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Mathews Takes an Early Lead at The Vicki

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 1, 2021) -- First round results of the 16th Vicki DiSantis Junior Girls’ Championship at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. on May 1, 2021. The field is competing at 6,203 yards (par 35-37--72).


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Pine Island Country Club played tough for the field in the first round of the 16th Vicki DiSantis Junior Girls’ Championship, but three players managed to finish under par. Emily Mathews of Mebane, N.C. leads the field at 5-under-par after an opening round 67, which included six birdies and only one bogey at the treacherous Pine Island Country Club.


My putter was working for me,” said Mathews. “I was very strategic with my approach shots to be careful with where I placed it on the green and from there I was just making 15 and 20-footers over and over again.”


Mathews is no stranger to leading a CGA championship. Last year, Mathews won the Dogwood State Junior Girls’ Championship. “Being in the lead is honestly just a motivator to go out there and pull ahead even further tomorrow and just stay in my bubble,” she said.


Only two shots off the lead, Mary Kathryn Talledo of Spartanburg, S.C. finished the day at 3-under-par, 69 after five birdies on the day. Talledo is the No. 4 ranked player in the Carolinas and is looking for her first CGA victory.


“I had a lot of adrenaline for the whole round, because this is the hardest I have worked on my game and I haven’t been able to show it in a tournament until today,” said Talledo. “I am playing well so I will just play my best tomorrow and see where that puts me.”


It would be unwise to count out Elizabeth Rudisill of Charlotte, N.C. who also finished under par today with a 1-under-par, 71. Rudisill finished tied for fourth at last year’s championship in November and also seeks her first CGA victory. Last year’s North Carolina Junior Girls’ Player of the Year, Kiera Bartholomew of Wake Forest, N.C. and Ella Perna of Durham, N.C. finished with even par, 72 today and are in the hunt for their first CGA victories as well.


The final round will begin tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. with starting times until 10:10 a.m. Stay tuned to our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for live coverage to see who will take home the title.


16th Vicki DiSantis Junior Girls’ Championship

Pine Island Country Club, Charlotte, N.C.

First Round Results

 

