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Armistead & Sumner Win 27th Charles Tilghman Junior Championship

Myrtle Beach, SC – Connor Armistead (Charlotte, NC) and Kathleen Sumner (Charleston, SC) are the Boys’ and Girls’ Overall Champions of the 27th Charles Tilghman Carolinas PGA Junior Championship held at the par-71 Grande Dunes Members Club in Myrtle Beach, SC.

After opening the tournament with a 3-under (68) and in a tie for first place, Armistead (17) closed out the victory in the Overall Boys’ division with a 1-under par (70) for a total of 138 (-4).  Armistead played a smart round, doing what he needed to maintain his lead with two birdies and only one dropped shot in his final round.  Stephen Carroll (17) of Concord, NC and Drew Weary (16) of Bluffton, SC finished tied in second with both players finishing at 139 (-3).  Carroll had five birdies in his final round of 2-under (69) while Weary finished his final round with three birdies and an even par (71).

Sumner (17) of Charleston, SC took the Overall Girls’ championship after a two-hole playoff with overnight leader Gracyn Burgess (16) of Lexington, SC.  They each finished the championship at 142 (E).  After both players made par on the first hole (#10) of the playoff, Sumner and Burgess found the fairway on the 11th.  On the approach, both competitors found themselves just off the green and looking to save par which Sumner was able to convert.  Sumner had three birdies, one bogey, and one double bogey in her final round while Burgess had an up-and-down round with five birdies, two double bogeys, and two bogeys.

Age division Champions:

     Girls’ 13-15 – Smith Knaffle Murrells Inlet, SC          77-71 148 (+6)

     Girls’ 16-18 – Kathleen Sumner Charleston, SC     71-71 142 (E)

     Boys’  13-14 – Elliott Pope  Lugoff, SC                       74-73 147 (+5)

     Boys’  15-16 – Drew Weary    Bluffton, SC                 68-71 139 (-3)

     Boys’  17-18 – Connor Armistead Charlotte, NC     68-70 138 (-4)


The Carolinas PGA would like to thank our host, Brian Vest,PGA and his staff at Grande Dunes Members Club for allowing us to host this prestigious junior championship at their facility and for their tremendous hospitality.  We would also like to thank Jeff Parkman at Cobra Puma Golf for his help in acquiring our tee gift packages.  Finally, we would like to thank the players and their families for joining us for the 27th running of this great championship.

The Charles Tilghman Carolinas PGA Junior Championship is named after one of the Surf Club’s founding members, pillar of the Myrtle Beach area community and grandfather to The Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman.  The event is always one of the most popular playing opportunities for junior golfers in the Carolinas.

About Grande Dunes Members Club
The Grande Dunes Members Club was created as the ultimate choice in privacy and superb playability. Perfectly positioned in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, you will find the Grande Dunes Members Club presenting 18 holes of championship golf. This exclusive par-71 course, which was a design collaboration between PGA Hall of Fame inductee Nick Price and award-winning golf course architect Craig Schreiner, offers its guests a classical inland style and features wide, generous fairways. http://grandedunes.com/members-club-golf/

About the Carolinas PGA Section
Established in 1923, the Carolinas PGA Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association has grown to be the largest of the PGA’s forty-one Sections with almost 2,000 professional members.  The Carolinas PGA Section embraces North and /South Carolina, as well as a small portion of southern Virginia, with more than 800 golf facilities.  The Carolinas PGA is dedicated to nurturing and improving the quality of the game for the thousands of golfers using its member facilities.  PGA Professionals are responsible for conducting a variety of golf-related functions, which include human resource management, golf shop merchandising, golf instruction, tournament operations, junior golf programs, growth of the game initiatives, golf club repair, administering the rules, public relations, and much more. For more information or full tournament results, please visit www.Carolinas.PGA.com.  You can also find the Carolinas PGA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.