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49th Twin States Junior Girls' Preview

Players to Watch at 49th Twin States Junior Girls' Championship

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- The Carolinas Golf Association will conduct the 49th Twin States Junior Girls’ Championship at Chapel Hill Country Club in Chapel Hill, N.C. on June 30-July 1, 2015. This is the third CGA championship hosted by Chapel Hill Country Club. The 18-hole course was designed in 1922 by Gene Hamm, then re-designed by John LaFoy in 1999.

The Twin States Junior Girls' Championship brings together the best junior girls from North and South Carolina to compete in a 36-hole stroke play championship. Starting times begin at 8:00am off holes 1 and 10 on Tuesday, June 30. The second round on Wednesday starts with a 9:00am shotgun. Players are flighted for the second round based on first round scores.

Defending champion Catherine Ashworth of Fuquay-Varina
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Defending champion Catherine Ashworth of Fuquay-Varina, N.C. looks to become the first player to win back-to-back championships since Barbara Koosa won in 1986 and 1987. Ashworth recently made it to the finals of the North Carolina Junior Girls' Championship. Ashworth is prepared to defend her title against a strong field for the 49th Twin States Junior Girls’ Championship.

10 players to watch at this year’s championship:

1.     Catherine Ashworth of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., a recent high school graduate is ranked 8th in N.C.  She won the 2014 CGA  Twin States Girls’ Championship, the 2015 Peggy Kirk Bell Open and was the runner-up in last fall’s 4A state championship.  She also recently finished runner-up in the CGA NC Junior Girls’. Ashworth will begin her college career in August playing for the ECU Pirates.

2.     Ashley Czarnecki of Greenville, S.C. recently shots three consecutive rounds of under-par to claim the Women's South Carolinas Junior Girls' Championship. Czarnecki is the 6th ranked junior in South Carolina. She will be a rising senior in high school. She has also qualified to play in the USGA Junior Girls' Championship.

3.     Emily Cox of Lancaster, S.C. won the 10th Vicki DiSantis Junior Girls' Championship this past May. Cox will be a rising junior in high school but has proven she has the mental toughness to compete at the highest level.

4.     Jessica Spicer of Bahama, N.C.  Spicer, a rising high school senior, was the 2014 Carolinas Junior Player of the Year and is the reigning champion of the Carolinas Junior Girls’ and Peggy Kirk Bell Junior.  Spicer is the sixth ranked junior girl in N.C. and has verbally committed to play college golf at Virginia Tech.

5.     Jodee Tindal of Rock Hill, SC. Tindal is the top ranked junior in the state of South Carolina.

6.     Sarah Spicer of Bahama, N.C.  Spicer, the twin sister of Jessica, is also a rising senior at Northern Durham High School.   Spicer recently won the 2015 NC Women's Amateur at Porters Neck CC by seven shots.  Last November, Spicer won the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Tour Fall Preview at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro.  Spicer is currently ranked fifth in N.C. and will join her sister playing college golf at Virginia Tech.

7.     Gracyn Burgess of Lexington S.C. Burgess finished 2nd in the Women's South Carolina Junior Girls' Championship and tied for 5th in the CGA Vicki DiSantis. Burgess will only be a sophomore in high school next fall but is ranked 4th in South Carolina Junior Golf Rankings.

8.     Siranon Shoomee of Sanford, N.C. Shoomee finished solo second in last year’s Twin States. She is currently ranked 3rd in the TYGA state rankings. Shoomee has won back-to-back 3A State Championships and will be a rising senior.

9.     Callista Rice of Mars Hill, N.C.  Rice, a rising high school junior, won the 2014 CGA Dogwood State Junior and was named second team all-state in 2014.  Rice is currently ranked #16 in N.C.

10.  Hailey Clearly of Lexington, S.C. Clearly, a rising senior, is the 8th ranked junior in S.C. Clearly finished in the top ten at the WSCGA Junior Girls’ Championship. Clearly won the 2014 Blade Junior.

Other junior girls to watch are; Jensen Castle of West Columbia, S.C., Isabella Rusher of Salisbury, N.C., Katherine Carson of Mooresville, N.C., Smith Knaffle of Murrells Inlet, Anna Chanthaphaeng of Boiling Springs,  S.C., Anne Collom of Charlotte, N.C.

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About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)

The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.

Now in its 106th year, the CGA annually conducts 43 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 140 One-Day (net and gross) events and 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 more than $1,500,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.    

For more information about the CGA, visit www.carolinasgolf.org.

 

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