Ashley Czarnecki added another major state championship to her list of summer accomplishments. The Mauldin golfer won the CGA South Carolina Match Play championship at the Dataw Island Club.
The boys title was won by Nick Willis of Cowpens giving Upstate golfers a sweep of the championships.
Willis, who finished fourth in the SCGA Junior Amateur, topped Reed Bentley in the morning semi final round 2 up to get to the finals.
Matt Lehman of Bluffton stopped the strong run for the title of Jordan Warnock from Roebuck. Lehman moved into the finals after knocking off the Dorman golfer 1 up.
In the boys final the two golfers played even until the eighth hole. Willis was able to card a pair of birdies on numbers 8 and 9. He added a win on the 10th hole to go 3 up.
On the par-5 13th hole Willis hit the shot of the tournament. He it his second shot to within 2 feet of the cup and Lehman conceded the eagle putt.
On the 15th hole Lehman hit his shot into a water hazard and the match ended with Willis taking a 5&3 victory.
Czarnecki finished off another fine week of play with a 4&3 victory over Jodee Tindal from Rock Hill.
The WSCGA Girls champion knocked off the defending champion Morgan Cox 4&3 and then defeated Hailey Cleary of Lexington 3&2 before winning the championship match.
“I just love match play,” she said. “I think it is more fun to play your opponent than just playing the course,” said Czarnecki.
This week the rising senior used some of the early rounds to get a feel for the course. She had early success against all her opponents, but it was her match with the defending champion that showed she had the ability to win a close match.
“I was 6 up on Morgan through 7 holes, but it turned out to be a really close match. She won five straight holes and I was only 1 up after 12 holes,” recalled Czarnecki.
Czarnecki played her best golf of the match on the next three holes to win 4&3 and gain some confidence for the rest of the tournament.
“The field was not really big this year, but there were a lot of really good players. You would play a successful player in every round,” she said.
Her plan was very much like the way she played the last round in the WSCGA individual championship. Czarnecki wanted to put the ball in the fairways, and two putt for pars.
“If you can keep playing steady golf you can keep the pressure off yourself and put it on the other player and I was able to do that,” she said.
Czarnecki opened a quick lead on Tindal in the final match. She was able to go up by four after only five holes. She added a win on the 11th hole and then halved the remaining holes with Tindal to take the championship 4&3.
“I had won in Sumter (WSCGA Girls championship). but this week just felt different. I didn’t come in thinking I was going to win, but I knew I could,” she said.