Ashley Czarnecki led from start to finish to win the 2015 WSCGA Girls title at Sunset Country Club in Sumter.
The Mauldin HIgh School golfer jumped out in front of the field with a 3-under par round of 67. Czarnecki was the only golfer to record a score in the red numbers in every tournament round.
“I was hitting the ball so well,” she said. “My irons were spot on and I had a lot of birdie chances,” Czarnecki said.
In addition to command of her irons the Hejaz Golf Club golfer also had command of her emotions.
“I was not going to let a bad shot or missed putt get the best of me. I missed a couple of putts, but I didn’t let myself get rattled. I stayed calm and cool because I knew I was going to make a birdie on the next hole,” she said.
A first round 67 could have been even better. She struggled with a double bogey on the 11th hole and thought three other putts could have gone in for her.
Czarnecki had a 6 shot lead after the first round, but she didn’t think she had anything wrapped up even with the big lead.
“I knew there were girls capable of turning in some good scores so I had to keep playing well. My idea was to play solid and that would keep the pressure off of me and put it on them,” she noted.
In the second round Czarnecki’s iron play was not as strong, but she record her second straight round under par with a 69. Again she was the only golfer to card an under par round and it helped her boost her lead to 9 shots.
The final round became mostly a battle between the young golfer and the golf course. During her practice round she realized that the Sunset Club course had a lot of overhanging trees making shot placement even more important than distance.
“There were several holes were I needed to use something other than a driver to get in the right position. The fairways were in such great conditions that if I used a driver I would have run the ball through the fairway. Course management was important for me in every round,” said Czarnecki.
The winner of this years Cobb’s Glen Junior Invitational at the start of the year and last weeks Upstate Junior at Smithfields shot a three day total of 205.
The field was not able to get close enough to rattle Czarnecki. Only Travelers Rest golfer Victoria Huskey was able to shoot an even par round of 70 while the other competitors all finished over par again.
Gracyn Burgess of Lexington High School finished in second place at 217. Baylee Evans of Lancaster was third with Huskey from Green Valley finishing in fourth place.
Jodee Tindal of Rock Hill was alone in fifth place while Brookstone Meadows Savanah Goodman and Kasidy Beckel from Berkely Hall tied for sixth place.
In the 13-15 year old age group Emily Cox of Lancaster shot a final round 5 under par 65 to win the title by 4 shots over Carly Lyvers from The Preserve at Verdae.
Czarnecki has a lot of golf ahead of her this summer and she hopes to keep her streak of under par rounds and outstanding play going for awhile.
“This is the biggest win I have had and coming during this streak of really good play makes me want to work hard and keep it going,” concluded the South Carolina girl’s champion.