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Hargett, Jaspers Locked Atop The Leaderboard

 

PAWLEYS ISLAND, S.C. (September 13, 2021) -- The Carolinas Golf Association conducted the first round of the 60th Carolinas Senior Amateur Championship at The Reserve Golf Club in Pawleys Island, S.C. on September 13, 2021. The field will compete at 6,688 yards (par 36-36--72). 

 

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An avalanche of birdies during the opening round of the Carolinas Senior Amateur Championship has Joe Jaspers of Huntersville, N.C., and Eddie Hargett of Blythewood, S.C., tied for the lead heading into Tuesday. 

 

Fresh off a Round of 16 appearance in the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship to start the month of September, Jaspers round Monday started in the afternoon wave at The Reserve Golf Club off of the 10th tee. On his front nine he got to work in a hurry, with a fast flurry of birdies from holes 12 through 15 to sit at 4-under-par through his first six holes. 

 

I seemed to have the right number in my hand that stretch there,” said Jaspers. “I was comfortable with the shots and able to knock them ten feet or closer and give myself some good looks.”

 

A strong birdie on the Par-5 18th helped Jaspers keep the momentum as well. After he hit a wayward drive that found the right treeline, an impressive punch four iron had him in birdie position from 108 yards out. A quick flip of his sand wedge led to his ball coming to a rest three feet from the cup for an easy tap-in birdie to make the turn in 5-under-par, 31.

 

“That really kept the momentum going, “ said Jaspers. “Playing a good Par-5 to finish. I missed right and had to punch out, and sand wedged it in and had about three feet. There was no pressure.” 

 

It was cruise control on his back nine, as a birdie on the Par-5 1st hole had Jaspers settle in at 6-under-par through 10 holes. Eight straight pars to finish the round cemented his first round number at 66, good enough for solo lead and (blank) clear of the field. 

 

“It was a really good ball striking day on the outward nine,” said Jaspers. “On the back nine it seemed like I was right between more, but I’ll never complain about a 66.” 

 

Hargett is also coming from the U.S. Senior Amateur, and like Jaspers made it all the way to the Round of 16. Beginning his first round in the Carolinas Senior off the first tee in the afternoon wave, Hargett got off to a very quick start with five birdies in his first eight, eventually making the turn towards his homeward nine in 4-under-par, 32. 

 

“It was just putting,” said Hargett. “I holed it three times just off the green on that front nine. Things were going in, there’s a little luck involved in it but we’re all playing the same golf course.”

 

A blemish free back nine with back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th holes saw Hargett turn in a score of 6-under-par, 66 to put himself firmly into championship contention. 

 

“All the cliches still apply,” said Hargett. “One shot at a time. I’m just trying to keep plugging and grinding. That’s all I do. I'm a grinder. I just hit it and try to find it and keep going. The short game was good so that helped a lot.” 

 

Gary Robinson of Fayetteville, N.C., James Pearson of Charlotte, N.C., and Rich Weston of Pawleys Island, S.C., round out the top five, with all three competitors tied for third after a first round 3-under-par, 69. 

 

60th Carolinas Senior Amateur Championship

The Reserve Golf Club, Pawleys Island, S.C.

