CHARLOTTE, NC (April 21, 2017) - Carolina blue
skies greeted the field of 128 players for the first
round of the 37th Carolinas Mid-Amateur
Championship at Providence Country Club in
Charlotte, N.C. First-time competitor John Heffernan
holds a one shot lead over a group of three
Playing in the morning wave, Heffernan took
advantage of the five par-5s on the par-72 layout,
making birdie on four of them en route to a four-
under 68. Like many mid-amateurs, Heffernan
balances work, family and golf into his schedule. The
Charlotte resident who works as a controller for
Autobell Car Wash is happy for this chance to play
competitive golf. "It's nice to play well under
tournament pressure," the 39-year-old said with a
smile. "It felt good to put together an 18-hole round
and post a low score."
While Heffernan is seeking is first CGA win,
three players with a collective total of eight CGA
victories lurk one-shot back. Six of those titles
belong to another Charlotte local, 60-year-old Jim
Grainger. Unlike Heffernan, Grainger was unable to
take advantage of the par-5s at Providence, playing
those five holes at even-par.
Tied for second with Grainger at three-under
are 2015 Carolinas Senior Amateur champion Pat
Thompson, 58, of Asheville, N.C. and Thomas Todd,
III, 30, of Laurens, S.C.
1995 Carolinas Mid-Amateur champion, 59-
year-old Macon Moye of Pinehurst, N.C., is four
shots back after an opening two-under 70. A double
bogey on No. 17 kept Moye from sharing the 18-
hole lead. Back-to-back North Carolina Mid-Amateur
champion, Greg Earnhardt of Greensboro, N.C. and
43-year-old Charlotte resident Brett Boner are tied
for fifth with Moye at two-under. Six other players
are tied for eighth at one-under 71.
Following Saturday's second round, the field is
cut to the low 60 scores and ties.
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