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Zeigler Lights Up Home Course in Carolinas Junior Boys' Opening Round


FLORENCE, S.C. (July 28, 2020) -- The results from the first round of the 71st Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship at Florence Country Club in Florence, S.C. on July 28, 2020. (6,429 yards, par 34-36--70)


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Gene Zeigler of Florence, S.C. lit up his home course on Tuesday at the 71st Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship. The member of Florence Country Club shot the low round of the day, a 7-under-par, 63, to come in as the leader after the first round.


“Today I finally put everything together,” Zeigler said. “I’ve been struggling for a while and having been doing a lot of work on my swing. Everything just came together. I hit it decently. I putted well. My putter really kept the round going. Overall, it was a really, really good round.”


The South Carolina Gamecock commit and No. 2 ranked golfer in the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Rankings carded eight birdies during his opening round. For Zeigler, things really got going on No. 3.


“This is my home course and I feel like you can make a birdie on any hole out here. You just have to play it the right way,” Zeigler said. “No. 3 is probably the toughest hole on the course, and I made birdie there. That got me going, and I felt that if I could birdie No. 3, I could birdie any hole out here today.”


Zeigler kept his foot on the gas and continued the momentum with birdies on Nos. 4 and 6, before making birdies on five of the final nine holes. His bogey on No. 17 was his lone score over par on the day.


“It felt like a long time coming,” Zeigler said about his round. “You always expect the most out of yourself with every new round that you play. With all the work that I’ve been putting in, this is a confidence booster. I knew I had it in me, but a round like this hasn’t happened in a while. I think it’s the first time that I’ve broken 70 all summer in a tournament. To do it with a 63, not just a 69 or 68, that makes it pretty sweet.”


Zeigler, who is the reigning Carolinas Junior Boys’ Player of the Year, said that he wants to see his short iron game improve to put less pressure on his putting tomorrow. He and his group mates, Carter Busse of Davidson, N.C., Trey Crenshaw of Lancaster, S.C. and Adam Hunt of Columbia, S.C., will get things going in the morning as the first players to tee off. 


Griffin Tarver of Tega City, S.C. sits in solo-second after firing a 4-under-par 66, while Max Green of Hilton Head Island, S.C. and Elliott Pope of Lugoff, S.C. finished their opening rounds at 3-under-par, 67 total tied for third entering Wednesday. In total, 12 players finished under par and are all within six strokes of the lead.


Second Round action at the 71st Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship begins Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. Starting times run through 2:00 p.m. and following the second round, the field of 141 will be cut to the low 60 and ties.


71st Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship

Florence Country Club, Florence, S.C.

