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Jacksonville's Rick Morton Leads Carolinas Open

(North Myrtle Beach, SC) - Head PGA Professional Rick Morton of Rock Creek Golf & Country Club in Jacksonville, NC holds a one-stroke lead after the first round of the 87th Horry County State Bank Carolinas Open being held at the Surf Golf & Beach Club in North Myrtle Beach, SC.

Morton, carded a round that included six birdies and two bogeys to score a 34-33=67 (-4) on the par-71 layout. Behind him sit four fellow PGA Professionals at 68 (-3) including Luke Lovell (Winston-Salem, NC), John Carney (Wilmington, NC), Paul Dickens (Teachey, NC), and two-time Carolinas Open Champion Kelly Mitchum (Southern Pines, NC).

The current low Amateurs in the field are Casey Smith (Abbeyville, SC), Jack Fields (Southern Pines, NC), and Bryan Newton (Gray Court, SC). They sit in an eight-way tie for ninth place at 70 (-1).
Late afternoon thunderstorms, hail, and an official tornado warning delayed play for just over an hour. However, the golf course easily handled the downpour.

The 87th Horry County State Bank officially kicked off yesterday on May 10 with its annual Pro-Am tournament supported by the Surf Club, HCSB, and the Carolinas PGA Section. Teams consisting of a PGA Professional and three amateurs from throughout the Carolinas brought in approximately $3,000 in donations for the Pro-Am's benefitting charity, the North Myrtle Beach Humane Society. The CPGA will be presenting a check to representatives from the Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach on Thursday, May 12 after the final round.

The Championship will begin its second round tomorrow, Tuesday, May 11 at 7:30 AM. After the round's conclusion, the field will be cut to the low 60 scores and ties.

The Championship will conclude on Thursday, May 12 at approximately 1:00 PM, barring future weather delays.

About the Carolinas PGA Section:

Established in 1923, and recognized by The PGA of America in 1940, the Carolinas PGA Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association has grown to be the largest of the PGA’s forty-one sections with almost 2,000 professional members. The Carolinas PGA Section embraces North and South Carolina as well as a small portion of southern Virginia, representing more than 800 golf facilities.

The Carolinas PGA is dedicated to nurturing and improving the quality of the game for the thousands of golfers using its member facilities. PGA Professionals are responsible for conducting a variety of golf-related functions which include human resource management, golf shop merchandising, golf instruction, tournament operations, junior golf programs, growth of the game initiatives, golf club repair, administering the rules, public relations, and much more.

For additional information, contact the CPGA at (843) 913-2742 or carolinas@pgahq.com.

Results for contest Championship:

