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Four-Ball Partners Face-Off at Mid-Am

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Second round results of the 35th Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship held on North Ridge Country Club's Lakes course in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Par 36-36--72, 6,600 yards (Course Rating: 72.9/134).

Tee Opperman of Pawleys Island, S.C. recorded the low round of the tournament with an eight-under-par 64. [+] Enlarge

Atop the leaderboard going into the final round are Sherrill Britt of West End, N.C. and Greg Earnhardt of Greensboro, N.C. The first week in May, the two men will be partners in the inaugural U.S. Four-Ball at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. They shot 66 in the qualifier on the Holly course at Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst, N.C. to make the field. On Sunday, they will play together in the final group at the 35th Carolinas Mid-Amateur.

Britt followed-up his opening round six-under-par 66 with a five-under-par 67 that included five birdies and an eagle. "Tougher day today," Britt said. "I was six-under-par through 13 holes but lost it coming in." After a bogey-free first round, today Britt made two bogeys. He has a three-shot lead sitting at 11-under-par 133 for the championship. 

Earnhardt fought his way into second place with his own six-under-par 66. He is looking forward to being paired with Britt in the final group, "He deserves to win a CGA event," said Earnhardt. "If I can't win, I want him to win." Combined with a two-under-par 70, Earnhardt is at eight-under-par 136.

The round of the day came from 33-year-old Tee Opperman of Pawleys Island, S.C. who made eight birdies and an eagle en route to an eight-under-par 64. After posting two-over-par 74 in the first round, Opperman was able to best that by ten shots. "The only difference from yesterday, I kept the driving in play," he said. "Then, I made [every putt] I looked at."

The next Carolinas Mid-Amateur champion likely will be a new CGA winner. Each player in the final group is chasing their first title. Tied for fifth at five-under-par 139 are 2009 Four-Ball champion Chris Eaves of Burgaw, N.C. and Ron Kirkpatrick of Charlotte, N.C. 2014 champion Matthew Crenshaw of Burlington, N.C. is not defending his title as he is recovering from wrist surgery and hopes to return to competitive golf this summer.

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Sixty-seven players made the v-hole cut at six-over-par 150 to advance into Sunday's final round. Play will begin at 7:50am with the leaders teeing off at 11:26am. Tee times & Pairings

The Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship format is 54 holes of stroke play. Entry is open to any male golfer who has reached his 30th birthday by April 17, 2015, is a legal resident of North or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has a current USGA Handicap Index® at a member club that does not exceed 5.4.

