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Schank Sets Tone at SC Am Match Play

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (June 15, 2016) -- First round stroke play qualifying results of the 44th South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship at Bear Creek Golf Club in Hilton Head Island on Wednesday, June 15 (Par 36-36--72, 6804 yards, Course Rating: 74.2/139).

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Bluffton's Riley Schank leads the field heading into
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Blue skies with temperatures in 90s greeted players Wednesday morning on the par-72 layout. First round leader Riley Schank, 19, of Bluffton has a one-stroke edge on the field competing for stroke play medalist honors.

Schank, a rising junior at nearby University of South Carolina Beaufort, made a tap-in birdie on the par-5 18th to complete a blemish-free three-under front nine. Holding a one-stroke lead entering the final 18 holes of stroke play qualifying does not change Schank's game plan. "I am going to keep doing what I did today, make birdies and go low. I don't like to play safe and conservative," said Schank after making five birdies Wednesday en route to a three-under-par 69.

Living just twenty minutes Bear Creek Golf Club, Schank enjoys golf on Hilton Head Island. "It's great to play all these different courses around the area. It's always fun to play tournaments in the summer to keep your game sharp."

Playing Bear Creek Golf Club for the first time Wednesday, 21-year-old Bryce Howell of Blythewood said it took time for him to adjust. He started his round with two bogeys. "I didn't get in the fairway on the first two holes," said the rising senior at Furman University. "I learned to be more conservative off the tee, hit a lot of hybrids."

Howell finished his round with a barrage of three birdies that began on the par-4 15th where he hit a cut 7-iron around trees from 180 yards to five feet. Finding the fairway by hitting hybrid off the tee on the short par-4 Nos. 16 and 17, Howell was able to hit his approaches to birdie range. "It was a good little stretch to right the ship a little bit," said Howell, who finished Wednesday at two-under 70. Howell has already found the winner's circle this year, claiming the South Carolina Golf Association Four-Ball Championship with Preston Cole in May.

The only other player to break par Wednesday, Timothy Carpenter, 21, of Aiken, mixed two birdies and a lone bogey for one-under 71.

On Thursday, the field of 61 players will complete the final 18 holes of stroke play qualifying to determine the low 32 players for match play. The winner earns an exemption into the 102nd Carolinas Amateur Championship to be played July 14-17 at the Country Club of Charleston in Charleston, S.C. 

The South Carolina Amateur Match Play championship is conducted at 36 holes of stroke play followed by a cut to the low 32 players for match play. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 13th birthday by June 15, 2016, is a legal resident of South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has an active GHIN USGA Handicap Index at a CGA member club that does not exceed 7.4.

Scoring will be provided by the CGA throughout the championship, offering 9 and 18-hole updates. Live updates will also be available on the CGA’s official Twitter, @cgagolf1909. Continue to visit the CGA website throughout this championship and all year long for complete championship coverage including scores, interviews, photos, and recaps.

44th South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship
Bear Creek Golf Club, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

