CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte local John Eades overcame a six shot deficit in driving rain and wind and earned his first Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) title at the 37th Carolinas Mid-Amateur following the final round of play at Providence Country Club on Sunday.
The field struggled under difficult conditions, and the 34-year-old’s one-under 71 was the only score under par posted during the final round of play on the 6,782-yard layout.
“My par-3 game saved me today,” Eades said.
“I made birdies on three of the five out there.”
A five-iron to two feet for birdie on No. 11 kick-started his back-nine charge.
A six-iron for a five-foot birdie put Eades at three-under, and despite a closing bogey, Eades’ championship total of two-under 214 secured a two-shot victory.
After playing 36 holes at seven-under-par, leader Thomas Todd III (Laurens, S.C.) was unable to hold on to a five-shot advantage to begin the day.
A final round 82 dropped him into a fifth place finish.
“It was a humbling experience,” Todd said.
“I missed a three-foot birdie putt on the first hole and couldn’t get it going after that.”
Reigning North Carolina Mid-Amateur champion Greg Earnhardt of Greensboro held a share of the lead thru six holes, but four bogeys on the back nine erased his chances of holding both mid-am titles.
He finished tied for second with Brett Boner of Charlotte at even-par 216.
Play was delayed nearly an hour in the late morning as a result of lightning in the area.
It was during that break in play when Eades checked the leaderboard.
When he saw Todd was already four-over, he knew he had a chance.
“I thought if I could post something under par, it might be enough with today’s tough conditions.”
37th Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship
Providence Country Club, Charlotte, N.C.
Sat., Apr. 22, 2017
|1||John Eades, Charlotte, N.C.||73-70-71–214 (-2)|
|T2||Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C.||70-72-74–216 (Even)|
|T2||Brett Boner, Charlotte, N.C.||70-74-72–216 (Even)|
|4||Sherrill Britt, West End, N.C.||74-70-73–217 (+1)|
|5||Thomas Todd III, Laurens, S.C.||69-68-82–219 (+3)|
|T6||Chris Buffaloe, Raleigh, N.C.||71-74-75–220 (+4)|
|T6||Jim Grainger, Charlotte, N.C.||69-78-73–220 (+4)|
|T6||Brandon Reece, Rolesville, N.C.||71-77-72–220 (+4)|
|T9||Scott Park, Charlotte, N.C.||71-72-78–221 (+5)|
|T9||Jarrett Grimes, Columbia, S.C.||72-75-74–221 (+5)|
|T11||Dr. James Pearson, Charlotte, N.C.||74-72-76–222 (+6)|
|T11||Josh Branyon, Honea Path, S.C.||71-72-79–222 (+6)|
|T11||Steven Brame, Henderson, N.C.||71-73-78–222 (+6)|
|T11||Robert Lutomski, Simpsonville, S.C.||71-71-80–222 (+6)|
|15||Brad Mundy, Hickory, N.C.||75-73-75–223 (+7)|
|T16||Jeremy Ray, Pfafftown, N.C.||75-77-72–224 (+8)|
|T16||Joe Jaspers, Huntersville, N.C.||72-72-80–224 (+8)|
|T16||John L Heffernan, Charlotte, N.C.||68-79-77–224 (+8)|
|T19||Pat Thompson, Asheville, N.C.||69-76-80–225 (+9)|
|T19||Stephen Woodard, Charlotte, N.C.||75-78-72–225 (+9)|
|T21||Phil Miller, China Grove, N.C.||76-73-78–227 (+11)|
|T21||Walter Todd Sr, Laurens, S.C.||74-72-81–227 (+11)|
|T21||Steve Liebler, Irmo, S.C.||77-74-76–227 (+11)|
