Brett Boner (left) and Stephen Woodard (Pine Needles/Facebook photo)
Brett Boner and Stephen Woodard made a case Sunday for being among the players to beat in North Carolina. The brothers-in-law from Charlotte, N.C., who made headlines as local talent at the U.S. Mid-Amateur in September, teamed up to win the Pine Needles Invitational in Southern Pines, N.C. The duo had rounds of 64-66-67 for a 19-under 197 total.
Boner and Woodard extended their three-shot lead to a six-shot cushion on Sunday. Behind them, Bill Kwasnick and Chad Day, Southern Pines locals, tied with Mark and Brian Gauley, both from Raleigh, N.C., with 54-hole scores of 203.
The list of past champions in this event includes 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur winner Scott Harvey, who teamed with Brian Westveer for back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018.
Boner is almost in that category, having made it to the final match of the Mid-Am in September before falling to fellow North Carolinian Kevin O'Connell.
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Boner and Woodard, both fortysomething reinstated amateurs, teamed up to win the Anderson Memorial, a two-man best-ball event at Winged Foot, last year. The two also qualified for the 2016 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Winged Foot but missed the cut by two shots.
Paul Simson and Preston Edmondson from Raleigh and Morrisville, N.C., won the senior division with scores of 67-64-67. Tennesseans Dan Crockett and Craig McElhaney finished second with scores of 67-67-70.
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ABOUT THE Pine Needles Invitational
54 holes four-ball stroke play championship with
and senior (both players ages 50+) divisions. The
two rounds are best-ball and the final round is
alternate shot. The field will be cut to the low 48
teams split between both divisions following the
second round. The Consulation Round will be played
at Mid Pines.
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