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Wilfong Takes Early Lead at NC Amateur

2001 N.C. Amateur Champion, Chad Wilfong, takes the early lead after an opening round of 4-under, 66.

GASTONIA, N.C. (June 13, 2019) -- First round results of the 59th North Carolina Amateur Championship at the Gaston Country Club in Gastonia, N.C. on Thursday, June 13, 2019. (6,995 yards, Par 35-35--70, Course Rating 74.4/135).

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It’s been 18 years since Chad Wilfong of Charlotte, N.C. won the North Carolina Amateur Championship at High Point Country Club. Now, after a first round of four-under-par, 66, he is in a good position to reclaim the title.

“This tournament obviously holds a special place with me having won it before,” said Wilfong. “Anytime you can win your state amateur championship it's a cool thing but I'm in a completely different place in life than where I was back in 2001. I don't get to practice like I used to. I don't have any other aspirations of taking it to the next level anymore. All that stuff has kind of passed by, so now it's just more for fun.”

Wilfong had a lot more fun that most of the field today. While the weather stayed warm and sunny, a strong wind made for tough playing conditions for our afternoon wave. Wilfong recorded five birdies and only one bogey on a day where only four golfers shot under par.

Wilfong will have a strong field trailing him. Three golfers are sitting three shots back after opening rounds of 1-under-par, 69. Zack Swanson of Charlotte, N.C., Christian Park of Charlotte, N.C. and our 2018 N.C. Mid-Amateur Champion, Matt Kilgo of Charlotte, N.C. are all currently in a tie for second place. Swanson was the only player in the morning wave to shoot under par.

“I'll see what I have to do to keep up with some of these college kids,” said Wilfong. “It's always fun to come and watch them play. They're better than we were at that age. So, maybe I can kick in a few birdies and stay up there with them.”

The North Carolina Amateur Championship is a 72-hole, stroke play event. After tomorrow’s round, the field will be cut to the low 60 scores and ties for the final two rounds. An on-course playoff is used to break a tie for the championship.

Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 13th birthday by June 13, 2019, 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 10.4.

Scoring will be provided by the CGA throughout the championship. 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.

 

59th North Carolina Amateur Championship

Gaston Country Club | Gastonia, N.C.

First Round Results

Pos.

