Dickens, IV wins North Carolina Match Play
WALLACE, NC (August 8, 2014) – After a five-day delay, Al Dickens, IV of Charlotte used a hot putter en route to a 3 and 2 victory over David Donovan, IV of Hampstead to win the 5th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship at River Landing.
The championship match originally was scheduled for Sunday, August 3 but continuous rain and unplayable course conditions necessitated the move to Friday. The match started with halved pars on the first three holes. An errant tee shot by Dickens IV on the fourth hole led to a bogey and a 1 up lead for Donovan IV. Donovan IV held that 1 up advantage until the seventh hole where Dickens IV stuck his 140-yard approach shot 2 feet and a conceded birdie to square the match.
The next five holes were halved but both players’ putters heated up on holes 10 and 11 where each rolled in consecutive birdies on top of each other. Donovan IV made a 30 foot birdie from just off the putting green on the par 3 11th hole placing the pressure on Dickens IV to convert his five foot birdie attempt which he successfully did. Hole 12 was halved with par.
The turning point in the match was on the par-5 13th hole. Donovan IV was unable to convert on a long birdie attempt but Dickens IV rolled in an 8-foot birdie to take a 1 up lead.
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