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Sam Echikson Wins 26th N.C. Mid-Amateur

Sam Echikson of Charlotte, N.C. wins the 26th N.C. Mid-Amateur Championship.

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (September 22, 2019) -- Final results of the 26th North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C. on September 22, 2019.

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

Sam Echikson of Charlotte, N.C. battled back from a five-shot deficit to pull off the come-from-behind victory at the 26th N.C. Mid-Amateur Championship.

“I definitely felt there was a possibility,” said Echikson. “I knew if I played well, I could shoot a good score. I really thought that was in the cards but doing is a different thing.”

Echikson’s round got off to a slow start after making a bogey on the par-4, second hole. His turning point was making an eagle on the short par-4, fifth hole. He hit a three wood from the tee to about five feet from the hole and made the putt for eagle.

“At that point, I knew I was playing pretty well and could make more birdies,” said Echikson.

Echikson would go on to birdie four of his next six holes to move into a tie for the lead. He finished the Championship at 10-under-par, 203 total to claim his first CGA Championship win.

“Even though the summer has been good, I made cuts but I didn't really blow anything out of the water,” said Echikson. “So, coming out here and shooting 10-under was kind of surprising to me but it feels great.”

Echikson was born in Belgium and played for their national team as a junior. He first came to the Carolinas to play golf for Davidson College but later went back to Belgium to take a shot at professional golf. After a year fighting it out on the professional circuit, he decided that path was not for him and he came back to the Carolinas to begin a professional career in software development. Since regaining his amateur status, he's been playing in CGA and USGA events when he can. In 2018, he made it to the Round of 32 at the U.S. Mid-Amateur at Charlotte Country Club.

Bobby Dean of Charlotte, N.C., who started the day four shots off the lead, made a run at the Championship title but came up one shot short of the victory. Dean’s 9-under-par, 204 total was good enough for second place in the Championship Division and first place in the 40+ Division.

Our 36-hole leader, Stephen Woodard of Charlotte, N.C., had an up-and-down final round. An early double bogey on the par-3, third hole cut Woodard’s lead from four shots to two. He was able to bounce back with birdies on Nos. 6 and 9 but a wayward tee shot on the par-5, 14th hole resulted in a double bogey. Woodard was not able to bounce back again and would finish in third place at 8-under-par, 208 for the Championship.  

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.
Final Results

Pos.

