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Walters Goes Low in N.C. Mid-Am Opening Round

 

BUIES CREEK, N.C. (September 26, 2020) -- First round results of the 27th North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship at Keith Hills Golf Club in Buies Creek, N.C. on Saturday, September 26, 2020. The field is playing the Orange and Black course routing and competing at 6,717 yards, par 72.

 

The CGA is conducting this championship under the COVID-19 Tournament Protocols. Learn more here

 

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

 

Despite delaying the first round by a day, playing in fairly wet conditions and changing the event to a 36-hole championship, the field was able to overcome the obstacles and several players shot impressively low scores today.

 

Dan Walters of Winston-Salem, N.C. took the lead at the 27th North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship with an outstanding 5-under-par, 67. After the opening round, Walters has a one stroke lead going into the final round. 

 

Walters played a consistent, bogey-free front nine with a birdie on No. 4, therefore he made the turn at 1-under-par, 35. Feeling confident in his ball-striking, he took control of the back nine and it started with a birdie on No. 10. 

 

“I made a really nice putt on No. 10,” said Walters. “Unfortunately I hit it in the rough on No. 11. I had a tough lie, but a decent shot to the green. I just couldn’t get up and down. Then I hit it really well coming in.”

 

By hitting really well coming in, it is safe to assume he is referring to his birdies on Nos. 12, 14, 16 and 18, with no bogeys in between.

 

Walters’ birdie on No. 18 set him apart from the field as he was tied for first at 4-under-par until that hole. 

 

He attributed his round to strong ball-striking, while his putting took a bit longer to warm up. “I actually probably could have made a couple more (birdies) on the front, but they didn’t go in,” he said. “Thankfully in my old age I stayed patient and a few dropped for me in the back.”

 

The leaderboard is stacked behind Walters at 4-under-par, 68. Matthew Younts of Greensboro, N.C., Chad Wilfong of Charlotte, N.C. and Jay Roberts of Concord, N.C. are tied for second entering the final round. 

 

Younts provided insight into his approach to Keith Hills, “You can’t overpower this golf course. Too many dog legs and too much trouble off of the tee, so it is key to just keep it in the fairway out here. Play conservative and try to make putts when you can.” 

 

Still well within striking distance of the lead, Brandon Reece of Rolesville, N.C., Andrew Sapp of Greenville, N.C. and Jeff Boyan of Winston-Salem, N.C. carded 3-under-par, 69’s to stake a three-way-tie for fifth. 

 

Walters said it best, “In a field that is this talented you have to play good golf.” After seeing some great scores in the opening round, we can only expect to have an interesting final round tomorrow. The final round will begin at 7:45 a.m. tomorrow morning and the final group will tee off at 1:55 p.m. 


 

27th North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship

Keith Hills Golf Club, Buies Creek, N.C.

First Round Results: Overall

 

