December 4, 2012

C Jason Cox

Phone: 910-673-1000


West End, NC – The NC Junior Golf Foundation and the Tarheel Youth Golf Association has announced the inaugural North State High School Challenge.  This event will be a 36-hole stroke play tournament for public and private high school golf teams from North Carolina.  It will be contested on March 15-16, 2013 on the Lakes course at Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford, NC.

“There are so many individual junior tournaments in NC, Bob Gerard with the NC Junior Golf Foundation and I thought there was a need for a multi-day high school tournament”, stated Jason Cox, Director of Junior Golf for the Carolinas Golf Association.  “High school teams play a lot of one day events, but the state championships are usually the only time they play a high school tournament over consecutive days.  This will hopefully help them prepare and be more experienced for when they reach the state championship” added Cox.

An anticipated field of 12 teams (60 junior golfers) will compete on the Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed course that opened for play in 1971 and has hosted numerous Carolinas Golf Association and USGA qualifying tournaments.

March 15-16, 2013

The championship is conducted at 36-holes of team and individual stroke play. Each team may be represented by five players and must return four individual 18-hole scores each day to qualify for the team championship.

Open to any public and private North Carolina high school golf team.  Team members must meet age eligibility set by their school.
March 2 – March 14

Course open for practice rounds.
Friday, March 15

First round of stroke play with starting times beginning at 12:30 pm on both the first and tenth tees.

Tournament cookout for players, coaches and volunteers.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Second round of stroke play with starting times beginning at 12:30 pm of both the first and tenth tees.

*Players will be repaired for round 2 based on round 1 scores.

Awards ceremony at scoreboard at approximately 6:30 pm.

Trophies are awarded to the championship school, members of the championship team, and the individual medalist and runner-up.



ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones, Sr.
OPENED: 1971
YARDAGE/PAR: 6,660 yards, par 72 (74.1/137)
FAIRWAYS & TEES: Bermuda grass
GREENS: Champion Bermuda grass



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Mitchell Takes 2012 Robert Trent Jones Junior Open Championship with Playoff Victory at Carolina Trace

Eric Mitchell had to play a couple of extra holes to claim the title of overall High School Boys Champion at the Robert Trent Jones Junior Open, part of the North Carolina Junior Golf Foundation’s  North Carolina Junior Golf Tour, on Sunday after posting a score of 74 for a two day total of 150 to site in a four way tie with Tim Conover of Holly Springs, Blake Fiest of Huntersville and a high school teammate from Forsyth Country Day School, Gray Townsend. Mitchell and Townsend are both from Winston Salem, NC. Mitchell will receive 4 AJGA Performance Stars for his victory. The low round of the event was a two under par 70 posted by Conover, a solid bounce back day after a frustrating first round of 80. Unfortunately he had to leave after completing his round and was not available for the playoff. Mitchell, Townsend and Fiest played off starting on the tenth hole and all moved on to hole eleven where Mitchell birdied the tight 414 yard par 4 to win.

Brian Chen played solidly both days posting scores of 74-73 to take the Middle School Title, followed by Dalton Mauldin’s pair of 77’s and Chris Kim placed third with scores of 75-82. Kayla Ward won the Girls’ division with scores of 79-86 to best Siranon Shoomee by a stroke (83-83) and Jessica Kittelberger placed third with scores of 82-87. Sunday’s  “shot of the day” belonged to Jonathan Price of Butner. He aced the 175 yard par 3, thirteenth hole that has peninsula style postage stamp sized green that sits on Lake Trace. The green is exposed to constant winds off the lake and dries out to present a very firm green that requires precision placement of shots to the green.

