Mathews, McLauchlan, Sullivan Qualify for 2021 Dustin Johnson World Junior
Emily Mathews (72) of Mebane, N.C., Andrew McLauchlan (73) of Neptune Beach, FL., and Rowan Sullivan (73) of Charleston, S.C., each earned qualifying spots Saturday for junior golf’s elite competition: the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship set for March 5-7, 2021 at TPC Myrtle Beach [full results].
Mathews fired the most impressive round of the day, besting Saturday’s cold conditions on her way to an even-par 72. While the famed Tom Fazio designed TPC Myrtle Beach showed it’s teeth across the course, Mathews was ready. We certainly shouldn’t be surprised by the stand out performance from the North Carolinian, however. The Mathews family from Mebane, North Carolina are no strangers to qualifying for “The DJ” event. Mathews’ older brother Nicholas Mathews, now competing at North Carolina State University, accomplished the same feat in 2019. Mathews rounds out the all-star girls field set to tee off in early March.
The boys action at the Dustin Johnson World Junior was full of fireworks until the very end. As a pair of 73’s from Rowan Sullivan and Andrew McLauchlan waited the final leaderboard in the clubhouse, Josh Lendach delivered a third 73 from the last card of the day. With two spots awarded to the boys field, a “3 for 2” sudden-death playoff was underway. On the first playoff hole Rowan Sullivan showed up with a clutch birdie to punch his ticket to the 2021 tournament. Heading back to the tee for the second playoff hole, both boys remained dialed in. It was McLauchlan that fired a bullseye from the fairway, knocking it within 2 feet of the hole for the go ahead birdie, McLauchlan secured the third and final spot in the 2021 Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship.
Mathews, McLauchlan and Sullivan round out the 2020 field of 90 elite junior golfers vying for their shot at the coveted World Junior title. With 54 juniors sitting inside the top 50 junior golf ranks, 2021 has shaped into the most elite field in the history of the event.
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