Local golfer in the hunt at Carolinas Juniors Championships

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Three local golfers opened play at the Carolinas Golf Association’s Junior Championships on Tuesday as Blake Taylor and Joey Funderburg teed off at the 66th Annual event held in Greensboro, while Anna Moore represented the Port City in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

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

A pair of Charlotte natives earned top spots on the leader board after first round action as Henry Shimp holds a one-shot edge in the boys event. He entered the clubhouse with a five-under-par, 67, at Forest Oaks Country Club. Two other players trail by one shot heading into second round play on Wednesday. Shimp is the 2014 champion and recently tied for sixth at the Carolinas Amateur held earlier this summer.

Wilmington Christian rising senior Blake Taylor is two strokes back from the lead at three-under. Taylor’s 69 on day one has him tied fourth after capturing the 2015 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship June 27-28 at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.

Taylor had four birdies in the opening round-two on the front nine and two on the back nine-with bogey on the par 5, sixth. He birdied two of the four-par 5s and hit two on the par three, 182 yard, eighth.

Of the 139 players competing at the event, the low 60 and ties will make the 36-hole cut to determine Thursday’s champion.

Three-time state title winner and Wilmington Christian Academy standout Joey Funderburg had a late tee time and went off around 1:51 p.m. Tuesday. He is hovering below the cut line, tied at 48th after posting a three-over-par 75.

Funderburg was at plus-three at the turn, with double bogey on the par 5, 525 yard fourth, and bogey on the par four ninth. He went to four-over with bogey on 15, but birdied his only hole of the day on the par 3,223 yard 17th.

Wilmington’s Anna Moore is at the bottom of the field after posting a 110 total in the opening round of the 55th Annual Junior Girls Championship. Madison Moosa (Charlotte) has a two shot lead after day one as the only golfer to post an even-par, 72.