Addison, Davis claim Valley Girls Junior Open Championships

ROANOKE, Va. – It proved to be another beautiful day at Hunting Hills Country Club as the 5th annual Valley Girls Junior Open wrapped up its two-day tournament.

In the Future’s National Division, Taylor Davis of Salem claimed the championship after shooting a final round of 75, +4 on Sunday. She finished at +15 for the weekend, winning by one stroke over Katherine Yun of Ashburn. Emmerson Bartley of Roanoke finished 4th.

Taylor Davis of Salem wins Future's Division TItle (WSLS)

For a complete look at the Future’s National Division results, click here.

In the Bell National Division, Roanoke’s Ashnoor Kaur entered the day with a 4-stroke lead. Thru the front nine, she led by 2 shots. The back nine proved to be challenging yielding double bogey’s on 11 and 13. She would finish 4th at +15 for the weekend.

It was a tight finish for the top three girls. Caroline Gilreath of Roanoke shot a 74, +3 on Sunday. She would finish in third place at +13 for the weekend. Defending champ McKenzie Weddle was two shots ahead of her at +11 after shooting a 73 Sunday. The Floyd native eagled the first hole before adding three birdies on the back nine.

The champion was Grace Addison of Abingdon. She shot a spectacular final round of 72, +1 for the day to finish at +9 for the weekend. The top three finishers, Addison, Weddle and Gilreath will all be future teammates at Radford University.

Grace Addison of Abingdon wins Bell Division of the Valley Girls Junior Open (WSLS)

“There were some holes where I knew I hit two in the woods the day before so I had to step up there and know that if I had a longer iron or even a hybrid into the green, that would be better,” said Addison. “So, just playing it smart and not letting the last round affect where I would hit the next shot.”

“Just trusting myself and playing conservative because sometimes it’s hard to lay up,” said runner-up Weddle.

“I came in with a positive mindset knowing I can do really well and finish up at the top if I hit the ball well and I hit the ball amazing,” said Gilreath. “I hit 15 out of 18 greens and putting wasn’t there but I feel pretty good about my game right now.”

For a complete look at the Bell National Division results, click here.

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