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Akshay Bhatia Wins the NC Junior Boys 13 and Under Championship


Asheboro, NC—Akshay Bhatia of Wake Forest, NC captured his first Carolinas Golf Association major title defeating Michael Sanders of Davidson, NC 3 and 2 in the championship match of the 17th NC Junior Boys’ 13 and Under Championship.  Bhatia made the turn on the Donald Ross designed Asheboro City Golf Course with a one up lead and then won holes ten and eleven to move ahead by three.  The two finalist theh halved the four holes.  On the par three sixteenth hole, Sanders’ approach shot finished less than five feet from the hole, but Bhatia chipped in for birdie and secured the match and the championship trophy.  Bhatia, an eleven year old rising fifth grader, defeated qualifying medalist Grant Smith of Charlotte, NC in the semi-finals before meeting Sanders in the finals.  Also winning their flights were Michael Childress of Salisbury, NC, Britt Stroud of Raleigh and Edward Adams of Raleigh.

 

This annual junior championship is conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association.

 

Championship Flight

Quarterfinals

Michael Sanders, Davidson, N.C. (2018) def. Chris Kim, Cary, N.C. (2019), 3 and 2

Chase Tickle, Raleigh, N.C. (2018) def. Brady Hooks, Clayton, N.C. (2019), 3 and 1

Grant Smith, Charlotte, N.C. (2019) def. William Poole II, Raleigh, N.C. (2019), 4 and 2

Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest, N.C. (2020) def. Patrick Carlin, Raleigh, N.C. (2018), 1 up

Semifinals

Michael Sanders, Davidson, N.C. (2018) def. Chase Tickle, Raleigh, N.C. (2018), 10 holes

Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest, N.C. (2020) def. Grant Smith, Charlotte, N.C. (2019), 3 and 2

Finals

Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest, N.C. (2020) def. Michael Sanders, Davidson, N.C. (2018), 3 and 2

 

First Flight

Quarterfinals

Michael Childress, Salisbury, N.C. (2018) def. Connor Moore, Durham, N.C. (2018), 2 and 1

Nicholas Loy, Greenville, N.C. (2017) def. Carson Castelli, Greensboro, N.C. (2018), 3 and 2

Charlie Tate, Greensboro, N.C. (2018) def. Will Sleeper, Charlotte, N.C. (2018), 1 up

Rex Brietz Jr., Charlotte, N.C. (2018) def. Pierce Robinson, Kings Mountain, N.C. (2019), 2 up

Semifinals

Michael Childress, Salisbury, N.C. (2018) def. Nicholas Loy, Greenville, N.C. (2017), 4 and 3

Rex Brietz Jr., Charlotte, N.C. (2018) def. Charlie Tate, Greensboro, N.C. (2018), 3 and 2

Finals

Michael Childress, Salisbury, N.C. (2018) def. Rex Brietz Jr., Charlotte, N.C. (2018), 2 up

 

Second Flight

Quarterfinals

Joseph Cook, Rocky Mount, N.C. (2017) def. Grayson Rehm, Raleigh, N.C. (2018), 2 and 1

Peter Fountain, Raleigh, N.C. (2020) def. Lee Plummer, Raleigh, N.C. (2020), 11 holes

Britt Stroud, Raleigh, N.C. (2019) def. Grady Newton, High Point, N.C. (2020), 3 and 1

Cameron Akers, Asheville, N.C. (2019) def. Symon Balbin, Pinehurst, N.C. (2019), 2 and 1

Semifinals

Peter Fountain, Raleigh, N.C. (2020) def. Joseph Cook, Rocky Mount, N.C. (2017), 3 and 2

Britt Stroud, Raleigh, N.C. (2019) def. Cameron Akers, Asheville, N.C. (2019), 4 and 3

Finals

Britt Stroud, Raleigh, N.C. (2019) def. Peter Fountain, Raleigh, N.C. (2020), 1 up

 

Third Flight

Quarterfinal

Will Hanna, Raleigh, N.C. (2018) def. Marsalis Davis, Liberty, N.C. (2020), 5 and 4

Edward Adams, Raleigh, N.C. (2019) def. Wells Conway, Raleigh, N.C. (2019), 3 and 2

Connor Lineberry, Randleman, N.C. (2020) def. Biggs Hawley, Raleigh, N.C. (2019), 1 up

Tanner Wood, Pleasant Garden, N.C. (2019) def. David Griffin III, Jamestown, N.C. (2019), 4 and 3

Semifinals

Edward Adams, Raleigh, N.C. (2019) def. Will Hanna, Raleigh, N.C. (2018), 3 and 2

Tanner Wood, Pleasant Garden, N.C. (2019) def. Connor Lineberry, Randleman, N.C. (2020), 3 and 2

Finals

Edward Adams, Raleigh, N.C. (2019) def. Tanner Wood, Pleasant Garden, N.C. (2019), 1 up

 



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