A trio of Midlands golfers will represent the United States in the prestigious Can-Am Junior Team matches March 18-20 at the Wachesaw Plantation Club in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina.
Can-Am matches pit the top 16 junior golfers from South Carolina against the top 16 from Ontario, Canada. Eight girls and eight boys are selected for each team based on their ranking of participation in other events.
Local qualifiers include Blythewood’s Paige Paolucci, Lexington’s Isabella Rawl and Columbia’s Burch Harrison.
Paolucci will graduate from high school in 2022 and is committed to playing at Anderson University this fall. She is a two-time SC High School League Tag Team Champion, finished third individual in the SCHSL and won the 2021 Blade Junior Golf Classic.
Rawl will graduate in 2022 and is committed to playing at Clemson University. She won the 2020 Beth Daniel Junior Azalea, played on the 2018 and 2021 5A SCHSL Championship Teams, and finished third in the National High School Invitational.
Burch Harrison will graduate from AC Flora High School in 2022. He was a SCHSL 4A State Champion, finished fourth at the Matthew Nesmith Junior Championship, finished fifth at the Henry Transou Memorial Jr. Classic, and had seven top 10 finishes in 2021.
Can-Am games are held annually to develop the game of golf in conjunction with the Can-Am Days celebration held annually in Myrtle Beach to celebrate the relationship between the United States and Canada, according to the senior manager. of the SC Junior Golf Association, Joe Quick.
“It started as an opportunity to invite our young friends from the North to South Carolina for a dose of Southern hospitality coupled with fierce competition, and it quickly grew into an event of international significance,” Quick said. . “In 2010 the matches took a step forward when we also included the top eight girls from each delegation.”
Can-Am games have seen more than 325 participants play competitive golf at the college level, and several players have achieved LPGA, PGA or Canadian Tour status, Quick said. Many more have been on the Korn Ferry Tour, Symetra and other professional development tours.