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Sease Seizes 102nd Carolinas Amateur

Country Club of Charleston member Christian Sease with the Richard S. Tufts trophy

CHARLESTON, S.C. (July 17, 2016) -- Final results of the 102nd Carolinas Amateur Championship at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. on Sunday, July 17th (Par: 35-35--70, Yards: 6,776, Course Rating: 72.0/129).

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Eleven hours after beginning his Carolinas Amateur final round at the Country Club of Charleston, Christian Sease was crowned the 102nd champion. The 22-year-old from nearby Mount Pleasant, S.C. has been a member of the club since age five and played thousands of round there. The 22 holes he played Sunday on the par-70 championship layout (the 5th hole was played as a 499-yard par-4 during the tournament) will top the list. Even Saturday's round, a seven-under 63 that included a hole-in-one, will take a back seat to this crowning performance.

Sease outlasted a six hour weather delay and a four hole playoff with 2012 Carolinas Amateur champion Carson Young of Pendleton, S.C. before hoisting the Richard S. Tufts trophy as Carolinas Amateur champion. Sease's name will be etched alongside other Country Club of Charleston members including Frank Ford, III (1992) and Cordes Ford, IV (1996).

Entering the final round, Sease held a one stroke advantage over Austin Zoller of Summerville, S.C. and two over Young. That lead dissipated after the first two holes. Young birdied each, Zoller birdied the second, and Sease went bogey-birdie to tie the trio at eight-under overall. Sease birdied the fourth before play was suspended while the lead group was playing the 230 yard par-3 6th.

Following the six hour weather delay, play resumed at 5pm. It was a hard-fought battle down the final nine holes of regulation with Young moving in front by a shot with a birdie on the par-4 13th, Sease tying for the lead with a birdie on the par-5 15th, Young regaining the lead when Sease bogeyed the par-4 16th and Sease advancing into the playoff when Young bogeyed the 18th after his tee shot left him with an awkward approach.

In the sudden death playoff Sease and Young played 1, 18, 1 and 18 again with Sease finally winning with a bogey to Young’s double bogey. On the final playoff hole, both players pulled their approaches left of the green with Sease’s ball stopping on the grassy downslope of a greenside bunker and Young’s ball landing in the bunker. Young played his bunker shot over the green, then missed his par and bogey attempts, allowing Sease's tap-in bogey to capture the title as darnkess enveloped the course at 8:40pm.

"This is my biggest win by far," said Sease, who will return to Winthrop University for graduate school and play a fourth year on the golf team. With the victory, both Sease and his girlfriend Ashley Sloup of Southport, N.C. - who won the Carolinas Women's Amateur in May -  hold Carolinas amateur titles. When Sease walked off the 18th green as champion, he was handed a phone with Sloup on the line. "It was a special moment," Sease said with a smile. 

The win earned Sease a 10-year exemption into all Carolinas Golf Association events for which he is eligible.

Sunday's low round was posted by Matt Carter of Easley, S.C. His seven-under-par 63 vaulted him into a tie for fifth place. Also placing fifth, 2011 champion Scott Harvey of Kernersville, N.C. opened his round by converting birdies on four of the first five holes to mount an early charge at the leaders.

The Carolinas Golf Association thanks the members and staff of the Country Club of Charleston for their help and hospitality during the championship. We especially thank director of golf Hart Brown, head professional Brendan Hood, director of golf course maintenance Paul Corder and club president Cordes Ford, IV.

About the Carolinas Amateur Championship

The championship is conducted at 72 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, there is a cut to the low 60 scores and ties. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 13th birthday by July 14, 2016, is a legal resident of North Carolina or 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.

102nd Carolinas Amateur Championship
Country Club of Charleston, Charleston, S.C.

