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Jang and Risner Take Early Lead at Hope Valley Jr.

 

DURHAM, N.C. (August 4, 2020) -- First round results of the 3rd Hope Valley Junior Invitational at Hope Valley Country Club in Durham, N.C. on August 4, 2020. The Boys’ division competed at approximately 6,720 yards, par 70. The Girls’ division competed at approximately 5,834 yards, par 70. 

 

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Boys’ Division

 

Garrett Risner of Holly Springs, N.C. took an early lead today with a 3-under-par, 67 start to the invitational. He climbed to the top of the leaderboard after sinking five birdies including the last two holes to finish out strong.

 

“I struggled a little bit to start today, I wasn’t hitting it the way that I wanted to,” said Risner. “I kept myself in it though with a couple of long putts early on.”

 

Those long putts came in clutch to make the turn at 2-under giving him the momentum to sink three more birdies in the back.

 

If Risner sounds familiar to you lately, chances are that you recognize him from his victory by five strokes at the Dogwood Junior Boys’ Championship, by claiming the lowest round at the North Carolina Match Play Championship or maybe by tying for third at the Carolinian. He has had an outstanding summer so far and attributes it all to his improved mental game.

 

“This summer my mentality has gotten significantly better,” said Risner. “That has helped me to stay in rounds that I typically wouldn’t be able to stay in. I have been working really hard on that as well as my wedges and putting this summer and it is all finally starting to click.”

 

There is a three-way tie for second, just one shot behind the lead at 2-under-par, 68. Luke Walmet of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Harris Barth of Atlanta, Ga. and Caden Baker of Mebane, N.C. all turned in matching scores although their cards looked quite different. 

 

Walmet and Barth both rode a rollercoaster today with birdie, bogey runs that totaled six birdies and four bogeys for Walmet and three bogeys and a double for Barth to shake down to 2-under. Baker played a slightly more consistent round with two birdies to match two bogeys, but an eagle on No. 15 to seal his 2-under finish.

 

Girls’ Division

 

Hyo Joon Jang of Bluffton, S.C. took the lead with a 3-over-par, 73 today. This means that Jang has been the leader in every single round of every CGA championship that she has played in so far, which totals to four rounds.

 

Jang felt the pressure this morning as she was playing Hope Valley Country Club for the first time. “Today I was not really prepared,” said Jang. “The hurricane threw me off and I didn’t play a practice round so I didn’t know about the course before today.”

 

Jang made the turn at 3-over, but with patience on her side she was able to sink two 30-footers for birdies to push her through to the end. 

 

“The big putts on No. 10 and No. 17 helped me to finish well on the back nine. Those two shots gave me a lot of motivation and helped me feel good about my round.”

 

Similar to the boys' division, just one stroke behind Jang lies a four-way tie at 4-over-par, 74. Adrian Anderson of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Grace Ridenour of Raleigh, N.C., Morgan Ketchum of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Nicole Adam of Pinehurst, N.C. are all in second heading into Round Two.

 

The 3rd Hope Valley Junior Invitational will resume tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m. for Round Two with a double tee start that runs until 10:30 a.m. All players will play all three rounds, no cut is made this week. 

 

3rd Hope Valley Junior Invitational

Hope Valley Country Club | Durham, N.C.

Boys’ Division First Round Results

 

