Carolina Golf Classic Presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina heads to Kinston, NC in 2022
June 6-12, 2022
Kinston Country Club
1501 Country Club Dr
Kinston, NC 28504
Sophia Schubert – Winner of 2021 Carolina Golf Classic
Coming into the first round, Sophia Schubert was No. 9 in the Race for the Card. She had already claimed eight top-10 finishes, five of which came in the last five events, but a win could help her do it all.
Playing the last 18 holes with Fatima Fernandez Cano, who has already clinched her card, as well as Amanda Doherty, who entered the week at No. 10, competition was high all day long. Fernandez Cano and Schubert dialed throughout the day and both birdied No. 18 to finish at -18 and head to a playoff. Three playoff holes later, Schubert rolled in an eagle putt to win a trophy, a check, her first win and clinch her spot in the Race for the Card top 10.
“I have so many emotions right now and I’m just so happy and so grateful to have been in this position this week. I’ve worked really hard leading up to this season and I had a lot of expectations for myself, I was able to accomplish all of my goals this year and so I’m just really happy,” said Schubert. “I wouldn’t have been able to do without my support team back home my family my friends my coaches trainer sponsors and I’m just so so grateful I think is the biggest thing I’ve worked really hard for this and just to finally be able to have it not only a win but also get my LPGA card just means so much.”
The University of Texas alumna can now add professional winner to her resume along with 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion and 2018 Curtis Cup and Arnold Palmer champion. But even prior to nationwide amateur events, Schubert started her career as a little girl and participated in the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program. When she saw 2020 U.S. Kids World champion Adelyn Rosago and Autumn Solesbee with all eyes on her, Schubert’s career came full circle right in front of her eyes.
“I can remember when I was their age out there watching and we would go to professional events and I’d always say I want to be out there one day it was always a dream of mine since I was 4 or 5 years old,” said Schubert. “I don’t think it’s sunk in yet that I’m actually there now but to be able to see them and talk to them just brought back so many memories.”
With the win at the Carolina Golf Classic, Schubert finished fourth on the Epson Tour money list earning her LPGA Tour card for the 2022 season.
Ana Belac – Winner of 2020 Carolina Golf Classic
Heading into the final round of the Carolina Golf Classic presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Ana Belac (Portoroz, Slovenia) held a six-stroke advantage. After carding a 2-over par 74 over the last 18 holes, she kept her name at the top of the leaderboard to finish 7-under overall and win her first professional title.
“I think it hasn’t set in yet. I am just really excited and happy,” said Belac, who hit 49 of 56 fairways this week at Pinehurst No. 9. “I am just really grateful to compete at this level on this amazing course.”
When her senior season with Duke University was cut short in the spring, Belac turned pro. She only missed the first event of this season (Florida’s Natural Charity Classic in March) and has made every cut across eight starts since her Epson Tour debut at the FireKeepers Casino Hotel Championship in July. Belac also competed at Marathon LPGA Classic presented by Dana as a tournament sponsor exemption in August. No longer surrounded by the familiar faces of her Blue Devils teammates and coaches, Belac is learning the ins and outs of Tour life each week on the “Road to the LPGA.”
With the win at the Carolina Golf Classic, Belac won Player of the Year and finished first on the Epson Tour money list earning her LPGA Tour card for the 2021 season.
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