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Preview: 53rd North Carolina Junior Boys' Championship

 

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (June 22, 2020) -- The Carolinas Golf Association will conduct the 53rd North Carolina Junior Boys’ Championship at Maple Chase Golf and Country Club in Winston-Salem, N.C. from June 23 - 26, 2020. (6,772 yards, par 36-36--72)

 

The CGA will be conducting this championship under the new COVID-19 Tournament Protocols. Learn more here

 

Related: Championship Web Site | Starting Times | Scoring | History

 

Players to watch:

 

 

  • Alex Heffner of Harrisburg, N.C. is the No. 1 ranked player in the N.C. Junior Boys’ Rankings and finished runner-up in this event last year. Heffer has also finished second in the TYGA Tournament of Champions, the Bill Harvey Memorial Junior and the Pinehurst Donald Ross Junior all within the last year. Heffner will begin his collegiate golf career this fall at Davidson College.

  • Caleb Surratt of Matthews, N.C. is the No. 3 golfer in the N.C. Junior Boys’ Rankings, having two tournament wins to his name within the last year. In July of 2019, Surratt won the Junior All-Star Spinnaker Foundation before taking home first at the 9th Annual ACC Southeastern Fall Classic at N.C. State University. He also has top-five finishes at the Junior All-Star at Reynolds Lake Oconee, the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, the Sea Pines Junior Heritage and the Dustin Johnson World Junior.

  • Zach Roberts of Holly Springs, N.C. is the No. 5 ranked player in the N.C. Junior Boys’ Rankings. Roberts finished third in the Carolinas Junior Boys last summer and tied for fifth in the N.C. Junior Boys a month before. Other events in which Roberts has finished in the top 10 of include the USGA Amateur Qualifying at Northstone, the Hope Valley Junior Invitational and the 9th Annual Bullet and Peggy Bell Holiday Classic.

  • Tommy Lamb of Apex, N.C. is the No. 23 golfer in the N.C. Junior Boys’ Rankings and will continue his career at UNC-Greensboro this fall. Lamb finished tied for second at the Jimmy Anderson Boys’, fourth at the Hilton Head Island Spring Junior and won the Bluffton Junior Open all within the calendar year. He also won the Low Country Junior Open last August and finished second in the Elite Series at Oyster Reef.

  • Garrett Risner of Holly Springs, N.C. is the No. 11 ranked player in the N.C. Junior Boys’ Rankings and has finished in the top 10 at junior events twice already this month. He also played in the final group at the Carolinian Amateur last week, finishing tied for third. He will continue his golf career at Elon University beginning this fall.

  • Clayson Good of Durham, N.C. is the No. 10 ranked golfer in the N.C. Junior Boys’ Rankings and has finished in the top five at four of his last five junior events. Most recently, Good placed fourth at the Jimmy Anderson Boys. He will continue his golf career at Queens University this fall.

  • Tyler Dechellis of Clayton, N.C. is tied for No. 7 in the N.C. Junior Boys’ Rankings. Since last summer, Dechellis has finished in the top-10 nine times including tying for ninth at the N.C. Junior Boys’ Championship and tying for fifth at the Carolinas Junior Boys. Dechellis, a 2021 high school graduate, is committed to play college golf at East Carolina University.

  • Josh Lendach of Raleigh, N.C. is the No. 14 golfer in the N.C. Junior Boys’ Rankings. Last August, Lendach finished second in the Hope Valley Junior Invitational, followed up by two more top-10 finishes. He has since repeated the feat five more times including most recently at the TYGA Bojangles Junior Open tying for fourth.

  • Colin Salema of Matthews, N.C. is just a rising high school freshman, but he has already made a splash in the N.C. junior golf world. Salema won the TYGA Bojangles Junior Open in a playoff earlier this month at Cutter Creek Golf Club.

Maple Chase Golf and Country Club is a private country club and has a 60 year history in Winston-Salem.  Designed by famed architect Ellis Maples, their 18-hole course has expertly maintained Bent grass greens and 419 Bermuda grass fairways.

 

The championship format is match play with an 18 hole stroke play qualifier (Tuesday, June 25th) to determine the seeding for match play. The top 64 boys from the stroke play qualifier will advance to match play.  Once a player loses a match they are eliminated from the tournament.  Trophies are awarded to the champion, runner-up, semifinalists, quarterfinalists and the stroke play qualifying medalist.

 

Entry is open to any male amateur golfer ages 8-18 as of June 26, 2020, who has not started college, is a legal resident of North 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 that does not exceed 18.3. 

 

Schedule of rounds:

 

Monday, June 22

Tee times available for practice rounds

 

Tuesday, June 23

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Stroke Play Qualifying

11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Boxed lunch available for players

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 Stroke Play Qualifying

 

Wednesday, June 24

8:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. Round 1 Matches

11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Boxed lunch available for players

12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Round 2 Matches

 

Thursday June 25

8:00 a.m. - 8:49 a.m. Round 3 Matches

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Quarterfinals 

 

Friday, June 26
8:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. Semifinal Matches

12:30 p.m. Championship Match 


 

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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