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Pate, Polin, Win Respective Divisions At Mimosa Hills Junior

 

MORGANTON, N.C. (August 29, 2021) -- The Carolinas Golf Association conducted the Final Round of the 2021 Mimosa Hills Junior Invitational at Mimosa Hills Golf Club, in Morganton, N.C. on August 29, 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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It has been just that good of a summer for Macy Pate of Winston-Salem, N.C., as she takes home the 2021 Mimosa Hills Junior Invitational Girls’ Division title. 

 

This marks Pate’s fourth win of the summer, to go along with the Twin States Junior Girls, Carolinas Junior Girls, and North Carolina Junior Girls Championship. 

 

“After I won that first event I’ve just felt really confident,” said Pate. “It helped me going forward. My game has been pretty good too.” 

 

She did it in what has almost become a trademark to her brand of golf, steady play with plenty of birdies and scoring opportunities to outpace her competitors. After an opening round 2-under-par, 70 that saw her just one back of the lead going into Sunday, Pate provided much of the same en route to a final round 2-under-par, 70 to finish at 4-under-par for the Championship. 

 

“The course is pretty hard,” said Pate. “There’s a lot of tough holes. If you put yourself in a bad spot you can definitely make a big number. I played pretty good, definitely had some bogeys but I made a lot of birdies this week. I hit a lot of shots close and made a bunch of putts.”

 

Birdieing four of her first seven holes, Pate made her turn in 2-under-par towards the back nine, collecting one birdie on the Par-5 12th before cruising in with pars from holes 14 and on. For Pate this is her final Carolinas Golf event of the summer, and it was gratifying to get just one more win. 

 

“I'm excited to keep playing into high school golf,” said Pate. “I’m excited to see what I can do.” 

 

Finishing in second place by herself is Grace Ridenour of Raleigh, N.C., who finished at 2-under-par for the Championship. She followed up a first round 3-under-par, 69 with a solid 1-over-par, 73, that tied for the most birdies in the field for the final round, as she tallied six. 

 

In third place is Morgan Ketchum of Winston-Salem, N.C., who finished at 1-under-par. Ketchum built strongly on her first round even par 72, firing a 1-under-par, 71 that also included six birdies on the scorecard. 

 

In the Boys’ Division Quinlan Polin of Cary, N.C. came away with a nail biting victory, finishing just one shot clear of the field at 6-under-par for his first Carolinas Golf Championship. 

 

“It’s pretty dope, I won’t lie,” said Polin. “I played really well this week, and had nine birdies yesterday. Today was more of a slow round.”

 

His first round of 6-under-par, 64 that included nine birdies proved to be the difference in this event, as an even par round of 70 on Sunday did just enough to secure the trophy. Polin’s ball striking was the key this week, leading to plenty of birdie opportunities. 

 

“The ball striking was good,” said Polin. “I just couldn’t drop any putts but that last stretch of golf the pins were so tough. Pars were good score and I’m just happy I got it done, but my ball striking and driving was definitely the main factor.” 

 

Polin’s preparation in his practice round prior to the event paid off in a big way, as prior knowledge of Mimosa Hills is always helpful in knowing the right spots to be.

 

“I played a practice round and I really loved the golf course,” said Polin. “It really fits my eye. I love the greens and how well maintained this place is. The way the tournament was run overall as well it was just amazing.”

 

Finishing alone in second place is Gray Mitchum of Winterville, N.C., who finished the tournament at 5-under-par. Mitchum followed his first round 3-under-par, 67 up with a very steady 2-under-par, 68, and rolled in five birdies on Sunday. 

 

Mason Kucia of Indian Land, S.C., Will Spicer of Kings Mountain, N.C., Tyler Jones of Jacksonville, N.C., Jack Boyer of Greensboro, N.C., and Jack Wieler of Waxhaw, N.C., all finished in a tie for third at 3-under-par. 

 

The Carolinas Golf Association would like to extend its deepest thanks and gratitude to Mimosa Hills Golf Club and its staff for hosting the 2021 Mimosa Hills Junior Invitational, especially, Head Golf Professional Jimmy Piercy and Head Golf Course Superintendent Dan Winters. 

 

2021 Mimosa Hills Junior Invitational

Mimosa Hills Golf Club, Morganton, N.C.

