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Crowe flies to another Creed tourney title

Posted: May 27, 2014 12:08 p.m.
Updated: May 28, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Trace Crowe of Bluffton shot a final round 67, coming from behind to win his second Creed Junior Boys’ Invitational hosted by Camden Country Club.
Crowe, the 2013 Champion, defended his title beating out first round leader Harrison Rhoades of Raleigh, N.C. by two shots in the two-day, 36-hole event.
“I really thought I was going to have to make more birdies, but the course was playing difficult and pars were enough,” said the future Auburn University Tiger.
With 90 of the best junior golfers from North and South Carolina in the field, Crowe’s second title was not easy on the firm and fast greens at Camden Country Club. “You really have to think your way around this course. I just made up and down a lot of times, I am good at that and you have to do that well at this course,” said Crowe.
 Rhoades, a future Georgetown Hoya, finished solo second at 141 which was five shots ahead of the next closest competitor. A pack of young guns finished tied for third as Coleman Self of Greenwood, Henry Shimp of Charlotte, Matt Carter of Easley, Walker Cress of Concord, N.C. and Walker Simas of Charlotte, all finished at six over par 146.
Locally, Lugoff-Elgin senior and Erskine College signee Chandler Walters finished tied for 14th by shooting a 76-74 --150. His former Lugoff-Elgin teammate, L-E junior Trevor Johnston, fired a pair of 76s for a 152 total, which was tied for 21st.
Camden High junior Will Hicks tied for 55th with an 83-80 -- 163 while L-E junior Brandon Hill was a stroke back in a tied for 60th as he shot 82-82 --164. Tyler Gray of Lugoff finished tied for 65th with an 85-80 -- 165, which was good for seventh in the 13-14-year-old division.
Cress won the boys’ 15-16 division making birdie on the first playoff hole to beat out three of his fellow-competitors. 
The boys’ 13-14 age division was won by Jacob Bridgeman of Inman, as he finished with rounds of 75-76 for a 151 total. Viraj Garewell of Raleigh, N.C., took home solo second just one shot behind Bridgeman
 This annual junior tournament is conducted by Camden Country Club and the Carolinas Golf Association in memory of 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, said of Creed whose family presented the championship trophy to Crowe. “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 will go to a scholarship foundation to help local children.

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