Dogwood State Junior: Garrett Risner goes wire-to-wire
22 Jul 2020
by Brayden Conover of

Garrett Risner (CGA)
Garrett Risner (CGA)

Making the cut at last week’s Carolinas Amateur Championship as one of the youngest competitors in the field, Garrett Risner carried the momentum he built into the 16th Dogwood State Junior Boys’ Championship this week.

Going wire-to-wire at the River Landing Course in Wallace, North Carolina, Risner coasted to a five-shot victory.

“I feel pretty good. I’m excited,” Risner told the Carolinas Golf Association. “I definitely had a lot of practice this week which helped out.”

Unbothered by a final-round 3-over 75, Risner built a humongous lead heading into Wednesday’s final round with rounds of 66 and 65. Beginning the day nine strokes better than anyone in the field, Risner did his best to stay within himself to maintain the large lead.

“I just tried to hit the fairway, hit the middle of the green, two-putt, get in and get out,” Risner said.

The thought process paid off. Despite posting a 75, the incoming Elon freshman bested the field of juniors easily.

Walker Isley of Oak Island, North Carolina took home second place with a 5-under 211 total. Ben Jordan (Greensboro, NC), Matias La Grutta (Cary, NC), and Owen Kose (Holly Springs, NC) shared third place with matching 214s.

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