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Mathews Captures 11th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship


HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. (August 2, 2020) -- The results from the 11th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship at The Club at 12 Oaks in Holly Springs, N.C. on August 2, 2020. (7,093 yards, par 36-36--72)


The CGA will be conducting this championship under the new COVID-19 Tournament Protocols. Learn more here


Related: Championship Web Site | Match Play Bracket | History l Photos


Nicholas Mathews, of Mebane, N.C. battled it out against Tim Bunten, of Concord, N.C. to claim the 11th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship this morning. Mathews had a steady hand on the match all day and ultimately won 2 & 1. 


“This feels awesome. I’ve been putting in a lot of work, and continuing to work really hard and my game has been progressing a lot. This is a great validation, and feels great to get it done,” Mathews said. 


Mathews took the lead early on in the morning, coming in with a four shot lead through seven holes. On the back nine, he fell to a three-shot lead, then two, but remained focused and calm to ultimately take the match on No. 17. Mathews has competed in multiple CGA events this summer; his strongest finish being the N.C. Amatuer where he tied for 10th. Mathews said that the key to his game all week was keeping a clear mind, and staying focused on the shot at hand. 


“I just did a great job staying focused, staying calm and just trusting my game plan and fortunately it worked out. Going into No. 17 I had a one-up lead and I just knew I needed to stay calm and keep doing what I was doing,” Mathews said. 



This was Mathews' first major win of the summer, and he hopes the momentum of this win will continue into the fall when he competes in more CGA events, and continues his training and practicing for his spring season at N.C. State. 


“Anytime you get it done, and frankly anytime you play well coming down the stretch it’s always momentum and that momentum keeps you working hard. It’s something you call back on in times of pressure. I think it’s just validation that I’m doing the right stuff and it's just a matter of continuing to work hard, and continuing to focus  on what I need to do,” Mathews said. 


The CGA would like to thank the members and staff of The Club at 12 Oaks for their amazing hospitality in hosting the 11th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship. A special note of gratitude is extended to Director of Golf, Andy Gregory, Superintendent, John Parrish and General Manager, Ed Hanley. 


The CGA would also like to thank the players and spectators for their understanding and adherence to the new COVID-19 tournament protocols. 


11th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship

The Club at 12 Oaks, Holly Springs, N.C.

Championship Results


Nicholas Mathews, Mebane, N.C. def. Tim Bunten, Concord, N.C. 2 & 1 


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