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Mathews Captures the 16th Vicki DiSantis Championship

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 2, 2021) -- Final results of the 16th Vicki DiSantis Junior Girls’ Championship at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. on May 2, 2021. The field competed at 6,203 yards (par 35-37--72).


The CGA conducted this championship under the COVID-19 Tournament Protocols. Learn more here


Related: Championship Web Site | Full Field | Starting Times | Scoring | History | Photos


Pine Island Country Club proved to be challenging per usual, but with up to 20 mile per hour winds, the course put the field to the test for the final round of the 16th Vicki DiSantis Junior Girls’ Championship. Despite tough conditions, Emily Mathews of Mebane, N.C. was able to hold her lead from the opening round and captured the title at 2-under-par, 142 overall.

 

Coming into the day, Mathews’ main goal was to manage her expectations and focus on one shot at a time. With Elizabeth Rudisill of Charlotte, N.C. and Mary Kathryn Talledo of Spartanburg, S.C. close behind her after the opening round, she wanted to control her game and block out what her opponents were shooting.


Mathews started the round with a bogey on No. 1, but she was able to gain momentum from several clutch par saves, including her play of the day when she holed out on No. 4 from the bottom of a hill 30 yards away. Immediately following the shot she remarked, “you’ve gotta get lucky sometimes.” However, her birdie on No. 7 was far from luck and it fueled her fire to finish the front nine at 1-over-par, 36.


Rudisill also birdied No. 7 and with two more birdies on Nos. 10 and 14, she found herself tied for the lead on the 16th tee. With matching pars on No. 16, the 17th hole became pivotal in determining the next Vicki DiSantis Champion.


Rudisill carded a bogey on the par-3 No. 17 and Mathews sank a clutch par putt to take back her lead. She retained her one-stroke lead through the 18th green and graciously won the 16th Vicki DiSantis Junior Girls’ Championship. Rudisill earned runner-up with a 1-under-par, 143 finish.


The newly minted champion said, “It means a lot to me. It is an honor to win this tournament especially going into recruiting. It really means a lot to me and my family.” This is Mathews’ second CGA championship title. She is the reigning Dogwood State Junior Girls’ Champion and she will try to defend her title at Kinston Country Club in July.


Third place was claimed by a three-way-tie at 2-over-par, 146 overall. The 2020 North Carolina Junior Girls’ Player of the Year Kiera Bartholomew of Wake Forest, N.C. tied with Mary Kathryn Talledo of Spartanburg, S.C. and Ella Perna of Durham, N.C. 


The CGA would like to extend a thank you to the members and staff of Pine Island Country Club, especially Head Professional Joey Schneider and Course Superintendents Scott Cato and Daniel Anderson, for their hospitality in hosting the 16th Vicki DiSantis Junior Girls’ Championship. We are thankful for their support in hosting this event for the last 15 years.


16th Vicki DiSantis Junior Girls’ Championship

Pine Island Country Club, Charlotte, N.C.

Final Results

 

