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Beaver and Bae Take Young Am Titles

Troy Beaver and Sarah Bae claim Carolinas Young Amateur wins in come-from-behind fashion

PINEHURST, N.C. (December 29, 2016) – Final results of the 8th Carolinas Young Amateur Championship held Thursday, December 29th on the Magnolia course at Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C.

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One and a half inches of rain swept through the Sandhills Thursday prior to the final round of the 8th Carolinas Young Amateur Championship held on the Magnolia Course at Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C. Sitting on one stroke leads, Jackson Spires of Fayetteville, N.C. and Jessica Spicer of Bahama, N.C. could not hold on for victory.

Defending Carolinas Young Am champion Sarah Bae of Pinehurst, N.C. rose to the occasion. Five birdies in her outward nine holes catapulted her into the lead. Bae posted the round of the day, five-under 67, to claim a three stroke win over Spicer and a record third Carolinas Young Amateur title (2013, 2015, 2016).

"I actually hit it a little bit better yesterday," said Bae, after her two-day total of four-under 140. "But I putted better today." Bae enjoys the camaraderie of the event, "It's like a reunion of junior golf," said the senior at NC State University. "It's great to see the people again that you grew up playing against."

Spicer improved upon her opening round 72 with a one-under 71. Three closing birdies on her final six holes were not enough to catch Bae. "Yesterday I made all my putts within five feet," said the Virginia Tech freshman. "Today I missed a few of those. Sarah played great."

Playing in his final amateur tournament before turning professional next month, recent Elon University graduate Troy Beaver of Salisbury, N.C. started Thursday one stroke back of Spires. While Spires fell back with a final round 80 to finish T-10, Beaver's even par 72 was enough to capture his first CGA title. "I grew up playing in all CGA and Tarheel Youth Golf Association events," said the 22-year-old. "It was good to play alongside guys I grew up playing with and it was exciting to get the win."

Beaver twice rebounded from bogeys with birdies on his inward nine. "Those comeback birdies were key," said the 22-year-old. "I wasn't quite sure where I stood so I just kept it in front of me and made good par putts coming in." Although he was not aware, Beaver's five-under 139 was enough to clear the field by four strokes. Greensboro College junior Levi Grogan of Canton, N.C. finished alone in second at one-under-par 143.

The tournament format is 36 holes of stroke play for male and female amateur golfers ages 18 to 25 from North Carolina or South Carolina who have finished high school and have a current USGA handicap Index at a CGA member club. Trophies were awarded to the top five spots in each division. Due to NCAA regulations, gift certificates will not be awarded.

The CGA thanks the staff and members of Pinewild Country Club for their hospitality hosting this championship for the eighth consecutive year.

8th Carolinas Young Amateur Championship
Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia)
Pinehurst, N.C.

Final Results
December 29, 2016

Men's Division (6925 yards, par 72, 73.8/130)

