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Howell-Romero Lead 11th Cas Mixed Team

After the first round of four-ball stroke play, Valentina Romero of Greenville, S.C. & Bryce Howell of Blythewood, S.C. (R) hold a one stroke lead


PINEHURST, N.C. (August 20, 2016) -- First round results of the 11th Carolinas Mixed Team Championship at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (No. 5) in Pinehurst, N.C. on Saturday, August 20th. (Par 36-36--72, various yardage)

Two Furman Paladins hold the lead after the four-ball portion of the 11th Carolinas Mixed Team Championship held on Course No. 5 at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club. Bryce Howell of Blythewood, S.C. is a rising senior and Valentina Romero of Greenville, S.C. graduated in May. The duo closed Saturday's opening round with three birdies. Howell, who finished T-10 at this year's Carolinas Amateur, chipped-in from the fringe on No. 16. Romero followed that by hitting her approach from 50 yards on 17 to within inches of the hole. Howell capped their round of six-under 66 by rolling in a 15-foot birdie on 18. "When your partner has the par, you could be aggressive," said Romero, who is playing in her first CGA championship. 

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Two teams are trailing Howell-Romero by one stroke. Rachel Wyatt and Jamie Phillips also ended their round with birdies to climb the leaderboard. Following a birdie on the par-5 17th, Phillips chipped-in for a walk-off birdie on the par-4 18th. The Charleston residents' round was highlighted with an eagle on the par-4 5th when Phillips holed his 9-iron approach from 148 yards. "We were burning edges most of the day. The birdie-birdie finish was huge," said Phillips. "We just have to go out there tomorrow and hit it closer," added Wyatt, who spent last summer as an intern for the Carolinas Golf Association.

Consecutive birdies on holes 10 thru 12 helped Scott Burnett of Matthews, N.C. and Stacey Wells of Mint Hill, N.C. also post five-under 67 to be tied for second with Wyatt-Phillips. At four-under 68, defending champions Aubrie Street of Greenville, S.C. and Michael Borton of Winston-Salem, N.C. trail the leaders by two strokes. Seven-time Carolinas Mixed Team champions Anthony Adams and Debbie Adams of Asheville, N.C. will have a three stroke deficit to overcome after posting three-under 69.

In the Senior Division, Jerry Sennett of Stanley, N.C. and Karen Sennett of Stanley, N.C. lead by one over Nick Avery of Goose Creek, S.C. and Christine Brooks of Ladson, S.C. 

The final round will begin with a 9:00am shotgun. Teams will play modified alternate shot.

The championship format consists of one round of four-ball stroke play followed by a final round of modified alternate shot. Entry is open to any team comprised of a male amateur and a female amateur golfer who have reached their 13th birthdays, who are legal residents of North Carolina or South Carolina, are members in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and have an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club.

11th Carolinas Mixed Team Championship
Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (No. 5)
Pinehurst, N.C.


