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Bridgeman Runs Away With Carolinas Boys'

 
Jacob Bridgeman of Inman, S.C. used four straight birdies to give himself a five shot lead entering Thursday’s final round at the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship. He had the best seat in the house to watch fellow competitor pull of a similar feat. Zack Gordon of Gaffney, S.C. birdied four of his first six holes to get within one shot of Bridgeman. A birdie on No. 8 allowed Gordon to pull even with Bridgeman. “I was playing decent, just wasn’t making any putts. I was even through eight and Zack was five under. He came out hot and I knew I was going to have to play solid on the back.”
 
 Bridgeman, who has had a fantastic summer since claiming the 3A high school state champion, used that experience to add another trophy to the collection. Bridgeman began to regain his lead with a birdie on No. 10. Gordon’s efforts to keep pace turned into a bit of a roller coaster. The rising junior made double bogeys on Nos 10 and 12 but sandwiched those with birdies on Nos. 11 and 13. The birdie on No. 13 got Gordon back within three. Any hopes Gordon had of another comeback were dashed when Bridgeman hit the shot of the Championship. The Clemson commit hit his tee shot on No. 14 to one foot. The 14th hole is a par-4. This spectacular shot surprised everyone, especially the group putting on the green. “I did not think I could get there, I was way short yesterday and today it was into the wind and I was hitting a cut. It hit on the fringe and rolled to a foot. I’ve had a hole-in-one before but I have never been that close on a par-4” Bridgeman said. The rising junior tapped in for eagle which gave him a comfortable lead but that did not stop him from further separating himself from the pack. The Jimmy South champion birdied No. 16 to get to 10-under-par. Bridgeman knocked in a four footer on No. 18 to shot a second consecutive four-under-par 68, 11-under-par 205 for the tournament which was more than enough to make him the 67th Carolinas Junior Boys’ Champion. “It feels good to win such a big event coming off of a couple of other big wins. This keeps me going and keeps my confidence high,” Bridgeman said after receiving his trophy. Gordon’s eventful round ended at even-par which was enough to claim second place at two-under-par 214. The second round of the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship shared the same headlines as the first day, triple digit heat and Jacob Bridgeman leading the way. The Inman, S.C. native came into the day with a two stroke lead and quickly found his grove with a birdie on No. 2. Another birdie on the par-5 sixth pushed the Clemson commit to two-under-par on the front. “I played solid on the front, nothing special but I knew I had some opportunities waiting on the back.” Bridgeman said. Having already created some separation, Bridgeman started to look like a runaway train when he made four straight birdies starting on No. 12. “I hit my first two approaches to five feet and made those, the third one was about ten feet, and the fourth was a tap-in. I left one about an inch short for five in-a-row,” Bridgeman said.  The rising junior fell back to earth and finished with a bogey on No. 18 but still carries a five-shot lead into the final round after shooting a four-under-par 68. After two sub-70 rounds, Bridgeman does not plan on changing much, “I’m going to go out with the same mindset tomorrow and try to make a bunch of birdies.” 
 
Bridgeman was not the only South Carolinian to break 70. Zack Gordon of Gaffney, S.C. Gordon was one-over-par after the first round but immediately got back to even with a birdie on his first hole, No. 10. Gordon kept his steady play going a turned in a three-under-par 69 to vault into second place. Joining him in second place is Tim Bunten of Concord, N.C. Like Gordon, Bunten was one-over-par after his first round. The similarities continued as Bunten birdied his first hole, No. 10. A three-under-par first nine followed by an even par second nine leaves Bunten tied for second after a three-under-par 69. Matthew Sharpstene of Ashville, N.C. tied Bridgeman for the round of the day with a four-under-par 68. The West Virginia commit now finds himself in a tie for sixth. Levi Moody of Greenville, S.C. also had an even-par round to finish the championship third at even-par at 216.
 
Carolinas Boys' (6,804 yards, par 72, 72.3/135)
 
Place
Name
Score
1
 Jacob Bridgeman (2018) Inman, SC 
69-68-68--205
2
 Zack Gordon (2018) Gaffney, SC 
73-69-72--214
3
 Levi Moody (2018) Greenville, SC 
71-73-72--216
T4
 Avery Price (2017) Gastonia , NC 
71-73-73--217
 
 Fulton Smith (2019) Pinehurst, NC 
75-71-71--217
T6
 Matthew Sharpstene (2017) Asheville, NC 
76-68-74--218
 
 Tyler Gray (2018) Lugoff, SC 
72-71-75--218
 
 Tim Bunten (2017) Concord, NC 
73-69-76--218
 
 Zack Swanson (2017) Waxhaw, NC 
73-72-73--218
T10
 Joey Funderburg (2016) Wilmington, NC 
72-74-73--219
 
