Matt Teaster added to his first round lead and Victoria Hall vaulted past the first round leaders as the two golfers claimed the Coca-Cola Spartanburg County Junior Amateur titles.
Teaster had shot an opening round 5-under par 67 at Woodfin Ridge to hold a one shot lead over Samuel Wyatt. He shot a second round 3-under par 69 to pull away from the rest of the field and win his first County Junior Championship.
“i was playing with the guys who close to me so I knew what was going on and what I had to do,” said Teaster.
The Spartanburg High School golfer didn’t start off the second round very well, it took him to the back nine before he was able to card his first birdie. On the back nine he made two other bog yes to finish nine strokes ahead of the field.
“On number 15 I hit the best shot I hit all week. I was able to get a couple of birdies and then finished things off with a good birdie on number 18,” he said.
Teaster’s two round total of 136 may be a County Junior record. Unfortunately the records are not exact, but most observe believe Teasters two rounds were among the best ever in the County Junior.
Nathan Franks and Samuel Wyatt both finished at 145 to tie for second place. Kyle McIntyre was fourth and Josh Sprouse was fifth.
The top five golfers may enter the Spartanburg County Men’s Amateur if they wish.
“Last year I finished 11th and I don’t know what was different, but something was,” said the boys champion.
Hall had to pass five other golfers to get to the top of the leader board. Her second round 75 was the best round carded by any of the girls in the tournament.
“I made a birdie on the par three on the back nine and that helped me get the win,” said Hall.
The Byrnes High School golfer’s two day total of 156 was one shot better than Elle Johnson who shot a second round 77 to challenge for the lead.
The victory gave the young golfer a confidence boost for the rest of the summer and the fall girls high school golf season.
“This is certainly going to give me more confidence in future tournaments. I know I can play well and I am going to expect more of myself,” said the girls champion.
First round leader Sophie-Jade Miron finished in third place while Caitlyn Cook was fourth and Marley DeFreitas was fifth in the 36 hole tournament.
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