Katherine Schuster needed to post a really good final round to get into contention at the CGA Twin State Junior Girls Championship at the Dataw Island club.
The defending North Carolina Junior Champion trailed the recently crowned Women’s South Carolina Junior Champion Adrian Anderson from Murrells Inlet by 7-shots going into the final round.
Anderson had opened the tournament with an outstanding 6-under par 66 while Schuster carded a 1-over par 73.
While Anderson and the other golfers who were ahead of Schuster struggled at the start of the second day, Schuster was gaining ground.
The Kill Devil Hills, NC golfer made the turn at 2 under par after making 3 birdies before a bogey slowed her down.
On her back nine the future Clemson golfer made three birdies and three bogeys to finish at 2-under par on the day and one under par for the tournament.
Last year’s Vicki DiSantis champion, Chloe Holder from Williamston, had two bogeys and a birdie on the front nine and made all pars on the back to stay close to the leader.
A bogey by Schuster on the 18th hole cut a two shot lead to just one, but that was enough to claim the significant Carolinas junior title.
“I feel so blessed and excited to have won this tournament,” Schuster said. “I have so many close friends that have won this tournament in the past few years, so it’s really exciting to have my name on the same trophy,” she added.
Tied for third place was Emma Schmpf from Daniel Island and Alexia Siehl from Fort Mill who both finished at two-over-par for the tournament with a total score of 146.
First round leader Anderson finished in a fifth place tie with Molly Hardwick from Lexington.
Twin State Girls scores available at https://cga.golfgenius.com/pages/2357441