TOP AMATEUR: Former Madisonian Justin Tereshko, now the head golf coach at Guilford (N.C.) College, hoists the huge trophy for winning the North Carolina Amateur on Sunday at River Run Country Club in Davidson, North Carolina. (Carolinas Golf Association photo)
TOP AMATEUR: Former Madisonian Justin Tereshko, now the head golf coach at Guilford (N.C.) College, hoists the huge trophy for winning the North Carolina Amateur on Sunday at River Run Country Club in Davidson, North Carolina. (Carolinas Golf Association photo)
Former Madison Consolidated High School golfers Justin Tereshko and Karen (Dennison) Paolozzi are putting up impressive numbers in tournaments this weekend.

Tereshko, a 2008 graduate of Madison, won the North Carolina Amateur in Davidson, North Carolina, on Sunday and Paolozzi shot an opening round 72 to stand tied for 33rd in the PGA Professional Championship in Sunriver, Oregon.

Tereshko finished five-under for the tournament and won by three strokes. It was a sweet victory for the current head golf coach at Guilford (N.C.) College, who saw a late lead evaporate in the same event two years ago.

“I would now say the monkey is off my back. It feels really good,” the 27-year-old Tereshko told AmateurGolf.com. “There are great amateur names (on the trophy) like Bill Harvey and Paul Simson ... Dirk Fennie, my buddy, and William McGirt. So it’s pretty cool that Justin Tereshko will be on there too.”

Tereshko established himself early on Sunday with birdies on hole Nos. two and three and get to 8-under for the tourney and then closed out the win despite some wobbles with bogeys on seven, eight, 11 and 17 to close out his final round and the win. Following his final bogey, Tereshko finished his run to the title with a birdie for the fourth straight day on the closing hole.

Paolozzi, a 2001 Madison graduate and former Big Ten champion at Indiana University, shot an even-par 72 on the Crosswater Course, which is considered the tougher of the two courses at Sunriver. Paolozzi played from the women’s tees as one of two women in the 312 player field.

Now the assistant professional at Druid Hills Golf Club in Atlanta, Paolozzi opened her round from the 10th tee with a pair of birdies before closing her first nine with bogeys on three of her final four holes.

Paolozzi then rallied for three birdies on the closing front nine before finishing her round with a bogey on the final hole.

Paolozzi is making her third appearance in the event and second consecutive. She tied seventh place last year — the best ever finish by a woman — at 5-under 283.

Leon Personett and defending champ Rich Berberian Jr., who both played the Meadows Course, sit atop the leaderboard. Personett is five-under while Berberian is a stroke back.

The second round of the four-round PGA Professional is today and a cut will be made after 36 holes to see who stays around to play the final two rounds.