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
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
-9th ranked men's amateur golfer in North
-Claimed first CGA championship at the 2016
-2016 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship
-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
-32nd ranked men's amateur golfer in North
-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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