Amateurs show well in first round of North Carolina Open
07 Jun 2016
see also: North Carolina Open Championship, Golf Club at Irish Creek

Amateurs David Kocher (pictured) and Tyler Lucas share second at North Carolina Open <br>(Maryland Athletics Photo)</br>
Amateurs David Kocher (pictured) and Tyler Lucas share second at North Carolina Open
(Maryland Athletics Photo)

KANNAPOLIS, NC (June 7, 2016) -- PGA Professional Kelly Mitchum leads the 52nd SignArt North Carolina Open being held at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, NC. One hundred sixty-eight of the top playing PGA Professionals and amateurs in North and South Carolina have come together for the 54-hole championship.

Mitchum, a PGA Teaching Professional at Pinehurst Resort & CC in Pinehurst, NC, took advantage of ideal early scoring conditions. The winds picked up in the afternoon gusting up to 15-20 miles per hour. Mitchum sank six birdies, and had only one bogey for a 33- 33=66 (-5) on the par-71 layout.

Tied for second are two amateurs - Tyler Lucas of Rock Hill, SC and David Kocher of Charlotte, NC. Both had rounds of 67 (-4).

Only three strokes back of them sit a group of 13 competitors tied for fourth at 69 (-2). As a whole, the amateur participants are playing particularly well. Out of the top 16, 12 of the competitors are amateurs.

For the second round, those who started in the morning will be repaired by score in the afternoon wave and vice versa. After 36 holes, the field will be reduced to the low 60 and ties.

ABOUT THE North Carolina Open

The North Carolina Open is open to both amateurs and PGA professionals. It is organized by the Carolinas section of the PGA of America. 54-hole stroke play. The field is reduced to the low 60 contestants (or 1/3 of the field if 140 or less) and ties after 36 holes.

Interesting Fact: Both state opens run by the Carolinas section, the North Carolina Open and the South Carolina Open, are the only ones in the United States that prohibit non-PGA professionals from competing. It has been played annually since 1965 at a variety of courses around the state.

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