High School Golf

Burgess and Lexington lead WSCGA HS Invitational

The Lexington High School team has the lead after the first round of the WSCGA Junior Foundation Invitational. (Photo from Carole Pincavage.)

The top ranked team in the most recent South Carolina Girls golf poll and the 2016 SCJGA Player of the Year are on top of the High School Invitational at Cat Island.

The sixth annual tournament is promoted by the Women’s South Carolina Golf Association Junior Foundation. The invited field includes the top girls teams from around the state for the two day tournament.

Lexington shot a 4-over parr 220 to hold a commanding 10 shot lead over St James High School. Boiling Springs is third and trails the leader by 12 shots. Oceanside and Byrnes High School round out the top-five teams.

Gracyn Burgess of Lexington has the individual lead after shooting a 4-under par 68 (file photo)

Individually Burgess was the only golfer to card an under par round. The future Clemson golfer shot a 4-under par 68 to take the first round lead.

Lexington was the only school to have all players shoot in the 70’s.  Karlee Varadas – 75, Isabella Rawl – 77 and Kennedy Gooding – 79.

The tournament format counts the three best scores from each school’s four player team.

Trailing Burgess in second place is Rachel Rich of Oceanside High School who shot an even par round of 72.

Tied for third place is Smith Knaffle and Kennedy McGaha.

Five golfers are tied at fifth place 6-shots behind Burgess. Katie Whitfield of Daniel, Amber Amaker of Boiling Springs, Bailee Evans of Lancaster, Alyssa Campbell of Clover and Anna Grace Brock from Emerald  High School all posted scores of 2-over par 74.

The final round will be played on Sunday.

The individual champion of this event will get a sponsor’s exemption into the 2017 Eggland’s Best Laddies Classic hosted by the National Women’s Golf Association; a mini-tour professional women’s golf tour event.  Along with the Eggland’s Best exemption, the top two finishers will receive an exemption into the Peggy Kirk Bell Tournament of Champions and Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational.

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