The Robert Trent Jones Junior Open at the Carolina Trace Lake Course proved to be a challenging test of golf with just 20% of the high school field of 45 players posting scores under 80 on day one. That number improved to 25% for the second which included cooler weather and scattered rain showers throughout the day. Despite being the shortest golf course on the NC Junior Golf Foundation schedule, the course may prove to be one of the most challenging. Just two weeks prior the Lake Course hosted qualifying for both the North Carolina Mid Amateur and North Carolina Senior Amateur Championships. The percentage of players that posted scores below 80 in both of those events was about 26%.  The golf course was in great shape with firm MiniVerde Bermuda greens that rolled true and fast. The classic Robert Trent Jones layout includes a variety of elevation changes, mature trees and several holes that are routed along Lake Trace.

The next NC Junior Golf Foundation event is the UNC Tarheel Junior on October 20-21, 2012 at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Finley Golf Course

For Complete Results visit

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Conover takes Wolfpack Junior Title on NC Junior Golf Foundation Tour at NC State University Receives AJGA Performance Based Entry Stars

Tim Conover of Holly Springs, NC posted a 4-under par 68 to add to an even par first round of 72 to win the Wolfpack Junior Championship at North Carolina State University by three strokes over Will Hicks of Camden, SC. Conover started the day one stroke behind Nicholas Adams of Goldsboro, NC and Jack FitzGerald of Wilmington, NC but closed the gap with a 33 on the front side. A thunderstorm delay and intermittent heavy rains led to back to back bogeys on holes 10 and 11 to slip into a three way tie for first. Three birdies on the final 7 holes gave him the title as well as 4 performance Stars from the American Junior Golf Association to be used toward AJGA event entry. Will Hicks won the Freshman/Sophomore Division posting a 69 to edge out James Mishoe of Cary who also posted 69. Emilia Migliaccio of Cary, NC posted scores of 73-79 to win the girls’ title by three strokes over Jennifer Cheng who took a one stroke lead into the final round. Ryan Gerard posted steady rounds of 70-70 for a 4-under par total to take the Middle School Boys’ Division by 12 strokes over Chris Kim of Cary, NC.

The next NC Junior Golf Tour event is the Robert Trent Jones Junior Open at Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford on September 15-16, 2012.

For results and information visit



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Wolfpack Junior @ NCSU is fast approaching!

With a little over a week till the fall season of the NCJGF’s schedule begins, the Wolfpack Junior is almost full.  Player information has been updated on the Upcoming Tourney Info page.  Just login to your account – and from Member->Home – select “Upcoming Tourney Info” or access directly from here:

Don’t forget to stop by Golf Galaxy’s Party for NCJGF golfers after your round on Saturday.  Contests, prizes and refreshments will be provided!  Find out more at



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North Carolina Callaway Junior World Championship Qualifying, March 24-25, 2012

The North Carolina Junior Golf Foundation will conduct a qualifying tournament for the Callaway Junior world Golf Championships at Duke University Golf Course in Durham, NC on March 24-25, 2012. The Callaway Junior World Championship is a major international championship held annually in San Diego, California. The event was first held in 1968 and participants have included junior golfers that have gone on to become outstanding collegiate, LPGA and PGA Tour Champions.

Entry is open at


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North Carolina Junior Golf Tour Opens Spring Season at Campbell University

The North Carolina Junior Golf Foundation will open the spring 2012 season of the NC Junior Golf Tour at Campbell University on February 25-26. The event field is limited to the first 60 players. Playing divisions include high school boys, middle school boys and girls.

Entries are now open and will close on February 18, or when the field is full.

Contact: or call (919) 858-6400 for more information.




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It’s Bo Time!, Bojangle’s named Presenting Sponsor of NC Junior Tour

The North Carolina Junior Golf Foundation is pleased to welcome Bojangle’s restaurants, Tri-Arc Food Services, as a presenting sponsor of the North Carolina Junior Tour. Bojangle’s generosity helps make it possible for the NCJGF to provide the highest value, lowest cost of participation golf tournaments in the region.

The NC Junior Tour is open to all junior golfers and has no membership fees.

