Raleigh’s Kareem Elkassem shot a 1-under-par 71 to win the high school division of the 2021 CCNC Junior Masters at The Country Club of North Carolina at 3-over-par 147.
A high school sophomore, Elkassem finished with four birdies — including three in his first five holes – against three bogeys to overcome a four-stroke deficit to edge Owen Kose, of Holly Springs by one stroke.
Elkassem won the freshman/sophomore HS division and Kose won the junior/senior HS division.
Kyle Haas, of Winston-Salem, who shared the first-round lead at even par, shared third place at 149 with Quinlan Polin, of Cary, and Alan Van Asch, of Raleigh.
In the 11 and under division, Grayson Baucom, of Hickory and Ty Donnelly, of Waxhaw both came from behind to share medalist honors at 1-over 145 by three strokes over first-round leader Declan Daner, of Cary. Baucom, with four birdies and three bogeys, shot 1-under 71, and Donnelly shot 3-under 69, the tournament’s best round. Donnelly logged four birdies against just one bogey.
Deaton Reed, of Lancaster, S.C. shot a second-round 70 (2 under) Sunday to win the middle school division at 1-under 143 by two strokes over Davis Wotnosky, of Wake Forest, who shot 71 on Sunday. Reed had shared the lead with Jake Albert, of Blacksburg, Va., Ashton Lee, of Charlotte. Reed posted five birdies against three bogeys in Round 2.
The tournament’s four divisions are high school junior/senior, high school freshman/sophomore, middle school, and boys 11 and under.
The CCNC Junior Masters is a 36-hole event conducted by the Tarheel Junior Golf Tour as part of the Tarheel Golf Foundation. The tournament was originally scheduled for Feb. 13-14 but was postponed because of inclement weather. This year marks the 12th year of the competition.
The Country Club of North Carolina is the host site of the 2021 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, conducted, July 19-24, by the United States Golf Association.
Photo credit: Kevin Murray/Contributed.