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Former Drive, Chip and Putt champ takes the Girls North & South
- Pinehurst photo
- Pinehurst photo

Katherine Schuster can add a Putter Boy to her impressive – and growing – collection of trophies.

Already a Drive, Chip & Putt Champion at Augusta National and a two-time North Carolina State High School Champion, Schuster shrugged off the struggles of her playing partners to win the 41st Girls’ North & South Junior Championship on Wednesday in Pinehurst.

“I think this (win) is above everything,” Schuster said. “This is amazing. To win at Pinehurst? I mean, it’s always a beautiful day at Pinehurst.

“And to win having played Pinehurst No. 2? There are no words to describe it.”

Schuster, just 16 and from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, perhaps wasn’t at her best in the final round on Pinehurst No. 6, but still managed to record four birdies on her way to a 2-over 74 for a three-day total of 1-over-par 217, good enough to edge Honolulu’s Karissa Kilby by two strokes.

One of the top prep players in North Carolina, Schuster has overcome a lot just to remain on the golf course. She has battled with Multiple Hereditary Exstosis, which has forced her to endure multiple surgeries to remove bone spurs.

Schuster entered the final round with just a one-shot lead over Emily Dunlap and Julia Misemer. But both Dunlap (80) and Misemer (81) had tough days on No. 6. Earlier in the championship, Schuster shot 74 in the first round on No. 2, which included a birdie on the par-3 15th.

“It’s pretty cool to get one of those ‘2 on 2’ Deuce coins,” she said. “Pinehurst is Disneyland for golfers. It’s beautiful. It’s magical.”

Kelley Topiwala shot an even par 72 to move from eighth place into third for the championship.

With the victory, Schuster’s name will be emblazoned in bronze on the Perpetual Wall in the Heritage Hall of Pinehurst’s main clubhouse. She will also earn a berth into the Women’s North & South Amateur.

ABOUT THE North & South Junior

Part of the annual North & South series of tournaments at Pinehurst that include Men's, Women's, Juniors and Seniors. Entries are open to male and female golfers who are between the ages of 15 and 18 (Ages as of tournament start). Contestants must not have reached their nineteenth birthday by start of tournament, OR must not have started college. All applicants must conform to the USGA Rules of Amateur Status and meet the requirements of the USGA Gender Policy. FORMAT: 54-holes of stroke play will determine the Champion. Play will be divided into two divisions: Boys and Girls. A full field will consist of 90 boys and 90 girls.

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