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Preview: 2020 SC Junior Match Play Championship

 

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (July 4, 2020) -- The Carolinas Golf Association will conduct the 2020 South Carolina Junior Match Play Championship at the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C. from July 7-10, 2020. The Boys’ division will compete at approximately 6,800 yards, par 72. The Girls’ division will compete at approximately 5,600 yards, par 72. 

 

The CGA will be conducting this championship under the new COVID-19 Tournament Protocols. Learn more here

 

Related: Championship Web Site | Full Field | Starting Times | Girls’ History | Boys’ History

 

Players to watch:

 

Girls’ Division

  • Adrian Anderson of Murrells Inlet, S.C. has placed in the top-10 for an astonishing 23 out of 28 tournaments in the last year. With a win at the WSCGA Junior Girls’ Championship, Anderson is now the No. 6 ranked golfer in the Carolinas Junior Girls’ Rankings. 

  • Kayleigh Reinke of Rock Hill, S.C. made it to the semifinals in this event last year and since then she has won the Jimmy Self Invitational, the Jack and AAA Upper State. Reinke is the No. 15 ranked golfer in the Carolinas Junior Girls’ Rankings.

  • Sydney Roberts of Chesnee, S.C. is the No. 25 ranked golfer in the Carolinas Junior Girls’ Rankings with wins at the Lady Patriot Invitational and the Morgan Lucas Championship. 

  • Mia Gray of Conway, S.C. has had seven top-5 finishes out of her last 13 starts. Gray claimed the title at the 2019 Myrtle Beach Chapter at Burning Ridge and is looking for the win again just five minutes down the road at the Hackler Course this week. Gray is the No. 39 ranked golfer in the Carolinas Junior Girls’ Rankings.


 

Boys’ Division

  • Mason Tucker of Lancaster, S.C. is the reigning South Carolina Junior Match Play Champion in the Boys’ Division. Tucker also claimed the Jimmy Anderson and Blade Junior championships over the last year. He is the No. 19 ranked golfer in the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Rankings. 

  • Matthew Hutto of Blythewood, S.C. earned four big wins in the last year including the 2019 Columbia Chapter at Oak Hills CC, Columbia Chapter Members Club at Wildwood, Tommy Cuthbert All-Stars and the Charles Tilghman Junior. With an incredible year, Hutto now holds the No. 13 rank in the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Rankings. 

  • Zach Adams of Charleston, S.C. tied for second last week at the Future Masters to secure his spot as the No. 3 ranked golfer in the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Rankings. 

  • William Phipps of Florence, S.C. was the runner-up in this event last year and has won the 2019 Florence Chapter at Lake City CC, SCJGA Florence CC and Florence Chapter at Cheraw State Park since then. Phipps is the No. 67 ranked golfer in the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Rankings. 

 

The championship format is match play with 18 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine the seeding for match play. The top 64 boys and the top 16 girls from the stroke play qualifier will advance to match play. Once a player loses a match, they are eliminated from the tournament.

 

Entry is open to any male or female amateur golfer who has not reached their 19th birthday by July 7, 2020, who has not started college, is a legal resident of South Carolina, is a member or their parent 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. 

 

Past Champions (1):

Mason Tucker, Lancaster, S.C., 2019

 

Schedule of rounds:

 

Monday, July 6

Practice Rounds Available All Day

 

Tuesday, July 7

8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Stroke Play Qualifying

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Player Lunch (Provided by the CGA)

 

Wednesday, July 8

8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Boys’ Round of 64 Matches, Girls’ Round of 16 Matches

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Player Lunch (Provided by the CGA)

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Boys’ Round of 32 Matches

 

Thursday, July 9

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Boys’ Round of 16 Matches, Girls’ Quarterfinal Matches

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Boys’ Quarterfinal Matches, Girls’ Semifinal Matches
 

Friday, July 10

8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Boys’ Semifinal Matches, Girls’ Championship Match

1:00 p.m. Boys’ Championship Match

 

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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