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Preview: 10th North Carolina Amateur Match Play


SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (July 29, 2019) -- The Carolinas Golf Association will conduct the 10th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship at Catawba Country Club in Newton, N.C. from July 31-Aug 4, 2019.

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Brandon Einstein of Clemmons, N.C. is back to defend his title at the 10th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship. Einstein, a rising sophomore at High Point University, defeated Carson Ownbey of Canton, N.C., 2 and 1 in last year’s final match to claim his second CGA title of the 2018 championship season. His first win came at the 51st N.C. Junior Boys’ Championship which is also decided by match play format.

The field for the 2019 championship is expected to consist of 123 players. Championship format is 36 holes of stroke play to determine the 32 qualifiers for match play. The defending champion is seeded number one for match play. Players advancing to match play will receive merchandise and are exempt into the 2020 North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship.

This will be the seventh CGA Championship contested at Catawba Country Club. The first was the 1958 Carolinas Amateur Championship won by Billy Joe Patton of nearby Morganton, N.C. when the championship was still contested in a match play format. The most recent CGA Championship held at Catawba Country Club was the 2015 Carolinas Women’s Four-Ball Championship which was won by the team of Courtney McKim of Raleigh, N.C. and Stephanie Pribonic of Wake Forest, N.C.

With approximately 200 acres of picturesque piedmont Carolina landscape located in Newton, N.C., Catawba Country Club offers a unique championship-caliber golfing experience. The course was designed in 1946 by famed-architect, Donald Ross. In 2016, many Catawba Country Club members joined in a fundraising effort to restore the golf course greens and bunkers to the historic configuration per the original drawings made by Ross. Like many Ross designs, greens missed in the right place can still offer par but in the wrong place, golfers will be scrambling to avoid high numbers.

Championship Quick Facts
Event: 10th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship
Playing Dates: July 31 - August 4, 2019
Host Site: Catawba Country Club, Newton, NC (6,635 yards, par 70)
Defending Champion: Brandon Einstein of Clemmons, N.C.
Format: 36-holes of stroke play qualifying. After 36 holes, 32 players will move on to the match play to determine the champion.

Eligibility: Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has reached his 13th birthday by July 31, 2019, is a legal resident of North Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the CGA and has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club that does not exceed 10.4.

Past Champions in the Field:
Brandon Einstein (2018)

Past Champions held at Host Club:
1958, 2002 Carolinas Amateur
1969 North Carolina Amateur
1977 Carolinas Junior
1995 Carolinas Senior
2015 Carolinas Women’s Four-ball


Schedule of rounds:
Tuesday, July 30
Tee times available for practice rounds.

Wednesday, July 31
Stroke Play Qualifying Round1.
Tee times at 8:00am/12:45pm off #1/#10 tees.
Lunch for players only from 11:00-3:00.

Thursday, August 1
Stroke Play Qualifying Round 2.
Tee times at 8:00am/12:45pm off #1/#10 tees.
Cut to low 32 scores for match play.
Lunch for players only from 11:00-3:00.
Playoff for medalist and last match play position.

Friday, August 2
Round of 32 (AM) and Round of 16 (PM) match play (18 holes each round).

Saturday, August 3
Quarterfinal (AM) and semifinal (PM) rounds of match play (18 holes each round).

Sunday, August 4
18-Hole Championship match.
Awards ceremony immediately following play at scoreboard.

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