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GA - SC Team Challenge Matches   
Debordieu Club, Georgetown,  SC
August 5-6, 2017

Rawl, Whitfield, Evans, Burgess, Tindal
2017
WSCGA Junior Foundation Hosts
 GA - SC Team Challenge Matches
Debordieu Club
Georgetown, SC
August 5 & 6


The 11th Annual GA-SC Challenge Matches will be held this year at the Debordieu Club in Georgetown, SC, hosted by the WSCGA Junior Golf Foundation.  The matches were the brain child of Stacy Easley (GSGA) and Inez Long (WSCGA) to have an annual match between the top four girls that finished in each state's respective Junior Girls' State Amateur Championship.  

The guidelines were as follows:

  • The site for the annual matches will alternate between GA and SC.
  • Each team will be made up of four girls and their spots will be earned according to their finish in each state's respective Junior Girls' State Amateur.
  • The annual matches will be held following each state's Junior Girls' State Amateur but before school starts in the fall, usually in early August.
  • Schedule of the Matches:

      • Friday Afternoon:         Practice Round
      • Friday Evening:            Cook-Out
      • Saturday Morning:       Day 1 Matches:  4 Single Matches
      • Saturday Evening:       Dressy Casual Dinner.  Each Player may                                        bring two guest
      • Sunday Morning:         Day 2 Matches:  4 Single Matches                                                   Awards Luncheon following Completion of                                       play

  • In 2006, four singles matches were played each day and each match was worth 1 point for a total of 8 points.  
  • In 2007, the points were changed and each match became worth 3 points     (1 point for front 9; 1 point for back 9: and 1 point for total) for a total of 24 points.
  • In 2017, there will be 6 Girls on each team, resulting in 6 Single Matches each day for a total of 36 points along with Two Captains (Coaches).
  • The GA-SC Junior Girls' Challenge Match Trophy is a beautiful crystal trophy and was donated by Karen Feree, who was originally from the state of GA but now lives in and competes in SC.
The 2017 South Carolina Team:

Gracyn Burgess - Lexington, SC

Gracyn is having an incredible summer winning 3 Championships so far:  2017 CGA Vicki Disantis Champion, 2017 CGA Twin States Champion, 2017 WSCGA State Jr Champion, and has Qualified for USGA Girls Junior in Missouri. 
She has already committed to become a Clemson Tiger in the Fall of 2018 and hopes to either turn pro or become a college golf coach when she graduates.


Katie Whitfield -  Clemson, SC

Ka tie Whitfield finished runner-up at this year's WSCGA Junior Championship, shooting a final round 68. She had an impressive showing at the 2017 CGA Junior Match Play, claiming both low-round qualifying Medalist and the Championship. Other victories this summer include the GSA Orangeburg Open and the HJGT Coastal Carolina Challenge. Katie lived in China for 3 years and is committed to play for Bowling Green State University Fall 2018.


Rachel Rich -  Mount Pleasant, SC

Rachel won the Caddie Classic and got to caddy for Davis Love III. She also finished fifth in the state for the Girls High School League and tied for sixth in the Girls Junior Championship. In her spare time she likes to workout and go to the beach or pool with friends. When she graduates from college she wants to pursue a career in either business or finance.





Jodee Tindal -  Rock Hill, SC

Jodee is a member of Rock Hill Country Club, will be representing South Carolina for the 2nd year in a row.  Jodee finished 5th at the Junior Championship to secure her spot and also won the 2016 Ford Picard Christmas Classic.  Jodee has signed to play for Mercer University in Fall 2018.



Baylee Evans - Lancaster, SC

A Lancaster native, Baylee won the 2016 Junior Girls Championship and was Runner-Up at 2017 Sea Pines Junior Heritage.  This is her 3rd appearance in the GA/SC Matches.  In her spare time she like to ride dirt bikes and watch Netflix's.  While playing college golf, Baylee would like to get a degree in Criminal Psychology.


