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White Opens Four-Shot Lead at SC Am Match Play

Todd White holds a four-shot lead at eight-under 64

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (June 14, 2017) -- First round stroke play qualifying results of the 45th South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship at The Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, S.C. on Wednesday, June 14th (7,069 yards, Par 36-36--72, Course Rating 74.5/139).

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Todd White of Spartanburg, S.C. carded a eight-under-par 64 to jump out to a four-shot lead in the first round of the 45th South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship at The Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, S.C.

Following Thursday’s second round of stroke play qualifying, the field will be cut to the low 31 players for match play. The stroke play medalist earns the No. 2 seed in the bracket while defending champion Connor Bruns of Duncan will be the No. 1 match play seed. 

"I hit my wedges really well," said White. "I had a couple of tap-ins which always helps to get everything started. I have put myself in good position tomorrow to go out and try to get a good seed for match play."

White started his round hot, holing out from 110 yards to record an eagle on the par-4 second. However, he finished his front-nine at just two-under-par. As he made the turn, the 49-year-old history teacher would start to catch fire, recording seven birdies on his final nine holes.

When The Carolina Country Club hosted the championship 29 years ago, White won medalist honors. However, while the course is somewhat familiar, the Spartanburg native has not played here in a number of years. "Familiarity helps out a little bit. I just came out today, hit my wedges really well, and gave myself good looks at birdie."

While White is thankful for his three South Carolina Amateur Match Play championships; he has passing other three-time champions such as Barry Black and Bert Atkinson in the back of his mind. "I have been very fortunate to win three of these. To say that I have not thought about trying to separate myself from them; I would be misleading someone," joked White.

Nick Russell, 19, of Hilton Head Island, S.C. finished the day in second at four-under-par 68. Russell started the day recording a double-bogey on the par-4 10th, but responded with three birdies and an eagle on the par-5 18th using a 5-iron to close out his front nine. "I just wanted to stick to my game plan of hitting fairways and hitting greens," said Russell. "My putting was really good today and I was driving it well, so I hope to keep it up going into tomorrow."

Shane Rogan, 25, of Columbia, S.C. finished just one-shot back of Russell at three-under-par 69. Five players are in a tie for fourth at two-under 70.

Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 13th birthday by June 14, 2017, 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 account, @cgagolf1909. Continue to visit the CGA website throughout this championship and all year long for complete championship coverage including scores, interviews, photos, and recaps.

45th South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship
The Carolina Country Club, Spartanburg, S.C.
First Round Results


