Golden, Knaffle among S.C. players competing in Can-Am Junior Team Matches

A team of the top juniors in South Carolina that includes Murrells Inlet residents Patrick Golden and Smith Knaffle will try to improve upon an already impressive record against the top juniors from the Canadian province of Ontario this weekend in the 18th annual Can-Am Junior Team Matches at Wachesaw Plantation Club in Murrells Inlet.

The 16-player teams feature the eight top-ranked boys and eight top-ranked girls in both South Carolina and Ontario who will compete in a Ryder Cup-style format with four ball matches on Saturday and individual singles matches on Sunday.

The matches will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday. South Carolina leads the series 14-3.

The matches have been held at the private Wachesaw Plantation since 2002 and the club has agreed to host the South Carolina Junior Golf Association-run event through 2018.

In addition to Golden, the S.C. boys are Trent Phillips of Inman, Christian Salzer of Sumter, Caleb Proveaux of Leesville, Jordan Warnock of Roebuck, Reed Bentley of Wellford, Brady Hinkle of Lancaster and Jake Carter of Aiken.

In addition to Knaffle, the S.C. girls are Ashley Czarnecki of Greenville, Gracyn Burgess of Lexington, Jodee Tindal of Rock Hill, Emily Cox of Lancaster, Kathleen Sumner of Charleston, Victoria Husckey of Greenville and Jensen Castle of West Columbia.

A Can-Am Junior Am on Wednesday featuring many of Ontario’s top juniors kicked off the week of events.

During their trip, the Canadian juniors are playing many of the Grand Strand’s top courses and being housed by Surfside Realty and Wachesaw Plantation members.

As part of Can-Am days, about 60 elite Canadian junior golfers through the Golf Association of Ontario are receiving instruction at the Steve Dresser Golf Academy and playing courses including True Blue Golf Club and Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.

Alan Blondin: 843-626-0284, @alanblondin