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Cress Leads After Round One of the NC Amateur


Raleigh, N.C. (June 18, 2020) -- The results from the first round of the 60th North Carolina Amateur Championship at North Ridge Country Club’s Lake Course in Raleigh, N.C. from June 18 - 21, 2020. (6,880 yards, par 36-34--70)

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Walker Cress of Concord, N.C. took the round one lead at the 60th North Carolina Amateur Championship with a 6-under-par, 64.

Cress, a senior player for James Madison University’s golf team, was in the first group off the tee this morning. He had a strong start with three birdies in a row on Nos. 2, No. 3 and No. 4.

“I made a lot of putts. I was hitting the ball pretty well and just had fun out there. I really enjoyed the guys I was playing with so that made it even more fun,” Cress said.

Cress said that his putting was the strong point of his game today and once he made a long one on No. 9, they continued to roll in after that.

“I got off to a steady start and made a long putt on No. 9 and picked up speed from there,” Cress said.

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Cress said that the course was in perfect condition and he cannot wait to play again tomorrow. 

As for his gameplan, he plans on doing the exact same thing he did today.

“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m doing and take it one shot at a time,” Cress said.

Noah Conner of Reidsville, N.C. and Patrick Stephenson of Four Oaks, N.C. are following just three shots behind our leader after opening round scores of three-under-par, 67. Conner had three birdies on the front nine, and ended on No. 18 with one as well.

The North Carolina Amateur Championship began in 1961 and is the state championship for men ages 13 and over. This championship is conducted at 72 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, the field is cut to the low 60 scores and ties for the final two rounds. Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who 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® that does not exceed 7.4. Players may attempt to qualify at any location in the state.

60th North Carolina Amateur Championship
North Ridge Country Club (Lakes), Raleigh, N.C.
First Round Results

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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