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J. Martin Earns NC Match Play Medalist

Josh Martin of Pinehurst earned medalist honors by a four stroke margin

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SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (August 11, 2016) -- Second 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 Thursday, August 11th (Par: 36-36--72, Yards: 6723, Course Rating: 71.7/130).

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With favorable weather conditions for scoring at Mid Pines, 120 players competed to make the low 32 for match play in the 7th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship.

First round leader 19-year-old Josh Martin of Pinehurst continued his solid play, backing up an opening 66 with a four-under-par 68. His two-day total of ten-under 134 was enough for a four stroke cushion to take medalist honors and the number one seed for match play.

With twelve birdies over 36-holes of stroke play, Martin feels good about his chances in match play. "Hitting a lot of fairways was the key today," Martin said after finding 11 of 14 fairways Thursday. "I put myself in good position for approach shots."

A round of seven-under earned the No. 2 seed for Paul Fitzgerald of Charlotte. His best competitive score, Fitzgerald was "surprisingly comfortable" coming down the stretch. "I have felt good putting from inside five feet all week," said the 24-year-old, who finished at -6 (138). "I don't have a lot of match play experience, but I am looking forward to it."

Caleb Keck of Reidsville finished stroke play qualifying as the No. 3 seed. Four-under thru ten holes on Thursday, the 22-year-old Keck finished with three bogeys coming in and could not catch Martin.

Thursday's low round of nine-under 63 was posted by John McFadyen of Fayetteville to take the No. 4 seed. "It was awesome, it was effortless," McFadyen said after his round that included nine birdies and an eagle. Missing just one green gave the 21-year-old McFadyen lots of looks at birdie. "My iron play was great. Me and my caddie Bo were dialed in." Improving 13 strokes from Wednesday's round, his 63 came one shot shy of tying the Mid Pines course record.

Tied for fifth at three-under overall are Josh Martin's older brother Zachary, as well as Nolan Mills, IV of Charlotte, David Sargent  of Cornelius, and Sherrill Britt of West End.

The cut line for low 32 players to qualify for match play fell at two-over 146. There was an 8-for-6 playoff. After five holes, Brandon Mader of Greenville grabbed the final match play seed. Those 32 are 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. Live updates will 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 Results
August 11, 2016