 Walker Simas (2016) Charlotte, NC 
74-72-73--219
 
 Viraj Garewal (2017) Raleigh, NC 
71-76-72--219
 
 Ryan Marter (2017) Columbia, SC 
74-69-76--219
 
 Grant Sellers (2018) McBee, SC 
73-74-72--219
T15
 Rhodes Karriker (2017) Matthews, NC 
75-73-73--221
 
 Jack Friedman (2016) Mt Pleasant, SC 
75-70-76--221
T17
 Michael Coe (2017) Morrisville, NC 
72-75-75--222
 
 Wil Sheppard (2017) Mt. Pleasant, SC 
79-71-72--222
T19
 Alex Scott (2017) Raleigh, NC 
79-74-70--223
 
 Bradley Calloway (2017) Asheboro, NC 
73-74-76--223
 
 Jake Rutter (2017) Winston Salem, NC 
76-75-72--223
 
 Benjamin Crow (2018) Pinehurst, NC 
76-76-71--223
T23
 Mason Elmore (2017) Charlotte, NC 
75-72-77--224
 
 Carson Ownbey (2018) Candler, NC 
76-75-73--224
 
 Gray Carlton (2017) Charlotte, NC 
74-73-77--224
 
 Patrick Golden (2017) Murrells Inlet, SC 
75-75-74--224
 
 Logan McNeely (2017) Conover, NC 
78-72-74--224
T28
 Chris Kim (2019) Cary, NC 
72-73-80--225
 
 Jack Massei (2018) Cary, NC 
73-73-79--225
 
 Rhett Merritt III (2017) Easley, SC 
77-72-76--225
 
 Matthew Teaster (2017) Spartanburg, SC 
74-76-75--225
 
 Davis Gilmore (2018) Winston Salem, NC 
76-76-73--225
T33
 Michael Childress (2018) Salisbury, NC 
77-74-75--226
 
 Will Tamplin (2017) Asheville, NC 
78-76-72--226
 
 Peter Fountain (2020) Raleigh, NC 
73-80-73--226
 
 Will Hawley (2019) Raleigh, NC 
77-76-73--226
 
 Ben Woodruff (2018) Huntersville, NC 
74-76-76--226
 
 Alex Goff (2018) Kings Mountain, NC 
74-77-75--226
T39
 Brian Chen (2017) Cary, NC 
79-71-77--227
 
 Walker Jones (2018) Sumter, SC 
73-76-78--227
 
 Zach Caudill (2017) Wilkesboro, NC 
76-78-73--227
 
 Seth Taylor (2019) Gaffney, SC 
74-74-79--227
 
 Drayton Stewart (2019) Charleston, SC 
80-71-76--227
T44
 Brady Hinkle (2018) Lancaster, SC 
77-77-74--228
 
 Quinn Tardif (2016) Charlotte, NC 
74-76-78--228
 
 Spencer Oxendine (2019) Fayetteville, NC 
72-80-76--228
 
 Daniel Azallion (2019) Hilton Head, SC 
74-79-75--228
 
 Carter Cook (2018) Cornelius, NC 
75-78-75--228
 
 Mac Craig (2017) Charlotte, NC 
76-76-76--228
T50
 John Walker (2016) Conover, NC 
78-76-77--231
 
 Ethan Willis (2017) Mt. Pleasant, SC 
77-77-77--231
T52
 Kaison King (2017) Elon, NC 
76-78-78--232
 
 Seve Anfindsen (2017) Apex, NC 
81-70-81--232
T54
 Ian Stewart (2017) Columbia, SC 
75-78-80--233
 
 Peter Hinnant (2017) Winston-Salem, NC 
80-74-79--233
 
 Kell Graham (2016) Matthews, NC 
78-76-79--233
 
 Ben Quinque (2017) Mt. Pleasant, SC 
79-72-82--233
 
 Onterio Jones (2018) Simpsonville, SC 
76-76-81--233
T59
 Drew Bernard (2017) Charlotte, NC 
75-75-84--234
 
 Tyler Dechellis (2020) Clayton, NC 
77-75-82--234
61
 Patten Williams (2017) Davidson, NC 
77-71-87--235
62
 Chad Carter (2018) Aiken, SC 
77-75-84--236
T63
 Daniel Castleberry (2016) Greer, SC 
78-74-85--237
 
 Attie Giles (2018) Pinehurst, NC 
75-77-85--237
T65
 Sam McGee (2017) Charlotte, NC 
76-78-84--238
 
 Thomas Setzer (2018) Winston-Salem, NC 
74-80-84--238
T67
 Allen Smith III (2017) Durham, NC 
77-78--155
 
 Cal Brock (2017) Greenwood, SC 
79-76--155
 
 Connor Armistead (2017) Charlotte, NC 
78-77--155
 
 Easton Ward (2016) Sumter, SC 
78-77--155
 
 Ike Joy (2021) Denver, NC 
77-78--155
 
 Sean Miller (2017) Taylors, SC 
79-76--155
T73
 Alex Huml (2019) Cary, NC 
83-73--156
 
