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Bunten Wins Back-To-Back Carolinian Titles

 

Buies Creek, N.C. (May 23, 2021) -- Final results of the 6th Carolinian Amateur Championship at Keith Hills Golf Club (Orange-Black) in Buies Creek, N.C. on May 23, 2021. The field is competing at 6,717 yards on the Orange - Black course routing (par 36-36--72).


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Tim Bunten of Concord, N.C. becomes a back-to-back champion after capturing the 6th Carolinian Amateur Championship. On Sunday, he shot a 2-over-par, 74 to bring his total tournament score to 4-under-par, 212. Bunten squeaked out the victory over Graham Chase of Charlotte, N.C. and Mason Tucker of Lancaster, S.C. who both tied for second one stroke off the lead at 3-under-par, 213 total.


Bunten’s final round began on No.1, which was an enjoyable starting hole for him; he parred No. 1 all three rounds. The recent East Carolina grad would go on to par Nos. 2 and 3 remaining with a comfortable 3-shot lead.


However, on the short 300 yard, par-4 No. 4, Bunten made an aggressive decision; taking a 3-wood off the tee instead of his usual iron shot. The risk was minimized when his tee shot landed 30 yards left of the green, but reappeared when his chip shot landed in the back bunker. Bunten would register his first bogey of the day on No. 4.


Agitated with the result from the subsequent hole, he was determined to improve on No. 5. That is exactly what he did. Bunten would go on to drain a lengthy birdie putt to go back to being even on the day and make the turn two-strokes ahead of his competitors.


“I was scrambling really well. I had a couple of great up and downs on the front that kept the momentum up,” said Bunten. “I made a lot of eight to 12-footers for par to keep things moving. I didn’t feel the best off the tee, but around the greens I felt really good.”


Bunten’s back nine was full of excitement, his dependable scrambling skills had saved him yet again. He had bogeyed No. 10 and had cancelled it out with a birdie on No. 13; which he birdied all three rounds. Carding pars on Nos. 14 and 15 his lead remained at 3-strokes, until his tee shot on No.16 drifted too far right into an adjacent creek bank.


Bunten took a 9-iron out of the bank and his ball came to rest inches in front of a tree root, leaving him another tough shot. His third shot sailed the green and Bunten would give up 2-strokes, posting a 6. Walking off No. 16’s green his lead shrunk to 1-stroke and he was aware of what had to be done. Bunten posted a par on the par-3, No. 17 and headed to the final hole.


“Draining that putt on No. 18 was a very good feeling. As soon as I got it over the water in two shots, I took a deep breath. I was pretty sure that I won it after that putt, but I wasn’t sure until I heard the really loud applause and then I knew I had won it again,” remarked the reigning champion.


This is Bunten’s second CGA championship title and he will be seeking his third at the North Carolina Amateur Championship and the North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship this summer. The newly minted champion said, “Winning this is awesome. I love it here (at Keith Hills Golf Club). I tend to play well here and it is great to continue that good play and start the summer off hot. It led to a really good summer last year so hopefully I can do the same this year.”


Columb Knight of Raleigh, N.C. finished in solo fourth with a three day total of 2-under-par, 214. A three-way-tie between Michael La Sasso of Raleigh, N.C., David Sargent of Cornelius, N.C. and Thomas Owen of Fayetteville, N.C. claimed fifth with a 1-under-par, 215 overall finish.


The Carolinas Golf Association would like to thank the members and staff at Keith Hills Golf Club, especially Director of Golf, Martha Sutton, Golf Course Superintendent, Damon Dean and General Manager, Kenneth Jones, for graciously hosting the 6th Carolinian Amateur Championship.


6th Carolinian Amateur Championship

Keith Hills Golf Club (Orange-Black), Buies Creek, N.C.

