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Lady Demons Wise finishes 12th in Cuthbert; Camden tops L-E in girls golf opening match
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Lugoff-Elgin sophomore golfer Michaelah Wise posted a 12th place finish in the Tommy Cuthbert All Stars tournament played Aug. 20-21 on Seabrook Island.   

The Tommy Cuthbert All Stars tournament recognizes the best players, boys and girls ages 7-18, from the chapters of South Carolina Junior Golf Association’s Hootie and The Blowfish Series.  The tournament is named and played in honor of Tommy Cuthbert, long-time Director of Golf on Kiawah Island and a very strong supporter of junior golf and the SCJGA.  Competitors played two days of 18 holes on Ocean Winds, a 6,496 yard par 72 course.  

Wise qualified for the Mid-State by playing this summer in Monday matches for girls ages 13-18 under the guidance of Dave Martin, chapter director.  She represented the Mid-State Chapter in the team competition. 

“Michaelah worked very hard this summer and did everything we (the coaching staff) asked her to do”, said Lugoff-Elgin head girls golf Coach, Zoe Dommel prior to Wise’s playing in the elite event.  “She is very deserving and will be a good representative for our school though her through Mid-State qualification. This will be a great chance for her to get on the radar of college coaches. She is playing better than ever and playing well at the right time. I am looking forward to seeing what she can do in this tournament.”  

Camden edges L-E golfers: Wise led all golfers with a nine-hole 51 score but it was not enough to overtake Camden as the Lady Bulldogs edged Lugoff-Elgin, 235-219, on Tuesday afternoon at the Camden Country Club.

The match kicked off the fall season for both squads.

Tristan Ray, an eighth-grader at Lugoff-Elgin Middle School, shot a 59 for L-E while juniors Greta Tautkus and Kayla Redmon shot a 56 and 69, respectively, for the Lady Demons. Brooke Jackson, a seventh-grader at LEMS, joined Tautkus in playing their first competitive rounds of gold in the event. 

“I am excited about shooting 235 in our season opener,” Dommel said. “The best we scored last year was 268 against Ridge View. If we can keep improving and our beginning golfers gain experience, it could be a good season.”