Crofton's Carpenter finishes first, 10th in junior golf events

July 05, 1992

Crofton golfer Gary Carpenter recently placed 10th during the three-day American Junior Golf Association Ping Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., then captured the Big I Insurance qualifier at Argyle Country Club.

Carpenter, 17, who just completed his junior year at Arundel High School, shot rounds of 75, 74 and 76 in the Ping Classic at the Burning Ridge Golf Club, earning him a place in the Rolex Tournament of Champions and the Rolex Classic.

The Ping tournament marked the first AJGA event that Carpenter has taken part in this season.

Three days later, he shot a one-under-par 70 at the Argyle Country Club. The victory propels him to the state finals, taking place later this month at Prince George's Country Club. State qualifiers will be extended invitations to play at the Big I Nationals in Pinehurst, N.C.

"I made the turn at two-over 37 and was striking the ball as well as I have all year," he said.

"On the back side, I was knocking the flags down with my approach shots, and the putts dropped. Three-under [33] on the back is the best nine holes I've ever put together."

Carpenter continues a strong summer program of competition with his entry in the United States Golf Association Junior Qualifier at Kenwood Country Club, the Maryland Open July 13-15 at Prince George's Country Club, and the AJGA Greater Greensboro Juniors on July 20-23 in Brown Summit, N.C.

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