Johns Eades rallies to Carolinas Mid-Amateur Victory
Charlotte local Johns Eades <br>(CGA Photo)
Charlotte local Johns Eades
(CGA Photo)

CHARLOTTE, NC (April 23, 2017) - Charlotte local Johns Eades overcame a six shot deficit in driving rain and wind to earn his first CGA title at the 37th Carolinas Mid-Amateur. As the field struggled in the difficult conditions, the 34-year-old's one-under 71 was the only round under par Sunday at Providence Country Club in Charlotte, N.C.

After playing 36 holes in seven-under-par, leader Thomas Todd, III was unable to capitalize on a five shot advantage to begin the day. A final round 82 dropped him into a fifth place finish. "It was a humbling experience," said the Laurens, S.C. native. "I missed a three-foot birdie putt on the first hole and couldn't get it going after that."

Play was delayed nearly an hour in the late morning for lightning in the area. It was during that break in action that Eades first checked the leaderboard. When he saw Todd was already four- over, he knew he had a chance. "I thought if I could post something under par, it might be enough with today's tough conditions," Eades recalled.

"My par-3 game saved me today," said Eades. "I made birdies on three of the five out there." A five-iron to two feet for birdie on No. 11 kick started his back nine charge. A six-iron for a five-foot birdie put Eades at three-under for the championship. Despite a closing bogey, Eades' championship total of two-under 214 secured a two-shot victory.

Representative of most mid-amateurs, Eades balances work, family and golf. President of his own leadership development company, LearnLoft, Eades also has two children under five at home. "When you get to be a mid-am and you don't play a lot of golf, you rely on the work you put in the years prior," said the former Maryland Terrapin golfer. "Now you think your way around the course."

This victory validated Eades' belief in his ability. "I felt like my game is good enough to win on the mid-amateur circuit. This is a good stepping stone for me."

Reigning North Carolina Mid-Amateur champion Greg Earnhardt of Greensboro, N.C. held a share of the lead thru six holes, but four bogeys on the back nine erased his chances of holding both mid- amateur titles. He finished tied for second with Brett Boner of Charlotte, N.C. at even-par 216.

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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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