The Lexington Wildcats returned to their place on the top of AAAAA girls golf by winning their 11th state championship in the last 13 years. The Wildcats shot a two round total of 645 to win the championship by 38 shots.
Before being placed in the new AAAAA category the Wildcats had won 10 of the last 12 AAAA girls titles. The team finished second behind Dorman High School in last year’s state championship.
With the victory Lexington becomes the first South Carolina AAAAA champions.
This year Lexington held a commanding 16 shot lead after the first round and added to it in the second round to finish comfortably ahead of the rest of the field.
The Wildcats Gracyn Burgess held the first round lead, but in the final round Jensen Castle shot her second straight round of 76 to finish with a 152 total. Burgess struggled in the final round and Castle was able to move past the future Clemson golfer and claim the victory.
Lexington’s Isabella Rawl finished in a tie for third place with Spartanburg’s Anna Morgan. Upper State AAAA champion Emily Dunlap from Mauldin finished the tournament in eighth place.
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Knaffle and St. James win AAAA title
Led by the AAAA individual champion, Smith Knaffle, the St. James Sharks won their second straight championship. Last year the Sharks were the AAA champion, but this year they were moved up to AAAA and the team won again.
Knaffle shot a pair of 3-under par 69s on the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina to win the individual title by 10 shots over Anna Freeman of South Aiken.
Jodee Tindal from South Pointe finished in third place while there was a three way tie for fourth. Kennedy McGaha of BHP, Baylee Evans of Lancaster and Jordan Guyton of Lancaster all shot a two-day total of 151.
Greenville’s Ashley Richardson shot a final round 73 to help her Red Raider team slip by Daniel and finished in third place. The Lions ended up third with Travelers Rest taking fourth place.
Katie Whitfield of Daniel and Beth Ann Townsend of Travelers Rest finished in a tie for eighth place while Chloe Holder of Wren ended the tournament in a tie for tenth.
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