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Gray finishes tied for 12th at Johnson tourney

Posted: March 6, 2017 1:12 p.m.
Updated: March 7, 2017 1:00 a.m.

MYRTLE BEACH -- Tyler Gray of Lugoff finished tied for 12th in the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship at played at TPC Myrtle Beach on Feb. 23-25.

A junior at Thomas Sumter Academy and the defending South Carolina Independent School Association state individual champion, Gray opened play in the prestigious event with a 1-under par 71, which had him tied for third place after the first round. He carded a 77 on his second round followed by a closing day 78 for a final 10-over par 226 total.

Trent Phillips of Inman won the boys event, completing the 54-hole event with a 5-under par 211. Skylar Thompson captured the girls title with a 5-over par 221.

Gray is ranked sixth in the the Palmetto State in the most recent South Carolina Junior Golf Association rankings.

 The event's 104-player field, which included boys and girls divisions, was comprised of the game's next generation of stars. Players from 19 states and five countries are participated in the 54-hole tournament.

 The Golf Channel show Morning Drive broadcast live from the event with Charlie Rymer and Chantel McCabe anchoring the coverage with Gray being featured on the show.

 Eight of the top 10 junior boys and 11 of the top 12 junior girls in South Carolina played in the tournament. Twenty participants have signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate golf this fall.

 With the support of Johnson, the top-ranked player in the World Golf Rankings, the tournament provides participants a PGA Tour-like experience, and the chance to challenge themselves against their peers from others parts of America and the world. 

 Johnson’s involvement with the tournament reflects his long-time commitment to junior golf, particularly in South Carolina, where he grew into one of the world’s best players. Through the Dustin Johnson Foundation, which is headquartered in Myrtle Beach, Johnson has donated more than $250,000 to junior golf, sponsoring numerous events throughout the state and helping cover entry costs for kids who need financial assistance.



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