First Round Results


Pos. Player City, State To Par R1
1 Gene Zeigler Florence, SC -7 63
2 Griffin Tarver Tega Cay, SC -4 66
T3 Max Green Hilton Head Island, SC -3 67
T3 Elliott Pope Lugoff, SC -3 67
T5 Trey Crenshaw Lancaster, SC -2 68
T5 Ford Reynolds Columbia, SC -2 68
T5 Waymon Thomas Mount Pleasant, SC -2 68
T8 Grady Newton Wallburg, NC -1 69
T8 Carter Busse Davidson, NC -1 69
T8 Tip Price Greenville, SC -1 69
T8 Andrew Gregory Inman, SC -1 69
T8 Josh Buxbaum Wake Forest, NC -1 69
T13 Max Jacobson Charlotte, NC E 70
T13 Nicholas Smith Pickens, SC E 70
T13 Daniel Adkins Holly Springs, NC E 70
T13 Zach Adams Charleston, SC E 70
T13 Sam Davidson Asheboro, NC E 70
T13 Tyler DeChellis Clayton, NC E 70
T13 Matthew Hutto Blythewood, SC E 70
T13 Austin Scott Charleston, SC E 70
T21 Garrett Hauk Burlington, NC +1 71
T21 Trey Howard Woodruff, SC +1 71
T21 Caden Baker Mebane, NC +1 71
T21 Charlie Barr Salisbury, NC +1 71
T21 Luke Sullivan Columbia, SC +1 71
T21 Braeden Barnett Galivants Ferry, SC +1 71
T21 Kareem Elkassem Raleigh, NC +1 71
T21 Andrew Plate Greensboro, NC +1 71
T21 Daniel Coker Hartsville, SC +1 71
T21 Jackson Brimfield Chapel Hill, NC +1 71
T31 Colin Salema Matthews, NC +2 72
T31 James Rico Cary, NC +2 72
T31 Ryan Jahr Ocean Isle Beach, NC +2 72
T31 Sam McMillan Mount Pleasant, SC +2 72
T31 Cornell Beans Charlotte, NC +2 72
T31 Lukas Pokrzywinski Charlotte, NC +2 72
T31 Daniel Brasington Woodruff, SC +2 72
T31 Adam Hunt Columbia, SC +2 72
T31 Jackson Bode Pinehurst, NC +2 72
T31 Casey Osiecki New Bern, NC +2 72
T31 Austin Alexander Rutherfordton, NC +2 72
T31 Jerry Bruns Beaufort, SC +2 72
T31 Palmer Mason Irmo, SC +2 72
T31 Turner Edwards Charlotte, NC +2 72
T31 William Jennings Greenville, SC +2 72
T31 Walker Jennings Greenville, SC +2 72
T31 Luke Walmet Mount Pleasant, SC +2 72
T31 Simon Wright Lancaster, SC +2 72
T31 Ben Jordan Greensboro, NC +2 72
T50 Daniel Boone Fuquay Varina, NC +3 73
T50 Jack Roberts Greenville, SC +3 73
T50 Branden Boyce Spring Lake, NC +3 73
T50 Gray Mitchum Winterville, NC +3 73
T50 AJ Shaffer Horse Shoe, NC +3 73
T50 Mason Tucker Lancaster, SC +3 73
T50 Andrew Swanson Bluffton, SC +3 73
T50 Pearse Lucas Charlotte, NC +3 73
T50 Mack Edwards Charlotte, NC +3 73
T50 Eric Nord Blythewood, SC +3 73
T50 Mavrick Mullinax Lexington, SC +3 73
T61 Burch Harrison Columbia, SC +4 74
T61 Jay Smith Florence, SC +4 74
T61 Sullivan Hooper Leesville, SC +4 74
T61 Colin Dutton Foxfire, NC +4 74
T61 Chase Cline Chapin, SC +4 74
T61 Sean Finan Winston-Salem, NC +4 74
T61 Will Hartman Marvin, NC +4 74
T61 William Phipps Florence, SC +4 74
T61 WIlson Thrift Charlotte, NC +4 74
T61 Pake June Florence, SC +4 74
T61 Alex Campbell Charlotte, NC +4 74
T61 Drew Harrill Spartanburg, SC +4 74
T61 Rowan Sullivan Charleston, SC +4 74
T61 Oliver Rotermund Charleston, SC +4 74
T61 Zander Briggs Simpsonville, SC +4 74
T76 Blake Weinbach Columbia, SC +5 75
T76 Jake Clayton Burlington, NC +5 75
T76 Holt Allison Conover, NC +5 75
T76 Ford Morrow Winston-Salem, NC +5 75
T76 Brodie Perry Trinity, NC +5 75
T76 Kyle Kushnir Raleigh, NC +5 75
T76 Andrew Propes Charleston, SC +5 75
T83 Thomas Davis Darlington, SC +6 76
T83 Drew Jeffords Florence, SC +6 76
T83 Zach Phillips Inman, SC +6 76
T83 Jace Butcher Wake Forest, NC +6 76
T83 Ryder Massey Wake Forest, NC +6 76
T83 Davis Clawson Charlotte, NC +6 76
T83 Ashton Eubanks Lexington, SC +6 76
T83 Collin Adams Charlotte, NC +6 76
T83 Nick Rubino Charlotte, NC +6 76
T83 Jake Conklin Cary, NC +6 76
T83 Logan Lutz Mount Pleasant, SC +6 76
T83 Quinlan Polin Cary, NC +6 76
T83 Columb Knight Raleigh, NC +6 76
T83 Timmy Gannon Charlotte, NC +6 76
T97 Bradley Parker Isle of Palms, SC +7 77
T97 Jay Wilkins Simpsonville, SC +7 77
T97 Jacob Hoyle Simpsonville, SC +7 77
T97 Harris Holstein Orangeburg, SC +7 77
T97 Bradley Davis, Jr. Pilot Mountain, NC +7 77
T97 Kenny Walter Concord, NC +7 77
T97 William Webb Raleigh, NC +7 77
T97 Jack Burris Greensboro, NC +7 77
T97 Todd Moyer Cornelius, NC +7 77
T97 Colin Browning Charlotte, NC +7 77
T97 Jennings Glenn Raleigh, NC +7 77
T97 Barrett Josey Moore, SC +7 77
T97 Andrew Gallagher Grimesland, NC +7 77
T110 Ryan Curran Charlotte, NC +8 78
T110 Narayan Mohan Charlotte, NC +8 78
T110 Evan Prickett North Augusta, SC +8 78
T110 Hank Robins Salisbury, NC +8 78
T114 Tristen McKay Florence, SC +9 79
T114 Ian Podziewski Waxhaw, NC +9 79
T114 William Grasty Charlotte, NC +9 79
T114 Lleyton Renner Simpsonville, SC +9 79
T114 Andrew Graham Asheville, NC +9 79
T119 John Logan Wilmington, NC +10 80
T119 Anthony Clark Fort Mill, SC +10 80
T119 James Potter Florence, SC +10 80
T122 David Oliver Pageland, SC +11 81
T122 Cheney Connell Blythewood, SC +11 81
T122 Landen Seiffert Florence, SC +11 81
T122 Keenan Royalty Raleigh, NC +11 81
T122 Ayush Bodhale Huntersville, NC +11 81
T122 Luke Shamblin Matthews, NC +11 81
T122 Luke Perrino Mooresville, NC +11 81
T122 Eston Lee Four Oaks, NC +11 81
T130 Zach Murrow Gastonia, NC +12 82
T130 Davis Sayman Charlotte, NC +12 82
132 Chase Cheatham Lincolnton, NC +13 83
T133 William Melvin Charlotte, NC +14 84
T133 Brycen Swain Durham, NC +14 84
T133 Andrew Haarlow Greensboro, NC +14 84
136 Brandon Spinks Huntersville, NC +19 89
WD Jack Slomkowski Colfax, NC - WD
WD Spencer Turtz Charlotte, NC - WD
WD Jack Dockrill Elon, NC - 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.     

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