Second round results
North Ridge Country Club (Lakes)
April 18, 2015

Place   Competitor Score
1   Sherrill Britt, West End, N.C.   66-67--133  (-11)
2   Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C.   70-66--136  (-8)
3   Tee Opperman, Pawleys Island, S.C.   74-64--138  (-6)
T4   Chris Eaves, Burgaw, N.C.   72-67--139  (-5)
T4   Ron Kirkpatrick, Charlotte, N.C.   71-68--139  (-5)
T4   Parks Price, Taylorsville, N.C.   68-71--139  (-5)
T7   Steven Brame, Henderson, N.C.   69-71--140  (-4)
T7   Jonathan Jackson, Chapel Hill, N.C.   70-70--140  (-4)
T7   Jarrett Grimes, Columbia, S.C.   72-68--140  (-4)
T10   Casey Smith, Abbeville, S.C.   69-72--141  (-3)
T10   Daniel Neveu, Pinehurst, N.C.   70-71--141  (-3)
T10   Chris Mitchell, Prosperity, S.C.   72-69--141  (-3)
T13   Uly Grisette, Winston Salem, N.C.   72-70--142  (-2)
T13   Matt Kilgo, Charlotte, N.C.   72-70--142  (-2)
T13   Drew Steffens, Raleigh, N.C.   71-71--142  (-2)
T13   Paul Tucker, Waxhaw, N.C.   71-71--142  (-2)
T13   Robert Lutomski, Mauldin, S.C.   71-71--142  (-2)
T18   Jeremy Ray, Pfafftown, N.C.   70-73--143  (-1)
T18   Chris Cassetta, Winston-Salem, N.C.   72-71--143  (-1)
T18   Chris Buffaloe, Raleigh, N.C.   72-71--143  (-1)
T18   Lionel Sutton, La Grange, N.C.   73-70--143  (-1)
T18   Walter Todd Sr, Laurens, S.C.   72-71--143  (-1)
T18   Dustin Moore, Greensboro, N.C.   74-69--143  (-1)
T18   Preston Edmondson, Morrisville, N.C.   69-74--143  (-1)
T18   Geno Berchiatti, Greenville, S.C.   72-71--143  (-1)
T18   Tim Dillon, Charlotte, N.C.   73-70--143  (-1)
T18   Mark Gauley, Raleigh, N.C.   73-70--143  (-1)
T18   Andrew Sapp, Durham, N.C.   70-73--143  (-1)
T29   Robert Dargan, Columbia, S.C.   74-70--144  (Even)
T29   J D Hoft, Bluffton, S.C.   71-73--144  (Even)
T29   Brandon Reece, Rolesville, N.C.   74-70--144  (Even)
T29   Banks Wood Jr., Charlotte, N.C.   72-72--144  (Even)
T29   Billy Andrews, Advance, N.C.   69-75--144  (Even)
T29   Ashley Fuquay, Greensboro, N.C.   71-73--144  (Even)
T35   Paul Simson, Raleigh, N.C.   72-73--145  (+1)
T35   Gary Pugh, Asheboro, N.C.   72-73--145  (+1)
T35   Michael Swiger, Raleigh, N.C.   73-72--145  (+1)
T35   Robert Hukill III, Raleigh, N.C.   72-73--145  (+1)
T35   Lee Palms, Greenville, S.C.   73-72--145  (+1)
T35   J.D. McNeill, Raleigh, N.C.   70-75--145  (+1)
T41   Scott Park, Charlotte, N.C.   73-73--146  (+2)
T41   Luke Sampson, Wilmington, N.C.   73-73--146  (+2)
T41   Steve Liebler, Irmo, S.C.   74-72--146  (+2)
T41   Harrison Rutter, Winston-Salem, N.C.   74-72--146  (+2)
T41   Ed Byman, Raleigh, N.C.   70-76--146  (+2)
T46   Don Detweiler, Raleigh, N.C.   73-74--147  (+3)
T46   Brian Urban, Raleigh, N.C.   72-75--147  (+3)
T46   Rob Stover, Durham, N.C.   71-76--147  (+3)
T46   Phil Miller, China Grove, N.C.   75-72--147  (+3)
T46   Steven Lindsay, Greensboro, N.C.   76-71--147  (+3)
T46   Mark Hodges, Belmont, N.C.   74-73--147  (+3)
52   Brandon Belisle, Wilmington, N.C.   77-71--148  (+4)
T53   Jason Smith, Raleigh, N.C.   74-75--149  (+5)
T53   Nick Brown, Lenoir, N.C.   73-76--149  (+5)
T53   Jared Fryer, Fayetteville, N.C.   74-75--149  (+5)
T53   Mike Daniel, Wake Forest, N.C.   79-70--149  (+5)
T53   J.D. Mann, Clayton, N.C.   73-76--149  (+5)
T58   Marais Lombard, Charlotte, N.C.   73-77--150  (+6)
T58   Paul Clark, Charlotte, N.C.   73-77--150  (+6)
T58   Pat Thompson, Asheville, N.C.   75-75--150  (+6)
T58   Mike Olson, Wake Forest, N.C.   74-76--150  (+6)
T58   John Finster, Raleigh, N.C.   76-74--150  (+6)
T58   Chad Frye, Davidson, N.C.   76-74--150  (+6)
T58   Eddie Connelly III, Jacksonville, N.C.   73-77--150  (+6)
T58   Matthew Laydon, Charleston, S.C.   75-75--150  (+6)
