15th Dogwood State Junior Girls’ Championship

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 11, 2019

SOUTHERN PINES — The Carolinas Golf Association will conduct the 15th Dogwood State Junior Girls’ Championship at Salem Glen Country Club in Clemmons from July 9-11.

Players to watch:

Katherine Schuster of Kill Devil Hills has had another memorable summer of golf. Schuster won the North Carolina Junior Girls’ Championship in June and most recently won the 41st Girls’ North & South Junior Championship at Pinehurst Resort.  Schuster is reigning Carolinas Junior Girls’ Player of the Year and is on track to defend that honor.

Deborah Spair of Raleigh has had some great finishes so far in 2019. Spair finished in second place in the Twin States Junior Girls’ Championship and was a semifinalist at the North Carolina Junior Girls’ Championship earlier this summer. Spair is ranked in the top-20 junior girls in North Carolina.

Kelley Topiwala of Charlotte is the 9th ranked junior girl in North Carolina. Topiwala recently finished tied for third at the Twin States Junior Girls’ Championship and was the 2018 TYGA State Champion, which included a final round 67. Topiwala is seeking her first CGA championship victory.

Sasha Hayes of Winston-Salem is the 2017 Dogwood State Junior Girls’ Champion and will be competing in this event in her final summer as a junior player. Hayes is the 13th ranked junior girl in North Carolina and will attend Campbell University in the Fall.

Morgan Ketchum of Winston-Salem recently won the TYGA Triad Maple Chase Junior with a 36-hole total of 2-under-par, 142. Ketchum is the 15th ranked junior girl in North Carolina and is seeking her first CGA championship victory.

Previous champions in the Field (1): Sasha Hayes, Winston-Salem, 2017 champion

As the Triad area’s one and only Nicklaus Design course, Salem Glen continues the legendary Nicklaus tradition of accentuating and amplifying the beauty of the natural terrain. The layout takes full advantage of the 150 feet of elevation changes, four and a half miles of creeks and nine lakes.

The championship format is 54 holes of stroke play competition. All competitors will compete in the same division and play from approximately 6,000 yards.

Entry is open to any female amateur golfer ages 12 to 18 as of July 11 who has not started college, is a legal resident of North Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the CGA and has a current USGA Handicap Index at a CGA member club.