Youth golfers compete in second annual Roanoke Valley Junior Match Play tournament

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) -- Two dozen golfers competed in the second annual Roanoke Valley Junior Match Play event at Roanoke Country Club this week.

It started Wednesday morning with a 9-hole qualifying round before the competitors took the course later that day for the first round of match play.

This year, 24 players competed in two different age groups: 13 to 14 and 15 to 17.

Despite the field being made up mostly of boys, Roanoke native Caroline Gilreath said she's proud to break the mold as one of the only girls in this year's tournament.

"Just go for it cause there's not that many female golfers and people love it when female golfers come out," she said, giving advice to fellow players. "It's a little intimidating at first because I'm so used to playing with girls, but it's fun in the end because you get to meet new people.

"I just love playing golf so much and it just brings a lot of new opportunities and it's a lot of fun to come out and play with my peers. I just hope I make it to tomorrow and I just want to play some golf and do good."

The tournament wrapped up on Thursday with Carson Moore (Boones Mill) winning the 14 and under division, followed by runner-up Luke Libbey (Lynchburg).

In the 15 and up division, Samir Davidov (Roanoke) was this year's champion and Slade Aliff (Hardy) was runner-up.