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By Connie Hensley
Special to The Beacon
St. James Plantation Founders Club hosted the Waccamaw Conference boys’ golf tournament March 26. In beautiful weather, the West Brunswick High School men’s team finished second with 324 strokes. The Trojans were beat out for first by West Bladen with 310 strokes. Blake Baysden, who carded a 71 and finished first, led the Knights.
South Brunswick was third at 362 and North Brunswick fourth at 396 in the seven-team tourney.
For the Trojans, Greg Hensley shot a 75 (second place), Cole Grammen an 81 (fifth-place tie), Drew Boyer an 81, River Corbett an 87, Chris Clendenin an 88 and Holt Durham an 89.
This was the second of three regular-season conference tournaments held in Brunswick County in which the Knights came away with a victory.
“West Bladen played this course as if it was their home course,” said WBHS Coach Ron Ambrose. “They had three solid scores in the 70s and we almost had three. I am happy with our scores. We didn’t get our fourth good score, but I do anticipate better.”
The Trojans were disappointed with their play after their win at West Bladen’s home course Land-O-Lakes on March 22.
“I played solid overall,” Hensley said. “I just had too many putts. This loss should help the team realize that it’s not a season made out to be easy.”
“This course was a challenge because of the wind, the course layout and the overall format,” Clendenin said.
“The course was challenging,” Corbett said. “You definitely have to navigate yourself around the course. You must be able to hit the fairways.”
St. James Plantation is committed to hosting junior tournaments to grow player potential, including high school golfers.
“Our members enjoy seeing kids grow and develop as players,” said Brian Walker, Founders Club at St. James head golf pro. “I and my two assistants are Class A PGA golf professionals and we follow the PGA Golf 2.0 initiative to support player development. Hosting a high school tournament is a way St. James can contribute toward the initiative. I began playing golf at age 12 and all through high school. Watching these kids play is like a trip down memory lane for me.”