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Jang and Gross Capture 3rd Hope Valley Junior

 

DURHAM, N.C. (August 6, 2020) -- Final results of the 3rd Hope Valley Junior Invitational at Hope Valley Country Club in Durham, N.C. on August 6, 2020. The Boys’ division competed at approximately 6,720 yards, par 70. The Girls’ division competed at approximately 5,834 yards, par 70. 

 

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

 

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Girls’ Division

 

Hyo Joon Jang of Bluffton, S.C. has done it again and captured her second CGA championship in a row after claiming the 3rd Hope Valley Junior Invitational this afternoon. Carding 1-over-par, 71 today, Jang finished with a four stroke lead at 4-over-par, 214 total.

 

Jang started off with a seemingly steady round of straight pars, but on the first three holes Jang missed opportunities for birdie. 



 

“I didn’t start very well, most of my putts weren’t going in,” said Jang. “I had a long par save on No. 4 and that was a big turning point. It changed my whole atmosphere going forward. I think that really helped me on the front nine.”

 

That momentum pushed her to a clutch birdie on the eighth hole to make the turn 1-under on the day. That was quickly thwarted with a tough double bogey on No. 10. 

 

Jang said, “I made a double bogey on No. 10 that did me some pretty bad damage. Even though I knew I had a pretty solid lead, it still made me nervous after that. I was just trying to forget it and look forward to finishing strong. I think that tested my mental toughness and I feel proud of myself for finishing well after that.” 

 

Jang certainly did finish well after that with a birdie on No. 12, a bogey on No. 13 and then cruising to another CGA championship just two weeks after her first at the Carolinas Junior Girls’ Championship. 

 

“After winning in Asheville, I felt great,” said Jang. “Then I had a week to turn around before this tournament. I was trying to not get too excited after that one and instead focused on bringing that same performance here. Consistency is so important in golf and keeping focus too helped me win this week.”

 

Nicole Adam of Pinehurst, N.C. finished runner-up with an 8-over-par, 218 total. Adam sank the only eagle of the week in the girls’ division on No. 15 today, but her push down the final stretch was not enough to secure the title. 

 

Adrian Anderson of Murrells Inlet, S.C. claimed solo third just one shot back from Adam with a 9-over-par, 219 total. There was a tie for fourth between Grace Ridenour of Raleigh, N.C. and Kiera Bartholomew of Wake Forest, N.C. both finishing 15-over-par, 225 for the week.

 

Boys’ Division

 

Nicholas Gross of Downington, Pa. won his first CGA championship by a nail-biting one stroke lead finishing 3-under-par, 207 total. 

 

Gross said, “It was a long, tough grind today, but that is to be expected in a final round. I played well coming out of the gates and made some good pars. I didn’t make anything happen, but you can’t be upset with that when you have the lead.” 

 

Gross made it through the first seven holes with little to no mistakes. However he began to lose ball control towards the turn. That cost him two unforced bogeys on Nos. 8 and 10 that caused him to sweat as runner- up, Caden Baker of Mebane, N.C. sank birdie putts on Nos. 8 and 9 to close the gap. 

 

That scare kicked Gross back into gear and he managed a birdie on No. 12 and finished with 6 straight pars to close out the final round. 

 

“I don’t think I ever knew that I was going to win,” said Gross. “I knew that Caden was going to keep on pushing it and he burned the edge on Nos. 16 and 17 and birdied No. 18 so he wasn’t far away from catching me. I never got too comfortable with that lead.”

 

1-over-par, 71 was just enough for Gross to walk away with the win today and he was a gracious champion to say the least. “It is a great honor. I didn’t even know I would be in the field until about a month ago so I was just happy to be here and happy to play. To win today is just something else,” he said. 

 

Caden Baker had an impressive round today right on the heels of Gross and finished 2-under-par, 208 total to claim runner-up. Bryan Fang of Raleigh, N.C. claimed solo third after an even-par, 210 finish for the week.  

 

The CGA would like to extend a thank you to the members and staff of Hope Valley Country Club, specifically to Tournament Chairman Allen Smith, Director of Golf Bob Byrnes and Course Superintendent Chad Buchman for their hospitality in hosting the 3rd Hope Valley Junior Invitational. We would also like to thank the players and spectators for their understanding and adherence to the new COVID-19 tournament protocols.

