Baylee Evans of Lancaster led the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association’s Junior Championship from start to finish. However, there were a couple of times when she didn’t have the lead by herself.
Evans and Lexington’s Gracyn Burgess battled back and forth in the final round before she was able to secure the victory.
Evans opened the tournament with a 2-under par 70. She held a one shot lead over Katie Whitfield of Clemson after the first round.
The Lancaster High School rising junior fired a second straight 2-under par 70 in the second round. Her lead grew to five shots going into the final round.
Burgess shot a second round 1-under par 71, one of the few under par rounds in the tournament, and was the closest golfer to Evans.
Burgess started the final round with birdies on two of the first three holes to close the five shot lead down to three.
While Burgess was making her move Evans carded three bogeys and the two golfers made the turn at 2-under par for the tournament.
“I hit some good shots and some bad shots. I got some good breaks and some bad breaks,” said Evans of her first nine holes.
Playing in the final group with Burgess, Evans got her game back on track on the final nine holes. She birdied number ten and then eagled the par 4 eleventh hole.
“We were right there together all day,” said Evans. “When I made that eagle on eleven it gave me the momentum to go out and make some more birdies,” she said.
The birdie eagle combo pushed Evans lead up to three shots. She made two more birdies with one bogey to finish with another 2-under par 70.
Burgess wasn’t able to make another birdie until the final hole. She shot a 4-under par 68 for the best round of the tournament, but it was three shots behind the leader.
The victory was the first major championship for Evans. She played her last five rounds on the Greenwood Country Club course. Last weekend she played in the Jimmy Self Junior and finished tied for third.
“It has been awhile since I won. I never won something like this. I like how I posted under (under par rounds), you don’t do that very often and it gives me a lot of confidence,” she said.
The top four golfers in the field qualified for the South Carolina – Georgia team matches later this year. Evans and Burgess will be joined by Anna Grace Brock of Greenwood and Jodee Tindal of Rock Hill.
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Interview with Baylee Evans