Two times the treat.
That’s just the way matters mapped out enabling the Mooresville area to be represented during the course of play – literally – in this week’s Carolinas Golf Association’s 70th annual Carolinas Junior Boys Golf Championship.
Two of the three participants toting local ties with them into the field emerged with coveted invites following their performances during one of the major competition’s final scheduled qualifying events.
The twosome of Mooresville’s Owen Swavely and Dawson Thornton each crafted rounds well under the field’s cut line to merit the one of the limited number of berths up for grabs during a one-round qualifying stroke-play at the Catawba Country Club course in Newton.
Staying close to each other out on the fairway as well, the duo actually finished a mere single stroke apart in the final 18-hole stroke standings to score a bid to the Carolinas Junior Boys Golf Championship.
Swavely carded a round of 76 to finish all alone in 17th place in the crowd.
As for Thornton, his score of 77 forged him into a six-way tie for 18th that also fell precisely on the field’s designated cut line.
Both players will take different affiliations with them into the Jr. Boys main event.
Swavely will officially be representing the Warrior Golf Club course, while Thornton will be taking with him connections to his home Mooresville Golf Club course.
Play in the CGA’s Carolinas Jr. Boys Golf Championship will take place on the Wallace-based River Landing County Club’s River Course on track to tee off Tuesday. The marquee competition is conducted in the form of a 54-hole stroke play event. The field will be reduced to the low 70 scores and ties following the first 36 holes of play.
The affair, with entry earned by qualifying, is open to all boys from North and South Carolina between the ages of 12-18 and who have an established United States Golf Association-recognized individual handicap of 18.3 strokes or lower.