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30th NC Senior Amateur Champ. Preview

SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. -- The 30th North Carolina Senior Amateur Championship will take place May 12-14 at Champion Hills Club in Hendersonville. Designed by Tom Fazio, the par-71 course offers spectacular mountain golf. Built in 1990, this is the first CGA championship hosted by the club. Champion Hills is consistently ranked among the top golf courses in North Carolina.

Six-time North Carolina Senior Amateur champion Paul Simson.
(2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
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123 players are expected to compete on the 6,414 yard layout. Exempt players were automatically accepted into the championship while others were required to qualify for the tournament through one of four 18-hole qualifiers.

The N.C. Amateur Championship is 54 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, the field is cut to the low 60 scores and ties. Entry is open to any male golfer who has reached his 55th birthday by May 12, 2015, is a legal resident of North 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 10.4.

Medalist Score Site
Steve Wright
Deep Gap
Ernie Newton
72 High Point Country Club (Willow Creek)
High Point
Don Detweiler
Rick LaFata
Eric Ardery
72 Pine Hollow Golf Club
Phil Bland
73 Cleghorn Plantation Golf & Country Club
Joe Davis
David Eaker
Forest City
69 Highland Creek Golf Club

2014 champion Jim Pearson of Charlotte will not defend his title as he is recovering from surgery.

Players to watch:

  • 6-time N.C. Senior champion Paul Simson of Raleigh. Tied with Cliff Cunningham for most wins in this event. Leader in overall CGA titles with 28. His last individual victory came in 2012 at this championship. Turns 64 years old two days prior to first round.  

  • 5-time CGA champion Jim Grainger, 58, of Charlotte. Reigning Carolinas Senior Amateur champion. Won Carolinas Senior Four-Ball Championship last month with partner Rick Cloninger of Fort Mill, S.C.

  • 4-time CGA champion Ron Carpenter, 65, of Creedmoor. 2014 North Carolina Super Senior champion.

  • 4-time CGA champion Arlis Pike, 67, of Kernersville. Two-time defending Carolinas Super Senior champion.

  • 3-time CGA champion Russ Perry, 63, of Winston-Salem. Won this event in 2013.

  • 2-time CGA champion John Walters, 68, of Charlotte. Winner of the 2009 Carolinas Senior Amateur and 2012 Carolinas Super Senior.


Schedule of rounds: 

Tuesday, May 12         Round 1 - Tee times at 8:00am and 1:00 pm off #1 and #10 tees.
                                             CGA hosted lunch cookout for players in the clubhouse.
Wednesday, May 13   Round 2 - Tee times at 8:00am and 1:00 pm off #1 and #10 tees.
                                             Field cut to low 60 scores and ties. Field re-paired according to score.
Thursday, May 14        Round 3 - Tee times at 8:00am off #1 and #10 tees.
                                             Awards ceremony immediately following play at scoreboard 


Tee times & Pairings (Available May 7)



The CGA will post any tournament delays or cancellations via our Twitter account. Follow @cgagolf1909.


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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