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Carroll Claims First Round Lead at Carolinas Jr

Local Stephen Carroll leads the Carolinas Junior Boys' at six-under-par (file photo)

CONCORD, N.C. (July 25, 2017) -- First round results of the Carolinas Golf Association's 68th Carolinas Junior Boys' Championship at Cabarrus Country Club in Concord, N.C. on Tuesday, July 25th (6984 yards, par 36-36--72).

142 of the top junior golfers from North Carolina and South Carolina competed in 90-degree temperatures Tuesday during the first round of the 68th Carolinas Junior Boys' Championship at Cabarrus Country Club in Concord, N.C.

Related: Championship Web Site | History | Starting Times | Scoring | Photos

Concord native Stephen Carroll recorded seven birdies en route to an opening 66. Beginning on the back nine at Cabarrus, Carroll made his lone bogey of the day on the 13th hole to fall to one-over-par before sinking a 20-foot birdie putt on 15 and a 35-footer on 16. Following a birdie on the par-5 18th, Carroll was two-under. Carroll converted four birdies on his inward nine, including a 54-degree wedge from 106 yards to five-feet above the hole on the 403-yard par-4 4th. 

Playing in his last junior tournament, the 18-year-old Carroll is excited about being atop the leaderboard at six-under-par. "It feels good," said Carroll, who will play at East Carolina University in the fall. "I don't think I've ever led after the first day of a CGA tournament."

The Carolinas Junior Boys' championship format is 54-holes of stroke play. The field will be reduced to the low 70 and ties after 36 holes.

Posting a bogey-free 67, Attie Giles of Pinehurst, N.C. is one-stroke back of Carroll. Missing just four greens Tuesday, Giles had a stress-free round while carding his all-time competitive low score. Playing his first nine holes in two-under, the 17-year-old stuck a flip 9-iron from 133 yards to three feet for birdie on the par-4 4th, his twelfth hole.

Giles closed his round with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 8th then sank a left-to-right breaking birdie putt on 9. "My swing was good. I hurt my back last week and yesterday was the first day I had played since."

13-year-old Abhay Gupta of Concord, N.C. carded four-under 68, his lowest score at Cabarrus Country Club, a course he plays regularly. Gupta is tied for third with College of Charleston commit Brady Hinkle, 17, of Lancaster, S.C.

Eight players are tied for fifth place at three-under. In the group that posted 69 Tuesday are defending champion Jacob Bridgeman, 17, of Inman, S.C. and 2015 North Carolina Junior Boys' champion Jack Massei, 18, of Cary, N.C. Thirty-three players played better than par-72 on the George Cobb layout.

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, @CarolinasJunior. Continue to visit the CGA website throughout this championship and all year long for complete championship coverage including scores, interviews, photos, and recaps.

Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has not reached his 19th birthday by July 27, 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 (CGA) and has a current USGA handicap index® at a CGA member club that does not exceed 18.4.

 

