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20th Tar Heel Cup Heads to The Country Club of North Carolina on March 24-25

WEST END, NC - A team of eight North Carolina amateurs will be chasing their 3rd victory in a row when they go against eight North Carolina PGA professionals in the 20th Tar Heel Cup Matches at The Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, NC on March 24 and 25. While the amateurs have won the previous two Cup Matches (2012 and 2013), the professionals have long dominated this event with a 14-4-1 all-time record.

The amateurs, who retained the title after last year's 7-5 win in this Ryder Cup-style competition at The Country of North Carolina, now stand at 2-0-2 over the past four years. They are looking to extend their win streak this year with 5 veteran players returning to the competition. This is the second year in a row that the matches, which are jointly conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association and the Carolinas PGA Section, have been played on the Cardinal Course at The Country Club of North Carolina.

The Tar Heel Cup format consists of one day of Four-Ball matches and one day of Singles matches with one point awarded to the winner of each match. It requires 6 1/2 points to win the Cup. Until 2009, scoring was based on the Nassau system with three points at stake in each match -- one point for winning the front nine, one point for winning the back nine and one point for winning the overall 18.

The Country Club of North Carolina lies on 2000 acres of land which includes three lakes (the largest, Lake Watson, is sixty acres) and two eighteen-hole golf courses of world-class caliber. It is home to the Dogwood Course and the Cardinal Course. Both the Dogwood Course and the Cardinal Course went under renovations in 1999 and 2001, respectively. The practice facility went under renovation in 2006. Both courses are currently ranked in the top 15 courses in North Carolina.

For more information about the Tar Heel Cup Matches and many other Carolinas Golf Association events, visit the Championship Home Page online at www.carolinasgolf.org.

ADDITIONAL MEDIA INFORMATION
20th Tar Heel Cup Matches
March 24-25, 2014
The Country Club of North Carolina (Cardinal Course)
1600 Morganton Road
Pinehurst, NC 28374

OVERVIEW
The Carolinas Golf Association and Carolinas PGA Section will jointly conduct the 20th Tar Heel Cup at The Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, NC.

2013 CHAMPIONS: N.C. Amateurs

FORMAT
Tar Heel Cup consists of two days of competition. Day 1 format is Four-Ball Match Play. Day 2 format is Singles Match Play. Each match is worth 1 point each. A halved match earns each side ½ point. The Amateurs are the 2013 defending champions and need 6 points to retain the Cup. The CPGA Professionals need 6 ½ points to win.

ELIGIBILITY: Based on association rankings

SCHEDULE OF ROUNDS
Monday, March 24 - Four-Ball matches
Tuesday, March 25 - Singles matches

FIELD: Eight professionals, eight amateurs

PRIZE: The Tar Heel Cup Matches Trophy and bragging rights

PAST CHAMPIONS
1995 - Amateurs
1996 - Professionals
1997 - Professionals
1998 - Professionals
1999 - Professionals
2000 - Amateurs
2001 - Professionals
2002 - Professionals
2003 - Professionals
2004 - Professionals
2005 - Professionals
2006 - Professionals
2007 - Professionals
2008 - Professionals
2009 - Professionals
2010 - Tie
2011 - Tie
2012 - Amateurs
2013 - Amateurs

2014 Competitors:

N.C. AMATEURS
Blair Bowland, Burlington, NC
Sherrill Britt, West End, NC         
Matt Crenshaw, Burlington, NC
Scott Harvey, Greensboro, NC  
Jonathan Jackson, Chapel Hill, NC            
Ron Kirkpatrick, Charlotte, NC   
Pat Thompson, Asheville, NC
Brian Westveer, Charlotte, NC

N.C. PGA PROFESSIONALS
Jeff Avant, Monroe, NC
John Carter, Banner Elk, NC
John Faidley, Winston-Salem, NC
Chris Haarlow, Greensboro, NC
Rick Lewallen, Kannapolis, NC
Jeff Peck, Charlotte, NC
Cory Schneider, Powells Point, NC
Bryan Sullivan, Kitty Hawk, NC

DAY 1 FOUR-BALL MATCHES:

12:00pm - Ron Kirkpatrick – Jonathan Jackson (CGA) vs. John Faidley – Bryan Sullivan (CPGA)

12:10pm - Scott Harvey – Brian Westveer (CGA) vs. Rick Lewallen – Jeff Peck (CPGA)

12:20pm - Matthew Crenshaw – Blair Bowland (CGA) vs. Cory Schneider – Jeff Avant (CPGA)

12:30pm - Pat Thompson – Sherrill Britt (CGA) vs. Chris Haarlow – John Carter (CPGA)

COUNTRY CLUB OF NORTH CAROLINA DESCRIPTION

The Club lies on some 2000 acres of land which includes three lakes (the largest, Lake Watson, is sixty acres) and two eighteen-hole golf courses of world-class caliber. It is home to the Dogwood Course and the Cardinal Course. The Dogwood Course and the Cardinal Course went under renovation in 1999 and 2001, respectively. The practice facility went under renovation in 2006. Both courses are currently ranked in the top 15 courses in North Carolina.

The 2014 Tar Heel Cup Matches will be contested on the Cardinal Course. It began as a 9 hole golf course constructed in 1970. A second 9 holes was completed in 1981 bringing the hole count to 18. The course was designed by a combination of Robert Trent Jones and William C. Byrd. The course is currently ranked 7th in the Top Courses of the Sandhills Region and 15th in the Top 100 Courses of North Carolina.

COUNTRY CLUB OF NORTH CAROLINA INFORMATION

Director of Golf: Jeff Dotson
Superintendent: Ron Kelly
Golf Shop Phone: 910-692-6771
Club Address: 1600 Morganton Road, Pinehurst, NC 28374
Club Website: https://www.ccofnc.com
Yardage: 6980 yards, par 36-36--72; Course Rating: 74.1/137



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