NC Junior: Johnson, Jr. completes stellar week

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 24, 2011) -- Stanhope Johnson, Jr. of Greensboro completed a week of stellar play winning the NC Junior Boys’ Championship at Pine Island CC in Charlotte, NC. Johnson, a rising high school senior, defeated the scrappy Benjamin Griffin of Chapel Hill in the morning’s semi-finals, 4&3. Griffin was one up after the first nine holes, but Johnson five of the next six holes to close out the match on the fifteenth hole. In the other semi-finals match, Dylan Harris of Southern Pines defeated Victory Wiggins of Gastonia, 2&1 in very close back and forth match. In the championship match, Johnson got off to a great start winning holes three through six to take a four up lead and was three up after the first nine holes. Johnson took a four lead after a Harris bogeyed the short par 4 11th hole. Johnson then closed out the match with a birdie on the par 4 fourteenth and secured his first CGA championship.

In the girls’ championship, 2010 NC Junior Girls’ Player of the Year Sarah Bae of Cary captured her second CGA championship defeating Kayla Sciupider of Etowah, 4&3. Bae, a rising high school junior, reached the championship match defeating Alaina Yeatts of Durham, 3&2. In the afternoon championship match, Bae got off to a quick start winning four of the first five hole and had a four up lead through seven holes. Bae extended the lead to four after eleven holes, but Sciupider chipped in for birdie on the par 4 twelfth hole to get back to three down. On the fourteenth hole, Bae reached the par five is two and made the putt for an eagle three and went back to four up and secured her victory when both players pared the par five 15th.

This annual junior championship is conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association.

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Open to boys from North Carolina ages 12-18 who have a USGA index of 18.3 or lower. One round of stroke play determines round of 64 match play seeding.

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