Charlotte native Henry Shimp became the sixth Carolinian to win back-to-back Carolinas Junior Championships as the 17-year-old turned in one more strong performance by posting a four-under-par 68 in the final round to capture a three-stroke victory at the 66th annual event played at Forrest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro.
Shimp, who was tied for the lead heading into day three, scored five birdies in the final round to out duel 62 other junior players, who made the cut from across North Carolina and South Carolina.
Trailing by one shot and in third place going into the final day of action, Wilmington Christian Academy standout Blake Taylor tied for eighth after posting a three-over-par 75 on Thursday. While Taylor finished with four birdies on the afternoon, the Atkinson native tapped in three bogeys and two double bogeys to drop on the leader board, falling to even-par for the tournament, eight strokes back from the leader.
Taylor, 17, closed the three-day event with 13 birdies, 30 pars, nine bogeys and two double bogeys over the course of 54-holes.
He will next play in the 40th Junior PGA Championship, Aug. 3-6, at Miramont Country Club in Bryan/College Station, Texas, after capturing the 2015 Carolinas Junior PGA Championship at Coastal Carolina University in late June.
Wilmington Christian classmate Joey Funderburg placed 40th on Thursday. He shot five-over in the final round to finish at plus-seven for the tournament. Funderburg’s low score for the event was a one-under par 71 on day two.
Entry to the Carolinas Junior Championship is open to any male amateur golfer who has not reached his 19th birthday by July 30, who has not started college, is a legal resident of North Carolina or South Carolina, is a member or their parent is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has a current USGA handicap index at a CGA member club that does not exceed 18.4.
Champion- Henry Shimp -8 (67-73-68=208)
T-8 Blake Taylor E (69-72-75=216)
T-40 Joey Funderburg +7 (75-71-77=223)