Savannah junior golfers qualify for Georgia Junior Championship

By Special to the Prep Sports Report | June 5, 2024

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Several area junior golfers qualfiied for the 59th Goergia Junior Championship being played June 17-19 at Forest Heights Country Club in Statesboro, Ga.

Pooler's Caden Hartley, rising junior at Savannah Country Day School, led the local qualifiers, carding a score of 1-under 71 at Crosswinds Golf Club on June 3 to finish T4 and claim one of 11 spots. Other qualifiers from the local qualifier inlcuded Richmond Hill's Patrick Mahaffey, Savannah's Bear Dollander, Savannah's Morris Lane and Savannah's Chad Chadwell, and Savannah's Braden Schnaible qualified at Houston Lake Country Club in Perry, Ga., on May 29.

Other area players in the field include Savannah's Braylon Royal and Pooler's Elliott Oliver, who are exampt after finishing in the Top 50 in the 2023 Georgia Junior Championship.

Chadwell and Lane claimed the last two open spots in a four-way playoff with Savannah's Jack Weeks and Hamp Threlkeld after all four players ended with scores of 3-over par 75. Lane advanced on the first hole of the playoff with a birdie, and Chadwell survived a five-hole playff with Weeks to claim the final spot.

Weeks will be the first alternate into the field, and Threlkeld will be the second alternate. Savannah's Quentin Brooks is the second alternate from the qualifier on May 29 at Houston Lake Coutry Club.

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