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John Pitt Sets Pace at North Carolina Mid-Amateur

Raleigh's John Pitt played bogey-free golf en route to an opening round 67

HIGH POINT, N.C. (September 8, 2017) -- First round results of the Carolinas Golf Association's 24th North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship conducted at High Point Country Club's Willow Creek Course in High Point, N.C. on Friday, September 8th (6777 yards, par 36-36--72, Course/Slope Rating: 72.8/137)

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Between starting his own business and helping raise two young children, 39-year-old John Pitt of Raleigh has not had much time for golf, playing just twice in the past weeks. That time away seemed to serve him well. In Friday's opening round of the 24th North Carolina Mid-Amateur, Pitt posted the day's lowest total, a bogey-free 67. "The key is I had no expectations," said Pitt, who birdied three of the four par-5s on Willow Creek's layout en route to his 5-under-par round. 

The North Carolina Mid-Amateur is conducted at 54 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, there will be a cut to the low 60 scores and ties. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 30th birthday by the first day of the championship, 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 and has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club that does not exceed 5.4.

2012 champion, Scott Harvey of Greensboro, trails Pitt by one-stroke following a four-under-par 68. Playing on Willow Creek's slick greens, Harvey, a 39-year-old property manager, knows the importance of placing approach shots below the hole. "On the back nine I avoided being above the hole and was able to putt more aggressively," said the top ranked amateur in the Carolinas. After an even-par front nine, that course management maneuver led to four inward birdies, propelling Harvey up the leaderboard.

Tied for second with Harvey is 34-year-old Justin Pennell of Lenoir. Pennell's round was highlighted by an eagle on the difficult par-5 7th hole. "It was just a 15-foot lag putt that found the bottom of the hole," Pennell said. With his wife caddying for him, together the Pennells chose which flags to attack, and when to play conservatively. This strategy translated into four birdies and an eagle, offset by just two bogeys.

51-year-old Joe Jaspers of Huntersville is in fourth place at three-under. The 2014 champion made two birdie putts over 35 feet and avoided making a single bogey during his opening round 69. Twelve players recorded under-par first rounds Friday at the Willow Creek Course.

Scoring will be provided by the CGA throughout the championship, offering hole-by-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.

24th North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship
High Point Country Club (Willow Creek) | High Point, N.C.
First Round Results



