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Harwell Claims Marathon NC Senior Amateur



Holly Springs, N.C. (May 10, 2023) -- Final results of the 37th North Carolina Senior Amateur Championship at The Club of 12 Oaks, Holly Springs, N.C. on May 10, 2023. The field competed at 6,547 yards (par 36-36--72). 


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Dale Bouguennec of Pinehurst, N.C., led after rounds one and two of the 37th North Carolina Senior Amateur Championship as the field looked to chase him down today. Bouguennec, unfortunately, struggled, as did many on the day, allowing others to battle it out for the top of the leaderboard. By the end of the round, a 3-way tie for the lead required a playoff.


Paul Jett (Southern Pines, NC), Steve Harwell (Mooresville, NC), and Paul Simson (Raleigh, NC) headed back to the 18th for an extra hole. Strong play and putting by all saw this marathon end going five extra holes in total. On the fifth green, Harwell left himself a tap-in par to better Jett, a few holes after Simson was eliminated.


"I was most happy with this victory in the manner of how I did it," said Harwell. "The playoff was unbelievable, I don't know how many birdies we made in that stretch, Paul played great I'm just happy to come out on top."


Harwell took advantage of Jett's only mistake in the extra holes session to finally end a very long and warm day for the golfers. "We played a lot better in the extras than we did all day," added Harwell, referencing the names moving up and down the leaderboard all round.


Harwell claims his second North Carolina Senior Amateur title and is also fresh off receiving the 2022 Carolinas Senior Player of the Year Award.


Overall Harwell, Jett and Simson (who was celebrating his birthday today) finished at +6 (220) over the three days. Lee Porter (Greensboro, NC) finished one shot off the lead after coming in at +7 (223).


The Carolinas Golf Association would like to thank the members and staff at The Club of 12 Oaks, especially Golf Course Superintendent John Parrish, Director of Golf Jens Klemsche, and Head Golf Professional Aaron Scofield for graciously hosting the 37th North Carolina Senior Amateur Championship. 



37th North Carolina Senior Amateur Championship

The Club of 12 Oaks, Holly Springs, N.C.

Final Results



About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)

The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1909 to promote and 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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