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Low Scores, High Heat Headline Round 1 of the Mimosa Hills Junior Invitational

 

MORGANTON, N.C. (August 28, 2021) -- The Carolinas Golf Association conducted the First Round of the 2021 Mimosa Hills Junior Invitational at Mimosa Hills Golf Club, in Morganton, N.C. on August 28, 2021. The Girls Division competed at 6,048 yards (36-36--72), while the Boys Division competed at 6,643 yards (35-35--70).

 

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The First Round of the Mimosa Hills Junior Invitational provided everything you could ask for and more. A great golf course, scenic mountain vistas, and plenty of low scores as the talented field of Juniors went to work on Saturday. 

 

In the Girls’ Division it’s a deadlock at the top, with Ella Stalvey of Blythewood, S.C. and Grace Ridenour of Raleigh, N.C. both turning in rounds of 3-under-par, 69 to sit atop the leaderboard. 

 

After an opening bogey on her first hole of the Invitational, Stalvey played a flawless next 17 holes. She recorded birdies on holes 3, 5, 7 and 14 to go bogey free after the first. Ridenour carded birdies on holes 1 and 5 to fire a 2-under-par, 34 on her opening nine. A bogey on the Par-4 11th would set her back slightly, before a strong finish by playing her next seven hotels in 2-under-par, birdieing holes 12 and 15. 

 

Just off the pace and tied for third are Annalee Caveney of Raleigh, N.C. and Macy Pate of Winston-Salem, N.C. 

 

Caveney played a wonderful round of golf Saturday, carding birdies on holes 8, 9 and 14 with her lone bogey of the day on the finishing Par-4 18th at Mimosa Hills. 

 

Pate showed why she is a three time CGA champion this summer once again, as she leads the Girls Divisions in birdies after the First Round, after making seven. She would fire equal 1-under-par, 35’s on each nine to finish solidly in contention going into Sunday. 

 

Rounding out the top five is Ella Perna of Durham, N.C. who is two back of the lead after an opening round 1-under-par, 71. Perna made her turn towards the homeward nine at 2-over-par after a front nine 38, but would go mistake free on her back nine with bridies coming on holes 12, 14, and 18 to right the ship going into the Final Round. 

 

As for the Boys’, Quinlan Polin of Cary, N.C. absolutely dazzled in his opening round at Mimosa Hills. Polin recorded nine birdies in his round en route to a fiery 6-under-par, 64 that vaulted him into first place. 

 

Polin’s start propelled him forward right away, as he recorded birdies on holes 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7 to birdie five of his first seven holes. Through 15 holes Polin sat at 3-under-par for the Championship before he finished with a flurry of birdies on holes 16, 17, and 18 to spearhead the leaderboard. 

 

Jack Wieler of Waxhaw, N.C. is right on Polin’s heels after an opening 5-under-par, 65. Wieler carded six birdies and an eagle on the Par-5 14th on his day, and finished strongly playing his last five holes in 4-under-par. 

 

Sitting in third place is Jack Boyer of Greensboro, N.C. who had one of the more ridiculous back nines you’ll ever see. After playing his first 10 holes in 2-over-par, Boyer birdied holes 12 through 17 to play his back nine in 5-under-par which has him sitting at a first round score of a 4-under-par, 66. 

 

Log Jammed in a tie for fourth are Gray Mitchum of Winterville, N.C., Keenan Royalty of Raleigh, N.C., and Dallas Johnson of Mount Pleasant, S.C. The trio all fired a 3-under-par, 67 and are still firmly in the mix for Championship contention. 

 

2021 Mimosa Hills Junior Invitational

Mimosa Hills Golf Club, Morganton, N.C.