Name City, State Score
1 John Pitt Raleigh, NC -5 67
T2 Scott Harvey Kernersville, NC -4 68
T2 Justin Pennell Lenoir, NC -4 68
4 Joe Jaspers Huntersville, NC -3 69
T5 Dennis Long Statesville, NC -2 70
T5 Timothy Driver Holly Springs, NC -2 70
T5 Jeremy Ray Pfafftown, NC -2 70
T5 Steve Harwell Mooresville, NC -2 70
T9 James Harris Lillington, NC -1 71
T9 Brad Mundy Hickory, NC -1 71
T9 Jd McNeill Raleigh, NC -1 71
T9 Dustin Moore Greensboro, NC -1 71
13 Paul Tucker Waxhaw, NC E 72
T14 Scott Campbell Wake Forest, NC +1 73
T14 Scott Patnode Belmont, NC +1 73
T14 Sherrill Britt West End, NC +1 73
T14 Steven Brame Henderson, NC +1 73
T14 Ryan Sharpe Greensboro, NC +1 73
T19 Kevin Knox Wake Forest, NC +2 74
T19 Dean Channell Cary, NC +2 74
T19 Daniel Neveu Pinehurst, NC +2 74
T19 Chris Cassetta High Point, NC +2 74
T19 John Nieters Clemmons, NC +2 74
T24 Jay McGhee Greensboro, NC +3 75
T24 Jeff Beasley Angier, NC +3 75
T24 Todd Grear Charlotte, NC +3 75
T24 Samuel Ring Carthage, NC +3 75
T24 Gary Pugh Asheboro, NC +3 75
T24 Mark Absher Winston Salem, NC +3 75
T24 Chris Holland Fayetteville, NC +3 75
T24 Patrick Waters Rutherfordton, NC +3 75
T24 Scott Park Charlotte, NC +3 75
T33 Jason Craver Winston Salem , Nc +4 76
T33 Brian Steele Pinehurst, NC +4 76
T33 Kevin Whitaker West End, NC +4 76
T33 Brady Eckard Conover, NC +4 76
T33 Trae McKee Dudley , NC +4 76
T33 Mark Hodges Belmont, NC +4 76
T33 Tommy Miller Boone, NC +4 76
T40 Ernie Newton Winston Salem, NC +5 77
T40 Brad Coleman Jamestown, NC +5 77
T40 Bret Kinney Reidsville, NC +5 77
T40 Joe Brooks Franklin, NC +5 77
T40 Kevin McCallister Oak Ridge , NC +5 77
T40 Jonathan McDonald Belmont, NC +5 77
T40 Harrison Rutter Winston-Salem, NC +5 77
T40 Kevin Womack Burlington, NC +5 77
T40 David Fowler Winston-Salem, NC +5 77
T40 Michael Oliverio Charlotte, NC +5 77
T40 Paul Carpenter Denver, NC +5 77
T40 Lionel Sutton La Grange, NC +5 77
T40 Phil Miller China Grove, NC +5 77
T53 Brandon Miller Winston-Salem, NC +6 78
T53 Brad Buxton Greensboro, NC +6 78
T53 Park Williams Kernersville, NC +6 78
T53 Kelby Rouse Wake Forest, NC +6 78
T53 Richard Youden Winston-Salem, NC +6 78
T53 Walker Taylor Wrightsville Beach, NC +6 78
T53 Nicholas Brown Lenoir, NC +6 78
T53 Jim Murray Taylorsville, NC +6 78
T53 Wes Keever High Point, NC +6 78
T53 Patrick Brady Reidsville, NC +6 78
T53 Ryan Baucom Charlotte, NC +6 78
T64 Paul Slomkowski Colfax, NC +7 79
T64 Dirk Fennie Greensboro, NC +7 79
T64 Kyle Stockton High Point, NC +7 79
T64 Andrew Frank Charlotte, NC +7 79
T64 Dj Barksdale Statesville, NC +7 79
T64 Jarrod Hamilton Holly Springs, NC +7 79
T64 Michael Ford Chapel Hill, NC +7 79
T64 Randy Dockins Charlotte, NC +7 79
T72 Keith Kepley Charlotte, NC +8 80
T72 Chad Frye Davidson, NC +8 80
T72 Jonathan Jackson Chapel Hill, NC +8 80
T72 David Van Kula Raleigh , NC +8 80
T72 Daniel Welborn Charlotte, NC +8 80
T72 Brandon Buchanan Kernersville, NC +8 80
T72 Patrick Horneman Gastonia, NC +8 80
T79 Skip Corneliussen Summerfield, NC +9 81
T79 Patrick Hynes Clemmons, NC +9 81
T79 Billy Andrews Advance, NC +9 81
T79 Eric Ardery Durham, NC +9 81
T79 Rob Hukill Raleigh, NC +9 81
T79 Brandon Reece Rolesville, NC +9 81
T79 Steven Kidd Liberty, NC +9 81
T79 Derek Pederson Weddington, NC +9 81
T79 Rick Riddle Charlotte, NC +9 81
T79 Dwayne Simpson Charlotte, NC +9 81
T89 Rick Marion Mount Airy, NC +10 82
T89 Ken Bass Pinehurst, NC +10 82
T89 Mike Olson Wake Forest, NC +10 82
T89 Joseph Martin Lumberton, NC +10 82
T89 Jason Smith Raleigh, NC +10 82
T89 Jonathan White Wilmington, NC +10 82
T89 Jeff Manley Raleigh, NC +10 82
T89 Danny Boughman Lenoir, NC +10 82
T97 Eric Sayer Cary, NC +11 83
T97 David McMahan Gastonia, NC +11 83
T99 Hunter Freeman Raleigh, NC +12 84
T99 Bj Szafran Greensboro , NC +12 84
T99 Jeff Tedder Advance, NC +12 84
T99 Gerald Frye Aberdeen, NC +12 84
T99 Tom Murphy Wake Forest, NC +12 84
T99 Neal Morrison Charlotte, NC +12 84
T105 Bradley Helms Winston-Salem, NC +13 85
T105 Eric Schumacher Charlotte, NC +13 85
T105 James Bohn Cary, NC +13 85
T105 Peter Michaels Durham, NC +13 85
T105 Eddie Connelly Jacksonville, NC +13 85
T105 Jacob Lowder Greensboro, NC +13 85
T111 Kenny Flynn Winston Salem, NC +14 86
T111 Mark Kozel Chapel Hill , NC +14 86
T113 Kevin Coggins Apex, NC +15 87
T113 Stuart Augustine Fayetteville, NC +15 87
T113 Tad Galloway Cary, NC +15 87
T116 Brad Dawson Mebane, NC +16 88
T116 Ryan Taylor Charlotte, NC +16 88
T116 Brian Hayes High Point, NC +16 88
119 Christopher Jackson Beaufort, NC +18 90
120 Michael Jones Charlotte, NC +19 91
121 Mark Lear Canton, NC +28 100
WD Hunter Peak Gastonia, NC - WD
WD John Olsen Mooresville, NC - WD


Championship Schedule


Friday, September 8

Round 1 – 18 holes stroke play
(Tee times at 8:00am/12:45pm off #1 and #10 tees)

Saturday, September 9

Round 2 – 18 holes stroke play
(Tee times at 8:00am/12:45pm off #1 and #10 tees)

Cut to low 60 scores and ties. Field re-paired according to score.

Sunday, September 10

Round 3. Tee times begin at 8:00am off #1 and #10 tees.
Awards ceremony immediately following play at scoreboard.



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.    

For more information about the CGA, visit our website.



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