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J. Martin's 66 Leads At N.C. Match Play

Josh Martin of Pinehurst eyes medalist honors heading into Thursday


SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (August 10, 2016) -- First round results of stroke play qualifying from the 7th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club in Southern Pines on Wednesday, August 10th (Par: 36-36--72, Yards: 6723, Course Rating: 71.7/130).

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Josh Martin of Pinehurst got off to the same start in the North Carolina Amateur Match Play as he did two years ago at  River Landing, shooting an opening round 66. In 2014, Martin followed that with a 77 in the second round, then missed out in a playoff to make match play.

"I'm going to stay aggressive," said the 19-year-old Martin, who will attend UNC-Chapel Hill this fall. "Last time I got too tentative."

On Wednesday Martin made six birdies while keeping his scorecard clean of bogeys. The birdie putts on Nos. 4, 6, and 12 were each from within four feet, courtesy of Martin's dialed-in wedge play.

Martin will hold a two-stroke advantage in the competition for stroke play qualifying medalist honors over Caleb Keck of Reidsville. The former Appalachian State University golfer birdied all four par-5s on Mid Pine's layout en route to a four-under 68. "My short game was good," said the 22-year-old. "I scrambled really well today." 

While nine players played under par Wednesday, only one did so from the morning wave. Alex Burris of Greensboro was mindful of Mid Pines' quick greens during his one-under 71. "I kept the ball below the hole all day," the 19-year-old said. "I didn't have one downhill putt."

The championship format is 36 holes of stroke play to determine 32 qualifiers for match play. Those 32 will then be seeded based off of their qualifying scores. Players will compete in match play until the field is dwindled to the final two. The championship match will take place Sunday morning to determine the champion. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 13th birthday by August 10, 2016, 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 7.4.

Scoring will be provided by the CGA throughout the championship, offering 9 and 18-hole updates. Live updates will also be available on the CGA’s official Twitter account, @cgagolf1909. Continue to visit the CGA website throughout this championship and all year long for complete championship coverage including scores, interviews, photos, and recaps.

Defending champion David Kocher is not in the field as he is traveling to Michigan to compete in the U.S. Amateur.

7th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship
Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club
Southern Pines, N.C.

