eight golfers in the field earned the privilege of playing in the Georgia-South Carolina team matches to be held in July at the Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton. This will be the 40th year of the annual compeition making it the longest running state versus state series in the country.
In addition to the top five listed above and 13-14 year old champion Stewart, Will Sheppard of Mount Pleasant and Patrick Golden of Murrells Inlet will make up the team.