Wilmington Christian rising senior captures victory at Carolinas PGA Championship

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Wilmington Christian Academy rising senior Blake Taylor won the 2015 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship presented by Under Armour and Genesis Networks, which was held Saturday and Sunday, June 27-28, at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.

Blake Taylor. Photo courtesy- Carolinas PGA.
Blake Taylor. Photo courtesy Carolinas PGA.

By winning the boys division, Taylor qualified for the 40th Junior PGA Championship, Aug. 3-6, at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas.

Taylor, 17, posted a final-round 68 for a two-day total of 136 and a one-stroke victory over Nicholas Lyerly of Salisbury.

The Junior PGA Championship is open to one boy and one girl champion from each of the 41 PGA Sections, champions of the nine PGA Junior Series events, select national junior tournaments conducted throughout the year and special invitees, who have yet not reached their 19th birthdays as of the final round of the championship.

The Junior PGA Championship has traditionally been a stepping stone for many of today’s PGA and LPGA Tour professionals as well as current collegiate stars. P

ast Junior PGA Championship competitors who have gone on to successful professional careers include: Inbee Park, Luke Guthrie, Trevor Immelman, Cristie Kerr, Justin Leonard, Hunter Mahan, Michelle McGann, Phil Mickelson, Grace Park, Dottie Pepper, Jordan Spieth, Lexi Thompson, David Toms, Michelle Wie and Tiger Woods.