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Payne and Jackson Take Home the Carolinas Club Title


FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. (October 31, 2022) -- Final results of the 45th Carolinas Club Championship at Bentwinds Country Club in Fuquay-Varina, N.C. on October 31, 2022. The men competed at 6,770 yards and the women competed at 5,442 yards (par 36-36--72).


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Sam Jackson and Greg Payne of the Country Club of Lexington captured their first CGA Championship during their first event as a team at the 45th Carolinas Club Championship. 


With a shotgun start at Bentwinds Country Club, Jackson and Payne began their round on No. 2. They came bursting out of the gate with an impressive stretch of birdies on Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5 to jump to an early lead. The duo birdied Nos. 9 and 10 as well to finish 6-under through their first nine holes. 


“We play a pretty similar game,” said Payne. “We both just hit a lot of fairways and hit a lot of greens. It is easy for us to talk to each other out there if we have a question too, which makes it quite simple.”

On their back nine, they carded another three birdies in a row on Nos. 14, 15 and 16, which led to one of Jackson’s best shots of the day. Payne remarked, “You [Jackson] almost got a hole in one on No. 15. I thought he slammed it from there, but missed it just a bit.”

The newly-minted champions carded their final birdie of the day on their last hole, No. 1, to seal the deal. “This is the first time we have teamed up so that is really cool,” said Payne. “I think this is my last event of this year so it is always nice to end on a win.” Sam followed, “I still have two more events so this is a great confidence boost heading into the last couple of the season.”


Zac Collins and JD McNeill of North Ridge Country Club earned runners-up finishing just one stroke off the lead at 9-under-par, 63. Their incredible round was bogey-free with nine birdies including a string of birdies on Nos. 7, 8 and 9 to round out the front nine at 6-under-par, 28.

Mary-Paige King and Jonathan Frank of Salem Glen Country Club finished in a tie for third at 8-under-par, 64 with Jerry Richardson and Dustin Phillips of Devils Ridge Golf Club.

The CGA would like to extend a thank you to the members and staff of Bentwinds Country Club, including Director of Golf Evelyn Walters and Head Golf Course Superintendent Keith Roberson, for their hospitality in hosting the 45th Carolinas Club Championship.

45th Carolinas Club Championship

Bentwinds Country Club, Fuquay-Varina, N.C.

Final Results

Pos. Players Club Affiliation To Par Total
1 Sam Jackson  +  Greg Payne Country Club of Lexington -10 62
2 Zac Collins  +  JD McNeill North Ridge Country Club -9 63
T3 Mary-Paige King  +  Jonathan Frank Salem Glen Country Club -8 64
T3 Jerry Richardson  +  Dustin Phillips Devils Ridge Golf Club -8 64
T5 Marcy Newton  +  Joseph Cansler Jamestown Park -7 65
T5 Mark Williams  +  Thomas Brougher Taberna Country Club -7 65
T7 Scott Kirkland  +  Ryan Nagy North Ridge Country Club -6 66
T7 David Shambley  +  Michael Cosentino Prestonwood Country Club -6 66
T7 Warren Straub  +  Dustin Moore Alamance Country Club -6 66
T7 Edward Chan  +  Jayson Jennings Bentwinds Country Club -6 66
T7 Stephen Lavenets  +  Dermot McElhennon F S C Golf Club -6 66
T7 Joel Lynn  +  Michael Rhodes Carolina Lakes Golf Course -6 66
T13 Matthew Crenshaw  +  Wade Boteler Alamance Country Club -5 67
T13 Timothy Driver  +  David Stepp Club at 12 Oaks -5 67
T15 Evan Rodwell  +  Nick Rencis River Run Golf & Country Club -4 68
T15 Paul Dickens  +  Kevin Duerr Wakefield Plantation, CC of -4 68
T15 Mark Bawden  +  Tyler Shope Bentwinds Country Club -4 68
18 Brian Urban  +  Michael Swiger Club at 12 Oaks -3 69
T19 John Cornett  +  Tommy Miller Boone Golf Club -2 70
T19 Jason Sacks  +  Martin Lucas F S C Golf Club -2 70
T21 Sumner Tate  +  Daniel Davis F S C Golf Club -1 71
T21 Louis Matroni  +  Jon Eggers Prestonwood Country Club -1 71
T21 Andrew Carter  +  Brett Manning Sedgefield Country Club -1 71
T21 Aaron York  +  Frank Maynard III Finley Golf Course - U N C -1 71
T25 Britt Mitchell  +  Tyler Currin Finley Golf Course - U N C E 72
T25 Taylor Ray  +  John Riddle Hope Valley Country Club E 72
T25 Ken Rogers  +  Robert Whartenby Bentwinds Country Club E 72
28 Jeff Johnson  +  Christopher Hall Ft. Bragg Golf Club +1 73
29 Mark Harper  +  William Shelton Tanglewood Park Golf Club +3 75
30 Scott Wolfe  +  Caleb Hemphill USGA/Carolinas GC +10 82


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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