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White Earns Medalist Honors at SC Am Match Play

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (June 15, 2017) -- Stroke play qualifying results of the 45th South Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship at The Carolina Country Club in Spartanburg, S.C. on Thursday, June 15th (7,069 yards, Par 36-36--72, Course Rating 74.5/139).

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In 1988, Todd White of Spartanburg, S.C. won medalist honors in the South Carolina Amateur Match Play at The Carolina Country Club and has repeated that feat 29-years later. White finished stoke play qualifying at three-under-par, 133 overall, securing the number two overall seed for match play. Defending champion Connor Bruns of Duncan, S.C. will be the number one seed. 32 golfers will compete in the match play portion.

"I thought I played really well out of the gate," said White. "I hit some quality golf shots on the first nine holes."

After an impressive 64 on Wednesday, White admitted he played with complacency knowing he was almost a guaranteed lock for match play. "I went to the front side and I got in a lull. I made a stupid bogey on a par-5 [4th], but that reignited me and got my competitive juices flowing." 

The three-time South Carolina Amateur Match Play champion noted that a loss of focus, even for one hole, can cost you in match play. "It is easier for me to stay in the moment in match play," said White. "It lends itself to not getting into a lull and can get out of hand quickly if you are not careful. You have to look at each hole as its own separate tournament."

Matt O'Quinn of Beaufort, S.C. secured the number three seed after shooting five-under-par in his second round, putting him at seven-under 137 overall. O'Quinn shot two-under-par 70 Wednesday, them used five birdies and a clean scorecard to break q five-way tie for second. "I made a lot of putts today," said O'Quinn. "That is the difference between a 70 and a 67." Heading into match play, O'Quinn looks to being accurate off the tee as a key to help maintain his success. "Once I get the ball into the fairway; I'll take my chances from there. I have to stay somewhat conservative, but be more aggressive than I was in the stroke play portion."

Julian Keur of Summerville, S.C. was just one-shot back of O'Quinn at six-under-par, 138 overall. Kuer began today in seven-way tie for , then four straight birdies, beginning on the par-5 13th to help distance himself. "Overall, I feel like my putter helped me a lot," said Keur. "I went pin-hunting on the ones that I really felt that I could. I did leave myself a bunch of 20-footers and I was able to roll in a few which was nice." With momentum on his side, Keur looks to keep things simple and focus hitting fairways and greens going into match play. "That really is the best way to give yourself birdie looks and minimize your mistakes."

A 5-for-3 playoff at five-over 149 was used to decide the final participants for match play. Christian Garruppo of Hilton Head secured his spot after holing his chip shot for eagle on the par-5 18th. Then, on the par-4 first, Richard Coggins of Gaffney and Wil Sheppard of Mt. Pleasant made par to lock in their spots.

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.
Stroke Play Qualifying Results


  1   Todd White, Spartanburg, S.C.     64-69--133  (-11)
  2   Matt O'Quinn, Beaufort, S.C.     70-67--137  (-7)
  3   Julian Keur, Summerville, S.C.     72-66--138  (-6)
  T4   Henry Augenstein, Columbia, S.C.     72-67--139  (-5)
  T4   Nick Russell, Hilton Head Island, S.C.     68-71--139  (-5)
  T6   Thomas Todd III, Laurens, S.C.     70-70--140  (-4)
  T6   Shane Rogan, Columbia, S.C.     69-71--140  (-4)
  T6   Stan Sill, Spartanburg, S.C.     70-70--140  (-4)
  9   Andrew Orischak, Hilton Head Island, S.C.     73-68--141  (-3)
  T10   Logan Sowell, Kershaw, S.C.     72-70--142  (-2)
  T10   William Harwood, Columbia, S.C.     73-69--142  (-2)
  T10   J.J. Jordan, Ninety Six, S.C.     73-69--142  (-2)
  T10   Seth Robertson, Inman, S.C.     73-69--142  (-2)
  14   McClure Thompson, Little River, S.C.     70-73--143  (-1)
  T15   John O'Brien, Columbia, S.C.     71-73--144  (Even)
  T15   Austin Zoller, Summerville, S.C.     72-72--144  (Even)
  T15   Robert Lutomski, Simpsonville, S.C.     75-69--144  (Even)
  18   Brady Hinkle, Lancaster, S.C.     70-75--145  (+1)
  T19   Kyle Scruggs, Gaffney, S.C.     75-71--146  (+2)
  T19   Ryan Marter, Columbia, S.C.     73-73--146  (+2)
  T21   Todd Whitehead, Spartanburg, S.C.     72-75--147  (+3)
  T21   Matt Carter, Easley, S.C.     75-72--147  (+3)
  T21   Jake Corn, Rock hill, S.C.     74-73--147  (+3)
  T24   Matthew Laydon, Charleston, S.C.     73-75--148  (+4)
  T24   Reed Bentley, Wellford, S.C.     74-74--148  (+4)
  T24   Brandon Hiott, Walterboro, S.C.     74-74--148  (+4)
  T24   Parker Dudley, John's island, S.C.     74-74--148  (+4)
  T24   Jonathan Thomas, Mauldin, S.C.     75-73--148  (+4)
  T29   Wil Sheppard, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.     74-75--149  (+5)
  T29   Richard Coggins, Gaffney, S.C.     73-76--149  (+5)
  T29   Christian Garruppo, Hilton Head, S.C.     76-73--149  (+5)