First Round Results
August 20, 2016


1 Bryce Howell, Blythewood, S.C. -  Valentina Romero, Greenville, S.C.    66
T2 Rachel Wyatt, Charleston, S.C. -  Jamie Phillips, Mt Pleasant, S.C.    67
T2 Scott Burnett, Matthews, N.C. -  Stacey Wells, Mint Hill, N.C.    67
4 Aubrie Street, Greenville, S.C. -  Michael Borton, Winston Salem, N.C.    68
T5 Debbie Adams, Asheville, N.C. -  Anthony Adams, Asheville, N.C.    69
T5 Treg Hallman, Mt. Pleasant , S.C. -  Savannah Hallman, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.    69
7 Hunter Watkins, Lexington, S.C. -  Braiden Furtick, Lexington, S.C.    70
8 Angela Altice, Wake Forest, N.C. -  Jeff Altice, Wake Forest, N.C.    72
9 Caroline Ellington, New Bern, N.C. -  Zak Laws, Raleigh, N.C.    73
10 Willy Mesa, Cary, N.C. -  Pat Brogden, Garner, N.C.    76
Championship - First Flight      
T1 Larry Almond, Albemarle, N.C. -  Rachel Tamaro, Albemarle, N.C.    68
T1 Cass Lambert, Charleston, S.C. -  Blake Maull, Charleston, S.C.    68
3 Catherine Shealy, Columbia, S.C. -  Peter Loper, Blythewood, S.C.    71
4 Greeley Hilton, Lexington, N.C. -  Stacy Vanzant, Lexington, N.C.    72
T5 Victoria Tsurutis, Charleston, S.C. -  George Rasque, Ladson, S.C.    73
T5 Ginger Gibson, Kannapolis, N.C. -  Andrew Morgan, China Grove, N.C.    73
7 Maria Malone, Greensboro, N.C. -  Kevin Malone, Greensboro, N.C.    74
8 Paul Estes, Pinehurst, N.C. -  Colleen Estes, Charleston, S.C.    79
9 Jeffrey Sepesi, New London, N.C. -  Lisa Sepesi, New London, N.C.    80
Tournament Division        
1 Kathy Reynolds, Hickory, N.C. -  William Reynolds, Raleigh, N.C.    66
2 Steve Clark, Midland, N.C. -  Tracie Clark, Midland, N.C.    75
3 Brandon Britt, Benson, N.C. -  Megan Britt, Benson, N.C.    78
4 Jeffrey Daily, Wingate, N.C. -  Linda Daily, Wingate, N.C.    79
5 Mary Treece, Monroe, N.C. -  Kenny Treece, Monroe, N.C.    85
Senior - Championship Flight    
1 Jerry Sennett, Stanley, N.C. -  Karen Sennett, Stanley, N.C.    69
2 Nick Avery, Goose Creek, S.C. -  Christine Brooks, Ladson, S.C.    70
3 Leigh Coulter, Hopkins, S.C. -  Ken Taylor, Columbia, S.C.    71
T4 Julie Flynn, Myrtle Beach, S.C. -  Warren Peper, Charleston, S.C.    73
T4 Chris Jones, Charlotte, N.C. -  Michael Jones, Charlotte, N.C.    73
6 Judy Laehn, Aiken, S.C. -  John Laehn, Aiken, S.C.    74
T7 Tom Bookmiller, Lake Wylie, S.C. -  Cindy Altieri, Lake Wylie, S.C.    75
T7 Mark Hawley, New London, N.C. -  Ellen Murphy, New London, N.C.    75
T7 Lisa Holland, Rocky Mount, N.C. -  Mike Holland, Rocky Mount, N.C.    75
10 Tony Austin, Southern Pines, N.C. -  Jane Pajak, Southern Pines, N.C.    76
Senior - First Flight        
T1 Bob Fulton, Hilton Head, S.C. -  Robin Fulton, Hilton Head, S.C.    70
T1 Rob Campbell, Charlotte, N.C. -  Laraine Campbell, Charlotte, N.C.    70
3 Cynthia Andereck, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. -  David Andereck, Mt Pleasant, S.C.    74
T4 John Lavigne, Apex, N.C. -  Diane Lavigne, Pawleys Island, S.C.    75
T4 Mike Harris, Durham, N.C. -  Robin Harris, Durham, N.C.    75
6 Rosie Johnson, Knightdale, N.C. -  Mike Johnson, Clayton, N.C.    78
T7 Kyoko Tsuchiya, Mt Pleasant, S.C. -  Masakazu Tsuchiya, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.    80
T7 Dan Kelly, Raleigh, N.C. -  Melody Diamond, Raleigh, N.C.    80
9 Mary Jones, Simpsonville, S.C. -  Drew Jones, Simpsonville, S.C.    81
10 Lisa Desando, Simpsonville, S.C. -  Eric Desando, Simpsonville, S.C.    82
Super Senior - Championship Flight    
1 Dennis Slezak, Mount Pleasant, S.C. -  Bernice Slezak, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.    73
T2 Bill Lee, Charlotte, N.C. -  Beth Lee, Charlotte, N.C.    74
T2 Michael Egan, Wilmington, N.C. -  Susan Egan, Wilmington, N.C.    74
4 Dianne Cole-Hall, Pinehurst, N.C. -  Alan Hall, Pinehurst, N.C.    75
5 Stephen Murphy, Hilton Head Island, S.C. -  Linda Murphy, Hilton Head, S.C.    76
T6 Patricia Christina, Pinehurst, N.C. -  William Christina, Pinehurst, N.C.    77
T6 Debbie Weber, Aiken, S.C. -  Jack Weber, Aiken, S.C.    77
T8 Jay Bland, Summerville, S.C. -  Sandy Bland, Summerville, S.C.    82
T8 Melvin Chamblee, Ahoskie, N.C. -  Nancy Chamblee, Ahoskie, N.C.    82
Super Senior - First Flight      
1 Teddy Stockwell, Charleston, S.C. -  Charley Gibbs, Charleston, S.C.    80
2 Ronald Payne, Little River, S.C. -  Babs McIntosh, N. Myrtle Beach, S.C.    82
3 Gary Walker, Pinehurst, N.C. -  Marcia Walker, Pinehurst, N.C.    83
4 David Smith, Gastonia, N.C. -  Ada Ellen Smith, Gastonia, N.C.    85
5 Jim Barth, Mt Pleasant, S.C. -  Christine Barth, Mount Pleasant, S.C.    86
6 Thomas Barreca, Hilton Head, S.C. -  Anita Barreca, Hilton Head, S.C.    89
7 Jim Phlegar, Bolivia, N.C. -  Ann Phlegar, Bolivia, N.C.    90
8 Andy Sapp, Wake Forest, N.C. -  Jo Ann Sapp, Wake Forest, N.C.    93




Championship Schedule:

Saturday, August 20
First round. 18 holes of Four-Ball stroke play (9AM shotgun).
Field re-paired according to score within flights for final round.

Sunday, August 21
Final round. 18 holes of Modified Alternate Shot stroke play (AM shotgun).
Awards luncheon immediately following completion of play.


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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