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Kuehn's 67 Leads at Vicki DiSantis Girls'

Rachel Kuehn's 67 leads by one heading into Sunday's final round at Pine Island CC (USGA photo).

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 13, 2017) -- First round results of the Carolinas Golf Association's 12th Vicki DiSantis Girls' Championship at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, May 13th (6,022 yards, Par 35-37--72, Course/Slope Rating: 74.0/135).

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Two high school sophomores lead a group of 92 girls after the first round of the 12th Vicki DiSantis Girls' Championship at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. Rachel Kuehn of Asheville, N.C. and Anna Morgan of Spartanburg, S.C. were the only players to post rounds in the 60s Saturday on the par-72 layout.

Hitting 16 greens in regulation placed Kuehn in good position all day. Her six birdies were a combination of mid-range putts, a chip-in and a few tap-ins. Kuehn credits her short game for her low round of 67, "I practiced my short game all winter," said Kuehn, who is a member at Biltmore Forest Country Club. "I'm glad it finally paid off."

Holding a one-stroke lead over Morgan, Kuehn is looking to improve upon last year's T-10 finish, "I was a little disappointed with how I played last year," said the 15-year-old. "This feels like a good comeback from that."

After her round, Kuehn headed to the range to fine-tune her wedge game, "If you hit your driver well here, you will have a lot of wedges into greens," said Kuehn, who has verbally committed to play collegiate golf at Wake Forest University. 

Morgan strung together four consecutive birdies to close out her opening nine. "My putting was the best part of my game today," said the 2016 Region III-5A individual champion after her opening round 68.

After finishing T-35 last year, Morgan attributes a retooled mental game to better play. Demonstrating that new mindset, she rebounded from her day's only bogey on No. 12 with a birdie on the par-3 13th. "I thought let's get that shot back quickly," remembered the 16-year-old. "My shot was just off the fringe, but I loved the putt... and made it center cup."

2016 Twin States Girls' champion Gracyn Burgess of Lexington, S.C. will round out the final group Sunday following an even-par 72 with two birdies and bogeys.

Sunday's final round will begin at 8:00am from both the 1st and 10th tees. The lead group will tee off at 10:15 from the 1st tee.

Entry is open to any female amateur golfer ages 12 to 18 as of May 14, 2017, 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 and has a current USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club that does not exceed 18.3.

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 this championship and all year long for complete championship coverage including scores, interviews, photos, and recaps.

 

12th Vicki DiSantis Girls' Championship
Pine Island Country Club | Charlotte, N.C.
First Round Results | Saturday, May 13, 2017

 

