Murphy, Coalson win Joe Cheves titles

Kelli Murphy, left, beat McKenzie Talbert in a playoff at the Joe Cheves Junior.

Kelli Murphy, left, beat McKenzie Talbert in a playoff at the Joe Cheves Junior.

Girls Rankings »

#NameYearStateRating
1Andrea Lee2016CA69.34
2Nicole Morales2014NY69.75
3Bethany Wu2015CA69.79
4Megan Khang2015MA69.94
5Lakareber Abe2014TX70.19

Boys Rankings »

#NameYearStateRating
1Scott Scheffler2014TX67.29
2Zecheng Dou2015CA67.78
3Andy Zhang2016FL68.36
4Brad Dalke2016OK68.49
5Austin Connelly2015TX68.51

The Joe Cheves Junior Invitational is an invitation-only junior event where champions from a select list of junior tournaments in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia, as well as a set of other performance-based qualifications, make up the field. This year participants had to battle unforgiving winds left behind by Hurricane Irene during the 36 holes they played at the Donald Ross-designed Mimosa Hills Country Club in Morganton, N.C.

BOYS DIVISION

Taylor Coalson fired rounds of 67-70 for a 7-under total and claimed the championship title. Coalson got his score to 10 under for the tournament through his 33rd hole, and he held a four-shot lead over Austin Langdale at that point; however, Coalson proceeded to double-bogey No. 16 and bogeyed No. 17, while Langdale, who was in the group ahead of Coalson, parred in. Coalson came to the final hole knowing he had to make par for the victory, and succeeded. Coming in at a close second place (6-under 137) was Langdale. Tied for third place at 4-under par were Miller Capps, Drew Johnson and Tanner Owen.

College-bound players in the field:

Miller Capps, Clemson

Taylor Coalson, UNCG

Chad Cox, NC State

Luke Haithcock, UNCG

Maclain Huge, Virginia Tech

Zack Jaworski, Vanderbilt

Carter Jenkins, UNCG - 2013

Jeff Krieger, Purdue

Tyler Lail, Western Carolina

Austin Langdale, Clemson - 2013

Alex Lee, Catawba

Jackson Moore, College of Charleston - 2013

Alex Nianouris, Davidson

Carter Page, NC State

Cory Sciupider, Notre Dame

Will Starke, South Carolina

Victor Wiggins, Auburn - 2013

Davis Womble, Wake Forest

GIRLS DIVISION

In the girls division, the excitement went on to extra holes with first-place finishers McKenzie Talbert and Kelli Murphy. They started by replaying the 18th – Talbert barely missed an 18-footer there, while Murphy also left her 12-foot putt hanging on the lip. At the next hole, the par-4 fourth, both girls made pars to push the sudden death match to another hole. Finally on No. 5, Talbert had to hit her second shot from Bermuda rough and maneuver around a tree, but still managed to knock it on the green and give herself a downhill 20-foot-putt for birdie, while Murphy had a downhill 15-foot-putt for birdie. Talbert ran her putt 4-footer past and then lipped out, and Murphy made her 3-footer for the win. Katelyn Dambaugh, the runner-up at the 2010 U.S. Girls’ Junior, finished third at 4 under.

Fun facts about Talbert and Murphy: Earlier in the summer Murphy defeated Talbert, 3 and 2, in the semifinals of the Carolinas Junior Girls Championship.

Talbert will head to Ireland in a few weeks as a captain's pick for the Junior Solheim Cup.

Talbert has played in three Joe Cheves Junior, finishing as the runner-up in 2009 to Kaitlyn Rohrback (Tennessee) by one shot (71-75). She finished eighth in 2010 (72-76).

College-Bound players in field:

Taylor Allison, Western Carolina

Emily Brooks, Elon

Chelsey Couch, South Carolina

Katelyn Dambaugh, South Carolina - 2013

Mariah Hopkins, Western Carolina

Kaitlin Matheson, South Carolina

Emiley Pagrabs, Wofford

Morgan Webber, College of Charleston

Welcome to Golfweek.com's comments section.
Please review the posting guidlines here: Golfweek.com Community Guidelines.
All accounts must be verified using Disqus email verification

  • PGA
  • CHMP
  • WEB
[[PGAtourn]] Full Leaderboard >
Prev
  • [[player._CurPos]]
  • [[player._Lname]], [[player._Fname]]
  • [[player._TournParRel]]
  • [[player._Thru]]
Next
[[CHMPtourn]] Full Leaderboard >
Prev
  • [[player._CurPos]]
  • [[player._Lname]], [[player._Fname]]
  • [[player._TournParRel]]
  • [[player._Thru]]
Next
[[NWIDtourn]] Full Leaderboard >
Prev
  • [[player._CurPos]]
  • [[player._Lname]], [[player._Fname]]
  • [[player._TournParRel]]
  • [[player._Thru]]
Next