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Jimmy Anderson Boys' Players to Watch

 
 
The Carolinas Golf Association’s 2019 boys’ championship season gets started with the 11th Jimmy Anderson Boys’ Invitational at Jacksonville Country Club in Jacksonville, N.C. on April 13-14, 2019.
 
 
This year marks the eleventh time the tournament has been hosted by Jacksonville CC.  All but two past champions have gone on to play Division I college golf including two-time champion Andrew Decker of Greenville, N.C. (NC State); Connor Lewis of Davidson, N.C. (Radford); Thomas Walsh of High Point, N.C. (Virginia); Patrick Cover of Huntersville, N.C. (UNC-Wilmington) and Christian Salzer of Sumter, S.C. (NC State).  The last two champions, Danny Azallion of Hilton Head, SC (Virginia Tech) and Kenan Poole, II of Raleigh (UNC-Chapel Hill) will begin their collegiate career this coming fall.
 
This annual junior tournament was started in 2009 by the alumni of the Jacksonville Country Club junior golf program to honor their longtime teacher and friend Mr. Jimmy Anderson.  Jimmy Anderson was the head golf professional at Jacksonville Country Club for over 25 years.  Each Saturday morning, he conducted a junior golf clinic to help spread the game of golf to the next generation.  During his tenure at Jacksonville CC, he taught many juniors including Mallory Miller, the 1987 N.C. Junior Champion and numerous future collegiate and golf professionals.  Not only did he teach the game of golf, but was always there with a helpful word of encouragement to any young golfer.  The tournament began as a boys and girls tournament, but due to the success of the event, the girls have been given their own tournament that is conducted each fall in October.
 
Here are a few players to watch at this year’s Jimmy Anderson Boys’ Invitational:
 
Spencer Oxendine of Fayetteville, N.C.  Oxendine, a high school senior, is ranked #2 in N.C. junior rankings.  Oxendine, won the 2018 Creed Boys' Invitational and the 2018 Hope Valley Junior Invitational.  Oxendine made a big splash in the summer of 2018 finishing in second place in the Carolinas Men's Amateur and tied for third in the N.C. Men's Amateur.  In the 14 tournaments Oxendine has played in the past 12 months, he has finished outside to top 10 only twice.  Oxendine represented the Carolinas Golf Association in the Carolinas-Virginas Junior Team Matches winning the last match to secure the Vinny Giles Cup for the Carolinas team.  Oxendine has signed to play college golf at N.C. State.
 
Zachary Reuland of Rock Hill, S.C.  Reuland, a high school junior, won the South Carolina/Georgia High School Cup last month and has third place finishes in the Bengal High School Invitational, Ford-Picard Christmas Classic, the Henry Transou Memorial Junior, the SCJGA Players Championship and the Harvey Brock Orange Jacket Classic.  Reuland is currently ranked #8 on South Carolina's junior rankings.
 
Tyler DeChellis of Clayton, N.C.  DeChellis, a high school sophomore, is the sixth ranked junior in North Carolina.  DeChellis, finished in the top ten in last year's Jimmy Anderson Boys' Invitational.  Other top finishes include a runner up in the Creed Boys' Invitational, a sixth place in the Bojangles Junior Open, finishing seventh in the TYGA State Championship and Harvey Brock Orange Jacket Classic.
 
Mason Tucker of Lancaster, S.C.  Tucker, ranked #10 on the South Carolina junior ranking's is a high school sophomore.  In 2018, Tucker was the runner-up in the S.C. 4A State Championship and Beth Daniels Junior Azalea and finished tied for third place in the Creed Boys' Invitational.
 
Eston Lee of Four Oaks, N.C.  Lee, a high school junior, finished tied for 35th in the 2018 N.C. Men's Amateur along with top 10 finishes in the Coastal Plains Junior, the Bojangles Junior, the Dogwood State Junior, the TYGA State Championship, the Bill Harvey Memorial Junior, the Donald Ross Junior and the Archdale-Trinity Chamber Junior.  Lee has verbally committed to play college golf at East Carolina University.
 
Austin Scott of Charleston, S.C.  Scott, a high school sophomore, reached the semi-finals in the 2018 S.C. Junior Match Play Championship.  Scott was also the runner-up in the Henry Transou Memorial Junior, tied for ninth in The Blade Junior, finished in fourth place in the Moragn Lucas Championship and recently was the medalist in the Palmetto Christian High School Tri-Match.
 
Christopher Sperrazza of Raleigh, N.C.  Sperrazza, a high school senior, signed to play college golf at East Carolina University this past November.  Sperrazza won the Wolfpack Junior Amateur, tied for second in the Scott Robertson Memorial Junior, tied for third in the Carolinas Junior and tied for sixth in the Hope Valley Junior Invitational.
 
Zach Adams of Charleston, S.C.  Adams, a high school freshman, won the Ford-Picard Christmas Classic and the Morgan Lucas Championship along with being the medalist in the Dustin Johnson Junior World qualifier.  Adams had top 10 finishes in the Grant Bennett Florence Junior, The Blade Junior and the Harvey Brock Orange Jacket Classic.
 
Other players to watch are Austin Alexander of Rutherfordton, N.C., Symon Balbin of Pinehurst, N.C., Charlie Barr of Salisbury, N.C., Trey Crenshaw of Lancaster, S.C., Ethan Hall of Morehead City, N.C., Jake Herring of Wilson, N.C., Randall Hudson of New Bern, N.C., Tyler Jones of Jacksonville, N.C. and Nicolas Mathews of Mebane, N.C., and Austin Mosher of Mount Pleasant, S.C.


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