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43rd SC Amateur Match Play Preview

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- The Carolinas Golf Association will conduct the 43rd South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship at The Windermere Club in Blythewood on June 17-21.
Bradley Kauffman, 20, of Greer, S.C. 
looks to defend his title.
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This is the sixth CGA championship hosted by The Windermere Club and third S.C. Amateur Match Play (1994, '99). The Pete Dye design has 13 truly "memorable" holes and no two holes are remotely alike. One of the Dye design objectives is to make golfers think carefully about each shot, consider each risk/ reward opportunity, and thus, use every club in the bag - making The Windermere Club an ideal venue for match play.
In last year's championship at Seabrook Island Club, Bradley Kauffman of Greer defeated stroke play qualifying medalist Brian Langley by an impressive 7 & 5 margin to secure his first CGA victory.
81 players are expected to compete at this year's championship. The winner earns an exemption into the 101st Carolinas Amateur Championship to be played July 9-12 at The Farm Course of Greensboro Country Club in Greensboro, N.C. 
Players to watch:
  • Defending champion Bradley Kauffman, 20, of Greer, is a rising junior on the Winthrop University golf team.
  • Andrew Novak, 20, of Mt. Pleasant, is the reigning South Carolina Amateur champion. He finished second at the 2014 Rice Planters Amateur at Snee Farm Country Club.
  • 2012 S.C. Amateur Match Play champion Matthew Laydon, 40, of Charleston.
  • Robert Dargan, 45, of Columbia, two-time South Carolina Mid-Amateur champion (2001, '14).
  • Jarrett Grimes, 42, of Columbia, won the 2009 Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship. Jarrett teamed with Chris Mitchell to twice win the S.C. Partners Championship (2007, '15).
  • Chris Mitchell, 42, of Prosperity, tied for second at the 2015 Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship, shooting five-under-par 31 on his final nine holes. Chris teamed with Jarrett Grimes to twice win the S.C. Partners Championship (2007, '15).
The championship is conducted at 36 holes of stroke play followed by a cut to the low 32 players for match play.
Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 13th birthday by June 17, 2015, is a legal resident of South 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 7.4.
Championship Schedule
Wednesday, June 17        Stroke Play Qualifying Round 1.
Thursday, June 18            Stroke Play Qualifying Round 2. Cut to low 32 scores for match play.
                                           Playoff for medalist and last match play position.
Friday, June 19                  Round of 32 (AM) and Round of 16 (PM) match play. (18 holes each round).

Saturday, June 20              Quarterfinal (AM) and semifinal (PM) rounds of match play. (18 holes each round).

Sunday, June 21                Championship match (18 holes).
Awards ceremony immediately following play.
Tee times & Pairings (available 6/12)
The CGA will post any tournament delays or cancellations via our Twitter account.
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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.    
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