Benjamin Shipp hangs on to win GCAA Am Series stop in NC
Ben Shipp (GCAA)
Ben Shipp (GCAA)

NC State Wolfpack senior Benjamin Shipp commanded a sizeable lead heading into the final round of the Golf Coaches Association of America’s Amateur Series stop at NC State’s home course, Lonnie Poole GC.

With rounds of 69-66, Shipp was seven under par and held a five stroke lead over the nearest competitor heading into Sunday’s final round.

Scorable conditions were prevalent on Sunday in Raleigh as the leaderboard showed. A handful of sub-70 rounds were tallied on Sunday, but no such round was carded by Shipp.

Shipp played the front nine with nine pars before making his first misstep of the day on No. 10. Dropping a shot, his lead was nearly unaffected as he slid from seven to six under par for the tournament.

Dropping another shot on the par-4 12th, Shipp’s lead once again shrunk but to a manageable margin. Hot on Shipp’s heels was Wolfpack teammate, Max Steinlechner. The sophomore ended up posting a final round 67 for a 211 tournament total.

As Shipp trudged along on the back nine, Steinlechner applied the pressure with five birdies over his final nine holes en route to the 4-under final round 67. For Shipp, he should consider himself lucky that the underclassman ran out of holes. Shipp slipped to four over on the day and three under for the tournament with back to back bogeys on hole Nos. 15 and 16.

Treading water, Shipp managed to get to shore before completely sinking. His final round 75 was just enough to hold off Steinlechner as well as UNC Greensboro’s Nick Lyerly who also finished at 2-under.

Shipp’s 3-under 210 tournament total cleared the competition by a single stroke and his final round was played without a single birdie. Undoubtedly not playing his best golf, Shipp must take some confidence out of the round as he still came away with the win.

As for NC State, the Wolfpack will be hopeful to play this spring as the ACC took the fall golf season off due to COVID-19. The Wolfpack are scheduled to begin their spring campaign in February at the Sea Best Invitational at TPC Sawgrass, hosted by the University of Jacksonville.

Results: GCAA Amateur Series - Raleigh
1GABenjamin ShippDuluth, GA40069-66-75=210
T2AustriaMax SteinlechnerAustria30074-70-67=211
T2NCNick LyerlySalisbury, NC30071-68-72=211
T4SCChristian SalzerSumter, SC20071-74-67=212
T4SwedenPontus NyholmSweden20069-74-69=212

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ABOUT THE GCAA Amateur Series - Raleigh

Eligibility : Tournaments are open to any male or female golfers who were on a college or university varsity golf roster during the 2019-20 school year or will be on a college or university varsity golf roster during the upcoming 2020-21 school year.

Entry Fee: $265 per player – Tournament registration will open approximately six weeks prior to the date of the event and will be administered by the GCAA. Entry fee will include all competitive rounds, range access during the tournament days, as well as a boxed lunch between rounds on day one of the tournament.

Format: Events will be held over two day (Saturday- Sunday) 54 holes; using either a shotgun start format or double tee start format. Both male and female golfers will be competing in one tournament using two sets of tees. Tournaments will be recognized by WAGR; points will be awarded accordingly based on the individual participants finish against other players of their gender.

Practice Rounds: Will be optional and be at the expense of participants. The GCAA will work with host venues to set up day(s) and times for individuals who would like to play in a practice round. Participants will be responsible for setting up their own practice round.

Field Size: Events will have a minimum of 60 and a maximum of 84 players.

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