VILLAGE OF PINEHURST, NC (July 12, 2012) - The 34th Junior North & South Amateur Championship concluded Thursday, July 12thcrowning two new junior champions. Catherine Ashworth of Fuquay-Varina, NC claimed the girl’s title, and Kendrick Vinar, Jr. of Hillsborough, NC captured the boy’s division title.
As in past years, each division (girls and boys) played a different course for each stroke-play round of the threeday event: Pinehurst No. 4, Pinehurst No. 5, and Centennial Pinehurst No. 8. The 34th Junior North & South Championship featured players from twenty different states and 3 different countries. Some traveled from as far away as South Dakota, California and Texas, while others were as close as Raleigh.
After an opening bogey, Catherine Ashworth bounced back to rattle off three consecutive birdies and finishing only one shot from the lead in round one. She continued her steady play, took the lead after 36 holes, and never looked back. Her rounds of 71-73-73 led to her five shot victory.
Katie Page (Louisville, KY) was the first round leader shooting 35-35-70 on Pinehurst No. 4. Page hung close to the lead all week, and finished in a three way tie for second place at 222 (+6). Also tying for second, were Alaina Yeatts (Durham, NC) with rounds of 74-76-72, and Kayla Katterhenry (Newburg, IN) with 78-72-72.
Rounding out the top five was defending champion, Kari Bellville (Granger, IN) with 74-76-73, and high school teammates Allyson Markiewicz 74-77-72, and Emily Stinson 75-74-74 (both of Charlotte, NC).
At the end of round one, Jake McBride (Hartville, OH) led the boy’s field with a 4-under 68, while fourteen others were also able to break par on the challenging Centennial Pinehurst No. 8. On day two, three players shot a 66 on Pinehurst No. 5, Tyler McDaniel (Manchester, KY), Philip Oweida (Charlotte, NC) and Kendrick Vinar, Jr. (Hillsborough, NC). McBride 68-74-67, Oweida 70-66-73 and Zach Seabolt (Raleigh, NC) 70-70-69 finished in a three way tie for fourth at -7.
McDaniel’s rounds of 72-66-69 earned him a third place finish, one shot behind runner up Cameron Young (Scarborough, NY) 69-67-70. Ultimately, Vinar outlasted the field, posting three sub-par rounds of 71-66-67 to finish at -12 (204), improving upon his fourth place finish in 2011.