Pos. Player City, State, Graduation To Par Total
1 Garrett Risner Holly Springs, NC, 2020 -3 67
T2 Luke Walmet Mt. Pleasant, SC, 2023 -2 68
T2 Harris Barth Atlanta, GA, 2022 -2 68
T2 Caden Baker Mebane, NC, 2021 -2 68
5 Nicholas Gross Downingtown, PA, 2024 -1 69
T6 Ashton Harper Roanoke, VA, 2023 E 70
T6 Alan Van Asch Raleigh, NC, 2022 E 70
T6 Ben Jordan Greensboro, NC, 2022 E 70
T9 Quinlan Polin Cary, NC, 2023 +1 71
T9 Ryan Jahr Ocean Isle Beach, NC, 2022 +1 71
T9 Hampton  Roberts Cary, NC, 2023 +1 71
T9 Colin Salema Matthews, NC, 2024 +1 71
T9 Jennings  Glenn Raleigh, NC, 2021 +1 71
T14 Turner Edwards Charlotte, NC, 2022 +2 72
T14 Carter Loflin Duluth, GA, 2022 +2 72
T14 Tyler Dechellis Clayton, NC, 2021 +2 72
T14 Bryan Fang Raleigh, NC, 2023 +2 72
T14 Jack Boyer Greensboro, NC, 2022 +2 72
T14 Andrew Gregory Inman, SC, 2023 +2 72
T14 Charlie Barr Salisbury, NC, 2021 +2 72
T21 John Logan Wilmington, NC, 2023 +3 73
T21 Eli Schmidly Charlotte, NC, 2023 +3 73
T21 Oliver Rotermund Daniel Island, SC, 2021 +3 73
T21 Thomas Henderson Cincinnati, OH, 2021 +3 73
T21 Thomas Stafford Beaconsfield, CN, 2021 +3 73
T21 Branden Boyce Spring Lake, NC, 2022 +3 73
T21 Griffin Tarver Tega Cay, SC, 2021 +3 73
T21 Josh Buxbaum Wake Forest, NC, 2021 +3 73
T21 Ford Reynolds Columbia, SC, 2020 +3 73
T21 Zach Roberts Holly Springs, NC, 2020 +3 73
T31 Davis Adams Raleigh, NC, 2022 +4 74
T31 Adam Hunt Columbia, SC, 2023 +4 74
T31 William Grasty Charlotte, NC, 2022 +4 74
T31 Rowan Sullivan Charleston, SC, 2023 +4 74
T31 Andrew Plate Greensboro, NC, 2021 +4 74
T31 Austin Scott Charleston, SC, 2021 +4 74
T37 Bo Maradik Nashville, TN, 2022 +5 75
T37 Luke Sullivan Columbia, SC, 2022 +5 75
T37 Nick Norman Gastonia, NC, 2022 +5 75
T37 Daniel Boone Fuquay-Varina, NC, 2023 +5 75
T37 Ike Joy Denver, NC, 2021 +5 75
T37 Josh Lendach Raleigh, NC, 2021 +5 75
T37 Ian Glanton Metter, GA, 2021 +5 75
T37 Clayson Good Durham, NC, 2020 +5 75
T37 Sam Davidson Asheboro, NC, 2020 +5 75
T46 Mack Edwards Charlotte, NC, 2025 +6 76
T46 Fisher  Kennedy Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +6 76
T46 Matt Moloney Vienna, VA, 2024 +6 76
T46 Ayush Bodhale Charlotte, NC, 2021 +6 76
T46 Walker Isley Oak island, NC, 2020 +6 76
T51 Spencer Turtz Charlotte, NC, 2022 +7 77
T51 Daniel Adkins Holly Springs, NC, 2021 +7 77
T53 Davis Spradling Clayton, NC, 2021 +8 78
T53 Kyle Kushnir Raleigh, NC, 2021 +8 78
T53 Ryan Macri Wake Forest, NC, 2021 +8 78
T53 Nick Rubino Charlotte, NC, 2021 +8 78
T53 Pake June Florence, SC, 2022 +8 78
T53 Bradley  Davis, Jr. Pilot Mountain, NC, 2022 +8 78
T53 Andrew Swanson Bluffton, SC, 2021 +8 78
T60 Vijay  Powell Midlothian, VA, 2023 +9 79
T60 Charles O’Donnell Pacific Palisades, CA, 2022 +9 79
T60 Zach  Watterson Beattyville, KY, 2023 +9 79
T60 Timmy Gannon Charlotte, NC, 2021 +9 79
T60 Jonathan Honeywell Whispering Pines, NC, 2022 +9 79
T60 Collin Adams Charlotte, NC, 2021 +9 79
T66 Preston Howe Winston Salem, NC, 2025 +10 80
T66 Tyler Partee Thomasville, NC, 2021 +10 80
T66 Owen Kose Holly Springs, NC, 2022 +10 80
T66 Maddox Whittington Lenoir, NC, 2022 +10 80
70 Josh Newman Charlotte, NC, 2021 +12 82
T71 Kyle Haas Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +13 83
T71 Nick Goellner Apex, NC, 2023 +13 83
73 Aidan Browning Charlotte, NC, 2022 +15 85
74 Cayden  Bryner Winston-Salem, NC, 2022 +18 88
WD Narayan Mohan Charlotte, NC, 2021 - WD
WD Tyler Jones Jacksonville, NC, 2023 - WD

 

3rd Hope Valley Junior Invitational

Hope Valley Country Club | Durham, N.C.

Girls’ Division First Round Results

 

Pos. Player City, State, Graduation To Par Total
1 Hyo Joon Jang Bluffton, SC, 2022 +3 73
T2 Grace Ridenour Raleigh, NC, 2025 +4 74
T2 Nicole Adam Pinehurst, NC, 2020 +4 74
T2 Morgan Ketchum Winston-Salem, NC, 2022 +4 74
T2 Adrian Anderson Murrells Inlet, SC, 2022 +4 74
T6 Kiera  Bartholomew Wake Forest, NC, 2023 +5 75
T6 Melanie Walker Burke, VA, 2022 +5 75
T8 Hannah Altman Lake City, SC, 2022 +6 76
T8 Rachel Carlson Bradenton, FL, 2022 +6 76
10 Kayleigh Reinke Rock Hill, SC, SC, 2021 +7 77
T11 Emerson B. Dever Durham, NC, 2025 +8 78
T11 Mia Gray Conway, SC, 2023 +8 78
T11 Ella Perna Durham, NC, 2022 +8 78
T14 Gracie Song Waxhaw, NC, 2026 +9 79
T14 Anna Howerton Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +9 79
T14 Jaclyn Kenzel Southern Pines, NC, 2020 +9 79
T14 Regina  Plascencia Bluffton, SC, 2022 +9 79
18 Hannah Lydic Ocean View, DE, 2022 +11 81
19 Kennedy Noe Knoxville, TN, 2021 +14 84
20 Parker Perry Durham, NC, 2020 +18 88

 

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.     

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