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Woodruff Charges to the N.C. Amateur Lead

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 18, 2021) -- Second round results of the 61st North Carolina Amateur Championship at Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C. on June 18, 2021. The field is competing at 7,228 yards (par 36-36--72).

 

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As expected, the second round of the 61st North Carolina Amateur Championship brought high-level competition and low scores. With opening round jitters out of the way, the putts began to drop and several competitors carded as low as 5 and 6-under-par rounds in an effort to distance themselves from the cut line and get into contention for the weekend.


Ben Woodruff of Huntersville, N.C. fired off a 4-under-par, 68 in the second round today to take a one shot lead entering the third round at 5-under-par, 139 overall. The Charlotte 49ers rising senior started his round on the back nine, which has provided a tougher test than the front nine for the field this week.


“I think the fine line there is, can you be tough enough to deal with not getting off to a hot start by starting on the back side? I just kept telling myself ‘you’re on the tougher side, stay patient and don’t force anything,’” said Woodruff. “Then when I got to the front, I knew that I could loosen up a little bit and take advantage of the par-5s and a few wedge holes.”


Woodruff made the turn at even-par, 36 and started to get things rolling on his inward nine with a birdie right off the bat on No. 1. That was followed by three more on Nos. 3, 4 and 7 to close out his back nine at a clean 4-under-par, 32. He currently leads the field by one stroke entering the weekend. Woodruff remarked, “I am excited about leading, but there is still work to do and I am ready to get into it over the next two days.”


David Sargent of Cornelius, N.C. also shot 4-under-par, 68 to secure solo second position heading into the weekend. He got off to a hot start carding birdies on Nos. 1 and 2 to get the momentum going. Sargent remarked, “I didn’t play that well yesterday, so getting off to a good start today was the catalyst for the round.”


Making another birdie on No. 7, Sargent made the turn with a clean 3-under-par, 33 front nine. He took that same consistent play into the back nine starting and finishing it with birdies on Nos. 10 and 18. Sargent is now one shot back from the lead at 4-under-par, 140 overall.

 

There is a four-way-tie for third position between Noah Connor of Reidsville, N.C., Kurtis Grant of Southern Pines, N.C., Kevin O’Connell of Apex, N.C. and Nicholas Mathews of Mebane, N.C. who all finished the day at 3-under-par, 141 total.


Connor, a rising sophomore at UNC Greensboro, fired off the low round of the event so far with an outstanding 6-under-par, 66 in the second round. He went on a birdie spree carding five consecutive birdies on Nos. 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.


“It wasn’t that I was hitting perfect shots the whole time,” said Connor. “I just couldn’t miss my putts. I hit some real decent approaches. I had 12 feet on 13, six feet on 14 and three feet on 15 for birdie. That was really nice.” By the end of the day, he rose from tied for 51st to tied for third, completely bypassing the cut line on his way up.


Rising sophomore on the N.C. State men’s golf team, Nicholas Mathews is also tied for third position after a cool 2-under-par, 70 in Friday’s round. He has a simple game plan entering the third round that has proven to work for him thus far.



“At the end of the day I’m just trying to hit each shot as well as I can. Obviously it is going to be different being here on the weekend and in the final groups, but my goal is just to treat it as I do every other round,” said Mathews. “I want to focus on how well I can hit each shot and how well I can commit to each shot. From there, whatever happens happens.”


There are nine other players that are under-par or even-par after the first two days of competition that are still well within striking distance of the lead. With such a deep and talented field this year, the cut line fell at only 6-over-par, 150 overall and 62 competitors will contend in the third round and final round on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.


The second round will begin tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. with starting times until 9:50 a.m. off of Nos. 1 and 10. Stay tuned to our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook tomorrow for live coverage of the third round of the 61st North Carolina Amateur Championship. 

 

61st North Carolina Amateur Championship

Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C.

Second Round Results

 

