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PGA Professionals Capture the Tar Heel Cup


WALLACE, N.C. (April 6, 2021) - The 26th Tar Heel Cup Matches presented by Holderness & Bourne took place at River Landing Country Club’s River Course in Wallace, N.C. featuring the eight top amateurs and PGA professionals from North Carolina. For the professionals to take back the cup, they needed 6.5 points and the amateurs needed 6 points to retain the cup. After winning five out of the eight singles matches today, the professionals were able to take back the cup and capture their 15th Tar Heel Cup title.

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The PGA professionals finished the four-ball matches yesterday one point back from the amateurs lead. Amateurs Blake Taylor of Atkinson, N.C. and Stephen Lavenets of Willow Spring, N.C. had the quickest round of the day, wrapping up 3 & 2 on No. 16. The rest of the matches were tight with professionals Matt Vick of Pinehurst, N.C. and Cory Schneider of Powells Point, N.C. defeating the amateur team of Jay Roberts of Concord, NC and David Gies of Pineville, NC, 2 & 1. Amateurs Mark Olbyrch and Andrew Sapp of Greensboro, N.C. won 2 up with a birdie on number 18 over Chris Haarlow of Winston Salem, NC and Tommy Gibson of Winston Salem, NC. The only haved match of the entire tournament where amateurs Chris Cassetta of High Point, N.C. and Matthew Younts of Greensboro, N.C. tied with professionals Jon Mayer of Cashiers, N.C. and Jimmy Flippen of Summerfield, N.C. After losing the cup to the amateurs for the last two years, the professionals were ready to make their move in the singles matches this morning.

Christopher Finke of Linville, N.C., Jimmy Flippen of Summerfield, N.C., Matt Vick of Pinehurst, N.C., Tommy Gibson of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Jon Mayer Cashiers, N.C. won their matches to claim five points in the final round for the NC Professionals. Despite Jay Roberts of Concord, N.C., Stephen Lavenets of Willow Spring, N.C. and Blake Taylor of Atkinson, N.C. winning their matches, the NC Amateurs valiant effort was not enough to retain the cup. The PGA professionals captured their 15th Tar Heel Cup title with 6.5 points against the amateurs’ 5.5 points.

The Carolinas Golf Association would like to thank the members and staff at River Landing, especially the Murphy Family, Superintendent Peter Futral, and Director of Golf Larry George, who have graciously hosted these matches since 2015.

26th Tar Heel Cup Matches presented by Holderness & Bourne

River Landing in Wallace, N.C.

First Round: Four-Ball Results


Matt Vick & Cory Schneider (Professional) def. Jay Robert & David Gies (Amateur), 2&1

Jon Mayer & Jimmy Flippen (Professional) tied Chris Cassetta & Matthew Younts (Amateur)

Mark Olbrych & Andrew Sapp (Amateur) def. Chris Haarlow & Tommy Gibson (Professional), 2 up

Blake Taylor & Stephen Lavenets (Amateur) def. Kyle Akins & Christopher Finke (Professional), 3&2

NC Amateurs: 2.5 points, NC Professionals: 1.5 points


Final Round: Singles Matches Results


Christopher Finke, Linville, Professional def. David Gies, Pineville, Amateur, 1 up

Jay Roberts, Concord, Amateur def. Kyle Akins, Willow Spring, Professional, 4 & 3

Jimmy Flippen, Summerfield, Professional def. Andrew Sapp, Greenville, Amateur, 2 & 1

Matt Vick, Pinehurst, Professional def. Matthew Younts, Greensboro, Amateur 5 & 4

Tommy Gibson, Winston-Salem, Professional def. Chris Cassetta, High Point, Amateur, 5 & 4

Jon Mayer, Cashiers, Professional def. Mark Olbrych, Greenville, Amateur, 3 & 2

Stephen Lavenets, Willow Spring, Amateur def. Chris Haarlow, Winston-Salem, Professional, 3 & 1

Blake Taylor, Atkinson, Amateur def. Cory Schneider, Powells Point, Professional, 2 & 1

NC Professionals: 5.0 points, NC Amateurs: 3.0 points

Final: NC Professionals: 6.5 points, NC Amateur 5.5 points


About River Landing Country Club

The coastal plains of North Carolina are the beautiful setting of a community where beauty and lifestyle go hand and hand—River Landing.

River Landing is a private, gated, residential golf community covering over 1,700 unspoiled acres on the banks of the northeast Cape Fear River in Wallace, NC.  An easy 35 minute drive from historic Wilmington and just an hour and 15 minutes south of Raleigh, NC, we represent the best of North Carolina’s beauty, weather and recreation. And the cost of living here? Very attractive!

Our championship golf courses are world-class, and are complemented by our state-of-the-art Sports and Fitness Center. Here residents enjoy secure surroundings featuring scenic walking, hiking and nature trails, mature, lush landscapes and some of the nation’s best fishing, boating and gardening.

River Landing offers the lifestyle you deserve with the value you demand. Welcome!

About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)

The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.

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.    

For more information about the CGA, visit our website.

About the Carolinas PGA Section

Since its inception in 1923, the Carolinas PGA Section has been committed to nurturing and improving the quality of the game for the thousands of golfers using its member facilities.  Now the largest of the PGA’s forty-one sections, the Carolinas PGA Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association boasts nearly 2,000 professional members and represents more than 800 golf facilities within North and South Carolina as well as portions of southern Virginia.

PGA professionals are responsible for conducting a variety of golf-related functions which include human resource management, golf shop merchandising, golf instruction, tournament operations, junior golf programs, growth of the game initiatives, golf club repair, administering the rules, public relations and much more.  For more information, contact Liz Muroski, Director of Media and Promotions at 336-398-2742 or



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