Beaufort’s Jerry Bruns continued his strong summer on the links by advancing to the semifinals of the Carolinas Golf Association’s S.C. Junior Match Play Championship last week at Berkeley Country Club in Moncks Corner.
Bruns was the No. 17 seed after stroke play qualifying, but he made an impressive run of four consecutive wins in match play, including an upset of the No. 1 seed.
The Beaufort High standout needed only 13 holes to dispatch his first opponent, then survived a 20-hole marathon in the second round. Bruns was able to come back strong the next day and knock off top-seeded Willis Rogers (2&1), then hold off Ford Reynolds (1-up) to advance to the semifinals.
Bruns took William Phipps to the final hole in the semifinal matchup but came up short in his bid to reach the final.
Hilton Head Island’s Max Green qualified seventh in stroke play and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Mason Tucker.
Bluffton’s Andrew Swanson was the No. 11 seed in stroke play and won his first match before falling in the second round.
In the girls division, Bluffton’s Camila Burnett earned the No. 9 seed in stroke play and dominated her first match before falling to top-seeded Kayleigh Reinke (1-up) in the quarterfinals.