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Smith Holds Slim Lead at Dogwood Jr Girls'

Kayla Smith holds one-shot lead after the first round of the Dogwood State Girls' Junior.

ASHEBORO, N.C. (August 8, 2017) -- First round results of the 13th Dogwood State Junior Girls' Championship hosted by Pinewood Country Club in Asheboro N.C. on Tuesday, August 8th (6,028 yards, Par 36-36--72, Course Rating 76.0/138).

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Despite damp and dreary conditions in the first round of the 13th Dogwood State Junior Girls' Championship, Kayla Smith of Burlington opened up a one-shot lead with one-over-par, 73. "I felt like I stayed focused through all 18-holes," said Smith. "I made sure that I was fully committed to every shot that I hit and having no three-putts was big for me." Smith admitted that three-putting was an area of her game she was trying to eliminate and felt she took a step toward that today. "It is definitely a boost of confidence knowing that I have the capability of not three-putting. I just have to continue to commit to my swing and just make sure that I stay focused through the entire round, which will give me good opportunities for birdies."

One shot back of Smith is Sasha Hayes of Winston-Salem at two-over-par, 74. "I thought I had a well-rounded day today," said Hayes. "I putted the ball really well and I kept all of my drives in the fairway. The rain is one of those things as a player you just have to play through, and I thought I did a good job of that." Hayes noted that she plans to change some of her approaches to some flags, but her overall game plan tomorrow will be relatively the same. "I played pretty well today, so I do not think I need to change much."

Jayla Rogers of Wilmington and Riley Hamilton of Reidsville are deadlocked in third at four-over, 76 overall.

The second round will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

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 female amateur golfer ages 12 to 18 as of August 10, 2017, who has not started college, is a legal resident of North 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 18.3.  


13th Dogwood State Junior Girls' Championship
Pinewood Country Club in Asheboro N.C.
First Round Results


Place   Name Score
1   Kayla Smith (2019), Burlington, NC  36-37--73
2   Sasha Hayes (2020), Winston Salem, NC  38-36--74
T3   Jayla Rogers (2019), Wilmington, NC  38-38--76
    Riley Hamilton (2020), Reidsville, NC  37-39--76
5   Ana Tsiros (2019), Asheville, NC  39-38--77
T6   Alexis Sudjianto (2019), Charlotte, NC  40-38--78
    Sophie Holland (2020), Cornelius, NC  39-39--78
T8   Olivia John (2018), Summerfield, NC  39-40--79
    Ryann Sinclair (2019), Mooresville, NC  38-41--79
    Victoria Ladd (2019), Greensboro, NC  40-39--79
T11   Lotte Fox (2020), Raleigh, NC  41-39--80
    Siana Wong (2020) Summerfield, NC 39-41--80
T13   Alexis Jarrell (2018), Davidson, NC  40-41--81
    Anna McDonald (2019), Hickory, NC  40-41--81
    Caroline Crumrine (2020), Wilmington, NC  41-40--81
    Deborah Spair (2020), Raleigh, NC  42-39--81
T17   Amanda Kang (2018), Kernersville, NC  41-41--82
    Kelley Topiwala (2020), Matthews, NC  42-40--82
    Madison Isaacson (2018), Greensboro, NC  43-39--82
T20   Katherine Schuster (2021), Kill Devil Hills, NC  43-40--83
    Lauren Martin (2020), Mooresville, NC  40-43--83
T22   Hailey Joy (2018), Reidsville , NC  43-41--84
    Nicole Kramer (2018), Charlotte, NC  42-42--84
24   Hannah Rose Bruxvoort (2018), Chapel Hill, NC  46-39--85
25   Caroline Isaacson (2020), Greensboro, NC  45-41--86
T26   Anna Hillman (2018), Summerfield, NC  44-43--87
    Becca Connolly (2020), Winston-Salem, NC  46-41--87
T28   Elena Jacoby (2019), Huntersville, NC  44-45--89
    Mara Hirtle (2020), Pinehurst, NC  43-46--89
T30   Emma Reid (2018), Flat Rock, NC  44-46--90
    Morgan Ketchum (2022), Winston-Salem, NC  48-42--90
T32   Darby Reeder (2020), Smithfield, NC  42-50--92
    Victoria Cook (2020), Reidsville, NC  47-45--92
34   Grace Olmstead (2018), Four Oaks, NC  54-43--97
35   Carson Stewart Jenkins (2019), Raleigh, NC  49-50--99


Championship Facts
Event: 13th Dogwood State Junior Girls' Championship
Playing Dates: August 8-10
Host Site: Pinewood Country Club in Asheboro N.C.
Championship Division - 6,028 yards, par 72, Course Rating 76.0/138
Defending Champion: Natalie Petersen, Holly Springs, N.C.
Format: 54 holes of stroke play.

Schedule of rounds

Tuesday, August 8
8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Round 1 starting times
12:30p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Player’s Lunch
Wednesday, August 9
8:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Round 2 starting times
12:30p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Player’s Lunch
Thursday, August 10
9:00 a.m. Round 3 shotgun start
1:30 p.m. Awards luncheon


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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