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Carolinas Mid-Amateur: John Pitt Gets His 2nd CGA Title
John Pitt had to wait 17 years for his 2nd CGA title (CGA photo)
John Pitt had to wait 17 years for his 2nd CGA title (CGA photo)

DURHAM, NC (April 15, 2018) - John Pitt of Raleigh, N.C. took home his second Carolinas Golf Association Championship winning the 38th Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship by one shot at Treyburn Country Club in Durham, N.C.

Pitt, the 2001 Carolinas Amateur Champion, started the day tied for second but with a final round back nine of three-under was able to come from behind to win.

"I really was just playing golf not thinking about winning during the front nine because we were all hitting it well" said Pitt.

Down four at the turn Pitt's patience finally paid off on 15. After an errant tee shot for the second round leader Justin Tereshko, Pitt was able to capitalize, "I rolled one in on 14 from about 25 feet and hit it to tap in on 15 for birdie that's when things changed."

Pitt, a Real Estate Advisor, found himself in the lead for the first time "nerves definitely kicked in and the juices were flowing but I was able to stay calm. I definitely left myself with more than I wanted on 18 but we got it in there."

17 years after his first CGA Championship, Pitt was able to capture his second, "It feels like my first cause its been so long but like most people I hadn't been playing much this year so it feels great to win."

Sherrill Britt of West End, N.C and Justin Tereshko of Greensboro, N.C. finished tied for second one shot short of Pitt. Britt fired a tournament low, final round, 66, that included four birdies and an eagle. Tereshko, the defending North Carolina Amateur Champion, shot rounds of 69-71-72 for a total of 212.

ROUND TWO RECAP

Treyburn Country Club gave a majority of the field trouble as only eight players were able to break par in the second round of the 38th Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship. Justin Tereshko leads the pack at four-under par for the tournament after shooting rounds of 69-71.

Tereshko, the defending North Carolina Amateur Champion, managed his way around Treyburn with just one bogey and two birdies on Saturday. He is only player to break par in both the first two rounds. The college golf coach will head into the final round with a two shot lead over John Pitt of Raleigh, NC and Brad Mangum of Granite Falls, NC.

Pitt came out firing in the second round with four birdies on his outward nine. After cooling off in the middle of his round he birdied his last for his fifth birdie of the day, to shoot two-under 70. Mangum took a more steady route shooting a one- over par, 73. Both Pitt and Mangum will be in the final group on Sunday morning.

Sundays Final round will begin with 7:30am double tee start.

ROUND ONE RECAP

Carolina blue skies greeted the field of 117 players for the first round of the 38th Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship at Treyburn Country Club in Durham, N.C. First-time competitor Joe Kastelic of Hickory, NC fired an opening round four-under par, 68. Kastelic holds a one shot lead over a batch of players at 69.

Playing in the morning wave, Kastelic came out hot, making birdie on two of his first three holes. With another birdie on the par 3, 7th and a bogey free front nine Kastelic turned at three under. After a bogey on 10, Kastelic rallied with three more birdies on the back nine for a one-under 35.

Four players were able to manage their way around the par 72 layout in just 69 strokes. Brad Mangum of Granite Falls, N.C., Paul Slomkowski of Colfax, N.C., Justin Tereshko of Greensboro, N.C., and JD McNeill of Raleigh, N.C. all found various ways to shoot a first round three-under par.

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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