Wilson places second at Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship
Jamie Wilson’s final tune-up for his senior golf season at Bishop England was a stunning success. But then that’s to be expected from Wilson, one of the top junior golfers in the state, South and country.
Wilson recently placed second in the inaugural Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, which was held at the TPC Myrtle Beach in mid-February.
Wilson, who is already signed and sealed to golf for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks, finished four strokes off the top spot, finishing second to Blake Taylor of Atkinson, N.C.
Taylor shot a 2-over 218 for the three-day event, while Wilson carded a 222. The tourney was played in less than ideal conditions that included frigid temperatures, gusty winds and rain.
The showcase featured some of the top junior golfers in the world. Golfers from 12 states and eight countries competed in the event, which had a field of 90 golfers.
Taylor took a two-stroke lead after the first day with a 70. Wilson checked in with a 72. Taylor expanded the lead to three shots after Day 2 of competition. Wilson cut the lead to one stroke on the final day, but Taylor held off the Bishop England standout’s challenge.
Wilson will aim for his third straight state Class AA individual championship this spring for the Bishops. The Bishops open the season Sunday when they compete in the Patriot Invitational art Wescott Plantation.
Bishop England qualified four wrestlers for the Class AA individual state championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday at the Anderson Civic Center.
Andrew Collins led the way for the Bishops, qualifying for his fourth state championship weekend. Jack Grooms qualified for his third state event. Taylor Smith will make his second trip to the state championships while Eric Vettel is making his first appearance.
Two-time defending Class AA girls’ state basketball champion Bishop England team was the only Daniel Island area team still alive as playoff continued this week.
The Lady Bishops opened the tournament with an 87-22 win over Barnwell and followed that up with a 68-31 defeat of Waccamaw. The Bishops were scheduled to play Dillon Tuesday night, with the winner advancing to Saturday’s Lower State championship at the Florence Center. The BE-Dillon winner will play the winner of the Battery Creek-Mullins showdown.
The state championship will be played at 2 p.m. March 5 at the Colonial Center in Columbia.
The Bishop boys also qualified for the playoffs as a No. 3 seed. The Bishops stunned Silver Bluff 54-36 in the opening round, but lost to Dillon 67-55 in the second round. Dillon was a No. 1 seed.
The Hanahan boys were a No. 2 seed, but were upset by Brookland-Cayce in the opening round. The Bearcats beat the Hawks 56-48.