High School Golf

Amaker wins second Sptbg. County title, Phillips wins first

Amber Amaker of Boiling Springs won her second straight Spartanburg County Junior Championship.

Amber Amaker won her second junior girls title while Zach Phillips won his first boys championship at the Coca-Cola Spartanburg County Junior Amateur.

The two Boiling Springs golfers earned the wins in the tournament played at Three Pines Country Club in Woodruff.

Amaker overcame a difficult first round to shoot 174 total and win the title by a comfortable margin over Ashton Thomas.

“I drove the ball much better today (second round) and my putting was better too,” said Amaker.  “I’m happy to get a second win in the tournament,” she said.

Zach Phillips won the boys Spartanburg County Junior by shooting a final round 4-under par 68.

The youngest of the Phillips brothers accomplished something his older brothers Trevor and Trent never did, he won a county championship.

“This is my first big win,” said Phillips. “I know I won some little tournaments a couple of years ago, but this is great,” he said.

The incoming freshman at Boiling Springs High School started the day a shot behind first round leader Nathan Franks. It took Phillips to the back nine before he was able to take the lead.

“I missed a couple of drives, but I putted pretty well and that made up for it,” said Phillips.

The young golfer shot rounds of 70 and 68  for a 6-under par total of 138. Phillips finished with a five shot victory.

First round leader Franks finished with a  74 to tie Graham Corbin for second place. Corbin matched Phillips for the low final round by also shooting a 68.

In addition to the win in the County Junior Phillips can now play in the Spartanburg County Amateur and he also gets one more benefit in addition to a trophy.

As the Spartanburg County Junior champion Phillips will receive an invitation to play in the prestigious Bobby Chapman Junior at the Country Club of Spartanburg.

The County junior title earned Phillips an invitation to play in the Bobby Chapman Junior.

He will join his brother Trent, the defending champion, in the all-star field for the tournament in September.

 

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