First Round Results

Girls Division

Position Player City, State, Graduation Year To Par R1
T1 Ella Stalvey Blythewood, SC, 2023 -3 69
T1 Grace Ridenour Raleigh, NC, 2025 -3 69
T3 Annalee Caveney Raleigh, NC, 2024 -2 70
T3 Macy Pate Winston-Salem, NC, 2024 -2 70
5 Ella Perna Durham, NC, 2022 -1 71
6 Morgan Ketchum Winston-Salem, NC, 2022 E 72
T7 Bridget Wilkie Bluffton, SC, 2024 +1 73
T7 Nicole Nash Charlotte, NC, 2023 +1 73
T7 Kasey McIlvaine Raleigh, NC, 2023 +1 73
10 Maya Beasley Pinehurst, NC, 2023 +2 74
T11 Sahana Mantha Charlotte, NC, 2025 +3 75
T11 Shyla Brown Matthews, NC, 2026 +3 75
13 Abby Franks Roebuck, SC, 2023 +4 76
T14 Olivia Wilkie Bluffton, SC, 2022 +5 77
T14 Kiera Bartholomew Wake Forest, NC, 2023 +5 77
T14 Saia Rampersaud Durham, NC, 2025 +5 77
T14 Lily Kate Watson Raleigh, NC, 2023 +5 77
18 Katelyn Griggs Lexington, NC, 2022 +6 78
19 Anna Howerton Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +7 79
20 Justine Pennycooke Cary, NC, 2023 +9 81
T21 Mary-Paige King Clemmons, NC, 2023 +11 83
T21 Kaitlyn Rand Raleigh, NC, 2022 +11 83
23 Maddie Peake Pauline, SC, 2023 +13 85
24 Katherine Dann Charlotte, NC, 2023 +15 87
25 Brooke Sutton Concord, NC, 2022 +17 89
26 Allie Witherspoon Morganton, NC, 2023 +23 95
WD Madison Dixon Boiling Springs, SC, 2023 - WD

