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.
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.
“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.