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Kelly wins AAA state individual title
Host Bulldogs fourth in AAA golf championship
CAMDEN'S WILLS KELLY BLASTS out of a sand trap in Monday's opening round of the AAA state golf championship at the Camden Country Club. - photo by Tom Didato/C-I

Camden’s Wills Kelly fired a tournament-best 3-under par 67 on Tuesday for a two-day 141 total to win medalist honors at the AAA boy’s state golf tournament held at the Camden Country Club.

As a team, the host Bulldogs finished fourth with a 644 score. Bishop England, second after the first day of the 36-hole event, won its second consecutive AAA state championship and seventh in school history with a 612 score. First-day leader Chesnee was next with a 627 with Woodruff third at 628 with Camden 16 strokes behind in fourth.

In winning the individual crown, Kelly’s second day 67 was his second-best round at his home course. He shot a 66 last summer. He shot an opening round 74 Monday which was five strokes behind the leader.

“I didn’t really have a number in mind,” Kelly said of his preparation going into the final round at the par-70 Donald Ross-designed layout. “I just tried to play each shot the way that I know I can hit each shot.

“I hit the ball a lot better today than I did yesterday.”

A complete story on Kelly’s victory and a tournament rundown will be included in Friday’s edition of the Chronicle-Independent.