A golfer from Mooresville emerged as the co-leader of the pack among fairway hopefuls seeking entry in the North Carolina Junior Championship.
Mooresville’s Luke Perrino, of the Lake Norman High School boys golf program, merited a two-way share of match medalist honors following his performance in a sectional qualifier to determine the field for the 52nd annual Carolinas Golf Association’s N.C. Jr. Championship event.
Perrino posted a score of one-under-par 69 during the one-day, 18-hole stroke affair held on the par-70 (35-35) Southern Wayne Country Club course in Mt. Olive to punch his ticket into this month’s major competition.
Perrino was one of only players in the field to better par on the round.
The affair’s cut line actually fell at seven-over-par 77. As a result, Perrino was one of the ringleaders among the total of 27 players from the field to merit a coveted invite.
The sectional qualifier was one of the last one scheduled to take place.
Perrino is now assured of being in the field for the CGA’s N.C. Junior Championship, scheduled to tee off on the Lonnie Poole Golf Club in Raleigh. The competition will take place June 28-30.
Perrino was also the lone Mooresville entry in the qualifying pool.
The CGA is a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.
The CGA annually conducts 48 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 150 One-Day (net and gross) events as well as qualifying for USGA national championships.
The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls’ Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation.
The CGF has distributed nearly $2,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas’ golf initiatives including junior and women’s programs.