The Hootie & the Blowfish Summer Series ended for Upstate juniors at the Thomas D. Todd All-Star Championship played at Carolina Springs Golf Club.
Juniors earned their way to the All-Star competition by finishing on top of their age group divisions during the summer-long series of tournaments organized by the South Carolina Junior Golf Association.
The age group competition for boys and girls is played from various tees and a different number of holes to accommodate the ages of the competitors.
Emily Baker from the Tri-County Chapter birdied her final hole to win the Girls 13-18 age group competition.
She finished one shot in front of Ansley Bryson from the Upstate Chapter.
The boys competition was won by Bryce Wittmer from the York Chapter. He added a little extra flare to his victory with a hole-in-one.
Whittmer aced the 8th hole at Carolina Springs and that might have been the difference between winning and being forced into a playoff.
Whittmer’s 143 total was one shot better than Ashton Eubanks from Tri-County and Spence Hagood from the Piedmont Chapter.
In the boys 10-12 year old division the title was also decided by a single stroke.
Bennett Wiggins from the Aiken Chapter topped Jace Danbom from the Upstate Chapter by a shot for the title.
Maybe the most exciting age group division was the boys 7-9 year old.
Thomas DeMint and Heyward Jennings both from Greenville battled it out for the title and went into a sudden death playoff.
DeMint birdied all three of the playoff holes to top Heyward and win the age group title.
Chase Cline from Tri-County was an easy winner in the boys 13-14 year old division taking the title by 7 shots.
Talulah Grace Wilson from the Piedmont Chapter won the girls 7 – 9 year old age group title by 11 shots.
Karsyn Herren from the Aiken Chapter got off to a fast start and kept going on to win the girls 10-12 year old title by 4 shots.
The girls team title was won by the Tri-County Chapter led by PGA Pro Tommy Pendley.
The boys team title was won by the Greenville Chapter led by Doug Brown and Robbie Gravley.
Tournament scores available here https://scjga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/scjga20/event/scjga2011/contest/37/leaderboard.htm
Seven chapters in the SCJGA’s Hootie & the Blowfish Junior Golf Series are represented at the Thomas D. Todd All Stars Championship: Aiken, Greenville, Piedmont, Spartanburg, Tri-County, Upstate, and York County.