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Benvenue CC Hosts 17th NC Senior Four-Ball

Preston Edmondson of Morrisville celebrates a birdie putt during last year's title run with Ed Byman of Raleigh

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (August 7, 2017) -- 40 two-person sides from across North Carolina will compete at Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount for the 17th North Carolina Senior Four-Ball Championship from Wednesday, August 9th through Friday, August 11th.

Related: Championship Web Site | Full Field | Tee Times & Pairings | Scoring | History

This will be the fifth Carolinas Golf Association championship hosted by Benvenue. The N.C. Senior Four-Ball layout will play approximately 6,445 yards. When this event was last contested at the club in 2008,  Logan Jackson and David Strawn won their second consecutive title at 12-under-par over 54 holes.

Notable teams in the field for the 17th North Carolina Senior Four Ball Championship:

• Defending champions Preston Edmondson of Morrisville and Ed Byman of Raleigh. In last year's championship, Edmondson-Byman posted rounds of 62-66-65 to win by four strokes at Mimosa Hills G&CC.

Ernie Newton of High Point and Keith Waters of Raleigh. Newton has earned second place honors in the N.C. Senior Four-Ball four times (2003, '05, '07, '12).  Waters was runner-up in 2013 before breaking through for a win in 2015 with Gary Robinson.

• Two-time CGA champion Gary Brown of Charlotte and four-time CGA champion Ron Carpenter of Creedmor, are hoping to win their second N.C. Senior Four-Ball. As teammates, they won the championship in 2011 and finished second in 2012.

• The 2014 winning team comprised of five-time CGA champion Russ Perry of Winston Salem and four-time CGA champ Mark Stephens of Troutman are returning to improve on their T-18 finish last year.

A few teams have close ties to the Carolinas Golf Association. Executive Director Jack Nance is playing with Executive Committee Member and current Secretary, Greg Norris of Wilmington. Current President Lawrence Hicks is teaming with longtime volunteer Bob Yow. Executive committee member Frank Golden is partnered with three-time CGA champ Macon Moye. Last year Golden-Moye finished T2.

The championship format is 54 holes of four-ball stroke play. After 36 holes, the field is cut to the low 30 scores and ties. A tie for the overall championship is decided by an on-course playoff. 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. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 55th birthday by the championship, 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 and has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club.

54-hole Scoring Record:

191 - Woody Greene of Linville and David Strawn of Charlotte at Greenville CC in 2005.

          Russ Perry of Winston-Salem and Mark Stephens of Troutman at Greenville CC in 2014.

Most Titles:

3 - David Strawn with two different partners (2005 with Woody Greene; 2007-08 with Logan Jackson).


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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