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Rachel Kuehn takes Vicki DiSantis Girls' Championship
Rachel Kuehn finished second in 2017 before taking the title one year later <br>(CGA Photo)
Rachel Kuehn finished second in 2017 before taking the title one year later
(CGA Photo)

CHARLOTTE, NC (May 13, 2018) - Heading in to the final round of the Vicki DiSantis Girls' Championship, Rachel Kuehn of Asheville, N.C. found herself in familiar territory. Kuehn, a high school junior, lead the 2017 Vicki DiSantis, but ultimately finished in second place.

"I told myself I'm not doing this again. I was so close last year and I didn't finish the round very well. I'm just very happy to finally win this tournament and a CGA (Carolinas Golf Association) junior championship" said the Asheville native. Kuehn's second round of two under par 70 along with her first round 69 tied the championship scoring record of five under par 139.

Kuehn started her second round birdieing four of her first eight holes, but three bogeys in the middle part of the round brought the field back in to play. "I got off to a great start, but hit a rough patch in the middle" said Kuehn. After a bogey on the par three thirteenth, Kuehn hit her second shot on the par five fourteenth to eight feet and made the putt for an eagle three. Kuehn followed up the eagle with a birdie on the par five fifteenth and coasted home to a three shot victory.

Katherine Schuster of Kitty Hawk, N.C. finished in second place at two under par 142. Schuster, a high school freshman who won her division in the Drive, Chip and Putt at Augusta National in April, had the low round of the day of three under par 69. Amanda Sambach of Davidson, N.C. birdied her last two holes to finish with a second round of two under par 70 and a two day total of one under par 143.

ABOUT THE Vicki DiSantis Junior Girls

- 36-hole stroke play event
- All players compete in the same division
- Open to girls from NC and SC ages 12-18 with a valid USGA Handicap Index of 18.3 or lower

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