Benjamin Griffin of Chapel Hill defeated Elliott Grayson of Shelby, 3 & 2 Thursday afternoon in Charlotte, to advance in golf's 44th N.C. Junior Championship. Griffin, the 2011 4-A high school champion, was to face Stanhope Johnson Jr. of Greensboro today.
Johnson defeated defending champion Carter Page of Waynesville 5 & 4 in their Thursday morning match. Johnson, a rising high school senior, then advanced to the semifinals by defeating Tanner Owen of High Point on the 19th hole at Pine Island Country Club.
Dylan Harris of Southern Pines and Victor Wiggins of Gastonia were in the other semifinal.
In the girls’ division, Emily Brooks of Chapel Hill defeated stroke-play medalist Emily Pagrabs of Wilmington 4 & 3 to reach the quarterfinals. Brooks was then beaten by Kayla Sciupider of Etowah 6 & 5.