2017-07-17 / Sports

Good as Gordon at SC Jr. Match Play

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor

Gaffney’s Zack Gordon loves the summer.

A year ago, Gordon won the South Carolina PGA Junior Championship and finished an outstanding 33rd at the 78-player field PGA Junior National Championship in Rhode Island.

This summer, he may have topped those accomplishments by winning the prestigious South Carolina Junior Match Play championship Friday at Cherokee National.

Gordon, the No. 4 seed, defeated third-seed Reed Bentley 3-and-2 in the championship match.

“This certainly is the biggest win I’ve had and it gives me a lot of confidence,” said Gordon, a rising senior at Gaffney High.

Bentley held an early lead, recording birdies on Nos. 1, 2 and 5 to help him go 1-up through six holes.

Gordon fought back by claiming three of the next four holes to go 2-up.

He then went on another mini-run, capitalizing on a bogey by Bentley on the par-4 13th and making birdie on the par- 15th, extending his lead to 4-up.

Bentley made par on the following hole to keep his championship hopes alive.

Then, both players found themselves on 16 green with chances for birdie, but neither could convert, giving Gordon his first CGA championship on his home course.

Playing on his home course, Gordon had plenty of family and friends to cheer him on.

"There was a lot of people out there supporting me today. It was a great win,” Gordon said. “The best part of the win was taking a deep breath at the end.”

In the semifinals, Gordon defeated defending champion Brady Hinkle of Lancaster, 6-and-5.

Gordon blistered through the final seven holes of his morning match, making five birdies to defeat Hinkle.

Gordon finished the qualifying tournament in a tie for third place with Bentley,

Katie Whitfield won the girls championship over Jalen Castle.


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