Paul Simson wins third straight NC Senior Amateur
SALISBURY, NC (May 17, 2017) - Paul Simson of Raleigh secured his third straight North Carolina Senior Amateur title by scoring 64-72-71 for 207. He has also won nine of the last 11 years he was eligible. "I really do not know what the secret is," said Simson. "I do work pretty hard at getting the ball in the hole, trying to at least play smart. I played some conservative shots this week and I think it worked out for me."
Simson also has won five of his last six appearances in CGA individual senior championships the past two years. In addition, he won the 2016 North & South Senior at Pinehurst Country Club.
Simson was comfortably ahead most of the day, but pressure was applied when he double bogeyed the par-3 15th. Macon Moye of Pinehurst birdied the par-5 15th, then made another birdie on 16, cutting into Simson's lead. "All of a sudden, the lead went from six to three," Simson said. "Fortunately on the next hole I was able to make birdie. I dropped one on 16, but birdied 17 to put me four up on the last hole."
Moye finished second and was the only other golfer to finish under par at 1-under 212. Keith Watters of Raleigh, Gary Robinson of Fayetteville, and Doug Owens of Albemarle finished T-3 posting an even par.
Preston Edmondson of Morrisville recorded an ace on the par-3 6th using a 9-iron from 168 yards. He has now recorded 14 holes-in-one for his career.
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