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Morgan and Cooper Capture the Carolinas Young Amateur

 

PINEHURST, N.C. (January 5, 2021) -- Final results of the 12th Carolinas Young Amateur at Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia) in Pinehurst, N.C. on January 5, 2021. The Women’s Division competed at 6,063 yards and the Men’s Division competed at 6,969 yards, par 36-36--72. 

 

The CGA conducted this championship under the COVID-19 Tournament Protocols. Learn more here

 

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Women’s Division:


Anna Morgan of Spartanburg, S.C. has captured the 12th Carolinas Young Amateur title after winning in a playoff against her Furman University teammate and close friend Sophia Burnett of Bluffton, S.C..


Morgan came into the final round leading by one stroke and had a plan to widen that lead throughout the day. Hitting nearly every fairway she was able to stay in position and give herself many birdie looks. It wasn’t until Burnett’s game changing birdie on No. 14 that Morgan felt the pressure. 


“When I realized we were tied I was a little nervous, but at the same time I feel like I’ve been able to put myself in this position a few times before and I have decent experience doing that,” said the 2020 Carolinas Women’s Amateur Champion. “I knew I had to focus on what I was doing then just let her (Burnett) come to me.”


Morgan birdied No. 16 to take back her lead, but Burnett answered back with a birdie on No. 17 to tie it up. With matching pars on No. 18, the pair finished at 1-under-par, 143 overall and headed back to the first tee. 


This morning Morgan started her round with a birdie on No. 1 so she stepped up to the first playoff hole feeling confident. The Furman University sophomore said, “I know I can’t reach it in two, so my plan was just to get myself a good yardage. My favorite yardage is 80 and I gave myself 79 yards in. I was able to hit a good wedge from there and then made the putt.”


This is Morgan’s second CGA championship including the 2020 Carolinas Women’s Amateur. The gracious champion remarked, “I never had a CGA win up until last summer. Then I was able to win and now getting to do it again is pretty cool.” 


Kelley Topiwala of Pinehurst, N.C. earned third place after a 2-over-par, 146 total finish. The 10th Carolinas Young Amateur Champion Jessica Spicer of Bahama, N.C. claimed fourth place in a tie with Nicole Adam of Pinehurst, N.C. at 4-over-par, 148 overall.

 

Men’s Division:


Garrett Cooper of Cowpens, S.C. fired off a 3-under-par, 69 for the second day in a row to claim the 12th Carolinas Young Amateur title. However, Cooper’s first CGA championship title was no easy feat as he started the day three shots back from the lead.


The Coastal Carolina University sophomore knew that he would have to climb his way to the top, but he kept his game plan simple: stay in the fairway and out of trouble. Cooper used the tough weather to his advantage today remarking, “I don’t mind playing in the rain, it is just the wind that affects me.”


Cooper made the turn at four-under and was tied for the lead with three other players. That is when he separated himself from the pack hitting nearly every green and playing a bogey-free back nine.


It all boiled down to No. 18 as Austin Duncan of York, S.C. was just one shot off of Cooper’s lead. “I hit it to the right so I wasn't really in position to make birdie, but I hit a good shot up into the green,” said Cooper. “That is when I saw Austin (Duncan) had a good look at eagle so I knew I had to make my birdie putt.”


Cooper was able to sink the five-footer for birdie and take home the title. Duncan carded a birdie on No. 18 to claim runner-up at 5-under-par, 139 overall.


“Being in the winner’s circle feels really good,” said Cooper. “I have had a lot of second place finishes in CGA events, but this is my first win. It is especially great to come into 2021 and the season with a win.”


Nicholas Mayfield of Rock Hill, S.C. captured third place finishing at 4-under-par, 140 overall. Fourth place was staked by a three-way-tie at 3-under-par, 141 total. Round 1 leader Grant Sellers of McBee, S.C., Evans Lewis of Sumter, S.C. and Patrick Stephenson of Four Oaks, N.C. hold fourth place.


The CGA would like to extend a thank you to the members and staff of Pinewild Country Club for their hospitality in hosting the 12th Carolinas Young Amateur. 


12th Carolinas Young Amateur

Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia), Pinehurst, N.C.

Final Results: Women’s Division

 

Pos. Player City, State To Par R1 R2 Total
1 Anna Morgan Spartanburg, SC -1 69 74 143
2 Sophia Burnett Bluffton, SC -1 70 73 143
3 Kelley Topiwala Pinehurst, NC +2 75 71 146
T4 Jessica Spicer Bahama, NC +4 73 75 148
T4 Nicole Adam Pinehurst, NC +4 75 73 148
6 Jodee Tindal Rock Hill, SC +5 76 73 149
7 Victoria Ladd Greensboro, NC +6 72 78 150
T8 Emily Dunlap Greenville, SC +8 75 77 152
T8 Mallory Fobes East Bend, NC +8 73 79 152
10 Mara Hirtle Pinehurst, NC +10 77 77 154
11 Sarah Spicer Bahama, NC +12 79 77 156
12 Madison Isaacson Greensboro, NC +13 79 78 157
T13 Gracyn Burgess Lexington, SC +14 79 79 158
T13 Jaclyn Kenzel Southern Pines, NC +14 78 80 158
15 Carrie Catherine Ganim Greensboro, NC +16 77 83 160
16 Victoria Cook Reidsville, NC +17 77 84 161
T17 Lydia Randell Winston-Salem, NC +18 82 80 162
T17 Michaela Cox Greensboro, NC +18 84 78 162
T19 Caroline Crumrine Wilmington, NC +21 81 84 165
T19 Becca Connolly Winston-Salem, NC +21 84 81 165
T19 Katelyn Kenthack Southern Pines, NC +21 83 82 165
22 Katelyn David Waxhaw, NC +32 90 86 176
23 Natalie Martinho-Stansbury Raleigh, NC +36 87 93 180
24 Toni Blackwell Fayetteville, NC +37 91 90 181

 

12th Carolinas Young Amateur

Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia), Pinehurst, N.C.

