41st Annual Junior Championship

Jones Dominates!

Gregg Jones of Florence posted a final round 71 to win the 41st Annual South Carolina Golf Association Junior Championship. It was his third straight sub par round for a 210 total and a six stroke margin of victory in the 54 hole Championship. This year's event was  held at Mid-Carolina Country Club, June 8-10, 1999.

Jones, 17, posted nines of 36 and 35 in the round. The Clemson bound player is only the second player to win in all four age groups. Jones, who did not miss a fairway all day, made three birdies on round.  Jack Ferguson, who started the day two strokes back, finished the round where he started, alone in second place. For the rising senior out of Seneca, this was the second straight year he finished in second place.

The top eight finishers overall earned a spot on the SC team in the South Carolina / Georgia Junior Challenge Matches. Juniors 14 and older were competing for those honors.  The overall Champion will be invited to play in the SCGA Amateur Championship in August at the Country Club of Charleston.

Dustin Johnson of Columbia claimed the 14-15 bracket with a birdie on the second hole of sudden death. Johnson forced the playoff after a four shot swing on the final hole of regulation when leader Zack Siefert of Simpsonville made a triple bogey seven and Johnson forced the tie with a seven footer for birdie.  The thirty six hole leader, Emmett Turner of Greenwood bogeyed the final hole to miss making the playoff by a stroke.

In the 12-13 age group, Warren Thomas of Columbia won by six strokes with a final round 74 for a 230 total.

The field of 180, competing in three age groups (16-17, 14-15, and 12-13) was cut to 63 for the final round.  For more information, the SCGA at (803) 732-9311.

Final Results

Ages 16-17
Gregg Jones, Jr. (Florence) 71-68-71--210
Jack Ferguson (Seneca) 73-68-75--216
Jon Stephenson (Columbia) 75-73-70--218
Scott Brown (North Augusta) 75-71-75--221
Taylor Kush (Columbia) 72-77-75--224
Matthew Robinson (Rock Hill) 74-77-74--225
Thomas Self (Greenwood) 80-71-74--225
Shane Birckbichler (Greenville) 76-74-75--225
Justin Keith (Easley) 74-73-79--226
Daniel Barden (Columbia) 78-75-74--227
Hagan Jordan (Williamston) 80-75-74--229
Justin Wilson (Camden) 77-78-74--229
Jonathan Chamberlin (Rock Hill) 78-74-77--229
Justin Gandy (Darlington) 77-79-74--230
Jay Sylvan (Columbia) 73-80-77--230
Matt Giffin (Easley) 80-75-76--231
Emerson Dyer (Conway) 84-72-76--232
Gavin Gillespie (Lexington) 79-76-77--232
Kenneth Wiland (Aiken) 78-74-80--232
Chase Butler (Irmo) 77-79-77--233
Stephen Poole Jr. (Spartanburg) 77-79-77--233
Jeffrey Goff (Jackson) 79-77-77--233
William Hill (Laurens) 77-77-80--234
Jonathan Alkis (Spartanburg) 77-76-81--234
Craig Morrow (Spartanburg) 80-75-81--236
Ryan Potter (Greenville) 77-77-83--237
Greg Brabec (Fort Mill) 81-75-82--238
Paul Wilson (Rock Hill) 78-78-84--240
Ages 14-15
Dustin Johnson (Columbia) 74-72-74--220
Zach Siefert (Simpsonville) 73-73-74--220
Emmett Turner (Greenwood) 72-73-76--221
Matt Bennett (Cheraw) 75-75-77--227
Steven Hartwig (Irmo) 76-75-77--228
Kevin Kisner (Aiken) 75-78-75--228
Brian Duncan (Greenville) 77-73-78--228
Adam Hart (Blythewood) 75-79-75--229
Nicky Biershenk (Boiling Sprgs.) 76-74-79--229
Zachary Moran (Taylors) 79-77-75--231
Charles Chapman (Mt. Croghan) 80-73-78--231
Matthew Bayliff (Easley) 79-79-74--232
Tanner Ervin (Mt. Pleasant) 78-75-79--232
Rocky Reed (Orangeburg) 83-77-73--233
Josh Janis (Ninety Six) 80-74-79--233
Lewis White, Jr. (Spartanburg) 84-71-79--234
Will Hutchens (Columbia) 80-80-75--235
Casey Thompson (Clarks Hill) 78-78-81--237
Luke Hart (Blythewood) 83-78-78--239
Matthew Mead (Greenville) 78-79-82--239
Ward Williams (Greenville) 82-79-79--240
Alex McNeel (Mt. Pleasant) 82-79-81--242
Clark Carpenter (Blythewood) 83-78-81--242
Andrew Hewitt (Spartanburg) 82-79-82--243
Chase Eldridge (Greenville) 78-80-85--243
Todd Coggins (Gaffney) 84-77-83--244
Jeff Spencer (Blythewood) 79-82-90--251

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