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Mathews Claims 61st North Carolina Amateur

 

In a Sunday that was filled with intrigue, drama, and plenty of inclement weather, Nicholas Mathews of Mebane, N.C. was able to rise above it all to become the 61st North Carolina Amateur Champion.

 

It’s great,” said Mathews. “I’m really honored and very excited that I got the job done.” 

 

Starting the day four shots back of the leader Ben Woodruff of Huntersville, N.C. Mathews played his game as he had all week. After an early bogey on the Par-3 2nd hole, he immediately got it right back with a birdie at the Par-5 3rd. Birdies on holes six, seven and nine would see Mathews make the turn with a 3-under-par, 33, and firmly in contention with an opportunity for a back nine charge. 

 

After another birdie at the Par-5 11th, Mathews would hit a small patch of adversity with bogeys on holes 12 and 15, that would see him fall two shots back of new leader Nick Lyerly of Salisbury, N.C., who sat at 9-under-par. This pivotal stretch was where Mathews looked his coolest. A mammoth drive on the 16th would see the NC State rising sophomore flipping a wedge to mere feet for a kick-in birdie. Another good tee ball on the Par-3 17th gave Mathews another birdie chance, this time from 20 feet. Sensing an opportunity to draw level with Lyerly, Mathews put a confident stroke on his putt, walking in the birdie to get to 9-under-par and tied for the lead with a hole remaining. Both competitors would par the finishing Par-4 18th, and it seemed as if a playoff was destined. 

 

“I birdied 16 and 17 which were huge,” said Mathews. “I hit a wedge stiff on 16 and then made about a 20 to 25 footer on 17 which pushed me in the right way. It was really good.” 

 

The playoff would last one hole, with Mathews rolling in a two-putt par to grab hold of the North Carolina Amateur Championship. This is his second CGA Championship title, with the first being the 11th North Carolina Amateur Match Play last August. He will be looking to defend that title this year at Forsyth Country Club. 

 

“It feels awesome,” said Mathews. “Especially to get it done here at Lonnie Poole which is our home course. It's great. It was a really fun week. I executed my game plan everyday so it was a lot of fun.” 

 

Lyerly claimed runner-up in the 61st playing of the North Carolina Amateur Championship, and played a phenomenal final round with a score of 5-under-par, 67. Kurtis Grant of Southern Pines, N.C. would finish in third place with a cumulative score of 6-under-par while Woodruff,  Tim Bunten of Concord, N.C., and Spencer Oxendine of Fayetteville, N.C., would finish in a tie for fourth at 4-under-par. 

 

The Carolinas Golf Association would like to thank the members and staff at Lonnie Poole Golf Course at North Carolina State University, especially, General Manager Chip Watson, Director of Golf Nick Dillman and Director of Golf Course Maintenance Brian Green for graciously hosting the 61st North Carolina Amateur Championship. 

 

