GREENSBORO, NC (September 23, 2016) -- Posting
low round of the tournament, defending champion
Earnhardt of Greensboro put himself in great shape
a repeat victory. His 7-under-par 64 provides a four
stroke cushion heading into Sunday's final round.
In last year's championship, Earnhardt erased a
three stroke deficit to claim the P.J. Boatwright
his first Carolina Golf Association title. "The
tournaments that I've won, I've always come from
behind," said Earnhardt, who works as an insurance
agent. "This is going to be a new experience. I'm not
great frontrunner." His two-day total of 132 is 10-
under-par on the par-71 layout at Starmount Forest
If Earnhardt continues to hit his irons like he did
Saturday, a back-to-back title run should be
Of the eight birdies in his second round, many were
ins as a result of accurate approach shots. "I had a
bunch of really good numbers into the holes today,"
said the 47-year-old Earnhardt. "I was able to be
Trailing Earnhardt by four strokes is 2013 North
Carolina Amateur champion, Steven Brame of
Henderson. Brame backed his opening 69 with a 4-
under 67. "I just kept the ball in the fairway, hit a
more greens, and made a few more putts," said
a Xerox salesperson. Brame explained his putting
success was achieved by leaving the ball below the
"If you are above the hole, you are playing for par."
On Saturday the 33-year-old Brame played the
three par-5's at Starmount Forest in four-under. His
round was highlighted by a 20-foot eagle putt on the
Playing in the final pairing with Earnhardt and
Brame is first round co-leader Noi Chay of Apex. At
under 137, the 43-year-old Chay will begin Sunday
trailing Earnhardt by five strokes.
Through 36-holes, 14 players are below par. The
cut to the low 60 and ties fell at nine-over 151. 62
players will compete in Sunday's final round
at 8:00 a.m. from both the 1st and 10th tees with
leaders teeing off at 9:40 a.m.
ROUND ONE RECAP
-Story by AmateurGolf.com Staff
Sherrill Britt and Noi Chay both posted first
4-under 67's to lead the 23rd North Carolina Mid-
Amateur being played at Starmount Forest Country
Club. However, the lead is a tenuous one as 22
are within four of the lead.
Britt, part of the afternoon wave played flawless
golf with four birdies during his opening round. Britt
started on the 10th and moved into red figures right
the bat with a birdie on his opening hole. Two more
birdies followed and Britt turned in 3-under 33. On
front nine Britt birdied once more to close with a 1-
Choi also began his round on the 10th hole and
into the black with his only bogey of the day on No.
A birdie on the ensuing hole brought Choi back to
par and he then reached the red with another circle
the 16th. Three more birdies followed on Nos. 18, 2
Greg Earnhardt and Dustin Moore are one back
tied for third at 3-under heading into the second
Earnhardt birdied five holes and bogeyed two during
round while Moore tallied six birdies and bogeyed
Moore recorded four consecutive birds from Nos. 14-
Five others are tied for fifth place at 2-under.
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