 

3rd Hope Valley Junior Invitational

Hope Valley Country Club | Durham, N.C.

Girls’ Division Final Results

 

Pos. Player City, State, Affiliation To Par R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Hyo Joon Jang Bluffton, SC, 2022 +4 73 70 71 214
2 Nicole Adam Pinehurst, NC, 2020 +8 74 69 75 218
3 Adrian Anderson Murrells Inlet, SC, 2022 +9 74 74 71 219
T4 Grace Ridenour Raleigh, NC, 2025 +15 74 79 72 225
T4 Kiera  Bartholomew Wake Forest, NC, 2023 +15 75 73 77 225
6 Morgan Ketchum Winston-Salem, NC, 2022 +16 74 73 79 226
7 Kayleigh Reinke Rock Hill, SC, SC, 2021 +18 77 76 75 228
8 Melanie Walker Burke, VA, 2022 +19 75 79 75 229
9 Anna Howerton Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +21 79 78 74 231
T10 Jaclyn Kenzel Southern Pines, NC, 2020 +22 79 77 76 232
T10 Mia Gray Conway, SC, 2023 +22 78 81 73 232
T12 Regina  Plascencia Bluffton, SC, 2022 +23 79 78 76 233
T12 Hannah Lydic Ocean View, DE, 2022 +23 81 80 72 233
14 Hannah Altman Lake City, SC, 2022 +25 76 76 83 235
15 Rachel Carlson Bradenton, FL, 2022 +29 76 81 82 239
16 Gracie Song Waxhaw, NC, 2026 +30 79 78 83 240
17 Emerson B. Dever Durham, NC, 2025 +31 78 82 81 241
18 Ella Perna Durham, NC, 2022 +33 78 87 78 243
19 Kennedy Noe Knoxville, TN, 2021 +37 84 80 83 247
20 Parker Perry Durham, NC, 2020 +51 88 86 87 261

 

3rd Hope Valley Junior Invitational

Hope Valley Country Club | Durham, N.C.

Boys’ Division Final Results

 

