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Carolinas - Georgia Junior Championship
A large contingent of the best junior golfers in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia will again gather for the 9th Annual Carolinas-Georgia Junior Championship at Mt. Vintage Golf Club, January 15th and 16th. While neither of the defending champions will be on hand to defend their titles, the competition will be fierce to see who can come out on top after 36 holes of play.
In the boy’s division, South Carolina will begin play with 15 of the top 20 players in the current SCJGA rankings. Led by Jacob Bridgeman, a junior from Inman, the Sandlappers look to capture the team and individual titles this year. Bridgeman, a Clemson commitment, comes in with 3 major victories during the 2016 season, including the CGA Junior Championship, the Beth Daniel Junior Azalea, and the Grant Bennett Florence Invitational.
North Carolina will begin play with 11 of the top 20 players in the current TYGA rankings. Led by the top ranked player in the state, Nicholas Lyerly, the NC team is looked to defend its team title and take the individual titles as well. Lyerly, a senior and UNCG signee is the current NC Amateur champion.
Georgia will begin play with 11 of the top 30 players in the current JGS rankings. They will be led by current Georgia State Junior Champion, Justin Kim, of Rome. Kim, a senior and Kennesaw State signee, comes to Mt. Vintage after having a stellar summer of junior golf.
In the Girl’s division, South Carolina will begin play with 8 of the top 10 girls in the state based on current rankings by SCJGA. The current POY in South Carolina, Gracyn Burgess, of Lexington, will head up the SC team. The junior at Lexington High School has verbally committed to play golf for Clemson.
North Carolina will begin play with 7 of the top 20 players in the current TYGA rankings. Caroline Cahill, of Wilmington will return to Mt. Vintage as the top player for the NC team. The UNC-Wilmington signee has captured several titles on the PKB Tour in 2016 and looking for a top finish here.
Georgia girls will begin play with 9 of the top 30 players in the current JGS rankings. Led by 15 year old, Caroline Craig, of Sautee Nacoochee and Louise Yu, of Duluth, the GA girls are looking to rally their team to capture their first team title. Yu, a senior, has committed to play golf at Vanderbilt University in the fall.
Come out and join the kids, their parents, volunteers, coaches, and sponsors during this 2 day celebration of golfing excellence by these fine young people.
Another Star-Studded Field
to Gather At Mt. Vintage
With sunshine and warm temperatures returning to Mount Vintage for the opening round of the 9th Annual Carolinas Georgia Junior, players were dressed in shorts and taking aim at the Mount Vintage course. Leading the charge with low scores in the boy’s division is Columbia’s Ryan Marter. The Wofford College signee fired an opening round 66, which included eight birdies. The six under par round sets a new tournament record for the lowest 18 hole score. Four shots back of Marter is current Georgia State Amateur Champion, Colin Bowles of Albany. Four other boys were able to break par on day one by firing one under par rounds of 71. In all, fourteen players were able to post par or better rounds on day one.
In the girl’s division, there is a logjam at the top with three players firing one under par rounds of 71. That group is led by current South Carolina POY Gracyn Burgess of Lexington. Joining Burgess are Jensen Castle of West Columbia and Amanda Sambach of Davidson. Lurking one shot back of the leaders is Caroline Cahill after opening with an even par 72.
In the team competition, North Carolina takes an eight shot lead into day two over South Carolina and a seventeen shot lead over Georgia. North Carolina is the three time defending champion in the team competition.
Another great day of weather is expected for the final round.