Davis Womble (Carolinas Golf Association Photo)
of Winston-Salem, N.C., went wire-to-wire at Forest Creek Golf Club to win the 30th North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship, finishing with a 13-under-par, 203 total. The victory came with an impressive seven-stroke lead after making nine birdies on his final fifteen holes.
“I’ve struggled a bit this year from a golf perspective, so it was to finish my tournament year with a wind,” mentioned an elated Womble. “It gives me confidence, hopefully rolling into 2024.”
Womble possessed a one-shot lead after the first round of competition over Jared Howard of Charlotte, N.C., and again coming into Saturday’s third and final round. The lead quickly disappeared, however, in today’s round after Womble made a double bogey on holes two and three.
“Yeah, definitely a challenging start,” said Womble. “After that, I was able to settle down, I made about a 25-footer on four, that really jump-started my round. The putter was red hot the rest of the day, and that catapulted me to making nine birdies on the last fifteen holes.”
Womble would indeed bounce back with that beautiful birdie putt on the fourth, then catching on fire, making five birdies in a row on holes seven to eleven. He would tack on birdies for good measure on 15, 16, and 18 as well for a 31 back-nine.
Howard also stumbled at the beginning of the day, opening with a double bogey and bogey. He would steady the ship the rest of the way to finish second with a 6-under, 210 total. Joshua Martin of Pinehurst, N.C., made an eagle on 10 to move up the leaderboard and secure third place, finishing at 5-under, a 211 total.
The third lead group member, Cyrus Stewart of Raleigh, N.C., played well to begin the day but struggled down the stretch with three bogeys on his back-nine to finish at 3-under. Matt Schall of Matthews, N.C., would also shoot 3-under overall to tie Stewart.
Forest Creek was a beautiful backdrop, even as weather conditions toughed up over the final two days. The first day of Fall brought with it some chilly rain and high winds scattered throughout the third round, and the course crew worked tirelessly to give the golfers a fantastic, conditioned course.
“There’s a lot of dog leg rights and driver opportunities, and I tend to hit a power fade off the tee, so I feel very comfortable out here,” added Womble. “The greens were also perfect and very fast, which I like to see, just felt very comfortable all around.”View results for North Carolina Mid-Amateur
ABOUT THE North Carolina Mid-Amateur
North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship is open
any male amateur golfer who has reached his 30th
birthday, is a legal resident of North Carolina, is a
member in good standing of a club which is a
member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and
has an active GHIN® USGA Handicap Index® at a
CGA member club that does not exceed 5.4.
Sectional qualifying is required in the weeks before
the championship unless exemption criteria is met.
54-hole stroke play event with a cut to the low 60
and ties after 36 holes.
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