61st North Carolina Amateur Championship

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

Final Results
 

Pos. Player City, State To Par R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Details  
T1 Nicholas Mathews Mebane, NC -9 71 70 70 68 279 Won on first playoff hole (No. 18)  
2 Nick Lyerly Salisbury, NC -9 73 69 70 67 279    
3 Kurtis Grant Southern Pines, NC -6 71 70 72 69 282    
T4 Tim Bunten Concord, NC -4 74 73 67 70 284    
T4 Ben Woodruff Huntersville, NC -4 71 68 68 77 284    
T4 Spencer Oxendine Fayetteville, NC -4 69 78 64 73 284    
7 Nic Brown Wendell, NC -3 74 72 67 72 285    
8 Andy Knox Apex, NC -2 75 70 71 70 286    
T9 Noah Connor Reidsville, NC -1 75 66 78 68 287    
T9 Bryson Boyette Wilson, NC -1 72 75 71 69 287    
T9 Maddox Whittington Lenoir, NC -1 74 72 71 70 287    
T9 Davis Womble Winston-Salem, NC -1 78 68 70 71 287    
T9 David Sargent Cornelius, NC -1 72 68 74 73 287    
T14 Garrett Risner Holly Springs, NC E 73 75 70 70 288    
T14 Columb Knight Raleigh, NC E 70 73 72 73 288    
T14 Cyrus Stewart Raleigh, NC E 74 68 69 77 288    
17 Colin Browning Charlotte, NC +1 71 74 74 70 289    
T18 Stephen Carroll Concord, NC +2 73 71 73 73 290    
T18 Jake Scruggs Shelby, NC +2 73 71 72 74 290    
T20 Symon Balbin Pinehurst, NC +3 75 71 74 71 291    
T20 Justin Morgan Denver, NC +3 71 75 73 72 291    
T20 Mark Olbrych Raleigh, NC +3 75 70 72 74 291    
T23 Stuart Fuller Winston-Salem, NC +4 73 75 70 74 292    
T23 Nolan Mills IV Charlotte, NC +4 73 77 73 69 292    
T25 Connor Armistead Charlotte, NC +5 75 72 73 73 293    
T25 Randall Hudson New Bern, NC +5 74 70 77 72 293    
T25 Matthew Younts Greensboro, NC +5 74 72 76 71 293    
T28 Collin Adams Charlotte, NC +6 72 73 75 74 294    
T28 AJ Shaffer Horse Shoe, NC +6 72 70 76 76 294    
T28 Joe Jaspers Huntersville, NC +6 71 76 75 72 294    
T28 Grayson Wotnosky Wake Forest, NC +6 71 76 77 70 294    
T28 Thomas Bonney Greensboro, NC +6 75 75 75 69 294    
T33 Ryan Blair Charlotte, NC +7 76 74 71 74 295    
T33 August Lascola Durham, NC +7 76 73 73 73 295    
T35 Addison Beam Cherryville, NC +8 78 71 71 76 296    
T35 Daniel Bowden Wilmington, NC +8 78 71 71 76 296    
T35 Graham Chase Charlotte, NC +8 73 75 73 75 296    
T35 Clayson Good Durham, NC +8 70 76 72 78 296    
T39 Jake Herring Wilson, NC +9 71 79 70 77 297    
T39 Caleb Keck Concord, NC +9 72 74 74 77 297    
T39 Caden Baker Mebane, NC +9 76 71 73 77 297    
T39 Kenan Poole Raleigh, NC +9 74 68 80 75 297    
T39 David Gies Pineville, NC +9 73 73 72 79 297    
T39 Connor Jones Raleigh, NC +9 73 75 75 74 297    
T39 Jack Heath Charlotte, NC +9 74 70 81 72 297    
T39 Anthony Conn Raleigh, NC +9 73 75 79 70 297    
T47 Carter Busse Davidson, NC +10 74 73 71 80 298    
T47 Jason Gabriel Claremont, NC +10 73 76 73 76 298    
T47 JD McNeill Raleigh, NC +10 74 74 74 76 298    
T50 Tyler Jones Jacksonville, NC +11 73 77 71 78 299    
T50 Patrick Stephenson Four Oaks, NC +11 71 78 72 78 299    
T50 Jake Conklin Cary, NC +11 74 73 75 77 299    
T53 Keenan Royalty Raleigh, NC +12 73 76 72 79 300    
T53 Chad Wilfong Charlotte, NC +12 74 74 74 78 300    
55 Grady Newton Wallburg, NC +14 73 76 75 78 302    
56 Joe Brooks Franklin, NC +16 75 75 75 79 304    
57 Noah Bumgarner Lenoir, NC +17 75 72 74 84 305    
T58 A.J. Beechler Pinehurst, NC +18 75 75 77 79 306    
T58 Jake Clodfelter Trinity, NC +18 77 69 84 76 306    
60 Harcourt Settle Raleigh, NC +19 76 71 83 77 307    
61 Spencer Roberts Cary, NC +33 75 75 84 87 321    
WD Kevin O'Connell Apex, NC - 72 69 78 WD WD    
                     
