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Salema Secures Metro Junior Win

 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 21, 2021) --  Results from the final round of the TYGA Metro Junior at Cedarwood Country Club in Charlotte, N.C. on July 21, 2021. Boys 14-18 competed from the Blue tees (6425 yards, par 71). Boys 12-13 competed from the Gold tees (5607 yards, par 71).

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Members of Cedarwood Country Club saw a familiar face take home the win Wednesday afternoon. That face was that of Colin Salema of Matthews, N.C., a rising sophomore at Providence High School and a member of Cedarwood. 

The 15 year old Charlotte native fired a 4-under par, 68 for a two day total of -2, 140. Salema was proud to win Boys’ Overall as well as the Boys’ 14-15 division on his home course. “It feels good, especially being at my home course,” said Salema on his win. “I know this course very well, so it feels good to get it done.”

Going into the final round, Salema was tied for ninth, at 1-over-par, 72, five strokes behind the leader. His strategy going into Wednesday’s final round? Play a steady game. “I knew I needed to post a good number,” said Salema. “I wasn’t really looking at the leaderboards throughout the day, gotta keep going and trying to make birdies.”

Sure enough, Salema played a fantastic round and only made one double bogey on No. 7, a par 4. Remaining calm and collected, Salema saved a birdie on the next hole, No. 8. “On hole 8, I didn’t hit a good driver or second shot, then I hit a good approach shot, hit it close and made birdie,” said Salema. He then proceeded to make only pars and birdies on his back nine, for a total of five birdies and 12 pars for his round. 

As Salema was coming down the final stretch, he continued to avoid looking at the leaderboards, trying to post as low of a score as he could. He stuck with his game plan all the way through, trusting his short game and accuracy. “I was putting well today, I hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens, so that made it a little easier,” said Salema.

For the remainder of the summer, Salema plans on continuing to work hard on his game, play in Carolinas Golf Association events, the Hope Valley Invitational, and the Dogwood Junior Championship.

Tying for second place in Boys’ Overall was fellow Charlotte natives Steven Shea and Charlie O’Shea, and Simon Burgos of Raleigh, N.C. with a two-day total score of 142. O’Shea placed runner-up in the Boys’ 14-15 division, while Shea and Burgos competed in a one-hole playoff on No. 18 for first place in the Boys’ 16-18 division. Burgos made par in the playoff to take first. 

Tying for third in the Boys’ 16-18 division was Davis Sayman and Max Jacobson of Charlotte, N.C. with a two-day total of 143. Jack LaPiana of Charlotte, N.C. placed third in the Boys’ 14-15 division with a two-day total of 143. 

In the Boys’ 12-13 division, John John Santospago of Charlotte, N.C. reigned victorious with a two-day total of 2-under-par, 140, shooting 1-under-par, 70, on both days. Landon Helms of Monroe, N.C. finished in second with a two-day total of 154, and Will Wagner of Charlotte, N.C. finished in third with a two-day total of 155. 

The Carolinas Golf Association and the Tarheel Youth Golf Association would like to extend our appreciation to the members and staff at Cedarwood Country Club, especially Golf Course Superintendent, Kyle Manus, Director of Golf and General Manager, Maury Clodfelter, and Head Golf Professional Adam Szoke for hosting the TYGA Metro Junior Open. 

BOYS' OVERALL FINAL RESULTS

 

