Charlotte, NC (4/17/11) - Paul Tucker, the 32 year old vice president of Tucker Lumber Company came from two strokes back to win the 31st Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship at the Carolina Golf Club.
Paul toured the recently renovated Ross gem with three birdies on the front side which turned out to be all he needed after an even-par effort on the back. The win gives Paul his second Mid Am win in three years. He also won the 2010 North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship played at Pinewood CC in Asheboro.
The first round leader, Todd Hendley of Greer SC, double bogied the reachable par 5 eighth to derail his championship hopes.
The low round of the tournament was fired by Scott Harvey of Greensboro. His six birdie one bogey 65 gave him another “almost” championship. Scott quipped “I guess I’ll have to finish second in a match play event before I ever get a CGA trophy.”
The defending champion, Steve Liebler of Irmo, SC played well in his defense but faltered on the final nine to finish four back.
This breaks the string of consecutive wins by a South Carolinian at four. However, Tucker moved from SC to Waxhaw, NC just three years ago.
Due to severe weather conditions on Saturday the second round was cancelled and the tournament was shortened to 36 holes.
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