55th Annual Junior Championship

Fickes Takes Championship

Each player that took exit 51 off of I-20 came through the Charlie Rountree, Jr. Junior Golf Intersection on their way to the Country Club of Lexington.  Very fitting as the tournament trophy is also named for the “Father of Junior Golf” in South Carolina.  The 55th SCGA Junior Championship had  Josh Fickes holding the Charlie Rountree Trophy after finishing the 54 hole championship at six under par 210.

It was a breezy and brutally hot day in the midlands of the Sandlapper state with temperatures hitting the upper 90’s.  Fickes went into the day with a two shot lead over his nearest competitor.  By the time the final group made the turn, Justin Hood of St. Matthews had narrowed the margin to one after posting a two under 34 on the front nine.  Fickes then made bogey on the par four 10th and a double-bogey on the difficult par three 11th enabling Hood to take a one shot lead after he also bogeyed eleven.  

Fickes regained the lead on the par four 13th hole after making birdie and Hood posting a bogey and extended it to two after Hood posted bogey on the fourteenth.  Hood made up a stroke on 15 and then birdied the long par three 17th to pull even at five under par coming into 18.  Fickes knocked it to 10 feet and Hood even closer.  “I liked the angle and knew it would come down to putting this week,” Fickes commented.  He was absolutely right as he sank the birdie while Hood’s putt slid just under the hole.  That put Fickes at six under par and claimed him the title of the 2013 South Carolina Junior Championship.

It should be noted that Jamie Wilson of Mt. Pleasant followed up an opening round of two over 74 with rounds of 68-69 and finishing one back at five under 211.

The boys 13-14 bracket has Sumter’s Christan Salzer as Champion.  Salzer started the day with a five shot lead and the only younger player under par after 36 holes. A final round 75 through the tough blustery conditions still gave the young man a four stroke margin of victory over Harrison Corbin of Inman.

The low eight scores of the tournament will automatically qualify for the 38th Annual Georgia-South Carolina Junior Team Matches.  Those players include Fickes, Hood, Wilson as well as Alex Handy, Zach McLain, Michael McKee, RJ Keur and Winn Taylor.  Taylor made the eighth and final spot after a two hole playoff.

For the sixth consecutive year The Heritage Classic Foundation has signed on as presenting sponsor of the South Carolina Junior Championship to continue their strong support of junior programs in SC.  The Heritage Classic Foundation is the general sponsor of the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing and The Players Amateur and has raised close to $25 million for charity since its inception in 1986.  The Heritage Classic Foundation has a long history of supporting junior golf programs in SC. They have been the title sponsor of the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Rankings for the past 10 years.