Pos. Player City, State To Par Total
1 Dan Walters WInston-Salem, NC -5 67
T2 Matthew Younts Greensboro, NC -4 68
T2 Chad Wilfong Charlotte, NC -4 68
T2 Jay Roberts Concord, NC -4 68
T5 Brandon Reece Rolesville, NC -3 69
T5 Andrew Sapp Greenville, NC -3 69
T5 Jeff Boyan Winston-Salem, NC -3 69
T8 Korky Kemp Greensboro, NC -2 70
T8 Paul Carpenter Denver, NC -2 70
T8 Stephen Lavenets Willow Spring, NC -2 70
T8 Joe Burns Greensboro, NC -2 70
T12 Press McPhaul Raleigh, NC -1 71
T12 Joe Kastelic Hickory, NC -1 71
T12 Brandon Mader Greenville, NC -1 71
T12 Dylan Lancaster Spindale, NC -1 71
T12 Reid Clark Raleigh, NC -1 71
T12 Taylor Ferguson Charlotte, NC -1 71
T12 Addison Lambeth Browns Summit, NC -1 71
T12 Mark Olbrych Raleigh, NC -1 71
T12 Daniel  Walsh North Wilkesboro, NC -1 71
T12 Will Suddreth Jamestown, NC -1 71
T12 Matthew McIntyre Garner, NC -1 71
T23 Eric Williams Goldsboro, NC E 72
T23 Steven Brame Henderson, NC E 72
T23 Jerry Richardson Cary, NC E 72
T23 Ryan Solan Charlotte, NC E 72
T23 Trey Broome Raleigh, NC E 72
T23 Chris Dayton Charlotte, NC E 72
T23 Evan Boyer Morrisville, NC E 72
T23 Ross Bell Raleigh, NC E 72
T23 Gregory Flicek Raleigh, NC E 72
T32 Sherrill Britt West End, NC +1 73
T32 Dustin Moore Burlington, NC +1 73
T32 Chris Cassetta High Point, NC +1 73
T32 Gary Pugh Asheboro, NC +1 73
T32 Timothy Driver Holly Springs, NC +1 73
T32 Will Dull Charlotte, NC +1 73
T32 Rider Mozingo Kinston, NC +1 73
T32 Brett Harris Franklin, NC +1 73
T32 Keegan Hoff Charlotte, NC +1 73
T32 Josh Neal Raleigh, NC +1 73
T32 James Harris Lillington, NC +1 73
T43 Justin Pennell Lenoir, NC +2 74
T43 Joe Jaspers Huntersville, NC, 2014 Champion +2 74
T43 Brad Mangum Iron Station, NC +2 74
T43 Walker Taylor Wilmington, NC +2 74
T43 Alex Nianouris Raleigh, NC +2 74
T43 Stephen Helton Clayton, NC +2 74
T43 Scott Patnode Belmont, NC +2 74
T43 Paul Slomkowski Colfax, NC +2 74
T43 Anthony Conn Raleigh, NC +2 74
T43 Aaron York Durham, NC +2 74
T43 Joseph Cansler Clemmons, NC +2 74
T43 William Hoffman Charlotte, NC +2 74
T43 Zack Griffith Chapel Hill, NC +2 74
T56 Caleb Keck Concord, NC +3 75
T56 Scott Park Charlotte, NC +3 75
T56 David Gies Pineville, NC +3 75
T56 Wesley Tyner Thomasville, NC +3 75
T56 Chris Sharp Charlotte, NC +3 75
T56 Dennis Long Statesville, NC +3 75
T56 Scott Newton Wallburg, NC +3 75
T56 Craig Stroup Thomasville, NC +3 75
T56 Chris Cox Raleigh, NC +3 75
T56 Dermot McElhennon Wake Forest, NC +3 75
T66 Jeremy Ray Pfafftown, NC +4 76
T66 Dean Channell Pinehurst, NC +4 76
T66 Kevin Whitaker West End, NC +4 76
T66 Sam Ratto Raleigh, NC +4 76
T66 Jarrod Conard Canton, NC +4 76
T66 Jayson Jennings Fuquay Varina, NC +4 76
T66 Mike Olson Wake Forest, NC +4 76
T66 Joshua A Points Raleigh, NC +4 76
T66 Will Campbell Winnabow, NC +4 76
T66 Jonathan Hockaday Sanford, NC +4 76
T66 Britt Mitchell Creedmoor, NC +4 76
T77 Daniel Neveu Pinehurst, NC +5 77
T77 David Banks Richlands, NC +5 77
T77 Jason Gabriel Claremont, NC +5 77
T77 Paul Clark Charlote, NC +5 77
T77 David Sargent Cornelius, NC +5 77
T77 Chris Bitzenhofer Mount Olive, NC +5 77
T77 Wade Boteler Burlington, NC +5 77
T77 Zachary Oplinger Cary, NC +5 77
T77 Christopher Blum Raleigh, NC +5 77
T86 John Nieters Bermuda Run, NC +6 78
T86 Mike Kee Kannapolis, NC +6 78
T86 Brad Coleman Jamestown, NC +6 78
T86 Tim Manyatis Raleigh, NC +6 78
T86 Charlie May Charlotte, NC +6 78
T86 Nathan Kohl Greensboro, NC +6 78
T86 Ray Grant Gastonia, NC +6 78
T86 Jordan Bilodeau Charlotte, NC +6 78
T86 George Harris Harrisburg, NC +6 78
T86 Eric Sayer Cary, NC +6 78
T96 Sumner Tate Raleigh, NC +7 79
T96 Mark Absher Winston-Salem, NC +7 79
T96 Aubrey Wilkerson Charlotte, NC +7 79
T96 David Winch Charlotte, NC +7 79
T96 Durward Williams Chapel Hill, NC +7 79
T96 Eric Parziale Pinehurst, NC +7 79
T96 Joe May Raleigh, NC +7 79
T103 Zach Swink Whitsett, NC +8 80
T103 James Whitehouse Asheville, NC +8 80
T103 Jonathan Callahan Denver, NC +8 80
T103 TJ Hoard Huntersville, NC +8 80
T103 Will Warner Pinehurst, NC +8 80
T103 Colin Webb Charlotte, NC +8 80
T103 Matthew McMurray Raleigh, NC +8 80
T110 Josh Nichols Apex, NC +10 82
T110 Connor Monaghan Chapel Hill, NC +10 82
T110 Danny Boughman Lenoir, NC +10 82
113 Ryan Hodges Greensboro, NC +11 83
T114 Benjamin Feldman Charlotte, NC +13 85
T114 Josh Spell Archdale, NC +13 85
T116 Hunter Freeman Raleigh, NC +14 86
T116 Josh Kanney Charlotte, NC +14 86
118 Josh McWhorter Boone, NC +15 87
119 Brad Dawson Mebane, NC +16 88
120 Trevor Krawchuk Chapel Hill, NC +17 89
WD Samuel Ring Carthage, NC - WD
WD Brad Nobles Raleigh, NC - WD
WD Clay Watkins Mebane, NC - WD
WD Patrick O'Reilly Greensboro, NC - WD

