Kingsport Times-News: D-B's van der Biest qualifies for U.S. Girls Junior
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D-B's van der Biest qualifies for U.S. Girls Junior

From staff reports • Jun 25, 2019 at 9:00 PM

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. — The summer just got even busier for Kingsport golfer Isabella van der Biest.

Van der Biest qualified for the U.S. Girls Junior Championship with her third-place finish Tuesday in the sectional qualifier at Cartersville Country Club.

Van der Biest shot a 1-under 71 and finished in a three-way tie for third in the one-day tournament. The top five finishers and first two alternates qualified for the 156-player USGA event scheduled for July 22-27 at SentryWorld Golf Course in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Joining the rising Dobyns-Bennett junior as qualifiers were Megan Schofill of Monticello, Florida, who topped the field at Cartersville with a 5-under 67; Ainsley Cowart of Winston, Georgia, who shot a 2-under 70; Iris Cao of Duluth, Georgia, and Savannah Hylton of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, who matched van der Biest with 71s; and alternates Sophia Burnett of Bluffton, South Carolina, and Jayna Choi of Collierville. Burnett shot 72 and Choi had a 73.

Kara Carter, a rising junior at Sullivan South, finished just out of the mix with a 2-over 74.

Earlier this month, van der Biest won the Tennessee Section PGA Junior to qualify for the Girls Junior PGA Championship on July 9-12 at Keney Park Golf Club in Hartford, Connecticut.

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