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2017 CCNC Amateur Champion
Patrick Stephenson, Sophomore from East Carolina University, is crowned the 2017 CCNC Amateur Champion.
December 21, 2017. Patrick Stephenson wins 2017 CCNC Amateur. Patrick is the first East Carolina University player to hold the CCNC Amateur Trophy!,
Day three was a polar opposite of the washed out day 2. With clear sunny skies and a slight wind players were anxious to get started. Walker Cress started the day with a 3 shot lead, but after the first hole we had a real contest brewing. Patrick Stephenson, a sophomore from East Carolina University birdied the first hole while Walker carded a bogie. In just 15 minutes of play the door was open for some talented players to step up and post a winning score. The largest hurdle the players faced toward a strong comeback was the teeth of the ever dangerous CCNC "Dogwood “course. The same course that the elite "Southern Amateur" was played just a few months before.
The eventual CCNC Champion,Patrick Stephenson, who played in the 2017 Southern Amateur said after his round "the course played harder than it did in the summer." The course was hard and fast much like a US Open course. We also saw an early charge from Branden Einstein, an "undecided” junior player. Branden was four under after 12 holes and in the lead before falling back just enough to allow Patrick and Walker to slip ahead down the stretch holes. It was the last four holes, maybe the hardest four-hole stretch on the course, that eventually sealed the one stroke victory for Patrick Stephenson over Walker Cress, from James Madison University.
December 20, 2017. 6th Annual CCNC first and second Round Coverage,
Day 2- Due to unplayable course conditions and inclement weather, the second round of the 2017 CCNC Amateur at the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst, N.C. has been canceled.
The final round will resume play at 9:30 A.M. on the both #1 and #10 tees.
December 19, 2017. 6th Annual CCNC First Round Coverage,
Day1- The 2017 CCNC Amateur returns to the Country Club of North Carolina today, and its competition is closer than ever. The first day saw quite a few players take advantage of the beautiful weather we had here in Pinehurst, N.C. Leading the field, Walker Cress, a freshman at the James Madison University fired a round of 68 with the impressive 33 on the back nine.
Also in the red number, Patrick Stephenson of East Carolina University, William Harwood of Elon University, and finally the upcoming NCSU freshman Spencer Oxendine is currently tied for the second with the score of 71. Six more players are in top ten with the score of even par. With scores so close, we are expecting to have exciting rounds ahead.
CCNC's dogwood course has hosted many grand championships in the past, including six Southern Amateurs, seven North Carolina Amateurs, and the 1980 U.S. Amateur.
With its spectacular history, it would be considered a great accomplishment for anyone to add his name to the winners circle this week.
Ty Palmer, a senior at Guildford College is the 2016 CCNC Amateur Champion, Final Round Concluded December 21
After a short frost delay mother nature provided the players a picture perfect day on a picture perfect golf course. The members at CCNC must be very pleased with the new course design and conditions of the Dogwood course. The Par 72 layout played challenging but fair, with only two players shooting under par for the 36 hole event. Ty Palmer, a senior from Guilford College came from 4 shots back after round one to shoot a 2 under par 70, and with it captured the trophy by one shot. His 142 total edged the CCNC's junior member, Fulton Smith (143), by 1 shot, after Fulton posted a 70 in round two. Fulton, an already highly recruited nationally ranked high school player, is the youngest player ever to finish inside the top five. Ty Palmer’s birdie on the 18th hole ended Fulton’s run for at least a playoff chance at winning the CCNC Amateur.
In a tie for third were Zach Seabolt, a senior from Winthrope University. and Jackson Spires playing out of East Carolina University. Both Zach and Jackson held the lead at one point during the final round . They both finished with a 144 even par total. Other high finishers, all tied for 5th, included Caden Orewiler, Blake Fiest and Jonathan Henry First round leader, Joseph Cansler, shot a 78 to fall back into a tie for 8th with Quade Lukes from Chapel Hill..
Seventy-five players completed the two rounds, and everyone spoke glowingly about the new Dogwood course. Next year, weather permitting, the event will return to it's 3 day 54 hole format. We look forward to seeing many returning players as well as several new players playing the CCNC Amateur for the first time.
Round One results
The first round was played in winter like conditions but five players managed to shoot under par on the newly renovated Dogwood course at the CCNC. Wednesday's second round will also be our final round of the weather shortened 36 hole tournament. The final group will tee off on Number One at 10:50, with the opening tee shot being struck at 9:30.
Our first round leader posting a four under 68 is Joseph Cansler, a student from UNCG. Joseph is from Clemmons, NC and will be paired with Ty Palmer (70) and Jackson Spires (71), two other NC residents. Ty plays for Guilford and Jackson plays near his hometown at East Carolina University.
Two other under par rounds were posted by Quade Lukes (71), a high school junior from Chapel Hill, and Sam Wimbrow (71) who plays at UNC Charlotte.
Rounding out our top first round scores, all shooting even par 72, were Matthew Pulgini, Troy Beaver, Nick Kroustalis, Zach Seabolt and Joshua Stockwell.
With 11 players at par or better, we should have an exciting final round on Wednesday. With a great weather forecast for the final round, we should have an exciting finish.
Day 1, 2016 5th Annual CCNC Amateur
Pinehurst, NC- The 5th annual CCNC Amateur finally gets started today, December 20th, 2016. Although competition was cut short from the originally planned 54 holes to 36 holes due to the harsh weather conditions, players are now more eager than ever to get this tournament started. The Country Club of North Carolina is home to two spectacular golf courses: The Dogwood and the Cardinal, both of these courses are ranked top 20 in the state of North Carolina. This year's CCNC Amateur returns to the newly renovated Dogwood course. The dogwood has hosted many great championships in the past, including six Southern Amateurs, seven North Carolina Amateurs, and the 1980 U.S Amateur. The year long renovation that was just recently completed revived an already special course to one of the elite courses in the Southeast. The players will have a great test of golf today and tomorrow.
5th Annual CCNC Amateur - 1st Round postponed until December 20
A field of 78 players were eagerly awaiting to play the recently renovated Dogwood course at CCNC in Pinehurst North Carolina, but Mother Nature had other plans. As such these players would wait another day to test the multi-million dollar renovated gem set in the heart of the Sandhills. The Dogwood course features zoysia fairways which promises nothing but perfect lies from tee to green. Once on the greens, the golfers can expect smooth but "USOpen style speed."
College players from across the country as well as some elite high school golfers will tee it up on Tuesday December 20, beginning at 9:25. The weather will remain cool, but without any rain in the forecast, the field should be able to complete their round without any delays. The forecast looks favorable for the rest of the week, so we should be able to finish play on Wednesday. If you are in the area, and want to watch some of the best amateur golf in the country, stop by Country Club of North Carolina, you will enjoy what you see.