SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (January 5, 2016) -- Sixty boys and girls have been named to the 2015 North Carolina All-State Golf Teams by the Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA) and the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA). The N.C. All-State Teams honor those junior golfers who have had the most success in amateur and junior golf tournaments at the local, state, regional and national levels over the past 12 months.
The boys’ first team is led by Nicholas Lyerly of Salisbury, NC, the 2015 N.C. Junior Boys’ Player of the Year. Also named to the first team are Eric Bae of Pinehurst, AJ Beechler of Pinehurst, Christian Park of Charlotte, Grant Powell of Colfax, Henry Shimp of Charlotte, Walker Simas of Charlotte, Jimbo Stanley of Raleigh, Patrick Stephenson of Four Oaks, and Blake Taylor of Atkinson.
The girls’ first team is led by Jennifer Chang of Cary, the 2015 N.C. Junior Girls’ Player of the Year. Also named to the first team are Kathryn Carson of Mooresville, Gina Kim of Chapel Hill, Emilia Migliaccio of Cary, Callista Rice of Mars Hill, Siranon Shoomee of Sanford, Jessica Spicer of Bahama, Sarah Spicer of Bahama, Samantha Vodry of Mooresville, and Haeley Wotnosky of Wake Forest.
To be eligible, boys and girls must have played in a minimum of five TYGA N.C. rankings events in 2015. The awards were determined by a combination of each player’s scoring differential and the total points earned in the rankings events.
These outstanding juniors will be honored at the N.C. Junior Golf Night Awards Banquet on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Pine Needles Resort in Southern Pines, N.C.
About the Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA)
The Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA), a division of the Carolinas Golf Association, a 501 (c) 3 organization, provides playing opportunities for its members, conducts educational seminars and events, acts as a junior golf informational clearinghouse, provides free USGA handicaps to junior golfers in North Carolina, recruits sponsor clubs that grant junior access to golf facilities in North Carolina, publishes monthly North Carolina junior rankings, and awards Junior Player of the Year and All-State awards to the top juniors in North Carolina. Membership is open to any boy or girl who are legal residents of N.C; are 18 years of age and under; and who have not started college.