With high school events behind them, local golfers have full summer slate of golf ahead of them.
Augusta Christian rising senior Sarah Harrison and Lakeside rising junior Hunter Dunagan competed in the PGA Junior Series at the Columbia Country Club in Blythewood, S.C. from June 3-5 in hopes of winning an exemption to the Junior PGA Championship.
Harrison finished with an 11-over 227, taking fourth, while Dunagan tied for third with a 1-under 215. Only the winner of each tournament qualified for the Jr. PGA Championship in Bryan, Texas at the end of July.
“It was all because of the last day,” said Harrison who shot 8-over 80 on the final 18 holes after carding a 73 and 74 on the first two days. “My putts were going in and stuff and I seemed to have it together and I was hitting the greens and I was hitting it all right – and then the last day I don’t know what happened. Every time I hit a shot I really believed that off the tee was really good, it would end up in a place like behind a tree.”
Like Harrison, Dunagan, the 2014 Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA low medalist, shot 73 and 74 the first two days. He finished his final round at 4-under 68, but failed to gain ground as the leader was two strokes ahead and shot the same score.
On Saturday and Sunday, Lakeside rising junior Megan Sabol took to the Bridge Mill course in Canton, Ga. hoping to qualify for the 2014 Optimist International Junior Golf Championships in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. on July 24-29.
Sabol finished third, shooting 81 and 78 to earn her way to the event.
“I’m glad I qualified to go to Florida,” said Sabol. “I wasn’t too happy with the way I played the first day but the second day was much better.”