Trent Phillips didn’t have to go all the way to Greensboro to say hello to Jay Haas. He is well on his way to his annual meeting with the Champions Tour star who lives at Thornblade Club in Greer.
Each of the last two year’s Phillips has won the Jay Haas SCGA Junior Boys Player of the Year award. He receives the award from Haas in December, but he could have gotten it at the same time he accepted the winners trophy as the champion of the Haas Family Invitational at Sedgefield Country Club.
The record Phillips has produced in just half the year already makes him a lock for another player of the year award and another meeting with Haas.
Phillips topped the defending champion, Eugene Hong of Orlando, in a playoff to win the AJGA Major championship.
“It’s a great course, really tough venue to play so anytime you come out here and get it done, you can really stack your game up with some really high end players. So that’s pretty awesome to do.” said Phillips.
The Boiling Springs High School golfer won the South Carolina AAAAA individual championship while helping the Bulldogs to their fourth straight state title.
The future Georgia golfer just won his second straight SCGA Junior championship earlier this month in Columbia.
In the last calendar year he has won the nationally recognized Palmetto Amateur championship, the Dustin Johnson World Junior Invitational, the Southern Cross individual title and the prestigious Bobby Chapman Junior championship.
Since Phillips does not play in many AJGA tournaments he entered the event ranked 33rd. He shot rounds of 66-68-71-69 for his 274 total and a tie at the end of regulation with the sixth ranked Hong.
On the playoff hole Hong rolled in a par putt, but Phillips topped him sinking a 12-foot birdie putt to win.
“It’s hard to beat him,” Phillips said of Hong who is a future Florida golfer. “He’s a phenomenal talent and being able to beat him is sweet,” he said.
Inman’s Jacob Bridgeman finished with a 277 total to tie for sixth place. Boiling Springs golfer Harrison Corbin finished in 23rd place.