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William Rainey will square off with David Sargent in North Carolina Match Play final
William Rainey (L) and David Sargent (R) <br>(Carolinas Golf Association)</br>
William Rainey (L) and David Sargent (R)
(Carolinas Golf Association)
SOUTHERN PINES, NC (August 13, 2016) -- Saturday's quarterfinal and semifinal matches at Mid Pines delivered hard fought battles to determine the final two players in the 7th North Carolina Match Play Championship.

No. 1 seed Josh Martin of Pinehurst defeated his older brother, Zach Martin 4 & 2 to face William Rainey in the semifinal. Rainey jumped out to a 3 up thru 12 hole advantage. Dormie on 17, Rainey bogeyed, giving Josh Martin a chance to extend the match. On 18, Martin took advantage, rolling in a six foot birdie to for extra holes. The first extra hole, the par-5 10th at Mid Pines, was halved with birdies. On the par-3 11th, Rainey hit a drew the ball beautifully with a 9-iron to convert a five foot birdie for the win.

In the other half of the bracket, 18-year-old Walker Simas of Charlotte defeated fellow Charlotte resident Paul Fitzgerald 4 & 3 to meet David Sargent in the semis. Sargent never gave Simas an opening, playing six under through 13 holes (including two eagles) to win 6 & 5 for a ticket into the finals.

The championship match will take place Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. EST to determine the champion.


Meet the Finalists

No. 29 seed William Rainey of Charlotte, N.C.

-21-year-old rising senior at the College of Charleston

-9th ranked men's amateur golfer in North Carolina

-Claimed first CGA championship at the 2016 Carolinas Four-Ball

-2016 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship Individual Finalist

-Qualified for 2015 U.S. Amateur

-Road to the finals: Shot two-over 146 in stroke play qualifying. Advanced into match play by holing birdie putt on first hole of 8-for-6 playoff. Defeated No. 4 John McFadyen 3 & 1, No. 13 Patrick Cover 5 & 4, No. 28 Will Stewart 3 & 2, No. 1 Josh Martin 20 holes

-"This is awesome. I love this course. It's short, it sets up for my game pretty well. Playing match play is so fun. I can't wait for tomorrow."

No. 6 seed David Sargent of Cornelius, N.C.


-22-year-old recent graduate of Davidson College

-32nd ranked men's amateur golfer in North Carolina

-Seeking first CGA championship

-Qualified for 2011 U.S. Junior

-Road to the finals: Shot three-under 141 in stroke play qualifying. Defeated No. 27 Patrick Langdon 3 & 2, No. 11 Stephen Saleeby 4 & 2, No. 3 Caleb Keck 2 & 1, No. 26 Walker Simas 6 & 5

-"It's awesome to be in the finals. It's funny, three years ago when I missed match play l caddied for Alex Nianouris, my roommate at Davidson, who made the finals. I'm trying to be like him I guess, and hopefully take it one win further. We will see tomorrow."

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