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Hawkins Joins Carolinas Girls' History

Emily Hawkins wins Carolinas Junior Girls' championship in playoff

THOMASVILLE, N.C. (July 28, 2016) -- Final results of the 60th Carolinas Junior Girls' Championship hosted by Colonial Country Club in Thomasville, N.C. on Thursday, July 28th (Par: 36-35--71, Yards: 5,849, Course Rating: 73.6/131).

A playoff put an exclamation point on an exciting final round at the 60th Carolinas Junior Girls' Championship. Emily Hawkins of Lexington, N.C. survived a back-and-forth battle with Kathleen Sumner of Charleston, S.C. to complete the victory. The showdown between the two players included three lead changes while Sumner posted Thursday's low round, two-under 69, to catch Hawkins and force a playoff.

With the victory, Hawkins becomes just the third player in history to capture both the North Carolina Junior Girls' and Carolinas Junior Girls' titles in the same year. The previous players to do so are Adrienne Millican of Fuquay-Varina, N.C. in 2000 and Eleana Collins of Pinehurst, N.C. in 2006.

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For the third consecutive day, the heat index in Thomasville, N.C. climbed over 100 degrees. The home-schooled rising junior Hawkins began with a two stroke lead over 17-year-old rising senior Sumner. However, Hawkins' poor tee shot on the par-4 7th led to double bogey. A Sumner birdie on No. 9 gave her the outright lead with nine holes to play. The championship became a two player race, as Riley Smyth of Cary, N.C. finished in third place, six shots back.

After a booming drive on the 444-yard par-5 10th, Sumner delivered a 9-iron from 135-yards within three feet. Looking like she would sink the putt and claim a two stroke advantage, Sumner's short putt lipped out. Hawkins drained a long birdie putt to remain tied. The 10th hole would start a four hole stretch of putting woes for Sumner, where she missed four putts within five feet.  "I felt confident over my putts and thought I lined it up right, but it just wasn't working," said Sumner, who has committed to play golf at Florida State University.

The 14th hole at Colonial Country Club produced a two stroke swing. Hawkins rolled in a birdie from the back fringe while Sumner made bogey from the greenside bunker. On No. 15, Hawkins would give a shot back with a three-putt bogey.

On the par-3 17th, the championship looked in Hawkins' hands. She was safely on the green while Sumner was again in a greenside bunker. Walking up to her ball, Sumner motivated herself. " 'Kathleen you're going to run this up. You're going to close the clubface and run this up,' " Sumner recounted after the round. "It went in and I thought, 'Alright, this is destined.' " Her holed bunker shot again tied the two girls. The two players exchanged two-putt pars on 18 to finish the championship deadlocked at one-over 143. Sumner shot two-under 69 to catch Hawkins, who played the final round even par 71.

The playoff began on the 491-yard par-5 9th, where the edge appeared to belong to the long-hitting Sumner who had already birdied it once Thursday. However, adrenaline may have gotten the best of Sumner. Her third shot from 73-yards bounded over the green into a bunker. From there she played it back over the front of the green. Hawkins' two-putt par was enough to claim the championship. "I didn't expect to win, but it's very exciting," said the 15-year-old Hawkins. Next on her schedule is the U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, August 1-7 at Rolling Green Golf Club in Springfield, Pa.

Entry is open to any female amateur golfer who has not reached her 19th birthday by July 28, 2016, who has not started college, is a legal resident of North Carolina or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has a current USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club. The field is flighted after round two based on the player’s 36-hole score. The Championship flight is made up of the top 18 players and ties. All other flights will consist of 9 players each.

The Carolinas Golf Association wishes to thank the members and staff of Colonial Country Club for their hospitality. In particular, the CGA recognizes golf professional Ben Miller, general manager David Lehman, and course superintendent John T. Dawson.

60th Carolinas Junior Girls' Championship
Colonial Country Club
Thomasville, N.C.

