The Georgia-South Carolina Junior Challenge Match is an annual competition between male amateur junior golfers representing the GSGA and the South Carolina Golf Association. Initiated to promote junior golf and camaraderie between the two states, this event was the first interstate junior match to be held in the country when it started in 1976. Players qualify for the team by finishing in the top eight at their state's Junior Championship.


Georgia has a distinguished list of past competitors, including PGA Tour professionals and Georgia Golf Hall of Famers Davis Love III, Larry Mize and Gene Sauers, touring pro Bob Tway, and Georgia Amateur Champions Bill Bergin (1981), Carter Mize (1993-94), Jack Croyle (2000), Jonathan Shiflet (2002), Brian Harman (2005), Harris English (2007), Russell Henley (2008-09), Lee Knox (2010 and 2012) and current champion Jimmy Beck (2013).

Overall Record: Georgia leads South Carolina 24-13-2

Year Champion Score Site
1976 Georgia 609 - 628 Houndslake Country Club, Aiken, SC
1977 Georgia 600 - 640 Goshen Plantation, Augusta
1978 South Carolina 607 - 611 Country Club of Lexington, Lexington, SC
1979 Georgia 601 - 605 Augusta Country Club
1980 South Carolina 585 - 607 Houndslake Country Club, Aiken, SC
1981 Georgia 621 - 638 Houndslake Country Club, Aiken, SC
1982 Georgia 918 - 926 Brunswick Country Club
1983 Georgia 889 - 919 Country Club of Orangeburg, Orangeburg, SC
1984 South Carolina 464 - 478 Atlanta Athletic Club
1985 Georgia 923 - 925 Greenville Country Club, Greenville, SC
1986 Georgia 893 - 965 Atlanta Athletic Club
1987 Georgia 905 - 926 Country Club of Orangeburg, Orangeburg, SC
1988 Georgia 895 - 931 Atlanta Country Club, Marietta
1989 Georgia 921 - 945 Haig Point Club, Daufuskie Island, SC
1990 South Carolina 906 - 923 Country Club of the South, Alpharetta
1991 South Carolina 890 - 911 Woodside Plantation, Aiken, SC
1992 Georgia 894 - 939 St. Ives Country Club, Duluth
1993 Georgia 914 - 921 Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, SC
1994 Georgia 875 - 884 Augusta Country Club
1995: Switched to Match Play format 
1995 South Carolina 8 1/2 - 7 1/2 Thornblade Club, Greenville, SC
1996 Georgia 11 1/2 - 4 1/2 The Savannah Golf Club
1997 South Carolina 9 1/2 - 6 1/2 The CC of Charleston, Charleston, SC
1998 South Carolina 11 - 5 Idle Hour Club, Macon
1999 South Carolina 8 1/2 - 7 1/2 Secession Golf Club, Beaufort, SC
2000 Georgia 10 - 6 The Farm Golf Club, Rocky Face
2001 Georiga 9 1/2 - 6 1/2 Palmetto Golf Club, Aiken, SC
2002 South Carolina 8 1/2 - 7 1/2 Peachtree Golf Club, Atlanta
2003 South Carolina 9 - 7 Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, SC
2004 Georgia 12 1/2 - 3 1/2 Sea Island Golf Club, St. Simons Island
2005 Georgia 9 1/2 - 6 1/2 Yeaman's Hall, Hanahan, SC
2006 Georgia 9 - 7 East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta
2007 South Carolina 9 1/2 - 6 1/2 Sage Valley Golf Club, Graniteville, SC
2008 Georgia 11 1/2 - 4 1/2 Hawks Ridge Golf Club, Ball Ground
2009 South Carolina 11 1/2 - 4 1/2 The Reserve at Lake Keowee, Sunset, SC
2010 Tie 8 - 8 Atlanta Country Club, Marietta
2011 Georgia 10 - 6 May River Golf Club, Bluffton, SC
2012 Tie 4 - 4 Golf Club at Cuscowilla, Eatonton, GA
2013 Georgia 11 1/2 - 4 1/2  Forest Lake Club, Columbia, SC
2014 Tie 8-8 Ansley Golf Club-Settindown Creek, Roswell
2015 Georgia 8 1/2 - 7 1/2 Berkeley Hall Club, Bluffton, S.C.
2016 Tie 8-8 Idle Hour Club, Macon

 

Most Appearances
Four Tripp Davis (GA), 1982-85 Tommy Biershenk, Jr. (SC), 1988-91
Chan Reeves (GA), 1983-86 Scott Volpitto (GA), 1993-96
Three           Chip Whitt (SC), 1985-87 Michael Maness (SC), 1995, 1997-98
Rob McKelvey (GA), 1985-87 Matthew Avinger (SC), 1995-97
Derek Jackson (GA), 1990-92      Brian Harman (GA), 2001-03
Jamie Stanley (SC), 1990-92 Russell Henley (GA), 2004-06
Brent Roof (SC), 1994-96 Jacob Burger (SC), 2005-07
Tye Waller (GA), 2012-14

 

Medalist (Stroke Play Format from 1976-1994)
Year           Player Score
1976 Bob Tway, Atlanta 69
1977 David Usry, Augusta & Carter Mize, Columbus (tie) 73
1978 Jack Larkin, Atlanta 71
1979 Roger Keller, Atlanta & Bobby Baughn, Spartanburg, SC (tie) 71
1980 Chris Sipe, Aiken, SC 68
1981 Beau Fields, Marietta 74
1982 Michael Thigpen, Bishopville, SC 144
1983 Bill McDonald, Dalton 139
1984 Matt Boepple, Columbia, SC 72
1985 Rob McKelvey, Lawrenceville & Ray Franz, Mt. Pleasant, SC (tie)           149
1986 Chan Reeves, Americus 144
1987 Neil Hendee, Duluth 144
1988 Michael Cross, Marietta 144
1989 Zan Banks, Rome & Jeff Jordan, Jonesboro (tie) 149
1990 Mike Byce, Spartanburg, SC 146
1991 Tommy Biershenk, Jr., Spartanburg, SC 139
1992 Maury Beasley, Dublin 139
1993 Scott Volpitto, Augusta 137
1994 Scott Volpitto, Augusta 140

 

Most Points Earned (Match Play Format from 1995-present)
Points           Record           Years
5 1/2  Brian Harman, GA 5-0-1 2001-03
Russell Henley, GA 5-0-1 2004-06
4 Travis Mobley, GA 4-0 1996-97
Michael Maness, SC 4-2 1995, 1997-98
Hogan Kaney, GA 4-0 2000, 2002
Josh Gallman, SC 4-0 2005-06
3 1/2 Matthew Avinger, SC 3-0-1 1995-97
Jimmy Garren, GA 3-0-1 1996, 1998
3 Rob Simmons, SC 3-1 1995-96
Ben Duncan, SC 3-1 1996-97
Joe Morton, GA 3-1 2000-01
Seth McCain, GA 3-1 2003-04
Austin Langdale, SC 3-1 2010-11
Jacob Burger, SC 2-2-2 2005-07
James White, Jr., GA           2-0-2 2006-07
Harris English, GA 2-0-2 2006-07
Chase Parker, GA 2-0-2 2007-08
2 1/2 Jack Ferguson, SC 2-1-1 1998-99


Largest Margin of Victory
Individual           D.J. Trahan (SC), 9 and 8 (1995)
Clark Palmer (GA), 8 and 7 (2008)
Team Georgia 12 1/2 - 3 1/2 (2004)
  Georgia 11 1/2 - 4 1/2 (2013)
South Carolina 11 1/2 - 4 1/2 (2009)