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North Carolina Junior Girls' Championship Preview

Katherine Schuster has a lot to celebrate. The 13-year-old is coming off a T6 finish at the Carolinas Women's Amateur and celebrates her birthday on June 16th.

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (June 10, 2017) -- The 21st North Carolina Junior Girls’ Championship will be played on June 13-16 on Bermuda Run Country Club's West Course in Bermuda Run.

Related: Championship Web Site | Full Field | History |

The championship format is match play with a 36-hole stroke play qualifier (June 13th and June 14th) to determine the seeding for match play. The top 32 scores from the stroke play qualifier will advance to match play.

Each year junior girls from across North Carolina compete in this match play tournament to try and win their state title. Some past champions include Michelle Jarman, Amber Littman, Haley Hammond, Katherine Perry, Sarah Bae, Lucia Polo and Grace Yatawara. The champion will be invited to represent the CGA in the Mid-Atlantic Junior Girls' Team Matches at Scotch Hall Preserve in Merry Hill, N.C. on July 29-30.

46 players are expected to compete for the Linda Marsh trophy on the Ellis Maples designed 5,994 yard par-72 layout of Bermuda Run's West Course.

Top-ranked players to watch:

  • Kathryn Carson, 17, of Mooresville. Carson advanced to the Round of 16 at last year's championship held at CC of Salisbury. This spring, also at the CC of Salisbury, she captured the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour Open. Ranked #6 in N.C. by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA), Carson will play golf at East Carolina University in the fall.

  • Natalie Petersen, 18, of Holly Springs broke through last year in CGA play, claiming both the Dogwood State Junior and Jimmy Anderson Girls' titles. Ranked #7 by TYGA, she will play college golf this fall at Georgia Southern.

  • Nicole Adam of Pinehurst will turn 15 during the tournament on Friday, June 16th. Ranked 10th in N.C., the rising high school sophomore finished second in the 2016 TYGA State Championship. At last year's N.C. Junior Girls' Championship, Adam advanced to the Round of 16.

  • Madison Isaacson, 18, of Greensboro made it to the quarterfinals last year. In 2017, Isaacson has won the TYGA Archdale-Trinity Chamber Junior and the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour North Carolina Classic to be ranked 12th in N.C. A rising high school senior, she has verbally committed to play golf at James Madison University.

  • Rising high school freshman Katherine Schuster of Kill Devil Hills advanced to the quarterfinals at last year's championship. Last weekend, she finished T6 at the Carolinas Women's Amateur. Schuster will turn 14 during the tournament on Friday, June 16th.

Scoring will be provided by the CGA throughout the championship, offering 9 and 18-hole updates. Live updates will also be available on the CGA’s official Twitter accounts, @cgagolf1909 and @CarolinasJunior. Continue to visit the CGA website throughout this championship and all year long for complete championship coverage including scores, interviews, photos, and recaps.

Play begins on Tuesday, June 13 at 8:00 am. All competitors will play 36-holes of stroke play with the top 16 advancing to the championship flight for four rounds of match play. The Championship flight finals are scheduled for Friday morning, June 16th at 8:00 am.

Entry is open to any female amateur golfer ages 12-18 as of June 16, 2017, 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 and has a current USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club that does not exceed 18.4.

Full Field of Players

Adam, Nicole, Pinehurst, NC      Ketchum, Morgan, Winston-Salem, NC 
Battle, Mackenzie, Aberdeen, NC      Kouchi, Nina, Charlotte, NC 
Brubaker, Emily, Raleigh, NC      Kramer, Nicole, Charlotte, NC 
Carson, Kathryn, Mooresville, NC      Martin, Lauren, Mooresville, NC 
Cox, Alyssa, Mount Airy, NC      Mast, Rachael, Lexington, NC 
Cox, Michaela, Greensboro, NC      McCann, Holly, Raleigh, NC 
Curran, Skyler, Clemmons, NC      McDonald, Anna, Hickory, NC
DeBusk, Samantha, Lexington, NC      Melting, Parker, Mint Hill, NC 
Denhard, Lauren, Salisbury , NC      Pack, Emelia, Browns Summit, NC 
Fobes, Mallory, East Bend, NC      Paulin, Haylie Jane, Winston-Salem, NC 
Fox, Lotte, Raleigh, NC      Petersen, Natalie, Holly Springs, NC 
Freedman, Hailey, Chapel Hill, NC      Schuster, Katherine, Kill Devil Hills, NC 
Funderburg, Sarah, Wilmington, NC      Seymour, Angelique, Fayetteville , NC 
Hamilton, Riley, Reidsville, NC      Sinclair, Ryann, Mooresville, NC 
Hensley, Channing, Wake Forest, NC      Smith, Kayla, Burlington, NC 
Hirtle, Mara, Pinehurst, NC      Sudjianto, Alexis, Charlotte, NC 
Hodges, Charleigh, Mooresville, NC      Tsiros, Ana, Asheville, NC 
Holland, Sophie, Cornelius, NC      Uppal, Muskan, Cornelius, NC 
Isaacson, Caroline, Greensboro, NC      Wagler, Lorin, Southern Pines, NC 
Isaacson, Madison, Greensboro, NC      White, Mary Slade, Winston Salem, NC 
Jarrell, Alexis, Davidson, NC      Williams, Shalie, Camden, NC
Jenkins, Carson Stewart, Raleigh, NC      Wooten, Amy, Clinton, NC 
John, Olivia, Summerfield, NC       
Joy, Hailey, Reidsville, NC       

Championship Schedule

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Round 1 stroke play qualifying
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Players’ lunch

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Round 2 stroke play qualifying
12:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Players’ lunch

Thursday, June 15, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Round 1 matches
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Quarterfinal matches

Friday, June 16, 2017
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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