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Barber, Gregory Take Home Thrilling Victories In The HVJI

 

DURHAM, N.C. (August 5, 2021) -- Final Round results from the 4th Hope Valley Junior Invitational at Hope Valley Country Club, in Durham, N.C. The girls’ field competed at 6,019 yards (35-35--70), while the boys’ competed at 6,720 (35-35--70). 

 

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Hope Valley Country Club provided the ultimate test this week in conditions that only got quicker round after round. 

 

In the Girls Division Kate Barber of Savannah, GA rose above the field and cemented herself as a worthy champion, shooting rounds of 72, 73, and 72 to finish 7-over-par on the Par-70 golf course. 

 

“The entire day I was just trying to hit the greens and make putts,” said Barber. “It didn’t really happen until around 15 when I had a really good two putt there. That kind of made the momentum shift.”

 

Barber’s steady golf had her in prime position coming down the stretch on Thursday to make a serious push for the title, and she took advantage of her opportunities. Going into the Par-4 17th hole, Barber had a one shot advantage over Ella Perna of Durham, N.C. who was in the group ahead. 

 

Needing a clutch shot for some separation on the leaderboard, Barber flipped a wedge in close, and rattled home her birdie putt to get to 6-over-par, and sit two clear of Perna who was in the clubhouse at 8-over-par. Barber would just miss her par putt for an impressive up-and-down from the rough and tap in for bogey to finish with a one stroke victory. 

 

“I knew I could birdie it,” said Barber. “I hit my chip to about six feet and made the birdie putt. That’s when I knew I could win this tournament.” 

 

Perna played impressive golf as well all week long, and made a serious Thursday charge to try to grapple for the 2021 title. She entered the day at 8-over-par and was four back of the leaders, but fired the round of the tournament, an even par 70 that was highlighted by a three birdie, 2-under-par performance on her back nine. 

 

Melanie Walker of Burke, VA and Kiera Bartholomew of Wake Forest, N.C. finished in a tie for third at 10-over-par, while Madison Messimer of Myrtle Beach, S.C. finished in solo fifth at 11-over-par. 

 

In the Boys Division it was Andrew Gregory of Inman, S.C. who came away with a dramatic one stroke victory. 

 

“It feels great,” said Gregory. “I honestly can’t believe it.”

 

Gregory carded a 1-over-par 71 in his final round Thursday to finish the tournament at 1-under-par, the lone under par three day total of the event. 

 

“This place fit my wedge game this week,” said Gregory. “My short game was really good the past few days. That’s pretty much what saved me.” 

 

It was Gregory’s closing stretch that propelled him to his maiden victory, as he finished the tournament playing his final six holes in 2-under-par with birdies on holes 15 and 17. 

 

“I knew this golf course was just going to get harder,” said Gregory. “I knew scores were just going to get higher so I was just trying to make some pars.”

 

Ian Glanton of Metter, GA and Clark Xander Goboy of Chesapeake, VA finished in a tie for second at even par for their three day total. Rounding out the top five in the Boys division are Trey Marrion of Chesapeake, VA, Will Hartman of Marvin, N.C., and Owen Kose of Holly Springs, N.C., who all finished in a tie for fourth at 1-over-par for the Championship. 

 

4th Hope Valley Junior Invitational

Hope Valley Country Club, Durham, N.C.

