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SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (March 28, 2017) -- A team of eight North Carolina amateurs looks to build on its 4-0-3 record over the last seven years when they go against eight North Carolina PGA professionals in the 23rd Tar Heel Cup Matches at River Landing in Wallace, N.C. on April 3-4. The event is jointly conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and the Carolinas PGA Section (CPGA).

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A mainstay in the amateurs' lineup is Scott Harvey, the #1 ranked amateur in the Carolinas. Since 2009, Harvey has been absent from the matches just once, in 2015 when he was playing in The Masters. While the amateurs have not lost in the last seven years, the professionals have long dominated these matches with a 13-6-3 all-time record.

The Tar Heel Cup is a Ryder Cup-style competition consisting of one day of Four-Ball matches and one day of Singles matches with one point awarded to the winner of each match. The Amateurs need 6 points to retain the Cup. The CPGA Professionals need 6 ½ points to win.

The Tar Heel Cup Matches return for the third consecutive year to River Landing. River Landing has previously hosted CGA championships: 2001 NC Mid-Amateur (River), 2010 NC Four-Ball (Landing); 2011, 2012 NC Four-Ball (River); 2013 Dogwood State Junior Championship (River) and 2014 NC Match Play (Landing). The River Course is also utilized by the CGA as an annual host for U.S. Open Local Qualifying.

2017 Competitors:

David Gies II, Charlotte
Uly Grisette, Winston-Salem
Scott Harvey, Kernersville
Dustin Moore, Greensboro
Josh Nichols, Kernersville
David Sargent, Cornelius
Lionel Sutton, La Grange
Paul Tucker, Waxhaw

Larry George, River Landing CC
Chris Haarlow, Precision Golf School
Michael Hutcheon, PGA Life Member Active
Nick Jacobi, Monroe Country Club
Savio Nazareth, Starmount Forest CC
Cory Schneider, The Pointe GC
Matt Vick, Pinehurst No. 9


Monday, April 3
12:00pm-12:30pm: Four-Ball Matches off #1 tee.

Tuesday, April 4
8:00am-8:56am: Singles Matches off #1 tee.
Awards ceremony at scoreboard following play.

Tar Heel Cup consists of two days of competition. Day 1 format is Four-Ball Match Play. Day 2 format is Singles Match Play. Each match is worth 1 point each. A halved match earns each side ½ point. The Amateurs are the defending champions and need 6 points to retain the Cup. The CPGA Professionals need 6 ½ points to win. Until 2009, scoring was based on the Nassau system with three points at stake in each match -- one point for winning the front nine, one point for winning the back nine and one point for winning the overall 18.

ELIGIBILITY: Based on association rankings

FIELD: Eight professionals, eight amateurs

PRIZE: The Tar Heel Cup Matches Trophy and bragging rights

1995 - Amateurs
1996 - Professionals
1997 - Professionals
1998 - Professionals
1999 - Professionals
2000 - Amateurs
2001 - Professionals
2002 - Professionals
2003 - Professionals
2004 - Professionals
2005 - Professionals
2006 - Professionals
2007 - Professionals
2008 - Professionals
2009 - Professionals
2010 - Tie
2011 - Tie
2012 - Amateurs
2013 - Amateurs
2014 - Amateurs
2015 - Tie
2016 - Amateurs

River Landing Information
PGA Director of Golf: Larry George
Superintendent: Steve Sprouse
Golf Shop Phone: 910-285-6693
Club Address: 120 Club House Dr., Wallace, NC 28466
Club Website:
Yardage: 6942 yards, par 36-36--72; Course Rating: 74.0/141

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.    

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