Amateur David Kocher Takes Commanding Lead at 52nd North Carolina Open
All David Kocher so far at North Carolina Open <br>(Maryland Athletics Photo)</br>
All David Kocher so far at North Carolina Open
(Maryland Athletics Photo)

KANNAPOLIS, NC (June 8, 2016) -- David Kocher, an amateur from Charlotte, has a five stroke lead after the second round of the 52nd SignArt North Carolina Open held at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, NC. Kocher entered the day one shot behind first round leader Kelly Mitchum. Kocher, who recently finished his sophomore season on the University of Maryland Golf Team after a stellar high school career at Charlotte Christian School, began his round with a bang, with birdies on five of his first six holes.

Mitchum, a notable PGA Professional at Pinehurst Resort & CC in Pinehurst, NC, battled back with birdies on holes 5, 6 and 9, to trim the lead to one stroke after the front nine, but Kocher’s birdies on 13 and 14 led to a bogey free -7 under round of 64 and a commanding five stroke lead over Mitchum.

Jerry Haas, the Head Golf Coach at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC and amateur Blake Taylor from Atkinson, NC sit in a tie for third at -5 under, after both players carded -3 under 68’s in the second round.

Of the 168 competitors, representing the top playing PGA Professionals and amateurs in North and South Carolina, 64 players survived the +5 over cut, to advance to Thursday’s third and final round of this 54- hole championship.

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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