High School Golf

Martin and Lamb win Upstate Junior

 

Colt Martin (front) topped Brandon Masters (back) on the third playoff hole to win the Upstate Junior boys title at Smithfields.

Colt Martin (front) topped Brandon Masters (back) on the third playoff hole to win the Upstate Junior boys title at Smithfields.

Colt Martin of Pendleton was the boys winner and Kerington Lamb of Easley was the girls champion at the Upstate Junior played at Smithfields in Easley.

Martin needed a three hole playoff before he was able to top Brandon Masters for the boys 16-18 title and overall championship.

Lamb started the final round with the lead and shot her best round in a tournament carding an even par 72 the second day to win the girls overall title.

“This is the best round I have ever had here and the first time I have shot even par in a tournament,” said the girls champion.

Lamb didn’t get off to a fast start, instead a double bogey on the second hole dropped her out of the lead.

“There were some tough competitors out there and I was glad I could stay close to them especially after the way I started,” she said.

Kerington Lamb shot her best tournament round and won the Upstate Junior on her home course.

Kerington Lamb shot her best tournament round and won the Upstate Junior on her home course.

The Easley High School golfer made up the shots she lost and by the end of the round had gotten back to even to hold a big lead over the rest of the field.

“This is my home course and to get my first big win here is great. I hit everything pretty solid today and after a bad start I was really glad to pull it together and win,” said Lamb.

Emma Reid finished second with a 159 total while Ashlee Richardson finished at 160 for third place.

Martin trailed Brandon Masters and Tanner Pilgrim by a shot going into the final round. The Pendleton High School golfer shot the best final round in the boys division. He posted a 3-over par 75 for a 148 total.

Masters added a 76 to his first round 72 to end regulation play tied with Martin. Pilgrim fell off the pace and would finish tied for second in the boys 13-14 year old division.

Martin and Masters each birdied the first playoff hole and parred the second. On the third hole Martin was able to claim the Upstate Junior title with a par.

“I really wasn’t playing very well coming into this tournament, but I have always played well here,” said the winner. “I was hoping I could get my game back out here. I still didn’t play the way I wanted to, but I played well enough to win,” he said.

The girls 15-18 top golfers were (l-r) Kerington Lamb, Emma Reid, Ashlee Richardson.

The girls 15-18 top golfers were (l-r) Kerington Lamb, Emma Reid, Ashlee Richardson.

The boys 13-14 year old championship was won by Zach Lawter. He shot two rounds of 76 for a one shot victory over Will Brooks and Pilgrim.

The boys 10-12 year old division title was won by Nicholas Smith with Robert Thompson finishing second.

The girls 13-14 division winners, (l-r) Emily Dunlap, Katie Whitfield, Elle Johnson

The girls 13-14 division winners, (l-r) Emily Dunlap, Katie Whitfield, Elle Johnson

The girls 13-14 year old champion was Emily Dunlap. The Mauldin golfer shot rounds of 75 and 74 for a 149 total and a five shot victory over Katie Whitfield of Clemson. Elle Johnson of Spartanburg finished third in the age group division.

 

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