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Chase Duncan Golf Sponsors NC Junior Golf Foundation

Chase Duncan has joined the North Carolina Junior Golf Foundation as a presenting sponsor. Chase is a former player at North Carolina State University who is now Director of Instruction at Lonnie Poole Golf Course on the NCSU Campus. Chase works with juniors to PGA Tour players, including some of the top ranked junior golfers in North Carolina. We are fortunate to have his support and welcome his as a sponsor of the NCJGF.

Contact: Chase Duncan,


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East Chapel Hill’s Ben Griffin Takes UNC Tarheel Junior Title, Stephenson and Overbey take Middle School & Girl’s Divisions

October 23, 2011Chapel Hill, NC

East Chapel Hill High School Sophomore Ben Griffin, the reigning  NCHSAA 4A Champion  won the North Carolina Junior Golf Foundation’s UNC Tarheel Junior this weekend with a four under par total 140 for 36 holes over the 6800 yard AE Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill. Griffin beat a field of 63 high school boys from across North Carolina as well as four other states. His 36 hole total of 140, included 7 birdies and 3 bogeys. Timothy Conover, a sophomore at Holly Springs High School placed second helped by a second round score of 71 to finish 6 strokes back at 146. Hough High School sophomore Patrick Cover of Huntersville, NC and Cannon School freshman William Gordon of Davidson tied for overall third with scores of 147. Griffin earned an AJGA exemption for his win.

The Middle School Division provided excitement and some fine scoring. Some of the top ranked middle school boys in North Carolina were joined by highly ranked Texan Harrison Murphy and New Jersey’s Chris Gotterup, a veteran of international competitions. However, the battle for the title came down to two North Carolina players, Patrick Stephenson of Four Oaks Middle School and Ryan Gerard of Ravenscroft School. Stephenson posted a first round 71 to Gerard’s 72. Round two saw the lead go back and forth between Patrick and Ryan until the pair were tied going into the final hole.  Gerard hit his approach shot to 10 feet and Stephenson hit his to 6 feet. Gerard lipped out his birdie putt and Stephenson then drained his putt for birdie to win by one stroke and avoid a playoff.  Tied for third were Brian Chen of Davis Drive Middle School in Cary, Reid Darden of Sampson Middle School in Clinton and Harrison Murphy of the Dowell School, McKinney, Texas.

Cecily Overbey of Wesleyan Christian Academy in High Point won by 24 strokes with a two day of 152 over Eleanor Cosgrove of John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington.  Emma Parson of Chapel Hill and the IJGA/Heritage Academy in Hilton Head, SC placed third.

The next NC Junior Golf Foundation event is the Central Carolina Junior presented by Bojangles’ at the Club at 12 Oaks in Holly Springs on November 19-20. This event is part of the NC Junior Tour affordable entry fee series.  For more information visit


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Golf Galaxy Welcomed as Junior Golf Foundation Sponsor

Golf Galaxy has joined the list of companies supporting junior golf in North Carolina by becoming a Supporting Sponsor of the North Carolina Junior Golf Foundation. Supporting Sponsorship subsidizes the cost of operations and allows for lower entry fees at North Carolina Junior Golf Tour events. Members will also benefit from special member-only offers, discounted repair and club fitting services, in-store events and other promotions designed to keep the cost of playing golf lower for juniors.

Golf Galaxy is a national specialty golf retailer with stores throughout North Carolina. They are a fully owned subsidiary of Dick’s Sporting Goods. There support of the North Carolina Junior Golf Foundation extends to hundreds of junior golfers. The North Carolina Junior Tour provides affordable, quality and high integrity nationally ranked golf tournaments for young men and women regardless if they live in North Carolina. Membership includes players from many states, foreign countries and territories. In effort to keep junior golf affordable the volunteer, non-profit North Carolina Junior Golf Foundation does not charge a membership fee and sets entry fees to cover the cost of operating each event. Entry fees for 36 hole, nationally ranked tournaments are as low as $65.



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