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Tindal, Balbin Take Home Young Amateur Championship

PINEHURST, N.C. (January 4, 2022) -- Final results of the 13th Carolinas Young Amateur Championship at Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia) in Pinehurst, N.C. on January 4, 2022. The women competed at 6,063 yards and the men competed at 6,969 yards (par 36-36--72).


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Due to heavy rain and wind, the opening round of the 13th Carolinas Young Amateur was postponed. The championship was shortened to 18 holes and was contested on January 4, 2022.


There’s nothing quite like an 18-hole sprint Championship to start the new year off on the right foot. 


After heavy storms swept through Pinehurst on Monday, the 13th playing of the Carolinas Young Amateur Championship turned into an abbreviated shootout, with a loaded field delivering at the top of the leaderboard in both the Men’s and Women’s Divisions. 


In the Women’s Division it was Jodee Tindal of Rock Hill, S.C. who won in an exciting two-hole playoff, as she outlasted her College of Charleston teammate Emma Schimpf of Daniel Island, S.C. 


“Emma is one of my best friends,” said Tindal. “I knew she was gonna birdie one of the last just because she’s so clutch. We have contests back at school all the time. I was kind of hoping to play her in a playoff. It’s the memories that matter the most.” 


Tindal turned in a score of 3-over-par, 75 at Pinewild’s Magnolia Course, and collected three birdies on her round. This win gives Tindal her seventh CGA victory. 


“This tournament is very mental,” said Tindal. “The weather is bad and I just tried to stay steady. I wasn’t amazing today, but I was able to hang in there.”


Tindal now begins to enter rarified air in the women’s side of amateur golf in the Carolinas as she moves into the top-10 all-time in CGA Championships. 


“I have a lot of gratitude towards my dad and also my boyfriend Jack for helping me get some of those wins,” said Tindal. “Those are super memorable because I get to do that with people that I love.” 


This is also Tindal’s second career Young Amateur victory, as she also came away with Championship honors in 2019. 


“I love this tournament so much,” said Tindal. “All my friends from college and I play this to stay in the game. It’s really great y’all put this on for us just so we don’t completely lose tournament feel over break.” 


Schimpf had an excellent day as well at Pinewild, as she fired a 3-over-par, 75. She earned her spot into the Women’s Division playoff with style, birdieing her final hole to match Tindal. 


In the Men’s Division it was more of the same, as regulation was not enough and more free golf commenced at Pinewild. In a playoff that lasted four holes and at the beginning included three players, Symon Balbin of Pinehurst, N.C. was able to rise above his competitors and take home his first ever CGA victory. 


“It feels so great because I haven’t been playing the best over the past year,” said Balbin. “To finally get it to click in with all the hard work you put in feels really good.”


Balbin was, to put it simply, impressive during his round on the Magnolia course. Birdies on holes two, three, eight, nine, 11 and 13 saw him record a scorching six birdies on his day and finish with a 2-under-par, 70.


“With it being an 18-hole tournament, it’s kind of a free for all,” said Balbin. “You just have to go as low as you can and try to get the most out of your shots. Some of the tees were moved up so it was a bit more gettable.”


Alex Heffner of Harrisburg, N.C. and Jack Parrott of Columbia, S.C. would join him at 2-under-par to force the playoff. 


“I was so nervous,” said Balbin. “I know Alex and Jack are both really good players, I’ve played with them a lot.”


After Parrott faltered on the first playoff hole, Balbin and Heffner went back and forth over the next three holes. Balbin outlasted Heffner with a gritty par make on the fourth playoff hole for his first CGA Championship title. 


It feels good going into the college season and the rest of the tournaments for the school year with a win,” said Balbin. “It’s great to start off with a bang.”


The Carolinas Golf Association would like to thank the members and staff of Pinewild Country Club for their continued support of the Carolinas Young Amateur Championship. A special thank you to the Head Golf Professional Kyle Kirk and his pro shop staff, Club Manager Chris Little, and Director of Golf Course Maintenance John Robertson.


13th Carolinas Young Amateur

Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia), Pinehurst, N.C.