Boys Division

Position Player City, State, Graduation Year  To Par R1
1 Quinlan Polin Cary, NC, 2023 -6 64
2 Jack Wieler Waxhaw, NC, 2023 -5 65
3 Jack Boyer Greensboro, NC, 2022 -4 66
T4 Gray Mitchum Winterville, NC, 2022 -3 67
T4 Keenan Royalty Raleigh, NC, 2023 -3 67
T4 Dallas Johnson Mount Pleasant, SC, 2024 -3 67
T7 Davis DeLille High Point, NC, 2022 -2 68
T7 Tyler Jones Jacksonville, NC, 2023 -2 68
T7 Logan Lutz Mount Pleasant, SC, 2023 -2 68
T7 Will Spicer Kings Mountain, NC, 2024 -2 68
T7 Harris Holstein Orangeburg, SC, 2024 -2 68
T12 Liam Harris Wake Forest, NC, 2022 -1 69
T12 Davis Sayman Charlotte, NC, 2023 -1 69
T12 Steven Shea Charlotte, NC, 2023 -1 69
T12 Colin Salema Matthews, NC, 2024 -1 69
T12 Major Lenning Simpsonville, SC, 2023 -1 69
T12 Cornell Beans Charlotte, NC, 2024 -1 69
T18 Ben Jordan Greensboro, NC, 2022 E 70
T18 Andrew Gregory Inman, SC, 2023 E 70
T18 Mason Kucia Indian Land, SC, 2025 E 70
T18 Preston Howe Winston Salem, NC, 2025 E 70
T18 William Webb Raleigh, NC, 2024 E 70
T23 Burch Harrison Columbia, SC, 2022 +1 71
T23 Sean Finan Winston Salem, NC, 2022 +1 71
T23 James Rico Cary, NC, 2022 +1 71
T23 Landon Hawley Charlotte, NC, 2023 +1 71
T23 Matthew Baxley Beech Island, SC, 2023 +1 71
T23 David Oliver Pageland, SC, 2024 +1 71
T29 Jimmy Brewer Charlotte, NC, 2022 +2 72
T29 Spencer Turtz Charlotte, NC, 2022 +2 72
T29 Freddy Ortmann Greensboro, NC, 2024 +2 72
T29 Ryan Jahr Ocean Isle Beach, NC, 2022 +2 72
T29 Benton Leinster Greenville, SC, 2022 +2 72
T29 Drew Van Dyke Charlotte, NC, 2022 +2 72
T29 Michael La Sasso Raleigh, NC, 2022 +2 72
T29 Simon Burgos Raleigh, NC, 2022 +2 72
T29 Calvin Hawkins Lexington, NC, 2023 +2 72
T29 Fisher Kennedy Winston Salem, NC, 2023 +2 72
T29 WIlson Thrift Charlotte, NC, 2022 +2 72
T29 Alex Bock Morganton, NC, 2024 +2 72
T29 Miles Eubanks Warrenville, SC, 2023 +2 72
T29 Hugh Faulkner Greenville, SC, 2025 +2 72
T29 Hank Johnson Morganton, NC, 2026 +2 72
T44 Branden Boyce Spring Lake, NC, 2022 +3 73
T44 Owen Kose Holly Springs, NC, 2022 +3 73
T44 Jake Clayton Burlington, NC, 2022 +3 73
T44 Nick Norman Gastonia, NC, 2022 +3 73
T44 William Grasty Charlotte, NC, 2022 +3 73
T44 Robert Gefaell Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +3 73
T44 Owen Pearce Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +3 73
T44 Jeremy Voigt Waxhaw, NC, 2023 +3 73
T44 Lucas Acevedo Charleston, SC, 2023 +3 73
T53 Jake Conklin Cary, NC, 2022 +4 74
T53 Nicholas Smith Pickens, SC, 2022 +4 74
T53 Holland Giles Pinehurst, NC, 2023 +4 74
T53 Jack LaPiana Charlotte, NC, 2023 +4 74
T53 Jay Smith Florence, SC, 2023 +4 74
T53 Isar Joshi Charlotte, NC, 2023 +4 74
T53 Will Tharin Rocky Mount, NC, 2023 +4 74
T60 Max Jacobson Charlotte, NC, 2022 +5 75
T60 Aidan Browning Charlotte, NC, 2022 +5 75
T60 Jeremy Edmunds Charlotte, NC, 2022 +5 75
T60 Cole Rouse Kernersville, NC, 2024 +5 75
T60 Kareem Elkassem Raleigh, NC, 2023 +5 75
T60 Ryan Dunn Waxhaw, NC, 2023 +5 75
T60 Max Cranford Newton, NC, 2022 +5 75
T60 Ryan Curran Charlotte, NC, 2024 +5 75
T68 Matthew Richardson Ayden, NC, 2022 +6 76
T68 Nick Goellner Holly Springs, NC, 2023 +6 76
T68 Aiken Golightly Rock Hill, SC, 2022 +6 76
T71 Jackson Bode Pinehurst, NC, 2022 +7 77
T71 Cameron Hardison Greenville, NC, 2022 +7 77
T71 Drew Greene Greenville, NC, 2023 +7 77
T71 Kyle Haas Winston Salem, NC, 2023 +7 77
T71 Jay Wilkins Simpsonville, SC, 2022 +7 77
T76 Maddox Whittington Lenoir, NC, 2022 +8 78
T76 Cayden Bryner Winston-Salem, NC, 2022 +8 78
T76 Cole Wright Wake Forest, NC, 2022 +8 78
T76 Cameron Biddle Aiken, SC, 2023 +8 78
T76 Eric Loftis Canton, NC, 2023 +8 78
WD Sam McMillan Mount Pleasant, SC, 2023 - WD

 

Created and designed in 1929 by Donald Ross, Mimosa Hills offers a picturesque setting on a Championship level golf course tucked in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Restored in 2002/2003, Mimosa Hills provides a worthy test of golf within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  

 

Schedule of rounds:

Sunday, August 29

Final Round Starting Times from 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

 

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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