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Burgess Battles Back to Win Vicki DiSantis Girls'

2017 champion Gracyn Burgess with Vicki DiSantis

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 14, 2017) -- Final results of the Carolinas Golf Association's 12th Vicki DiSantis Girls' Championship at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. on Sunday, May 14th (6,022 yards, Par 35-37--72, Course/Slope Rating: 74.0/135).

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Two years ago, Gracyn Burgess held the first round lead at the Vicki DiSantis Girls' Championship at Pine Island Country Club. While she could not hold on for the win that year as a freshman, Gracyn has grown up a lot since. Now the top-ranked girl in South Carolina, the Lexington native captured her first CGA title at the 2016 Twin States Girls'.

Showing the calmness of a seasoned veteran Sunday at Pine Island CC, the 17-year-old Burgess fired a final round 67 to erase a five shot deficit and win the 12th Vicki DiSantis Girls'. "Focusing on my own game and not on others were doing was key to my success." A five-foot par putt on the final hole that caught the edge of the cup before it dropped sealed the one stroke victory in front of a large crowd of spectators. 

Burgess made seven birdies to overtake first round leader Rachel Kuehn of Asheville, N.C. None was bigger than a 15-foot birdie on No. 17, "I was pumped going into the final hole after making that putt," said the high school junior who has committed to play for Clemson University. "That was a huge birdie for me."

Kuehn had a chance to force a playoff, but was unable to convert par on the final hole. Looking back on a day when her lead slipped away, the high school sophomore showed a lot of poise. "I learned to take every shot as it comes and not worry about the finish."

On the way to the course Sunday morning, Burgess had promised her mother the trophy as a Mother's Day gift. Gracyn was able to deliver on that promise, "She does everything for me," said Burgess as she left the club. "It means a lot to win for her today." Tomorrow Gracyn will be back competing for her high school boys' team in the state tournament.

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.

The CGA wishes to thank the members and staff of Pine Island Country Club for hosting the Vicki DiSantis Girls' Championship. Special gratitude is extended to head golf professional Nick Wood, PGA and course superintendent Brandon Mills, CGCS.


12th Vicki DiSantis Girls' Championship
Pine Island Country Club | Charlotte, N.C.
Final Results | Sunday, May 14, 2017