T58   Chris Blankenship, Clemmons, N.C.   75-75--150  (+6)
T58   Jack Merrell III, Wake Forest, N.C.   80-70--150  (+6)
        Failed to Qualify  
T68   Randy Palmer, Raleigh, N.C.   73-78--151  (+7)
T68   Josh Branyon, Honea Path, S.C.   79-72--151  (+7)
T68   Ron Carpenter, Creedmoor, N.C.   74-77--151  (+7)
T68   Brad Dawson, Mebane, N.C.   74-77--151  (+7)
T72   Patrick Loeffler, Matthews, N.C.   75-77--152  (+8)
T72   Trent Gregory, Wake Forest, N.C.   77-75--152  (+8)
T72   Jeff Allen, Jacksonville, N.C.   77-75--152  (+8)
T72   Troy Haynes, Raleigh, N.C.   79-73--152  (+8)
T72   Jeff Guernier, Greensboro, N.C.   74-78--152  (+8)
T77   Jay Jordan, Raleigh, N.C.   75-78--153  (+9)
T77   Rick Riddle, Charlotte, N.C.   76-77--153  (+9)
T77   Tracey King, Selma, N.C.   76-77--153  (+9)
T77   Walker Taylor IV, Wilmington, N.C.   76-77--153  (+9)
T77   Todd Prichard, Holly Springs, N.C.   76-77--153  (+9)
T77   Micah Helms, Mocksville, N.C.   78-75--153  (+9)
T77   John Berger, Charlotte, N.C.   81-72--153  (+9)
T84   William Rocchi, Pinehurst, N.C.   78-76--154  (+10)
T84   David Brown, Conover, N.C.   77-77--154  (+10)
T84   Cory Segall, Charlotte, N.C.   81-73--154  (+10)
T84   Mike Nadeau, Wake Forest, N.C.   75-79--154  (+10)
T88   Ken Bass, Pinehurst, N.C.   79-76--155  (+11)
T88   John Nieters, Clemmons, N.C.   74-81--155  (+11)
T88   Dale Ring, Carthage, N.C.   74-81--155  (+11)
T88   Brett Garson, Waxhaw, N.C.   80-75--155  (+11)
T92   Johnny Adams, Cary, N.C.   79-77--156  (+12)
T92   John Rudolph, Charlotte, N.C.   79-77--156  (+12)
T92   Joe Maher, Lake Wylie, S.C.   75-81--156  (+12)
T92   Brent Hayes, Kinston, N.C.   75-81--156  (+12)
96   Yancey Johnson, Simpsonville, S.C.   82-75--157  (+13)
T97   Seth Hall, Greensboro, N.C.   77-81--158  (+14)
T97   Jeff Jackson, Goldsboro, N.C.   76-82--158  (+14)
T97   Trent Vaden, Charlotte, N.C.   78-80--158  (+14)
T100   Jeff Manley, Raleigh, N.C.   82-77--159  (+15)
T100   Mark Absher, Winston Salem, N.C.   82-77--159  (+15)
T100   Gunn Murphy III, Greenville, S.C.   80-79--159  (+15)
T103   Tim Dean, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.   81-79--160  (+16)
T103   David Rosenfeld, Raleigh, N.C.   82-78--160  (+16)
T103   Jim Callis, Charlotte, N.C.   80-80--160  (+16)
T106   Adam Firestone, Huntersville, N.C.   83-78--161  (+17)
T106   Scott Nichols, Mooresville, N.C.   80-81--161  (+17)
T106   David Crowley, Greensboro, N.C.   86-75--161  (+17)
109   Durward Williams, Chapel Hill, N.C.   83-79--162  (+18)
T110   Carmen Serbio III, Fayetteville, N.C.   81-82--163  (+19)
T110   Wil Wynn, Smithfield, N.C.   77-86--163  (+19)
112   Stephen Dawes, Raleigh, N.C.   79-85--164  (+20)
T113   Jacob Blankenship, Cedar Grove, N.C.   82-83--165  (+21)
T113   Dean Ward, Graham, N.C.   83-82--165  (+21)
115   Trip Barclift, Raleigh, N.C.   79-88--167  (+23)
116   Brian Westveer, Charlotte, N.C.   73-WD--WD  (WD)
T117   Mike Lendach, Raleigh, N.C.   83-WD--WD  (WD)
T117   Dean Channell, Cary, N.C.   74-WD--WD  (WD)
119   Michael Simpson, Waxhaw, N.C.   WD  (WD)


Championship Facts

Event: 35th Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship

Playing Dates: April 17-19, 2015

Host Site: North Ridge Country Club (Lakes), Raleigh, N.C.

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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.

Now in its 106th year, the CGA annually conducts 43 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 140 One-Day (net and gross) events and 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 more than $1,500,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.    

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