Brad Carpenter won the Gateway Section Junior PGA two-day qualifier June 12 at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville, Ill.
A junior-to-be at Washington High School, Carpenter carded a one-under-par round of 71 on the second day to win the tournament by one stroke.
Carpenter was five shots off the pace after shooting an 81 on the first day, but rallied back to win the tournament on the second day of the 36-hole event with a total score of 152.
The victory earned Carpenter a berth in the 2012 Junior PGA Championship, a four-day tournament scheduled to begin July 31 at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, Ind.
“I’m excited to play in the Junior PGA Championship. Sycamore Hills is over 7,200 yards and very challenging,” Carpenter said. “I’ve never played in a four-day tournament. There is a cut after three days. Davis Love III (PGA Tour golfer and captain of this year’s United States Ryder Cup team) will be the keynote speaker at the player’s welcome reception. I’m looking forward to meeting him and playing against some great competition.”
Carpenter will be well-prepared for the challenges Sycamore Hills will present after playing in the two-day qualifier at Sunset Hills.
“Sunset Hills is a very nice course that also is very challenging,” Carpenter said. “The course was 6,850 yards with the fastest greens I’ve ever played.”
Carpenter had a big second day to win the tournament.
“I shot an 81 on the first day with a two-hour rain delay and was tied for 13th out of 47 in my age group (16-18),” Carpenter said. “On day two, I had two bogeys, two double bogeys, five birdies and an eagle. I finished first in my age group and first overall (98 golfers). My best shot was a hole out from 70 yards for an eagle on 17. That shot probably won it for me.”
During his sophomore golf season at WHS, Carpenter tied for third-place individual honors in the MSHSAA Class 4 championships at Silo Ridge Golf & Country Club in Bolivar with rounds of 72 and 73 for a 36-hole total of 145, just one stroke over par.