THE
CAROLINAS - GEORGIA
JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
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When the field tees off in January for the 4th Annual Carolinas-Georgia Junior Championship, the boy’s division will welcome the players of the year from all three states represented, not to mention one of those players is also the American Junior Golf Association’s Rolex Player of the Year for 2011.  Cody Proveaux of South Carolina, the current AJGA Rolex and SCJGA Player of the Year will join North Carolina’s Player of the Year, Miller Capps and Georgia’s Player of the Year, Greyson Sigg, as they lead their respective states in the annual event at Mount Vintage Plantation.  In addition to these players, the field welcomes Matt NeSmith of North Augusta, the 2011 AJGA Polo Classic Champion and 2011 Junior Heritage Champion, Parker Derby of Columbus, the 2011 Bobby Chapman Champion and runner-up to NeSmith in the AJGA Polo Classic.  Davis Womble, a Wake Forest signee, and Victor Wiggins, an Auburn signee, will give the Tar Heel team a huge boost in the chase for the team title.  The field includes 18 of the top 20 ranked players in South Carolina, 12 of the top 20 ranked players in Georgia, and 14 of the top 20 ranked North Carolina players based on respective state rankings and the National Junior Golf Scoreboard.

 

The girl’s division includes two of the three players of the year in the states represented.  The division is headlined by our defending Champion, 3-time South Carolina Player of the Year and 2011 Junior Solheim Cup Member, McKenzie Talbert of North Augusta and 2-time North Carolina Player of the Year, Sara Bae.  Bae boasts an impressive 10 victories in 2011 and highlighted her year by participating in the U.S. Women’s Amateur in Rhode Island.  Georgia will be led by Clemson signee, Sloan Shanahan, and 15 year old Michaela Owen, both of Suwanee. The field includes all 10 of the top 10 ranked players in South Carolina, 10 of the top 16 ranked players in Georgia, and 10 of the top 13 ranked North Carolina players based on respective state rankings and the National Junior Golf Scoreboard.

 

Players will be welcomed to Mount Vintage by the staff and volunteer members over the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend.  Play will be conducted over the Chester and Vintage nines with

official play beginning at 10:00 AM on Sunday, January 15th.  Spectators are welcome and play can be followed at www.juniorgolfscoreboard.com.

 

 

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Miller Capps
Davis Womble
Matt NeSmith
Greyson Sigg
Sara Bae
Sloan Shanahan
Michaela Owen
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Boy's Field
Girl's Field

NeSmith Charges To First Round Lead With 4-Under 68

Stephenson and Mao Share Girl’s Division Lead

 

North Augusta’s Matt NeSmith continued his impressive play Sunday afternoon at Mt. Vintage Plantation by firing a first round 68 to grab a 4 shot lead over a pair of North Carolina players.  NeSmith started slowly with a bogey on his first hole, but quickly got back to even par with a birdie on the third hole.  He posted another birdie and bogey on his front side to make the turn at even par.  A birdie on the 10th hole and bogey on the 12th hole left him even par for the day.  He would not make another par on the way in.  The South Carolina signee reeled off 5 birdies on his last 6 holes to go along with a bogey on the 17th hole to fire a 4 under par 32 on the inward half.  A winner in his last two tournament starts, NeSmith enters the final round in a comfortable position, out front. Zach Seabolt, of Raleigh, made 4 birdies and 4 bogeys on his way to a share of 2nd place, while Drew Johnson, of Oak Ridge, played an impressive round of even par by posting 1 birdie and 1 bogey over the Mt. Vintage course.  Three golfers are 5 shots back after firing 73’s and 5 players are 6 back after posting 2 over par 74’s.  Leading the group firing 74 is Cody Proveaux of Leesville, the 2011 AJGA National Player of the Year.

 

Lauren Stephenson of Lexington and Janet Mao of Johns Creek share the girl’s division lead after the first round.  Each poured in 3 birdies to go along with 4 bogeys to fire first round 73’s. One shot back is Sloan Shanahan from Suwanee.  Two shots back are Sarah Bae of Cary, the 2011 North Carolina Player of the Year and defending champion, McKenzie Talbert, of North Augusta.  With eight players within 5 shots of the lead, the girl’s championship is up for grabs on Monday.

 

In the team competition, which includes the top 8 boys scores and top 4 girls scores from each state, the first round lead belongs to South Carolina.  The Palmetto State team holds a 13 shot lead over the Georgia team and a 16 shot lead over North Carolina. 

 

Play resumes at 10 AM with a shotgun start for the juniors.

 

Boy's Day 1 Results
Girl's Day 1 Results

 

TALBERT SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS HER TITLE

NESMITH MAKES IT THREE IN A ROW

Isabella Skinner Achieves Rare Feat

 

McKenzie Talbert captured the girl’s title by a single stroke and Matt NeSmith held on to win the boy’s title by two strokes Monday afternoon at Mt. Vintage Plantation. 

 

Talbert began her day trailing overnight leaders, Janet Mao and Lauren Stephenson by two shots. With a tightly bunched leaderboard, five different girls held or shared the lead in the final 18 holes.  The biggest move came from sixteen year old Isabella Skinner of Cumming, Georgia.  Skinner aced her second hole of the day, the third on the Chester nine, and immediately threw herself in the title chase. As she approached the second hole on the Vintage nine, Skinner knew she was close to the lead.  With one swing, she not only took the lead in the tournament, she recorded her second hole-in-one for the day.  Word quickly spread around the course that she had achieved one of the rarest feats in golf.  Her excellent play led her to a runner-up finish.  First round co-leaders, Mao and Stephenson matched scores again by shooting 78 to tie for third. Sarah Bae followed up her first round 75 with a 77 on day two to take 5th place.  Low round of the day went to Michaela Owen as she fired an even par 72 to finish in a tie for 6th place.

 

In the boy’s division, first round leader, Matt NeSmith, opened his final round with bogeys on the first two holes.  He sandwiched two birdies around seven bogeys over the afternoon to finish with a 77.  With everyone feeling the difficulty of the Mt. Vintage course, Matt was able to hang on a capture his third consecutive tournament.  The biggest move of the day came from Davis Bateman of Charlotte.  His 2-under par 70 was one of two rounds under par on day two.  His fine play gave him a share of runner-up with Davis Womble of High Point.  Tying for fourth place were David Mackey and Zach Seabolt after rounds of 75 and 76, respectively.

 

In the team competition, South Carolina took bragging rights with a six shot victory over North Carolina and ten shot victory over Georgia.

 

The tournament committee would like to thank all of the volunteers, sponsors, and Mt. Vintage staff for making the event a wonderful success.  We would also like to thank the numerous college coaches for attending our event.

Boy's Final Scores
Girl's Final Scores
2012