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First Round Results of the NC Mid-Amateur

Thomas Owen (left) and Stephen Woodard share the first round lead at the N.C. Mid-Amateur Championship.

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (September 20, 2019) -- First round results of the 26th North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C. on September 20, 2019.

Related: Championship Web Site | Starting Times | Scoring | History | Photos

Thomas Owen of Fayetteville, N.C. and Stephen Woodard of Charlotte, N.C. are tied at the top of the leaderboard after the first round of the 26th N.C. Mid-Amateur Championship. Both players fired opening rounds of 6-under-par 65 to take an early one-shot lead into Saturday’s second round.

“I was really happy to shoot a good round,”  said Owen. “I just hit a lot of solid shots and it was one of those rounds where I didn't do anything crazy and was able shoot 6-under. I just played solid.”

Today was Owen’s first time playing The Club at Irish Creek but said his comfort level on bent grass greens may be a big advantage over his fellow competitors.

“These greens are so similar to Highland Country Club,” said Owen. “We're still Bent(grass) so I'm pretty comfortable as far as where the greens are at. A lot of these guys are probably playing Bermuda most of the time. This isn't a terribly demanding driving course which I like. My wedge and mid-iron play is usually pretty solid.”

Owen was tied for second place after the second round of the 2018 N.C. Mid-Amateur Championship at Ballantyne Country Club and ultimately finished tied for third.

Woodard’s round consisted of five birdies, one eagle and a bogey. He won the first event of the 2019 CGA Championship season in April at the Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship at The Reserve Club in Pawleys Island, S.C. A win this week would give him the CGA Mid-Am sweep for 2019. He’d be the first person to win both the N.C. Mid-Amateur and the Carolinas Mid-Amateur in the same year since Scott Harvey in 2012. Only three people have achieved that feat; Paul Simson (1997) and Mike Goodes (2006).

Sam Echikson of Charlotte, N.C. is right in the mix after an opening round score of 5-under-par 66. Echikson finished tied for second earlier this year at the Carolinian Amateur Championship and is looking for redemption in this week’s event.

Owen, Woodard and Echikson are playing in this year’s Captain’s Putter Matches representing the Carolinas Team against the Virginians Team in October.

The Championship is conducted at 54 holes of stroke-play competition. After 36 holes, the field is cut to the low 60 scores and ties for the final round. An on-course playoff is used to break a tie for the championship. The top 30 scores will receive merchandise and are exempt into the 2020 N.C. Mid-Amateur Championship.

Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 25th birthday by September 20, 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.

26th North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship
The Club at Irish Creek | Kannapolis, N.C.
First Round Results

Pos.

