Peyton Gillespie was the top individual finisher and the Powdersville and St. Joseph’s teams tied for the top qualifying spot at the Upper State AAA golf tournament played at Village Greens in Inman.
Both teams shot a 344 total to lead the field and earn a pair of spots in the AAA state championship to be played next week at Carolina Springs Golf Club.
Since this was a team qualifying event there was not any special award for the top finisher, but the Christ Church golfer had the best individual score.
Gillespie shot a 3-under par 69 to finish two shots in front of Anna Grace Brock of Emerald High School.
“My putting was really working for me today,” said Gillespie. “I made one long one, but I was just consistent on the greens,” she said.
The state championship will be played on a course that Gillespie knows well. This past summer she battled Lea Venable for the Greenville County Women’s championship into a sudden death playoff that went nine holes before Venable was able to squeek out a win.
“I know it is going to be really competitive so I hope what I know about the course will help me. I finished in the top-ten last year and one of my goals is to win a state title,” said Gillespie.
The AAA tournament this year is a combined event with teams from the AA and A classifications eligible to play in the tournament.
“All three classifications will play together and there will be one team champion,” said Mark Matlock of St. Joseph’s who is the tournament director. “We will also have an individual state champion from the tournament,” he added.
Ten Upstate teams have advanced to the championship tournament. After Powdersville and St Joseph’s, Emerald, Walhalla, Ware Shoals, Pendleton, Christ Church, Chapman, Southside Christian and Landrum.
Individually after Gillespie, Anna Grace Brock of Emerald was second with a 1-under par 71. Carly Lyvers of St. Joseph’s was third at even par 72 while Anna Parramore of Emerald was fourth with a 74.