Final Results

 

Pos. Player City, State To Par R1 R2 R3 Total
1 Tim Bunten Concord, NC -4 67 71 74 212
T2 Graham Chase Charlotte, NC -3 75 71 67 213
T2 Mason Tucker Lancaster, SC -3 73 72 68 213
4 Columb Knight Raleigh, NC -2 73 69 72 214
T5 Michael La Sasso Raleigh, NC -1 74 73 68 215
T5 David Sargent Cornelius, NC -1 74 73 68 215
T5 Thomas Owen Fayetteville, NC -1 72 70 73 215
T8 Carter Busse Davidson, NC E 71 73 72 216
T8 Tommy Lamb Cary, NC E 70 72 74 216
T8 Zac Lewis Winnabow, NC E 68 73 75 216
T11 August Lascola Durham, NC +2 77 72 69 218
T11 Garrett Risner Holly Springs, NC +2 73 75 70 218
T11 Daniel Neveu Pinehurst, NC +2 66 76 76 218
T11 Jackson Bode Pinehurst, NC +2 68 75 75 218
T15 Fulton Smith Pinehurst, NC +3 71 76 72 219
T15 Mitchell Vance Hartsville, SC +3 71 75 73 219
T15 Nic Brown Wendell, NC +3 70 75 74 219
T15 Michael Childress Salisbury, NC +3 72 70 77 219
T19 Jake Newman Charlotte, NC +4 77 73 70 220
T19 Ryan O'Neil Waxhaw, NC +4 72 74 74 220
T21 WIlson Thrift Charlotte, NC +5 74 75 72 221
T21 Nick Mayfield Rock Hill, SC +5 73 76 72 221
T21 Randall Hudson New Bern, NC +5 74 75 72 221
T21 Pearse Lucas Charlotte, NC +5 74 72 75 221
T21 William Grasty Charlotte, NC +5 69 74 78 221
T21 Justin Morgan Denver, NC +5 75 78 68 221
T27 Aidan Browning Charlotte, NC +6 74 75 73 222
T27 John O'Brien Columbia, SC +6 75 73 74 222
T27 Blake Brantley Winston-Salem, NC +6 74 73 75 222
T27 Colin Browning Charlotte, NC +6 76 75 71 222
T31 Noah Connor Reidsville, NC +7 77 73 73 223
T31 Stephen Lavenets Willow Spring, NC +7 75 73 75 223
T31 Cade Hancock Elizabethtown, NC +7 77 73 73 223
T31 Luke Nelson Raleigh, NC +7 74 76 73 223
T31 Daniel Coker Hartsville, SC +7 74 71 78 223
T36 Adam Hunt Columbia, SC +8 75 74 75 224
T36 Narayan Mohan Charlotte, NC +8 74 75 75 224
T36 Cole Sutherland Charlotte, NC +8 72 75 77 224
T36 Tyler Jones Jacksonville, NC +8 74 77 73 224
T36 Josh Spell Archdale, NC +8 72 80 72 224
T36 Zach Roberts Holly Springs, NC +8 76 69 79 224
T42 Alex Rubino Charlotte, NC +9 75 73 77 225
T42 Anthony Conn Raleigh, NC +9 76 76 73 225
T42 Jake Herring Wilson, NC +9 78 74 73 225
T42 Matias La Grutta Cary, NC +9 76 69 80 225
T42 Tyler DeChellis Clayton, NC +9 77 76 72 225
T47 Timothy Driver Holly Springs, NC +10 74 75 77 226
T47 Layne Lambert Matthews, NC +10 77 76 73 226
T47 Matthew McIntyre Garner, NC +10 75 78 73 226
50 Mark Olbrych Raleigh, NC +11 75 74 78 227
T51 R. J. Cupelli Kitty Hawk, NC +12 74 75 79 228
T51 Andreas Huber Pinehurst, NC +12 74 76 78 228
T51 Caden Baker Mebane, NC +12 78 73 77 228
T51 Matthew Richardson Ayden, NC +12 73 79 76 228
T51 McClure Thompson Little River, SC +12 77 76 75 228
T56 Daniel Adkins Holly Springs, NC +13 77 74 78 229
T56 Jake Clayton Burlington, NC +13 74 77 78 229
T56 Russell Burke Raleigh, NC +13 81 70 78 229
T59 Casey Osiecki New Bern, NC +14 74 76 80 230
