The Carolinas Golf Association’s junior boys 2016 championship season continued this past Memorial Day weekend with the 4th Creed Boys Invitational at Camden Country Club in Camden, S.C.
After grabbing a share of the first-round lead with an even-par, 70, Joey Funderburg of Wilmington posted a final-round, two-over 72, closing the 36-hole event tied for third. His final score of (70+72) 142, was four shots back of this year’s champion, Caleb Proveaux of Lexington, South Carolina.
Threatening skies throughout the tournament held off, but Camden Country Club proved to test the accomplished field. Three players were able to manufacture even par rounds, leaving them at the top of the leader board heading into Sunday’s final round.
Proveaux outlasted the 89-player field to claim the annual invite. The Gamecock commit shared the final pairing with Funderburg and Matt Moninghoff of Columbia, South Carolina.
A big effort during the opening day of competition put Funderburg in the hunt. A birdie on No. 11 after starting on the back nine helped minimize damage caused by a bogey on the next hole. The high school senior from Wilmington Christian Academy got back to red numbers after a birdie on the par-3 16th, but back-to-back bogeys after the turn threatened to tarnish his round until his putter helped him bounce back.
A final birdie on No. 7 returned the Port City standout to even par, making him the leader in the clubhouse after day one.
On day two, Funderburg bounced back after a slow start, hitting 12 straight pars to earn a three-way tie for third.
Funderburg also recently guided the Wilmington Christian golf team to the program’s fourth straight NCCSA title as individual champion during the event at the Neuse Golf Club in Clayton, North Carolina.
Overall (6, 295 yards, par 70, 71.0)
|1||Caleb Proveaux (2016) Lexington, SC||70-68–138|
|2||Matt Moninghoff (2016) Columbia, SC||70-71–141|
|T3||Joey Funderburg (2016) Wilmington, NC||70-72–142|