North Carolina Open: Amateur Patrick Cover Wins by 4
Patrick Cover (Carolinas PGA photo)
Patrick Cover (Carolinas PGA photo)

KANNAPOLIS, NC (June 7, 2018) – The 54th SignArt NC Open, presented by Mobipaid, is complete. The final round took place on another beautiful day at the Club at Irish Creek with high competition amongst many players.

Amateur Patrick Cover of Huntington, NC, came out on top with a 54-hole total of 199 (-11), conquering the course all three days. “I just tried to play a competition with myself and tried to see how far in front I could get and see how low I could take it on the course,” said Cover. This fared pretty well for him as he posted three consistent rounds of 66-67-66, holding the lead spot all three rounds.

Cover is a student at UNCW and just had an exciting end to his fourth and final year on the golf team as they won their conference championship. “Now looking forward, this win was a good way to start the summer. I have a lot of big amateur events that I’m getting ready for. I’m just trying to get ready for professional golf,” says Cover when looking forward at what is to come for his golf career. This win was definitely a great way to jump start his journey to playing professional golf.

Cover finished 4 shots ahead of our low Professional of the tournament, Matt Vick of Pinehurst, NC, who came to the clubhouse with a total score of 203 (-7). Vick fought hard throughout the final round with a very clean scorecard reading 66 (-4). Finish tied for third at 202 (-6) were PGA Professionals, Matt Bova of Bluffton, SC, and Cory Schneider of Powells Point, NC, and PGA Associate Tommy Gibson of Mount Airy, NC. Great playing by all competitors and congratulations to our winner!

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ABOUT THE North Carolina Open

The North Carolina Open is open to both amateurs and PGA professionals. It is organized by the Carolinas section of the PGA of America. 54-hole stroke play. The field is reduced to the low 60 contestants (or 1/3 of the field if 140 or less) and ties after 36 holes.

Interesting Fact: Both state opens run by the Carolinas section, the North Carolina Open and the South Carolina Open, are the only ones in the United States that prohibit non-PGA professionals from competing. It has been played annually since 1965 at a variety of courses around the state.

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