Beaufort News

Junior golf tournament under way at Oldfield

Five players took advantage of perfect conditions to post rounds under par during Tuesday's first round of the S.C. Golf Association's Junior Championship, with Townville's Austin Langdale and Chapin's Will Starke leading the way after rounds of 4-under-par 68 at Oldfield Golf Club.

Reigning Junior Heritage champion Matthew Nesmith of North Augusta is one shot back, Piedmont's Weston Bell is two behind, and Aiken's Ryan Carpenter is three shots off the pace.

Beaufort's J.D. Lehman led the local contingent in the 15-17 age division with a 75.

In the 13-14 age group, Greenville's Keenan Huskey shot even-par 72 to take a one-shot lead over Greenville's Cole Patterson. Josh Fickes of Lady's Island led the locals; he is tied for eighth after a 78.

After today's second round, the field will be cut to the low 66 players and ties. The top eight overall finishers between both age groups will represent South Carolina in the 36th annual Georgia-South Carolina Junior Team Matches next month at May River Golf Club.

S.C. Golf Association Junior Championship

First round; Tuesday, at Oldfield Golf Club; Par: 72; Yardage: 6,865

Boys 15-17

Leaders

Will Starke (Chapin) 34-34--68

Austin Langdale (Townville) 34-34--68

Matthew Nesmith (N. Augusta) 36-33--69

Weston Bell (Piedmont) 36-34--70

Ryan Carpenter (Aiken) 31-40--71

Andrew Novak (Mt. Pleasant) 36-36--72

Jackson Moore (Isle of Palms) 37-35--72

Alan McLeod (Mt. Pleasant) 38-35--73

Nick Eberhardt (Fort Mill) 37-36--73

Adam Garrett (Easley) 36-37--73

Bryce Howell (Blythewood) 37-36--73

Trey Taylor (Gaffney) 36-37--73

Blake Lybrand (Ridge Spring) 37-36--73

Local players

J.D. Lehman (Beaufort) 38-37--75

Kyle Eichelsbacher (Hilton Head Island) 41-39--80

Wesley Long (Bluffton) 38-42--80

Tyler Williams (Hilton Head Island) 41-41--82

Zachary Boe (Bluffton) 41-41--82

Boys 13-14

Leaders

Keenan Huskey (Greenville) 37-35--72

Cole Patterson (Greenville) 39-34--73

Trace Crowe (Easley) 38-38--76

Charlie Dallery (Sumter) 38-38--76

Trevor Phillips (Inman) 38-39--77

Walter Crum (Murrells Inlet) 39-38--77

Jackson Weede (Greenville) 37-40--77

Coleman Self (Greenwood) 39-39--78

Stuart Gibbs III (Greenville) 39-39--78

Jake Carter (Aiken) 40-38--78

Dwight Cauthen (Columbia) 39-39--78

Josh Fickes (Lady's Island) 36-42--78

Local players

Bryson Nimmer (Bluffton) 42-40--82

Matt Lehman (Okatie) 44-40--84

Jonathan Phillips (Hardeeville) 39-45--84

Will Miles (Hilton Head Island) 41-45--86

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