Thaddeus Wier III of Myrtle Beach earned his first professional victory Tuesday in a playoff in a SwingThought.com Tour Carolina Winter Series event at Black Bear Golf Club.
Both Wier and former Appalachian State player Casey Johnson of Martinez, Ga., shot 11-under 133 over 36 holes, and Wier holed a 25-foot birdie putt from the fringe on the 374-yard par-4 10th on the first hole of the playoff. Wier had a final-round 66 and Johnson had a 67.
“That’s the best 36-hole score I’ve ever put up and I was probably just being pushed all day by the two guys I was with,” Wier said. “I just knew I’d have to probably make birdie to win, I knew he wasn’t going to make a bogey. That putt I had, it somehow found its way into the hole.”
Wier, 24, an East Aurora, N.Y., native who lived in Myrtle Beach for a year in 2009-10 recently returned to the area and turned pro three weeks ago. He earned $2,400 for winning the 13-player event and Johnson earned $1,200.
High school girls tennis
•Myrtle Beach 6, Aiken 0
| The Seahawks had little trouble dispatching Aiken Wednesday, winning all 12 contested games en route to a 6-0 victory and a spot in the Lower State finals against Hilton Head.
The Seahawks will travel to Hilton Head on Monday for an early start – the Hilton Head courts do not have lights – for a rematch of playoff action from last year. Myrtle Beach won, en route to an appearance in the state championship, but coach Jeri Himmelsbach said that result means nothing this year.
“We're playing good tennis right now so we're loking for a good match,” she said. “But what’s in the past is in the past.”
: Elizabeth Truluck (MB) def. Sabrina Leguizamon 6-0, 6-1; Rachel Berkey (MB) def. Frederika Tucker (MB) 7-5, 6-3; Emma Springs (MB) def. Frelicia Tucker 6-1, 6-3; Bailey Deskins (MB) def. Regan Gregory 6-0, 6-1; Paxton Gentry (MB) def. Jaslyn Croft 6-0, 6-2
: Catherine Truluck/Katharine Woodard (MB) Carolina Frey/Lauren Davis 6-1, 7-5
Rec.: 19-1 (8-0)
•(At) Waccamaw 5, Aynor 1
| The Warriors defeated the Blue Jackets to advance to face Bishop England on Monday.
: Ali Destain (WAC) def. Heleana Toth 6-0, 6-0; Sydney Derrick (WAC) def. Gentry Johnston 6-1, 6-0; Maddy Middleton (WAC) Amelia Evans 6-4, 5-7, 10-5; Alana Maser (WAC) def. Shelley Baker 6-4, 7-5; Kelly Floyd (AYN) def. Delacey Rowland 4-6, 6-4, 10-8
: Caitlyn Crask/Sassy Tolson (WAC) def. Mattie Hucks/Summer Goewey 6-4, 6-4
High school girls volleyball
•Aynor 5, (at) Johnsonville 2 (25-19, 26-28, 22-25, 25-21, 15-10)
| Terry Elms led the way with 31 kills and 2 blocks as the Blue Jackets overcame Johnsonville on the road. Katie Altman had 16 kills, Kayla Ernst had 49 assists and 5 aces and Taylor Gerald had 2 blocks for Aynor, which now turns to head to face Bishop England.
The Lady Bishops are going for their 15th consecutive state title, but coach Michelle Altman said she has her pep talk ready.
“every Goliath has a David,” said Altman, noting that this is the first time Aynor girls volleyball has made it to the fourth round of the playoffs, “and maybe we'll be the David this year.”
Junior Bryce Follensbee had a goal and an assist in the first half to lead No. 24 Coastal Carolina past Winthrop 2-0 on Wednesday, according to a university release.
The Chanticleers improved to 11-4-0 overall and 6-0-0 in Big South play with the victory, while the loss dropped Winthrop to 10-4-1 (4-2-1 Big South). In addition, the conference victory was Coastal's 34th in its last 35 regular season matches, according to the release.