Sandhill's Labor Day Championship (Round One/Round Two)
Southern Pines, NC
Labor Day weekend was filled with excitement for the junior golfers participating in the Sandhill's Labor Day Championship presented by the Tarheel Golf Tour. The tournament was played on two Championship Donald Ross golf courses, round one at Pine Needles and round two at Mid Pines. The field was large with over 100 players.
Carter Jenkins of Raleigh, NC had two spectacular rounds to capture first place in the high school boys junior/senior division. He finished eight under par with a two-day total of 135 (64-71--135). In round one, Jenkins shot an impressive 64, seven under par. He had eight birdies, and only one bogey. Jenkins ended the tournament with another under par round at Mid Pines. He shot one under, 71, to secure a first place victory by two strokes over fellow Leesville Road High School teammate, Zach Seabolt. Seabolt of Raleigh, NC finished with a two-day total of 137 (67-70--137). Seabolt shot a 67 at Pine Needles, which included an eagle on hole one. Seabolt had a near comeback in round two, but fell a couple strokes short of first place to earn second place. Harcourt Settle of Raleigh, NC rounded out the high school boys junior/senior leader board with a two-day total of 141 (71-70--141) to finish third place. In the high school boys freshman/sophomore division, Eric Bae of Cary, NC had a stellar second round to fight back for first place. His two under par round at Mid Pines gave him a two-day total of 147 (77-70--147). An always competitive field left the race for second place tight with three players falling one stroke off the lead. Harrison Rhoades of Raleigh, NC, Ben Chrystler of Whispering Pines, NC, and Patrick Stephenson of Four Oaks, NC all posted a two-day total of 148. After a scorecard playoff, Chrystler earned second place with one birdie on the last three holes. Chrystler bounced back from a round one score of 77 to finish round two one under par. Rhoades shot even par on the last three holes to receive third place.
Michael Sanders of Davidson, NC captured first place in the middle school boys division with a two-day total 142 (75-67--142). Sanders' impressive 67, five under par, in round two secured him a first place victory by four strokes. Sanders finished round two with six birdies and one bogey. Followed behind Sanders was Dalton Mauldin of Sanford, NC and AJ Beechler of Pinehurst, NC, who both finished with a two-day total of 146. After a scorecard playoff, Mauldin earned second place with even par on the last three holes.
Megan Munroe of Raeford, NC won first place in the high school girls division with a two-day total of 155 (73-82--155). Munroe had a great first round that helped secure her victory. Rhea Bhatia of Raleigh, NC followed one stroke behind to earn second place with a two-day total of 156 (76-80--156) and Bethany Galloway of Charlotte, NC finished third place with a two-day total of 158 (76-82--158).
Preeya Shah of Fayetteville, NC had a great first round to take a lead and never look back. Shah placed first in the middle school girls division with a two-day total of 160 (74-86--160). Holly McCann of Raleigh, NC and Natalie Peterson of Holly Springs, NC placed second and third.
The boys 11 and under division showed a lot of rising talent. Leading the way was Kenan Poole of Raleigh, NC with a two-day total of 153 (80-73--153). Collier Curd of Bowling Green, KY and Connor Creasy of Abingdon, VA placed second and third.