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Preview: 3rd Hope Valley Junior Invitational

 

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (August 2, 2020) -- The Carolinas Golf Association will conduct the 3rd Hope Valley Junior Invitational at Hope Valley Country Club in Durham, N.C. from August 4 - 6, 2020. The Boys’ division will compete at approximately 6,720 yards, par 70. The Girls’ division will compete at approximately 6,220 yards, par 70. 

 

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

 

Related: Championship Web Site | Full Field | Starting Times | History

 

Hope Valley Country Club will again welcome top junior golfers to the annual Hope Valley Junior Invitational, conducted on their Donald Ross designed course. The event is a 54-hole stroke play tournament for boys and girls who earn their berth through invitation criteria categories that include junior tournament placings and overall rankings.

The field for the 2020 championship is expected to consist of 19 girls and 77 boys. The tournament is conducted at 54-holes of individual stroke play. Here are some of the top-ranked players in this year’s field:
 

Girls’ Division

  • Nicole Adam of Pinehurst, N.C. is the No. 1 ranked golfer in the Carolinas Junior Girls’ Rankings. This summer, Adam has won the Donna Andrews Invitational and the PKBGT Open Championship at Country Club of Salisbury. In her last event, she tied for third at Pinehurst’s North and South Junior Girls’ Championship. Adams is the reigning Carolinas Junior Girls’ Player of the Year. 

  • Hyo Joon Jang of Bluffton, S.C. is our 2020 Carolinas Junior Girls’ champion and looks to continue her winning streak with her second CGA championship this week. Jang shattered the Championship’s scoring and margin of victory records, shooting an 11-under-par, 202 to win by 13 strokes.

  • Adrian Anderson of Murrells Inlet, S.C. has placed in the top-10 in an outstanding 25 out of 31 tournaments in the last year. This summer, Anderson won the WSCGA Junior Girls’ Championship, finished runner-up at the South Carolina Junior Match Play and tied for third at the Carolinas Junior Girls’ and Blade Junior. She is now the No. 6 ranked golfer in the Carolinas Junior Girls’ Rankings.

  • Morgan Ketchum of Winston-Salem, N.C. is the No. 13 ranked player in the Carolinas Junior Girls’ Rankings after winning the N.C. Junior Girls’ Championship just last month. Ketchum also finished tied for second at the Carolinas Women’s Amater and tied for third at the Carolinas Junior Girls’ Championship.

  • Kayleigh Reinke of Rock Hill, S.C. tied for third at the S.C. Junior Match Play in her last start, but prior to that she won the Jimmy Self Invitational, the Jack and AAA Upper State. Reinke is the No. 15 ranked golfer in the Carolinas Junior Girls’ Rankings.

 

Boys’ Division

  • Zach Adams of Charleston, S.C. is ranked No. 3 in the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Rankings. Adams tied for second at the Future Masters tournament in Dothan, Alabama in June, finished tied for fifth at the South Carolina Junior Match Play Championship and tied for eighth at the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship just last week. 

  • Tyler DeChellis of Clayton, N.C. is the No. 4 ranked player in the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Rankings. In his last three starts, DeChellis claimed third at the TYGA Coastal Plains, tied for sixth at the Dogwood Junior Boys’ and claimed solo fifth at the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship. DeChellis is committed to play collegiate golf at East Carolina University.

  • Adam Hunt of Columbia, S.C. is a CGA champion already this summer, having won the Jimmy Anderson Boys’ Championship by a margin of eight strokes. In the process, Hunt set a new scoring record for the event, finishing at 11-under-par, 133 total. Hunt is the No. 8 ranked player in the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Rankings entering this event.

  • Clayson Good of Durham, N.C. is the No. 9 ranked golfer in the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Rankings. He is the reigning champion of the N.C. Junior Boys’ and placed second in Pinehurst’s North and South Junior earlier this month. He will be a Freshman at Queens University this fall.

  • Zach Roberts of Holly Springs, N.C. earned third at the 2019 Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship and fifth at the N.C. Junior Boys’ Championship in June. He is the No. 14 ranked golfer in the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Rankings. 

  • Austin Scott of Daniel Island, S.C. has had five top-10 finishes in the last year including a tie for eighth in this event last year as well as a tie for sixth at the Carolinas Junior Girls’ Championship last week. Scott is the No. 17 ranked golfer in the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Rankings.

  • Garrett Risner of Holly Springs, N.C. is the No. 18 ranked golfer in the Carolinas Junior Boys’ Rankings. Risner claimed a big win two weeks ago at the Dogwood State Junior Boys’ Championship and made it to match play at the N.C. Amateur Match Play Championship last week. He will be a Freshman at Elon University beginning this fall.

 

Hope Valley Country Club was founded in 1926 and the course was designed by the world-famous golf course architect, Donald J. Ross, in coordination with landscape architect Robert Cridland. Unlike many of his projects, Ross personally supervised the planning and construction of Hope Valley. Centered around its Aymar Embury II Clubhouse, the course has hosted many significant golf events. They include the U.S. Amateur Qualifying for both Men and Women, the U.S. Senior Men’s Qualifying, the North Carolina Amateur Championship, Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship, Women’s Western Junior National Championship and Carolinas Junior Girls’ Championship.

The tournament moment, of which the club members may be most proud, took place on April 1, 1945 when Byron Nelson won the Durham Open at Hope Valley. This was his fourth victory out of winning eleven tournaments in a row, a PGA Tour record. Hope Valley membership recognizes that proud stewardship of these outstanding traditions requires that their club continue to revere the old and embrace the new in order to share their commitment to the great game of golf with upcoming generations.

For more information about the Hope Valley Junior Invitational, please visit the tournament home page at http://hopevalleyjuniorinvitational.com/

 

Schedule of rounds:

 

Monday, August 3

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Practice Rounds

 

Tuesday, August 4

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Round 1 Starting Times

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Boxed Lunches Available

 

Wednesday, August 5

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Round 2 Starting Times

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Boxed Lunches Available

 

Thursday, August 6

8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Round 3 Starting Times

12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Boxed Lunches Available
 

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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