Final Results
July 17, 2016

* Christian Sease won on fourth playoff hole

Place   Competitor   Score
1 *   Christian Sease, Mount Pleasant, S.C.     70-69-63-70--272  (-8)
2   Carson Young, Pendleton, S.C.    73-67-64-68--272  (-8)
3   Austin Zoller, Summerville, S.C.     69-67-67-71--274  (-6)
4   Doc Redman, Raleigh, N.C.     72-71-67-66--276  (-4)
T5   Tim Conover, Holly Springs, N.C.     70-68-72-68--278  (-2)
T5   Scott Harvey, Kernersville , N.C.     66-75-68-69--278  (-2)
T5   Matt Carter, Easley, S.C.     70-71-74-63--278  (-2)
T5   Julian Keur, Summerville, S.C.     70-68-66-74--278  (-2)
T5   Justin Tereshko, Jamestown, N.C.     68-70-72-68--278  (-2)
T10   Preston Cole, Greer, S.C.     72-67-72-69--280  (Even)
T10   Bryce Howell, Blythewood, S.C.     70-72-69-69--280  (Even)
T10   Hunter Watkins, Lexington, S.C.     69-69-72-70--280  (Even)
T13   Stephen Franken, Raleigh, N.C.     70-70-68-73--281  (+1)
T13   Josh Branyon, Honea Path, S.C.     70-70-69-72--281  (+1)
T13   Matt Elliott, Wilkesboro, N.C.     73-70-69-69--281  (+1)
16   Reilly Erhardt, Greensboro, N.C.     69-70-72-71--282  (+2)
T17   Andrew Ward, Indian Trail, N.C.     74-70-69-70--283  (+3)
T17   Eric Mitchell, Winston-Salem, N.C.     75-69-70-69--283  (+3)
T17   Chandler Mulkey, Johns Island, S.C.     69-71-72-71--283  (+3)
T17   Kevin O'Connell, Raleigh, N.C.     73-67-72-71--283  (+3)
T21   Eric Bae, Pinehurst, N.C.     69-72-72-71--284  (+4)
T21   Joe Jaspers, Huntersville, N.C.     73-70-73-68--284  (+4)
T21   Eric Edwards, Salisbury, N.C.     72-67-74-71--284  (+4)
T21   Keegan Hoff, Charlotte, N.C.     72-70-73-69--284  (+4)
T21   David Sargent, Cornelius, N.C.     71-73-71-69--284  (+4)
T21   John Pitt, Raleigh, N.C.     71-68-71-74--284  (+4)
T21   Chris Jones, Charlotte, N.C.     74-68-68-74--284  (+4)
T21   William Rainey, Charlotte, N.C.     71-71-71-71--284  (+4)
T21   Chad Cox, Charlotte, N.C.     72-70-72-70--284  (+4)
T21   Patrick Schweitz, Clayton, N.C.     72-71-73-68--284  (+4)
T31   Logan Harrell, Huntersville, N.C.     72-68-72-73--285  (+5)
T31   Victor Wiggins, Gastonia, N.C.     74-70-69-72--285  (+5)
T31   Michael Sanders, Davidson, N.C.     74-69-73-69--285  (+5)
T34   David Gies II, Charlotte, N.C.     75-68-71-72--286  (+6)
T34   David Donovan IV, Hampstead, N.C.     72-73-74-67--286  (+6)
T34   Zachary Herold, Lexington, S.C.     73-68-72-73--286  (+6)
T37   Philip Oweida, Charlotte, N.C.     71-72-72-72--287  (+7)
T37   Jamie Wilson, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.     71-71-71-74--287  (+7)
T37   Blake Mcshea, Zebulon, N.C.     69-74-73-71--287  (+7)
T40   Patrick Stephenson, Four Oaks, N.C.     74-71-73-70--288  (+8)
T40   Bailey Patrick, Charlotte, N.C.     71-70-76-71--288  (+8)
T42   Blake Taylor, Atkinson, N.C.     74-69-73-73--289  (+9)
T42   Chandler White, Clemmons, N.C.     69-70-76-74--289  (+9)
T42   James Lightsey Jr., Fort Mill, S.C.     72-73-72-72--289  (+9)
