West End, NC (March 27, 2012) -- The Amateurs ended an eleven year victory drought to capture the 18th Tar Heel Cup at the Dormie Club in West End, NC. Leading after the Four-Ball matches on Monday by 2 points they hung on for a one point win. After nine holes it looked like it was going to be another pro win as the Amateurs were behind in 6 of the 8 matches. Ryan Bell defeated John Thompson in the first match to pull the amateurs ahead 4 to 1. The pros then rallied to win four straight and took the lead 5 to 4. Paul Simson then came from 2 down after nine to defeat Oliver Peacock and even the score at 5 points each. Scott Harvey, in the last match of the day, closed out Charles Frost early on the par three 16th to pull the amateurs ahead 6 to 5. All that was left to capture the cup was for Uly Grisette to halve his match with Gus Ulrich. Uly was 2 down after twelve but won the next three holes to go up by one. They halved the par three 16th and then after Ulrich made par on the par 5 17th, Uly calmly rolled his birdie putt from just off the back of the green to within a foot of the hole. The putt was conceded by Gus and the Tar Heel Cup was secured. Ulrich birdied the last hole to tie Grisette and make the final score a one point victory for the amateurs. The Tar Heel Cup is an annual competition between eight Carolinas Professional Golf Association members from North Carolina and eight North Carolina Amateurs representing the Carolinas Golf Association. The first day consists of four Four-Ball Matches each worth one point. Day two is eight singles matches also valued at one point each. Matches tied at the end of 18 holes are awarded ½ point each. It takes 6½ points to win the cup outright. The professionals lead in the series with 13 wins against 3 for the amateurs. There have been two ties; 2010 and 2011.
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