Tears welled in Anna Grace Brock’s mother’s eyes as she embraced her daughter. Brock walked off the 18th green at Greenwood Country Club as the Festival of Flowers Jimmy Self Invitational champion.
Brock, a rising senior at Emerald High School, stayed consistent to win the girls side of the competition. Brock followed up a 1-over 73 in the first round with an even-par 72 in the second round.
Several family members greeted Brock as soon as she walked off the green. She was the only Lakelands player in the girls half of the competition. It’s also her second-consecutive tournament win at the country club. Brock won the Greenwood Country Club members’ tournament the previous weekend.
“It means a lot, since it’s my hometown and I have everyone here supporting me,” Brock said. “It means a lot and it (brings) a lot of confidence.”
In last year’s Self Invitational, Brock missed out on the title after shooting 76 on the second day. This year, she managed to be more consistent on the back nine.
“It feels good because I played one stroke better today than yesterday,” Brock said. “That’s always the goal — go out there and play better than you did the day before. So I succeeded in that.”
Bronson Myers, of Columbia, won the boys side of the tournament after a playoff against Brandon Masters, of Piedmont.
Myers shot 69 in both rounds. Masters, who shot 66 on Saturday, lost the opportunity to win the tournament Sunday when he faltered during the last three holes. Masters’ approach shot hit the rough on No. 18, but he battled back for par and finished shooting 72 in the second round.
Myers and Masters went to No. 1 for the playoff. Myers stayed on the fairway with his tee shot, but Masters barely missed the bunker on his. Myers won the playoff by one shot after tapping in for birdie.
Masters, a rising senior at Wren High School, committed to Lander University on Friday and will join the Lander golf team’s 2019 class. After coming close to a Self Invitational win, Masters said he was able to play a more relaxed tournament after making his college decision.
“It’s definitely a weight lifted off because I’m not having to worry about playing and trying to impress coaches now,” Masters said. “I’ve got my coach, and it takes a big weight off my shoulders now.”
Masters said Lander coach Mark Riddle, who watched his Sunday round and playoff, was a major reason why he chose Lander.
“It was really — besides the school (being) awesome and the golf team was awesome — (Mark Riddle) is what really did it for me,” Masters said. “He was awesome and was willing to really try to go out of his way to go out and recruit me, so he’s what really did it for me.”
Masters won the Class 4A golf state title with Wren last spring.
Buggy Reinke, of Rock Hill, who tied for fourth in the girls competition, made a hole-in-one on the par-3 No. 2.
Greenwood High rising senior Ryan Champaigne earned a personal tournament best of 73 in the first round, but faltered on the second day. Champaigne finished in 52nd, and shot 87 on Sunday.
Adam Fennell, Spence Hagood and Christian Davidson, each from Ninety Six, finished near the bottom of the boys leaderboard. Hagood, 13, was the youngest boy at the tournament.