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Amateur Aman Gupta Holds 36-hole NC Open Advantage
Defending champion David Kocher is tied for second <br>(Maryland Athletics Photo)
Defending champion David Kocher is tied for second
(Maryland Athletics Photo)
KANNAPOLIS, NC (June 7, 2017) - Concord, NC local Aman Gupta leads the field after the first two rounds of competition at the 53rd SignArt North Carolina Open Presented by Mobipaid.

The eighteen year-old amateur entered the first round in a four-way tie for first after an opening 66 (-5). His second round started tough with bogeys on two of his first three holes, but he balanced the ship and carded a 35-32=67 (-4) to earn a three-stroke lead at 133 (-9) going into the third and final round.

Defending Champion David Kocher and fellow amateur Thomas Eldridge are tied for second at 136 (-6). Wake Forest University Men's Golf Coach Jerry Haas, PGA, sits alone in fourth at 137 (-5).

One hundred sixty-eight of the top playing PGA Professionals and amateurs in North and South Carolina have come together for the 54-hole championship. The low 64 scores survived the 36-hole cut.

The final round will commence at 7:30 AM from the first and tenth tees with the leaders beginning their rounds at 9:00 AM.

Editors Note: Article by Carolina PGA

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ABOUT THE North Carolina Open

The North Carolina Open is open to both amateurs and PGA professionals. It is organized by the Carolinas section of the PGA of America. 54-hole stroke play. The field is reduced to the low 60 contestants (or 1/3 of the field if 140 or less) and ties after 36 holes.

Interesting Fact: Both state opens run by the Carolinas section, the North Carolina Open and the South Carolina Open, are the only ones in the United States that prohibit non-PGA professionals from competing. It has been played annually since 1965 at a variety of courses around the state.

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