T59 Ryan Hodges Greensboro, NC +14 77 73 80 230
T59 Gray Mitchum Winterville, NC +14 76 77 77 230
T62 Patrick Golden Murrells Inlet, SC +15 75 75 81 231
T62 Justin Guilford Davidson, NC +15 70 80 81 231
T64 James Harris Lillington, NC +16 79 73 80 232
T64 Carson Castelli Greensboro, NC +16 77 75 80 232
T64 Will Suddreth Jamestown, NC +16 75 78 79 232
T64 Clayson Good Durham, NC +16 73 80 79 232
68 Reid Clark Raleigh, NC +17 76 76 81 233
69 Ike Joy Denver, NC +18 78 75 81 234
T70 Ford Reynolds Columbia, SC +19 73 80 82 235
T70 Austin Alexander Rutherfordton, NC +19 72 81 82 235
72 Steven Brame Henderson, NC +21 77 75 85 237
The following players did not make the cut
CUT Chris Cox Raleigh, NC +10 80 74   154
CUT Robert McPartland Seven Lakes, NC +10 79 75   154
CUT Samuel Uberseder Lewisville, NC +10 80 74   154
CUT Jackson Brimfield Chapel Hill, NC +10 80 74   154
CUT Patrick Langdon Charlotte, NC +10 77 77   154
CUT Steven Shea Charlotte, NC +10 75 79   154
CUT Travon Willis Indian Trail, NC +10 75 79   154
CUT Holland Giles Pinehurst, NC +11 81 74   155
CUT Brandon Reece Rolesville, NC +11 77 78   155
CUT Bryan Fang Raleigh, NC +11 76 79   155
CUT Colin Trahan North Augusta, SC +11 80 75   155
CUT Frank Gilliam Raleigh, NC +11 74 81   155
CUT Jeremy Milton Lillington, NC +11 73 82   155
CUT Josh Newman Charlotte, NC +11 76 79   155
CUT Karsten Shields Monroe, NC +11 77 78   155
CUT Kris Jackson Greenville, NC +11 78 77   155
CUT Stephen Helton Clayton, NC +11 71 84   155
CUT Chris Holland Fayetteville, NC +12 80 76   156
CUT Jayson Jennings Fuquay Varina, NC +12 80 76   156
CUT Jon Eichstaedt Charlotte, NC +12 79 77   156
CUT Kyle Austin Raleigh, NC +12 76 80   156
CUT Will Hawley Raleigh, NC +12 79 77   156
CUT Alex Campbell Charlotte, NC +12 80 76   156
CUT Carter Rains Greenville, NC +12 78 78   156
CUT Chandler Perry Clinton, NC +12 78 78   156
CUT Kyle Kushnir Raleigh, NC +12 79 77   156
CUT Patrick Bridges Clayton, NC +12 77 79   156
CUT Chris Lee Garner, NC +13 81 76   157
CUT Felix van Kleef Hilton Head, SC +13 76 81   157
CUT Jennings Glenn Raleigh, NC +13 79 78   157
CUT Kenny Stewart Lillington, NC +13 77 80   157
CUT Peter Bowie Asheville, NC +13 81 76   157
CUT Stewart Wise Lillington, NC +13 77 80   157
CUT Stuart Fuller Winston-Salem, NC +13 78 79   157
CUT Trey Schneider Mooresville, NC +13 78 79   157
CUT Andrew Perry Fuquay-Varina, NC +13 79 78   157
CUT Jonathan Hockaday Sanford, NC +13 80 77   157
CUT Will Dalton Cornelius, NC +13 77 80   157
CUT Clay Watkins Mebane, NC +14 82 76   158
CUT Sam Davidson Asheboro, NC +14 78 80   158
CUT Ayush Bodhale Huntersville, NC +14 80 78   158
CUT Dalton Mauldin Sanford, NC +14 78 80   158
CUT David Gibson Lexington, SC +14 79 79   158
CUT Ethan Hall Morehead City, NC +14 77 81   158
CUT Jackson Steiner Charlotte, NC +14 78 80   158
CUT Josh Nichols Morrisville, NC +14 80 78   158