Isabella Rawl - Lexington, SC

Isabella won the CGA Girls 15 and under Championship this past week. By placing ninth in the US Kids world championship she qualified to play on the United States VanHorn cup team last August. Her high school golf team won the 5A State Championship this past year. After college, Isabella wants to play on the LPGA tour.  In Isabella's spare time she likes to play basketball with her brother and hang out with friends.

     Captains:

Cathy Robinson - Chair of WSCGA Junior Foundation

Cathy is retired military, a former paralegal and a lifelong South Carolinian. She is an avid golfer and has volunteered with the US Open as well as the US Women's Amateur. Cathy is Chairperson for the WSCGA Junior Golf Foundation and full of energy. She has 2 children in college and lives in Sumter with her husband, Jimmie.


Kristi Coggins - Retired USC Head Women's Golf Coach

Captain Kristi, Texas born and raised was Head Women's Golf Coach at USC for 15 years coming from TCU. Under Coach Coggins helm, USC Women's Golf Team was the 2nd team in USC History to win SEC Title, behind Softball that same season.   Kristi still plays competitive amateur golf and is a multi-business owner.  In her spare time she loves riding horses and producing Rodeo's with her husband Buck.


The Georgia Team:


Louise Yu

Louise Yu is from Duluth and is committed to play for Vanderbilt University in the fall of 2017. She has had a successful junior career winning the 2016 GSGA Women's Match Play Championship, 2016 GSGA Junior Girls Player of the Year, and is the first alternate for the 2017 USGA Girls Championship. Louise placed fourth in the 2017 GSGA Girl's Championship scoring rounds of 70, 77, and 74. This is Yu's second time on the Georgia-South Caroline Challenge Match Team.


Caroline Craig

Caroline Craig is new to the Georgia golf scene. She recently moved from the Florida panhandle, but has already made her mark in Georgia. She was the 2017 GSGA Women's Match Play Semi-finalist and a finalist for the prestigious USGA/AJGA National Leadership Award. Craig placed seventh in 2017 GSGA Girls Championship scoring rounds of 72, 78, and 78. Craig of Sautee Nacoochee is verbally committed to play golf for the University of Georgia.


Elisa Yang

This will be Elisa Yang's second appearance on the Georgia-South Carolina Challenge Match team. Yang of Norcross placed sixth in the 2017 GSGA Girl's Championship posting rounds of 75, 75, and 74. Elisa is a two-time individual AA State Champion. Yang, a consistent contender, is on course to break the all-time point's record in the state of Georgia. Yang will play for the University of Georgia in the Fall.


Tess Davenport

Tess Davenport of Buford was a quarterfinalist in the 2017 GSGA Women's Match Play Championship and was the runner-up in the 2017 GSGA Girl's Championship posting rounds of 73, 77, and 69.
 

Ivy Shepherd

Ivy Shepherd of Peachtree City has had a hot summer. Shepherd won the 2017 GSGA Girl's Championship by six strokes posting rounds of 70, 75, and 68. A week later, Ivy qualified for the 2017 USGA Girl's Championship by posting a one under par round of 71. Shepherd will play golf for Mississippi State in the fall of 2017.
 

Carol Pyon

Carol Pyon of Macon is verbally committed to Mercer University. Pyon placed third in the 2017 GSGA Girl's Championship posting rounds of 69, 74, and 77. 

       Captains


Belinda Marsh

Belinda Marsh is the President-elect for the Georgia State Golf Association. She has been very involved with the GSGA for over 15 years. She is a certified rules official and was a golfer herself at the Ohio State University. 


Jeff Fages

Captain Jeff Fages is the Director, Rules and Competitions for the Georgia State Golf Association.  Prior to that he was Assistant Tournament Director for the LPGA Chick-Fil-A Charity Championship hosted by Nancy Lopez. Jeff has a Masters degree from Georgia State and in his spare time volunteers with the Watch D.O.G.S Program at Dolvin Elementary School.


About the WSCGA Junior Golf Foundation:

The Junior Golf Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with a mission of enhancing the lives of juniors through exposure to the game of golf by fostering competition, sportsmanship and appreciation for the integrity of the game.  More information about the organization and this tournament can be found on our web site www.wscga.org .