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It was another great golf day in Pinehurst, at the 2014 CCNC Amateur. The morning started off a little on the chili side, but quickly warmed up as did a few players from the SEC conference. While Josh Fickes posted a fine score of "68," Ben Schlottman's solid two rounds of under par play kept him just one stroke back and tied with his teammate Will Long. Both Schlottman and Long play for Auburn University. With the top three spots taken by SEC players the tournament championship is still in reach for a number of players including Cole Ryan, Josh Stockwell and Blake Fiest. Justin Tereshko, head coach at Guildford College and US Amateur top 32 match play contender, is lurking just one stroke behind Ryan, Stockwell, and Fiest. Coach Tereshko broke the CCNC Amateur coaches scoring record today with a score of two under par.
The 2014 CCNC Amateur has thirteen players within 4 shots or less for a share of the lead. Ben Schlottman also from Auburn University is in sole second place at just one stroke back of Will long. On a picture perfect day in Pinehurst, the CCNC Dogwood course once again played to it's 75.2 course rating. In 2013 we saw a three over par score from Georgia Bulldog Michael Cromie win the CCNC Amateur and it looks like that score could be the same for 2014 as the CCNC "Dogwood" course tends to play a little harder each day. Lightning fast greens kept most players at bay, but Will made a nice putt on his 18th hole to finish the day with the only under par round. The SEC conference stole the first round show with four players finishing inside the top 11 spots. Michael McGowan and Josh Stockwell, local Pinehurst area players are just two strokes off the lead. Michael is a 2013 UNC graduate while Josh is a freshman at UNC-G. Luke Haithcock a teammate of Josh Stockwell is also just two off the lead, as fellow contenders Josh Fickes from Clemson University and Cole Ryan playing out of James Madison University. Other notable players lurking close behind at 3 shots back are Carter Jenkins from UNC, Cody Proveaux from Clemson, and Patrick Cover from UNC-W. Friday is moving day and anything can happen.
Final Day: 2013 CCNC Champiom Michael Cromie from the University of Georgia!
Michael Cromie, from Cary, NC had a scorecard with almost every number you could imagine, but his four birdies and an eagle erased enough high numbers to give Michael the second lowest round of the tournament with a one under 71. On another picture perfect day in Pinehurst, Michael held off a handfull of quality players while finishing with a five stroke lead. Carter Jenkins (UNC-G) and Will Long (Auburn University) finished tied for second. Patrick Barrett, 2013 UNC graduate, and Ryan Cole playing out of James Madison University, finished third. Michael McGowan, former UNC teammate of Patrick Barrett, finished fourth. The CCNC Dogwood course, with a course rating of 75.2 and lightning fast greens, kept the players off balence and shaking heads.
Day 2:CCNC Day Two, Michael Cromie Junps To First Place With Two Solid Rounds!
Greens that stemped out at almost 13 and colder weather proved to be a challenge on day two at the CCNC Amateur. Michael Cromie, from the University of Georgia battled hard to move into first place. Three players were just one stroke back, former UNC standout Michael McGowan, Will Long from Auburn University and Carter Jenkins from UNC-G. Carter moved at least ten spots with a solid round of 73 on a day that saw no player under par. Carter is no stranger to winning tournaments, he is the current CGA Carolinas Amateur Champion, and he also won a college event this past fall a tuff NCSU Lonnie Poole course. Carter's teammate from UNC-G, Roy Dixon, is just two strokes off the lead. Charlie May from Elon University is also just two strokes off the lead.
Day 1:CCNC Day One, John Somers Jumps Out To A Four Stroke Lead At The 2013 CCNC Amateur
On a picture perfect day in Pinehurst, the CCNC Dogwood course played to it's 75.2 course rating. Long hitting John Somers from Elon College was the only player to score under par. Somers ended the day with six birdies while posting a low round of "68." Lightning fast greens kept most players at bay but Former UNC standout Patrick Barrett and Patrick Cover, an up and coming player for UNC-W is on the heels of John Somers heading into the second round. Other notable players with solid rounds include another former UNC standout Michael McGowan, Al Dickens 1V from East Carolina University, Andrew Ward from USC- Aiken, and Mitchell Thomas from Tennessee Tech.