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Jennings Edges Zeigler for Carolinas Junior Boys' Championship in Playoff

 

FLORENCE, S.C. (July 30, 2020) -- The results from the final round of the 71st Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship at Florence Country Club in Florence, S.C. on July 30, 2020. (6,429 yards, par 34-36--70)

 

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

 

Related: Championship Web Site | Scoring | History | Photos

 

William Jennings of Greenville, S.C. won the 71st Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship in dramatic fashion on Thursday. It took a back nine comeback and two playoff holes for Jennings to defeat Gene Zeigler of Florence, S.C. at Zeigler’s home course of Florence Country Club. 

 

Both Jennings and Zeigler finished the 54-hole event at 8-under-par, 202 total, but it was Jennings who walked away a champion.

 

Jennings, who started the day four shots back of 32-hole leader and fourth place finisher Griffin Tarver, was 3-under-par through the first six holes, making consecutive birdies on Nos. 4, 5 and 6. 

 

The 14-year-old was able to stick his tee shot on No. 4 close and make a five-footer for birdie on the par 3. After capitalizing on a short par 5 on No. 5, he kept the momentum going by sinking a 30-footer for birdie on No. 6.

 

“After making that putt on No. 6, I felt confident and knew that I had a good chance to be in contention,” Jennings said.

 

Back to back bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8 moved Jennings to back to 5-under-par. Admittedly, the rising high school freshman was frustrated. Meanwhile, Zeigler was sitting pretty atop the leaderboard at 10-under-par overall and 3-under on the day as an eagle dropped on No. 6. Jennings knew that it was time to make a move, or else his championship chances would fade.

 

Jennings rebounded with a birdie on No. 9 to make the turn at 6-under-par and by the time he was through 16, his score had moved to 8-under.

 

“I went 4-under on the back nine yesterday, so I knew I could go low,” he said about his mindset entering the final stretch. “I had to do that, and it happened.”

 

With Jennings in at 8-under-par, Zeigler was still holding a lead out on the course. Through 16, the Florence, S.C. native was at 10-under-par after recovering from a pair of bogeys by making an eagle on No. 14. Bogeys on both Nos. 16 and 18 opened the door for Jennings though as the two would head to a playoff.

 

“It was nerve wracking standing and watching Gene finish,” Jennings said. “I honestly thought I had lost, but he gave me an opening so I took it.”

 

Both Jennings and Zeigler played the first playoff hole to near perfection, making a pair of birdies on their second trip of the day through No. 18. The third time was the charm though for Jennings as he just missed a putt for eagle on the second playoff hole, once again played on No. 18, and defeated Zeigler’s par with a birdie.

 

“I was worried that Gene was going to chip it in for birdie, but after the chip, I knew that I could two putt for birdie and win,” Jennings said. “When my putt finally went in, I just felt relieved. Last week I lost by one stroke, so this win feels even better.”

 

The CGA would like to extend a thank you to the members and staff of Florence Country Club, specifically to General Manager Scott Simerlink, Head Golf Professional Steve Behr and Golf Course Superintendent Dru Clark, for their hospitality in hosting the 71st Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship. We would also like to thank the players and spectators for their understanding and adherence to the new COVID-19 tournament protocols.


 

71st Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship

Florence Country Club, Florence, S.C.

Final Results

 