Final Results (Overall)
* Won in playoff

* 1  Emily Hawkins (2018) Lexington, NC  69-74-71--214
      2  Kathleen Sumner (2017) Charleston, SC  72-73-69--214
3  Riley Smyth (2018) Cary, NC  76-73-71--220
4  Taylor Hinson (2017) Belmont, NC  76-75-72--223
T5  Mackenzie Battle (2018) Aberdeen, NC  79-73-72--224
   Anna Freeman (2017) Aiken, SC  71-77-76--224
   Rachael Mast (2017) Lexington, NC  77-72-75--224
T8  Muskan Uppal (2019) Cornelius, NC  74-73-78--225
   Jodee Tindal (2017) Rock Hill, SC   76-75-74--225
T10  Gracyn Burgess (2018) Lexington, SC  80-75-71--226
   Emily Cox (2017) Lancaster, SC  79-74-73--226
   Rachel Kuehn (2019) Asheville, NC  78-73-75--226
   Olivia John (2018) Summerfield, NC  78-73-75--226
T14  Kathryn Carson (2017) Mooresville, NC  77-76-74--227
   Keri Kenkel (2017) Charlotte, NC  75-74-78--227
   Jalen Castle (2020) West Columbia, SC  79-72-76--227
   Anna Grace Brock (2019) Greenwood, SC  79-75-73--227
T18  Natalie Petersen (2017) Holly Springs, NC  71-81-76--228
   Madison Isaacson (2018) Greensboro, NC  74-77-77--228
20  Anna McDonald (2019) Hickory, NC  74-80-75--229
T21  Moon Cheong (2017) Charlotte, NC  75-80-75--230
   Carly Lyvers (2018) Simpsonville, SC  81-76-73--230
   Sophie Holland (2020) Cornelius, NC  78-75-77--230
24  Elle Johnson (2019) Inman, SC  83-73-76--232
T25  Kendall Dobbins (2016) Summerfield, NC  83-80-75--238
   Jensen Castle (2019) West Columbia, SC  84-76-78--238
T27  Janie Thomas (2016) Winston-Salem, NC  80-84-75--239
   Kerington Lamb (2018) Easley, SC  81-78-80--239
T29  Caroline Crumrine (2020) Wilmington, NC  80-81-79--240
   Ryann Sinclair (2019) Mooresville, NC  86-80-74--240
   Emily Dunlap (2019) Greenville, SC  80-82-78--240
T32  Riley Hamilton (2020) Reidsville, NC  82-83-77--242
   Michelle Harn (2019) Charlotte, NC  81-80-81--242
T34  Jayla Rogers (2019) Wilmington, NC  80-82-81--243
   Kayla Smith (2019) Burlington, NC  81-80-82--243
   Sydney Abruzzino (2017) Myrtle Beach, SC  86-79-78--243
37  Mallory Fobes (2019) East Bend, NC  81-78-85--244
38  Parker Melting (2018) Mint Hill, NC  85-82-79--246
T39  Siana Wong (2020) Summerfield, NC  82-78-87--247
   Alexis Sudjianto (2019) Charlotte, NC  80-82-85--247
T41  Lotte Fox (2020) Raleigh, NC  83-85-80--248
   Hannah Fesperman (2017) Georgetown, SC  79-92-77--248
43  Abigayle Hatcher (2019) Roebuck, SC  80-86-83--249
44  Nicole Kramer (2018) Charlotte, NC  82-84-84--250
T45  Alexis Jarrell (2018) Davidson, NC  84-88-79--251
   Ana Tsiros (2019) Asheville, NC  89-78-84--251
47  Meghan McPeak (2017) Chapel Hill, NC  83-85-85--253
T48  Sarah Smith (2018) York, SC  87-88-79--254
   Samantha DeBusk (2017) Lexington, NC  86-87-81--254
50  Mary Kathryn Talledo (2021) Blythewood, SC  85-82-88--255
T51  Hailey Pendleton (2020) Waxhaw, NC  88-81-87--256
   Charleigh Hodges (2018) Mooresville, NC  87-86-83--256
53  Channing Hensley (2018) Wake Forest, NC  91-83-83--257
54  Emily Brubaker (2020) Raleigh, NC  86-85-87--258
55  Maria File (2019) Moore, SC  90-90-84--264
T56  Becca Connolly (2020) Winston-Salem, NC  94-87-87--268
   Ashley Milliken (2017) Monroe, NC  85-90-93--268
T58  Anna Bonifay (2017) Pfafftown, NC  90-90-89--269
   Michaela Cox (2017) Greensboro, NC  88-96-85--269
60  Morgan Ketchum (2022) Winston-Salem, NC  94-90-91--275
61  Samantha Bennett (2016) Wake Forest, NC  85-WD--WD
62  Ashlee Richardson (2017) Simpsonville, SC  WD--WD

Final Results (Flighted)