Final Round Results

Girls Division

Position Player City, State, Graduation Year  To Par R1 R2 Total 
1 Macy Pate Winston-Salem, NC, 2024 -4 70 70 140
2 Grace Ridenour Raleigh, NC, 2025 -2 69 73 142
3 Morgan Ketchum Winston-Salem, NC, 2022 -1 72 71 143
4 Ella Perna Durham, NC, 2022 E 71 73 144
5 Annalee Caveney Raleigh, NC, 2024 +3 70 77 147
6 Ella Stalvey Blythewood, SC, 2023 +4 69 79 148
7 Sahana Mantha Charlotte, NC, 2025 +6 75 75 150
T8 Shyla Brown Matthews, NC, 2026 +7 75 76 151
T8 Maya Beasley Pinehurst, NC, 2023 +7 74 77 151
T8 Nicole Nash Charlotte, NC, 2023 +7 73 78 151
T11 Saia Rampersaud Durham, NC, 2025 +8 77 75 152
T11 Bridget Wilkie Bluffton, SC, 2024 +8 73 79 152
13 Kasey McIlvaine Raleigh, NC, 2023 +9 73 80 153
T14 Anna Howerton Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +10 79 75 154
T14 Kiera Bartholomew Wake Forest, NC, 2023 +10 77 77 154
16 Abby Franks Roebuck, SC, 2023 +11 76 79 155
17 Lily Kate Watson Raleigh, NC, 2023 +12 77 79 156
T18 Kaitlyn Rand Raleigh, NC, 2022 +19 83 80 163
T18 Justine Pennycooke Cary, NC, 2023 +19 81 82 163
T20 Mary-Paige King Clemmons, NC, 2023 +20 83 81 164
T20 Katelyn Griggs Lexington, NC, 2022 +20 78 86 164
22 Olivia Wilkie Bluffton, SC, 2022 +21 77 88 165
23 Maddie Peake Pauline, SC, 2023 +27 85 86 171
24 Brooke Sutton Concord, NC, 2022 +31 89 86 175
25 Katherine Dann Charlotte, NC, 2023 +35 87 92 179
26 Allie Witherspoon Morganton, NC, 2023 +43 95 92 187
WD Madison Dixon Boiling Springs, SC, 2023 - WD   WD

