2011 Results – Girls

All eyes may be on the Super Bowl but not in the small South Carolina town of North Augusta. Two of their own,  Matthew NeSmith and McKenzie Talbert, took on the best junior golfers country and won the boys and girls titles respectfully at the Sea Pines Junior Heritage. The two-day event was held February 5-6th at the picturesque Ocean Course and the Famed Harbour Town Golf Links in The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island South Carolina.

On the girl’s side of the event, Talbert found herself in a similar position to last year. Like 2010, the high school sophomore started the final round two strokes back.   Fortunately, she finished this year’s run at Harbour Town  four strokes better with a three-over-par 74 and three over for the tournament.

McKenzie made the turn to her back nine, still two strokes back. She credits birdies on the final two par threes for the victory but real the key was her approach shot into the final hole.

Talbert was sitting about 100 yards out with the wind at her back. Her normal wedge for this shot was not in the bag – taken out to make room for it on the long golf course. Sierra Sims was tight and just a stroke back. Talbert, with wrong club and coming off a bogie, played the shot of her career. She staked it and went on to make par and claim the girl’s title.

Sierra Sims of Austin, TX was not able to make the putt on final hole to force a playoff but she did pick up a share of runner-up and her second top five finish in the tournament. Sims shares the runner-up finish with Annie Park of Elmhurst, NY.

First round leader Monifa Sealy did not have a good day on the course. The Trinidad and Tobago player could not find her way around the tree lined course and post a ten-over-par 81 and alone in fourth place.

Player R1 R2 Total (+/-)
McKenzie Talbert (N. Augusta, SC) 72 74 146 3
Annie Park (Elmhurst, NY) 73 74 147 3
Sierra Sims (Austin, TX) 72 75 147 4
Monifa Sealy (Trinidad and Tobago) 70 81 151 10
Nicole Quinn (Windermere, FL) 77 75 152 4
Allison Emrey (Charlotte, NC) 74 79 153 8
Cindy Ha (Demarest, NJ) 76 78 154 7
Pailin Ruttanasupagid (Hilton Head Island, SC) 76 78 154 7
Olivia Landino (Hilton Head Island, SC) 75 80 155 9
Taelor Rubin (Raleigh, NC) 76 79 155 8
Irene Jung (Jacksonville, FL) 73 83 156 12
Katie Kirk (Davidson, NC) 76 80 156 9
Kayli Quinton (Cypress, TX) 78 78 156 7
Mariana Sims (Austin, TX) 75 81 156 10
Samantha Marks (Maitland, FL) 76 80 156 9
Samantha Wagner (Windermere , FL) 77 79 156 8
Amira Alexander (Alpharetta, GA) 81 76 157 5
Michaela Owen (Alpharetta, GA) 76 81 157 10
Janie Jackson (Huntsville, AL) 74 84 158 13
Jordan Lippetz (Bradenton, FL) 76 82 158 11
Simin Feng (Orlando, FL) 80 78 158 7
Kailey Walsh (Boca Raton, FL) 79 80 159 9
Katelyn Dambaugh (Goose Creek, SC) 80 79 159 8
Minami Levonowich (Hilton Head Island, SC) 75 84 159 13
Rika Park (Hilton Head Island, SC) 76 83 159 12
Clara Teixeria (Bradenton, FL) 83 77 160 6
Ayaka Nakayama (Kangawa, Japan) 81 80 161 9
Laura Restrepo (Hilton Head Island, SC) 76 85 161 14
Mayko Chwen Wang (Hacienda Hts. , CA) 80 83 163 12
Collins Bradshaw (Columbia, SC) 78 86 164 15
Rachel Dai (Suwanee, GA) 80 84 164 13
Hally Leadbetter (Bradenton, FL) 77 92 169 21
Daniela Lendl (Vero Beach, FL) – WDI

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Paul Rouillard

Media Director for the Junior Heritage since 2002.