A field of 120 accomplished junior golfers from South Carolina teed it up Monday for first-round action at the 62nd SCGA Junior Championship Presented by the Heritage Classic Foundation at Tradition Golf Club in Pawleys Island.
Austin Scott (Daniel Island), a rising senior at Bishop England High School, looks to become only the seventh player ever to successfully defend his title in the 62-year history of this event. Joining Scott as a tournament favorite is Gene Zeigler(Florence), a rising senior at Trinity Byrnes Collegiate who built on his top-8 finish in 2019 to become the SCJGA’s Jay Haas Player of the Year and the Carolinas Junior Player of the Year.
Fellow rising seniors Matthew Hutto(Blythewood) and Trey Crenshaw(Lancaster) were also members of the triumphant South Carolina team in last year’s SC-G Team Matches, and as contenders in the 2019 SCGA Junior Championship look to capitalize on that experience to lead them to victory.
With his recent dominant performance at the CGA’s Jimmy Anderson Boys’ Junior Invitational, rising sophomore Adam Hunt(Columbia) has also played his way into the pool of contenders, while fellow 2023 player Jerry Bruns(Beaufort), who took first place in the Boys’ 13-14 Division of this event in 2019, has also played consistently well in recent competition.
In all, 18 of the top-25 ranked players in the SCJGA’s Heritage Classic Foundation rankings were set to tee it up today in the quest to become 2020 SCGA Junior Champion. One of the longest-running state championship events in the nation, the SCGA Junior Championship boasts a distinguished collection of past champions including Lucas Glover, Wesley Bryan, Charlie Rymer, Jack Lewis, and a multitude of other notable players who have hoisted the Charles Rountree, Jr. Trophy.
Players ages 13-18 will compete in a 54-hole event, with players making the cut after Tuesday’s second round advancing to championship round play on Wednesday. Tee times for Tuesday and Wednesday begin at 8 a.m.
A continued partnership with the South Carolina Golf Association, The Heritage Classic Foundation is once more the presenting sponsor of the Junior Championship, showcasing the best players across the state. A 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Heritage Classic Foundation is dedicated to supporting educational and charitable initiatives to enhance quality of life and economic vitality by hosting the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing, South Carolina’s only PGA TOUR golf tournament.