Trinity student takes top spot in Boys S.C. Junior Match Play
Drew Jeffords, a Trinity Collegiate student who lives in Florence and who has family in Darlington, became the South Carolina Junior Match Play Champion at the Boys’ Division of the 2022 South Carolina Junior Match Play Championship at Orangeburg Country Club, in Orangeburg July 15.
The Boys’ Division competed at 6,895 yards (36-36–72). Coming into the day, Jeffords was getting ready to resume his quarterfinal match. Later in the evening, after a long day of golf, Jeffords became the South Carolina Junior Match Play Champion. The No. 44 seed in the bracket, clinched the title with a 2 & 1 win over his friend, David Oliver of Pageland.
“In a couple of my matches I didn’t miss a single putt inside 10 feet,” Jeffords said. “Then in the championship match my iron striking was really good, I hit everything really close. Everything really came together in different matches.”
This marked the first Carolinas Golf Association win for Jeffords.
“Honestly, during the rain delays, I just sat in the locker room and looked at my phone, ate some food, and drank some water,” Jeffords said. “I tried not to think about the match I had ahead of me.”
Earlier in the championship, Jeffords played in the longest match of the week. It took him 24 holes to take down Jay Wilkins of Simpsonville. “It was a very nerve-wracking match,” Jeffords said. “We both just grinded it out and eventually I just came out on top.”