Place   Competitor   Score
1   Joshua Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.     66-68--134  (-10)
2   Paul Fitzgerald, Charlotte, N.C.     73-65--138  (-6)
T3   Caleb Keck, Reidsville, N.C.     68-71--139  (-5)
T3   John McFadyen, Fayetteville, N.C.     76-63--139  (-5)
T5   Zachary Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.     73-68--141  (-3)
T5   Sherrill Britt, West End, N.C.     71-70--141  (-3)
T5   David Sargent, Cornelius, N.C.     73-68--141  (-3)
T5   Nolan Mills IV, Charlotte, N.C.     73-68--141  (-3)
T9   Matthew Crenshaw, Burlington, N.C.     74-68--142  (-2)
T9   Garrett Smith, Hillsborough, N.C.     73-69--142  (-2)
T9   Patrick Cover, Huntersville, N.C.     71-71--142  (-2)
T9   Jackson Spires, Fayetteville, N.C.     74-68--142  (-2)
T9   Stephen Saleeby, Raleigh, N.C.     73-69--142  (-2)
T14   Harrison Rhoades, Raleigh, N.C.     75-68--143  (-1)
T14   Nicholas Lyerly, Salisbury, N.C.     73-70--143  (-1)
T14   Austin Harrill, Hickory, N.C.     73-70--143  (-1)
T14   Alex Burris, Greensboro, N.C.     71-72--143  (-1)
T14   Keegan Hoff, Charlotte, N.C.     69-74--143  (-1)
T14   Riley Davis, Kinston, N.C.     70-73--143  (-1)
T14   Matt Elliott, Wilkesboro, N.C.     76-67--143  (-1)
T21   Anthony Perrino, Mooresville, N.C.     75-69--144  (Even)
T21   Blake Fiest, Huntersville, N.C.     73-71--144  (Even)
T23   Elliott Grayson, Shelby, N.C.     78-67--145  (+1)
T23   Walker Simas, Charlotte, N.C.     74-71--145  (+1)
T23   Jonathan Rector, Hendersonville, N.C.     73-72--145  (+1)
T23   Press McPhaul, Greenville, N.C.     72-73--145  (+1)
T27**   Patrick Langdon, Charlotte, N.C.     76-70--146  (+2)
T27**   Will Stewart, Charlotte, N.C.     73-73--146  (+2)
T27**   William Rainey, Charlotte, N.C.     74-72--146  (+2)
T27**   Drew Johnson, Oak Ridge, N.C.     74-72--146  (+2)
T27**   David Kostyal II, Wilmington, N.C.     72-74--146  (+2)
T27**   Brandon Mader, Greenville, N.C.     72-74--146  (+2)
    Failed to Qualify for Match Play    
T27   Patrick Stephenson, Four Oaks, N.C.     71-75--146  (+2)
T27   Noah Edmondson, Davidson, N.C.     74-72--146  (+2)
T35   Tanner Gross, Archdale, N.C.     76-71--147  (+3)
T35   Aaron Thomas, Mount Holly, N.C.     72-75--147  (+3)
T35   A. t. Cashwell, Concord, N.C.     76-71--147  (+3)
T35   Wade Boteler, Mebane, N.C.     76-71--147  (+3)
T39   Michael Wicker, Rougemont, N.C.     74-74--148  (+4)
T39   Preyer Fountain, Raleigh, N.C.     77-71--148  (+4)
T39   James Sugg, Pinehurst, N.C.     75-73--148  (+4)
T39   Dallas Page, Staley, N.C.     75-73--148  (+4)
T39   Matt McDonagh, Winston-Salem, N.C.     75-73--148  (+4)
T39   Tanner Norris, Morehead City, N.C.     77-71--148  (+4)
T39   Reilly Erhardt, Greensboro, N.C.     76-72--148  (+4)
T39   Matthew Latham, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.     74-74--148  (+4)
T47   Eric Bae, Pinehurst, N.C.     78-71--149  (+5)
T47   Daniel Neveu, Pinehurst, N.C.     76-73--149  (+5)
T47   Dustin Moore, Greensboro, N.C.     75-74--149  (+5)
T47   Tanner Owen, High Point, N.C.     70-79--149  (+5)
T47   Banks Wood Jr., Charlotte, N.C.     77-72--149  (+5)
T47   Thomas Bonney, Durham, N.C.     75-74--149  (+5)
T53   Ross Robison, Wilmington, N.C.     73-77--150  (+6)
T53   Harrison Frye, Gastonia, N.C.     75-75--150  (+6)
T53   Matthew Spruill, Elizabeth City, N.C.     74-76--150  (+6)
T53   Conner Lewis, Davidson, N.C.     75-75--150  (+6)
T53   Clay Brown, Davidson, N.C.     77-73--150  (+6)
T53   Aaron Walker, Charlotte, N.C.     77-73--150  (+6)
T53   Corrie Kuehn, Asheville, N.C.     77-73--150  (+6)
T53   Dylon Wooten, Sparta, N.C.     73-77--150  (+6)
T53   Jackson Bailey, Matthews, N.C.     73-77--150  (+6)
T62   Mitch Robinette, Charlotte, N.C.     75-76--151  (+7)
T62   David Donovan IV, Hampstead, N.C.     72-79--151  (+7)
T62   Scott Pechacek, Cary, N.C.     75-76--151  (+7)
T62   Luke Grogan, Canton, N.C.     78-73--151  (+7)
T62   Jordan Ford, Cary, N.C.     80-71--151  (+7)
T67   Joseph Cansler, Clemmons, N.C.     77-75--152  (+8)
T67   Kyle Clemmons, Morganton, N.C.     76-76--152  (+8)
T67   Ben O'Geary, Henderson, N.C.     77-75--152  (+8)
T67   Hardin Councill, High Point, N.C.     77-75--152  (+8)
T67   Hunter McCombs, Morganton, N.C.     77-75--152  (+8)
T67   Mark Johnston, Lewisville, N.C.     76-76--152  (+8)
T67   Levi Grogan, Canton, N.C.     81-71--152  (+8)
T67   Richard Taylor, Charlotte, N.C.     78-74--152  (+8)
T67   Bailey Patrick, Charlotte, N.C.     74-78--152  (+8)
T67   Matthew Canavan, Raleigh, N.C.     80-72--152  (+8)
T77   Brandon Buchanan, Kernersville, N.C.     79-74--153  (+9)
T77   David Germann, Clayton, N.C.     78-75--153  (+9)
T77   Scott Tarcy, Charlotte, N.C.     78-75--153  (+9)
T80   Jeremy Ray, Pfafftown, N.C.     75-79--154  (+10)
T80   Michael Freeman, Asheville, N.C.     78-76--154  (+10)
T80   Jack Mcclelland, Pinehurst, N.C.     76-78--154  (+10)
T83   Brad Dawson, Mebane, N.C.     80-75--155  (+11)
T83   Alex Cauble, Belmont, N.C.     78-77--155  (+11)
T83   Evan Pappas, Asheville, N.C.     80-75--155  (+11)
T83   Jake Scruggs, Shelby, N.C.     79-76--155  (+11)
T83   Attie Giles, Pinehurst, N.C.     80-75--155  (+11)
T83   Nathan Young, Oak Ridge, N.C.     79-76--155  (+11)
T89   Austin Inman, Wilmington, N.C.     79-77--156  (+12)
T89   Nick Kroustalis, Clemmons, N.C.     79-77--156  (+12)
T89   Scott Park, Charlotte, N.C.     79-77--156  (+12)
T89   Kevin Womack, Burlington, N.C.     79-77--156  (+12)
T89   Thomas Setzer, Winston-Salem, N.C.     77-79--156  (+12)
T94   Jordan Vogler, Pilot Mountain, N.C.     78-79--157  (+13)
T94   Davis Bateman, Charlotte, N.C.     75-82--157  (+13)
T94   Braxton McLennan, Charlotte, N.C.     84-73--157  (+13)
T94   Blair Miller, Southern Pines, N.C.     81-76--157  (+13)
T94   Brent McKenzie, Wake Forest, N.C.     77-80--157  (+13)
T94   Justin Lewis, High Point, N.C.     79-78--157  (+13)
T94   Jarett Stowe, Matthews, N.C.     80-77--157  (+13)
T94   Austin Meadows, Raleigh, N.C.     84-73--157  (+13)
T102   Aaron York, Durham, N.C.     76-82--158  (+14)
T102   William Kwasnick, Raleigh, N.C.     76-82--158  (+14)
T104   Shawn Heinchon, Greenville, N.C.     82-77--159  (+15)
T104   Grant Houser, Holly Springs, N.C.     75-84--159  (+15)
T106   Michael Oliverio, Charlotte, N.C.     77-83--160  (+16)
T106   Payne Kassinger, Asheville, N.C.     82-78--160  (+16)
T108   Steven Dougherty, Pinehurst, N.C.     79-82--161  (+17)
T108   Michael Murray Jr, Greensboro, N.C.     84-77--161  (+17)
T110   Jonathan Paulson, Cary, N.C.     81-81--162  (+18)
T110   Austin Northern, Blowing Rock, N.C.     80-82--162  (+18)
T110   Peter Melvin, Charlotte, N.C.     85-77--162  (+18)
T113   Thomas Hodges, Waxhaw, N.C.     77-86--163  (+19)
T113   Thomas Redding, Hudson, N.C.     75-88--163  (+19)
115   Tyler Payne, Mt. Airy, N.C.     82-82--164  (+20)
T116   Joshua Allen, Wilson, N.C.     79-86--165  (+21)
T116   Richard Youden, Winston-Salem, N.C.     82-83--165  (+21)
118   Kenneth Kavanaugh Jr, Statesville, N.C.     85-82--167  (+23)
T119   Richard Ferguson, Waxhaw, N.C.     88-88--176  (+32)
T119   Dalton Berry, Pine Hall, N.C.     87-89--176  (+32)
T121   Zach Boatwright, Concord, N.C.     94-WD--WD  (WD)
T121   Johannes Fontes-Zitzer, Lillington, N.C.     79-WD--WD  (WD)
T121   Jake Golliday, Pinehurst, N.C.     80-WD--WD  (WD)