Pos. Player City, State To Par R1 R2 Total
1 Ben Woodruff Huntersville, NC -5 71 68 139
2 David Sargent Cornelius, NC -4 72 68 140
T3 Noah Connor Reidsville, NC -3 75 66 141
T3 Kurtis Grant Southern Pines, NC -3 71 70 141
T3 Kevin O'Connell Apex, NC -3 72 69 141
T3 Nicholas Mathews Mebane, NC -3 71 70 141
T7 Kenan Poole Raleigh, NC -2 74 68 142
T7 Cyrus Stewart Raleigh, NC -2 74 68 142
T7 Nick Lyerly Salisbury, NC -2 73 69 142
T7 AJ Shaffer Horse Shoe, NC -2 72 70 142
11 Columb Knight Raleigh, NC -1 70 73 143
T12 Jake Scruggs Shelby, NC E 73 71 144
T12 Randall Hudson New Bern, NC E 74 70 144
T12 Stephen Carroll Concord, NC E 73 71 144
T12 Jack Heath Charlotte, NC E 74 70 144
T16 Colin Browning Charlotte, NC +1 71 74 145
T16 Collin Adams Charlotte, NC +1 72 73 145
T16 Mark Olbrych Raleigh, NC +1 75 70 145
T16 Andy Knox Apex, NC +1 75 70 145
T20 Justin Morgan Denver, NC +2 71 75 146
T20 Clayson Good Durham, NC +2 70 76 146
T20 Symon Balbin Pinehurst, NC +2 75 71 146
T20 Nic Brown Wendell, NC +2 74 72 146
T20 Matthew Younts Greensboro, NC +2 74 72 146
T20 Davis Womble Winston-Salem, NC +2 78 68 146
T20 David Gies Pineville, NC +2 73 73 146
T20 Maddox Whittington Lenoir, NC +2 74 72 146
T20 Jake Clodfelter Trinity, NC +2 77 69 146
T20 Caleb Keck Concord, NC +2 72 74 146
T30 Caden Baker Mebane, NC +3 76 71 147
T30 Joe Jaspers Huntersville, NC +3 71 76 147
T30 Connor Armistead Charlotte, NC +3 75 72 147
T30 Grayson Wotnosky Wake Forest, NC +3 71 76 147
T30 Spencer Oxendine Fayetteville, NC +3 69 78 147
T30 Tim Bunten Concord, NC +3 74 73 147
T30 Harcourt Settle Raleigh, NC +3 76 71 147
T30 Jake Conklin Cary, NC +3 74 73 147
T30 Noah Bumgarner Lenoir, NC +3 75 72 147
T30 Carter Busse Davidson, NC +3 74 73 147
T30 Bryson Boyette Wilson, NC +3 72 75 147
T41 JD McNeill Raleigh, NC +4 74 74 148
T41 Garrett Risner Holly Springs, NC +4 73 75 148
T41 Graham Chase Charlotte, NC +4 73 75 148
T41 Stuart Fuller Winston-Salem, NC +4 73 75 148
T41 Anthony Conn Raleigh, NC +4 73 75 148
T41 Chad Wilfong Charlotte, NC +4 74 74 148
T41 Connor Jones Raleigh, NC +4 73 75 148
T48 August Lascola Durham, NC +5 76 73 149
T48 Keenan Royalty Raleigh, NC +5 73 76 149
T48 Addison Beam Cherryville, NC +5 78 71 149
T48 Grady Newton Wallburg, NC +5 73 76 149
T48 Patrick Stephenson Four Oaks, NC +5 71 78 149
T48 Jason Gabriel Claremont, NC +5 73 76 149
T48 Daniel Bowden Wilmington, NC +5 78 71 149
T55 Spencer Roberts Cary, NC +6 75 75 150
T55 Ryan Blair Charlotte, NC +6 76 74 150
T55 Nolan Mills IV Charlotte, NC +6 73 77 150
T55 Thomas Bonney Greensboro, NC +6 75 75 150
T55 A.J. Beechler Pinehurst, NC +6 75 75 150
T55 Jake Herring Wilson, NC +6 71 79 150
T55 Joe Brooks Franklin, NC +6 75 75 150
T55 Tyler Jones Jacksonville, NC +6 73 77 150
             