T42   Ford Blanchard Jr., Orangeburg, S.C.     69-75-75-70--289  (+9)
T42   Parks Price, Calabash , N.C.     73-71-70-75--289  (+9)
T42   Riley Schank, Bluffton, S.C.     70-71-76-72--289  (+9)
T48   Jordan Warnock, Roebuck, S.C.     73-72-73-72--290  (+10)
T48   Kenan Poole II, Raleigh, N.C.     72-72-74-72--290  (+10)
T48   Sawyer Mills, Easley, S.C.     75-69-71-75--290  (+10)
T48   Christian Salzer, Sumter, S.C.     71-69-77-73--290  (+10)
52   Josh Nichols, Kernersville, N.C.     75-68-75-73--291  (+11)
53   Parker Dudley, Charleston, S.C.     71-74-73-74--292  (+12)
54   Regan Erhardt, Greensboro, N.C.     72-72-77-72--293  (+13)
T55   Yancey Johnson, Simpsonville, S.C.     70-74-72-79--295  (+15)
T55   Zachary Bishop, Travelers Rest, S.C.     75-69-77-74--295  (+15)
T55   Treg Hallman, Mt. Pleasant , S.C.     72-70-79-74--295  (+15)
58   Blake Maull, Charleston, S.C.     70-73-79-76--298  (+18)
T59   Brian Westveer, Charlotte, N.C.     70-75-75-WD--WD  (WD)
T59   Steven Brame, Henderson, N.C.     70-70-76-WD--WD  (WD)
T59   Adam Langford, Murrells Inlet, S.C.     71-70-73-WD--WD  (WD)
    Failed to Qualify for Final 36 holes    
T62   Blake Wagoner, Cornelius, N.C.     74-72  (+6)
T62   Uly Grisette, Winston Salem, N.C.     73-73  (+6)
T62   Ben O'Geary, Henderson, N.C.     76-70  (+6)
T62   Frank Ford III, Charleston, S.C.     73-73  (+6)
T62   Doug Ramey, Greer, S.C.     73-73  (+6)
T62   Christian Cichan, Charlotte, N.C.     69-77  (+6)
T62   Wesley Conover, Holly Springs, N.C.     75-71  (+6)
T62   Caleb Keck, Reidsville, N.C.     76-70  (+6)
T62   Kirk Mitchell, Bluffton, S.C.     72-74  (+6)
T62   Will Stewart, Charlotte, N.C.     72-74  (+6)
T62   Jackson Bailey, Matthews, N.C.     70-76  (+6)
T62   Matthew Rogers, Huntersville, N.C.     72-74  (+6)
T62   Ujang Zarems, Wilmington, N.C.     72-74  (+6)
T62   Whitfield Massey, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.     71-75  (+6)
T76   Dustin Moore, Greensboro, N.C.     72-75  (+7)
T76   Zakariya Butt, Summerville, S.C.     78-69  (+7)
T76   Charlie Niland, Charlotte, N.C.     72-75  (+7)
T76   Rhodes Karriker, Matthews, N.C.     73-74  (+7)
T76   Henry Augenstein, Columbia, S.C.     73-74  (+7)
T76   Jonathan Brightwell, Mint Hill, N.C.     73-74  (+7)
T76   Jarett Stowe, Matthews, N.C.     74-73  (+7)
T76   Adam Walker, Charleston, S.C.     71-76  (+7)
T84   Jeremy Ray, Pfafftown, N.C.     77-71  (+8)
T84   Thomas Todd III, Laurens , S.C.     73-75  (+8)
T84   Matthew Laydon, Charleston, S.C.     74-74  (+8)
T84   Nathan Bull, Candler, N.C.     74-74  (+8)
T84   Henry Shimp, Charlotte, N.C.     74-74  (+8)
T84   Ben Buben, Charlotte, N.C.     75-73  (+8)
T84   Gettys Glaze, Charleston, S.C.     71-77  (+8)
T84   Connor Bruns, Duncan, S.C.     72-76  (+8)
T92   Hunter Parks, Union, S.C.     76-73  (+9)
T92   Nick Eberhardt, Lake Wylie, S.C.     78-71  (+9)
T92   Dwight Cauthen, Columbia, S.C.     77-72  (+9)
T92   David Kostyal II, Wilmington, N.C.     73-76  (+9)