The following players did not make the cut
                     
CUT Grady Anderson Greenville, NC +7 73 78     151    
CUT Holt Allison Conover, NC +7 75 76     151    
CUT Timothy Driver Holly Springs, NC +7 70 81     151    
CUT Brandon Reece Rolesville, NC +7 75 76     151    
CUT Addison Lambeth Browns Summit, NC +8 79 73     152    
CUT Austin Bonfiglio holly springs, NC +8 79 73     152    
CUT Connor Brown Cherryville, NC +8 73 79     152    
CUT Jerell Fields Pineville, NC +8 81 71     152    
CUT Walker Taylor Wilmington, NC +8 74 78     152    
CUT Ben Morehead Charlotte, NC +8 77 75     152    
CUT Christopher Sperrazza Raleigh, NC +8 74 78     152    
CUT Cole Sutherland Charlotte, NC +8 80 72     152    
CUT Evan Boyer Morrisville, NC +8 76 76     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 Andrew Ward Charlotte, NC +9 76 77     153    
CUT Carter Rains Greenville, NC +9 77 76     153    
CUT Will Tharin Rocky Mount, NC +9 76 77     153    
CUT Chad Fultz Charlotte, NC, NC +10 78 76     154    
CUT Jake Clayton Burlington, NC +10 84 70     154    
CUT Jerry Richardson Cary, NC +10 76 78     154    
CUT Justin Guilford Davidson, NC +10 75 79     154    
CUT Pearse Lucas Charlotte, NC +10 75 79     154    
CUT Ryan O'Neil Waxhaw, NC +10 81 73     154    
CUT Zac Lewis Winnabow, NC +10 75 79     154    
CUT Alex Campbell Charlotte, NC +10 79 75     154    
CUT Andrew Gates Greensboro, NC +10 81 73     154    
CUT Carter Boulia Cary, NC +10 79 75     154    
CUT Daniel Neveu Pinehurst, NC +10 76 78     154    
CUT Davis Spradling Clayton, NC +10 77 77     154    
CUT Lexton Ford Lenoir, NC +10 78 76     154    
CUT Zach Swink Whitsett, NC +10 81 73     154    
CUT Jackson Brimfield Chapel Hill, NC +11 76 79     155    
CUT Mitchell Tanis Pineville, NC +11 76 79     155    
CUT Michael Childress Salisbury, NC +11 79 76     155    
CUT Bruce Bevins Matthews, NC +12 77 79     156    
CUT Calvin Hawkins Lexington, NC +12 77 79     156    
CUT Brad Clark Durham, NC +12 77 79     156    
CUT Charlie Fetter Charlotte, NC +12 75 81     156    
CUT Christopher Blum Raleigh, NC +12 78 78     156    
CUT Keith Early Charlotte, NC +12 80 76     156    
CUT Matias La Grutta Cary, NC +12 76 80     156    
CUT Josh Lendach Raleigh, NC +13 78 79     157    
CUT Landon Hawley Charlotte, NC +13 79 78     157    
CUT Attie Giles Pinehurst, NC +13 75 82     157    
CUT Brady Eckard Conover, NC +13 81 76     157    
CUT Evan Mendyk Summerfield, NC +13 80 77     157    
CUT Jim Aughtry Concord, NC +13 76 81     157    
CUT Jay Roberts Concord, NC +14 73 85     158    
CUT Jordan Smith Summerfield, NC +14 83 75     158    
CUT Stephen Helton Clayton, NC +14 81 77     158    
CUT Casey Osiecki New Bern, NC +15 81 78     159    
CUT Dustin Moore Burlington, NC +15 82 77     159    
CUT Bob McGee Cary, NC +16 81 79     160    
CUT Jack Anderson Charlotte, NC +16 80 80     160    
CUT William Buchanan Greensboro, NC +16 77 83     160    
CUT William Locey Charlotte, NC +16 76 84     160    
CUT Dexter Rice Charlotte, NC +17 86 75     161    
CUT Tommy Lamb Cary, NC +17 78 83     161    
CUT Chad Parris Charlotte, NC +18 82 80     162    
CUT Luke Nelson Raleigh, NC +18 80 82     162    
CUT Avery Papalia Kernersville, NC +18 82 80     162    
CUT Daniel Jackson Indian Trail, NC +18 84 78     162    
CUT Gary Pugh Asheboro, NC +18 80 82     162    
CUT Matthew Spak Cary, NC +19 79 84     163    
CUT Adam Kersey Hickory, NC +19 81 82     163    
CUT Cole Howard Benson, NC +20 84 80     164    
CUT Justin Nagy Holly Springs, NC +20 83 81     164    
CUT Chris Bitzenhofer Mount Olive, NC +21 85 80     165    
CUT Austin Alexander Rutherfordton, NC +22 86 80     166    
CUT Andrew Haarlow Greensboro, NC +24 83 85     168    
CUT Bobby Scarboro Rolesville, NC +24 81 87     168    
CUT Sam Terry Thomasville, NC +24 85 83     168    
CUT Eli Kinlaw Mount Holly, NC +28 86 86     172    
WD Wade Boteler Burlington, NC - 75 WD     WD    
WD Chase Clayton Locust, NC - WD WD     WD    
WD Zach Roberts Holly Springs, 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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