Final Results

1 Fickes, Josh (Beaufort) 69-67-74--210
T2 Hood, Justin (St. Matthews) 68-71-72--211
Wilson, Jamie (Mount Pleasant) 74-68-69--211
4 Handy, Alex (Aiken) 68-70-74--212
T5 McLain, Zach (Gilbert) 69-73-72--214
McKee, Michael (Ware Shoals) 73-69-72--214
Keur, Julian (N. Charleston) 70-70-74--214
T8 Taylor, Winn (Greenville) 73-74-68--215
Mills, Sawyer (Easley) 73-69-73--215
Herold, Zachary (Lexington) 71-73-71--215
T11 Gilliard, Bennett (Greenville) 74-74-68--216
Proveaux, Caleb (Lexington) 70-72-74--216
Nimmer, Bryson (Bluffton) 70-75-71--216
T14 Hicks, Will (Camden) 75-71-72--218
Salzer, Christian (Sumter) 68-75-75--218
Crowe, Trace (Easley) 72-72-74--218
Bishop, Zachary (Travelers Rest) 75-74-69--218
Zoller, Austin (Summerville) 73-73-72--218
T19 Butt, Zakariya (Summerville) 71-75-73--219
Phillips, Trevor (Inman) 74-72-73--219
T21 Marter, Will (Columbia) 75-72-73--220
Weede, Jackson (Greenville) 74-72-74--220
T23 Cale, Chase (Simpsonville) 75-67-79--221
Yearout, Wilson (Mount Pleasant) 77-74-70--221
T25 Sowell, Logan (Kershaw) 74-72-76--222
Self, Coleman (Greenwood) 75-78-69--222
Miley, Bryce (Lexington) 76-73-73--222
Corbin, Harrison (Inman) 71-77-74--222
Powell, Bobby (Simpsonville) 79-71-72--222
T30 Skiff, Spencer (Aiken) 74-72-77--223
Marter, Ryan (Columbia) 77-72-74--223
Parrott, Jack (Columbia) 79-73-71--223
T33 Fisher, Chase (Columbia) 74-71-79--224
Baliker, Christian (Simpsonville) 74-75-75--224
Strickland, Will (Greer) 78-72-74--224
Cauthen, Dwight (Columbia) 75-73-76--224
T37 Dallery, Charles (Sumter) 77-74-74--225
Weary, Alec (Bluffton) 73-76-76--225
Patterson, Cole (Greenville) 77-69-79--225
Nichols, Hunter (Clinton) 75-74-76--225
T41 Harwood, William (Columbia) 73-78-75--226
Hollenbach, Will (Inman) 75-74-77--226
T43 Reynolds, Harry (Greenville) 74-75-78--227
Reynolds, Stephen (Greenville) 79-75-73--227
Garrett, Adam (Easley) 75-71-81--227
Orischak, Andrew (Hilton Head) 78-72-77--227
Bundy, Will (Bennettsville) 72-77-78--227
T48 Cassidy, Drake (Hartsville) 72-82-74--228
Rhyne, Josh (Gaffney) 73-81-74--228
T50 Bartolomucci, Rj (Hilton Head) 71-79-79--229
Sheppard, Wil (Mount Pleasant) 79-75-75--229
DeMarco, Christopher (Mount Pleasant) 74-76-79--229
T53 Hinkle, Brady (Lancaster) 78-75-77--230
Farmer, Graham (Anderson) 71-76-83--230
Carter, Jake (Aiken) 76-76-78--230
T56 Augenstein, Henry (Columbia) 73-79-79--231
Phillips, Trent (Inman) 79-77-75--231
T58 Heustess, Zack (Lexington) 78-79-75--232
Flowers, Dixon (Sumter) 80-77-75--232
T60 Carter, Matt (Easley) 71-83-79--233
Dunn, Trevor (Columbia) 75-78-80--233
Sanders, Weston (Greenwood) 76-77-80--233
63 Panetti, Coble (Rock Hill) 78-72-85--235
64 Spencer, Kyle (Mount Pleasant) 78-78-81--237
65 Beiers, Nicholas (Lexington) 77-77-84--238
66 Beal, Michael (Columbia) 74-80-85--239
67 Bradley, Colby (Graniteville) 78-75-91--244
Failed to Make the Cut
T68 Shore, Peyton (Saluda) 80-75--155
Garrison, Grant (Anderson) 81-74--155
Bell, Grayson (Piedmont) 79-76--155
T71 Hall, Andrew (Columbia) 81-75--156
Thompson, Jacob (Florence) 78-78--156
Carter, Rex (Greenville) 76-80--156
Gibbs, Stuart (Greenville) 80-76--156
Keane, Matthew (Lexington) 80-76--156
Mishra, Vijay (North Myrtle Beach) 76-80--156
T77 Karavan, Kohler (Myrtle Beach) 83-74--157
Wright, Ryan (Laurens) 82-75--157
T79 Dodgen, Hunter (Columbia) 80-78--158
