Columbia County was flush with competition on the course this week with two tournaments Monday through Thursday.
The Southeastern Junior Golf Tour’s West Lake Junior Classic was Monday and Tuesday while Bartram Trail hosted the Sixth Annual Columbia County Junior Invitational Golf Tournament Wednesday and Thursday.
At West Lake, a pair of Martinez residents topped the leaderboard in the girls divisions. Megan Sabol was first in the 12-14 age bracket, posting a 77-89-166. Sarah Harrison shot consecutive lows of 76-72 (148) while winning the 15-19 girls division. Her nearest competitor was 14 strokes behind.
Like Harrison, Chip Allen of Evans shot a 148 (72-76) leading the 14-15 boys from start to finish. Tyler Barker of Evans (150) and Martinez’s Hunter Dunagan (151) finished second and third, respectively. Also from Evans, Salil Ghamande (152) was fifth and States Fort (162) was 11. Appling’s Alex Shead (163) was 12, while Josh Searles of Evans (176) was 21 and Joseph Daniel Kim of Martinez (177) was T22.
In the boys 12-13, Augusta Prep’s Jake Forgay shot 84-77-161 and beat his nearest competitor by 24 strokes.
At the Columbia County Junior Invitational, playing nine holes each day, Owen Whitehead made noise in the 10 and under division, winning while shooting a new course record 61 from the yellow tees. Alex Colligan (63) finished second and Chase Johnson (70) was third.
In the 11 and 12 category, Azion Bogan (74) was first, Patrick Jean-Pierre (75) was second and Carter Harwell (85) was third.
Fort shot 145 to lead the 13 and 14-year-olds, while Cole Madison (151) was second and Drew Duffie (153) placed third.
Harrison, who will be a sophomore at Augusta Christian, continued where she left off on Tuesday, beating Grovetown’s Matre Lind on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff Thursday to take the 15-18 title. Both shot a 147 while Charles Griffin from Evans High School (150) was third.
Lakeside High School’s Eunice Yi participated in the 64th U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship at Lake Merced Golf Course in Daly City, Calif. July 16-17. She posted a 12-over on day one, but rebounded to shoot a 6-over on the second day. She failed to advance to the match-play round, missing the cut by just three strokes.