Final Results: Women’s Division

Pos. Player City, State To Par Total Details
1 Jodee Tindal Rock Hill, SC +3 75 Won on 2nd Playoff Hole
2 Emma Schimpf Daniel Island, SC +3 75  
3 Jessica Spicer Bahama, NC +4 76  
4 Sophia Burnett Bluffton, SC +5 77  
5 Grace Holcomb Wilmington, NC +6 78  
T6 Mallory Fobes East Bend, NC +7 79  
T6 Victoria Ladd Greensboro, NC +7 79  
T6 Mara Hirtle Pinehurst, NC +7 79  
T9 Madison Isaacson Greensboro, NC +8 80  
T9 Mary Sears Brown Wake Forest, NC +8 80  
T9 Michaela Cox Greensboro, NC +8 80  
T12 Sarah Spicer Bahama, NC +9 81  
T12 Emily Dunlap Greenville, SC +9 81  
T12 Victoria Cook Reidsville, NC +9 81  
15 Hannah Rose Bruxvoort Charlotte, NC +11 83  
T16 Jaclyn Kenzel Southern Pines, NC +14 86  
T16 Ava Romfo Charleston, SC +14 86  
18 Gracyn Burgess Lexington, SC +16 88  
T19 Lauren Denhard Salisbury, NC +17 89  
T19 Braelyn Pippin Waxhaw, NC +17 89  


13th Carolinas Young Amateur

Pinewild Country Club (Magnolia), Pinehurst, N.C.

Final Results: Men’s Division

Pos. Player City, State To Par Total Details
1 Symon Balbin Pinehurst, NC -2 70 Won on 4th Playoff Hole
2 Alex Heffner Harrisburg, NC -2 70  
3 Jack Parrott Columbia, SC -2 70  
T4 Austin Wood Greenville, NC -1 71  
T4 Xavier Williams Winnabow, NC -1 71  
T4 Connor Brown Cherryville, NC -1 71  
T4 Colin Dutton Foxfire, NC -1 71  
T8 Addison Beam Cherryville, NC E 72  
T8 Brady Hinkle Lancaster, SC E 72  
T8 Michael Childress Salisbury, NC E 72  
T11 Josh Buxbaum Wake Forest, NC +2 74  
T11 Henry Angier Fayetteville, NC +2 74  
T11 Cody Transou Gaffney, SC +2 74  
T11 Kyle Kushnir Raleigh, NC +2 74  
T15 Carter Rains Greenville, NC +3 75  
T15 Nathan Franks Roebuck, SC +3 75  
T15 August Lascola Durham, NC +3 75  
T15 Zack Byers Shelby, NC +3 75  
T19 Kenny Walter Concord, NC +4 76  
T19 Austin Alexander Rutherfordton, NC +4 76  
T19 Sam Davidson Asheboro, NC +4 76  
T19 Connor Thomas Conway, SC +4 76  
T19 Alex Martin Thomasville, NC +4 76  
T19 Eli Kinlaw Mount Holly, NC +4 76  
T19 Carson Castelli Greensboro, NC +4 76  
T19 Lansdon Robbins Davidson, NC +4 76  
T27 Evan Mendyk Summerfield, NC +5 77  
T27 Benny Hagerty Aiken, SC +5 77  
T27 Cameron Cappuzzo Fort Mill, SC +5 77  
T27 Trey Schneider Mooresville, NC +5 77  
T31 Graham Chase Charlotte, NC +6 78  
T31 William Knauth Charlotte, NC +6 78  
T31 Grady Newton Wallburg, NC +6 78  
T31 Harrison Wierse Wilmington, NC +6 78  
T31 Carson Witherspoon Morganton, NC +6 78  
T31 Elliott Pope Lugoff, SC +6 78  
T31 Patten Williams Davidson, NC +6 78  
T38 Carlos Garre Myrtle Beach, SC +7 79  
T38 Mason Tucker Lancaster, SC +7 79  
T38 Brendan Kelly Raleigh, NC +7 79  
T41 Jake Clodfelter Trinity, NC +8 80  
T41 William Phipps Florence, SC +8 80  
T43 Cullen Cox Chapel Hill, NC +9 81  
T43 Solomon Park Greensboro, NC +9 81  
T43 Brandon Jones Sanford, NC +9 81  
T43 Daniel Planchock Maggie Valley, NC +9 81  
T43 David Hrubala Spartanburg, SC +9 81  
T43 Lexton Ford Lenoir, NC +9 81  
T49 Phil Hough Pinehurst, NC +10 82  
T49 Matthew Coltren Mt. Olive, NC +10 82  
T51 Dawson Thornton Mooresville, NC +11 83  
T51 Hank Robins Salisbury, NC +11 83  
T51 Noah Maness Troy, NC +11 83  
T51 Will Conway Weddington, NC +11 83  
55 Alec Vardas Lexington, SC +12 84  
T56 Parker Truesdale Canton, NC +15 87  
T56 Sam McNulty Charlotte, NC +15 87  
T56 Justin Nagy Holly Springs, NC +15 87  
59 Keegan Vaugh Myrtle Beach, SC +20 92  
60 Palmer Mason Irmo, SC +27 99  
61 Alexander Cognac Marvin, NC +28 100  
62 Alex McCreary Lincolnton, NC +31 103  
WD Mitchell Tanis Pineville, NC - WD  


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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