Trent Phillips and Baylee Evans made their first round leads stand up as each claimed the championship at the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea championship. The SCJGA championship was played at the Country Club of Charleston.
Phillips opened the 36 hole SCJGA Major with a blistering 7-under par 64. He held a three shot lead over Zack Gordon of Gaffney.
“I was able to do a lot of good things in the first round,” said the future Georgia golfer. “I like this course and I felt comfortable all day,” he said.
In the second round, by his own admission, Phillips wasn’t as sharp. He posted a 1-under par 70, but was still able to add two shots to his lead and claim the title.
“It was kind of an up and down round for me. I played okay, but I could have played a little better,” said Phillips.
Gordon and JP Cave of Mobile, AL tied for second place with two-day totals of 139. Gaffney’s Seth Taylor earned a top-10 finish by coming in sixth.
The victory in the Junior Azalea allows Phillips to check another junior championship off his to-do list.
While it has not been his mission to try to win every junior event in the state his record over the last four year’s has put him in position to get a win in most of them.
“I did want to win this one because I had not won it before. I finished second last year and I’d like to win as many of the state tournaments as I can,” said the rising senior at Boiling Springs High School.
Earlier this week Phillips and fellow Inman resident Jacob Bridgeman were named to the Junior President’s Cup team.
In addition to the victory and the points he earned in the SCJGA Heritage Junior rankings Phillips also receives an invitation to play in the Azalea Invitational next March on the same course.
Evans held a one shot lead in the girls division after shooting an opening round even par 71. The Lancaster golfer carded a 2-over par 73 in the second round, but still maintained the one shot advantage at the finish.
Abigail Schimpf of Daniel Island shot a tournament best round of 1-under par 70 to move up to second place at the finish.
Alyssa Campbell of Clover finished third at 146 while Ell Johnson of Inman was fourth posting a 147 total.
Evans and the top-five finishers in the tournament all receive invitations to play in the Junior Heritage next February.