Pos. Player City, State, Graduation To Par R1 R2 R3 Total  
1 William Jennings Greenville, SC, 2024 -8 72 64 66 202  
2 Gene Zeigler Florence, SC, 2021 -8 63 70 69 202  
3 Max Green Hilton Head Island, SC, 2021 -6 67 69 68 204  
4 Griffin Tarver Tega Cay, SC, 2021 -5 66 66 73 205  
5 Tyler DeChellis Clayton, NC, 2021 -4 70 66 70 206  
T6 Austin Scott Charleston, SC, 2021 -3 70 71 66 207  
T6 Trey Crenshaw Lancaster, SC, 2021 -3 68 73 66 207  
T8 Pearse Lucas Charlotte, NC, 2021 -1 73 67 69 209  
T8 Zach Adams Charleston, SC, 2022 -1 70 70 69 209  
T8 Carter Busse Davidson, NC, 2021 -1 69 70 70 209  
T8 Luke Walmet Mount Pleasant, SC, 2023 -1 72 67 70 209  
T12 Sam Davidson Asheboro, NC, 2020 E 70 71 69 210  
T12 Andrew Gregory Inman, SC, 2023 E 69 70 71 210  
T12 Elliott Pope Lugoff, SC, 2021 E 67 71 72 210  
T15 Luke Sullivan Columbia, SC, 2022 +1 71 72 68 211  
T15 Daniel Coker Hartsville, SC, 2020 +1 71 70 70 211  
T17 Charlie Barr Salisbury, NC, 2021 +2 71 67 74 212  
T17 Grady Newton Wallburg, NC, 2020 +2 69 68 75 212  
T19 Rowan Sullivan Charleston, SC, 2023 +3 74 71 68 213  
T19 Tip Price Greenville, SC, 2025 +3 69 73 71 213  
T19 Adam Hunt Columbia, SC, 2023 +3 72 70 71 213  
T19 Mason Tucker Lancaster, SC, 2021 +3 73 69 71 213  
T19 Ford Reynolds Columbia, SC, 2020 +3 68 73 72 213  
T19 Waymon Thomas Mount Pleasant, SC, 2023 +3 68 71 74 213  
T25 Branden Boyce Spring Lake, NC, 2022 +4 73 71 70 214  
T25 Trey Howard Woodruff, SC, 2021 +4 71 69 74 214  
27 Daniel Brasington Woodruff, SC, 2021 +5 72 75 68 215  
T28 Lleyton Renner Simpsonville, SC, 2020 +6 79 69 68 216  
T28 Jennings Glenn Raleigh, NC, 2021 +6 77 69 70 216  
T28 Jerry Bruns Beaufort, SC, 2023 +6 72 72 72 216  
T28 Pake June Florence, SC, 2022 +6 74 70 72 216  
T28 Jackson Brimfield Chapel Hill, NC, 2021 +6 71 73 72 216  
T28 James Rico Cary, NC, 2022 +6 72 71 73 216  
T28 William Phipps Florence, SC, 2020 +6 74 69 73 216  
T35 WIlson Thrift Charlotte, NC, 2022 +7 74 72 71 217  
T35 Alex Campbell Charlotte, NC, 2020 +7 74 68 75 217  
T35 Ben Jordan Greensboro, NC, 2022 +7 72 70 75 217  
T35 Caden Baker Mebane, NC, 2021 +7 71 71 75 217  
T39 Max Jacobson Charlotte, NC +8 70 76 72 218  
T39 Will Hartman Marvin, NC, 2025 +8 74 72 72 218  
T39 Burch Harrison Columbia, SC, 2022 +8 74 71 73 218  
T39 Oliver Rotermund Charleston, SC, 2021 +8 74 71 73 218  
T39 Garrett Hauk Burlington, NC, 2021 +8 71 72 75 218  
T44 Braeden Barnett Galivants Ferry, SC, 2021 +9 71 77 71 219  
T44 Walker Jennings Greenville, SC, 2022 +9 72 75 72 219  
T44 Josh Buxbaum Wake Forest, NC, 2021 +9 69 74 76 219  
T47 Quinlan Polin Cary, NC, 2023 +10 76 72 72 220  
T47 Sam McMillan Mount Pleasant, SC, 2023 +10 72 76 72 220  
T47 Daniel Adkins Holly Springs, NC, 2021 +10 70 74 76 220  
T50 AJ Shaffer Horse Shoe, NC, 2020 +11 73 74 74 221  
T50 Nicholas Smith Pickens, SC, 2022 +11 70 75 76 221  
T50 Mavrick Mullinax Lexington, SC, 2021 +11 73 72 76 221  
T53 Drew Harrill Spartanburg, SC, 2021 +12 74 74 74 222  
T53 Zander Briggs Simpsonville, SC, 2020 +12 74 70 78 222  
55 Ryan Jahr Ocean Isle Beach, NC, 2022 +13 72 76 75 223  
T56 Ford Morrow Winston-Salem, NC, 2022 +14 75 73 76 224  
T56 Andrew Plate Greensboro, NC, 2021 +14 71 74 79 224  
T58 Lukas Pokrzywinski Charlotte, NC, 2021 +15 72 75 78 225  
T58 Turner Edwards Charlotte, NC, 2022 +15 72 75 78 225  
T60 Bradley Davis, Jr. Pilot Mountain, NC, 2022 +16 77 71 78 226  
T60 Cornell Beans Charlotte, NC, 2024 +16 72 76 78 226  
62 Colin Browning Charlotte, NC, 2020 +17 77 71 79 227  
T63 Palmer Mason Irmo, SC, 2020 +18 72 76 80 228  
T63 Austin Alexander Rutherfordton, NC, 2020 +18 72 75 81 228  
WD Matthew Hutto Blythewood, SC, 2021 - 70 68 WD WD  
The following players did not make the cut
CUT Casey Osiecki New Bern, NC, 2020 +9 72 77   149  
CUT Colin Dutton Foxfire, NC, 2021 +9 74 75   149  
CUT Colin Salema Matthews, NC, 2024 +9 72 77   149  
CUT Daniel Boone Fuquay Varina, NC, 2023 +9 73 76   149  