Player

City, State

To Par

R1

R2

R3

Total

1

Sam Echikson

Charlotte, NC

-10

66

71

66

203

2

Bobby Dean

Charlotte, NC

-9

69

67

68

204

3

Stephen Woodard

Charlotte, NC

-8

65

67

73

205

T4

Thomas Owen

Fayetteville, NC

-7

65

71

70

206

T4

Matthew Younts

Greensboro, NC

-7

70

67

69

206

6

Brock Elder

Whitsett, NC

-6

70

72

65

207

T7

Brian Westveer

Charlotte, NC

-5

70

67

71

208

T7

Matthew Crenshaw

Burlington, NC

-5

68

70

70

208

9

Dan Walters

WInston-Salem, NC

-3

67

71

72

210

T10

David Gies

Charlotte, NC

-2

71

72

68

211

T10

Lionel Sutton

La Grange, NC

-2

69

71

71

211

T12

Chris Sharp

Charlotte, NC

-1

70

72

70

212

T12

Daniel Neveu

Pinehurst, NC

-1

69

71

72

212

T12

Steven Brame

Henderson, NC

-1

72

67

73

212

T12

Scott Park

Charlotte, NC

-1

72

68

72

212

T16

Chad Frye

Kannapolis, NC

E

73

70

70

213

T16

Caleb Keck

Concord, NC

E

68

75

70

213

T16

Dale Fuller

Raleigh, NC

E

73

70

70

213

T19

Joe Kastelic

Hickory, NC

1

72

70

72

214

T19

Skip Corneliussen

Summerfield, NC

+1

71

69

74

214

T21

Olof Bengtsson

Charlotte, NC

+2

68

71

76

215

T21

Michael Swaringen

Salisbury, NC

+2

67

76

72

215

T21

Jay Roberts

Davidson, NC

+2

72

74

69

215

T21

Dustin Moore

Burlington, NC

+2

73

72

70

215

T25

Brandon Reece

Rolesville, NC

+3

70

73

73

216

T25

John Nieters

Clemmons, NC

+3

68

74

74

216

T25

Chris Cassetta

High Point, NC

+3

67

75

74

216

T25

Jeremy Ray

Pfafftown, NC

+3

74

70

72

216

T25

Dennis Long

Statesville, NC

+3

71

74

71

216

T30

Justin Pennell

Lenior, NC

+4

69

73

75

217

T30

Brian Curry

Lenoir, NC

+4

72

74

71

217

T30

Jason Gabriel

Claremont, NC

+4

73

73

71

217

T30

Stephen Lavenets

Willow Spring, NC

+4

76

70

71

217

T30

Sumner Tate

Raleigh, NC

+4

75

73

69

217

T35

Brandon Mader

Greenville, NC

+5

70

74

74

218

T35

Mark Whitley

Stantonsburg, NC

+5

72

71

75

218

T35

Bailey Patrick

Charlotte, NC

+5

72

73

73

218

T35

Mitch Robinette

Greensboro, NC

+5

74

71

73

218

T35

Matt Kilgo

Charlotte, NC

+5

72

76

70

218

T40

Dallas Page

Stoneville, NC

+6

71

71

77

219

T40

Andrew Ward

Charlotte, NC

+6

72

75

72

219

T40

Scott Lincicome

Pinehurst, NC

+6

76

70

73

219

T40

Brad Mundy

Hickory, NC

+6

69

77

73

219

T40

Sean Marks

Charlotte, NC

+6

76

71

72

219

T40

Tommy Miller

Blowing Rock, NC

+6

74

73

72

219

46

Ed Donlin

Concord, NC

+7

76

70

74

220

T47

Derek Paschal

Davidson, NC

+8

75

69

77

221

T47

Clayton Holland

Greensboro, NC

+8

73

75

73

221

T47

Jason Debuhr

Mint Hill, NC

+8

74

71

76

221

T47

Jody Delvechio

Newton, NC

+8

78

70

73

221

T51

Clay Watkins

Mebane, NC

+9

69

73

80

222

T51

Timothy Driver

Holly Springs, NC

+9

72

73

77

222

T51

William Jamieson

Cary, NC

+9

72

74

76

222

T54

Jeffrey Brisson

Elizabethtown, NC

+10

73

74

76

223

T54

Paul Tucker

Waxhaw, NC

+10

69

78

76

223

T56

Keith Kepley

Charlotte, NC

+11

69

78

77

224

T56

Tyler Shuler

Bryson City, NC

+11

71

74

79

224

T56

Zac Lewis

Wilmington, NC

+11

76

71

77

224

T59

Stefan Brewer

Charlotte, NC

+12

74

72

79

225

T59

Nick Cromer

Trinity, NC

+12

77

71

77

225

T61

John Heffernan

Charlotte, NC

+13

74

73

79

226

T61

Chris Holland

Fayetteville, NC

+13

72

76

78

226

63

Zachary Sexton

Charlotte, NC

+14

74

74

79

227

64

Mike Nelson

Raleigh, NC

+15

73

75

80

228

WD

Greg Earnhardt

Greensboro, NC

-

70

72

WD

WD

The following players did not make the cut

CUT

Zack Griffith

Chapel Hill, NC

+7

73

76

 

149

CUT

Anthony Conn

Raleigh, NC

+7

74

75

 

149

CUT

Bretton Danforth

Raleigh, NC

+7

77

72

 

149

CUT

Damon Postal

Charlotte, NC

+7

72

77

 

149

CUT

Joe Burns

Greensboro, NC

+7

78

71

 

149

CUT

Jordan Bilodeau

Charlotte, NC

+7

75

74

 

149

CUT

Britt Mitchell

Creedmoor, NC

+7

73

76

 

149

CUT

Bryan Bowman

Apex, NC

+7

74

75

 

149

CUT

Joe Brooks

Franklin, NC

+7

73

76

 

149

CUT

Nathan Kohl

Greensboro, NC

+7

75

74

 

149

CUT

James Bohn

Cary, NC

+8

76

74

 

150

CUT

Brent McKenzie

Wake Forest, NC

+8

72

78

 

150

CUT

Seth Correll

Huntersville, NC

+8

75

75

 

150

CUT

John Cornett

Boone, NC

+9

78

73

 