First Round Results

Position Player City, State  To Par R1
T1 Joe Jaspers Huntersville, NC -6 66
T1 Eddie Hargett Blythewood, SC -6 66
T3 Gary Robinson Fayetteville, NC -3 69
T3 James Pearson Charlotte, NC -3 69
T3 Rich Weston Pawleys island, SC -3 69
T6 Mike Granger Granite Falls, NC -2 70
T6 Allen Peake Cashiers, NC -2 70
T6 Stan Sill Spartanburg, SC -2 70
T9 Larry Cloninger Gastonia, NC -1 71
T9 Tom Presby Cary, NC -1 71
T9 David Reece Fort Mill, SC -1 71
T12 Chris Koon Simpsonville, SC E 72
T12 Kelly Stimart Charlotte, NC E 72
T12 Jeff Jamieson Cary, NC E 72
T12 Jerry Broadway Charlotte, NC E 72
T16 Daran Womack Aiken, SC +1 73
T16 Mark Hodges Belmont, NC +1 73
T16 Robert Shoaf Concord, NC +1 73
T16 Rick Powers Oxford, NC +1 73
T16 Johnny Elam Charlotte, NC +1 73
T16 Paul Simson Raleigh, NC +1 73
T16 Pat Thompson Asheville, NC +1 73
T16 Brett Williams Durham, NC +1 73
T16 Brian Westveer Charlotte, NC +1 73
T16 Robby Kirby Charlotte, NC +1 73
T26 Phil McQuitty Bluffton, SC +2 74
T26 Walter Todd Laurens, SC +2 74
T26 Sherrill Britt West End, NC +2 74
T26 Doug Owens Albemarle, NC +2 74
T26 Bobby Newman Roebuck, SC +2 74
T31 Bill Warren Rock Hill, SC +3 75
T31 David Glabicki Cary, NC +3 75
T31 Dan Sullivan Columbia, SC +3 75
T31 Steve Liebler Irmo, SC +3 75
T31 Doug Ramey Greer, SC +3 75
T31 Dean Nance Greenville, SC +3 75
T31 Rick Cloninger Rock Hill, SC +3 75
T31 Neal Morrison Charlotte, NC +3 75
T39 Lance Waggener Morehead City, NC +4 76
T39 Mark Macejko Pinehurst, NC +4 76
T39 Bradley Helms Winston-Salem, NC +4 76
T39 Chip Hunter Georgetown, SC +4 76
T39 Jeff Burcham Greensboro, NC +4 76
T39 William McClellan Charlotte, NC +4 76
T39 Bill Phillips Charlotte, NC +4 76
T39 Gregory McLain Hollywood, SC +4 76
T39 Keith Kepley Charlotte, NC +4 76
T39 Dean Channell Pinehurst, NC +4 76
T39 William Baker Raleigh, NC +4 76
T39 Geno Berchiatti Greenville, SC +4 76
T39 Preston Edmondson Morrisville, NC +4 76
T39 Dale Fuller Raleigh, NC +4 76
T39 Mike Arnold Mooresville, NC +4 76
T39 Casey Smith Abbeville, SC +4 76
T55 Rand Mendez Kiawah Island, SC +5 77
T55 Richard Lee Charlotte, NC +5 77
T55 Tom Cullen Hickory, NC +5 77
T55 Penn Compton Wilmington, NC +5 77
T55 Tom Murphy Wilmington, NC +5 77
T55 Todd Brown Winston Salem, NC +5 77
T55 Todd Hendley Columbus, NC +5 77
T55 Craig Cathey Burlington, NC +5 77
T55 Jim Aughtry Concord, NC +5 77
T55 Tim Pope Spartanburg, SC +5 77
T55 Jerry Austin Shelby, NC +5 77
T55 Keith Waters Raleigh, NC +5 77
T55 Walker Taylor Wilmington, NC +5 77
T55 Chris Culler Camden, SC +5 77
T55 Dave Davis Morehead City, NC +5 77
T70 Don OMalley Southport, NC +6 78
T70 Brian Breth Calabash, NC +6 78
T70 George Kennedy Greenville, SC +6 78
T70 Andre Robinson Charlotte, NC +6 78
T70 Jay Jordan Durham, NC +6 78
T70 Robin Alley Columbia, SC +6 78
T70 Gary Pugh Asheboro, NC +6 78
T70 Joe Hendrick Chesterfield, SC +6 78
T70 Randall Sullins Claremont, NC +6 78
T70 Mike Caprio Greer, SC +6 78
T70 Duff Wagner Taylors, SC +6 78
T70 Donald Detweiler Raleigh, NC +6 78
T82 Rush Miller Cramerton, NC +7 79
T82 Tony Nichols Reidsville, NC +7 79
T82 Tom Tyndall Murrells Inlet, SC +7 79
T82 Tuck Burkinshaw Cary, NC +7 79
T86 Bill Long Southern Pines, NC +8 80
T86 Dennis Dowd Mount Pleasant, SC +8 80
T86 Martin Penson Pinehurst, NC +8 80
T86 Jerry Sennett Stanley, NC +8 80
T86 Steve Lassiter Pinehurst, NC +8 80
T86 Tim Teaster Cayce, SC +8 80
T86 Mike Gravley Greer, SC +8 80
T86 Steve Kidd Liberty, NC +8 80
T94 Allen Kinney Oak Island, NC +9 81
T94 Todd Wilkinson Wilson, NC +9 81
T94 Bob Edens Columbia, SC +9 81
T94 David Eaker Forest City, NC +9 81
T98 Eric Zimmerman North Myrtle Beach, SC +10 82
T98 Stephen Parks Beaufort, SC +10 82
T98 Burk Wyatt Cashiers, NC +10 82
T98 Patrick Smithey Winston Salem, NC +10 82
T98 Evan Long Charlotte, NC +10 82
T98 Gus Sylvan Columbia, SC +10 82
T98 Richard Rebholz Rock Hill, SC +10 82
T105 John Beatty Matthews, NC +11 83
T105 David Spearman Florence, SC +11 83
T105 Wayne Howle Darlington, SC +11 83
T105 Barry Key Wilmington, NC +11 83
T105 Jeff Brischke Charlotte, NC +11 83
T110 Ray Racer Fort Mill, SC +12 84
T110 Edmund Leightner Goose creek, SC +12 84
T110 Jim Ayersman Pinehurst, NC +12 84
T110 Danny Hopkins Mayodan, NC +12 84
T114 Kent Moore Charlotte, NC +13 85
T114 David Butler Raleigh, NC +13 85
T114 Macon Moye Southern Pines, NC +13 85
117 David Reid Pawleys Island, SC +14 86
T118 John Cottrell Gilbert, SC +15 87
T118 Ken Taylor West Columbia, SC +15 87
120 Bill Hall Rock Hill, SC +17 89
121 Jeffrey Totton Little River, SC +18 90

 

The Reserve Club features a Championship Greg Norman design that is recognized as a top 200 residential golf course in the United States by Golfweek. Norman routed the cross through natural landscapes that included the  low country wetlands and landscapes while keeping the natural conservation areas untouched. 

 

The Carolinas Senior Amateur Championship format is 54 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, the field is cut to the low 60 scores and ties. Entry is open to any male golfer who has reached his 55th birthday by the first round, maintains a residence in North or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has a current USGA Handicap Index® at a member club that does not exceed 10.4.

 

Schedule of Rounds:

 

Tuesday, September 14

Second Round - 18 Holes of Stroke Play. Cut to top 60 and ties. 

 

Wednesday, September 15

Final Round - 18 Holes of Stroke Play. Awards immediately after. 

 

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 48 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 150 One-Day (net and gross) events as well as 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 nearly $2,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.     

 

For more information about the CGA, visit our website.

  

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