CUT Jackson Bode Pinehurst, NC, 2022 +9 72 77   149  
CUT Jake Conklin Cary, NC, 2022 +9 76 73   149  
CUT Ryder Massey Wake Forest, NC, 2021 +9 76 73   149  
CUT Simon Wright Lancaster, SC, 2021 +9 72 77   149  
CUT Zach Phillips Inman, SC, 2021 +9 76 73   149  
CUT Blake Weinbach Columbia, SC, 2021 +10 75 75   150  
CUT Collin Adams Charlotte, NC, 2021 +10 76 74   150  
CUT Hank Robins Salisbury, NC, 2020 +10 78 72   150  
CUT Jack Roberts Greenville, SC, 2022 +10 73 77   150  
CUT William Webb Raleigh, NC, 2024 +10 77 73   150  
CUT Andrew Swanson Bluffton, SC, 2021 +11 73 78   151  
CUT Chase Cline Chapin, SC, 2024 +11 74 77   151  
CUT Gray Mitchum Winterville, NC, 2022 +11 73 78   151  
CUT Ian Podziewski Waxhaw, NC, 2022 +11 79 72   151  
CUT Jace Butcher Wake Forest, NC, 2023 +11 76 75   151  
CUT Jay Smith Florence, SC, 2023 +11 74 77   151  
CUT Keenan Royalty Raleigh, NC, 2023 +11 81 70   151  
CUT Mack Edwards Charlotte, NC, 2025 +11 73 78   151  
CUT Sean Finan Winston-Salem, NC, 2022 +11 74 77   151  
CUT Tristen McKay Florence, SC, 2023 +11 79 72   151  
CUT Brodie Perry Trinity, NC, 2021 +12 75 77   152  
CUT Cheney Connell Blythewood, SC, 2021 +12 81 71   152  
CUT David Oliver Pageland, SC, 2024 +12 81 71   152  
CUT Drew Jeffords Florence, SC, 2023 +12 76 76   152  
CUT Eric Nord Blythewood, SC, 2022 +12 73 79   152  
CUT Holt Allison Conover, NC, 2021 +12 75 77   152  
CUT Jake Clayton Burlington, NC, 2022 +12 75 77   152  
CUT Kareem Elkassem Raleigh, NC, 2023 +12 71 81   152  
CUT Thomas Davis Darlington, SC, 2022 +12 76 76   152  
CUT Andrew Propes Charleston, SC, 2021 +13 75 78   153  
CUT Ashton Eubanks Lexington, SC, 2023 +13 76 77   153  
CUT Columb Knight Raleigh, NC, 2020 +13 76 77   153  
CUT Sullivan Hooper Leesville, SC, 2020 +13 74 79   153  
CUT Todd Moyer Cornelius, NC, 2021 +13 77 76   153  
CUT William Grasty Charlotte, NC, 2022 +13 79 74   153  
CUT Andrew Graham Asheville, NC, 2021 +14 79 75   154  
CUT Jacob Hoyle Simpsonville, SC, 2021 +14 77 77   154  
CUT Jay Wilkins Simpsonville, SC +14 77 77   154  
CUT Timmy Gannon Charlotte, NC, 2021 +14 76 78   154  
CUT Anthony Clark Fort Mill, SC, 2020 +15 80 75   155  
CUT Bradley Parker Isle of Palms, SC, 2022 +15 77 78   155  
CUT John Logan Wilmington, NC, 2023 +15 80 75   155  
CUT Nick Rubino Charlotte, NC, 2021 +15 76 79   155  
CUT Jack Burris Greensboro, NC, 2021 +16 77 79   156  
CUT James Potter Florence, SC, 2020 +16 80 76   156  
CUT Landen Seiffert Florence, SC, 2021 +16 81 75   156  
CUT Andrew Gallagher Grimesland, NC, 2021 +17 77 80   157  
CUT Barrett Josey Moore, SC, 2021 +17 77 80   157  
CUT Davis Sayman Charlotte, NC, 2023 +17 82 75   157  
CUT Eston Lee Four Oaks, NC, 2020 +17 81 76   157  
CUT Kenny Walter Concord, NC, 2021 +17 77 80   157  
CUT Logan Lutz Mount Pleasant, SC, 2023 +17 76 81   157  
CUT Luke Shamblin Matthews, NC, 2021 +18 81 77   158  
CUT Davis Clawson Charlotte, NC, 2023 +19 76 83   159  
CUT Harris Holstein Orangeburg, SC +19 77 82   159  
CUT Narayan Mohan Charlotte, NC, 2021 +19 78 81   159  
CUT Zach Murrow Gastonia, NC, 2020 +20 82 78   160  
CUT Luke Perrino Mooresville, NC, 2020 +21 81 80   161  
CUT Ryan Curran Charlotte, NC, 2024 +23 78 85   163  
CUT William Melvin Charlotte, NC +24 84 80   164  
CUT Brycen Swain Durham, NC, 2021 +27 84 83   167  
CUT Evan Prickett North Augusta, SC, 2022 +27 78 89   167  
WD Kyle Kushnir Raleigh, NC, 2021 - 75 WD   WD  
WD Ayush Bodhale Huntersville, NC, 2021 - 81 WD   WD  
WD Chase Cheatham Lincolnton, NC, 2021 - 83 WD   WD  
WD Andrew Haarlow Greensboro, NC, 2021 - WD WD   WD  
WD Brandon Spinks Huntersville, NC, 2021 - WD WD   WD  
WD Jack Dockrill Elon, NC, 2021 - WD WD   WD  
WD Jack Slomkowski Colfax, NC, 2020 - WD WD   WD  
WD Spencer Turtz Charlotte, NC, 2022 - WD 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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