1 Rick Morton Jacksonville, NC 35-32--67 -4
T2 Luke Lovell Winston Salem, NC 36-32--68 -3
T2 John Carney Wilmington, NC 34-34--68 -3
T2 Paul Dickens Teachey, NC 34-34--68 -3
T2 Kelly Mitchum Southern Pines, NC 34-34--68 -3
T6 Todd Smith Matthews, NC 35-34--69 -2
T6 Rick Lewallen Kannapolis, NC 34-35--69 -2
T6 Colby Wilson Hilton Head Island, SC 36-33--69 -2
T9 Koll Farman Charleston, SC 35-35--70 -1
T9 Brooks Blackburn Augusta, GA 36-34--70 -1
T9 Simon McGreal Greensboro, NC 38-32--70 -1
T9 Casey Smith (a) Abbeville, SC 36-34--70 -1
T9 Jack Fields (a) Southern Pines, NC 34-36--70 -1
T9 Tony Sams Hickory, NC 36-34--70 -1
T9 Bryan Newton (a) Gray Court, SC 35-35--70 -1
T9 Jerry Haas Winston Salem, NC 35-35--70 -1
T17 Mike Townsend Wilmington, NC 35-36--71 E
T17 David Rogers Bluffton, SC 36-35--71 E
T17 Jeff Avant Monroe, NC 33-38--71 E
T17 William Carter (a) Laurinburg, NC 34-37--71 E
T17 John Budwine Apex, NC 36-35--71 E
T17 John Carter Banner Elk, NC 36-35--71 E
T17 Cory Schneider Powells Point, NC 34-37--71 E
T17 Steve Isley Oak Island, NC 35-36--71 E
T17 Charles Frost Pineville, NC 35-36--71 E
T17 Sherrill Britt (a) West End, NC 35-36--71 E
T27 Jordan Pomeranz Bluffton, SC 37-35--72 +1
T27 David Thore Wilmington, NC 34-38--72 +1
T27 Nick Jacobi Albemarle, NC 35-37--72 +1
T27 Ryan Heisey (a) Greensboro, NC 38-34--72 +1
T27 J.D Bass High Point, NC 34-38--72 +1
T27 Cory Martin (a) North Myrtle Beach, SC 39-33--72 +1
T27 Michael Smith Daniel Island, SC 36-36--72 +1
T27 Todd Camplin West End, NC 34-38--72 +1
T27 Ron Hall Sanford, NC 36-36--72 +1
T27 Burke Cromer Irmo, SC 37-35--72 +1
T27 James Stewart Winston Salem, NC 37-35--72 +1
T27 Don Hancock Jr. (a) Wilmington, NC 34-38--72 +1
T27 Jon Fritz Myrtle Beach, SC 36-36--72 +1
T40 Brian Stewart Durham, NC 33-40--73 +2
T40 Matt Vick Southern Pines, NC 36-37--73 +2
T40 John Faidley Winston Salem, NC 38-35--73 +2
T40 Walter Hall Advance, NC 39-34--73 +2
T40 Steve Delmar, Jr. (a) Conway, SC 37-36--73 +2
T40 Nate Olivo Landrum, SC 38-35--73 +2
T40 Derrick DeHart Greensboro, NC 37-36--73 +2
T40 Mike Byce Spartanburg, SC 35-38--73 +2
T40 Jeffrey Phieffer Southport, NC 35-38--73 +2
T40 Patrick Sawrey (a) Smithfield, NC 37-36--73 +2
T40 Robert Gamble Raleigh, NC 39-34--73 +2
T51 Billy Anderson Wilmington, NC 36-38--74 +3
T51 Brian Talley Fort Mill, SC 37-37--74 +3
T51 Mike Lawrence Easley, SC 38-36--74 +3
T51 Will Morgan Laurinburg, NC 38-36--74 +3
T51 Nick Cannon Cashiers, NC 33-41--74 +3
T51 Kris Cappuzzo Charlotte, NC 38-36--74 +3
T51 Jack Fleissner Conover, NC 37-37--74 +3
T51 Bill Jones Myrtle Beach, SC 36-38--74 +3
T51 Andrew Berks Clayton, NC 38-36--74 +3
T51 Ronnie Parker Charlotte, NC 38-36--74 +3
T51 Evan Belcher Bluffton, SC 41-33--74 +3
T51 Doug Thompson Southern Pines, NC 38-36--74 +3
T51 Will Akers Murrells Inlet, SC 38-36--74 +3
T51 Keith Richardson (a) Charleston Sc, SC 38-36--74 +3
T65 Brad Luebchow Winston-Salem, NC 39-36--75 +4
T65 John Thompson Charlotte, NC 39-36--75 +4
T65 Scotty Newell Southport, NC 38-37--75 +4
T65 Mike Cato Winterville, NC 39-36--75 +4
T65 Ron Miller Charleston, SC 37-38--75 +4
T65 Don Franklin Wilmington, NC 37-38--75 +4
T65 Bobby Cooke Carthage, NC 38-37--75 +4
T65 Kurt Vogel Greer, SC 37-38--75 +4
T65 Dale Ketola Murrells Inlet, SC 36-39--75 +4
T65 Patrick Rada Wilmington, NC 36-39--75 +4
T65 Steve Behr Florence, SC 39-36--75 +4
T65 Gus Ulrich Whispering Pines, NC 36-39--75 +4
T65 David Donovan, IV (a) Hampstead, NC 38-37--75 +4
T78 Steve Wilson (a) Wilmington, NC 37-39--76 +5
T78 Tim Straub Huntersville, NC 39-37--76 +5
T78 Tee Opperman (a) Pawleys Island, SC 36-40--76 +5
T78 Gray Yancey (a) Oxford, NC 37-39--76 +5
T78 Gil Feagin Longs, SC 40-36--76 +5
T78 Jeff Crittenden Greensboro, NC 41-35--76 +5
T78 Bryan Bessinger Bluffton, SC 37-39--76 +5
T78 Cory McEwen Campobello, SC 39-37--76 +5
T78 Patrick Waters (a) Rutherfordton, NC 40-36--76 +5
T78 Jeff Davis Calabash, NC 39-37--76 +5
T78 Matthew Veltman Myrtle Beach, SC 36-40--76 +5
T78 Stephen Nixon Winston Salem, NC 39-37--76 +5
T78 David Pilkington Winnabow, NC 39-37--76 +5
T78 Todd King Piedmont, SC 39-37--76 +5
T92 Casey Schrader Cary, NC 36-41--77 +6
T92 David Von Canon Sanford, NC 38-39--77 +6
T92 Jonathan Dudley Greensboro, NC 37-40--77 +6
T92 Brian Kittler Raleigh, NC 41-36--77 +6
T92 John Marino Durham, NC 39-38--77 +6
T92 Shelley Kenney Murrells Inlet, SC 38-39--77 +6
T92 Matthew McIntyre (a) Elizabethtown, NC 40-37--77 +6
T92 Kim Cauthen Pawleys Island, SC 40-37--77 +6
T92 Blair Smith Huntersville, NC 36-41--77 +6
T92 Trey Howell Wilmington, NC 41-36--77 +6
T102 Bill Sampson Hilton Head Island, SC 42-36--78 +7
T102 Matt Roberts Myrtle Beach, SC 42-36--78 +7
T102 Robert Linville Greensboro, NC 39-39--78 +7
T102 Blake Valand Wilmington, NC 38-40--78 +7
T102 Scott Roberts Lancaster, SC 39-39--78 +7
T102 Dale Mercer Charleston, SC 38-40--78 +7
T102 Don Teague (a) Shelby, NC 41-37--78 +7
T102 Steve Peterson (a) Columbia, SC 39-39--78 +7
T102 Michael Broeker Anderson, SC 37-41--78 +7
T111 J.P. Waldron Orangeburg, SC 41-38--79 +8
T111 Nick Eatmon Morehead City, NC 41-38--79 +8
T111 Bill McDonald Columbia, SC 41-38--79 +8
T111 Jimmy Hamilton Knightdale, NC 41-38--79 +8
T111 Justin Riker (a) Wilmington, NC 43-36--79 +8
T111 Jeff Mezzanotte (a) Myrtle Beach, SC 41-38--79 +8
T117 Jim Prusia Charleston, SC 40-40--80 +9
T117 Robert Weinerth Martinsville, VA 43-37--80 +9
T117 Claude Brusse Charleston, SC 36-44--80 +9
T117 Jason Aslanian Pinehurst, NC 41-39--80 +9
T121 Bill Long (a) Ahoskie, NC 43-38--81 +10
T121 Barry Fleming Hilton Head Island, SC 43-38--81 +10
T121 David Grant (a) Myrtle Beach, SC 41-40--81 +10
T121 David Spoone Little River, SC 39-42--81 +10
T125 Kurt Thompson Linville, NC 41-41--82 +11
T125 Jim Fellner Little River, SC 43-39--82 +11
T125 Samuel Ring (a) Carthage, NC 43-39--82 +11
T125 Brendan Flatley (a) Charleston, SC 39-43--82 +11
T129 Phil Pfeiffer (a) Myrtle Beach, SC 44-39--83 +12
T129 Easton Renwick (a) Myrtle Beach, SC 43-40--83 +12
T129 Chuck Johns Longs, SC 42-41--83 +12
132 Jeff Pianelli Myrtle Beach, SC 41-43--84 +13
T133 Web Grubb (a) Trinity, NC 43-42--85 +14
T133 Ryan Price Wilmington, NC 43-42--85 +14
T133 Philippe Bureau Calabash, NC 43-42--85 +14
T133 Jon Wagner Bluffton, SC 41-44--85 +14
137 Joe D'Amico Charleston, SC 43-43--86 +15
138 Zach McMahon (a) Myrtle Beach, SC 46-41--87 +16
T139 Clarke Cockman (a) Cary, NC 44-44--88 +17
T139 Hart Brown Charleston, SC 46-42--88 +17
141 Matthew Rauth Little River, SC 44-45--89 +18
142 Cullie Todd West Columbia, SC 45-45--90 +19