Stroke Play Qualifying Round One Results
August 10, 2016

Place   Competitor   Score
1   Joshua Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.     34-32--66  (-6)
2   Caleb Keck, Reidsville, N.C.     33-35--68  (-4)
3   Keegan Hoff, Charlotte, N.C.     35-34--69  (-3)
T4   Riley Davis, Kinston, N.C.     34-36--70  (-2)
T4   Tanner Owen, High Point, N.C.     33-37--70  (-2)
T6   Patrick Stephenson, Four Oaks, N.C.     36-35--71  (-1)
T6   Alex Burris, Greensboro, N.C.     35-36--71  (-1)
T6   Sherrill Britt, West End, N.C.     35-36--71  (-1)
T6   Patrick Cover, Huntersville, N.C.     34-37--71  (-1)
T10   Aaron Thomas, Mount Holly, N.C.     33-39--72  (Even)
T10   David Kostyal II, Wilmington, N.C.     35-37--72  (Even)
T10   David Donovan IV, Hampstead, N.C.     36-36--72  (Even)
T10   Press McPhaul, Greenville, N.C.     36-36--72  (Even)
T10   Brandon Mader, Greenville, N.C.     34-38--72  (Even)
T15   Zachary Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.     37-36--73  (+1)
T15   Nicholas Lyerly, Salisbury, N.C.     38-35--73  (+1)
T15   Austin Harrill, Hickory, N.C.     39-34--73  (+1)
T15   Blake Fiest, Huntersville, N.C.     35-38--73  (+1)
T15   Jonathan Rector, Hendersonville, N.C.     37-36--73  (+1)
T15   Garrett Smith, Hillsborough, N.C.     38-35--73  (+1)
T15   Ross Robison, Wilmington, N.C.     38-35--73  (+1)
T15   Paul Fitzgerald, Charlotte, N.C.     35-38--73  (+1)
T15   David Sargent, Cornelius, N.C.     34-39--73  (+1)
T15   Nolan Mills IV, Charlotte, N.C.     35-38--73  (+1)
T15   Stephen Saleeby, Raleigh, N.C.     36-37--73  (+1)
T15   Will Stewart, Charlotte, N.C.     34-39--73  (+1)
T15   Dylon Wooten, Sparta, N.C.     39-34--73  (+1)
T15   Jackson Bailey, Matthews, N.C.     37-36--73  (+1)
T29   Noah Edmondson, Davidson, N.C.     37-37--74  (+2)
T29   Drew Johnson, Oak Ridge, N.C.     35-39--74  (+2)
T29   Walker Simas, Charlotte, N.C.     36-38--74  (+2)
T29   Michael Wicker, Rougemont, N.C.     37-37--74  (+2)
T29   Matthew Crenshaw, Burlington, N.C.     36-38--74  (+2)
T29   Matthew Spruill, Elizabeth City, N.C.     36-38--74  (+2)
T29   Jackson Spires, Fayetteville, N.C.     37-37--74  (+2)
T29   William Rainey, Charlotte, N.C.     37-37--74  (+2)
T29   Bailey Patrick, Charlotte, N.C.     36-38--74  (+2)
T29   Matthew Latham, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.     38-36--74  (+2)
T39   Harrison Rhoades, Raleigh, N.C.     37-38--75  (+3)
T39   Jeremy Ray, Pfafftown, N.C.     36-39--75  (+3)
T39   Anthony Perrino, Mooresville, N.C.     39-36--75  (+3)
T39   Davis Bateman, Charlotte, N.C.     37-38--75  (+3)
T39   James Sugg, Pinehurst, N.C.     37-38--75  (+3)
T39   Dustin Moore, Greensboro, N.C.     36-39--75  (+3)
T39   Harrison Frye, Gastonia, N.C.     36-39--75  (+3)
T39   Conner Lewis, Davidson, N.C.     36-39--75  (+3)
T39   Mitch Robinette, Charlotte, N.C.     36-39--75  (+3)
T39   Dallas Page, Staley, N.C.     36-39--75  (+3)
T39   Matt McDonagh, Winston-Salem, N.C.     36-39--75  (+3)
T39   Thomas Redding, Hudson, N.C.     37-38--75  (+3)
T39   Scott Pechacek, Cary, N.C.     39-36--75  (+3)
T39   Grant Houser, Holly Springs, N.C.     34-41--75  (+3)
T39   Thomas Bonney, Durham, N.C.     39-36--75  (+3)
T54   Tanner Gross, Archdale, N.C.     38-38--76  (+4)
T54   Kyle Clemmons, Morganton, N.C.     36-40--76  (+4)
T54   Aaron York, Durham, N.C.     39-37--76  (+4)
T54   Daniel Neveu, Pinehurst, N.C.     39-37--76  (+4)
T54   A. t. Cashwell, Concord, N.C.     39-37--76  (+4)
T54   Matt Elliott, Wilkesboro, N.C.     37-39--76  (+4)
T54   Mark Johnston, Lewisville, N.C.     38-38--76  (+4)
T54   John McFadyen, Fayetteville, N.C.     37-39--76  (+4)
T54   Wade Boteler, Mebane, N.C.     39-37--76  (+4)
T54   Reilly Erhardt, Greensboro, N.C.     37-39--76  (+4)
T54   Patrick Langdon, Charlotte, N.C.     37-39--76  (+4)
T54   Jack Mcclelland, Pinehurst, N.C.     37-39--76  (+4)
T54   William Kwasnick, Raleigh, N.C.     40-36--76  (+4)
