Hear from Spartanburg County Junior champion Daniel Brassington after his win at Three Pines in Woodruff.
Daniel Brassington and Trey Howard know the Three Pines Country Club course very well. Both play their golf at the course in Woodruff.
At the Spartanburg County Junior championship Howard shot the best round of the tournament while Brassington shot the best final round to overcome a three shot deficit and claim the junior championship at Three Pines.
The two Wolverine golfers set the pace in the first round. Howard shot a personal best 9-under par 63 to take a three shot lead over Brassington.
“That was the best score I ever shot,” said Howard. “I made a lot of putts. I hit my spots on the greens and I made just about everything,” he said.
Brassington played almost as well, he shot an opening round 6-under par 66 to trail Howard by three shots going into the final round.
“I knew I had to make up some shots,” said Brassington. “It was tough, but I was looking forward to the challenge,” he said.
The two high school teammates stayed even on the front nine, but it was a different story on the back nine.
Howard added a shot to his lead before he posted a pair of big numbers. After a birdie on the 12th hole two straight double bogeys opened the door and allowed Brassington to move to the lead.
“When I birdied 15 it turned out to be a big switch on those three holes,” said Brassington.
Howard carded one more bogey while Brassington parred his last three holes to finish with a 4-under par 68 and the win.
“I know anything could happen on the last three holes so i kept the peddle down and kept playing. It is great to be the county junior champion,” said Brassington.
Howard’s 74 dropped him into a tie with Nathan Franks for second place at 137.
Andrew Gregory finished fourth while Barrett Josey and Ethan Hoicombe finished in a tie for fifth place.
If Brassington had not already secured an invitation to the Bobby Chapman Junior this fall his county tite would have given him a spot in the prestigious tournament,
Spartanburg County Junior Girls tournament
The girls title was won by Anika Rana. The Byrnes High School golfer shot rounds of 74 and 75 for a 149 total.
Rana had a two shot lead over Abby Franks going into the final round. Franks was not able to cut into the lead and finished second, seven shots behind the leader.
“I’m proud of being consistent both days,” said Rana. “I was able to just concentrate on each shot and didn’t worry about the last one or the next one,” she said.
The Junior Championship is part of the Spartanburg County Championship series. The tournaments proceeds benefit the Upstate First Tee organization.