Sectional qualifying of the 36th Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship was hosted by Timberlake Golf Club in Clinton on Saturday, April 9. The 6,511yards, Par 71 course bared its fangs as wind gusts reached 30 mph on the day. An impressive even par round took home the top prize, and 14 other players qualified for the championship round later this month in South Carolina.
Stuart Augustine of Fayetteville earned medalist honors after shooting a even par, 71, that he admitted he earned on the greens. On a day when the wind was making shots unpredictable, the players needed a strong short game, and Augustine had it on Saturday.
The cut line fell at 82, as 15 players advanced to the 36th Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship that will be played April 15-17, 2016 at Dataw Island Club’s Cotton Dike Course in Dataw Island, SC.
Timberlake’s head greens-keeper, Austin Allison was ecstatic for the club to get the nod to host this event, and said that it was a testament to the conditions of the course.
“I think it is awesome, and it is a great privilege for us to be able to host this event sponsored by the Carolinas Golf Association,” said Allison. “We are proud of how the course was, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. With the wind the way it was, the golfers saw as much difficulty as they wanted to see, and we even had to slow the greens down a bit due to the wind that was just absolutely ridiculous for the golfers.”
Augustine played in the final group, which made his even par round even more impressive, as he played the entirety of his round in the strong winds. He is poised to compete for top honors again when the championship rounds are played in South Carolina.
For more information on the Carolina Golf Association and their events, visit their website at carolinasgolf.org.
Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585