T67   Thomas Hodges, Waxhaw, N.C.     37-40--77  (+5)
T67   Joseph Cansler, Clemmons, N.C.     38-39--77  (+5)
T67   Preyer Fountain, Raleigh, N.C.     36-41--77  (+5)
T67   Ben O'Geary, Henderson, N.C.     37-40--77  (+5)
T67   Hardin Councill, High Point, N.C.     40-37--77  (+5)
T67   Clay Brown, Davidson, N.C.     37-40--77  (+5)
T67   Aaron Walker, Charlotte, N.C.     39-38--77  (+5)
T67   Hunter McCombs, Morganton, N.C.     37-40--77  (+5)
T67   Brent McKenzie, Wake Forest, N.C.     40-37--77  (+5)
T67   Thomas Setzer, Winston-Salem, N.C.     41-36--77  (+5)
T67   Corrie Kuehn, Asheville, N.C.     39-38--77  (+5)
T67   Banks Wood Jr., Charlotte, N.C.     35-42--77  (+5)
T67   Tanner Norris, Morehead City, N.C.     39-38--77  (+5)
T67   Michael Oliverio, Charlotte, N.C.     39-38--77  (+5)
T81   Eric Bae, Pinehurst, N.C.     40-38--78  (+6)
T81   Elliott Grayson, Shelby, N.C.     38-40--78  (+6)
T81   Jordan Vogler, Pilot Mountain, N.C.     38-40--78  (+6)
T81   Alex Cauble, Belmont, N.C.     37-41--78  (+6)
T81   Michael Freeman, Asheville, N.C.     38-40--78  (+6)
T81   David Germann, Clayton, N.C.     38-40--78  (+6)
T81   Scott Tarcy, Charlotte, N.C.     39-39--78  (+6)
T81   Luke Grogan, Canton, N.C.     39-39--78  (+6)
T81   Richard Taylor, Charlotte, N.C.     37-41--78  (+6)
T90   Joshua Allen, Wilson, N.C.     40-39--79  (+7)
T90   Austin Inman, Wilmington, N.C.     42-37--79  (+7)
T90   Brandon Buchanan, Kernersville, N.C.     40-39--79  (+7)
T90   Nick Kroustalis, Clemmons, N.C.     39-40--79  (+7)
T90   Scott Park, Charlotte, N.C.     41-38--79  (+7)
T90   Steven Dougherty, Pinehurst, N.C.     39-40--79  (+7)
T90   Kevin Womack, Burlington, N.C.     41-38--79  (+7)
T90   Justin Lewis, High Point, N.C.     37-42--79  (+7)
T90   Jake Scruggs, Shelby, N.C.     41-38--79  (+7)
T90   Nathan Young, Oak Ridge, N.C.     41-38--79  (+7)
T90   Johannes Fontes-Zitzer, Lillington, N.C.     39-40--79  (+7)
T101   Brad Dawson, Mebane, N.C.     39-41--80  (+8)
T101   Evan Pappas, Asheville, N.C.     40-40--80  (+8)
T101   Jordan Ford, Cary, N.C.     40-40--80  (+8)
T101   Matthew Canavan, Raleigh, N.C.     39-41--80  (+8)
T101   Attie Giles, Pinehurst, N.C.     41-39--80  (+8)
T101   Jarett Stowe, Matthews, N.C.     38-42--80  (+8)
T101   Austin Northern, Blowing Rock, N.C.     39-41--80  (+8)
T101   Jake Golliday, Pinehurst, N.C.     39-41--80  (+8)
T109   Jonathan Paulson, Cary, N.C.     43-38--81  (+9)
T109   Blair Miller, Southern Pines, N.C.     39-42--81  (+9)
T109   Levi Grogan, Canton, N.C.     38-43--81  (+9)
T112   Shawn Heinchon, Greenville, N.C.     38-44--82  (+10)
T112   Tyler Payne, Mt. Airy, N.C.     41-41--82  (+10)
T112   Richard Youden, Winston-Salem, N.C.     39-43--82  (+10)
T112   Payne Kassinger, Asheville, N.C.     38-44--82  (+10)
T116   Braxton McLennan, Charlotte, N.C.     41-43--84  (+12)
T116   Michael Murray Jr, Greensboro, N.C.     40-44--84  (+12)
T116   Austin Meadows, Raleigh, N.C.     43-41--84  (+12)
T119   Kenneth Kavanaugh Jr, Statesville, N.C.     40-45--85  (+13)
T119   Peter Melvin, Charlotte, N.C.     41-44--85  (+13)
121   Dalton Berry, Pine Hall, N.C.     44-43--87  (+15)
122   Richard Ferguson, Waxhaw, N.C.     45-43--88  (+16)
123   Zach Boatwright, Concord, N.C.     48-46--94  (+22)


Championship Schedule:
Wednesday, August 10
Stroke Play Qualifying Round 1. Tee times at 8:00am/12:30pm off #1/#10 tees.

Thursday, August 11
Stroke Play Qualifying Round 2. Tee times at 8:00am/12:30pm off #1/#10 tees.
Cut to low 32 scores for match play. Playoff for medalist and last match play position.

Friday, August 12
Round of 32 (AM) and Round of 16 (PM) match play (18 holes each round).

Saturday, August 13
Quarterfinal (AM) and semifinal (PM) rounds of match play (18 holes each round).

Sunday, August 14
Championship match (18 holes).

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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