Junior Golf

Masters shoots final round 63 to win Junior Azalea

Brandon Masters shot a final round 8-under par 63 to win the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea championship at the Country Club of Charleston.(SCJGA Photo)

Brandon Masters started the final round of the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea five shots behind the leader and had nine golfers between him and first place.

Masters birdied three of his first five holes to catch the leaders and then left them behind as he closed out his round with a sensational 30 on the back nine at the challenging Country Club of Charleston course.

The reigning South Carolina AAAA High School champion shot a final round 63.

His 8-under par round took the Piedmont golfer from three back to a three shot victory.

“My putting got it done for me today,” said Masters. “I made several 30 footers and played well on the back nine,” he said.

It was one of his long birdie putts that helped him catch one of the first round leaders, Drayton Stewart from Charleston.

“I made a 25-30 foot birdie on number 10 and I think that was the turning point,” he said.

Molly Hardwick of Lexington won the girls title by a shot. (SCJGA Photo)

Stewart bogeyed the next hole to drop a shot behind Masters while the other first round leader, Felix van Kleef of Hilton Head, lost his share of the lead shooting even par on the first nine holes.

Once Masters got the lead he didn’t look back. He added four more birdies on the back nine including one on the final hole to wrap up the win.

“I’ve had several wins, but this is huge. I can’t put into words how I feel to get this win,” he said.

Since winning the AAAA title Masters has also won the Upstate Junior, finished second at the Jimmy Self and fifth at the SCGA Junior.

Nathan Franks from Robuck finished in second place tie with Mason Tucker of Lancaster as each golfer shot rounds of 67 and 69  for a 136 total.

The girls championship was won by Molly Hardwick of Lexington.

Hardwick shot a final round 72 to edge out first round co-leader MK Talledo from Boiling Springs for the championship.

MK Talledo of Boiling Springs was the first round co-leader and finished one shot back in second place.(SCJGA Photo)

The girls division winner finished with a 1-over par round of 72 and a two day total of 3-over par 145 for the victory.

Anna Grace Brock from Greenwood finished in third place at 147/

Rachel Rich of Mount Pleasant, Savannah Hylton of Hilton Head and Sophia Burnett from Bluffton all tied for fourth place.

Anna Morgan of Spartanburg and Isabella Rawl of Lexington tied for seventh place in the girls division.

Complete scoring available at https://scjga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/scjga18/event/scjga1810/contest/1/leaderboard.htm


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