Player

City, State

To Par

Total

T1

Thomas Owen

Fayetteville, NC

-6

65

T1

Stephen Woodard

Charlotte, NC

-6

65

3

Sam Echikson

Charlotte, NC

-5

66

T4

Michael Swaringen

Salisbury, NC

-4

67

T4

Chris Cassetta

High Point, NC

-4

67

T4

Dan Walters

WInston-Salem, NC

-4

67

T7

Caleb Keck

Concord, NC

-3

68

T7

John Nieters

Clemmons, NC

-3

68

T7

Matthew Crenshaw

Burlington, NC

-3

68

T7

Olof Bengtsson

Charlotte, NC

-3

68

T11

Daniel Neveu

Pinehurst, NC

-2

69

T11

Brad Mundy

Hickory, NC

-2

69

T11

Paul Tucker

Waxhaw, NC

-2

69

T11

Justin Pennell

Lenior, NC

-2

69

T11

Lionel Sutton

La Grange, NC

-2

69

T11

Clay Watkins

Mebane, NC

-2

69

T11

Bobby Dean

Charlotte, NC

-2

69

T11

Keith Kepley

Charlotte, NC

-2

69

T19

Brandon Reece

Rolesville, NC

-1

70

T19

Greg Earnhardt

Greensboro, NC

-1

70

T19

Brandon Mader

Greenville, NC

-1

70

T19

Matthew Younts

Greensboro, NC

-1

70

T19

Brock Elder

Whitsett, NC

-1

70

T19

Brian Westveer

Charlotte, NC

-1

70

T19

Chris Sharp

Charlotte, NC

-1

70

T26

Dallas Page

Stoneville, NC

E

71

T26

David Gies

Charlotte, NC

E

71

T26

Skip Corneliussen

Summerfield, NC

E

71

T26

Tyler Shuler

Bryson City, NC

E

71

T26

Dennis Long

Statesville, NC

E

71

T31

Brent McKenzie

Wake Forest, NC

+1

72

T31

Brian Curry

Lenoir, NC

+1

72

T31

Andrew Ward

Charlotte, NC

+1

72

T31

Matt Kilgo

Charlotte, NC

+1

72

T31

Steven Brame

Henderson, NC

+1

72

T31

Joe Kastelic

Hickory, NC

+1

72

T31

Chris Holland

Fayetteville, NC

+1

72

T31

Timothy Driver

Holly Springs, NC

+1

72

T31

Bailey Patrick

Charlotte, NC

+1

72

T31

Jay Roberts

Davidson, NC

+1

72

T31

Scott Park

Charlotte, NC

+1

72

T31

Damon Postal

Charlotte, NC

+1

72

T31

William Jamieson

Cary, NC

+1

72

T31

Mark Whitley

Stantonsburg, NC

+1

72

T45

Mike Nelson

Raleigh, NC

+2

73

T45

Jeffrey Brisson

Elizabethtown, NC

+2

73

T45

Clayton Holland

Greensboro, NC

+2

73

T45

Joe Brooks

Franklin, NC

+2

73

T45

Jason Gabriel

Claremont, NC

+2

73

T45

Chris Williams

Concord, NC

+2

73

T45

Dale Fuller

Raleigh, NC

+2

73

T45

Chad Frye

Kannapolis, NC

+2

73

T45

Britt Mitchell

Creedmoor, NC

+2

73

T45

Dustin Moore

Burlington, NC

+2

73

T45

Zack Griffith

Chapel Hill, NC

+2

73

T56

Kevin Herring

La Grange, NC

+3

74

T56

John Heffernan

Charlotte, NC

+3

74

T56

Terrain Gill

Charlotte, NC

+3

74

T56

Mitch Robinette

Greensboro, NC

+3

74

T56

Bryan Bowman

Apex, NC

+3

74

T56

Zachary Sexton

Charlotte, NC

+3

74

T56

Jeremy Ray

Pfafftown, NC

+3

74

T56

Stefan Brewer

Charlotte, NC

+3

74

T56

Tommy Miller

Blowing Rock, NC

+3

74

T56

Paul Slomkowski

Colfax, NC

+3

74

T56

Anthony Conn

Raleigh, NC

+3

74

T56

Jason Debuhr

Mint Hill, NC

+3

74

T68

Sumner Tate

Raleigh, NC

+4

75

T68

Seth Correll

Huntersville, NC

+4

75

T68

Derek Paschal

Davidson, NC

+4

75

T68

Nathan Kohl

Greensboro, NC

+4

75

T68

Jordan Bilodeau

Charlotte, NC

+4

75

T68