Warnock, Jordan (Roebuck) 77-81--158
Weiss, John (Columbia) 79-79--158
Smith, Tyler (West Columbia) 82-76--158
Moninghoff, Matt (Blythewood) 80-78--158
Hargett, Cole (Blythewood) 79-79--158
Mahaffey, Alex (Greenville) 77-81--158
Koon, Scotty (Lexington) 81-77--158
Huntley, Jennings (Columbia) 81-77--158
Smith, Jake (Spartanburg) 80-78--158
T89 Lehman, Matt (Bluffton) 78-81--159
Robertson, Seth (Inman) 79-80--159
Camp, Hunter (Easley) 81-78--159
T92 Teaster, Matt (Spartanburg) 79-81--160
Crum, Alan (Murrells Inlet) 77-83--160
T94 Johnston, Trevor (Lugoff) 84-77--161
Vasudeva, Ishaan (Columbia) 77-84--161
Moore, Sam (Blythewood) 77-84--161
Burton, Ben (Charleston) 77-84--161
Casey, Jarman-Thomas (Easley) 86-75--161
T99 Crimminger, Benjamin (Summerville) 77-85--162
Hall, Patrick (Hilton Head) 86-76--162
Bennett, Jeb (Conway) 82-80--162
102 Fox, Pierce (Greenville) 79-84--163
T103 Hall, Austin (Clover) 82-82--164
Nielsen, Timothy (Columbia) 81-83--164
Piontek, Mason (Greenwood) 82-82--164
Carter, Graham (Fort Mill) 81-83--164
Richardson, Mason (Garden City) 84-80--164
T108 Tilley, Alex (Blythewood) 82-83--165
Mitchell, Jonathan (Graniteville) 81-84--165
T110 Skiff, Alex (Aiken) 84-82--166
Woods, Christian (Summerville) 83-83--166
McAlister, Drake (Easley) 85-81--166
Burns, Ryan (Spartanburg) 86-80--166
Moody, Levi (Greenville) 88-78--166
Stewart, Ian (Columbia) 83-83--166
Glennon, Michael (Mount Pleasant) 87-79--166
Kubilus, Jeremiah (Gilbert) 84-82--166
T118 May, James (Ninety Six) 89-78--167
Sullivan, William (Columbia) 80-87--167
Tyler, Jackson (Seneca) 85-82--167
Manning, Kirkland (Easley ) 82-85--167
Kenley, Karsten (Myrtle Beach) 83-84--167
T123 Lewitt, David (Moore) 83-85--168
Knight, Benjamin (Summerville) 83-85--168
Moseley, Ryan (Greenville ) 83-85--168
Hall, Drew (Hilton Head) 87-81--168
Vallery, Ethan (Pawleys Island) 85-83--168
Shubinsky, Boris (Hilton Head Island) 84-84--168
T129 Andrews, John (Columbia) 82-87--169
McGillan, Devin (Lexington) 85-84--169
Daniel, Matt (Taylors) 87-82--169
Chriswell, Joshua (Trenton) 87-82--169
Drafts, Sam (Columbia) 83-86--169
134 Castleberry, Daniel (Greer) 87-83--170
T135 Reeves, Wes (Greenville) 86-85--171
Williams, Michael (Lancaster) 85-86--171
137 Nicholson, Benjamin (Lexington) 87-85--172
T138 Golden, Patrick (Murrells Inlet) 89-84--173
Conde, Michael (Elgin) 93-80--173
140 Free, Parker (Moncks Corner) 90-84--174
T141 Broome, Nick (Spartanburg) 89-86--175
Turner, Drew (Easley) 87-88--175
T143 Burke, Thomas (Columbia) 86-90--176
Strausbaugh, Wilson (Greenville) 93-83--176
145 Davis, Hudson (Greenville) 91-86--177
T146 Fabian, Cory (Gilbert) 86-92--178
Mahn, Warner (Hartsville) 95-83--178
148 Faile, Taylor (Blythewood) 90-89--179
149 Rawl, Jacob (Lexington) 94-86--180
150 Cierzan, Tanner (Columbia) 90-91--181
151 Valdivia, Keith (Taylors) 89-93--182
152 Brock, Cal (Greenwood) 94-89--183
T153 Norville, Wesley (Kershaw) 88-96--184
Hamilton, Hunter (Lexington) 93-91--184
Larick, Joshua (Lexington) 96-88--184
156 Brown, Caleb (Kershaw) 93-92--185
157 Somerville, Andrew (Greenville) 96-93--189
158 Allen, Chalmers (Columbia ) 101-92--193
159 Vardas, Alec (Lexington) 100-109--209
160 Morway, Robbie (Daufuskie Island) DQ--DQ
161 Bastin, Connor (Spartanburg) WD--WD

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