 Michael Baker (2017) Concord, NC 
81-75--156
 
 Jacob Lowe (2017) Angier, NC 
77-79--156
 
 Dustin Blank (2017) Elon, NC 
81-75--156
 
 Rex Brietz Jr. (2018) Charlotte, NC 
78-78--156
 
 Harrison Fisher (2016) Clinton, SC 
79-77--156
 
 Louis Lambert (2016) Charlotte, NC 
79-77--156
 
 Blake Jamison (2018) Charlotte, NC 
80-76--156
 
 Alex Casatelli (2018) Clayton, NC 
83-73--156
 
 Jake Miller (2016) Anderson, SC 
77-79--156
T83
 Kenan Poole II (2019) Raleigh, NC 
82-75--157
 
 Matt Moninghoff (2016) Columbia, SC 
80-77--157
 
 David Valcheff (2017) Apex, NC 
72-85--157
 
 Holden Grigg (2019) Myrtle Beach, SC 
78-79--157
 
 Jack Brea (2017) Charlotte, NC 
85-72--157
 
 Thomas Deal (2018) Cornelius, NC 
78-79--157
 
 Jackson Tyler (2017) Wilmington, NC 
81-76--157
 
 Jacob Morris (2017) Hollywood, SC 
78-79--157
 
 Colt Martin (2017) Pendleton, SC 
82-75--157
T92
 Will Simmons (2016) Charlotte, NC 
76-82--158
 
 Brandon Einstein (2018) Clemmons, NC 
78-80--158
 
 Mason Sowell (2019) Kershaw, SC 
76-82--158
 
 Nicholas Page (2016) Dunn, NC 
78-80--158
 
 Ian Craig (2017) High Point, NC 
80-78--158
 
 Joey Pettis (2017) Raleigh, NC 
83-75--158
 
 Noah Kallam (2018) Clayton, NC 
79-79--158
 
 Brantley Moore (2017) Wilmington, NC 
84-74--158
T100
 Connor Moore (2018) Bluffton, SC 
78-81--159
 
 Nicklaus Sutton (2019) Matthews , NC 
82-77--159
 
 Nick Willis (2017) Cowpens, SC 
83-76--159
 
 Walker Beck (2017) Elon, NC 
74-85--159
 
 Rafe Reynolds (2020) Greenville, SC 
76-83--159
 
 Dillon Hite (2019) Lexington, SC 
78-81--159
T106
 Austin Duncan (2017) Bessemer City, NC 
85-75--160
 
 Cole Hargett (2016) Blythewood, SC 
81-79--160
 
 Will Sleeper (2018) Charlotte, NC 
82-78--160
 
 Madison Duffie (2017) Gastonia, NC 
81-79--160
 
 Benjamin Loudermilk (2018) Anderson, SC 
82-78--160
T111
 Dalton Mauldin (2017) Sanford, NC 
81-80--161
 
 Grant Powell (2016) Colfax, NC 
78-83--161
 
 Zach Gilbert (2019) Davidson, NC 
84-77--161
T114
 Brady Hooks (2019) Clayton, NC 
83-79--162
 
 Carson Castelli (2018) Greensboro, NC 
84-78--162
 
 Zachary Laws (2016) Hickory , NC 
86-76--162
T117
 Stephen Carroll (2017) Concord, NC 
78-85--163
 
 Grant Smith (2019) Charlotte, NC 
82-81--163
 
 Riley Smith (2019) Concord, NC 
84-79--163
 
 Jackson Cole (2018) Pawleys Island, SC 
85-78--163
T121
 Cameron Akers (2020) Asheville, NC 
78-86--164
 
 Justin Poole (2017) Wendell, NC 
82-82--164
T123
 Jimbo Stanley (2017) Raleigh, NC 
84-82--166
 
 Jack Phenecie (2018) Davidson, NC 
83-83--166
 
 Drew Martin (2017) Pinehurst, NC 
81-85--166
T126
 Symon Balbin (2019) Pinehurst, NC 
78-90--168
 
 Jared Clontz (2019) Nebo, NC 
88-80--168
T128
 Griffin Burke (2017) Cary, NC 
85-84--169
 
 Witt Cordell (2017) Charlotte, NC 
85-84--169
T130
 Austin Sharrett (2018) Charlotte, NC 
87-83--170
 
 Ray Dawood (2017) Waxhaw, NC 
87-83--170
 
 Jimmy McCollum (2019) Greer, SC 
85-85--170
T133
 Drake McAlister (2016) Easley, SC 
83-88--171
 
 Taylor Sawyer (2017) Charleston, SC 
85-86--171
135
 Wells Armes (2019) Raleigh, NC 
89-87--176
 
 Joseph Cook (2017) Rocky Mount, NC 
90-WD
 
 Preston Ball (2016) Raleigh, NC 
85-WD
 
 Reed Bentley (2017) Wellford, SC 
77-WD


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