Failed to Qualify for Match Play 

  T29   Charilie Bagwell, Greenvillie, S.C.     78-71--149  (+5)
  T29   Zachary Moore, Central, S.C.     74-75--149  (+5)
  T34   Drake Cassidy, Hartsville, S.C.     75-75--150  (+6)
  T34   Christian Baliker, Simpsonville, S.C.     72-78--150  (+6)
  T34   Chandler Mulkey, Charleston, S.C.     78-72--150  (+6)
  T34   Justin Howell, Greer, S.C.     76-74--150  (+6)
  T38   Jordan Warnock, Roebuck, S.C.     75-76--151  (+7)
  T38   Jake Montgomery, Irmo, S.C.     72-79--151  (+7)
  T40   Robert Dargan Jr., Columbia, S.C.     76-76--152  (+8)
  T40   George Eubank Jr, Spartanburg, S.C.     79-73--152  (+8)
  T40   Spencer Skiff, Aiken, S.C.     71-81--152  (+8)
  T40   Jack Wilson, Simpsonville, S.C.     75-77--152  (+8)
  T44   Zachary Bishop, Travelers Rest, S.C.     76-77--153  (+9)
  T44   Daniel Castleberry, Greer, S.C.     76-77--153  (+9)
  T44   Andy Karns, Gaffney, S.C.     78-75--153  (+9)
  T44   John Keffer, Sumter, S.C.     76-77--153  (+9)
  T48   Austin Childers, West Columbia, S.C.     82-72--154  (+10)
  T48   Caleb Brown, Kershaw, S.C.     77-77--154  (+10)
  T48   William Weibley, Union, S.C.     77-77--154  (+10)
  T48   Zachary Herold, Lexington, S.C.     77-77--154  (+10)
  T48   Rhett Merritt III, Easley, S.C.     74-80--154  (+10)
  T48   Justin Wiesehan, Indian Land, S.C.     76-78--154  (+10)
  T48   John Thomas Verner III, Mount Pleasant, S.C.     76-78--154  (+10)
  T55   Devin McGillan, Lexington, S.C.     77-78--155  (+11)
  T55   Riley Schank, Bluffton, S.C.     79-76--155  (+11)
  T57   Cole Patterson, Greenville, S.C.     75-81--156  (+12)
  T57   Hunter Parks, Union, S.C.     81-75--156  (+12)
  T57   Jarrett Grimes, Columbia, S.C.     75-81--156  (+12)
  T57   Ben Quinque, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.     83-73--156  (+12)
  T61   Wesley Harden, Greenville, S.C.     79-78--157  (+13)
  T61   Craig Hudson, Clover , S.C.     75-82--157  (+13)
  T63   Ethan Willis, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.     80-78--158  (+14)
  T63   Will Canipe, Murrells Inlet, S.C.     75-83--158  (+14)
  T65   Ryan Reynolds, Camden , S.C.     82-77--159  (+15)
  T65   Edward Bartoli, Little River, S.C.     81-78--159  (+15)
  T67   Michael McKee Jr, Ware Shoals, S.C.     82-78--160  (+16)
  T67   Michael Rials, Florence, S.C.     80-80--160  (+16)
  T69   Kurt Owings, Pauline, S.C.     79-83--162  (+18)
  T69   Vijay Mishra, N Myrtle Beach, S.C.     84-78--162  (+18)
  T69   Jacob Burgess, Easley, S.C.     83-79--162  (+18)
  T72   Wick Andrews, Columbia, S.C.     76-87--163  (+19)
  T72   Cole Hargett, Blythewood, S.C.     81-82--163  (+19)
  T74   Tyler Macolly, Spartanburg, S.C.     86-78--164  (+20)
  T74   Cary Phillips, Kershaw, S.C.     90-74--164  (+20)
  T74   Bobby Few, Lugoff, S.C.     77-87--164  (+20)
  77   Drake McAlister, Easley, S.C.     83-82--165  (+21)
  78   George Kennedy, Greenville, S.C.     88-78--166  (+22)
  79   Justin Prozzi, Hartsville, S.C.     81-89--170  (+26)
  T80   Charles Marques, Marietta, S.C.     85-88--173  (+29)
  T80   Will Hicks, Camden, S.C.     80-93--173  (+29)
  T82   Mike Hartin, Slater, S.C.     76-WD--WD  (WD)
  T82   Jim Cillo, Indian Land, S.C.     84-WD--WD  (WD)
  T82   Connor Bruns, Duncan, S.C.     NC-NC--NC  (NC)
  T84   Perry Hartin, Slater, S.C.     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).


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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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