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Anderson Leads 12th Jimmy Anderson Girls' Invitational


JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (October 9, 2021) -- The Carolinas Golf Association conducted the first round of the 12th Jimmy Anderson Girls’ Invitational at Jacksonville Country Club in Jacksonville, N.C. on October 9, 2021. The field competed at 5,781 yards (par 35-37--72). 


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Adrian Anderson of Murrells Inlet, S.C. began her bid towards a victory Saturday morning, with a strong opening round of 4-under-par, 68 to pace the field at the Jimmy Anderson Girls’ Invitational.


“The course was a bit wet which made it unpredictable,” said Anderson. “My putting on the front nine and even the first half of that back nine wasn’t too great. I was thinking about it too much so towards the end I just stepped up and hit it how I thought and they started dropping.”


After starting her day 1-over-par through the first four holes, Anderson plated the next 14 in 5-under-par, including a great closing stretch with birdies on holes 15 through 17 to cement her two shot advantage over the field. 


“You need to be able to stick your irons and wedges close to the pin,” said Anderson. “Obviously making the putts as well but I think that’s all there really is to it. There isn’t too much trouble out here. I’m gonna try to play a bit more aggressively. I left a lot of putts short out there.”


Ellen Yu of Greensboro, N.C. and Sahana Mantha of Charlotte, N.C. will join Anderson in the final group tomorrow, as both girls are tied for second after rounds of 2-under-par, 70 to open their Championship bids. 


Yu carded three birdies on her opening round to offset her one bogey, while Mantha had a strong finish to her first round to come in at 2-under-par. Sitting at even par with six holes remaining, birdies on holes 14 and the finishing 18th hole at Jacksonville CC shot Mantha up into the final group. 


2019 Champion Cindy Song of Waxhaw, N.C. is also hanging around, as she is tied for fourth after cruising to a 1-under-par, 71 in her opening round. Also joining Song in a tie  for fourth on the leaderboard is Caroline Johnson of Mooresville, N.C., Kiera Bartholomew of Wake Forest, N.C., Madison Messimer of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Madison Myers of Cary, N.C., and Maya Beasley of Pinehurst, N.C.



12th Jimmy Anderson Girls’ Invitational

Jacksonville Country Club, Jacksonville, N.C.

First Round Results


Position Player City, State, Graduation Year To Par R1
1 Adrian  Anderson Murrells Inlet, SC, 2022 -4 68
T2 Ellen Yu Greensboro, NC, 2026 -2 70
T2 Sahana Mantha Charlotte, NC, 2025 -2 70
T4 Caroline  Johnson Mooresville, NC, 2023 -1 71
T4 Kiera Bartholomew Wake Forest, NC, 2023 -1 71
T4 Madison Messimer Myrtle Beach, SC, 2025 -1 71
T4 Cindy Song Waxhaw, NC, 2023 -1 71
T4 Madison Myers Cary, NC, 2025 -1 71
T4 Maya Beasley Pinehurst, NC, 2023 -1 71
T10 Ella Perna Durham, NC, 2022 +1 73
T10 Mary-Paige King Clemmons, NC, 2023 +1 73
T12 Ella June Hannant Pikeville, NC, 2027 +2 74
T12 Nicole Nash Charlotte, NC, 2023 +2 74
T12 Jillian Breedlove Pasco, WA, 2023 +2 74
T12 Garland Gould Raleigh, NC, 2024 +2 74
T16 Caroline Hawkins Columbia, SC, 2026 +3 75
T16 Lily Kate Watson Raleigh, NC, 2023 +3 75
T16 Kasey McIlvaine Raleigh, NC, 2023 +3 75
T16 Kinsley Smith Raleigh, NC, 2024 +3 75
T20 Sanaa Carter Jacksonville, NC, 2025 +4 76
T20 Madelyn Vogan New Bern, NC, 2023 +4 76
T20 Katelyn Griggs Lexington, NC, 2022 +4 76
T23 Heather Appelson Wake Forest, NC, 2023 +5 77
T23 Hannah Altman Lake City, SC, 2022 +5 77
T23 Lila Smith Raleigh, NC, 2023 +5 77
T23 Emma Abramson Sandwich, MA, 2023 +5 77
T23 Maddie Peake Pauline, SC, 2023 +5 77
T28 Sloane Spessard Raleigh, NC, 2024 +6 78
T28 Lauren Kuhn Pinehurst, NC, 2024 +6 78
T30 Hallie Wilson Lewisville, NC, 2027 +7 79
T30 Ellie Hildreth Wrightsville Beach, NC, 2025 +7 79
T30 Breannon Council Wilson, NC, 2024 +7 79
T30 Karsyn Roberts Pikeville, NC, 2024 +7 79
T30 Macy Johnson Salem, VA, 2023 +7 79
T30 Olivia Pellerin Greenville, SC, 2024 +7 79
T30 Annalee Caveney Raleigh, NC, 2024 +7 79
T30 Emerson B. Dever Durham, NC, 2025 +7 79
T38 Alicia Fang Waxhaw, NC, 2026 +8 80
T38 Katherine Dann Charlotte, NC, 2023 +8 80
T38 Emma Niebauer High Point, NC, 2022 +8 80
T38 Terra Schmitt Raleigh, NC, 2023 +8 80
T38 Leah Edwards Greensboro, NC, 2025 +8 80
T43 Ellie Acrey Winston Salem, NC, 2026 +9 81
T43 Isabel Noot Waxhaw, NC, 2023 +9 81
T43 Anna Czarkowski Morganton, NC, 2023 +9 81
T43 Saia Rampersaud Durham, NC, 2025 +9 81
T47 Ivy Schulze Anderson, SC, 2023 +10 82
T47 Peyton Nichols Winterville, NC, 2024 +10 82
49 Paige Wilkinson Raleigh, NC, 2024 +11 83
T50 Makenzie Norwood Kiawah, SC, 2022 +12 84
T50 Jenna Rutledge Beaufort, NC, 2022 +12 84
T50 Vivian Shillingsburg Wake Forest, NC, 2023 +12 84
T50 Eleanor Burnette Wrightsville Beach, NC, 2023 +12 84
54 Jennifer Rials Florence, SC, 2022 +13 85
T55 Adamma Anukwuem Salisbury, NC, 2023 +15 87
T55 Kenna Roman Kensington, CT, 2023 +15 87
T57 Aubrey Merryman Summerville, SC, 2023 +19 91
T57 Ava Gutshall Winston Salem, NC, 2025 +19 91
59 Ella Reed Winston Salem, NC, 2024 +22 94
60 Madelyn Linares Cary, NC, 2023 +24 96
61 Haley Paramore Winterville, NC, 2024 +27 99
62 Natalia Melbard Cedar Point, NC, 2024 +35 107
WD Sidney Renville Cary, NC, 2022 - WD


Established in 1954, Jacksonville Country Club provides a tremendous George Cobb design located in Onslow County, that can challenge golfers of all skill levels. Jacksonville CC was one of Cobb’s earliest golf course design projects, and still holds up to the modern game. 


Jimmy Anderson was the head golf professional at Jacksonville Country Club for over 25 years.  Each Saturday morning, he conducted a junior golf clinic to help spread the game of golf to the next generation.  During his tenure at Jacksonville CC, he taught many juniors including Mallory Miller, the 1987 N.C. Junior Champion and numerous future collegiate and golf professionals. Not only did he teach the game of golf, but was always there with a helpful word of encouragement to any young golfer.


The championship format is 36 holes of stroke play.



Schedule of Rounds:


Sunday, October 10

Final Round - 18 Holes of Stroke Play


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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