Pos. Player City, State To Par R1 R2 Total Score
1 Colin Salema Matthews, NC, 2024 -2 72 68 140
T2 Steven Shea Charlotte, NC, 2023 E 70 72 142
T2 Charlie O'Shea Charlotte, NC, 2024 E 67 75 142
T2 Simon Burgos Raleigh, NC, 2022 E 70 72 142
T5 Jack LaPiana Charlotte, NC, 2023 +1 75 68 143
T5 Davis Sayman Charlotte, NC, 2023 +1 71 72 143
T5 Max Jacobson Charlotte, NC, 2022 +1 69 74 143
8 Landon Hawley Charlotte, NC, 2023 +2 71 73 144
T9 Pennson Badgett Pilot Mountain, NC, 2026 +3 73 72 145
T9 Will Guthrie Charlotte, NC, 2025 +3 71 74 145
T9 Will Spicer Kings Mountain, NC, 2024 +3 72 73 145
T9 Mack Edwards Charlotte, NC, 2025 +3 71 74 145
T13 Landon Morse Indian Trail, NC, 2024 +4 76 70 146
T13 Benjamin Chase Charlotte, NC, 2024 +4 74 72 146
15 Jamal Hutchison Fletcher, NC, 2023 +5 75 72 147
T16 Gavin Drose Fayetteville, NC, 2023 +6 75 73 148
T16 Ayush Bodhale Huntersville, NC, 2021 +6 74 74 148
T16 Lawson Harkey Crouse, NC, 2022 +6 73 75 148
T19 Jeremy Edmunds Charlotte, NC, 2022 +7 78 71 149
T19 Hudson Schulze Charlotte, NC, 2025 +7 79 70 149
T19 Robert Gefaell Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +7 74 75 149
T19 Aedan Barnes Charlotte, NC, 2023 +7 73 76 149
T19 Braden Gay Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +7 72 77 149
T24 Matteo Blanchfield Mooresville, NC, 2023 +8 78 72 150
T24 Charlie Fetter Charlotte, NC, 2022 +8 75 75 150
T24 Ryan Dunn Waxhaw, NC, 2023 +8 74 76 150
T24 Will Brown Fayettevile, NC, 2024 +8 73 77 150
T28 Luke Guthrie Charlotte, NC, 2023 +9 76 75 151
T28 Matthew McDougall Waxhaw, NC, 2023 +9 74 77 151
T30 Gavin Deibler Winston-Salem, NC, 2023 +10 78 74 152
T30 Chase Harris Pilot Mountain, NC, 2022 +10 75 77 152
T30 Jacob Koch Charlotte, NC, 2023 +10 74 78 152
T30 William Melvin Charlotte, NC, 2022 +10 74 78 152
T34 Freddy Ortmann Greensboro, NC, 2024 +11 77 76 153
T34 Christos Katsoudas Whitsett, NC, 2024 +11 78 75 153
T34 Ethan Wooten High Point, NC, 2023 +11 75 78 153
T34 Logan Erwin Waxhaw, NC, 2023 +11 75 78 153
T38 William Grasty Charlotte, NC, 2022 +12 75 79 154
T38 Jeremy Voigt Waxhaw, NC, 2023 +12 74 80 154
T38 Tyler Dorsey Charlotte, NC, 2023 +12 83 71 154
T41 Michael Switzer Charlotte, NC, 2025 +13 75 80 155
T41 Oliver Tobin Charlotte, NC, 2024 +13 73 82 155
43 Arman Azlan Greensboro, NC, 2021 +14 76 80 156
T44 Henry Brown Charlotte, NC, 2022 +15 79 78 157
T44 Spencer Anderson Charlotte, NC, 2022 +15 80 77 157
T44 Jay Busic Hickory, NC, 2022 +15 81 76 157
T44 Ray Smith Charlotte, NC, 2023 +15 82 75 157
T44 Will Dalton Cornelius, NC, 2022 +15 82 75 157
49 Grant Caldwell Charlotte, NC, 2025 +16 75 83 158
T50 Ian Podziewski Waxhaw, NC, 2022 +17 77 82 159
T50 Michael Snyder Lillington, NC, 2025 +17 75 84 159
T50 Davis Oldenburg Asheville, NC, 2022 +17 81 78 159
T53 Colin Ferrick Huntersville, NC, 2025 +18 77 83 160
T53 Anderson Badgett Pilot Mountain, NC, 2023 +18 78 82 160
T53 King Carter Waxhaw, NC, 2023 +18 79 81 160
T56 Owen Dougherty Charlotte, NC, 2022 +19 77 84 161
T56 Carson Walthall Charlotte, NC, 2021 +19 76 85 161
T56 Tanner Cadieux Greensboro, NC, 2024 +19 79 82 161
T56 Jason Zawtocki Charlotte, NC, 2025 +19 81 80 161
T56 Jack McCarthy Bermuda Run, NC, 2022 +19 81 80 161
T61 Michael Currie Charlotte, NC, 2024 +20 80 82 162
T61 Davis Clawson Charlotte, NC, 2023 +20 84 78 162
T63 Brycen Swain Durham, NC, 2021 +22 84 80 164
T63 Zachary Liu Clemmons, NC, 2022 +22 85 79 164
65 Ben Lennon Charlotte, NC, 2023 +23 81 84 165
66 Fletcher Meadows Mooresville, NC, 2022 +29 84 87 171
67 Henry Andrews Winston Salem, NC, 2023 +32 85 89 174
T68 Charlie Lazorcheck Charlotte, NC, 2024 +33 80 95 175
T68 Jayce Hansen Charlotte, NC, 2022 +33 88 87 175
70 Sam Bruce Stanley, NC, 2022 +35 92 85 177
71 William Adams Charlotte, NC, 2024 +36 89 89 178
72 Joseph Bruce Stanley, NC, 2025 +39 92 89 181
WD Gavin Peach Charlotte, NC, 2022 - 76 WD WD
WD Jackson Kilman Raleigh, NC, 2022 - 88 WD WD
NS Nick Snowdon Matthews, NC, 2022 - 86 NS NS

 

 

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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