After holding the 18-hole lead, Beaufort’s Jerry Bruns finds himself just one shot off the pace going into the final round of the 70th annual Grant Bennett Florence Junior being played at the historic Country Club of Florence.
Named after a legendary South Carolina golf instructor, the state’s longest-running boys golf championship is developing into a shootout. Eight golfers sit within six shots of the leader, Walker Jennings of Greenville, who sits at 6-under after a smooth 2-under 69 second round score to go along with his first round 4-under 67.
The Beaufort High School standout Bruns continues his stellar 2021 play as he sits in solo second at 5-under. Bruns led the field after the first round with his scorching 5-under 66 and followed up his pace-setting round with an even-par second round that included three birdies and three bogeys.
There are other Beaufort County golfers making noise in Florence this week, as well. Hilton Head Christian Academy’s Sean Engler is tied for 12th place at 3-over par after a solid even-par second round on Tuesday. The rising senior had three birdies and three bogeys during his round, easily making it within the 35 golfer cutline.
Fellow HHCA golfer Aiden LeBlanc will also make the cut along with Bluffton native Luke Block. Both golfers are tied for 21st place and sit just 11 shots back of the leader at 5-over par. Block comfortably put himself within the cutline with an up and down 1-under-par second round that included four birdies.
The low 35 golfers made the cut to play in Wednesday’s final round of one of the most celebrated boys junior tournaments in the state. Former champions include current Clemson standout Jacob Bridgeman and former Winthrop University star Sawyer Mills.
By Brian Rietveld / Photo courtesy SCJGA