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Golf: Waccamaw High golfers in S.C. Amateur Championship

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

Waccamaw High golfer Trey Salley said he had some great moments during play in the South Carolina Golf Association’s Amateur Championship that concluded Sunday at DeBordieu.

With teammate and best friend Patrick Golden as his caddie, Salley made the cut by two strokes and played four competitive rounds on his home course. His total of 306 left him in a tie for 59th in the field that started with 126 players. Golden, the No. 1 player on Waccamaw’s state championship team and the second-ranked boys junior golfer in the state, missed qualifying for the tournament by one stroke and offered to carry his teammate’s clubs.

“I had a great time,” Salley said. “There were ups and downs all week. I had great moments playing really well and hit some shots I wish I could have had back.” He said Golden helped him bounce back from bad holes. “He’s such a great player and has played in so many tournaments,” Salley said. “He knows the lay of the land more than I do. It was good to have him out there, keeping me focused.”

Salley opened play with a 73 that was highlighted by a chip-in birdie at No. 1 and a tap-in eagle at the par 5 ninth hole. He said he hit a four hybrid to the front left pin from 233 yards. Salley overcame a triple bogey at the par 4 second hole on Day 2 with four birdies to shoot 78 and make the cut on his 17th birthday.

His grandmother Kat Salley, a member of the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame, was in the group with his parents following his two-some. She got him his first set of clubs and started him in the game. “She got me hooked. That’s for sure,” he said.

After an 81 in the third round, Salley bounced back with a 74 on Sunday.

His Waccamaw High teammate Jackson Cole also qualified for the tournament. After going one under par through six holes, he ran into trouble off the tee and shot 85 in the opening round. Cole came back with 76 on the rain-delayed second day.

“On the first day, I struggled off the tee getting the ball in play,” Cole said. “I talked with other juniors in the field and that seemed to be a universal struggle. For me, one bad drive knocked my confidence off, and it escalated after that. The second day, I didn’t take as many risks, and my short game was a lot better. Even though I missed the cut, I learned a lot playing with an experienced player.” Cole was paired with Furman golfer Bryce Howell of Blythewood, who finished fifth in the tournament with an even-par score of 288 for the four rounds.

Clemson golfer Carson Young of Pendleton won the S.C Amateur title for the second time in four years with an 11-under-par total of 277. He joined fellow Clemson Tigers and PGA Tour professionals Lucas Glover and DJ Trahan as well as his head coach Larry Penley as repeat winners.

Adam Langford of Murrells Inlet made the cut on the number, 153, and posted a four-day total of 303. Roy Hunter of Pawleys Island shot 78-77-156, and Rion Moore of Georgetown shot 74-83-157.

Cole and Golden are competing in the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea Invitational at the Charleston Country Club this week. Salley will wrap up his summer season at the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s Major Championship at True Blue Saturday and Sunday.

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