Griz & Castle Win the Boys & Girls Carolinas Junior PGA Championship

June 17, 2018

Pawleys Island, SC – Johnathan Griz (Hilton Head Island, SC) and Jensen Castle (West Columbia, SC) are the Overall Champions of the 2018 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship in the Boys and Girls divisions held on Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17, 2018 at River Club.

Johnathan Griz (Hilton Head Island, SC) won the Boys 2018 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship. After opening the tournament with 4-under-par (68), Griz came out victorious after a 3-under–par (69) final round for a 2-round total of 137 (-7). Griz was one shot back after the first round while Brady Hooks (Clayton, NC) led through day one with a 5-under-par (67). Griz, however, finished birdie-eagle on his final two holes to take the title by one stroke over Dillon Hite (Lexington, SC). Hite, who shot back to back rounds of 69, 138 (-6), closed his final round with 12 straight pars. Walker Jones (Sumter, SC) placed third with a total score of 140 (-4). Both Griz and Hite will represent the Carolinas Section in the 43rd National Junior PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky on July 31- Aug. 3.

Jensen Castle (West Columbia, SC) won the Girls 2018 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship after defeating Katherine Schuster (Kill Devil Hills, NC) in a sudden death playoff.  Castle, who opened the tournament with an even-par (72), claimed the Girls title with a second round 1-under-par (71) for a 2-round total of 143 (-1). Castle ended regulation play knotted with Schuster, who also shot even-par (72) in the first round and 1-under-par (71) in the second round. In the sudden death playoff, Castle edged out Schuster with a birdie on the first hole. In a tie for third at 144 (E), was Anna Morgan (Spartanburg, SC) and Holly McCann (Raleigh, NC). Both Castle and Schuster will advance to the 43rd National Junior PGA Championship representing the Carolinas Section at Kearney Hill Golf Links in Lexington, Kentucky on July 9-12. 

Advancing to National Junior Championship:

Boys:   Champion        Johnathan Griz             Hilton Head Island, SC              68-69 137 (-7)

            Runner-Up       Dillon Hite                     Lexington, SC                           69-69 138 (-6)

Girls:    Champion        Jensen Castle              West Columbia, SC                   72-71 143 (-1)*

            Runner-Up       Katherine Schuster       Kill Devil Hills, NC                     72-71 143 (-1)

                        *Won in Playoff

The Carolina PGA would like to give a special thanks to Thomas VanHoogen, PGA and his staff at River Club for allowing us to host this prestigious junior championship at their facility and for their tremendous hospitality. We would like to thank the players and their families for joining us for the 2018 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship.