Patrick Stephenson wins CNCC Amateur with Late Heroics
CCNC Amateur Patrick Stephenson <br>(East Carolina Athletics Photo)
CCNC Amateur Patrick Stephenson
(East Carolina Athletics Photo)

PINEHURST, NC (December 21, 2017) - With the round of the day East Carolina sophomore Patrick Stephenson rallied from three back to win the storm shortened Country Club of North Carolina Amateur by a stroke. Stephenson rode a closing 3-under 69 to a 4-over finish.

After weather cancelled Wednesday's second round Stephenson came flying out of the gates with four birdies in the first six holes. Stephenson did mix in a bogey and after the opening stretch he was 4-under for the tournament. However, the day would not be without its drama as Stephenson gave shots back on the 8th and 11th holes with bogeys to fall back to 2-under. With the leaderboard tightly packed Stephenson tapped into his clutch gene birdieing the final two holes to hoist the trophy.

First round leader Walker Cress, a junior at James Madison, struggled early before trying to rally late. Cress, after an opening 4-under 68, bogeyed three-times in the first 14 holes to drop to 1-under and despite a late run that included 16th and 18th hole birdies Cress came up one shot short. Cress had to settle for a 3-under second place finish after he signed for a 1-over 73 on Thursday.

Following a first round even-par 72 Brandon Einstein, who took third with a 2-under tally, reached 4-under with four birdies in the opening 12 holes before slipping up late with two bogeys late in the round. Einstein shot a 2-under 70 Thursday.

UNCG's Joshua Stockwell took fourth at even-par while Elon's Jake Leaviitt and UNCG's Joseph Cansler shared fifth at 1-over.


The second round of the CNCC Amateur being played on the Dogwood Course at the Country Club of North Carolina was cancelled meaning the event has been shortened to 36-holes. Tee times on Thursday will begin at 9:30 a.m. with groups going off the front and backside.

When play resumes James Madison sophomore Walker Cress will continue to lead the way by three-strokes.


On a day where just four players broke par it was Walker Cress leading the way following a 4-under 68. Cress will carry a three-stroke lead into the second round at the Country Club of North Carolina Amateur being played on the clubs Dogwood Course.

A sophomore at James Madison, Cress bogeyed No. 1 before playing flawless golf the rest of the way. His first birdie of the round fell on the par-3 3rd and then after a string of pars he reached the red for good with a 9th hole birdie. The solid play continued with second nine birdies on Nos. 14, 16 and 18.

Three players at 1-under are tied for second place. The group includes Patrick Stephenson (East Carolina), William Harwood (Elon) and Spencer Oxendine (NC State commit). Six others turned in even-par tallies and are tied for fifth.

Results: CCNC Amateur
1NCPatrick StephensonFour Oaks, NC30071-69=140
2NCWalker CressConcord, NC20068-73=141
3NCBrandon EinsteinClemmons, NC10072-70=142
4NCJosh StockwellAberdeen, NC10072-72=144
T5MDJake LeavittWoodstock, MD10073-72=145

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Formerly known as the CCNC Amateur but moved to Mid Pines in 2022. 54-hole stroke play event with a cut after 36 holes to the low 40 players and ties.

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