1  Gracyn Burgess (2018) Lexington, SC  72-67--139
2  Rachel Kuehn (2019) Asheville, NC  67-74--141
3  Anna Morgan (2019) Spartanburg, SC  68-74--142
4  Phoebe Carles (2020) Clinton, SC  74-73--147
T5  Taylor Hinson (2017) Belmont, NC  73-75--148
   Amanda Sambach (2021) Davidson, NC  74-74--148
T7  Caroline Cahill (2017) Wilmington, NC  75-74--149
   Haeley Wotnosky (2018) Wake Forest, NC  79-70--149
   Isabella Rawl (2022) Lexington, SC  76-73--149
   Katherine Schuster (2021) Kill Devil Hills, NC  77-72--149
T11  Kathleen Sumner (2017) Charleston, SC  75-75--150
   Moon Cheong (2017) Charlotte, NC  75-75--150
   Keri Kenkel (2017) Charlotte, NC  74-76--150
   Sasha Hayes (2020) Winston Salem, NC  76-74--150
T15  Madison Isaacson (2018) Greensboro, NC  75-76--151
   Sophie Holland (2020) Cornelius, NC  73-78--151
   Hailey Joy (2018) Reidsville , NC  75-76--151
T18  Baylee Evans (2018) Lancaster, SC  79-73--152
   Nicole Adam (2020) Pinehurst, NC  77-75--152
T20  Jensen Castle (2019) West Columbia, SC  79-74--153
   Emily Hawkins (2018) Lexington, NC  80-73--153
   Hannah Rose Bruxvoort (2018) Chapel Hill, NC  81-72--153
T23  Jodee Tindal (2017) Rock Hill, SC   75-79--154
   Natalie Petersen (2017) Holly Springs, NC  82-72--154
   Jalen Castle (2020) West Columbia, SC  77-77--154
   Kayla Smith (2019) Burlington, NC  79-75--154
   Maria Atwood (2022) Holly Springs, NC  79-75--154
T28  Caroline Crumrine (2020) Wilmington, NC  80-76--156
   Rachael Mast (2017) Lexington, NC  72-84--156
   Katie Whitfield (2018) Clemson, SC  79-77--156
   Rachel Rich (2020) Mount Pleasant, SC  79-77--156
T32  Anna McDonald (2019) Hickory, NC  79-78--157
   Elizabeth Nguyen (2017) Pinehurst, NC  79-78--157
   Olivia John (2018) Summerfield, NC  80-77--157
   Kat Floyd (2020) Chapel Hill, NC  73-84--157
   Elle Johnson (2019) Inman, SC  77-80--157
   Beth Ann Townsend (2017) Greenville, SC  74-83--157
T38  Carly Lyvers (2018) Simpsonville, SC  78-80--158
   Alexis Sudjianto (2019) Charlotte, NC  79-79--158
T40  Muskan Uppal (2019) Cornelius, NC  76-83--159
   Alexis Jarrell (2018) Davidson, NC  80-79--159
   Anna Grace Brock (2019) Greenwood, SC  78-81--159
T43  Mallory Fobes (2019) East Bend, NC  82-78--160
   Victoria Ladd (2019) Greensboro, NC  81-79--160
T45  Sarah Funderburg (2018) Wilmington, NC  79-82--161
   Alyssa Campbell (2018) Lake Wylie, SC  75-86--161
   Anna Freeman (2017) Aiken, SC  81-80--161
   Chloe Holder (2020) Williamston, SC  80-81--161
T49  Mackenzie Battle (2018) Aberdeen, NC  83-79--162
   Ana Tsiros (2019) Asheville, NC  77-85--162
   Michelle Harn (2019) Charlotte, NC  80-82--162
   Lauren Martin (2020) Mooresville, NC  83-79--162
   Carleigh Greene (2017) Williamston, SC  84-78--162
T54  Nicole Kramer (2018) Charlotte, NC  81-82--163
   Lotte Fox (2020) Raleigh, NC  82-81--163
   Kayla Bartemeyer (2020) Mount Pleasant, SC  84-79--163
T57  Jayla Rogers (2019) Wilmington, NC  84-80--164
   Ryann Sinclair (2019) Mooresville, NC  81-83--164
   Emily Dunlap (2019) Greenville, SC  85-79--164
   Mara Hirtle (2020) Pinehurst, NC  82-82--164
   Angelique Seymour (2019) Fayetteville , NC  83-81--164
T62  Riley Hamilton (2020) Reidsville, NC  78-87--165
   Grace Jones (2020) Hayesville, NC  79-86--165
T64  Delanie Mortier (2017) N. Charleston, SC  82-84--166
   Caroline Duggan (2019) Holly Springs, NC  87-79--166
   Charleigh Hodges (2018) Mooresville, NC  85-81--166
T67  Maria File (2019) Moore, SC  87-80--167
   Sofia Carles (2021) Clinton, SC  82-85--167
69  Parker Stalvey (2019) Elgin, SC  84-84--168
T70  Mary Slade White (2019) Winston Salem, NC  83-87--170
   Tylor Whitley (2018) Raleigh, NC  84-86--170
72  Mary Kathryn Talledo (2021) Blythewood, SC  82-90--172
73  Grace Holcomb (2021) Wilmington, NC  83-90--173
74  Siana Wong (2020) Summerfield, NC  86-88--174
T75  Kennedy Carroll (2019) Mt. Pleasant, SC  84-92--176
   Karlee Vardas (2020) Lexington, SC  91-85--176
T77  Anna Bonifay (2017) Pfafftown, North Carolina  91-86--177
   Kelley Topiwala (2020) Matthews, NC  91-86--177
T79  Ashlee Richardson (2017) Simpsonville, SC  89-89--178
   Erica Boyd (2020) Charlotte, NC  92-86--178
   Isabella Britt (2021) Chesnee, SC  90-88--178
82  Carmen Tucker (2019) Fayetteville, NC  91-90--181
83  Emma Charles (2019) Hartsville, SC  93-89--182
84  Victoria Lucarelli (2020) Moncks Corner, SC  92-91--183
85  Layla Meric (2021) Wesley Chapel, NC  95-90--185
T86  Lauren Denhard (2019) Salisbury , NC  90-96--186
   Jasmine Donaghue (2020) Candler, NC  92-94--186
T88  Emily Brubaker (2020) Raleigh, NC  97-92--189
   Anna Hillman (2018) Summerfield, NC  95-94--189
90  Claire Patrick (2018) Creedmoor, NC  95-97--192
91  Kallie Pavlish (2020) Charlotte, NC  97-100--197
92  Kathryn Carson (2017) Mooresville, NC  77-WD--WD
93  Channing Hensley (2018) Wake Forest, NC  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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