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Long Wins the 12th North Carolina Super Senior

Evan Long (above) wins the Championship Division of the 12th N.C. Super Senior Championship at Croasdaile Country Club.

DURHAM, N.C. (September 11, 2019) – Final results of the 12th North Carolina Super Senior Championship at Croasdaile Country Club in Durham, N.C. on September 10, 2019.

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Evan Long of Charlotte, N.C played nearly as close to perfect as one can, going bogey free for two days in a row in route to capturing the 12th N.C. Super Senior Championship. Long finished with a 4-under-par, 68 in the final round after posting a 5-under-par, 67 in round one. A 9-under-par, 135 total was good enough for a four-shot victory and Long’s first CGA championship win.

“You just never know when things are going to happen,” said Long. “I always felt like I was capable. It just hadn’t happened.”

Long, the 1992 Indiana Mid-Amateur champion, said he’d been playing well recently and felt good about his game heading into this week’s championship. 

“I always felt like I hadn’t performed as well as I could,” said Long. “But things got going this week. The course suited me, I just played steady and hit a lot of good shots.”

Long, who shared the round-one lead with John Fritz of Mint Hill, N.C., jumped out in front early with birdies on Nos. 3 and 6 to make the turn at 2-under-par, 34. Fritz made a couple birdies himself on Nos. 11 and 13 to tie things back up at the top of the leaderboard. Long carried a one-shot lead onto the 16th tee, but a wayward drive by Fritz and a tap in birdie by Long resulted in a three-shot swing. The hole gave Long a comfortable cushion heading into the final two holes, but he made a birdie on No. 18 to cap off the victory.

Reigning Carolinas Super Senior Player of the Year, Russ Perry of Winston-Salem, N.C. finished the championship with a 5-under-par, 139 total to take second place. Mike Kelly of Sanford, N.C had one of the more consistent performances of the championship, posting a pair of 70s to finish at 4-under-par, 140 total. Fritz eventually finished in fourth place at 3-under-par, 141 total for the championship. Logan Jackson of Winston-Salem, N.C. finished at 2-under-par, 142 total to finish in fifth place.

Ernie Newton, 70+ Division Winner

In the 70+ Division, Ernie Newton of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Robert Desjardins of Mathews, N.C. finished tied at the end of regulation play at 7-under-par, 137 total for the championship. The two golfers played in a four-hole playoff starting on No. 9 and alternating holes with No. 10. A birdie by Newton on the fourth playoff hole (No. 10) gave him the victory. It was a disappointing finish for Desjardins who made two long putts for birdie on Nos. 17 and 18 to force the playoff.

“I was lucky. I can tell you that,” said Newton. “I’ll be 72 in October and I’m just thankful to god that I can get out here and I’m healthy enough to play. I give him all the glory.”

Rick Kline of Pinehurst, N.C. and Arlis Pike of Kernersville, N.C. both shot 3-under-par, 141 total to finished tied for third. George Leight of Apex, N.C. finished at 2-under-par, 142 total to finish in solo fifth place.

The CGA would like to thank the members and staff of Croasdaile Country Club for their hospitality and for hosting the event. A special thank you to General Manager, Mark Johnson, Head Golf Professional, Joe Finemore and Golf Course Superintendent, Andy McMahan.

12th North Carolina Super Senior Championship
Croasdaile Country Club, Durham, N.C.
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