Preston Edmondson repeats at Carolinas Senior Amateur
Two-time defending champion Preston Edmondson <br>(CGA Photo)
Two-time defending champion Preston Edmondson
(CGA Photo)

LINVILLE, NC (September 21, 2017) - Preston Edmondson of Morrisville, N.C. captured his third Carolinas Golf Association championship by coming from behind to win the 56th Carolinas Senior Amateur Championship hosted by Grandfather Golf & Country Club.

After bogeying the second hole of the day Edmondson found himself in a familiar situation and used his experience from the previous year to jump start his round and make a run at the title. "I went back to last year, I started three or four shots back and bogeyed the first two holes, so I'm going well I know I have enough game to make some birdies and sure enough I just started hitting them solid and started hitting them at the hole", said Edmondson.

After struggling in round two Edmondson realized he couldn't be too aggressive while attacking the golf course and needed to make sure he was missing his approach shots on the safer side of the hole. Edmondson would use this strategy and make four birdies and four bogeys in the final round to finish the day at even par, 72, and 10 over par for championship.

Rick Cloninger of Fort Mill, S.C. and Robert Desjardins of Matthews, N.C. finished tied for second with three day totals of 228, 12-over for the championship. Jim Pearson of Charlotte, N.C. finished alone in fourth place at 13-over par. Second round leader Harrison Rutter of Winston Salem, N.C. finished tied for fifth along with Kevin King of Bluffton, S.C., Walter Todd Sr. of Laurens, S.C. and Eddie Hargett of Blythewood, S.C.

When asked how this victory ranked against last year's Edmondson said, "Last year came out of nowhere. This year there was more pressure being the defending champion and I have had some high finishes in big senior events. The beauty about winning this is that you get invited to some really cool stuff. It's just an honor to defend."

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The Carolinas Senior Amateur Championship is a 54-hole stroke play event open to any male amateur golfer who reached his 55th birthday by today, is a legal resident of North Carolina or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association and has an active USGA Handicap Index® at a CGA member club that does not exceed 9.9.

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