151

CUT

Kenny Flynn

Winston Salem, NC

+9

77

74

 

151

CUT

Matt Ellzey

Apex, NC

+9

76

75

 

151

CUT

Jayson Jennings

Fuquay Varina, NC

+9

78

73

 

151

CUT

Nathan Presnal

Raleigh, NC

+9

77

74

 

151

CUT

Brian Swenson

Charlotte, NC

+10

77

75

 

152

CUT

Park Williams

Kernersville, NC

+10

76

76

 

152

CUT

Ryan Patterson

Waxhaw, NC

+10

77

75

 

152

CUT

William Carter

Laurinburg, NC

+10

76

76

 

152

CUT

Austin Adams

Charlotte, NC

+10

82

70

 

152

CUT

Paul Slomkowski

Colfax, NC

+10

74

78

 

152

CUT

Richard Youden

Winston-Salem, NC

+10

75

77

 

152

CUT

Ryan Hub

Charlotte, NC

+11

80

73

 

153

CUT

Wes Pope

Pineville, NC

+11

80

73

 

153

CUT

Jason Hawley

Charlotte, NC

+11

77

76

 

153

CUT

Dave Koster

Clemmons, NC

+12

80

74

 

154

CUT

David Cook

Cedar Point, NC

+12

76

78

 

154

CUT

Josh McWhorter

Boone, NC

+12

75

79

 

154

CUT

Josh Neal

Raleigh, NC

+12

80

74

 

154

CUT

Jason Smith

Raleigh, NC

+12

76

78

 

154

CUT

Kristopher Laird

Mint Hill, NC

+12

79

75

 

154

CUT

Marais Lombard

Charlotte, NC

+12

78

76

 

154

CUT

Kevin Herring

La Grange, NC

+13

74

81

 

155

CUT

Terrain Gill

Charlotte, NC

+13

74

81

 

155

CUT

Stuart Augustine

Fayetteville, NC

+13

78

77

 

155

CUT

Aubrey Wilkerson

Charlotte, NC

+14

76

80

 

156

CUT

Danny Boughman

Lenoir, NC

+14

82

74

 

156

CUT

Michael Porte

Winston Salem, NC

+14

80

76

 

156

CUT

Scott Patnode

Belmont, NC

+14

80

76

 

156

CUT

Drew Haywood

Chapel Hill, NC

+14

78

78

 

156

CUT

Eric Ardery

Durham, NC

+14

80

76

 

156

CUT

Nathan Barker

Clemmons, NC

+14

80

76

 

156

CUT

Rick Powers

Oxford, NC

+14

76

80

 

156

CUT

Seth Holloman

Matthews, NC

+14

78

78

 

156

CUT

Brian Hayes

High Point, NC

+15

79

78

 

157

CUT

Mark Absher

Winston Salem, NC

+15

76

81

 

157

CUT

Taylor Ferguson

Charlotte, NC

+15

78

79

 

157

CUT

Andrew Frank

Charlotte, NC

+16

78

80

 

158

CUT

Craig Stroup

Thomasville, NC

+16

79

79

 

158

CUT

Tomis Parker

Charlotte, NC

+16

82

76

 

158

CUT

Andy Crotts

Cramerton, NC

+16

76

82

 

158

CUT

Richard Kile

Charlotte, NC

+16

83

75

 

158

CUT

David Brown

Conover, NC

+17

78

81

 

159

CUT

Todd Grear

Mooresville, NC

+17

81

78

 

159

CUT

Adam Firestone

Huntersville, NC

+17

81

78

 

159

CUT

Mark Thomas

Wake Forest, NC

+17

78

81

 

159

CUT

Richard Gill

Wilmington, NC

+17

76

83

 

159

CUT

Scott Chesna

Marion, NC

+20

83

79

 

162

CUT

William Langmeyer

Matthews, NC

+20

78

84

 

162

CUT

Morris Marshburn

Vass, NC

+21

80

83

 

163

CUT

Gregory Flicek

Raleigh, NC

+22

87

77

 

164

CUT

Jake Benfield

Lenoir, NC

+23

82

83

 

165

CUT

Randy Poteat

Wendell, NC

+23

86

79

 

165

CUT

Blake Burnette

Charlotte, NC

+25

81

86

 

