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Quarterfinals Set at N.C. Match Play

Quarterfinal Pairings  Saturday, August 13th
8:00 am   Joshua Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.  vs. Zachary Martin, Pinehurst, N.C. 
8:08 am   William Rainey, Charlotte, N.C.  vs. Will Stewart, Charlotte, N.C. 
8:16 am   Paul Fitzgerald, Charlotte, N.C.  vs. Walker Simas, Charlotte, N.C. 
8:24 am   Caleb Keck, Reidsville, N.C.  vs. David Sargent, Cornelius, N.C. 


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SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (August 12, 2016) -- Match play Round of 32 and 16 results from the 7th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club in Southern Pines on Friday, August 12th (Par: 36-36--72, Yards: 6723, Course Rating: 71.7/130).

The 7th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship is full of compelling storylines:

  • Two players who made match play in an 8-for-6 playoff are still alive in the bracket.
  • The top three seeds from stroke play qualifying also advanced through to Saturday's quarterfinals.
  • College golf teammates competed Friday in the Round of 16.
  • Brothers will face-off tomorrow morning.

Related: Photos | Match Play Pairings | Scoring | History

Stroke play medalist Josh Martin of Pinehurst began match play against the No. 32 seed Brandon Mader of Greenville, who grabbed the final spot after a five hole playoff. Martin got off to a quick start, going 2 up thru two holes before Mader rattled off three birdies to square the match at the turn. Trading holes on the back nine, a Mader bogey on hole 17 granted Martin all the cushion he needed for a 1 up victory. In his Round of 16 match, Martin again got off to a fast start, playing the first five holes three-under-par. He then won holes 11 thru 15 to claim a 4 & 3 win.

Josh will play older brother Zach Martin in the quarterfinals Saturday morning. Zach also narrowly escaped his Round of 32 match, defeating East Carolina University head golf coach Press McPhaul of Greenville with a birdie on their 19th hole. In Zach's Round of 16 match against ECU golfer Jackson Spires of Fayetteville, he held a 1 up lead on the 18th hole before Jackson hit his approach to one foot for a conceded birdie. Zach needed to convert a 10-foot birdie putt to secure the 1 up win and setup the quarterfinal bout with his younger brother.

"It will be comfortable playing against Zach," said Josh. "We play together all the time." Both Josh and Zach compete on UNC-Chapel Hill's golf team, where Josh will be a sophomore and Zach a senior. "A Martin is guaranteed to be in the semifinals," Zach said with a smile.

Charlotte natives William Rainey and Will Stewart will play against each other in Saturday's quarterfinals. Both advanced into match play via the 8-for-6 playoff by converting birdie putts on the first hole. Rainey, a rising senior at College of Charleston, upset No. 4 seed John McFadyen 3 & 1 in the Round of 32. Rainey then beat UNC-Wilmington golfer Patrick Cover 5 & 3 to reach the quarterfinals. Stewart, a rising sophomore at William & Mary, rolled in a 40 foot putt on the 20th hole of his Round of 32 match to defeat Nolan Mills, IV. He then beat Anthony Perrino 3 & 2.

At 18-years-old, Walker Simas of Charlotte is the youngest player remaining in the bracket. Simas won 1 up over 50-year-old Sherrill Britt in the Round of 32 before beating Elliott Grayson of Shelby 4 & 2 to reach the quarterfinals. No. 2 seed Paul Fitzgerald of Charlotte will be waiting. Fitzgerald, 24, cruised to victory in the Round of 32 over former UNC-Wilmington golfer David Kostyal, II, 4 & 3. He had a more difficult time knocking out 18-year-old Austin Harrill of Hickory, 1 up in the Round of 16.

Two college teammates faced-off in the Round of 16. Caleb Keck of Reidsville defeated fellow Appalachian State University golfer Alex Burris of Greensboro 4 & 3 to advance into the quarterfinals where he will meet David Sargent of Cornelius. The former Davidson College golfer beat UNC-Wilmington's Stephen Saleeby of Raleigh 4 & 2 in the Round of 16.

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.

August 12, 2016

Round of 32

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

Round of 16

Joshua Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.  (1) def. Harrison Rhoades, Raleigh, N.C.  (16), 4 and 3
Zachary Martin, Pinehurst, N.C.  (8) def. Jackson Spires, Fayetteville, N.C.  (9), 1 up
William Rainey, Charlotte, N.C.  (29) def. Patrick Cover, Huntersville, N.C.  (13), 5 and 3
Will Stewart, Charlotte, N.C.  (28) def. Anthony Perrino, Mooresville, N.C.  (21), 3 and 2
Paul Fitzgerald, Charlotte, N.C.  (2) def. Austin Harrill, Hickory, N.C.  (15), 1 up
Walker Simas, Charlotte, N.C.  (26) def. Elliott Grayson, Shelby, N.C.  (23), 4 and 2
Caleb Keck, Reidsville, N.C.  (3) def. Alex Burris, Greensboro, N.C.  (14), 4 and 3
David Sargent, Cornelius, N.C.  (6) def. Stephen Saleeby, Raleigh, N.C.  (11), 4 and 2

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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