The South Carolina team will have the home course advantage, and perhaps a bit of local knowledge, when it takes on its border rivals in the 36th annual Georgia-South Carolina Junior Challenge Matches on Friday and Saturday at May River Golf Club at Palmetto Bluff.
Okatie's J.D. Lehman will be among the eight players representing the Palmetto State in the two-day event, which pits the top eight players from each state's junior championship in a team match play competition.
Lehman will face Tyler Young of Kennessaw, Ga., on Friday and take on Aaron George of Dahlonega, Ga., on Saturday.
Last year marked the first time the competition has ended in a tie. Georgia leads the series 21-13-1.
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WILLIAMS KEEPS UP SOLID PLAY
Hilton Head Island's Tyler Williams continued a strong summer on the links by tying for 10th at the Bubba Conlee National Junior Invitational from July 6-8 at Quail Ridge Golf Club in Bartlett, Tenn.
Williams finished the 54-hole event at 1 over par, five shots behind champion Robert Geibel of Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Williams also qualified for the S.C. Golf Association's Amateur Championship by shooting 1-over-par 73 in a one-day qualifier Monday at Country Club of Lexington. That event will be played Aug. 4-7 at Colleton River Plantation's Dye Course.
BECKEL CLAIMS TWO JUNIOR TITLES
Okatie's Kasidy Beckel recently came out atop her division in two junior tournaments.
On July 6-7, Beckel shot rounds of 88 and 83 to win the girls 12-14 division of the Coastal Plains Junior Amateur at Bradford Creek Golf Club in Greenville, N.C.
And she didn't have to wait long for her next victory.
One day later, Beckel won the Futures Division title at the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour's Clemmons Open at Tanglewood Park Golf Club in Clemmons, N.C., with an 11-over-par 81 for a three-shot win.
WEARY BROTHERS FARE WELL AT CAROLINAS JUNIOR PGA
Bluffton's Drew Weary shot 13-over-par 85 for a two-shot win in the boys 12-and-under division at the Carolinas Junior PGA Championship from June 30-July 1 at Whispering Pines Golf Course in Myrtle Beach.
Weary's brother, Alec Weary, finished 11th in the boys 13-15 division and tied for 39th overall.