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Branyon Takes an Early Lead at the Carolinas Mid-Amateur

 

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. (April 16, 2021) -- First round results of the 41st Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship at Columbia Country Club (Ridgewood/Tall Pines) in Blythewood, S.C. on April 16, 2021. The field is playing the Ridgewood/Tall Pines routing at 6,965 yards (par 36-36--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

 

The 41st Carolinas Mid-Amateur had already set a record before it even began. An unprecedented, 500+ players tried to qualify for the 150 available spots in the field this weekend. The 150 players that qualified battled it out today in the opening round at Columbia Country Club. 

 

Josh Branyon of Honea Path, S.C. took a strong lead after carding an exceptional 5-under-par, 67 today. After going 4-under through his first four holes (he started on No. 10), Branyon was feeling comfortable and continued to hit every green and fairway on the front nine (his back nine). Carding three more birdies on Nos. 3, 4 and 7 as well as bogeys on Nos. 8 and 9, he leads the field by three strokes entering the second round. 

 

After a successful opening round, Branyon wants to keep the same game plan and mindset through the weekend, which he remarked was “play carefree and let ‘er rip.”

 

The reigning North Carolina Mid-Amateur Champion, Chad Wilfong of Charlotte, N.C. is in a four-way-tie with James Lightsey of Indian Land, S.C., Anthony Conn of Raleigh, N.C. and Weston Bell of Piedmont, S.C. at 2-under-par, 70. They are tied for second position just three strokes off of the lead. 

 

With a five-way-tie at 1-under-par, 71 and nine players tied at even-par, 72, this championship is far from over with a stacked leaderboard and 36 holes left. 

 

The second round will begin tomorrow at 8:00 a.m. with starting times until 2:28 p.m. After the second round, the field will be cut to low 60 scores and ties for the final round on Sunday. Stay tuned to our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for live coverage of the second and final round. 



41st Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship

Columbia Country Club (Ridgewood/Tall Pines), Blythewood, S.C.

First Round Results

 

