Trent Phillips is making this golf thing look too easy. The Boiling Springs High School golfer earned another major title capturing the title at the Dustin Johnson Junior World Championship.
The two-time South Carolina Junior Golfer of the Year opened the 54 hole event with an impressive 67 to jump into the lead.
“I had a really good finish the first date and that set me up for the rest of the tournament,” said Phillips. “Shooting a 31 on the back was really a good way to start,” he added.
On his last 13 holes, Phillips carded 5 birdies an eagle and didn’t make any bogeys.
“My chipping was really working well for me. I was able to get the ball close and took advantage of it,” said Phillips.
In the second round, the future Georgia golfer shot 1-over par while Teddy Tetak from Limbach, Slovania shot a 2-under par 70 to pull within a shot of the lead.
Phillips didn’t change the approach he had to each round of the tournament even as the field closed on his lead.
“I really didn’t think too much about the other players. I just wanted to play my game the way I usually do and just play the game,” he said.
Phillips played a steady final round finishing at 1-under par. His lead ballooned to six shots as the rest of the field was unable to make a charge at the Carolinas top junior golfer.
“I was in the group with the golfers who could have come after me, but they kind of fell back and I just kept playing steady. I was pretty relaxed both days. Shooting that opening round 67 helped a lot,” he said.
This is the second year of the Dustin Johnson Junior World Championship. Johnson was in attendance early in the week. Phillips noticed Johnson watching him hitting balls on the range for a few minutes before the first round.
“I don’t think he had a clue that I was the player of the year in his home state. I got to talk to him at the dinner and he is a pretty cool guy,” Phillips said about the World’s Number 1 golfer.
One of the prizes the winner of the tournament receives is an exemption into the Bobby Chapman Junior at The Country Club of Spartanburg.
Phillips will not need the exemption because he already is coming back to the prestigious junior tournament as the defending champion.
The Chapman was one of several significant wins Phillips had last year. His other victories included the nationally recognized Palmetto Amateur in Aiken and the South Carolina Golf Association Junior Championship.
“It was a great tournament. The course was phenomenal and everything about was as good as any junior tournament I have played. I really enjoyed the tournament and the win,” concluded Phillips.
Several other South Carolina junior golfers played well in the tournament at the TPC of Myrtle Beach.
Future Clemson golfers Zack Gordon from Gaffney and Jacob Bridgeman of Inman earned top-10 finishes. Gordon was seventh and Bridgeman finished 10th in the event.
Travelers Rest junior Levi Moody tied for 12th while Harry Reynolds of Greenville finished in a tie for 18th.