Junior Golf

Eubanks blows away the field to win the SCGA Junior

South Aiken High School golfer Miles Eubanks shot a 7-under par 64 in the final round to win the SCGA Junior Championship at the Florence Country Club. (SCGA Photo)

Somebody forgot to tell Miles Eubanks that that the final round of the SCGA Junior was supposed to be a replay of the 2021 final round.

With Rowan Sullivan last year’s champion and Luke Sullivan last year’s runner-up separated by a shot at the top of the leader board it was easy to see why most attention was being paid to the second round leaders.

The top-two golfers from 2022 were looking forward to a rematch.

“I was at the top of the leader board going into the final hole last year and lost by one, so I want to get revenge on that and give myself opportunities,” said Luke Sullivan.

“It’ll be fun to run it back again and play with Luke, he’ll have just as much motivation as anybody, and it’ll be fun to go at it with the other guys playing their best,” said Rowan Sullivan.

Eubanks, playing in the second to the last group, started the final round 3-shots off the lead, but he cut into that led on his first hole.

He opened his final round with a birdie while the others settled for pars.

The South Aiken High School rising senior bogeyed his third hole, but closed out the front nine with a pair of birdies to get to 6-under par.

By the time the golfers made the turn the leader board looked different then it did to start the day.

Luke Sullivan finished the front nine at 6-under par dropping a shot while Rowan Sullivan also lost a shot and was 5-under to start the final nine.

Eubanks and Mitchel McNeil from North Augusta each got to 6-under par for a three-way tie starting the back nine.

Eubanks took control of the tournament and the lead over the first six holes on the back nine.

The Warrenville, SC golfer reeled off 4-birdies in the next six holes to pull away from the field.

His bogey on number 16 was followed up with two more birdies to finish his round with a 7-under par 64 total to finish 5-shots in front of McNeal.

“I had fun, the putts were falling and I’m just speechless,” said the new champion.

Eubanks birdied four of his first six holes on the back nine to wrap up the state junior title (SCGA Photo)

Second round leader Luke Sullivan carded a final round 5-over par 76 to fall into an eighth place tie with Greenville’s Tip Price.

Rowan Sullivan, the defending champion, shot a 2-over par final round to finish in a three-way tie for fifth.

“I’ve put myself in positions like this in the past and when I get down the stretch, I fold. So today I just wanted to have a good time and see what happened,” said Eubanks.

The class of 2023 junior has a number of top-10 finishes on his SCJGA Heritage Classic Foundation rankings, but the state championship tops them all.

“This win feels so great. This gives me so much confidence. It tells me that I can do it. I just have to trust myself, let it happen and never force it,” said the 2023 SCGA Junior Champion.

The top eight finishers qualified for the 47th annual Georgia-South Carolina Junior Team Matches.

In addition to Eubanks and McNeil, Dallas Johnson and Adam Hunt tied for third with Pake June, Waymon Thomas and Rowan Sullivan finishing in a fifth place tie.

Greenville’s Price was the eighth golfer to qualify for the matches to be played July 29-31 at Savannah Golf Club in Savannah, Georgia.

Final scores from the SCGA Junior Championship https://scjga.bluegolf.com/bluegolf/scjga22/event/scjga2210/contest/1/leaderboard.htm

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