CUT MInor Hinson Charlotte, NC +14 80 78   158
CUT Bryce Aronson Raleigh, NC +15 79 80   159
CUT Kenneth Kavanaugh Carolina Beach, NC +16 81 79   160
CUT Robbie Perry Fuquay Varina, NC +16 80 80   160
CUT Sam Wilson Davidson, NC +16 84 76   160
CUT David Banks Richlands, NC +16 79 81   160
CUT David Hrubala Spartanburg, SC +16 80 80   160
CUT George Whiting Raleigh, NC +16 82 78   160
CUT Brandon Jones Sanford, NC +17 83 78   161
CUT Hank Robins Salisbury, NC +17 80 81   161
CUT Jack Dannemann Charlotte, NC +17 82 79   161
CUT Justin Bode Pinehurst, NC +17 79 82   161
CUT Paul Yamane Winston-Salem, NC +17 81 80   161
CUT Solomon Park Greensboro, NC +17 77 84   161
CUT Christian Bailey Matthews, NC +18 87 75   162
CUT Teddy Sluser Pinehurst, NC +18 79 83   162
CUT Will Warner Pinehurst, NC +18 82 80   162
CUT Luke Guthrie Charlotte, NC +18 82 80   162
CUT Avery Papalia Kernersville, NC +19 75 88   163
CUT Brandon Miller Winston-Salem, NC +19 80 83   163
CUT Luke Michael Trinity, NC +19 79 84   163
CUT Luke Perrino Mooresville, NC +19 85 78   163
CUT Noah Maness Troy, NC +19 82 81   163
CUT William Phipps Florence, SC +19 84 79   163
CUT Caleb Click Fair Bluff, NC +19 77 86   163
CUT Parker Truesdale Canton, NC +19 79 84   163
CUT Sumner Alford Fuquay Varina, NC +20 81 83   164
CUT Cameron Hardison Greenville, NC +20 84 80   164
CUT Parker Shimp Charlotte, NC +20 82 82   164
CUT Micah Alexander Durham, NC +21 82 83   165
CUT Austin Mosher Mount Pleasant, SC +22 83 83   166
CUT Paul Slomkowski Colfax, NC +22 82 84   166
CUT Ryan Macri Wake Forest, NC +22 82 84   166
CUT Marshall Fowle Fuquay-Varina, NC +22 86 80   166
CUT Jeff Manley Raleigh, NC +23 79 88   167
CUT Nicholas Clemente Raleigh, NC +23 84 83   167
CUT Randy Poteat Wendell, NC +23 83 84   167
CUT Whit Howard Raleigh, NC +23 81 86   167
CUT David Reid Winston-Salem, NC +24 86 82   168
CUT Stuart Augustine Fayetteville, NC +24 87 81   168
CUT John Bennett Forest City, NC +24 82 86   168
CUT Vic Ruotolo Charlotte, NC +29 86 87   173
CUT Kevin Mininni Burgaw, NC +32 87 89   176
CUT Codey Adams Kernersville, NC +33 91 86   177
CUT Drew Haywood Chapel Hill, NC +33 87 90   177
CUT Blake Pooley Clayton, NC +36 92 88   180
CUT Zachary Gehr Cary, NC +36 88 92   180
CUT Jonathan Bettenhausen Raleigh, NC +39 91 92   183
CUT Shawn Matthews Clinton, NC +39 88 95   183
CUT Justin Jenkins Matthews, NC +46 95 95   190
CUT Josh King Burnsville, NC +47 99 92   191
CUT Stephen Pierpoint Fayetteville, NC +62 101 105   206
WD Rik Wall Greensboro, NC - 83 WD   WD
WD Ben Esposito Pittsboro, NC - 86 WD   WD
WD Sandy Lamarre Raleigh, NC - 87 WD   WD
WD Chris Luoma Morrisville, NC - 88 WD   WD
WD Eston Lee Four Oaks, NC - 92 WD   WD
WD Cody Fullinwider Raleigh, NC - WD WD   WD

 

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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