Player

Affiliation

To Par

R1

1

Chad Wilfong

Charlotte, NC

-4

66

T2

Christian Park

Charlotte, NC

-1

69

T2

Matt Kilgo

Charlotte, NC

-1

69

T2

Zack Swanson

Charlotte, NC

-1

69

T5

Ike Joy

Denver, NC

E

70

T5

Michael Childress

Salisbury, NC

E

70

T5

Nic Brown

Wendell, NC

E

70

T5

Walker Cress

Concord, NC

E

70

T9

Chad Frye

Davidson, NC

+1

71

T9

Joe Jaspers

Huntersville, NC

+1

71

T9

John Eades

Charlotte, NC

+1

71

T9

Steven Dellinger

Gastonia, NC

+1

71

T9

Alex Goff

Kings Mountain, NC

+1

71

T9

Bradley Calloway

Asheboro, NC

+1

71

T9

Graham Chase

Charlotte, NC

+1

71

T9

Patrick Schweitz

Clayton, NC

+1

71

T9

Stephen Lavenets

Willow Spring, NC

+1

71

T18

Anthony Conn

Raleigh, NC

+2

72

T18

Brock Elder

Randleman, NC

+2

72

T18

Brody Davis

Concord, NC

+2

72

T18

Jack Massei

Pinehurst, NC

+2

72

T18

Jay Roberts

Davidson, NC

+2

72

T18

Will Stewart

Charlotte, NC

+2

72

T18

A.J. Beechler

Pinehurst, NC

+2

72

T18

Chris Cassetta

High Point, NC

+2

72

T18

Hoke Carlton

Charlotte, NC

+2

72

T18

Kenan Poole

Raleigh, NC

+2

72

T18

Mason Elmore

Charlotte, NC

+2

72

T18

Rick Milligan

Shelby, NC

+2

72

T18

Sam Echikson

Charlotte, NC

+2

72

T18

Stuart Fuller

Winston-Salem, NC

+2

72

T32

Brandon Einstein

Clemmons, NC

+3

73

T32

Carson Ownbey

Canton, NC

+3

73

T32

Connor Armistead

Charlotte, NC

+3

73

T32

Daniel Jackson

Matthews, NC

+3

73

T32

Garett Heffner

Apex, NC

+3

73

T32

Justin Emmons

Asheboro, NC

+3

73

T32

Madison Duffie

Gastonia, NC

+3

73

T32

Paul Slomkowski

Colfax, NC

+3

73

T32

Quade Lukes

Chapel Hill, NC

+3

73

T32

Austin Bonfiglio

Holly Springs, NC

+3

73

T32

Avery Price

Gastonia, NC

+3

73

T32

Brady Eckard

Conover, NC

+3

73

T32

Carter Cook

Cornelius, NC

+3

73

T32

Dylan Lukes

Chapel Hill, NC

+3

73

T32

Fulton Smith

Pinehurst, NC

+3

73

T32

Grady Newton

Wallburg, NC

+3

73

T32

Jeremy Ray

Pfafftown, NC

+3

73

T32

Pat Thompson

Asheville, NC

+3

73

T32

Scott Patnode

Belmont, NC

+3

73

T32

Timothy Driver

Holly Springs, NC

+3

73

T32

Zach Roberts

Holly Springs, NC

+3

73

T53

Addison Manring

Stoneville, NC

+4

74

T53

Attie Giles

Pinehurst, NC

+4

74

T53

Ben Woodruff

Huntersville, NC

+4

74

T53

Brandon Reece

Rolesville, NC

+4

74

T53

Christopher Wooten

Winston-Salem, NC

+4

74

T53

Jake Herring

Wilson, NC

+4

74

T53

Jason Debuhr

Mint Hill, NC

+4

74

T53

Jason Hawley

Charlotte, NC

+4

74

T53

Jonathan Henry

Davidson, NC

+4

74

T53

Jordan Smith

Summerfield, NC

+4

74

T53

Scott Lincicome

Pinehurst, NC

+4

74

T53

Alex Heffner

Harrisburg, NC

+4

74

T53

Alex Parker

Valdese, NC

+4

74

T53

Benjamin Buben

Charlotte, NC

+4

74

T53

Daniel Neveu

Pinehurst, NC

+4

74

T53

Eston Lee

Four Oaks, NC

+4

74

T53

Luke Hackworth

Charlotte, NC

+4

74

T53

Todd Stafford

Belmont, NC

+4

74

T71

Austin Duncan

Bessemer City, NC

+5

75

T71

Blake Taylor

Atkinson, NC

+5

75

T71

Corey Wilson

Raleigh, NC

+5

75

T71

Eric Williams

Goldsboro, NC

+5

75

T71

Jimbo Stanley

Raleigh, NC

+5

75

T71

Tim Bunten

Concord, NC

+5

75

T71

Alex Burris

Greensboro, NC

+5

75

T71

Brian Swenson

Charlotte, NC

+5

75

T71

Jack Marcotte

Apex, NC

+5

75

T71

Marais Lombard

