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Appelson Takes Lead at Carolinas Girls' 15 and Under


WHISPERING PINES, N.C. (July 15, 2019) -- First round results of the 13th Carolinas Girls’ 15 and Under Championship at Country Club of Whispering Pines in Whispering Pines, N.C. on July 15, 2019.

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Heather Appelson of Wake Forest, N.C. took the lead today at the 13th Carolinas Girls’ 15 and Under Championship with a striking 2-over-par, 74 in the first round.

“The main thing that I did really well was probably putting,” said Appelson. “I made almost every single 8-foot-putt to save par. I made some good birdie putts and I saved most of my pars.”

Appelson had a solid round with two birdies and 12 pars altogether. She attributed her strong round to her mental toughness. “When I got in trouble I picked myself back up, forgot about that shot, and moved on to the next one,” said Appelson.

Appelson hopes to carry on her momentum from today into tomorrow and just truly enjoy her second round. “I want to think of tomorrow as any other round, not put too much stress on myself and just have fun with the game.”

Just one stroke behind Appelson with a 3-over-par, 75 was McKenzie Daffin of Fort Bragg, N.C. Daffin was off to a hot start with an eagle on the first hole and she kept the momentum up, earning two birdies later in her round.

Daffin’s strategy for the final round tomorrow is quite simple, “I am just going to try to focus on hitting one shot at a time tomorrow. If I can hit a shot in the fairway, then a shot onto the green, and a two-putt, it will be a good day.”

Morgan Ketchum of Winston-Salem, N.C. carded a 5-over-par, 77 to take solo third place and she is followed by Ella Kue of Kings Mountain, N.C. by just one stroke. Kue shot a 6-over-par, 78 in her round today to set herself just four strokes off the lead.

In the Junior Division, Jenna Kim of Raleigh, N.C. is leading the pack with a 9-over-par, 81 in the first round. Kim is just 10 years old and managed a birdie on the 12th hole. The Sub-Junior is lead by Sanaa Carter of Jacksonville, N.C. with an 11-over-par, 47 finish in their 9-hole first round.

All of the players are expected to bring their competitive best tomorrow for a shot at victory in the 13th Carolinas Girls’ 15 and Under Championship.


13th Carolinas Girls’ 15 and Under Championship

Country Club of Whispering Pines, Whispering Pines, N.C.

First Round Results: Championship Division

Pos. Player City, State To Par Total
1 Heather Appelson Wake Forest, NC +2 74
2 McKenzie Daffin Fort Bragg, NC +3 75
3 Morgan Ketchum Winston-Salem, NC +5 77
4 Ella Kue King Mountain, NC +6 78
5 Grace Ridenour Raleigh, NC +7 79
T6 Ella Stalvey Blythewood, SC +8 80
T6 Gracie Song Waxhaw, NC +8 80
T6 Hanna Webber Jonesville, SC +8 80
T6 Maci Beaver Roanoke Rapids, NC +8 80
T6 Zoe Carles Clinton, SC +8 80
T11 Anna Howerton Kernersville, NC +9 81
T11 Autumn Carey Manning, SC +9 81
T13 Macy Pate Boone, NC +10 82
T13 Shea Smith Charlotte, NC +10 82
15 Taylor Reaves Conway, SC +11 83
16 Ayana Dailey Jacksonville, NC +12 84
T17 Boonyanant Rujiranan Southern Pines, NC +13 85
T17 Madelyn Vogan New Bern, NC +13 85
T17 Mattie Padgett Seneca, SC +13 85
T20 Makenzie Norwood Kiawah, SC +14 86
T20 Paige Paolucci Blythewood, SC +14 86
22 Kitson O'Neal Pinehurst, NC +15 87
T23 Mckayla Daffin Fayetteville, NC +16 88
T23 Shyla Brown Matthews, NC +16 88
T23 Summer Stephens Waxhaw, NC +16 88
26 Kinsley Smith Raleigh, NC +17 89
T27 Bethany Welch Matthews, NC +18 90
T27 Ellen Pritchard Charlotte, NC +18 90
T27 Jessica Martinho-Stansbury Raleigh, NC +18 90
T27 Jessica Townsend Wilmington, NC +18 90
31 Taylor Burch Elgin, SC +19 91
32 Jennifer Rials Florence, SC +22 94
T33 Ava Neal Camden, SC +24 96
T33 Emily Matthews Swansboro, NC +24 96
35 Eliza Ofsanko Greensboro, NC +27 99
36 Kyla Callahan Denver, NC +34



13th Carolinas Girls’ 15 and Under Championship

Country Club of Whispering Pines, Whispering Pines, N.C.

First Round Results: Junior Division

Pos. Player City, State To Par Total
1 Jenna Kim Raleigh, NC +9 81
2 Alexis Hodge Lexington, SC +15 87
3 Elizabeth Pritchard Charlotte, NC +17 89
T4 Camille Oliver Cary, NC +24 96

Mackenzie Crossmam

Pittsboro, NC +24 96
6 Payton Burch Elgin, SC +30 102
7 Ella Reed Winston-Salem, NC +35 107


13th Carolinas Girls’ 15 and Under Championship

Country Club of Whispering Pines, Whispering Pines, N.C.

First Round Results: Sub-Junior Division

Pos. Player City, State To Par Total
1 Sanaa Carter Jacksonville, NC +11 47
2 Elle Crichton Cary, NC +14 50
3 Addison Bidoli Fayetteville, NC +24 60


Schedule of rounds:

Monday July, 15

First Round Starting Times: Begin at 8:00 am on hole #1

Tuesday July, 16

Second Round Starting Times: Shotgun start at 9:00 am


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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