Junior Golf

Ireland and Howard win Spartanburg Co Junior Ams

Olivia Ireland made six birdies on her final nine holes to win the Spartanburg County Junior Amateur Girls title while Gage Howard needed three extra holes to win the Boys title at The Country Club of Spartanburg. (GolfClub Photo by John Byrum)

It took Gage Howard three extra holes to win the boys championship while Olivia Ireland improved on her first round score by 10-shots to win the girls title at the Spartanburg County Junior Amateur Championships.

The tournament played at The Country Club of Spartanburg crowned champions in boys and girls 13-18 year old divisions and boys and girls championships in the 10-`12 year old division.

Gage Howard won the Spartanburg County Junior Amateur on the third playoff hole. (GolfClub Photo by John Byrum)

The defending champion, Granger Amick opened the tournament shooting a 1-under par 71 to tie Gage Howard for the lead.

Two Woodruff High School golfers Ben McKinney and Greg Kelly shot rounds of 2-over par 74 to be tied for third going into the final round.

McKinney eagled his fifth hole to stay close to the leaders, but a pair of double bogeys dropped him out of contention.

The competition for the county title came down to the defending champion and two Wolverine golfers.

Kelly had the most ground to make up and he shot a 3-under par on the front nine to get even with Howard, but Amick still held a 1-shot lead over the two going to the back-nine.

Amick gave his one shot lead away with a bogey on the 10th hole setting off a tight battle for the rest of the round.

Howard took the lead with birdies on number 11 and 16. Kelly stayed within a shot with a birdie on number 12.

Amick finished his round and was 1-under for the tournament, 1 shot outside the playoff.

Kelly came to the final hole needing a birdie to tie Howard. When he rolled his putt in the title would be decided in a playoff.

Kelly and Howard each finished at 2-under par and needed three playoff holes before Howard was able to top his Woodruff High teammate for the boys title.

The Spartanburg County Junior Amateur was sponsored by Delaney’s Irish Pub and Langers Juices.

The girls championship saw an amazing turn-around from the first to the second round by Olivia Ireland.

The Chapman High School golfer shot an opening round 6-over par 78 to trail defending champion Madison Dixon by 3-shots.

Ireland started her final round carding a 2-over par 37, while Dixon shot even par to hold her lead, but things changed on the back nine.

Ireland started the back nine with three straight birdies.

She made three more birdies in her last five holes to card a 6-under par 31 to improve by 10 shots and win the County Championship by 7-shots.

Olivia Ireland birdied six holes on her back nine to win the Spartanburg County Junior Amateur. (GolfClub Photo by John Byrum)

Eliza Whiteside finished a shot behind Dixon for third place.

The boys 10-12 year old championship was won by AK Milner who topped Kingston Linder by 3-shots for the win.

The girls 10-12 year old championship was won by AC Peake with Arley Jennings finishing second.

Scores from the Spartanburg County Junior Amateur https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/8407299271027640991

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