Place   Name Score
1   Rachel Kuehn (2019), Asheville, NC  32-35--67
2   Anna Morgan (2019), Spartanburg, SC  31-37--68
T3   Gracyn Burgess (2018), Lexington, SC  33-39--72
    Rachael Mast (2017), Lexington, NC  34-38--72
T5   Kat Floyd (2020), Chapel Hill, NC  36-37--73
    Sophie Holland (2020), Cornelius, NC  37-36--73
    Taylor Hinson (2017), Belmont, NC  36-37--73
T8   Amanda Sambach (2021), Davidson, NC  35-39--74
    Beth Ann Townsend (2017), Greenville, SC  36-38--74
    Keri Kenkel (2017), Charlotte, NC  38-36--74
    Phoebe Carles (2020), Clinton, SC  37-37--74
T12   Alyssa Campbell (2018), Lake Wylie, SC  36-39--75
    Caroline Cahill (2017), Wilmington, NC  39-36--75
    Hailey Joy (2018), Reidsville , NC  40-35--75
    Jodee Tindal (2017), Rock Hill, SC   37-38--75
    Kathleen Sumner (2017), Charleston, SC  37-38--75
    Madison Isaacson (2018), Greensboro, NC  36-39--75
    Moon Cheong (2017), Charlotte, NC  38-37--75
T19   Isabella Rawl (2022), Lexington, SC  39-37--76
    Muskan Uppal (2019), Cornelius, NC  37-39--76
    Sasha Hayes (2020), Winston Salem, NC  36-40--76
T22   Ana Tsiros (2019), Asheville, NC  35-42--77
    Elle Johnson (2019), Inman, SC  36-41--77
    Jalen Castle (2020), West Columbia, SC  40-37--77
    Katherine Schuster (2021), Kill Devil Hills, NC  38-39--77
    Kathryn Carson (2017), Mooresville, NC  38-39--77
    Nicole Adam (2020), Pinehurst, NC  38-39--77
T28   Anna Grace Brock (2019), Greenwood, SC  37-41--78
    Carly Lyvers (2018), Simpsonville, SC  39-39--78
    Riley Hamilton (2020), Reidsville, NC  38-40--78
T31   Alexis Sudjianto (2019), Charlotte, NC  38-41--79
    Anna McDonald (2019), Hickory, NC  41-38--79
    Baylee Evans (2018), Lancaster, SC  43-36--79
    Elizabeth Nguyen (2017), Pinehurst, NC  37-42--79
    Grace Jones (2020), Hayesville, NC  41-38--79
    Haeley Wotnosky (2018), Wake Forest, NC  39-40--79
    Jensen Castle (2019), West Columbia, SC  39-40--79
    Katie Whitfield (2018), Clemson, SC  40-39--79
    Kayla Smith (2019), Burlington, NC  39-40--79
    Maria Atwood (2022), Holly Springs, NC  36-43--79
    Rachel Rich (2020), Mount Pleasant, SC  38-41--79
    Sarah Funderburg (2018), Wilmington, NC  40-39--79
T43   Alexis Jarrell (2018), Davidson, NC  39-41--80
    Caroline Crumrine (2020), Wilmington, NC  39-41--80
    Chloe Holder (2020), Williamston, SC  38-42--80
    Emily Hawkins (2018), Lexington, NC  38-42--80
    Michelle Harn (2019), Charlotte, NC  41-39--80
    Olivia John (2018), Summerfield, NC  42-38--80
T49   Anna Freeman (2017), Aiken, SC  39-42--81
    Hannah Rose Bruxvoort (2018), Chapel Hill, NC  39-42--81
    Nicole Kramer (2018), Charlotte, NC  39-42--81
    Ryann Sinclair (2019), Mooresville, NC  41-40--81
    Victoria Ladd (2019), Greensboro, NC  40-41--81
T54   Delanie Mortier (2017), N. Charleston, SC  40-42--82
    Lotte Fox (2020), Raleigh, NC  42-40--82
    Mallory Fobes (2019), East Bend, NC  39-43--82
    Mara Hirtle (2020), Pinehurst, NC  41-41--82
    Mary Kathryn Talledo (2021), Blythewood, SC  43-39--82
    Natalie Petersen (2017), Holly Springs, NC  38-44--82
    Sofia Carles (2021), Clinton, SC  41-41--82
T61   Angelique Seymour (2019), Fayetteville , NC  44-39--83
    Grace Holcomb (2021), Wilmington, NC  41-42--83
    Lauren Martin (2020), Mooresville, NC  38-45--83
    Mackenzie Battle (2018), Aberdeen, NC  42-41--83
    Mary Slade White (2019), Winston Salem, NC  43-40--83
T66   Carleigh Greene (2017), Williamston, SC  40-44--84
    Jayla Rogers (2019), Wilmington, NC  42-42--84
    Kayla Bartemeyer (2020), Mount Pleasant, SC  41-43--84
    Kennedy Carroll (2019), Mt. Pleasant, SC  42-42--84
    Parker Stalvey (2019), Elgin, SC  43-41--84
    Tylor Whitley (2018), Raleigh, NC  42-42--84
T72   Charleigh Hodges (2018), Mooresville, NC  41-44--85
    Emily Dunlap (2019), Greenville, SC  42-43--85
74   Siana Wong (2020), Summerfield, NC  43-43--86
T75   Caroline Duggan (2019), Holly Springs, NC  42-45--87
    Maria File (2019), Moore, SC  40-47--87
77   Ashlee Richardson (2017), Simpsonville, SC  43-46--89
T78   Isabella Britt (2021), Chesnee, SC  47-43--90
    Lauren Denhard (2019), Salisbury , NC  45-45--90
T80   Anna Bonifay (2017), Pfafftown, North Carolina  49-42--91
    Carmen Tucker (2019), Fayetteville, NC  48-43--91
    Karlee Vardas (2020), Lexington, SC  44-47--91
    Kelley Topiwala (2020), Matthews, NC  45-46--91
T84   Erica Boyd (2020), Charlotte, NC  45-47--92
    Jasmine Donaghue (2020), Candler, NC  42-50--92
    Victoria Lucarelli (2020), Moncks Corner, SC  45-47--92
87   Emma Charles (2019), Hartsville, SC  47-46--93
T88   Anna Hillman (2018), Summerfield, NC  46-49--95
    Claire Patrick (2018), Creedmoor, NC  49-46--95
    Layla Meric (2021), Wesley Chapel, NC  51-44--95
T91   Emily Brubaker (2020), Raleigh, NC  48-49--97
    Kallie Pavlish (2020), Charlotte, NC  46-51--97
93   Channing Hensley (2018), Wake Forest, NC  WD-WD--WD


 

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 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.    

For more information about the CGA, visit our website.

 

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