In only its third year the Carolina Golf Associations Collegiate Showcase is filling a gap in juniors schedules and giving some golfers, who have not signed with college teams another chance to show off their game.
The tournament field was made up of junior golfers from North and South Carolina who were not yet enrolled in college. The course was set up like a college tournament course.
Olivia Pellerin was one of only a couple South Carolina Juniors to travel to Greensboro to play in the Showcase and she made the best of her trip to the Grandover Resort.
Pellerin shot an opening round 75 on a blustery windy day to take a one shot lead into the second round of the 36 hole tournament.
“It was definitely chilly up there with lots of wind, but my short game was good and I hit a lot of solid approach shots,” she said.
In the second round the weather was still a factor, but the second round was played an a different course at the resort and Pellerin dialed her game in.
“I was happy with the way I played yesterday. The course was longer and tougher, but I played about the same way today,” she said.
Her good short game helped the Mauldin High School junior shoot a 3-under par 33 on the first nine to put some distance between herself and the rest of the field.
Pellerin went 1-under on the back nine to card a 4-under par 68 for the final round and a 1-under par finish for the tournament.
“The 68 was my best competitive round ever and to do it and win something like this is pretty great,” said the Collegiate Showcase champion.
Pellerin finished 7-shots in front of a field made up of mostly North Carolina golfers.
Hallie Wilson from Lewisville shot a final round 3-under par 69 to move up to second place.
Peyton O’Brien from Clemson finished in a tie for 8th place.
Pellerin finished a very good high school season a little over a month ago.
The Mavericks Junior was in the hunt for the individual AAAAA title and finished in third place just 2-shots out of the lead.
“There were a lot of really good players here. I knew a few, but since I play mostly in South Carolina it was a good experience to see what some of the other girls could do,” she said.
Since the state championship Pellerin earned a top-10 finish at The Players Championship and was just trying to keep up her game with practice.
As a high school junior Pellerin is a year away from signing with a school to play college golf, but she could and did make a verbal commitment recently to where she wants to play after high school..
Pellerin was rocking an Anderson University hat during her win, after making an early commitment to the Trojan’s golf program.
“I wasn’t sure I was going to commit early, but after a visit this summer I just knew Anderson was right for me., The coaches, Coach Moore, are so personable, and I’ve known and played with many of their players and they have a really good team, so I’m happy with my decision,” she said.
With the Junior Showcase being the last junior event on the schedule for the rest of the year Pellerin finishes her year with a win and can now enjoy the holidays with a new trophy.
In the boys division Taylor Kuehn from Asheville edged out Colin Salema from Matthews by a shot for the boys Junior Showcase championship.
CGA Collegiate Showcase scores https://www.golfgenius.com/pages/3405525
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