Richard Youden

Winston-Salem, NC

+4

75

T68

Josh McWhorter

Boone, NC

+4

75

T75

Jason Smith

Raleigh, NC

+5

76

T75

Mark Absher

Winston Salem, NC

+5

76

T75

Richard Gill

Wilmington, NC

+5

76

T75

William Carter

Laurinburg, NC

+5

76

T75

Andy Crotts

Cramerton, NC

+5

76

T75

Aubrey Wilkerson

Charlotte, NC

+5

76

T75

Rick Powers

Oxford, NC

+5

76

T75

Park Williams

Kernersville, NC

+5

76

T75

Matt Ellzey

Apex, NC

+5

76

T75

Scott Lincicome

Pinehurst, NC

+5

76

T75

Ed Donlin

Concord, NC

+5

76

T75

Stephen Lavenets

Willow Spring, NC

+5

76

T75

Zac Lewis

Wilmington, NC

+5

76

T75

Sean Marks

Charlotte, NC

+5

76

T75

David Cook

Cedar Point, NC

+5

76

T75

James Bohn

Cary, NC

+5

76

T91

Kenny Flynn

Winston-Salem, NC

+6

77

T91

Jason Hawley

Charlotte, NC

+6

77

T91

Ryan Patterson

Waxhaw, NC

+6

77

T91

Nathan Presnal

Raleigh, NC

+6

77

T91

Nick Cromer

Trinity, NC

+6

77

T91

Brian Swenson

Charlotte, NC

+6

77

T91

Bretton Danforth

Raleigh, NC

+6

77

T98

Jody Delvechio

Newton, NC

+7

78

T98

Andrew Frank

Charlotte, NC

+7

78

T98

Joe Burns

Greensboro, NC

+7

78

T98

William Langmeyer

Matthews, NC

+7

78

T98

John Cornett

Boone, NC

+7

78

T98

Marais Lombard

Charlotte, NC

+7

78

T98

Seth Holloman

Matthews, NC

+7

78

T98

Mark Thomas

Wake Forest, NC

+7

78

T98

Stuart Augustine

Fayetteville, NC

+7

78

T98

David Brown

Conover, NC

+7

78

T98

Drew Haywood

Chapel Hill, NC

+7

78

T98

Jayson Jennings

Fuquay Varina, NC

+7

78

T98

Taylor Ferguson

Charlotte, NC

+7

78

T98

Daniel Jackson

Indian Trail, NC

+7

78

T112

Brian Hayes

High Point, NC

+8

79

T112

Craig Stroup

Thomasville, NC

+8

79

T112

Nicholas Melillo

Greensboro, NC

+8

79

T112

Kristopher Laird

Mint Hill, NC

+8

79

T116

Nathan Barker

Clemmons, NC

+9

80

T116

Dave Koster

Clemmons, NC

+9

80

T116

Wes Pope

Pineville, NC

+9

80

T116

Ryan Hub

Charlotte, NC

+9

80

T116

Scott Patnode

Belmont, NC

+9

80

T116

Eric Ardery

Durham, NC

+9

80

T116

Morris Marshburn

Vass, NC

+9

80

T116

Michael Porte

Winston-Salem, NC

+9

80

T116

Josh Neal

Raleigh, NC

+9

80

T125

Todd Grear

Mooresville, NC

+10

81

T125

Mark Nieters

Lexington, NC

+10

81

T125

Adam Firestone

Huntersville, NC

+10

81

T125

Blake Burnette

Charlotte, NC

+10

81

T129

Austin Adams

Charlotte, NC

+11

82

T129

Jake Benfield

Lenoir, NC

+11

82

T129

Danny Boughman

Lenoir, NC

+11

82

T129

Mark Kozel

Chapel Hill, NC

+11

82

T129

Daren Hefner

Conover, NC

+11

82

T129

Tomis Parker

Charlotte, NC

+11

82

T135

Craig Brookes

Charlotte, NC

+12

83

T135

Richard Kile

Charlotte, NC

+12

83

T135

Scott Chesna

Marion, NC

+12

83

T135

Ashley Fuquay

Greensboro, NC

+12

83

139

Scott Neely

Winston-Salem, NC

+13

84

T140

Randy Poteat

Wendell, NC

+15

86

T140

Michael Gardner

Goldsboro, NC

+15

86

142

Gregory Flicek

Raleigh, NC

+16

87

WD

Brad  Buxton

Greensboro, NC

+-

WD

 



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