Pos. Player City, State, Graduation To Par R1 R2 Total
1 Emily Mathews Mebane, NC, 2023 -2 67 75 142
2 Elizabeth Rudisill Charlotte, NC, 2025 -1 71 72 143
T3 Ella Perna Durham, NC, 2022 +2 72 74 146
T3 Kiera Bartholomew Wake Forest, NC, 2023 +2 72 74 146
T3 Mary Kathryn Talledo Spartanburg, SC, 2021 +2 69 77 146
T6 Heather Appelson Wake Forest, NC, 2023 +3 74 73 147
T6 Emma Schimpf Daniel Island, SC, 2021 +3 74 73 147
T6 Sydney Roberts Chesnee, SC, 2022 +3 73 74 147
9 Kayleigh Reinke Rock Hill, SC, 2021 +4 76 72 148
T10 Morgan Ketchum Winston-Salem, NC, 2022 +5 76 73 149
T10 Macy Pate Winston-Salem, NC, 2024 +5 73 76 149
T12 Karlee Vardas Lexington, SC, 2021 +6 77 73 150
T12 Adrian Anderson Murrells Inlet, SC, 2022 +6 73 77 150
T14 Shyla Brown Matthews, NC, 2026 +7 80 71 151
T14 Raegan Propes Charleston, SC, 2022 +7 77 74 151
T14 Maria Atwood Holly Springs, NC, 2022 +7 76 75 151
T14 Madison Messimer Myrtle Beach, SC, 2025 +7 75 76 151
18 Kayla Dowell Mebane, NC, 2021 +8 75 77 152
19 Gabriela Cruz High Point, NC, 2021 +9 78 75 153
T20 Rachel Joyce Southern Pines, NC, 2026 +10 77 77 154
T20 Katherine Schuster Kill Devil Hills, NC, 2021 +10 77 77 154
T20 Grace Ridenour Raleigh, NC, 2025 +10 77 77 154
T23 Jenna Kim Raleigh, NC, 2027 +11 81 74 155
T23 Abby Franks Roebuck, SC, 2023 +11 78 77 155
T23 Saia Rampersaud Durham, NC, 2025 +11 77 78 155
T26 Autumn Carey Manning, SC, 2022 +12 79 77 156
T26 Bridget Wilkie Bluffton, SC, 2024 +12 78 78 156
T28 Paige Paolucci Blythewood, SC, 2022 +13 80 77 157
T28 Madison Dixon Boiling Springs, SC, 2023 +13 77 80 157
T30 Leah Edwards Greensboro, NC, 2025 +14 80 78 158
T30 Karsyn Roberts Pikeville, NC, 2024 +14 80 78 158
T30 Sofia Carles Clinton, SC, 2021 +14 75 83 158
T33 Layla Meric Wesley Chapel, NC, 2021 +15 80 79 159
T33 Emerson B. Dever Durham, NC, 2025 +15 80 79 159
T33 Alexis Hodge LEXINGTON, SC, 2022 +15 83 76 159
T33 Sophie Lauture charlotte, NC, 2024 +15 78 81 159
T33 Lexi Bennett Santee, SC, 2021 +15 76 83 159
T38 Skye Two Hawks Skenandore Aiken, SC, 2024 +16 79 81 160
T38 Ava Lucas Raleigh, NC, 2021 +16 77 83 160
T40 Grayson Bonner Mt Pleasant, SC, 2024 +17 81 80 161
T40 Grace Holcomb Wilmington, NC, 2021 +17 82 79 161
T40 Katherine Dann Charlotte, NC, 2023 +17 83 78 161
T40 Nicole Nash Charlotte, NC, 2023 +17 84 77 161
T44 Anna Czarkowski Morganton, NC, 2023 +18 81 81 162
T44 Maya Beasley Pinehurst, NC, 2023 +18 81 81 162
T44 Sarah Boteler Greenville, SC, 2021 +18 80 82 162
T44 Hannah Altman Lake City, SC, 2022 +18 78 84 162
T44 Macie Burcham Greensboro, NC, 2021 +18 84 78 162
T49 Caroline Hawkins Columbia, SC, 2026 +19 84 79 163
T49 Emily Beiers Lexington, SC, 2021 +19 77 86 163
T49 Caroline  Johnson Mooresville, NC, 2023 +19 84 79 163
T52 Kasey McIlvaine Raleigh, NC, 2023 +20 80 84 164
T52 Justine Pennycooke Cary, NC, 2023 +20 81 83 164
T52 Ella June Hannant Pikeville, NC, 2027 +20 79 85 164
T52 Ella Stalvey Blythewood, SC, 2023 +20 77 87 164
T56 Olivia Wilkie Bluffton, SC, 2022 +21 80 85 165
T56 Lily Kate Watson Raleigh, NC, 2023 +21 84 81 165
58 Tyler Spriggs Cary, NC, 2023 +22 84 82 166
T59 Ella Kue King Mountain, NC, 2023 +23 81 86 167
T59 Emma Niebauer High Point, NC, 2022 +23 83 84 167
T59 Mary-Paige King Clemmons, NC, 2023 +23 84 83 167
T59 Kinsley Smith Raleigh, NC, 2024 +23 84 83 167
T59 Kennedy Gooding Lexington, SC, 2022 +23 85 82 167
T59 Megan Morris Cary, NC, 2021 +23 87 80 167
T59 Jennifer Rials Florence, SC, 2022 +23 88 79 167
T66 Katelyn Griggs Lexington, NC, 2022 +24 80 88 168
T66 Allison Lebo North Augusta, SC, 2022 +24 85 83 168
T66 Peyton O'Brien Clemson, SC, 2024 +24 90 78 168
69 Alicia Fang Waxhaw, NC, 2026 +25 83 86 169
70 Taylor Burch Elgin, SC, 2021 +26 85 85 170
T71 Chayse Cool Goose Creek, SC, 2022 +28 84 88 172
T71 Mary Sears Brown Wake Forest, NC, 2021 +28 89 83 172
73 Kaitlyn Rand Raleigh, NC, 2022 +29 83 90 173
74 Helena Winterberg Harrisburg, NC, 2023 +30 84 90 174
T75 Olivia Ireland Inman, SC, 2023 +32 88 88 176
T75 Lextyn Petz Columbia, SC, 2021 +32 89 87 176
77 Hallie Wilson Lewisville, NC, 2027 +34 87 91 178
78 Elli Flinchum Summerfield, NC, 2022 +36 91 89 180
79 Gigi Nagy Black Mountain, NC, 2023 +37 91 90 181
80 Landry Hamm Charlotte, NC, 2027 +45 95 94 189
81 Mary Elizabeth Harrison Cary, NC, 2025 +52 94 102 196
WD Anika Rana Duncan, SC, 2021 - 86 WD WD
WD Alexia Siehl Fort Mill, SC, 2022 - WD   WD

 

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The CGA annually conducts 48 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 150 One-Day (net and gross) events as well as qualifying for USGA national championships. The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation (CGF). The CGF has distributed nearly $2,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.     

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