68th Carolinas Junior Boys' Championship
Cabarrus Country Club | Concord, NC

First Round Results

Place   Name Score
1   Stephen Carroll (2017), Concord, NC  32-34--66
2   Attie Giles (2018), Pinehurst, NC  33-34--67
T3   Abhay Gupta (2022), Concord, NC  35-33--68
    Brady Hinkle (2018), Lancaster, SC  34-34--68
T5   Ben Woodruff (2018), Huntersville, NC  36-33--69
    Chris Kim (2019), Cary, NC  34-35--69
    Ethan Hall (2019), Morehead City, NC  34-35--69
    Jack Massei (2018), Cary, NC  36-33--69
    Jacob Bridgeman (2018), Inman, SC  35-34--69
    Michael Baker (2017), Concord, NC  34-35--69
    Peter Fountain (2020), Raleigh, NC  36-33--69
    Thomas Eubanks (2019), Charlotte , NC   35-34--69
T13   Brady Hooks (2019), Clayton, NC  36-34--70
    Drew Hackett (2019), Charlotte, NC  34-36--70
    Fulton Smith (2019), Pinehurst, NC  37-33--70
    Garrett Cooper (2019), Cowpens, SC  35-35--70
    Jacob Rutter (2017), Winston-Salem, NC  37-33--70
    Mason Elmore (2017), Charlotte, NC  36-34--70
    Michael Sanders (2018), Davidson, NC  34-36--70
    Nicholas Mayfield (2019), Rock Hill, SC  36-34--70
    Noah Connor (2019), Reidsville, NC  36-34--70
    Quinn Riley (2018), Raleigh, NC  33-37--70
    Tim Bunten (2017), Concord, NC  36-34--70
T24   Alex Goff (2018), Kings Mountain, NC  35-36--71
    Connor Moore (2018), Bluffton, SC  35-36--71
    Drayton Stewart (2019), Charleston, SC  35-36--71
    Gene Zeigler (2021), Florence, SC  40-31--71
    Graham Chase (2019), Charlotte, NC  36-35--71
    Ian Faulconer (2019), Simpsonville, SC  35-36--71
    Jackson Van Paris (2021), Pinehurst, NC  35-36--71
    Jacob Lowe (2017), Angier, NC  35-36--71
    Michael Childress (2018), Salisbury, NC  33-38--71
    Zack Gordon (2018), Gaffney, SC  36-35--71
T34   Chandler Metz (2017), Wilkesboro, NC  35-37--72
    Garrett Clark (2020), Burlington, NC  34-38--72
    Holden Grigg (2019), Myrtle Beach, SC  35-37--72
    Narayan Mohan (2021), Charlotte, NC  36-36--72
    Seth Taylor (2019), Gaffney, SC  37-35--72
    Walker Jones (2018), Sumter, SC  38-34--72
T40   Andrew Wilmoth (2018), Raleigh, NC  37-36--73
    Austin Scott (2021), Charleston, SC  37-36--73
    Grant Sellers (2018), McBee, SC  35-38--73
    Michael Coe (2017), Morrisville, NC  37-36--73
    Nathan Norfleet (2018), Chapel Hill, NC  38-35--73
    Quinton Metz (2019), Wilkesboro, NC  36-37--73
    Spencer Oxendine (2019), Fayetteville, NC  35-38--73
    William Crook (2018), Sherrills Ford, NC  35-38--73
    Zane Sullivan (2019), Charlotte, NC  36-37--73
T49   Chandler Perry (2018), Clinton, NC  38-36--74
    Ike Joy (2021), Denver, NC  36-38--74
    Joey Pritchard (2020), Whispering Pines, NC  38-36--74
    Levi Moody (2018), Greenville, SC  37-37--74
    Micah Westermeyer (2017), Chapin, SC  38-36--74
    Patten Williams (2017), Davidson, NC  37-37--74
    Pierce Robinson (2019), Kings Mountain, NC  38-36--74
    Will Hawley (2019), Raleigh, NC  35-39--74
T57   Andrew Graham (2021), Asheville, NC  37-38--75
    Austin Duncan (2017), Bessemer City, NC  39-36--75
    Carter Cheek (2018), Cary, NC  38-37--75
    Chad Carter (2018), Aiken, SC  40-35--75
    Charlie Tate (2018), Greensboro, NC  39-36--75
    Dalton Mauldin (2017), Sanford, NC  39-36--75
    Daniel Azallion (2019), Hilton Head, SC  39-36--75
    Lansdon Robbins (2018), Davidson, NC  38-37--75
    Nicholas Holanek (2017), Cary, NC  39-36--75
    Rafe Reynolds (2020), Greenville, SC  39-36--75
    Tanner Bibey (2017), Walnut Cove, NC  40-35--75
    Trey Pope (2018), Clinton, NC  36-39--75
    Tyler Dechellis (2021), Clayton, NC  38-37--75
    Will Sleeper (2018), Charlotte, NC  40-35--75
    Zach Caudill (2017), Wilkesboro, NC  36-39--75
T72   Avery Papalia (2017), Kernersville, NC  35-41--76
    Bronson Myers (2018), Columbia, SC  37-39--76
    Christian Bailey (2017), Matthews, NC  38-38--76
    Cody Transou (2018), Gaffney, SC  37-39--76
    Colin Browning (2020), Charlotte, NC  38-38--76
    Kenan Poole II (2019), Raleigh, NC  37-39--76
    Michael Blair (2020), Kernersville, NC  37-39--76
    Onterio Jones (2018), Simpsonville, SC  39-37--76
    Payne Thrift (2020), Charlotte, NC  40-36--76
    Tyler Gray (2018), Lugoff, SC  38-38--76
    Zach Roberts (2020), Holly Springs, NC  39-37--76
T83   Addison Manring (2017), Stoneville, NC  38-39--77
