High School Golf

Burgess wins DiSantis championship

Gracyn Burgess of Lexington is presented her championship award by the tournament’s namesake Vicki DiSantis. (CGA Photo)

Instead of giving her mom some flowers or candy Gracyn Burgess had a different idea for a special present to give he mother on Mother’s Day.

Burgess had promised her mother the Viki DiSantis championship trophy as a Mother’s Day gift. “She does everything for me,” said Burgess after winning the  major CGA championship. “It means a lot to win for her today,” she said.

Burgess didn’t have an easy path to victory at the DiSantis championship. The future Clemson golfer started the final round a full five shots behind the leader Rachel Keuhn of Asheville.

Keuhn opened the 36 hole tournament with  a  5-under par 67 to hold a one shot lead over Anna Morgan of Spartanburg.  Burgess carded an even par 72 to be further back starting the final round.

Burgess made her promise look like prophecy. He final birdie on the 17th hole caught Kuehn as both golfers stood at 5 under with one hole to play.

Future Clemson golfer Gracyn Burgess shot a final round 67 to come from five shots off the lead to win the tournament at Pine Island Country Club. (CGA Photo)

“I was pumped going into the final hole after making that putt,” said the Lexington High School junior. “That was a huge birdie for me.” she said.

On the final hole Burgess made par while Keuhn had trouble and doubled the final hole. The result was a two shot victory for Burgess, who was honored as the top junior girls golfer in South Carolina last year.

“Focusing on my own game and not on others were doing was key to my success,” she said after winning her second major CGA championship. She was also the winner of the 2016 Twin-State girls championship.

Now with a win at the Pine Island Country Club Burgess will join the boys team from Lexington High School at the South Carolina AAAAA championship which begins at Wescott Plantation on Monday.

(Some editorial information provided by the Carolinas Golf Association)

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