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SPR 2019

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MEN Name: Kevin O'Connell Hometown: Cary, N.C. Affiliation: Prestonwood Country Club 2018 Accomplishments: Kevin O'Connell captured his first CGA Men's Player of the Year award after an incredible year head- lined by a win at the USGA's Mid-Amateur Championship in Charlotte, N.C. O'Connell credits his first win of 2018 at the Monroe Invitational, giving him the confidence that would propel him through the year. He also had strong finishes at several CGA Championships including a tie for 3rd at the N.C. Mid-Amateur, a tie for 4th at the Carolinas Mid-Amateur and a tie for 25th at the Carolinas Amateur. "To be named player of the year...is a wonderful accomplishment and caps off a year to remember." What's Ahead: O'Connell's win at the U.S. Mid-Amateur gained him entry into the 2019 Masters and U.S. Open. This winter he moved to Jacksonville, Florida with his wife Michelle to prepare his game in a more con- sistent climate. WOMEN Name: Anna Redding Hometown: Concord, N.C. Affiliation: Cabarrus Country Club 2018 Accomplishments: Anna Redding dominated the CGA women's circuit last summer with wins at both the Carolinas Women's Amateur Championship and the Carolinas Women's Match Play Champi- onship. Redding led the Virginia Cavaliers to a team title at the Mary Fossum Invita- tional and captured her first individual title of her college career. In September Redding was named the ACC Player of the Month. "It was an incredible feeling and I am really excited to become the player of the year," Redding said. What's Ahead: Redding, a senior at UVA, will play her last rounds as an amateur in the first part of 2019 and look to become a professional in the latter part of the year. Redding has been invited to play in the inaugural Augusta National Women's Amateur in April. "By the end of 2019, I'm hoping to turn professional," Redding said. "I have some great support systems to make it happen." JUNIOR BOYS Name: Jonathan Griz Hometown: Hilton Head, S.C. Affiliation: Colleton River Club 2018 Accomplishments: Jonathan Griz captured both the Carolinas Junior Boys' Player of the Year and the South Carolina Junior Player of the Year, but has his sights set even higher in 2019. His list of accolades in 2018 include win- ning the Bobby Chapman Jr. Invitational, the Hilton Head Island Amateur, the Caroli- nas Junior PGA Championship and bevy of wins and top finishes in several other regional and national events. Griz was also able to qualify for the U.S. Junior Amateur and advanced to the match play portion of that event. What's Ahead: His goals for 2019 are lofty but not unrealistic for a player of his talents. Not only does Griz hope to become the number one junior amateur golfer in the world this year, but he hopes to make the Junior Presi- dent's Cup Team, qualify for the U.S. Open and of course, win the Carolinas Junior Boys' Player of the Year again. 44 | | S P R I N G 2 0 1 9 F E AT U R E 2018

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