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VIDEO: Sherrill Britt wins Carolinas Mid-Amateur
RALEIGH, N.C. — The rain held off long enough for play to complete and Sherrill Britt held off the competition to capture his first CGA championship title. Britt, a 50-year-old general contractor from West End, N.C. assembled a three-day total of nine-under-par 207 (66-67-74) to win by one.

"Well, happy I finally did it; took long enough," Britt said about his first win. "I was thinking the other day, I've been playing in these events now for 15 years."

When Britt tapped-in his par putt on the 54th hole for the victory, 28-time CGA champion Paul Simson was the first person to congratulate him as walked off the green (view video of winning putt). Simson won the this championship with a three-day total of 205 when it was held on the same course in 1997. This year Simson posted 215 to tie for twelfth.

Tee Opperman of Pawleys Island, S.C. missed a birdie putt on the 54th hole which would have tied Britt. He finished tied for second at 208 with Chris Mitchell of Prosperity, S.C. who made a back-nine charge of five-under-par 31 which included two eagles and a birdie.

In a few weeks, Britt and Greg Earnhardt of Greensboro, N.C. will be playing as partners in the inaugural U.S. Four-Ball at The Olympic Club in San Francisco, California. Today, the two played against each other in the final group. A one-over-par 73 for Earnhardt earned him a fourth place finish at 209.

North Ridge Country Club's club champion Drew Steffens of Raleigh, N.C. made some noise today with his first-career ace at the 170-yard 3rd. Steffens finished in seventh place at four-under-par 212.

The top 30-players and ties are exempt into next year's championship which will be held on the Cotton Dike course at Dataw Island Club in Dataw Island, S.C. April 15-17.

ABOUT THE Carolinas Mid-Amateur

The Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship format is 54 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, the field is cut to the low 60 scores and ties. Entry is open to any male golfer who has reached his 30th birthday, is a legal resident of North or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has a current USGA Handicap Index® at a member club that does not exceed 7.4.

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