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Creed Invitational brings top junior golfers to Camden CC

Posted: May 20, 2014 2:55 p.m.
Updated: May 21, 2014 5:00 a.m.

TREVOR JOHNSTON, A JUNIOR at Lugoff-Elgin High School, is one of five county players entered in this weekend’s Jimmy Creed Jr. Invitational.

In what is quickly becoming a Memorial Day weekend tradition, the top junior male golfers in the Carolinas will descend on the Camden County Club on Saturday and Sunday for the second annual Jimmy Creed Junior Boys’ Invitational.
 The 36-hole event will begin with an afternoon round on Saturday and close with 18 holes on Sunday morning. The event will be a stroke play tournament for junior boy golfers between the ages of 13 through 18 who have not finished high school. There will be divisions for players ages 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18.
The tournament is named for and played in memory of the late Jimmy Creed of Camden. Creed passed away in October of 2012 as one of the most popular and well thought of members at Camden Country Club.
“He loved kids and was very supportive of the junior golfers at the club,” said Camden Country Club head professional Matt McCarley. “He was a former junior champion here at the club and made it to the semifinals of the CGA four ball championship.”
Proceeds from the tournament, which is conducted by the Carolina Golf Association, will go toward a scholarship foundation to help local children.
Just as it did a year ago, the 84-player field Jimmy Creed Junior Invitational filled quickly with five players who have local connections scheduled to play in the event.
Camden High School junior Will Hicks is scheduled to tee off from the first tee, with the first threesome, at 12:33 on Saturday. One hour later, Lugoff-Elgin junior Trevor Johnson will tee off from the first tee with Demons teammates Chandler Walters, an Erskine College signee, teeing off from the first hole at 1:51 while L-E junior Brandon Hill will send his drive down the first fairway at 2 p.m. At 2:27 p.m., Tyler Gray of Lugoff will tee it up from the first tee in the 13- 14-year-old division.
Last year’s inaugural event was won by Trace Crowe of Easley, who went on to become the South Carolina Junior Golf Association’s player of the year. Crowe fired a two-day 141 over the par 70 Donald Ross-designed layout at the Camden Country Club. Crowe will be back to defend his championship and has a 1:42 tee time from the first tee on Saturday.


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