(Orangeburg, SC) Jonathan Griz, 14, of
Hilton Head, S.C., and
Elle Johnson, 17, of
Inman, S.C. each topped their respective divisions in the SC qualifier of the Trusted Choice Big "I" National Championship junior golf tournament held June 25 – 26 at the Orangeburg Country Club in Orangeburg, S.C. Griz finished the second day eight under with a total score of 136. Johnson finished with 147.
After a two-hole playoff, second place of the boys division went to
Chad Carter, 18, of
Aiken, S.C., who finished with a final score of 148. Third-place went to
Austin Mosher, 16, of
Mount Pleasant, S.C., also with a final score of 148.
Second place of the girls division went to
Smith Knaffle, 16, of
Murrells Inlet, S.C., with a final score of 152.
All five teens will advance to the Trusted Choice Big “I” National Championship held Aug. 6-9 this summer at the Daniel Island Golf Club in Charleston, SC, and hosted by South Carolina independent insurance agents. They will be joined by
Dillon Hite, 17, of
Lexington, S.C., who also qualified to play the national tournament in the boys division.
Nationally, at least 3,000 boys and girls play in more than 300 local and state-qualifying tournaments organized by nearly 2,000 independent insurance agents. Visit their website (bigigolf.com) for a history of this tournament.
The state qualifier is a community-service project sponsored by the SC Trusted Choice Agents, whose members are small-business owners who operate independently of insurance companies, representing more than one company and selling all types of insurance. As a result, IIABSC members offer their clients a wider choice of auto, home, business, life and health insurance products.
Flight Winners, Boys Div.
Jonathan Griz, Hilton Head
F1 Runner up
Chad Carter, Aiken
F1 Second Runner up
Austin Mosher, Mount Pleasant
Colin Trahan, North Augusta
F2 Runner up
Walker Jones, Sumter
Andrew Greene, Aiken
F3 Runner Up
Spencer Benton, Gilbert
Johnny Velasquez, Mount Pleasant
F4 Runner up
Jackson McGowan, Charleston
Andrew Propes, Daniel Island
F5 Runner up
Sean David League, Travelers Rest
Flight Winners, Girls Div.
Elle Johnson, Inman
F1 Runner up
Smith Knaffle, Murrells Inlet