T92   Alex Scott, Raleigh, N.C.     74-75  (+9)
T92   Walter Brinker, Sanford, N.C.     76-73  (+9)
T92   Gordon Williams, Charleston, S.C.     77-72  (+9)
T92   Drake Cassidy, Hartsville, S.C.     75-74  (+9)
T92   Alec Weary, Bluffton, S.C.     74-75  (+9)
T92   William Harwood, Columbia, S.C.     78-71  (+9)
T92   Levi Grogan, Canton, N.C.     78-71  (+9)
T92   Brad Coleman, Jamestown, N.C.     77-72  (+9)
T104   Logan Shuping, Salisbury, N.C.     75-75  (+10)
T104   Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C.     76-74  (+10)
T104   Matthew Wiggins, Laurens, S.C.     74-76  (+10)
T104   Weston Sanders, Greenwood, S.C.     79-71  (+10)
T104   Brandon Mader, Greenville, N.C.     75-75  (+10)
T109   Noah Edmondson, Davidson, N.C.     74-77  (+11)
T109   Zachary Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.     80-71  (+11)
T109   Paul Fitzgerald, Charlotte, N.C.     74-77  (+11)
T109   Mitch Robinette, Charlotte, N.C.     74-77  (+11)
T109   Daniel Day, Seneca, S.C.     75-76  (+11)
T109   Ryan Carpenter, Aiken, S.C.     75-76  (+11)
T109   Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, S.C.     79-72  (+11)
T109   Evan Rodwell, Charleston, S.C.     78-73  (+11)
T117   Michael Cowley, Cary, N.C.     76-76  (+12)
T117   Fitz Woodrow IV, Lexington, S.C.     75-77  (+12)
T119   Harrison Frye, Gastonia, N.C.     78-75  (+13)
T119   Justin Hood, Saint Matthews, S.C.     77-76  (+13)
T119   Nicolas Principi, Huntersville, N.C.     74-79  (+13)
T119   Charlie Tate, Greensboro, N.C.     74-79  (+13)
T119   Mark Germann, Clayton, N.C.     73-80  (+13)
T124   Daniel Jackson, Matthews, N.C.     76-78  (+14)
T124   Leonard Herd, Rock Hill, S.C.     76-78  (+14)
T124   Eric Williams, Goldsboro, N.C.     78-76  (+14)
T127   Griffin Cryan, Pinehurst, N.C.     77-78  (+15)
T127   Christian Park, Charlotte, N.C.     77-78  (+15)
129   Scott Park, Charlotte, N.C.     81-75  (+16)
T130   Dwayne Simpson, Charlotte, N.C.     75-82  (+17)
T130   Whit Howard, Raleigh, N.C.     80-77  (+17)
T130   Brody Davis, Harrisburg, N.C.     77-80  (+17)
T130   Charles Spry, Winston salem, N.C.     79-78  (+17)
T134   Cordes Ford IV, Charleston, S.C.     83-75  (+18)
T134   Zack Swanson, Waxhaw, N.C.     76-82  (+18)
T134   Mark Whitley, Stantonsburg, N.C.     79-79  (+18)
T137   Corey Stamper, Waynesville, N.C.     79-80  (+19)
T137   Michael Murray Jr, Greensboro, N.C.     76-83  (+19)
T139   Devin McGillan, Lexington, S.C.     78-82  (+20)
T139   Brian Hewat, Charlotte , N.C.     74-86  (+20)
141   Ben Esposito, Pittsboro, N.C.     76-85  (+21)
142   William Little, Kannapolis, N.C.     81-83  (+24)
143   Gene Queen, Advance, N.C.     86-79  (+25)
144   Matthew Latham, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.     76-DQ  (DQ)
145   Grant Houser, Holly Springs, N.C.     WD  (WD)


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.

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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