The final hole of the Transou Memorial Junior Classic at Cherokee National Golf Club turned out to be the most important hole in both the boys and girls competition.
Nathan Franks needed a birdie to force a playoff for the boys championship and Kerrington Lamb needed a birdie to hold on to the lead and win the girls title.
In the boys tournament Franks came to the final hole without knowing he was in contention for the overall boys title.
“I had no idea where I stood,” said Franks. “I was just trying to play my best and then see what happens,” said the young golfer.
Franks carded a birdie with a pitch from 30 yards off the green to post the lowest round of the tournament. Franks shot a 3-under par 69 and then had to wait for the rest of the field to finish.
The last golfer to have a chance to tie or beat Franks was one of the first round leaders Austin Scott from Charleston. Scott shot an even par round of 72 to finish dead even with Franks and force a playoff.
As the light faded late in the afternoon the two golfers parred the first playoff hole.
Scott missed the green on the par-3 second hole at Cherokee National and ended up in a green side trap. He was able to pitch out, but was left with a 12 foot putt for par.
Franks tee shot came to rest 20 feet above the hole. He was able to lag his ball to within 3 feet of the hole.
Scott’s 12 foot par putt missed, but Franks drained his three footer and earned the win.
“I’d been in a few playoffs and won some and lost some. I was able to hit some good shots and made the putt when I needed it,” he said.
Franks won the overall title even though he was entered in the Sub-Junior Division, both golfers in the playoff are just ninth graders.
Pierce Robinson finished in third place one shot out of the playoff. Gene Zeigler and Levi Moody tied for fourth place at 145.
The Sub-Junior title was won by Andrew Graham with Nick Srinivasan finishing second.
In the PeeWee boys division Tip Price of Greenville finished ahead of Colton Evatt of Easley for the title. Olivia Roberts was the PeeWee girls winner.
LAMB WINS TRANSOU GIRLS TITLE
Kerrington Lamb needed a birdie on the final hole to win the Henry Transou Memorial Junior Classic at the Cherokee National Golf Club.
Lamb had held the first round lead and was the only golfer in the girls division to shoot even par.
The Easley High School golfer held a one shot lead over Isabella Britt of Chesnee going into the final round. Elle Johnson from Inman was third just three shots behind the leader.
In the final round all the leaders scores went up, but Lamb was able to keep the lead by shooting a 3-over par 75.
Victoria Hall of Moore who started the final round tied with Johnson three shots behind Lamb carded the best final round. She posted a 1-over par 73 and had the clubhouse lead when she finished her round.
Lamb neeeded a birdie on the final par-5 hole at Cherokee National to win the tournament and she got it. The future Anderson University golfer sank an 8 foot birdie putt for the win.
“I made a lot of putts and a lot of putts to save par,” said Lamb. “I had five birdies in the final round and a couple of doubles, but the last birdie made the difference,” she said.
Lamb had won the Upstate Junior last summer and most recently was the individual champion of the Region I AAAAA high school tournament.
Johnson finished in third place while Anna Grace Brock of Greenwood finished fourth in the girls 16-18 year old division.
Britt finished as the Sub-Junior champion for girls 13-15. Sarah Boteler of Greenville finished second in the division.