16th Dogwood State Junior Girls’ Championship

Final Results

Final results of the 16th Dogwood State Junior Girls’ Championship at Ironwood Golf & Country Club in Greenville, N.C. on July 16, 2020. (6,049 yards, par 36-36--72)

The CGA will be conducting this championship under the new COVID-19 Tournament Protocols. Learn more here.

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When the day started, Emily Mathews of Mebane, N.C. was five strokes behind the leader, but after taking it one shot at a time, Mathews was able to notch a comeback win at the 16th Dogwood State Junior Girls’ Championship hosted by Ironwood Golf & Country Club.

“It's an honor to win this tournament,” Mathews said, following her final round 70. “Last year I didn’t finish as well as I wanted to, so this was some nice redemption for me.”

Last year, Mathews held the 36-hole lead at this event, but ultimately fell to second place with a final round 77. This time, the roles were reversed and it was Mathews’ turn to finish strong and come out on top.

After playing the front nine at even-par, she pulled to within one stroke of the lead with a birdie on No. 12. Two holes later, she stuck her approach shot to just a couple of feet away and made birdie to tie McKenzie Daffin of Fort Bragg, N.C atop the leaderboard.

“I had a solid front nine, but on the back, I got a couple of birdies to go,” Mathews said. “My iron proximity and wedge proximity were both extremely tight, so it was easy to make those putts go in the hole. Sticking it close is a great feeling, but you’ve got to take it one shot at a time. When I stick it, I’m just focused about getting the line down and getting the speed down for the putt.”

After another birdie for Mathews on No. 16, a hole that Daffin bogeyed, the Mebane native held a two-stroke advantage, and knew what she had to do on the closing stretch to come away a champion.

“After I made that birdie on No. 16, I just went to the next tee and was focused on that shot,” Mathews said. “I wasn’t focused on the score at all, because that can get to your head and mess you up. I was just taking it one shot at a time.”

“McKenzie is a great player,” she added. “She’s super nice. It was fun competing with her, but I knew what I needed to do to win, and I got it done coming down the stretch.”

With the win and in addition to her great play all summer, Mathews earned an invite to play on the Carolinas Team at the 19th Girls’ Mid-Atlantic Challenge Matches at Danville Golf Club in Danville, Va.

The CGA would like to extend a thank you to the members and staff of Ironwood Golf & Country Club, specifically to PGA Professional John LaMonica, Golf Professional Jon Rucker and Golf Course Superintendent Danny Ray Britt for their hospitality in hosting the 16th Dogwood State Junior Girls’ Championship. We would also like to thank the players and spectators for their understanding and adherence to the new COVID-19 tournament protocols.

16th Dogwood State Junior Girls’ Championship

Ironwood Golf & Country Club | Greenville, N.C.

Final Results

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