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Shepherd qualifies for U.S. Girls Junior Amateur


  • By Rebecca Leftwich
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  • Jun. 26, 2018 - 4:39 PM

Former Central Christian golfer Ivy Shepherd will spend some time in California next month after after qualifying for the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur.

Three players posted rounds of 71 to tie for medalist honors and qualify. Iris Cao of Duluth, Lexanne Halama of Knoxville,, and Ainsley Cowart of Carrollton all posted a 1-under-par 71. Cao recently competed in the Georgia Girls’ Championship at Country Club of Roswell and placed T14.

Shepherd of Peachtree City was able to secure the final qualifying spot. Savannah Hylton will be the first alternate and Kate Owens, who was recently runner-up at the Georgia Girls’ Championship, will be second alternate.

The 2018 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship is set for Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach, Calif., July 16-21.

Shepherd was a two-sport athlete at Central Christian graduated in May and will play golf for Clemson University.

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Fritts to play in Top 60 Women’s Classic: Newnan’s Teagan Fritts has qualified for the 37th annual Georgia State Golf Association Top 60 Women’s Classic event starting today at the Manor Country Club in Alpharetta.

Entries for the Georgia Top 60 Women’s Classic were open to female amateur golfers who have a USGA Handicap Index not exceeding 15.0. The field of 60 players with the lowest USGA Handicap Index will compete over 36 holes of flighted stroke play.

Defending champion, Kayla Jones of Milton, is back in the field ready to defend her title and earn back-to-back wins at the Georgia Top 60 Women’s Classic. If the repeat victory is a success, it would be the first time since Rebecca Durham of St. Simons Island defended in 2009 and 2010.

There are two past champions of the Georgia Top 60 Women’s Classic in the event.

Joining  Jones  the defending champion, are two others who finished in the top 3 at last year’s Georgia Top 60 Women’s Classic. Those individuals are Lauren Lightfritz of Suwanee and Sarah Harrison of Martinez, both tied for third.