The Tarheel Junior Golf Tour showed tremendous talent in the “UNC Tarheel Junior Championship.” A strong field controlled the golf course in round two with twelve players shooting sub par rounds, and three players making an eagle. Playing partners Jared Crouch of Cary, NC and Patrick Stephenson of Four Oaks, NC shared excitement on the seventh hole after they both shot an eagle. A crowd of family, friends, and four college coaches were there to watch the event, including two ACC Division One coaches.
Jonathan Dilanni of Kernersville, NC shot five under par for a two day total of 138 (71-68—138) to win the overall high school boys division and the junior/senior division. Dilanni played consistent golf to finish with one eagle, seven birdies, and three bogeys. Followed closely behind with a 139 were Dylan Harris (71-68—139) of Southern Pines, NC, Jackson Spires (69-70—139) of Fayetteville, NC, and Zachary Bauchou (68-71—139) of Forest, VA. Harris placed second in the junior/senior division, while Spires earned first place in the freshman/sophomore division after going back to the course and defeating Bauchou in a sudden death playoff. Todd Eckstein of Durham, NC rounded out the junior/senior division in third place with a two day total of 145. Christian Cichan of Charlotte, NC finished third in the freshman/sophomore division after a scorecard playoff against Doc Redman.
David Baker of Weddington, NC led the middle school division with a two day total of 137 (66-71—137). Baker shot a tournament low of 66 in round one and finished with eight birdies and one bogey. Stephenson’s eagle helped him earn second place and finish the tournament three under par (72-69—141). Baker and Stephenson were followed by Matt Simmons of Goldsboro, NC with a 145 (76-73—145).
Tara Simmons of Goldsoboro, NC shot one over par for a two day total of 146 (73-73—146) to win the high school girls division by nine strokes. Mary Nogay of Silverspring, MD placed second after a scorecard playoff with Jessica Kittelberger of Raleigh, NC. Emilia Migliaccio of Cary, NC placed first in the middle school girls division with a two day total of 153 (72-81—153).
The next Tarheel Junior Golf Tournament is the “Junior Memorial” at the National on May 28-29. This major event will end the 2011 spring with double the points and the winner will receive a Joe Cheves exemption.