  Championship Flight    
  Place Name Score
  T1 Emily Hawkins (2018),  Lexington, NC  69-74-71--214
  T1 Kathleen Sumner (2017),  Charleston, SC  72-73-69--214
  3 Riley Smyth (2018),  Cary, NC  76-73-71--220
  4 Taylor Hinson (2017),  Belmont, NC  76-75-72--223
  T5 Anna Freeman (2017),  Aiken, SC  71-77-76--224
  T5 Mackenzie Battle (2018),  Aberdeen, NC  79-73-72--224
  T5 Rachael Mast (2017),  Lexington, NC  77-72-75--224
  T8 Jodee Tindal (2017),  Rock Hill, SC   76-75-74--225
  T8 Muskan Uppal (2019),  Cornelius, NC  74-73-78--225
  T10 Emily Cox (2017),  Lancaster, SC  79-74-73--226
  T10 Olivia John (2018),  Summerfield, NC  78-73-75--226
  T10 Rachel Kuehn (2019),  Asheville, NC  78-73-75--226
  T13 Jalen Castle (2020),  West Columbia, SC  79-72-76--227
  T13 Kathryn Carson (2017),  Mooresville, NC  77-76-74--227
  T13 Keri Kenkel (2017),  Charlotte, NC  75-74-78--227
  T16 Madison Isaacson (2018),  Greensboro, NC  74-77-77--228
  T16 Natalie Petersen (2017),  Holly Springs, NC  71-81-76--228
  18 Sophie Holland (2020),  Cornelius, NC  78-75-77--230
  First Flight    
  Place Name Score
  1 Gracyn Burgess (2018),  Lexington, SC  80-75-71--226
  2 Anna Grace Brock (2019),  Greenwood, SC  79-75-73--227
  3 Anna McDonald (2019),  Hickory, NC  74-80-75--229
  T4 Carly Lyvers (2018),  Simpsonville, SC  81-76-73--230
  T4 Moon Cheong (2017),  Charlotte, NC  75-80-75--230
  6 Elle Johnson (2019),  Inman, SC  83-73-76--232
  7 Jensen Castle (2019),  West Columbia, SC  84-76-78--238
  8 Kerington Lamb (2018),  Easley, SC  81-78-80--239
  9 Mallory Fobes (2019),  East Bend, NC  81-78-85--244
  10 Siana Wong (2020),  Summerfield, NC  82-78-87--247
  Second Flight    
  Place Name Score
  1 Kendall Dobbins (2016),  Summerfield, NC  83-80-75--238
  2 Janie Thomas (2016),  Winston-Salem, NC  80-84-75--239
  T3 Caroline Crumrine (2020),  Wilmington, NC  80-81-79--240
  T3 Emily Dunlap (2019),  Greenville, SC  80-82-78--240
  T5 Michelle Harn (2019),  Charlotte, NC  81-80-81--242
  T5 Riley Hamilton (2020),  Reidsville, NC  82-83-77--242
  T7 Jayla Rogers (2019),  Wilmington, NC  80-82-81--243
  T7 Kayla Smith (2019),  Burlington, NC  81-80-82--243
  T7 Sydney Abruzzino (2017),  Myrtle Beach, SC  86-79-78--243
  10 Alexis Sudjianto (2019),  Charlotte, NC  80-82-85--247
  Third Flight    
  Place Name Score
  1 Ryann Sinclair (2019),  Mooresville, NC  86-80-74--240
  2 Parker Melting (2018),  Mint Hill, NC  85-82-79--246
  T3 Hannah Fesperman (2017),  Georgetown, SC  79-92-77--248
  T3 Lotte Fox (2020),  Raleigh, NC  83-85-80--248
  5 Abigayle Hatcher (2019),  Roebuck, SC  80-86-83--249
  6 Nicole Kramer (2018),  Charlotte, NC  82-84-84--250
  7 Ana Tsiros (2019),  Asheville, NC  89-78-84--251
  8 Meghan McPeak (2017),  Chapel Hill, NC  83-85-85--253
  9 Mary Kathryn Talledo (2021),  Blythewood, SC  85-82-88--255
  10 Hailey Pendleton (2020),  Waxhaw, NC  88-81-87--256
  11 Emily Brubaker (2020),  Raleigh, NC  86-85-87--258
  Fourth Flight    
  Place Name Score
  1 Alexis Jarrell (2018),  Davidson, NC  84-88-79--251
  T2 Samantha DeBusk (2017),  Lexington, NC  86-87-81--254
  T2 Sarah Smith (2018),  York, SC  87-88-79--254
  4 Charleigh Hodges (2018),  Mooresville, NC  87-86-83--256
  5 Channing Hensley (2018),  Wake Forest, NC  91-83-83--257
  6 Maria File (2019),  Moore, SC  90-90-84--264
  T7 Ashley Milliken (2017),  Monroe, NC  85-90-93--268
  T7 Becca Connolly (2020),  Winston-Salem, NC  94-87-87--268
  T9 Anna Bonifay (2017),  Pfafftown, NC  90-90-89--269
  T9 Michaela Cox (2017),  Greensboro, NC  88-96-85--269
  11 Morgan Ketchum (2022),  Winston-Salem, NC  94-90-91--275

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 43 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 140 One-Day (net and gross) events and 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 more than $1,500,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.    

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