First Round Stroke Play Qualifying Results
June 15, 2016

Place   Competitor   Score
1   Riley Schank, Bluffton, S.C.     36-33--69  (-3)
2   Bryce Howell, Blythewood, S.C.     37-33--70  (-2)
3   Timothy Carpenter, Aiken, S.C.     36-35--71  (-1)
T4   Matt O'Quinn, Beaufort, S.C.     37-35--72  (Even)
T4   Bradford Curren, Ridgeland , S.C.     36-36--72  (Even)
T6   Thomas Todd III, Laurens , S.C.     36-37--73  (+1)
T6   Walker Campbell, Hilton Head, S.C.     38-35--73  (+1)
T6   Tripp French, Columbia, S.C.     37-36--73  (+1)
T9   Logan Sowell, Kershaw, S.C.     38-36--74  (+2)
T9   Jordan Warnock, Roebuck, S.C.     39-35--74  (+2)
T9   Henry Augenstein, Columbia, S.C.     36-38--74  (+2)
T12   Jd Hoft, Bluffton, S.C.     37-38--75  (+3)
T12   Charles Dallery, Sumter, S.C.     38-37--75  (+3)
T12   Drake Cassidy, Hartsville, S.C.     39-36--75  (+3)
T12   Charlie Spencer-White, Bluffton, S.C.     38-37--75  (+3)
T12   Connor Bruns, Duncan, S.C.     38-37--75  (+3)
T17   Johnson Holliday, Aynor, S.C.     37-39--76  (+4)
T17   Jarrett Grimes, Columbia, S.C.     39-37--76  (+4)
T19   John O'Brien, Columbia, S.C.     39-38--77  (+5)
T19   Chandler Vilcheck, Bluffton, S.C.     39-38--77  (+5)
T19   Dwight Cauthen, Columbia, S.C.     38-39--77  (+5)
T19   Zachary Bishop, Travelers Rest, S.C.     40-37--77  (+5)
T19   Josh Fickes, Beaufort, S.C.     41-36--77  (+5)
T19   Jonathan Phillips, Hardeeville, S.C.     40-37--77  (+5)
T19   Travis Mancill, Hilton Head, S.C.     37-40--77  (+5)
T19   Nick Russell, Hilton Head, S.C.     36-41--77  (+5)
T19   Parker Dudley, Charleston, S.C.     38-39--77  (+5)
T19   Patrick Mitchell, Beaufort, S.C.     41-36--77  (+5)
T29   Wick Andrews, Columbia, S.C.     39-39--78  (+6)
T29   Christian Sease, Mount Pleasant, S.C.     39-39--78  (+6)
T29   Taylor Ingle, Winnsboro, S.C.     38-40--78  (+6)
T29   Ryan Knapke, Hilton Head Island , S.C.     38-40--78  (+6)
T33   Casey Smith, Abbeville, S.C.     38-41--79  (+7)
T33   Justin Hood, Saint Matthews, S.C.     38-41--79  (+7)
T33   Wesley Long, Bluffton, S.C.     37-42--79  (+7)
T33   Rj Bartolomucci, Hilton Head, S.C.     39-40--79  (+7)
T33   Gary Odom, Greenwood, S.C.     40-39--79  (+7)
T33   Kyle C Weiland, Charleston , S.C.     36-43--79  (+7)
T39   Austin Zoller, Summerville, S.C.     44-36--80  (+8)
T39   Jamie Phillips, Mt Pleasant, S.C.     41-39--80  (+8)
T41   Matthew Laydon, Charleston, S.C.     40-41--81  (+9)
T41   Chase Fisher, Columbia, S.C.     42-39--81  (+9)
T41   Michael Caprio, Greer, S.C.     40-41--81  (+9)
T41   Vijay Mishra, N Myrtle Beach, S.C.     41-40--81  (+9)
T41   Jacob Burgess, Easley, S.C.     40-41--81  (+9)
T41   Will Canipe, Murrells Inlet, S.C.     42-39--81  (+9)
T41   Kyle Putkonen, Hilton Head, S.C.     41-40--81  (+9)
T48   Cole Patterson, Greenville, S.C.     38-44--82  (+10)
T48   Tyler Smith, West Columbia, S.C.     42-40--82  (+10)
T48   Alex Mihai, Hilton Head, S.C.     42-40--82  (+10)
T48   Mclean Boyd, Charleston, S.C.     42-40--82  (+10)
T52   Ryan Reynolds, Camden , S.C.     43-40--83  (+11)
T52   Patrick Talledo, Blythewood, S.C.     39-44--83  (+11)
T52   Drew Weary, Bluffton, S.C.     42-41--83  (+11)
T52   Benjamin Quinque, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.     44-39--83  (+11)
T52   Kenny Bieschke, Bluffton, S.C.     42-41--83  (+11)
T52   Tom Graziano, Hhi, S.C.     44-39--83  (+11)
58   Michael McKee, Ware Shoals, S.C.     44-40--84  (+12)
T59   Cary Phillips, Kershaw, S.C.     41-44--85  (+13)
T59   Robert McGinn, Charleston, S.C.     42-43--85  (+13)
61   Graham Fontes, Bluffton, S.C.     46-42--88  (+16)
T62   Benji Gecy, Cat Island, S.C.     WD-WD--WD  (WD)
T62   William Harwood, Columbia, S.C.     WD-WD--WD  (WD)
T62   Will Hicks, Camden, S.C.     WD-WD--WD  (WD)
T62   Ethan Willis, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.     WD-WD--WD  (WD)


Championship Schedule  
Wednesday, June 15 Stroke Play Qualifying Round 1.
Thursday, June 16 Stroke Play Qualifying Round 2. Cut to low 32 scores for match play.
Playoff for medalist and last match play position.
Friday, June 17 Round of 32 (AM) and Round of 16 (PM) match play. (18 holes each round).
Saturday, June 18 Quarterfinal (AM) and semifinal (PM) rounds of match play. (18 holes each round).
Sunday, June 19

Championship match (18 holes).
Awards ceremony immediately following 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 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.    

For more information about the CGA, visit our website.



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