Tuesday, June 18

Prep Golfer's 63 Earns Spot in Rex Hospital Open

Carter Jenkins is happy after a 63.
(Yes, that's Billy Casper at left.)
CARTER JENKINS OF LEESVILLE HIGH SCHOOL in Raleigh went low on Father's Day. Playing in the Rex Hospital Open Junior Invitational at The Player's Club (TPC) at Wakefield Plantation, Jenkins carded an 8-under-par 63 to win low medalist honors and earn a spot in the field of the Rex Hospital Open, a Web.com Tour event that begins on Thursday.

"I had high expectations for the tournament today," Jenkins said. "I wanted to win this one pretty bad."

The round impressed the Tarheel Golf Foundation's Eric Murray, who knows a good score when he sees one, especially at TPC Wakefield Plantation.

"This was the lowest score I have seen in at least nine years," said Murray. "A 63 on this course is outstanding. Carter is not only ready to play, but ready to compete ...."

Now Jenkins will get the chance to tee it up with the pros in a tour event. Grayson Murray, a former teammate and past Junior Invitational winner, will caddie for him.

Jenkins, who also won the event in 2011 as the third youngest to play in the event at the age of 15, topped a Junior Invitational field featuring dozens of North Carolina's top prep golfers, many of whom will be playing for college programs next year.

Jenkins will attend UNC-Greensboro in the fall.

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