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55th NC Amateur Championship Preview

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- The Carolinas Golf Association will conduct the 55th North Carolina Amateur Championship at the Country Club of Landfall's Nicklaus course in Wilmington on June 18-21.
 
Defending champion Josh Martin, 18, of Pinehurst [+] Enlarge
Three of the top five finishers from last year will return to vie for the championship. In 2014, Josh Martin of Pinehurst became the youngest N.C. Amateur champion while his winning score of 14-under-par 270 was second best in the event's history.
 
This is the sixth CGA championship hosted by the Country Club of Landfall and second on the Nicklaus course. The Nicklaus Golf Course at the Country Club of Landfall consists of 27 holes, 18 from the original design opened in 1990 and a third nine which was completed in 2001. For the 55th N.C. Amateur, the front nine will be the Ocean course and the back nine will be the Marsh course. Designed to preserve and enhance the natural character of the land, the routing takes advantage of Landfall’s abundant saltwater and freshwater marshes as well as panoramic views of Howe’s Creek and the Intracoastal Waterway.
 
142 players are expected to compete in the 55th edition of the championship. Exempt players were automatically accepted while others were required to qualify through one of six 18 hole qualifiers.
 
Players to watch:
Medalist
Score
Site
Noah Edmondson
Davidson
Jeremy Ray
Pfafftown
David Germann
Clayton
Ryan Nagy
Raleigh
68
Longleaf Country Club
Southern Pines
Keegan Hoff
Charlotte
66
Brushy Mountain GC
Taylorsville
Matthew Faulkner
Cape Carteret
67
Wilmington Municipal GC
Wilmington
Andrew Frank
Winston-Salem
Peter Hinnant
Winston-Salem
68
The GC at Chapel Ridge
Pittsboro
Jay Roberts
Davidson
68
TPC Piper Glen
Charlotte
Chandler White
Clemmons
67
Bermuda Run CC (East)
Bermuda Run
  • Defending champion Josh Martin, 18, of Pinehurst, will be a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill. The #1 ranked Junior in N.C., he was a member of the 2015 N.C. 4A High School State Championship team for Pinecrest.
  • Carter Jenkins, 19, of Raleigh, also plays for the Tarheels of UNC. A rising Junior, Carter finished T-3 last year. He is the two-time defending Carolinas Amateur champion and holds six overall CGA career titles.
  • Logan Harrell, 23, of Huntersville, is a two-time CGA champ who played his collegiate golf for the Wolfpack at N.C. State. At last year's championship, Logan finished T-3. His CGA wins were the 2010 Carolinas Amateur and the 2012 N.C. Four-Ball Championship.
  • Wesley Conover, 22, of Holly Springs, plays his collegiate golf for the Pirates of East Carolina where he is a rising senior. He placed T-3 in last year's championship. Wesley was named to the 2015 Division I PING All-Region team.
  • Justin Tereshko, 25, of Greensboro, is the golf coach at Guilford College located in Greensboro, N.C. Earlier this month, Justin won the 2015 N.C. Open. While competing at Transylvania University, he was a two-time PING NCAA Division III All-American Team selection. In 2014 he advanced to the Round of 32 (Match Play) in the U.S. Amateur.
  • Sherrill Britt 49, of West End, won the Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship in April. At last month’s inaugural U.S. Four-Ball Championship, he finished runner-up with partner Greg Earnhardt.
  • Greg Earnhardt, 46, of Greensboro, finished T-4 at this year's Carolinas Mid-Amateur. He was runner-up at the U.S. Four-Ball Championship with partner Sherrill Britt.
  • Henry Shimp, 17, of Charlotte, the #6 Junior in N.C. is a rising high school senior who plays for Myers Park. This spring he won the individual title at the  Boys' 4A High School Western Regional. In 2014 he won the Carolinas Juniors Boys Championship and qualified for the U.S. Amateur played at Atlanta Athletic Club.
  • John Grimes, 21, of Pinehurst, plays golf for Greensboro College where he is a rising senior. He won the 2015 Carolinas Four-Ball Championship with partner Zachary Martin.
  • Zachary Martin, 21, of Pinehurst, is a rising senior on the UNC Tarheels golf team. He won the 2015 Carolinas Four-Ball Championship with partner John Grimes.
The championship is conducted at 72 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, there will be a cut to the low 60 scores and ties.
 
Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 13th birthday by June 18, 2015, is a legal resident of North Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has an active GHIN USGA Handicap Index at a CGA member club that does not exceed 5.4.
 
Championship Schedule
Thursday, June 18             Round 1 - 18 holes of stroke play
                                          
Friday, June 19                  Round 2 - 18 holes of stroke play. Cut to low 60 scores and ties. Field re-paired according to score.

Saturday, June 20              Round 3 - 18 holes of stroke play.
 
Sunday, June 21                Round 4 - 18 holes of stroke play. Awards ceremony immediately following play.
                                        
Tee times & Pairings (available 6/12)
 
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About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)
The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.
 
Now in its 106th year, the CGA annually conducts 43 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 140 One-Day (net and gross) events and qualifying for USGA national championships. The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation (CGF). The CGF has distributed more than $1,500,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.    
 
For more information about the CGA, visit www.carolinasgolf.org.
 
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