Carter Jenkins Wins Rex Hospital Open Junior Invitational and Opportunity to Compete with the Pros in this Week’s Rex Hospital Open
RALEIGH, N.C. - Carter Jenkins, from Leesville High School in Raleigh, finished 8-under-par 63 and won today’s Rex Hospital Open Junior Invitational at The Player’s Club at Wakefield Plantation. The Father’s Day victory earned Jenkins a coveted spot at this week’s Rex Hospital Open, an official Web.com PGA Tour event held June 20-23.
“I had high expectations for the tournament today,” Jenkins said. “I wanted to win this one pretty bad.”
By virtue of his win, Jenkins will enjoy a rare opportunity to compete in a major tour event alongside seasoned pros.
“This was the lowest score I have seen in at least nine years – a 63 on this course is outstanding,” said Eric Murray of Tarheel Golf Foundation. “Carter is not only ready to play, but ready to compete, he is a great champion.”
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 compete collegiately next year.
“It was invigorating to witness today’s event,” said Carson Gilbert, tournament director for the Rex Hospital Open. “These youth are the future of golf. I look forward to watching Jenkins play in the Open and following the golf careers of all of this year’s Junior Invitational participants.”
Grayson Murray, the 2010 and 2012 winner who also qualified for and contested in this week’s U.S. Open, will serve as Jenkins’ caddy in the upcoming Rex Hospital Open. Both will attend UNC-Greensboro this fall. They have played together for years and were on the same championship team at Leesville when Grayson was a junior and Carter was a sophomore.
The Web.com Tour is the path to the PGA TOUR. Professional golfers travel from around the world to compete in the Rex Hospital Open, which is the Triangle’s premier charity golf event.
Since its inception, the Rex Hospital Open has raised more than $7 million for patients in need right here in our community. Funds from this year’s event will benefit Rex Heart & Vascular services and programs. TPC at Wakefield Plantation will host the tournament. Tickets to the Rex Hospital Open are $10 for a Grounds pass, valid all week, or $50 for a VIP View Box access pass, which includes snacks and beverages.
For more information, visit rexhospitalopen.com.