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Can White make it four at the SC Match Play?

Todd White will look to get his fourth South Carolina Match Play Championship at this year's torunament.

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (June 7, 2018) -- The Carolinas Golf Association will conduct the 46th South Carolina Match Play Championship at the Furman University Golf Club in Greenville, S.C. from June 13-17. 

 

Related: Championship Web Site | Full Field of Players | Starting Times | Scoring | History
 

Players to watch:

  • The only multiple-time champion in this year's field, Todd White of Spartanburg, S.C., was the runner up at last year's championship and will hope to get over the hump. White is currently ranked ninth in the Carolinas Men's Rankings.

  • 2016 champion Connor Bruns of Duncan, S.C. returns to the field this year. Bruns also finished second at last years Carolinas Amateur Championship and is ranked 35th in the Carolinas Men's Rankings.

  • Matthew Laydon of Charleston, S.C. will also look to reclaim his championship form. The 2012 champion, Laydon has also finished ninth at the 2017 SCGA Mid-Amateur and fifth at the 2017 Carolinas Four Ball.

  • James Lightsey Jr. of Fort Mill, S.C. is ranked 18th in the Carolinas Men's Rankings and has finished sixth in last year's Carolinas Amateur and ninth in the Carolinas Mid-Amateur earlier this year.

  • Andrew Orischak of Hilton Head Island, S.C. bowed out in the quarterfinals of last year's championship and finished fourth in the Carolinas Amateur Championship last year.

  • John O'Brien of Columbia S.C. is currently ranked 55th in the Carolina's Men's Rankings and made it to the round of 16 in last year's championship. O'Brien also finished fifth at last year's SCGA Mid-Amateur.

  • Nick Russell of Hilton Head Island, S.C. was a quarterfinalist in last year's championship and also finished in the top-20 at the Carolinian Amateur in May. Russell is ranked 72nd in the Carolinas Men's Rankings.

  • Logan Sowell of Kershaw, S.C. is currently ranked 87th in the Carolinas Men's Rankings and made it to the round of 16 in last year's championship. He was also a top-10 finisher at last year's SCGA Amateur Championship.
     

Furman University Golf Club has been known as one the premier campus courses in the country for many years. The challenging, par-72 layout underwent a major renovation in 2008, where all 18 greens were reconstructed under USGA specifications and reseeded with Champion UltraDwarf Bermuda grass. Furman University GC has hosted three CGA championships in the past and this will be its first time hosting the South Carolina Match Play Championship.

Past champions in the field (Three):

Connor Bruns, Duncan, S.C., 2016

Matthew Laydon, Charleston, S.C., 2012

Todd White, Spartanburg, S.C., 2010, 2004, 1991



Championship format is 36 holes of stroke play to determine 32 qualifiers for match play.

Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 13th birthday by June 13, 2018, is a legal resident of South 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 10.4. Entries are subject to rejection at any time, including during the event, by the CGA or the host club. The reason for rejection may include unbecoming conduct. All players must conform to the “USGA Rules of Amateur Status” as specified in “The Rules of Golf”. A college student is considered a resident of their parent(s)/guardian(s) “Legal Residency Criteria” as stated in the CGA Tournament Manual unless said student (a) has no dependency on his/her parents; and (b) lives full time in South Carolina. For complete residency and eligibility requirements, refer to the CGA Tournament Manual at the CGA website (www.carolinasgolf.org).

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.

Schedule of rounds:
Wednesday June 13

Qualifying Round 1: Begins at 8:30 a.m.

Thursday June 14

Qualifying Round 2: Begins at 8:30 a.m.

Friday June 15

Round of 32: Begins at 8:30 a.m.

Round of 16: Begins at 1:30 p.m.

Saturday June 16

Quarterfinal: Begins at 8:30 a.m.

Semifinal: Begins at 1:30 p.m.

Sunday June 17

Championship Match: Begins at 8:00 a.m.
 

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.



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