Final Round Results

Girls Division

Position Player City, State, Graduation Year  To Par R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Kate Barber Savannah, GA, 2025 +7 72 73 72 217
2 Ella Perna Durham, NC, 2022 +8 77 71 70 218
T3 Melanie Walker Burke, VA, 2022 +10 77 70 73 220
T3 Kiera Bartholomew Wake Forest, NC, 2023 +10 74 73 73 220
5 Madison Messimer Myrtle Beach, SC, 2025 +11 71 73 77 221
6 Sawyer Brockstedt Rehoboth Beach, DE, 2025 +14 74 73 77 224
7 Anna Howerton Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +16 74 75 77 226
T8 Grace Ridenour Raleigh, NC, 2025 +20 77 78 75 230
T8 Emerson B. Dever Durham, NC, 2025 +20 76 76 78 230
10 Sahana Mantha Charlotte, NC, 2025 +21 75 82 74 231
11 Saia Rampersaud Durham, NC, 2025 +23 74 75 84 233
T12 Kinsley Smith Raleigh, NC, 2024 +24 78 79 77 234
T12 Mary Sears Brown Pinehurst, NC, 2021 +24 74 80 80 234
14 Maya Beasley Pinehurst, NC, 2023 +25 80 79 76 235
T15 Caroline Johnson Mooresville, NC, 2023 +29 78 78 83 239
T15 Madison  Lehr Mechanicsville, VA, 2024 +29 79 80 80 239
T15 Kennedy Noe Knoxville, TN, 2021 +29 86 83   169
18 Kasey McIlvaine Raleigh, NC, 2023 +30 84 77 79 240
19 Raquel Walker Burke, VA, 2026 +32 78 81 83 242
20 Madison Myers Cary, NC, 2025 +33 78 85 80 243
21 Lily Kate Watson Raleigh, NC, 2023 +35 81 83 81 245
T22 Grayson Warren Washington, NC, 2021 +36 81 81 84 246
T22 Kaitlyn Rand Raleigh, NC, 2022 +36 82 82 82 246
T22 Katherine Brictson Raleigh, NC, 2024 +36 85 84 77 246
25 Garland Gould Raleigh, NC, 2024 +37 79 81 87 247
26 Caroline Gilreath Roanoke, VA, 2023 +51 81 89 91 261
WD Allison Robinson Pinehurst, NC, 2021 - WD     -

 

