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Players to Watch at the NC High School Invitational

DURHAM, N.C. (April 3, 2016) -- On Monday, April 4th, Treyburn Country Club will host the N.C. High School Invitational. The 18 hole event brings together the best N.C. high school teams and players from the 2015 season.

 

Teams to watch:

  1. Cannon School of Concord, N.C., is this week’s low returning team from the 2015 NC High School Invitational. They are also the defending 3A N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association state champion.
  2. Myers Park HS of Charlotte, N.C., has finished in the top three at the NCHSAA 4A Championship for five straight years. With Henry Shimp, Walker Simas, and Will Simmons leading the way Myers Park looks to contend once again this year. 
  3. Leesville Road HS of Raleigh, N.C., finished sixth last year in the NCHSAA 4A Championship and is led by Clemson signee Doc Redman.

Players to Watch:

  1. Nicholas Lyerly of Salisbury, N.C., a junior at East Rowan HS, was the 2015 NC Junior Player of the Year by the TYGA. In 2015 Lyerly won seven times including the NCHSAA 3A Championship, the High Point Junior Open, the Rowan Junior Open, the Palmetto High School Championship, the TYGA State Championship, the NCJGF Irish Creek tournament and tied for first in the NC Trusted Choice Big I Junior Championship. Lyerly is currently ranked #1 in the NC junior boy’s rankings.
  2. Blake Taylor of Atkinson, N.C, a senior at Wilmington Christian, recently won the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C. In 2015 Taylor won four times including the George Holliday Junior, Roy Jones Invitational, TYGA Coastal Plains, and the CPGA Junior Boys Championship. Taylor is currently ranked #3 in the NC junior boy’s rankings.
  3. Henry Shimp of Charlotte, N.C., a senior at Myers Park HS, won the 2015 Carolinas Junior Boys Championship and finished tied for sixth in the 2015 Carolinas Amateur. Shimp is currently ranked 4th in the NC junior boy’s rankings and will play collegiately at Stanford University next year.
  4. Walker Simas of Charlotte, N.C., a senior at Myers Park HS, won the 2015 Webb Simpson Challenge and PGA Junior Series event at Columbia CC. Simas also finished 2nd at the Jimmy Creed Boys Invitational. Simas is currently ranked #7 in the NC junior boy’s rankings and will play collegiately at Wofford College next year.
  5. Michael Sanders of Davidson, N.C., a sophomore at Cannon School, finished third at the NCISAA 3A Championship. Sanders is currently ranked #8 in the NC junior boy’s rankings.
  6. Michael Freeman of Asheville, N.C., a senior at Christ School, had seven top ten finishes in 2015 including top five finishes at the CGA Dogwood Junior, Tom Fazio Junior Masters, NC Junior Boys Championship and US Jr. Qualifier. Freeman is currently ranked #11 in the NC junior boy’s rankings and will play collegiately at Davidson College next year.
  7. Jimbo Stanley of Raleigh, N.C., a junior at Broughton HS, is coming off two top ten finishes  in his last two high school events. Stanley was consistent in 2015 with eleven top ten finishes in twenty six events. Stanley is currently ranked #12 in the NC junior boy’s rankings.
  8. Doc Redman of Raleigh, N.C., a senior at Leesville Road HS, is coming off a win already this year at the Keith Hills HS Kickoff. Redman had a very successful 2015, with top 5 finishes at the CGA Carolinas Amateur, NCHSAA 4A State Championship and the SCJGA Bobby Chapman. Redman is currently ranked #13 in the NC junior boy’s rankings and will play collegiately at Clemson University next year.
  9. Stephen Carroll of Concord, N.C.,  a high school junior at Concord HS, finished in seventh place in the CGA’s 2015 Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship which earned him a spot on the Carolinas junior team that represented the CGA in the Virginias-Carolinas Junior Team Matches.  Carroll is ranked #14 in the current NC junior rankings and has verbally committed to play college golf at East Carolina.
  10. Walker Cress of Concord, N.C., a senior at Concord HS, is coming into the North State High School Challenge with four straight top ten finishes including a victory at the Irish Creek HS Invitational. Cress is currently ranked #16 in the NC junior boy’s rankings and will play collegiately at James Madison University.

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. 

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