** Qualified for match play in playoff.

Round of 32: Matches Starting on Tee 1

Time Seed   Player A       Seed Player B
7:30 am 1   Joshua Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.  (134)     vs. 32 Brandon Mader, Greenville, N.C.  (146)
7:38 am 16   Harrison Rhoades, Raleigh, N.C.  (143)     vs. 17 Matt Elliott, Wilkesboro, N.C.  (143)
7:46 am 8   Zachary Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.  (141)     vs. 25 Press McPhaul, Greenville, N.C.  (145)
7:54 am 9   Jackson Spires, Fayetteville, N.C.  (142)     vs. 24 Jonathan Rector, Hendersonville, N.C.  (145)
8:02 am 4   John McFadyen, Fayetteville, N.C.  (139)     vs. 29 William Rainey, Charlotte, N.C.  (146)
8:10 am 13   Patrick Cover, Huntersville, N.C.  (142)     vs. 20 Riley Davis, Kinston, N.C.  (143)
8:18 am 5   Nolan Mills IV, Charlotte, N.C.  (141)     vs. 28 Will Stewart, Charlotte, N.C.  (146)
8:26 am 12   Garrett Smith, Hillsborough, N.C.  (142)     vs. 21 Anthony Perrino, Mooresville, N.C.  (144)
8:34 am 2   Paul Fitzgerald, Charlotte, N.C.  (138)     vs. 31 David Kostyal II, Wilmington, N.C.  (146)
8:42 am 15   Austin Harrill, Hickory, N.C.  (143)     vs. 18 Nicholas Lyerly, Salisbury, N.C.  (143)
8:50 am 7   Sherrill Britt, West End, N.C.  (141)     vs. 26 Walker Simas, Charlotte, N.C.  (145)
8:58 am 10   Matthew Crenshaw, Burlington, N.C.  (142)     vs. 23 Elliott Grayson, Shelby, N.C.  (145)
9:06 am 3   Caleb Keck, Reidsville, N.C.  (139)     vs. 30 Drew Johnson, Oak Ridge, N.C.  (146)
9:14 am 14   Alex Burris, Greensboro, N.C.  (143)     vs. 19 Keegan Hoff, Charlotte, N.C.  (143)
9:22 am 6   David Sargent, Cornelius, N.C.  (141)     vs. 27 Patrick Langdon, Charlotte, N.C.  (146)
9:30 am 11   Stephen Saleeby, Raleigh, N.C.  (142)     vs. 22 Blake Fiest, Huntersville, N.C.  (144)


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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