Lexington’s talented junior golfer Isabella Rawl has been missing from the leader boards at golf tournaments since last summer, but that ended Wednesday at the Country Club of Charleston..
The 2018 AAAAA South Carolina High School champion has been recovering from an injury that kept her from defending her high school title and out most of the past season.
After almost a year of rehab, Rawl is back on top of her game and a leaderboard at one of the South Carolina Junior Golf Association’s major championships.
Rawl came from 2-shots off the lead to catch tournament leader Chloe Holder and force a playoff for the girls championship at the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea.
Rawl pulled even with Holder with a birdie on the sixth hole, but gave it back with a bogey on number 8.
On number 10, Rawl tied Holder to begin the back nine. Each golfer carded a pair of birdies on the final nine and were even once again with three holes to play.
It looked like Rawl was ready to win the tournament when her approach shot on 18 ended up just inches from the hole.
Holder, knowing Rawl had a gimme, rolled in a pressure packed 20-footer for her birdie sending the two into a playoff.
Playing the 18th hole again, the future Clemson golfer claimed the title with a 2-putt par. Rawl shot rounds of 70-68-68 for a 7-under par 206 total.
Chesnee’s Sydney Roberts finished in third place after posting a final round 1-under par 70.
Future Furman golfer Savannah Hylton from Hilton Head finished in 4th place after shooting 3-under par 68 in her final round.
MK Talledo from Spartanburg and Daniel Island’s Emma Schimpf tied for fifth place at 215.
The boys championship didn’t need a playoff, but was almost as close as the girls.
Gene Zeigler from Florence led the first round and was tied after the second round with Charlie Kennedy from Richmond, Va setting up a shoot out between the two.
The final round didn’t start well for the future Gamecock golfer. Zeigler bogeyed his first two holes while Kennedy carded a pair of pars.
Zeigler gathered himself and birdied the 3rd, 5th and 9th holes. Kennedy bogeyed the 5th hole to trail by two at the turn.
Zeigler held his 2-shot lead until the 14th hole. Kennedy birdied the hole while Zeigler bogeyed the hole and the two were tied just as they were at the start of the round.
Kennedy added birdies on number 15 and 16 and then parred out.
Zeigler bogeyed number 17 and parred the final hole, but the two shot swing on the 14th hole turned out to be the difference.
Kennedy shot rounds of 68, 63, 68 for a 14-under par 199 total and the two shot victory.
Jackson Byrd from St. Simons Island shot a 4-under par final round to move up into a tie for third place with Charlie Barr from Salisbury, NC.
The best final round was turned in by Drew Harrill from Spartanburg. The Grant Bennett champion shot a 7-under par 64 to finish in a 5th place tie with recent SCGA Amateur champion Jonathan Griz from Hilton Head Island and Andrew Swanson from Bluffton.
Complete scores are available at https://scjga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/scjga20/event/scjga2017/contest/1/leaderboard.htm