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Gracyn Burgess of Lexington, S.C. earned a CGA victory in June at the Twin States Junior Girls'  


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SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (July 22, 2016) -- From July 26-28, the Carolinas Golf Association will conduct the 60th Carolinas Junior Girls’ Championship at Colonial Country Club in Thomasville, N.C. The Carolinas Junior Girls' Championship format is 54 holes of stroke play. The field will be flighted after round two based on the player’s 36-hole score. The Championship flight will be made up of the top 18 players and ties. All other flights will consist of 9 players each.

Related: Tee times & Pairings | Hole-by-hole scoring | Championship History | Championship Website

This tournament marks the eighth CGA Championship that Colonial Country Club has hosted and the first Carolinas Junior Girls’ Championship. Colonial Country Club is a private club steeped in tradition with well-appointed amenities, providing a rich and full family membership experience. Conveniently located just moments from anywhere in the Piedmont Triad, in Thomasville, North Carolina, Colonial Country Club is proud of its history and proven ability to grow and continue to build toward the future.

Defending champion Madison Moosa of Charlotte, N.C. will not be returning to defend her title this year. However, a field of 67 of the best junior golfers in the Carolinas will compete for the championship.

  • Emily Hawkins of Lexington N.C., enters the championship as one of the hottest players in the field among Carolinas juniors. Hawkins, a rising high school junior, followed up her win at the N.C. Junior Girls with a solid 2nd place finish at the Twin States in late June. The 15 year-old is currently ranked #9 TYGA.
  • Rachel Kuehn of Asheville N.C. Kuehn, a rising high school sophomore, has had a successful 2016 summer season thus far, placing sixth or better in her last six starts. The 15 year-old also recently qualified for the U.S. Junior Girls. Kuehn is a member of the 2015 N.C. Girls’ All-State Second Team and is currently ranked #10 by TYGA.
  • Gracyn Burgess of Lexington S.C., a rising high school junior, has had a very successful summer thus far, winning the Twin States Girls’ Championship and qualifying for U.S. Junior Girls last month. The 16 year-old is ranked #1 in the state of SC but has not committed to play college golf anywhere thus far.
  • Kathleen Sumner of Charleston S.C., a rising high school senior, finished 3rd in last year’s event. Sumner’s most recent victory in 2016 came at the beginning of June in the Jimmy Self Invitational where she shot rounds of 75-72 to claim a one shot victory over Emily Cox. The 17 year-old is currently ranked #2 by the SCJGA and is committed to play college golf at Florida State.
  • Emily Cox of Lancaster S.C., enters the championship hot off of a win at the Blade Junior Golf Classic earlier this month, shooting three-under-par for the 36-hole event. Cox, a rising high school senior, also recently qualified for and competed in the U.S. Junior Girls Championship. Cox is ranked #4 by the SCJGA and has verbally committed to play college golf at Southern Mississippi.

Other players to watch at the Carolinas Junior Girls’: Jensen Castle of West Columbia, S.C., Riley Smyth of Cary, N.C., Elle Johnson of Inman, S.C., Anna Grace Brock of Greenwood, S.C., Natalie Peterson of Holly Springs, N.C., Carly Lyvers of Simpsonville, S.C., Emily Dunlap of Greenville, S.C., Ashlee Richardson of Simpsonville, S.C., and Jalen Castle of West Columbia, S.C.

Scoring will be provided by the CGA throughout the championship, offering 9 and 18-hole updates. Live updates will also be available on the CGA’s official Twitter accounts, @CarolinasJunior and @cgagolf1909. Continue to visit the CGA website throughout the championships for complete championship coverage including scores, interviews, photos, and recaps.

Entry is open to any female amateur golfer who has not reached her 19th birthday by July 28, 2016, who has not started college, is a legal resident of North Carolina or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has a current USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club.


Monday, July 25
12:00 pm - Tee times available for practice
7:00 pm - Player’s social

Tuesday, July 26
7:30 am – 9:30 am Round 1 starting times off #1 and #10
11:30 am – 2:00 pm Player’s lunch

Wednesday, July 27
7:30 am – 9:30 am Round 2 starting times off #1 and #10
11:30 am – 2:00 pm Player’s lunch

Thursday, July 28
9:00 am Round 3 shotgun start
1:30 pm Award’s lunch


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.

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.    

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