On Saturday, Cory Sciupider finished on top in the Tarheel Youth Golf Association Qualifier to earn his spot in the FJ Invitational, shooting an impressive 6-under-par 29 in the rain-shortened qualifier at Sedgefield Country Club.
Now, Sciupider survived the 54-hole cut and earned his spot in the final round of his first Invitational and third AJGA tournament.
“This is definitely a special event,” he said. “It’s a lot different than the other AJGA events, but it’s a lot of fun.”
Last year, he finished fifth at the Woodward Video Junior at The Greenbrier and was the first-round leader at the Golf Pride Junior Classic. Sciupider, who lives 200 miles away from Greensboro in Etowah, N.C., hasn’t had the low score that he shot in the qualifier, but it hasn’t stopped his mother from supporting him.
“When she’s not moaning at me after missing short putts, then she’s cheering,” he said.
After three rounds, Sciupider is tied for 42nd with an 8-over-par 218 (71-76-71) tournament total. With nothing to lose, he says he plans on playing aggressively in the final round.
“I’m just going to fire at pins and see if I can shoot in the 60s,” he said. “I’m going for everything. I’m not going to hold anything back for tomorrow. I might as well go as low as possible.”
By Tim Wing, AJGA Communications