Place     Score
1 Troy Beaver,  Salisbury, NC    67-72--139
2 Levi Grogan,  Canton, NC    71-72--143
T3 Austin Zoller,  Summerville, SC    71-73--144
T3 David Sargent,  Cornelius, NC    71-73--144
T3 Elliott Grayson,  Shelby, NC    71-73--144
T6 Bryce Hendrix,  Raleigh, NC    72-73--145
T6 Connor Bruns,  Duncan, SC    77-68--145
T6 Eric Bae,  Pinehurst, NC    70-75--145
T6 Jack Sides,  New Bern, NC    73-72--145
T10 Austin Inman,  Wilmington, NC    72-74--146
T10 Ben Buben,  Charlotte, NC    74-72--146
T10 Blake Taylor,  Atkinson, NC    70-76--146
T10 Jackson Spires,  Fayetteville, NC    66-80--146
T10 Nick Russell,  Hilton Head Island, SC    69-77--146
T10 Zachary Martin,  Pinehurst, NC    71-75--146
16 Harrison Rhoades,  Raleigh, NC    74-73--147
T17 Blake Fiest,  Huntersville, NC    71-77--148
T17 David Kostyal II,  Wilmington, NC    74-74--148
T17 Jordan Warnock,  Roebuck, SC    72-76--148
T17 Nolan Mills IV,  Charlotte, NC    73-75--148
T17 Walker Cress,  Concord, NC    76-72--148
T22 Anthony Gammon,  Eden, NC    79-70--149
T22 Jordan Smith,  Summerfield, NC    74-75--149
T24 Brett McLamb,  Coats, NC    71-79--150
T24 Grant Powell,  Colfax, NC    76-74--150
T24 Jake McGlone,  Charlotte, NC    75-75--150
T24 Matt Carter,  Easley, SC    77-73--150
T24 Patrick Stephenson,  Four Oaks, NC    77-73--150
T29 Aaron Purviance,  Winston-Salem, NC    77-74--151
T29 Alex Burris,  Greensboro, NC    78-73--151
T29 Will Canipe,  Murrells Inlet, SC    76-75--151
T32 Davis Richards,  China Grove, NC    78-74--152
T32 Justin Hood,  Saint Matthews, SC    73-79--152
T32 Nicholas Gunnell,  Hamptonville, NC    77-75--152
T32 William Harwood,  Columbia, SC    77-75--152
T36 Chandler White,  Clemmons, NC    74-79--153
T36 Nathan Bull,  Candler, NC    80-73--153
T38 Christian Salzer,  Sumter, SC    80-74--154
T38 Joey Funderburg,  Wilmington, NC    76-78--154
T38 Justin Prozzi,  Hartsville, SC    79-75--154
T38 Nick Kroustalis,  Clemmons, NC    76-78--154
T42 Caleb Brown,  Kershaw, SC    77-78--155
T42 Jake Scruggs,  Shelby, NC    78-77--155
T42 Luke Grogan,  Canton, NC    79-76--155
T42 Michael Freeman,  Asheville, NC    76-79--155
T42 Riley Davis,  Kinston, NC    74-81--155
T47 Ryan Fitzgerald,  Waxhaw, NC    76-80--156
T47 Seth Lomison,  Pfafftown, NC    79-77--156
T47 Zachary Laws,  Hickory , NC    81-75--156
T50 Hayden Ploeger,  Aiken, SC    79-78--157
T50 Jonathan Brightwell,  Mint Hill, NC    80-77--157
T50 Nickolaus Beecroft,  Bolivia, NC    80-77--157
T50 Patrick Talledo,  Blythewood, SC    75-82--157
T50 Vijay Mishra,  N Myrtle Beach, SC    76-81--157
T55 Candler Rice,  Asheville, NC    78-80--158
T55 Fitz Woodrow IV,  Lexington, SC    82-76--158
T55 Zachary Herold,  Lexington, SC    80-78--158
T58 A J Clark,  Wilmington, NC    81-78--159
T58 Corey Stamper,  Waynesville, NC    80-79--159
T60 Christian Constance,  Waynesville, NC    77-83--160
T60 Mark Johnston,  Lewisville, NC    78-82--160
62 Cole Jordan,  Winterville, NC    83-78--161
T63 Benjamin Esposito,  Pittsboro, NC    82-80--162
T63 Matt McDonagh,  Winston-Salem, NC    80-82--162
T63 Michael McKee Jr,  Ware Shoals, SC    88-74--162
T63 Ryan Reynolds,  Camden , SC    84-78--162
T63 Thomas Garbee,  Asheville, NC    81-81--162
T68 Cooper Daniel,  Waxhaw, NC    85-78--163
T68 Matthew Spak,  Cary, NC    83-80--163
70 Sean O'Connor,  Indian Trail, NC    84-80--164
T71 Jonathan Paulson,  Cary, NC    84-81--165
T71 Tyler Smith,  West Columbia, SC    86-79--165
73 Tanner Owen,  High Point, NC    84-82--166
74 Dane Anderson,  Holly Springs, NC    81-86--167
75 Clay Brown,  Davidson, NC    90-80--170
76 John Freeman,  Asheville, NC    89-82--171
77 Dong-Jun Kim,  Waxhaw, NC    83-89--172
78 Jay Minter,  Sanford, NC    85-88--173
T79 Brody Davis,  Harrisburg, NC    93-85--178
T79 Harvey Allen,  Fayetteville , NC    87-91--178
81 Justin Finger,  Durham, NC    91-91--182
T82 Austin Northern,  Blowing Rock, NC    79-WD--WD
T82 John Varol,  Weddington, NC    84-WD--WD

Women's Division (5796 yards, par 72, 74.1/132)

Place     Score
1 Sarah Bae,  Pinehurst, NC    73-67--140
2 Jessica Spicer,  Bahama, NC    72-71--143
3 Louise Oxner,  Greenville, SC    76-70--146
4 Jacqueline Twitty,  Chapin, SC    75-72--147
T5 Morgan Cox,  Easley, SC    73-76--149
T5 Reona Hirai,  Summerville, SC    73-76--149
T7 Catherine Ashworth,  Fuquay-Varina, NC    78-72--150
T7 Victoria Huskey,  Greenville, SC    74-76--150
9 Grace Yatawara,  Salisbury, NC    77-74--151
10 Sarah Spicer,  Bahama, NC    78-78--156
T11 Alexis Kershaw,  Winston-Salem, NC    79-79--158
T11 Hailey Cleary,  Lexington, SC    75-83--158
T11 Jaelyn Tindal,  Rock Hill, SC     84-74--158
14 Savanna Wood,  Boone, NC    80-80--160
15 Maddisen Cox,  Easley, SC    82-80--162
16 Annika Winebarger,  State Road, NC    85-79--164
17 Leigha Holt,  Holly Springs, NC    84-82--166


Schedule of events:
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
11:00 am First round of stroke play (18 holes) shotgun start
2:30 pm Tournament lunch for players
Thursday, December 29, 2016
11:00 am Final round of stroke play (18 holes) shotgun start
2:30 pm Tournament lunch for players
3:00 pm Awards presentation

Pinewild CC information:
Address: 1 Pinewild Country Club Drive, Pinehurst, NC 28374
Golf shop phone: 910-295-5145
General Manager: Chris Little
Course Superintendent: John Robertson
Architect: Gene Hamm
Men’s yardage/par: 6,835 yards/par 72
Women’s yardage/par: 5,532 yards/par 72

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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