 

27th North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship

Keith Hills Golf Club, Buies Creek, N.C.

First Round Results: 40+ Division

 

Pos. Player City, State To Par Total
1 Andrew Sapp Greenville, NC -3 69
T2 Korky Kemp Greensboro, NC -2 70
T2 Paul Carpenter Denver, NC -2 70
T2 Joe Burns Greensboro, NC -2 70
5 Press McPhaul Raleigh, NC -1 71
6 Chris Dayton Charlotte, NC E 72
T7 Sherrill Britt West End, NC +1 73
T7 Chris Cassetta High Point, NC +1 73
T7 Gary Pugh Asheboro, NC +1 73
T7 Brett Harris Franklin, NC +1 73
T7 James Harris Lillington, NC +1 73
T12 Joe Jaspers Huntersville, NC, 2014 Champion +2 74
T12 Walker Taylor Wilmington, NC +2 74
T12 Scott Patnode Belmont, NC +2 74
T12 Paul Slomkowski Colfax, NC +2 74
T12 Aaron York Durham, NC +2 74
T17 Scott Park Charlotte, NC +3 75
T17 Chris Sharp Charlotte, NC +3 75
T17 Dennis Long Statesville, NC +3 75
T17 Scott Newton Wallburg, NC +3 75
T17 Craig Stroup Thomasville, NC +3 75
T22 Dean Channell Pinehurst, NC +4 76
T22 Kevin Whitaker West End, NC +4 76
T22 Sam Ratto Raleigh, NC +4 76
T22 Mike Olson Wake Forest, NC +4 76
T22 Joshua A Points Raleigh, NC +4 76
T27 Daniel Neveu Pinehurst, NC +5 77
T27 Jason Gabriel Claremont, NC +5 77
T27 Paul Clark Charlote, NC +5 77
T27 Christopher Blum Raleigh, NC +5 77
T31 John Nieters Bermuda Run, NC +6 78
T31 Mike Kee Kannapolis, NC +6 78
T31 Nathan Kohl Greensboro, NC +6 78
T31 George Harris Harrisburg, NC +6 78
T31 Eric Sayer Cary, NC +6 78
T36 Mark Absher Winston-Salem, NC +7 79
T36 Durward Williams Chapel Hill, NC +7 79
T38 James Whitehouse Asheville, NC +8 80
T38 Jonathan Callahan Denver, NC +8 80
40 Danny Boughman Lenoir, NC +10 82
41 Hunter Freeman Raleigh, NC +14 86
42 Josh McWhorter Boone, NC +15 87
43 Brad Dawson Mebane, NC +16 88
WD Samuel Ring Carthage, NC - WD


 

Schedule of Final Round:

 

Sunday, September 27

Final Round - 18 Holes of Stroke Play

Starting Times from 7:45 a.m. to 1:55 p.m.

 

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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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