|T21||Walker Taylor IV, Wilmington, N.C.||74-78-75–227 (+11)|
|T25||Chris Cassetta, Kernersville , N.C.||73-74-81–228 (+12)|
|T25||Brian Westveer, Charlotte, N.C.||73-78-77–228 (+12)|
|T27||Scott Burnett, Matthews, N.C.||74-78-77–229 (+13)|
|T27||Keith Waters, Raleigh, N.C.||73-77-79–229 (+13)|
|T27||Daniel Neveu, Pinehurst, N.C.||76-76-77–229 (+13)|
|T27||Bryan Tucker, Columbia, S.C.||76-71-82–229 (+13)|
|T27||Paul Tucker, Waxhaw, N.C.||76-73-80–229 (+13)|
|T27||Steve Harwell, Mooresville, N.C.||78-74-77–229 (+13)|
|T27||Banks Wood Jr., Charlotte, N.C.||78-73-78–229 (+13)|
|T27||Brandon Hiott, Walterboro, S.C.||78-75-76–229 (+13)|
|T27||Scott Campbell, Wake Forest, N.C.||74-77-78–229 (+13)|
|T36||Aaron York, Durham, N.C.||76-76-78–230 (+14)|
|T36||Gary Robinson, Fayetteville, N.C.||75-76-79–230 (+14)|
|T36||Matthew Wiggins, Laurens, S.C.||72-72-86–230 (+14)|
|T39||Ron Kirkpatrick, Charlotte, N.C.||74-77-80–231 (+15)|
|T39||Parks Price, Longs, S.C.||75-79-77–231 (+15)|
|41||Dustin Moore, Greensboro, N.C.||76-78-78–232 (+16)|
|T42||Timothy Driver, Holly Springs, N.C.||75-79-79–233 (+17)|
|T42||Nicholas Brown, Lenoir, N.C.||79-74-80–233 (+17)|
|T42||Bill Bierman, Waxhaw, N.C.||72-80-81–233 (+17)|
|T45||Keith Kepley, Charlotte, N.C.||78-75-81–234 (+18)|
|T45||Adam Markin, Matthews, N.C.||78-73-83–234 (+18)|
|T45||Preston Yates, Winston-Salem, N.C.||79-74-81–234 (+18)|
|T48||David Brown, Conover, N.C.||76-76-83–235 (+19)|
|T48||Ashley Berry, Pittsboro, N.C.||77-75-83–235 (+19)|
|T48||Chad Frye, Davidson, N.C.||75-79-81–235 (+19)|
|T51||Kenneth Bass, Pinehurst, N.C.||73-77-86–236 (+20)|
|T51||Brad Dawson, Mebane, N.C.||78-75-83–236 (+20)|
|T53||Michael Swiger, Raleigh, N.C.||75-72-WD–WD (WD)|
|T53||Braxton McLennan, Charlotte, N.C.||77-77-WD–WD (WD)|
|T53||Andrew Morgan, China Grove, N.C.||78-74-WD–WD (WD)|
|T53||Geno Berchiatti, Greenville, S.C.||75-75-WD–WD (WD)|
|T53||Harrison Rutter, Winston-Salem, N.C.||75-73-WD–WD (WD)|
|T53||Macon Moye, Pinehurst, N.C.||70-75-WD–WD (WD)|
|T53||Chad Wilfong, Charlotte, N.C.||75-73-WD–WD (WD)|
|T53||Rob Butler, Camden, S.C.||74-77-WD–WD (WD)|
|Failed to Qualify for Final Round|
|T61||Brad Buxton, Greensboro, N.C.||77-78 (+11)|
|T61||Rob Hukill III, Raleigh, N.C.||74-81 (+11)|
|T61||Matthew Laydon, Charleston, S.C.||79-76 (+11)|
|T61||Jeff Rausch, Charlotte, N.C.||75-80 (+11)|
|T61||Sean McAvoy, Johns Island, S.C.||79-76 (+11)|
|T61||John Berger, Charlotte, N.C.||77-78 (+11)|
|T61||James Steed, Holly Springs, N.C.||76-79 (+11)|
|T61||Douglas Perkins, Gastonia, N.C.||74-81 (+11)|
|T69||Jim Gallagher, Charlotte, N.C.||72-84 (+12)|
|T69||Cam Warren, Pineville, N.C.||80-76 (+12)|
|T69||Uly Grisette III, Winston Salem, N.C.||79-77 (+12)|
|T69||Kevin Omundson, Huntersville, N.C.||78-78 (+12)|
|T69||Doug Ramey, Greer, S.C.||77-79 (+12)|
|T69||Jonathan Jackson, Chapel Hill, N.C.||74-82 (+12)|
|T69||Russ Tanis, Pineville, N.C.||77-79 (+12)|
|T69||Brandon Bradosky, Greenville, S.C.||83-73 (+12)|
|T69||David Cook, Cedar Point, N.C.||80-76 (+12)|
|T69||Will Cannon, Morganton, N.C.||77-79 (+12)|
|T79||Paul Clark, Charlotte, N.C.||77-80 (+13)|
|T79||James Bohn III, Cary, N.C.|