Boys Division 

Position Player City, State, Graduation Year  To Par R1 R2 R3 Total 
1 Andrew Gregory Inman, SC, 2023 -1 67 71 71 209
T2 Ian Glanton Metter, GA, 2021 E 71 73 66 210
T2 Clark Xander Goboy Chesapeake, VA, 2024 E 66 72 72 210
T4 Trey Marrion Chesapeake, VA, 2024 +1 69 73 69 211
T4 Will Hartman Marvin, NC, 2025 +1 68 69 74 211
T4 Owen Kose Holly Springs, NC, 2022 +1 68 71 72 211
T7 Branden Boyce Spring Lake, NC, 2022 +2 73 67 72 212
T7 Hampton Roberts Cary, NC, 2023 +2 71 69 72 212
T7 Daniel McBrien Holly Springs, NC, 2026 +2 69 73 70 212
T10 Luke Walmet Daniel Island, SC, 2023 +4 75 68 71 214
T10 Samuel Mace Connelly Springs, NC, 2022 +4 71 74 69 214
12 Ryan Macri Wake Forest, NC, 2021 +5 70 72 73 215
T13 Jackson Brimfield Chapel Hill, NC, 2021 +6 74 69 73 216
T13 Samir Davidov Roanoke, VA, 2022 +6 75 68 73 216
T13 Nicholas Gross Downingtown, PA, 2024 +6 76 72 68 216
T13 Davis DeLille High Point, NC, 2022 +6 76 70 70 216
T13 Mack Edwards Charlotte, NC, 2025 +6 73 71 72 216
18 Tyler Mawhinney Fleming Island, FL, 2026 +7 72 72 73 217
19 Jonathan Honeywell Whispering Pines, NC, 2022 +8 73 71 74 218
T20 Ryan Slonaker Penn Laird, VA, 2024 +9 73 74 72 219
T20 David  Zhang Blacksburg, VA, 2022 +9 75 72 72 219
T20 Parker Claxton Claxton, GA, 2022 +9 73 74 72 219
T20 Eli Schmidly Charlotte, NC, 2023 +9 78 70 71 219
T20 Tyler Jones Jacksonville, NC, 2023 +9 69 76 74 219
T25 Jace Butcher Kennesaw, GA, 2023 +10 74 75 71 220
T25 Nick Norman Gastonia, NC, 2022 +10 74 74 72 220
T25 Calvin Hawkins Lexington, NC, 2023 +10 75 72 73 220
T28 Jackson Bode Pinehurst, NC, 2022 +11 75 72 74 221
T28 Will Tharin Rocky Mount, NC, 2023 +11 73 74 74 221
T28 Keenan Royalty Raleigh, NC, 2023 +11 70 77 74 221
T31 Smith Summerlin Raleigh, NC, 2026 +12 73 76 73 222
T31 Michael La Sasso Raleigh, NC, 2022 +12 77 70 75 222
T31 Charles Howden Asheville, NC, 2022 +12 72 76 74 222
T34 Cornell Beans Charlotte, NC, 2024 +13 75 75 73 223
T34 Jack Wieler Waxhaw, NC, 2023 +13 74 73 76 223
T34 Cameron Hardison Greenville, NC, 2022 +13 75 74 74 223
T34 Colt Ingram Aiken, SC, 2021 +13 80 68 75 223
T38 Josh Buxbaum Wake Forest, NC, 2021 +14 76 76 72 224
T38 John Logan Wilmington, NC, 2023 +14 82 72 70 224
40 Colin Salema Matthews, NC, 2024 +15 71 77 77 225
T41 Daniel Boone Fuquay Varina, NC, 2023 +16 75 74 77 226
T41 Wilson Thrift Charlotte, NC, 2022 +16 74 76 76 226
T43 Lucas Acevedo Charleston, SC, 2023 +17 74 78 75 227
T43 Ben Jordan Greensboro, NC, 2022 +17 77 72 78 227
T45 Spencer Turtz Charlotte, NC, 2022 +18 75 76 77 228
T45 Maddox  Whittington Lenoir, NC, 2022 +18 78 73 77 228
T45 Jake Conklin Cary, NC, 2022 +18 80 72 76 228
T48 Rich Wills Cramerton, NC, 2024 +19 75 81 73 229
T48 Alan Van Asch Raleigh, NC, 2022 +19 75 75 79 229
T48 Aidan Browning Charlotte, NC, 2022 +19 75 79 75 229
T48 Bradley Davis, Jr. Pilot Mountain, NC, 2022 +19 77 78 74 229
T52 Charles O'Donnell Pacific Palisades, CA, 2022 +20 73 82 75 230
T52 Drew Greene Greenville, NC, 2023 +20 70 78 82 230
T52 William Chapman Chapel Hill, NC, 2023 +20 80 75 75 230
T55 Ross Anderson Lake Charles, LA, 2023 +21 80 75 76 231
T55 Steven Shea Charlotte, NC, 2023 +21 82 78 71 231
57 Ryan Curran Charlotte, NC, 2024 +23 79 74 80 233
T58 Landon Hawley Charlotte, NC, 2023 +24 74 80 80 234
T58 Grant Miller Richmond, VA, 2022 +24 75 81 78 234
T58 Turner Edwards Charlotte, NC, 2022 +24 83 73 78 234
T58 Derek Gutierrez Cranford, NJ, 2023 +24 86 74 74 234
62 Tate Duensing Durham, NC, 2026 +25 79 82 74 235
T63 Cole Wright Wake Forest, NC, 2022 +26 79 79 78 236
T63 Jack LaPiana Charlotte, NC, 2023 +26 80 75 81 236
T63 Jack Dannemann Charlotte, NC, 2022 +26 80 73 83 236
66 Owen Pearce Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +31 82 76 83 241
67 Liam Harris Wake Forest, NC, 2022 +34 78 85 81 244
68 William Grasty Charlotte, NC, 2022 +43 73 92 88 253
WD Bryan Fang Raleigh, NC, 2023 - WD     -

 

Hope Valley Country Club was founded in 1926 and the course was designed by the world-famous golf course architect, Donald J. Ross, in coordination with landscape architect Robert Cridland. Unlike many of his projects, Ross personally supervised the planning and construction of Hope Valley. Centered around its Aymar Embury II Clubhouse, the course has hosted many significant golf events. They include the U.S. Amateur Qualifying for both Men and Women, the U.S. Senior Men’s Qualifying, the North Carolina Amateur Championship, Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship, Women’s Western Junior National Championship and Carolinas Junior Girls’ Championship.

 

The tournament moment, of which the club members may be proudest of, took place on April 1, 1945 when Byron Nelson won the Durham Open at Hope Valley. This was his fourth victory out of winning eleven tournaments in a row, a PGA Tour record. Hope Valley membership recognizes that proud stewardship of these outstanding traditions requires that their club continue to revere the old and embrace the new in order to share their commitment to the great game of golf with upcoming generations.

 

The Carolinas Golf Association would like to extend its thanks to the staff and membership of Hope Valley Country Club for hosting the 4th Hope Valley Junior Invitational, especially Head Golf Professional Bob Byrnes, Course Superintendent Chad Buchman, Tournament Chair Allen Smith and General Manager Emzi Wewers. 

 

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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