Pos. Player City, State To Par Total
1 Josh Branyon Honea Path, SC -5 67
T2 Chad Wilfong Charlotte, NC -2 70
T2 Anthony Conn Raleigh, NC -2 70
T2 Weston Bell Piedmont, SC -2 70
T2 James Lightsey Indian Land, SC -2 70
T6 Wehman Hopke Charlotte, NC -1 71
T6 Cody Sundberg Charlotte, NC -1 71
T6 Zach Schwab Columbia, SC -1 71
T6 Connor Monaghan Chapel Hill, NC -1 71
T6 Timothy Driver Holly Springs, NC -1 71
T11 Joe Kastelic Hickory, NC E 72
T11 Austin Adams Charlotte, NC E 72
T11 Allen Caldwell Sumter, SC E 72
T11 Cyrus Stewart Raleigh, NC E 72
T11 John Eades Charlotte, NC E 72
T11 Sam Jackson West Columbia, SC E 72
T11 Stephen Lavenets Willow Spring, NC E 72
T11 Jeff Boyan Winston-Salem, NC E 72
T11 Zachary  Herold Lexington, SC E 72
T20 Matthew Younts Greensboro, NC +1 73
T20 Garland Ferrell Greenville, SC +1 73
T20 Dylan Lancaster Spindale, NC +1 73
T20 Robbie Biershenk Boiling Springs, SC +1 73
T20 Mark Olbrych Raleigh, NC +1 73
T20 Walt Todd, Jr Greenville, SC +1 73
T20 Russ Gillig Taylors, SC +1 73
T20 Chad Fultz Charlotte, NC, NC +1 73
T20 Chris Cassetta High Point, NC +1 73
T20 Michael Sims Lexington, SC +1 73
T20 Chase Liebler West Columbia, SC +1 73
T20 Wade Boteler Burlington, NC +1 73
T32 Doug Cottingham Hopkins, SC +2 74
T32 Brian Brian Mazhari Charlotte, NC +2 74
T32 Bo Beard Waxhaw, NC +2 74
T32 Jordan Sease Lexington, SC +2 74
T32 Jason Garrett Stem, NC +2 74
T32 Brian Lee Blythewood, SC +2 74
T32 Jay Roberts Concord, NC +2 74
T32 Todd Hendley Columbus, NC +2 74
T32 Nathan Mallonee Charlotte, NC +2 74
T32 Scott Lincicome Pinehurst, NC +2 74
T32 Raymond Wooten Clemson, SC +2 74
T32 Eddie Hargett Blythewood, SC +2 74
T32 Shawn Foley Charlotte, NC +2 74
T32 Brett Barry Winston-Salem, NC +2 74
T32 Russ Adams Charlotte, NC +2 74
T47 Bern Gregory Mooresville, NC +3 75
T47 Jonathan Hockaday Sanford, NC +3 75
T47 Scott Roberts Lancaster, SC +3 75
T47 Eric Lipson Charlotte, NC +3 75
T47 Damon Postal Charlotte, NC +3 75
T47 Dexter Rice Charlotte, NC +3 75
T47 Brandon Twigg Charleston, SC +3 75
T47 Hayden Ploeger Fort Mill, SC +3 75
T47 Greg Earnhardt Greensboro, NC +3 75
T47 David Sargent Cornelius, NC +3 75
T47 Will Dull Charlotte, NC +3 75
T47 Ryan Reynolds Camden, SC +3 75
T47 Brandon Cemprola Columbia, SC +3 75
T47 Daniel Neveu Pinehurst, NC +3 75
T47 Brian Quackenbush Aiken, SC +3 75
T47 Walker Taylor Wilmington, NC +3 75
T47 David Lott Barnwell, SC +3 75
T64 Charlie May Charlotte, NC +4 76
T64 Brian Mull Wilmington, NC +4 76
T64 Kyle Gebhart Cayce, SC +4 76
T64 Ryan Blair Charlotte, NC +4 76
T64 Will Wears Durham, NC +4 76
T64 Keith Early Charlotte, NC +4 76
T64 Jeff Tyrrell Lyman, SC +4 76
T64 Scott Patnode Belmont, NC +4 76
T64 Christian Sease Greenville, SC +4 76
T64 Kyle Bearden Barnwell, SC +4 76
T64 William Buchanan Greensboro, NC +4 76
T64 Sherrill Britt West End, NC +4 76
T64 DeeBo Kelly Camden, SC +4 76
T64 David Yowell Charlotte, NC +4 76
T64 Andrew Ward Charlotte, NC +4 76
T64 Brandon Truesdale Rock Hill, SC +4 76
T64 Sean Marks Charlotte, NC +4 76
T81 Ely Cornwell Charlotte, NC +5 77
T81 Brandon Miller Winston-Salem, NC +5 77
T81 Levi Shelton Pineville, NC +5 77
T81 Rik Wall Greensboro, NC +5 77
T81 Robert Dargan Columbia, SC +5 77
T81 David Banks Richlands, NC +5 77
T81 Robert Lutomski Simpsonville, SC +5 77
T81 Eric Mauntel Charlotte, NC +5 77
T81 Scott Park Charlotte, NC +5 77
T81 Luke Haithcock Burlington, NC +5 77
T81 C.J. Andriole Charlotte, NC +5 77
T81 William Ovenden Mt. Pleasant, SC +5 77
T93 Jeff Jordan Mt. Holly, NC +6 78
T93 Kevin Burton Clayton, NC +6 78
T93 Guy Lemke Huntersville, NC +6 78
T93 Joe Burns Greensboro, NC +6 78
T93 Jay Biber Charlotte, NC +6 78
T93 Thomas Deschler Mount Pleasant, SC +6 78
T93 Eric Sayer Cary, NC +6 78
T93 Kyle Austin Raleigh, NC +6 78
T93 Brett Harris Franklin, NC +6 78
T93 Nick Lukas Wilmington, NC +6 78
T103 David Cook Cedar Point, NC +7 79
T103 Kevin Busteed Charlotte, NC +7 79
T103 Ethan Woodall Huntersville, NC +7 79
T103 Faheem Amod Raleigh, NC +7 79
T103 David Gibson Lexington, SC +7 79
T103 Matt Kilgo Charlotte, NC +7 79
T103 Jim Aughtry Concord, NC +7 79
T103 Cody Clepper Sumter, SC +7 79
T111 Nathan Kohl Greensboro, NC +8 80
T111 Ryan Hodges Greensboro, NC +8 80
T111 Tom Chuaypradit Winston-Salem, NC +8 80
T111 James Holloway Charlotte, NC +8 80
T111 Matt Drinkhahn Charlotte, NC +8 80
T111 Chad Frye Landis, NC +8 80
T111 Jason Rossetti Charlotte, NC +8 80
T111 Brandon Reece Rolesville, NC +8 80
T111 Simon Boteler Raleigh, NC +8 80
T120 Mark Nieters Winston-Salem, NC +9 81
T120 Nathan Price Lexington, SC +9 81
T120 Marais Lombard Charlotte, NC +9 81
T120 Brian Hayes Winston-Salem, NC +9 81
T120 Ashley Berry Pittsboro, NC +9 81
T120 Ernest Young Huntersville, NC +9 81
T120 Ian Dabrowski Charlotte, NC +9 81
T120 Craig Cathey Burlington, NC +9 81
T120 Jeremy Boggs Fort Mill, SC +9 81
T120 Mitch Bagley Charlotte, NC +9 81
T120 Eric Williams Goldsboro, NC +9 81
T120 Jayson Jennings Fuquay Varina, NC +9 81
T132 Jack Merrell Wake Forest, NC +10 82
T132 Simon Cagle Raleigh, NC +10 82
T132 Ethan Bean Elgin, SC +10 82
T132 Kevin Stimberis Mooresville, NC +10 82
T136 Dice K Nakayama Leland, NC +11 83
T136 Nathan Hoffman Pinehurst, NC +11 83
T136 Tyler Shuler Bryson City, NC +11 83
T139 Matt Michel Charlotte, NC +12 84
T139 Ross Bell Raleigh, NC +12 84
T139 Casey Smith Abbeville, SC +12 84
T139 Jay Sylvan Charlotte, NC +12 84
T139 Lee Gronkiewicz Columbia, SC +12 84
T139 Bradley Helms Winston-Salem, NC +12 84
145 Jared Jillson Columbia, SC +13 85
146 Matt Wood Hanahan, SC +14 86
147 Bradford Mulkey Dallas, NC +15 87


 

Schedule of Rounds:
 

Saturday, April 17

Second Round - 18 Holes of Individual Stroke Play

8:00 a.m. to 2:26 p.m. Starting times off of #1 and #10

Field cut to low 60 scores and ties for final round

 

Sunday, April 18

Final Round - 18 Holes of Individual Stroke Play

8:00 a.m. to 9:48 a.m. Starting times off of #1 and #10

 

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.

 

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