The following players did not make the cut
             
CUT Brandon Reece Rolesville, NC +7 75 76 151
CUT Timothy Driver Holly Springs, NC +7 70 81 151
CUT Holt Allison Conover, NC +7 75 76 151
CUT Grady Anderson Greenville, NC +7 73 78 151
CUT Addison Lambeth Browns Summit, NC +8 79 73 152
CUT Cole Sutherland Charlotte, NC +8 80 72 152
CUT Connor Brown Cherryville, NC +8 73 79 152
CUT Austin Bonfiglio Holly Springs, NC +8 79 73 152
CUT Evan Boyer Morrisville, NC +8 76 76 152
CUT Jerell Fields Pineville, NC +8 81 71 152
CUT Walker Taylor Wilmington, NC +8 74 78 152
CUT Christopher Sperrazza Raleigh, NC +8 74 78 152
CUT Ben Morehead Charlotte, NC +8 77 75 152
CUT Blake Brantley Winston-Salem, NC +9 79 74 153
CUT Ryan Nagy Raleigh, NC +9 78 75 153
CUT Steven Brame Henderson, NC +9 77 76 153
CUT Will Tharin Rocky Mount, NC +9 76 77 153
CUT Carter Rains Greenville, NC +9 77 76 153
CUT Andrew Ward Charlotte, NC +9 76 77 153
CUT Daniel Neveu Pinehurst, NC +10 76 78 154
CUT Jake Clayton Burlington, NC +10 84 70 154
CUT Ryan O'Neil Waxhaw, NC +10 81 73 154
CUT Jerry Richardson Cary, NC +10 76 78 154
CUT Zac Lewis Winnabow, NC +10 75 79 154
CUT Davis Spradling Clayton, NC +10 77 77 154
CUT Pearse Lucas Charlotte, NC +10 75 79 154
CUT Zach Swink Whitsett, NC +10 81 73 154
CUT Justin Guilford Davidson, NC +10 75 79 154
CUT Chad Fultz Charlotte, NC, NC +10 78 76 154
CUT Carter Boulia Cary, NC +10 79 75 154
CUT Lexton Ford Lenoir, NC +10 78 76 154
CUT Alex Campbell Charlotte, NC +10 79 75 154
CUT Andrew Gates Greensboro, NC +10 81 73 154
CUT Mitchell Tanis Pineville, NC +11 76 79 155
CUT Michael Childress Salisbury, NC +11 79 76 155
CUT Jackson Brimfield Chapel Hill, NC +11 76 79 155
CUT Keith Early Charlotte, NC +12 80 76 156
CUT Brad Clark Durham, NC +12 77 79 156
CUT Matias La Grutta Cary, NC +12 76 80 156
CUT Charlie Fetter Charlotte, NC +12 75 81 156
CUT Christopher Blum Raleigh, NC +12 78 78 156
CUT Calvin Hawkins Lexington, NC +12 77 79 156
CUT Bruce Bevins Matthews, NC +12 77 79 156
CUT Landon Hawley Charlotte, NC +13 79 78 157
CUT Brady Eckard Conover, NC +13 81 76 157
CUT Attie Giles Pinehurst, NC +13 75 82 157
CUT Jim Aughtry Concord, NC +13 76 81 157
CUT Josh Lendach Raleigh, NC +13 78 79 157
CUT Evan Mendyk Summerfield, NC +13 80 77 157
CUT Stephen Helton Clayton, NC +14 81 77 158
CUT Jordan Smith Summerfield, NC +14 83 75 158
CUT Jay Roberts Concord, NC +14 73 85 158
CUT Dustin Moore Burlington, NC +15 82 77 159
CUT Casey Osiecki New Bern, NC +15 81 78 159
CUT William Buchanan Greensboro, NC +16 77 83 160
CUT William Locey Charlotte, NC +16 76 84 160
CUT Jack Anderson Charlotte, NC +16 80 80 160
CUT Bob McGee Cary, NC +16 81 79 160
CUT Dexter Rice Charlotte, NC +17 86 75 161
CUT Tommy Lamb Cary, NC +17 78 83 161
CUT Gary Pugh Asheboro, NC +18 80 82 162
CUT Daniel Jackson Indian Trail, NC +18 84 78 162
CUT Luke Nelson Raleigh, NC +18 80 82 162
CUT Chad Parris Charlotte, NC +18 82 80 162
CUT Avery Papalia Kernersville, NC +18 82 80 162
CUT Adam Kersey Hickory, NC +19 81 82 163
CUT Matthew Spak Cary, NC +19 79 84 163
CUT Justin Nagy Holly Springs, NC +20 83 81 164
CUT Cole Howard Benson, NC +20 84 80 164
CUT Chris Bitzenhofer Mount Olive, NC +21 85 80 165
CUT Austin Alexander Rutherfordton, NC +22 86 80 166
CUT Bobby Scarboro Rolesville, NC +24 81 87 168
CUT Sam Terry Thomasville, NC +24 85 83 168
CUT Andrew Haarlow Greensboro, NC +24 83 85 168
CUT Eli Kinlaw Mount Holly, NC +28 86 86 172
WD Wade Boteler Burlington, NC - 75 WD WD
WD Zach Roberts Holly Springs, NC - WD WD WD
WD Chase Clayton Locust, NC - WD WD WD

 

 

Schedule of Rounds:

 

Saturday, June 19

Third Round - 18 Holes of Individual Stroke Play

 

Sunday, June 20

Final Round - 18 Holes of Individual Stroke Play


 

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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