Charlotte, NC

+5

75

T71

Matthew Spruill

Elizabeth City, NC

+5

75

T71

Randall Hudson

New Bern, NC

+5

75

T71

Stephen Carroll

Concord, NC

+5

75

T84

Mark Hodges

Belmont, NC

+6

76

T84

Michael Wicker

Rougemont, NC

+6

76

T84

Nathan Hoffman

Pinehurst, NC

+6

76

T84

Steven Brame

Henderson, NC

+6

76

T84

Trae McKee

Dudley, NC

+6

76

T84

Dallas Page

Stoneville, NC

+6

76

T84

Dylan Ray

Yadkinville, NC

+6

76

T84

James Wiley

Raleigh, NC

+6

76

T84

Joey Funderburg

Wilmington, NC

+6

76

T84

Quinn Riley

Raleigh, NC

+6

76

T84

Zach Brown

Bermuda Run, NC

+6

76

T95

Alex Campbell

Charlotte, NC

+7

77

T95

Ben Diskin

Charlotte, NC

+7

77

T95

Brantley Moore

Wilmington, NC

+7

77

T95

Deven Cerda

Charlotte, NC

+7

77

T95

Garrett Clark

Burlington, NC

+7

77

T95

Joe Kastelic

Hickory, NC

+7

77

T95

Nicklaus Sutton

Matthews, NC

+7

77

T95

Thomas Eubanks

Charlotte, NC

+7

77

T95

Chandler Metz

Wilkesboro, NC

+7

77

T95

Charlie Tate

Greensboro, NC

+7

77

T95

Justin Morgan

Denver, NC

+7

77

T95

Mark McMillen

Cary, NC

+7

77

T95

Tanner Bibey

Walnut Cove, NC

+7

77

T108

Cade Hancock

Elizabethtown, NC

+8

78

T108

Evan Boyer

Morrisville, NC

+8

78

T108

Will Hawley

Raleigh, NC

+8

78

T108

Alex Rubino

Charlotte, NC

+8

78

T108

Bailey Patrick

Charlotte, NC

+8

78

T108

Evan Rodwell

Charlotte, NC

+8

78

T108

Justin Poole

Wendell, NC

+8

78

T108

Todd Moyer

Cornelius, NC

+8

78

T116

Aaron York

Durham, NC

+9

79

T116

Dennis Reames

Charlotte, NC

+9

79

T116

Jarrod Conard

Canton, NC

+9

79

T116

Phil Bland

Waynesville, NC

+9

79

T116

Fred Gahl

Raleigh, NC

+9

79

T116

Harrison Frye

High Point, NC

+9

79

T116

Kurtis Grant

Southern Pines, NC

+9

79

T116

Nicholas Reitzel

Conover, NC

+9

79

T116

Stefan Brewer

Charlotte, NC

+9

79

T125

Avery Papalia

Kernersville, NC

+10

80

T125

PJ Kester

Wrightsville Beach, NC

+10

80

T125

Carter Busse

Davidson, NC

+10

80

T125

Dawson Walker

Lenoir, NC

+10

80

T125

Jack Fitzgerald

Wilmington, NC

+10

80

T125

Thomas Deal

Cornelius, NC

+10

80

T131

Coston Fogleman

Hillsborough, NC

+11

81

T131

Jay Jay Howard

Concord, NC

+11

81

T131

Stuart Augustine

Fayetteville, NC

+11

81

T134

Colby Stoppelbein

Kenansville, NC

+12

82

T134

Trey Schneider

Mooresville, NC

+12

82

T134

Ray Grant

Gastonia, NC

+12

82

T134

Seve Anfindsen

Apex, NC

+12

82

T138

Brian Hicks

Cary, NC

+13

83

T138

Will Tamplin

Asheville, NC

+13

83

T140

Lansdon Robbins

Davidson, NC

+14

84

T140

Scott Newton

Wallburg, NC

+14

84

T142

Adam Johnson

Southern Pines, NC

+15

85

T142

Joshua Allen

Wilson, NC

+15

85

144

Davis Diethrich

Raleigh, NC

+21

91

 

Schedule of rounds:
Thursday, June 13
Round 1 – 18 holes stroke play
Tee times at 8:00 a.m./12:45 p.m. off #1 and #10 tees

 

Friday, June 14
Round 2 – 18 holes stroke play
Tee times at 8:00 a.m./12:45 p.m. off #1 and #10 tees
Cut to low 60 scores and ties. Field re-paired according to score.

 

Saturday, June 15
Round 3 – 18 holes stroke play
Tee times begin at 8:00am off #1

Sunday, June 16
Round 4 – 18 holes stroke play
Tee times begin at 8:00am off #1
Awards ceremony immediately following play at scoreboard.



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