Joshua Martin (CGA photo)
PINEHURST, N.C. (July 15, 2018) – Joshua Martin
of Pinehurst, N.C., is the 2018 Carolinas Amateur champion. Martin shot a 1-over 73 in Sunday’s final round at the Country Club of North Carolina but was still able to fend off his competitors. He won the tournament by three strokes with an 8-under par total.
Martin began the round on fire, making four birdies on the first five holes and it looked like he would run away with the title. However, he ended the front nine with two bogeys and a double bogey to have his lead reduced to only two strokes.
"Today I started out really hot, but then it was pretty much carnage out there," joked the rising UNC senior. "That's the way it goes sometimes, and I just had to laugh those off, and get back to work."
The back nine proved to be a similar story, with one bogey and the rest pars, but his closest competitors, Spencer Oxendine of Fayetteville, N.C., and Nolan Mills, IV of Charlotte, N.C., couldn't take advantage of his struggles.
"Once I got a five-shot lead with four holes to play, I felt pretty good," said Martin, "I was just able to cruise in with some pars."
This title gives Martin his third CGA title after winning the North Carolina Amateur in 2014 and the Carolinas Young Amateur in 2015.
"It's special winning at home. Just looking at the trophy and seeing all the past champions, you know this tournament is a big deal, so it's special," Martin added with a smile.
The Capers Cup Club team competition was won by Country Club of North Carolina with Scott Lincicome, Jackson Bode, and Thomas Morrison representing the club at this week's tournament.
ABOUT THE Carolinas Amateur
The championship is conducted at 72 holes of stroke
play. After 36 holes, there is a cut to the low 60
scores and ties. Entry is open to any male amateur
golfer who has reached his 13th birthday by the first
day of the championship, 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 CGA
has an active GHIN USGA Handicap Index at a CGA
member club that does not exceed 7.4.
The Frank F. Capers Cup Team Competition is held
during rounds one and two of the Carolinas Amateur
Championship. Three or four bona fide members
from the same club comprise a team. The low three
scores count each round.
Format changed from match play to stroke
play in 2010.
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