Pos. Player City, State, Graduation To Par Total
1 Emily Mathews Mebane, NC, 2023 -5 67
2 Mary Kathryn Talledo Spartanburg, SC, 2021 -3 69
3 Elizabeth Rudisill Charlotte, NC, 2025 -1 71
T4 Kiera Bartholomew Wake Forest, NC, 2023 E 72
T4 Ella Perna Durham, NC, 2022 E 72
T6 Adrian Anderson Murrells Inlet, SC, 2022 +1 73
T6 Sydney Roberts Chesnee, SC, 2022 +1 73
T6 Macy Pate Winston-Salem, NC, 2024 +1 73
T9 Emma Schimpf Daniel Island, SC, 2021 +2 74
T9 Heather Appelson Wake Forest, NC, 2023 +2 74
T11 Sofia Carles Clinton, SC, 2021 +3 75
T11 Madison Messimer Myrtle Beach, SC, 2025 +3 75
T11 Kayla Dowell Mebane, NC, 2021 +3 75
T14 Morgan Ketchum Winston-Salem, NC, 2022 +4 76
T14 Maria Atwood Holly Springs, NC, 2022 +4 76
T14 Kayleigh Reinke Rock Hill, SC, 2021 +4 76
T14 Lexi Bennett Santee, SC, 2021 +4 76
T18 Raegan Propes Charleston, SC, 2022 +5 77
T18 Karlee Vardas Lexington, SC, 2021 +5 77
T18 Emily Beiers Lexington, SC, 2021 +5 77
T18 Ava Lucas Raleigh, NC, 2021 +5 77
T18 Katherine Schuster Kill Devil Hills, NC, 2021 +5 77
T18 Grace Ridenour Raleigh, NC, 2025 +5 77
T18 Ella Stalvey Blythewood, SC, 2023 +5 77
T18 Rachel Joyce Southern Pines, NC, 2026 +5 77
T18 Madison Dixon Boiling Springs, SC, 2023 +5 77
T18 Saia Rampersaud Durham, NC, 2025 +5 77
T28 Bridget Wilkie Bluffton, SC, 2024 +6 78
T28 Sophie Lauture charlotte, NC, 2024 +6 78
T28 Abby Franks Roebuck, SC, 2023 +6 78
T28 Hannah Altman Lake City, SC, 2022 +6 78
T28 Gabriela Cruz High Point, NC, 2021 +6 78
T33 Autumn Carey Manning, SC, 2022 +7 79
T33 Ella June Hannant Pikeville, NC, 2027 +7 79
T33 Skye Two Hawks Skenandore Aiken, SC, 2024 +7 79
T36 Shyla Brown Matthews, NC, 2026 +8 80
T36 Karsyn Roberts Pikeville, NC, 2024 +8 80
T36 Katelyn Griggs Lexington, NC, 2022 +8 80
T36 Kasey McIlvaine Raleigh, NC, 2023 +8 80
T36 Sarah Boteler Greenville, SC, 2021 +8 80
T36 Olivia Wilkie Bluffton, SC, 2022 +8 80
T36 Layla Meric Wesley Chapel, NC, 2021 +8 80
T36 Leah Edwards Greensboro, NC, 2025 +8 80
T36 Emerson B. Dever Durham, NC, 2025 +8 80
T36 Paige Paolucci Blythewood, SC, 2022 +8 80
T46 Justine Pennycooke Cary, NC, 2023 +9 81
T46 Grayson Bonner Mt Pleasant, SC, 2024 +9 81
T46 Jenna Kim Raleigh, NC, 2027 +9 81
T46 Anna Czarkowski Morganton, NC, 2023 +9 81
T46 Maya Beasley Pinehurst, NC, 2023 +9 81
T46 Ella Kue King Mountain, NC, 2023 +9 81
52 Grace Holcomb Wilmington, NC, 2021 +10 82
T53 Kaitlyn Rand Raleigh, NC, 2022 +11 83
T53 Alexis Hodge LEXINGTON, SC, 2022 +11 83
T53 Katherine Dann Charlotte, NC, 2023 +11 83
T53 Alicia Fang Waxhaw, NC, 2026 +11 83
T53 Emma Niebauer High Point, NC, 2022 +11 83
T58 Kinsley Smith Raleigh, NC, 2024 +12 84
T58 Macie Burcham Greensboro, NC, 2021 +12 84
T58 Tyler Spriggs Cary, NC, 2023 +12 84
T58 Chayse Cool Goose Creek, SC, 2022 +12 84
T58 Caroline  Johnson Mooresville, NC, 2023 +12 84
T58 Lily Kate Watson Raleigh, NC, 2023 +12 84
T58 Mary-Paige King Clemmons, NC, 2023 +12 84
T58 nicole Nash CHARLOTTE, NC, 2023 +12 84
T58 Helena Winterberg Harrisburg, NC, 2023 +12 84
T58 Caroline Hawkins Columbia, SC, 2026 +12 84
T68 Taylor Burch Elgin, SC, 2021 +13 85
T68 Kennedy Gooding Lexington, SC, 2022 +13 85
T68 Allison Lebo North Augusta, SC, 2022 +13 85
71 Anika Rana Duncan, SC, 2021 +14 86
T72 Megan Morris Cary, NC, 2021 +15 87
T72 Hallie Wilson Lewisville, NC, 2027 +15 87
T74 Jennifer Rials Florence, SC, 2022 +16 88
T74 Olivia Ireland INMAN, SC, 2023 +16 88
T76 Lextyn Petz Columbia, SC, 2021 +17 89
T76 Mary Sears Brown Wake Forest, NC, 2021 +17 89
78 Peyton O'Brien Clemson, SC, 2024 +18 90
T79 Elli Flinchum Summerfield, NC, 2022 +19 91
T79 Gigi Nagy Black Mountain, NC, 2023 +19 91
81 Mary Elizabeth Harrison Cary, NC, 2025 +22 94
82 Landry Hamm Charlotte, NC, 2027 +23 95
WD Alexia Siehl Fort Mill, SC, 2022 - -

 

Schedule of Final Round:

 

Sunday, May 2

8:00 a.m. - 10:10 a.m. Round 2 Starting Times

2:30 p.m. Awards Presentation

 

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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