    Alex Scott (2017), Raleigh, NC  39-38--77
    Austin Bonfiglio (2017), Holly Springs, NC  37-40--77
    Braxton Tracy (2018), Huntersville, NC  38-39--77
    Carson Ownbey (2018), Candler, NC  41-36--77
    Christian Jarrell (2020), Davidson, NC  37-40--77
    Connor Jones (2018), Raleigh, NC  40-37--77
    Daniel Adkins II (2021), Holly Springs, NC  42-35--77
    Justin Poole (2017), Wendell, NC  39-38--77
    Kaison King (2017), Elon, NC  38-39--77
    Karsten Shields (2020), Monroe, NC  41-36--77
    Keegan Vaugh (2020), Myrtle Beach , SC  39-38--77
    Landon Barnes (2020), Pilot Mountain, NC  40-37--77
    Manning Sloop (2020), Rock Hill, SC  39-38--77
    Matthew Fary (2018), Thomasville, NC  39-38--77
    Parker Lewis (2018), Spartanburg, SC  37-40--77
    Thomas Hollingsworth III (2019), Spartanburg, SC 37-40--77
T100   Addison Beam (2019), Cherryville, NC  39-39--78
    Davis Gilmore (2018), Winston Salem, NC  40-38--78
    Drew Weary (2018), Bluffton, SC  37-41--78
    Jack Phenecie (2018), Davidson, NC  39-39--78
    Riley Smith (2019), Concord, NC  43-35--78
T105   Andrew Johnson (2018), Millers Creek, NC  40-39--79
    Brandon Einstein (2018), Clemmons, NC  36-43--79
    Carson Castelli (2018), Greensboro, NC  38-41--79
    Connor Fahey (2018), Greenville, SC  41-38--79
    Johnny Velasquez (2020), Mt. Pleasant, SC  41-38--79
    Justin Guilford (2019), Huntersville, NC  40-39--79
    Minor Hinson (2021), Charlotte, NC  38-41--79
    Tyler Partee (2021), Thomasville , NC  38-41--79
T113   Alec Vardas (2018), Lexington, SC  39-41--80
    Benjamin Loudermilk (2018), Anderson, SC  40-40--80
    Clark Kistler (2018), Charlotte, NC  38-42--80
    Colin Trahan (2019), North Augusta, SC  38-42--80
    Dillon Hite (2019), Lexington, SC  38-42--80
    Grant Smith (2019), Charlotte, NC  42-38--80
    Jack Brea (2017), Charlotte, NC  40-40--80
    Jared Clontz (2019), Nebo, NC  39-41--80
    Justin Kristof (2018), Morrisville, NC  39-41--80
    Kellen Graham (2018), Asheville , NC  40-40--80
    Parker Chavis (2017), China Grove, NC  40-40--80
T124   Collin Adams (2021), Charlotte, NC  42-39--81
    Hinson Perry (2020), Rock Hill, SC  42-39--81
    Jack Towarnicky (2019), New Bern, NC  40-41--81
    Kevin Burris (2018), Conway, SC  45-36--81
    Payne Gettys (2020), Rock Hill, SC  39-42--81
    Seve Anfindsen (2017), Apex, NC  39-42--81
    Wilhelm Elliott (2019), Columbia, SC  42-39--81
T131   Josh Lendach (2021), Raleigh, NC  40-42--82
    Will Tamplin (2017), Asheville, NC  45-37--82
T133   Garrett Dawson (2019), Wilkesboro, NC  42-41--83
    Zander Briggs (2020), Simpsonville, SC  42-41--83
T135   Colin Wholey (2018), Charlotte, NC  41-43--84
    Rence O'Connor (2020), Columbia, SC  41-43--84
    William Brooks (2019), Woodruff, SC  41-43--84
T138   Alex Rubino (2019), Charlotte, NC  41-44--85
    Gus Lascola (2018), Durham, NC  44-41--85
    Mitchell Tanis (2020), Pineville, NC  41-44--85
141   Zain Tucker (2018), Salisbury, NC  44-44--88
142   Jackson Neal (2019), Concord, NC  41-48--89
143   Grayson Wotnosky (2020), Wake Forest, NC  WD-WD--WD

 

 

 

Championship Facts

Event: 68th Carolinas Junior Boys' Championship

Playing Dates: July 25-27

Host Site: Cabarrus Country Club, Concord, N.C.
6,986 yards, par 72.

Defending Champion: Jacob Bridgeman of Inman, SC
Format: 54-holes of stroke play. The field will be reduced to the low 70 and ties after 36 holes.
Eligibility: Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has not reached his 19th birthday by July 27, 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 (CGA) and has a current USGA handicap index® at a CGA member club that does not exceed 18.4.

 

Schedule of rounds

Tuesday, July 25
7:30 a.m. – 9:09 a.m. Round 1 starting times
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Players’ lunch
12:00 p.m. – 1:48 p.m. Round 1 starting times


Wednesday, July 26
7:30 a.m. – 9:09 a.m. Round 2 starting times
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Players’ lunch
12:00 p.m. – 1:48 p.m. Round 2 starting times


Thursday, July 27
7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Final round starting times
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Players’ lunch
2:00 p.m. Awards presentation

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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