Katherine Schuster moves on at NC junior girls' golf championship


From staff reports

Friday, June 14, 2019

WILSON — Katherine Schuster advanced to the semifinal round of the 23rd North Carolina Junior Girls' Championship tournament at Wilson Country Club Thursday.

Schuster, a rising junior at First Flight High School, defeated Macie Burcham 2 and 1 in her first match-play contest of the day.

Later Thursday, Schuster defeated Sophie Holland 6 and 4 to secure a spot in today's semifinal round.

Schuster, the No. 1 seed, will face No. 5 seed Deborah Spair in a semifinal match.

Second round of stroke play qualifying and Round of 32 match were held on Wednesday.

The course measures 6,025 yards, Par 36-36—72.

Due to weather, the second round of stroke play qualifying was reduced to 9-holes.

Schuster, the 2018 Carolinas Junior Girls’ Player of the Year, finished with a two-under-par 34 in the second round of stroke play qualifying to secure medalist honors and the No. 1 seed in match play.

Three birdies and a bogey on day two gave her the momentum needed to secure medalist honors by two strokes at Wilson Country Club.

“Today I tried to go as low as I could go. I just wanted to post a good score and whatever happened, happened. I tried to stay the course,” said Schuster after Wednesday's round.

Maria Atwood of Holly Springs finished two strokes behind Schuster, claiming the No. 2 seed for match play.

Atwood finished her nine-hole qualifying round bogey free at level-par, 36.

Alexis Sudjianto of Charlotte, Caroline Crumrine of Wilmington, Deborah Spair of Raleigh and Riley Hamilton of Reidsville finished at 3-over-par and were tied for third after stroke-play qualifying.

Most of the top seeds won their matches outright in the Round of 32 matches.

Schuster defeated number 32 seed Bethany Welch of Matthews 5 and 3.

Three of the four top seeds advanced to the Round of 16 matches, including Atwood and Sudjianto.

Semifinal matches will be held this morning with the final match taking place in the afternoon.

The championship format was modified to 27 holes of stroke play qualifying followed by match play.

Top 32 in stroke play qualifying advanced to match play.

Entry is open to any female amateur golfer ages 12 to 18 as of June 14, 2018, who has not started college, is a legal resident of North Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has a current USGA Handicap Index at a CGA member club.

Story provided by the Carolinas Golf Association.