Final Results: Men’s Division

 

Pos. Player City, State To Par R1 R2 Total
1 Garrett Cooper Cowpens, SC -6 69 69 138
2 Austin Duncan York, SC -5 67 72 139
3 Nicholas Mayfield Rock Hill, SC -4 68 72 140
T4 Evans Lewis Sumter, SC -3 70 71 141
T4 Patrick Stephenson Four Oaks, NC -3 72 69 141
T4 Grant Sellers McBee, SC -3 66 75 141
7 Cole Sutherland Charlotte, NC -2 69 73 142
8 Garrett Risner Holly Springs, NC E 71 73 144
9 Christopher Sperrazza Raleigh, NC +1 73 72 145
10 Addison Beam Cherryville, NC +2 74 72 146
T11 Peter Bowie Asheville, NC +3 74 73 147
T11 Jimbo Stanley Raleigh, NC +3 74 73 147
T13 Ryan O'Neil Waxhaw, NC +4 73 75 148
T13 Carter Rains Greenville, NC +4 73 75 148
T13 Stephen Abrams Wilson, NC +4 73 75 148
T13 Noah Connor Reidsville, NC +4 72 76 148
T17 Jack Parrott Columbia, SC +5 77 72 149
T17 Michael Rials Florence, SC +5 74 75 149
T17 Graham Chase Charlotte, NC +5 73 76 149
T20 Columb Knight Raleigh, NC +6 77 73 150
T20 Austin Alexander Rutherfordton, NC +6 77 73 150
T20 Harrison Wierse Wilmington, NC +6 75 75 150
T20 Jordan Warnock Roebuck, SC +6 75 75 150
T20 Jake Newman Charlotte, NC +6 74 76 150
T20 Rafe Reynolds Greenville, SC +6 72 78 150
T26 John Aber Pinehurst, NC +7 77 74 151
T26 Michael Childress Salisbury, NC +7 75 76 151
T26 Gavin Noble Blythewood, SC +7 72 79 151
T26 Seve Anfindsen Apex, NC +7 73 78 151
T30 Justin Poole Wendell, NC +8 76 76 152
T30 Kris Jackson Greenville, NC +8 76 76 152
T32 Miller Harbin Landrum, SC +10 79 75 154
T32 Robert McPartland West End, NC +10 77 77 154
T32 Sam Davidson Asheboro, NC +10 77 77 154
T32 Ethan Lukes Chapel Hill, NC +10 83 71 154
T36 Gus Lascola Durham, NC +12 77 79 156
T36 Adam Dermer Wilson, NC +12 80 76 156
T38 Colin Browning Charlotte, NC +13 79 78 157
T38 Nicholas Mathews Mebane, NC +13 81 76 157
T38 Patten Williams Davidson, NC +13 74 83 157
T41 Felix van Kleef Hilton Head, SC +14 77 81 158
T41 Avery Papalia Kernersville, NC +14 82 76 158
43 Carter Cheek Cary, NC +15 82 77 159
T44 Jake Clodfelter Trinity, NC +16 78 82 160
T44 Eston Lee Four Oaks, NC +16 80 80 160
T44 Harrison Hilliard McLeansville, NC +16 82 78 160
T44 Will Straub Huntersville, NC +16 83 77 160
T44 Chandler Perry Clinton, NC +16 84 76 160
T49 Joey Pritchard Pinehurst, NC +17 80 81 161
T49 Brendan Kelly Raleigh, NC +17 82 79 161
T51 Hank Robins Salisbury, NC +18 80 82 162
T51 Luke Nelson Raleigh, NC +18 82 80 162
T53 Parker Truesdale Canton, NC +19 82 81 163
T53 Zach Murrow Gastonia, NC +19 87 76 163
T55 Connor Thomas Conway, SC +20 81 83 164
T55 Benjamin Crow Pinehurst, NC +20 82 82 164
T57 Micah Alexander Durham, NC +21 78 87 165
T57 Luke Perrino Mooresville, NC +21 84 81 165
T57 Trey Schneider Mooresville, NC +21 83 82 165
T60 Brandon Jones Sanford, NC +23 78 89 167
T60 Jakob Schwartz Charrlotte, NC +23 81 86 167
T60 Thomas Deal Cornelius, NC +23 80 87 167
T60 Mark Bugniazet Charlotte, NC +23 82 85 167
T60 Alex Rubino Charlotte, NC +23 83 84 167
T65 Tyler Owens Cary, NC +24 84 84 168
T65 Jenkins Dwight Sumter, SC +24 87 81 168
67 Shawn Matthews Clinton, NC +25 80 89 169
68 Phil Hough Pinehurst, NC +27 87 84 171
69 Nick Russell Hilton Head Island, SC +28 82 90 172
70 Logan Jarrett Concord, NC +31 87 88 175
71 Kobie Morton Greenwood, SC +32 86 90 176
72 Dawson Thornton Mooresville, NC +35 85 94 179
WD Cullen Cox Chapel Hill, NC - 85 WD WD
DNF Alex Williams Davidson, NC - 83   DNF
NS Mitchell Tanis Pineville, NC - 84 NS NS


 

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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