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John Heffernan leads Carolinas Mid-Amateur
Playing in his first Carolinas Mid-Am, John Heffernan <br>holds a one shot lead after the first round <br>(CGA Photo)
Playing in his first Carolinas Mid-Am, John Heffernan
holds a one shot lead after the first round
(CGA Photo)

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 experienced players.

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.

ABOUT THE Carolinas Mid-Amateur

The Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship format is 54 holes of stroke play. After 36 holes, the field is cut to the low 60 scores and ties. Entry is open to any male golfer who has reached his 30th birthday, is a legal resident of North or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has a current USGA Handicap Index® at a member club that does not exceed 7.4.

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