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William Rainey takes North Carolina Match Play
William Rainey <br>(Carolinas Golf Association)</br>
William Rainey
(Carolinas Golf Association)
SOUTHERN PINES, NC (August 14, 2016) -- On Thursday evening, William Rainey of Charlotte anxiously waited around the Mid Pines clubhouse to find out where the 36-hole cut line would fall for the low 32 players to make match play. It was +2 (146), exactly what Rainey had posted. He advanced through an 8-for- 6 playoff by rolling in a birdie putt on the first hole to earn the No. 29 seed.

On Sunday, after 85 holes played over five rounds of match play, Rainey became the 7th North Carolina Amateur Match Play champion. Staying patient after falling 3 down thru 4 holes to David Sargent of Cornelius, Rainey climbed back into the match.

A birdie putt on the par-3 11th drew the two all square. Sargent demonstrated his ability to produce red numbers in his semifinal match, playing 13 holes in seven-under-par to defeat Walker Simas 6 & 5. In Sunday's final, Sargent continued his birdie barrage, making putts on holes 3 and 4. Despite being down to Sargent early on Sunday, Rainey remained consistent, hitting 12 of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens. His birdie tries burned the edges of the holes all day, until the 18th, when one finally fell into the cup. The match was tied then, Rainey had a birdie putt from 30 feet, Sargent faced a putt half that distance.

"Honestly in my head I said 'just two putt. If he two putts, great. If he makes it, then he deserves to win'," said Rainey, a rising senior at the College of Charleston. "Luckily there's a hole there and it went it. It was my best putt of the week. I felt like I was due and fortunately it was on the 18th hole to win." After Rainey's putt found the hole, Sargent's putt to force extra holes missed. The win is Rainey's second CGA championship this year. In May, he and teammate Phillip Oweida won the Carolinas Four-Ball.

"This is one of the best tournaments I've had. I played awesome," said runner-up Sargent. "It was a lot of fun. No complaints, I lost 1 up to a great player."

The 32 players who qualified for match play are exempt into next year's championship.

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