1   Todd White, Spartanburg, S.C.   34-30--64  (-8)
2   Nick Russell, Hilton Head Island, S.C.   35-33--68  (-4)
3   Shane Rogan, Columbia, S.C.   35-34--69  (-3)
T4   Thomas Todd III, Laurens, S.C.   35-35--70  (-2)
T4   Brady Hinkle, Lancaster, S.C.   33-37--70  (-2)
T4   Matt O'Quinn, Beaufort, S.C.   35-35--70  (-2)
T4   Stan Sill, Spartanburg, S.C.   35-35--70  (-2)
T4   McClure Thompson, Little River, S.C.   35-35--70  (-2)
T9   John O'Brien, Columbia, S.C.   36-35--71  (-1)
T9   Spencer Skiff, Aiken, S.C.   37-34--71  (-1)
T11   Todd Whitehead, Spartanburg, S.C.   37-35--72  (Even)
T11   Logan Sowell, Kershaw, S.C.   35-37--72  (Even)
T11   Austin Zoller, Summerville, S.C.   38-34--72  (Even)
T11   Henry Augenstein, Columbia, S.C.   36-36--72  (Even)
T11   Christian Baliker, Simpsonville, S.C.   36-36--72  (Even)
T11   Julian Keur, Summerville, S.C.   35-37--72  (Even)
T11   Jake Montgomery, Irmo, S.C.   37-35--72  (Even)
T18   Matthew Laydon, Charleston, S.C.   37-36--73  (+1)
T18   Ryan Marter, Columbia, S.C.   36-37--73  (+1)
T18   William Harwood, Columbia, S.C.   39-34--73  (+1)
T18   J.J. Jordan, Ninety Six, S.C.   37-36--73  (+1)
T18   Seth Robertson, Inman, S.C.   36-37--73  (+1)
T18   Andrew Orischak, Hilton Head Island, S.C.   37-36--73  (+1)
T18   Richard Coggins, Gaffney, S.C.   36-37--73  (+1)
T25   Wil Sheppard, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.   37-37--74  (+2)
T25   Reed Bentley, Wellford, S.C.   40-34--74  (+2)
T25   Rhett Merritt III, Easley, S.C.   35-39--74  (+2)
T25   Brandon Hiott, Walterboro, S.C.   37-37--74  (+2)
T25   Parker Dudley, John's island, S.C.   37-37--74  (+2)
T25   Jake Corn, Rock hill, S.C.   35-39--74  (+2)
T25   Zachary Moore, Central, S.C.   40-34--74  (+2)
T32   Cole Patterson, Greenville, S.C.   39-36--75  (+3)
T32   Jordan Warnock, Roebuck, S.C.   36-39--75  (+3)
T32   Kyle Scruggs, Gaffney, S.C.   37-38--75  (+3)
T32   Drake Cassidy, Hartsville, S.C.   38-37--75  (+3)
T32   Robert Lutomski, Simpsonville, S.C.   37-38--75  (+3)
T32   Jarrett Grimes, Columbia, S.C.   35-40--75  (+3)
T32   Jack Wilson, Simpsonville, S.C.   37-38--75  (+3)
T32   Will Canipe, Murrells Inlet, S.C.   38-37--75  (+3)
T32   Craig Hudson, Clover , S.C.   36-39--75  (+3)
T32   Matt Carter, Easley, S.C.   39-36--75  (+3)
T32   Jonathan Thomas, Mauldin, S.C.   37-38--75  (+3)
T43   Robert Dargan Jr., Columbia, S.C.   40-36--76  (+4)
T43   Wick Andrews, Columbia, S.C.   36-40--76  (+4)
T43   Zachary Bishop, Travelers Rest, S.C.   38-38--76  (+4)
T43   Mike Hartin, Slater, S.C.   40-36--76  (+4)
T43   Daniel Castleberry, Greer, S.C.   38-38--76  (+4)
T43   Justin Wiesehan, Indian Land, S.C.   40-36--76  (+4)
T43   Christian Garruppo, Hilton Head, S.C.   37-39--76  (+4)
T43   John Thomas Verner III, Mount Pleasant, S.C.   35-41--76  (+4)
T43   John Keffer, Sumter, S.C.   37-39--76  (+4)
T43   Justin Howell, Greer, S.C.   37-39--76  (+4)
T53   Bobby Few, Lugoff, S.C.   35-42--77  (+5)
T53   Caleb Brown, Kershaw, S.C.   37-40--77  (+5)
T53   William Weibley, Union, S.C.   40-37--77  (+5)
T53   Devin McGillan, Lexington, S.C.   37-40--77  (+5)
T53   Zachary Herold, Lexington, S.C.   38-39--77  (+5)
T58   Andy Karns, Gaffney, S.C.   40-38--78  (+6)
T58   Chandler Mulkey, Charleston, S.C.   40-38--78  (+6)
T58   Charlie Bagwell, Greenville, S.C.   38-40--78  (+6)
T61   Kurt Owings, Pauline, S.C.   39-40--79  (+7)
T61   George Eubank Jr, Spartanburg, S.C.   38-41--79  (+7)
T61   Wesley Harden, Greenville, S.C.   41-38--79  (+7)
T61   Riley Schank, Bluffton, S.C.   35-44--79  (+7)
T65   Will Hicks, Camden, S.C.   36-44--80  (+8)
T65   Ethan Willis, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.   39-41--80  (+8)
T65   Michael Rials, Florence, S.C.   39-41--80  (+8)
T68   Hunter Parks, Union, S.C.   38-43--81  (+9)
T68   Cole Hargett, Blythewood, S.C.   39-42--81  (+9)
T68   Justin Prozzi, Hartsville, S.C.   42-39--81  (+9)
T68   Edward Bartoli, Little River, S.C.   42-39--81  (+9)
T72   Austin Childers, West Columbia, S.C.   42-40--82  (+10)
T72   Ryan Reynolds, Camden , S.C.   40-42--82  (+10)
T72   Michael McKee Jr, Ware Shoals, S.C.   42-40--82  (+10)
T75   Drake McAlister, Easley, S.C.   44-39--83  (+11)
T75   Ben Quinque, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.   45-38--83  (+11)
T75   Jacob Burgess, Easley, S.C.   43-40--83  (+11)
T78   Vijay Mishra, N Myrtle Beach, S.C.   42-42--84  (+12)
T78   Jim Cillo, Indian Land, S.C.   43-41--84  (+12)
80   Charles Marques, Marietta, S.C.   42-43--85  (+13)
81   Tyler Macolly, Spartanburg, S.C.   40-46--86  (+14)
82   George Kennedy, Greenville, S.C.   47-41--88  (+16)
83   Cary Phillips, Kershaw, S.C.   43-47--90  (+18)
T84   Connor Bruns, Duncan, S.C.   NC-NC--NC  (NC)
T84   Perry Hartin, Slater, S.C.   WD-WD--WD  (WD)


Championship Facts
Event: 45th South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship
Playing Dates: June-14-18
Host Site: The Carolina Country Club, Spartanburg, S.C.
7,069 yards, Par 36-36--72, Course Rating 74.5/139
Defending Champion: Connor Bruns, Duncan, S.C.
Format:  36 holes of stroke play to determine 32 qualifiers for match play.

Schedule of rounds:
Wednesday, June 14
First round of stroke play qualifying.

Thursday, June 15
Second round of stroke play qualifying.
Cut to low 32 players for match play.

Friday, June 16
First and second round of match play (18 holes each round).

Saturday, June 17
Quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of match play (18 holes each round).

Sunday, June 18
Championship match (18 holes).


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 48 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 150 One-Day (net and gross) events as well as 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 nearly $2,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.    

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