Pos. Player City, State, Graduation To Par R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Nicholas Gross Downingtown, PA, 2024 -3 69 67 71 207
2 Caden Baker Mebane, NC, 2021 -2 68 69 71 208
3 Bryan Fang Raleigh, NC, 2023 E 72 70 68 210
T4 Harris Barth Atlanta, GA, 2022 +2 68 74 70 212
T4 Tyler Dechellis Clayton, NC, 2021 +2 72 69 71 212
T4 Luke Walmet Mt. Pleasant, SC, 2023 +2 68 72 72 212
7 Josh Lendach Raleigh, NC, 2021 +4 75 69 70 214
8 Andrew Gregory Inman, SC, 2023 +5 72 70 73 215
T9 Clayson Good Durham, NC, 2020 +6 75 71 70 216
T9 Garrett Risner Holly Springs, NC, 2020 +6 67 79 70 216
T9 Austin Scott Charleston, SC, 2021 +6 74 71 71 216
T9 Charlie Barr Salisbury, NC, 2021 +6 72 71 73 216
T9 Griffin Tarver Tega Cay, SC, 2021 +6 73 70 73 216
T9 Ashton Harper Roanoke, VA, 2023 +6 70 72 74 216
T9 Ben Jordan Greensboro, NC, 2022 +6 70 67 79 216
T16 Nick Norman Gastonia, NC, 2022 +7 75 72 70 217
T16 Adam Hunt Columbia, SC, 2023 +7 74 72 71 217
T18 Hampton  Roberts Cary, NC, 2023 +8 71 76 71 218
T18 Davis Adams Raleigh, NC, 2022 +8 74 72 72 218
T18 Carter Loflin Duluth, GA, 2022 +8 72 72 74 218
T18 Oliver Rotermund Daniel Island, SC, 2021 +8 73 71 74 218
T22 Matt Moloney Vienna, VA, 2024 +9 76 74 69 219
T22 Ike Joy Denver, NC, 2021 +9 75 71 73 219
T22 Thomas Henderson Cincinnati, OH, 2021 +9 73 71 75 219
T22 Andrew Plate Greensboro, NC, 2021 +9 74 69 76 219
T26 Branden Boyce Spring Lake, NC, 2022 +10 73 77 70 220
T26 Alan Van Asch Raleigh, NC, 2022 +10 70 78 72 220
T26 Sam Davidson Asheboro, NC, 2020 +10 75 75 70 220
T26 Ian Glanton Metter, GA, 2021 +10 75 75 70 220
T26 Eli Schmidly Charlotte, NC, 2023 +10 73 74 73 220
T31 Bo Maradik Nashville, TN, 2022 +11 75 74 72 221
T31 Walker Isley Oak island, NC, 2020 +11 76 72 73 221
T31 Owen Kose Holly Springs, NC, 2022 +11 80 69 72 221
T31 Daniel Boone Fuquay-Varina, NC, 2023 +11 75 75 71 221
T31 Spencer Turtz Charlotte, NC, 2022 +11 77 70 74 221
36 Zach Roberts Holly Springs, NC, 2020 +12 73 74 75 222
T37 Josh Buxbaum Wake Forest, NC, 2021 +13 73 75 75 223
T37 Kyle Kushnir Raleigh, NC, 2021 +13 78 73 72 223
T37 Luke Sullivan Columbia, SC, 2022 +13 75 80 68 223
T40 Collin Adams Charlotte, NC, 2021 +14 79 70 75 224
T40 Colin Salema Matthews, NC, 2024 +14 71 80 73 224
T40 Pake June Florence, SC, 2022 +14 78 68 78 224
T43 William Grasty Charlotte, NC, 2022 +15 74 75 76 225
T43 Turner Edwards Charlotte, NC, 2022 +15 72 76 77 225
T43 Quinlan Polin Cary, NC, 2023 +15 71 77 77 225
T43 Jennings  Glenn Raleigh, NC, 2021 +15 71 76 78 225
T43 Jack Boyer Greensboro, NC, 2022 +15 72 75 78 225
T43 Fisher  Kennedy Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +15 76 75 74 225
T49 Ayush Bodhale Charlotte, NC, 2021 +16 76 76 74 226
T49 Timmy Gannon Charlotte, NC, 2021 +16 79 75 72 226
T51 John Logan Wilmington, NC, 2023 +17 73 75 79 227
T51 Rowan Sullivan Charleston, SC, 2023 +17 74 79 74 227
T51 Jonathan Honeywell Whispering Pines, NC, 2022 +17 79 76 72 227
T54 Daniel Adkins Holly Springs, NC, 2021 +18 77 74 77 228
T54 Mack Edwards Charlotte, NC, 2025 +18 76 75 77 228
T54 Charles O’Donnell Pacific Palisades, CA, 2022 +18 79 73 76 228
T54 Vijay  Powell Midlothian, VA, 2023 +18 79 77 72 228
T58 Ford Reynolds Columbia, SC, 2020 +19 73 76 80 229
T58 Thomas Stafford Beaconsfield, CN, 2021 +19 73 78 78 229
T58 Andrew Swanson Bluffton, SC, 2021 +19 78 73 78 229
T58 Ryan Macri Wake Forest, NC, 2021 +19 78 77 74 229
T62 Preston Howe Winston-Salem, NC, 2025 +20 80 73 77 230
T62 Kyle Haas Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +20 83 71 76 230
T64 Nick Rubino Charlotte, NC, 2021 +21 78 71 82 231
T64 Josh Newman Charlotte, NC, 2021 +21 82 75 74 231
T66 Ryan Jahr Ocean Isle Beach, NC, 2022 +22 71 80 81 232
T66 Bradley  Davis, Jr. Pilot Mountain, NC, 2022 +22 78 77 77 232
T68 Davis Spradling Clayton, NC, 2021 +24 78 79 77 234
T68 Tyler Partee Thomasville, NC, 2021 +24 80 81 73 234
70 Aidan Browning Charlotte, NC, 2022 +25 85 74 76 235
71 Nick Goellner Apex, NC, 2023 +27 83 78 76 237
72 Zach  Watterson Beattyville, KY, 2023 +28 79 75 84 238
73 Cayden  Bryner Winston Salem, NC, 2022 +29 88 74 77 239
74 Maddox Whittington Lenoir, NC, 2022 +33 80 88 75 243
WD Narayan Mohan Charlotte, NC, 2021 - WD     WD
WD Tyler Jones Jacksonville, NC, 2023 - 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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