167

CUT

Daren Hefner

Conover, NC

+25

82

85

 

167

CUT

Mark Kozel

Chapel Hill, NC

+25

82

85

 

167

CUT

Craig Brookes

Charlotte, NC

+26

83

85

 

168

CUT

Michael Gardner

Goldsboro, NC

+26

86

82

 

168

WD

Chris Williams

Concord, NC

-

73

WD

 

WD

WD

Daniel Jackson

Indian Trail, NC

-

78

WD

 

WD

WD

Nicholas Melillo

Greensboro, NC

-

79

WD

 

WD

WD

Mark Nieters

Lexington, NC

-

81

WD

 

WD

WD

Ashley Fuquay

Greensboro, NC

-

83

WD

 

WD

WD

Scott Neely

Winston Salem, NC

-

84

WD

 

WD

WD

Brad  Buxton

Greensboro, NC

-

WD

WD

 

WD

 

40+ Division

 

Pos.

Player

City, State

To Par

R1

R2

R3

Total

1

Bobby Dean

Charlotte, NC

-9

69

67

68

204

2

Stephen Woodard

Charlotte, NC

-8

65

67

73

205

3

Brian Westveer

Charlotte, NC

-5

70

67

71

208

4

Lionel Sutton

La Grange, NC

-2

69

71

71

211

T5

Chris Sharp

Charlotte, NC

-1

70

72

70

212

T5

Daniel Neveu

Pinehurst, NC

-1

69

71

72

212

T5

Scott Park

Charlotte, NC

-1

72

68

72

212

T8

Chad Frye

Kannapolis, NC

E

73

70

70

213

T8

Dale Fuller

Raleigh, NC

E

73

70

70

213

T10

John Nieters

Clemmons, NC

3

68

74

74

216

T10

Chris Cassetta

High Point, NC

3

67

75

74

216

T10

Dennis Long

Statesville, NC

3

71

74

71

216

T13

Brian Curry

Lenoir, NC

4

72

74

71

217

T13

Jason Gabriel

Claremont, NC

4

73

73

71

217

15

Matt Kilgo

Charlotte, NC

5

72

76

70

218

T16

Scott Lincicome

Pinehurst, NC

6

76

70

73

219

T16

Brad Mundy

Hickory, NC

6

69

77

73

219

T16

Tommy Miller

Blowing Rock, NC

6

74

73

72

219

19

Ed Donlin

Concord, NC

7

76

70

74

220

T20

Jason Debuhr

Mint Hill, NC

8

74

71

76

221

T20

Jody Delvechio

Newton, NC

8

78

70

73

221

22

William Jamieson

Cary, NC

9

72

74

76

222

T23

Jeffrey Brisson

Elizabethtown, NC

10

73

74

76

223

T23

Paul Tucker

Waxhaw, NC

10

69

78

76

223

25

Keith Kepley

Charlotte, NC

11

69

78

77

224

T26

John Heffernan

Charlotte, NC

13

74

73

79

226

T26

Chris Holland

Fayetteville, NC

13

72

76

78

226

28

Zachary Sexton

Charlotte, NC

14

74

74

79

227

29

Mike Nelson

Raleigh, NC

15

73

75

80

228

WD

Greg Earnhardt

Greensboro, NC

-

70

72

WD

WD

WD

Daniel Jackson

Indian Trail, NC

-

78

WD

 

WD

WD

Mark Nieters

Lexington, NC

-

81

WD

 

WD

WD

Ashley Fuquay

Greensboro, NC

-

83

WD

 

WD

WD

Scott Neely

Winston Salem, NC

-

84

WD

 

WD

WD

Brad  Buxton

Greensboro, NC

-

WD

WD

 

WD

 

 

Schedule of Rounds:
Friday, September 20

Round 1 – 18 Holes of Stroke Play

Tee times begin at 8:00am/12:45pm off #1 and #10 tees

Lunch from all players provided by CGA

 

Saturday, September 21

Round 2 – 18 Holes of Stroke Play

Tee times begin at 8:00am/12:45pm off #1 and #10 tees

Cut to low 60 scores and ties. Field re-paired according to score.

 

Sunday, September 22

Round 3 – 18 Holes of Stroke Play

Tee times begin at 8:00am off #1 and #10 tees.

Awards ceremony immediately following play at scoreboard.



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