Boys Division

Position Player City, State, Graduation Year  To Par R1 R2 Total 
1 Quinlan Polin Cary, NC, 2023 -6 64 70 134
2 Gray Mitchum Winterville, NC, 2022 -5 67 68 135
T3 Mason Kucia Indian Land, SC, 2025 -3 70 67 137
T3 Will Spicer Kings Mountain, NC, 2024 -3 68 69 137
T3 Tyler Jones Jacksonville, NC, 2023 -3 68 69 137
T3 Jack Boyer Greensboro, NC, 2022 -3 66 71 137
T3 Jack Wieler Waxhaw, NC, 2023 -3 65 72 137
T8 Burch Harrison Columbia, SC, 2022 -2 71 67 138
T8 Keenan Royalty Raleigh, NC, 2023 -2 67 71 138
10 Davis Sayman Charlotte, NC, 2023 -1 69 70 139
T11 Colin Salema Matthews, NC, 2024 E 69 71 140
T11 Davis DeLille High Point, NC, 2022 E 68 72 140
T11 Logan Lutz Mount Pleasant, SC, 2023 E 68 72 140
T14 Jake Conklin Cary, NC, 2022 +1 74 67 141
T14 William Webb Raleigh, NC, 2024 +1 70 71 141
T14 Cornell Beans Charlotte, NC, 2024 +1 69 72 141
T14 Major Lenning Simpsonville, SC, 2023 +1 69 72 141
T18 Owen Kose Holly Springs, NC, 2022 +2 73 69 142
T18 Fisher Kennedy Winston Salem, NC, 2023 +2 72 70 142
T18 Ryan Jahr Ocean Isle Beach, NC, 2022 +2 72 70 142
T18 James Rico Cary, NC, 2022 +2 71 71 142
T18 Sean Finan Winston Salem, NC, 2022 +2 71 71 142
T23 Jack LaPiana Charlotte, NC, 2023 +3 74 69 143
T23 Michael La Sasso Raleigh, NC, 2022 +3 72 71 143
T23 Benton Leinster Greenville, SC, 2022 +3 72 71 143
T23 Landon Hawley Charlotte, NC, 2023 +3 71 72 143
T23 Liam Harris Wake Forest, NC, 2022 +3 69 74 143
T28 Nick Goellner Holly Springs, NC, 2023 +4 76 68 144
T28 Nick Norman Gastonia, NC, 2022 +4 73 71 144
T28 Branden Boyce Spring Lake, NC, 2022 +4 73 71 144
T28 Alex Bock Morganton, NC, 2024 +4 72 72 144
T28 Simon Burgos Raleigh, NC, 2022 +4 72 72 144
T28 David Oliver Pageland, SC, 2024 +4 71 73 144
T28 Spencer Turtz Charlotte, NC, 2022 +4 72 72 144
T28 Matthew Baxley Beech Island, SC, 2023 +4 71 73 144
T28 Andrew Gregory Inman, SC, 2023 +4 70 74 144
T28 Dallas Johnson Mount Pleasant, SC, 2024 +4 67 77 144
T38 Isar Joshi Charlotte, NC, 2023 +5 74 71 145
T38 Calvin Hawkins Lexington, NC, 2023 +5 72 73 145
T38 Harris Holstein Orangeburg, SC, 2024 +5 68 77 145
T41 Owen Pearce Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +6 73 73 146
T41 Robert Gefaell Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +6 73 73 146
T41 Freddy Ortmann Greensboro, NC, 2024 +6 72 74 146
T41 Ben Jordan Greensboro, NC, 2022 +6 70 76 146
T45 Will Tharin Rocky Mount, NC, 2023 +7 74 73 147
T45 Jay Smith Florence, SC, 2023 +7 74 73 147
T45 Hank Johnson Morganton, NC, 2026 +7 72 75 147
T45 Miles Eubanks Warrenville, SC, 2023 +7 72 75 147
T45 WIlson Thrift Charlotte, NC, 2022 +7 72 75 147
T45 Drew Van Dyke Charlotte, NC, 2022 +7 72 75 147
T45 Preston Howe Winston Salem, NC, 2025 +7 70 77 147
T52 Cayden Bryner Winston-Salem, NC, 2022 +8 78 70 148
T52 Kyle Haas Winston Salem, NC, 2023 +8 77 71 148
T52 Matthew Richardson Ayden, NC, 2022 +8 76 72 148
T52 Ryan Curran Charlotte, NC, 2024 +8 75 73 148
T52 Kareem Elkassem Raleigh, NC, 2023 +8 75 73 148
T52 Jeremy Edmunds Charlotte, NC, 2022 +8 75 73 148
T52 William Grasty Charlotte, NC, 2022 +8 73 75 148
T52 Hugh Faulkner Greenville, SC, 2025 +8 72 76 148
T60 Aiken Golightly Rock Hill, SC, 2022 +9 76 73 149
T60 Steven Shea Charlotte, NC, 2023 +9 69 80 149
T62 Maddox Whittington Lenoir, NC, 2022 +10 78 72 150
T62 Max Cranford Newton, NC, 2022 +10 75 75 150
T62 Max Jacobson Charlotte, NC, 2022 +10 75 75 150
T62 Holland Giles Pinehurst, NC, 2023 +10 74 76 150
T62 Lucas Acevedo Charleston, SC, 2023 +10 73 77 150
T62 Jeremy Voigt Waxhaw, NC, 2023 +10 73 77 150
68 Cole Rouse Kernersville, NC, 2024 +11 75 76 151
T69 Drew Greene Greenville, NC, 2023 +12 77 75 152
T69 Jimmy Brewer Charlotte, NC, 2022 +12 72 80 152
T71 Cole Wright Wake Forest, NC, 2022 +13 78 75 153
T71 Aidan Browning Charlotte, NC, 2022 +13 75 78 153
T73 Eric Loftis Canton, NC, 2023 +14 78 76 154
T73 Cameron Hardison Greenville, NC, 2022 +14 77 77 154
T73 Ryan Dunn Waxhaw, NC, 2023 +14 75 79 154
T73 Jake Clayton Burlington, NC, 2022 +14 73 81 154
T77 Cameron Biddle Aiken, SC, 2023 +15 78 77 155
T77 Jay Wilkins Simpsonville, SC, 2022 +15 77 78 155
T77 Jackson Bode Pinehurst, NC, 2022 +15 77 78 155
T77 Nicholas Smith Pickens, SC, 2022 +15 74 81 155
WD Sam McMillan Mount Pleasant, SC, 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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