DID NOT FINISH

WD Jim Young (a) Charleston, SC 40-43--83 +12
WD Christian Hawley (a) Kernersville, NC

Results for contest Overall Amateur:

T1 Casey Smith (a) Abbeville, SC 36-34--70 -1
T1 Jack Fields (a) Southern Pines, NC 34-36--70 -1
T1 Bryan Newton (a) Gray Court, SC 35-35--70 -1
T4 William Carter (a) Laurinburg, NC 34-37--71 E
T4 Sherrill Britt (a) West End, NC 35-36--71 E
T6 Ryan Heisey (a) Greensboro, NC 38-34--72 +1
T6 Cory Martin (a) North Myrtle Beach, SC 39-33--72 +1
T6 Don Hancock Jr. (a) Wilmington, NC 34-38--72 +1
T9 Steve Delmar, Jr. (a) Conway, SC 37-36--73 +2
T9 Patrick Sawrey (a) Smithfield, NC 37-36--73 +2
11 Keith Richardson (a) Charleston Sc, SC 38-36--74 +3
12 David Donovan, IV (a) Hampstead, NC 38-37--75 +4
T13 Steve Wilson (a) Wilmington, NC 37-39--76 +5
T13 Tee Opperman (a) Pawleys Island, SC 36-40--76 +5
T13 Gray Yancey (a) Oxford, NC 37-39--76 +5
T13 Patrick Waters (a) Rutherfordton, NC 40-36--76 +5
17 Matthew McIntyre (a) Elizabethtown, NC 40-37--77 +6
T18 Don Teague (a) Shelby, NC 41-37--78 +7
T18 Steve Peterson (a) Columbia, SC 39-39--78 +7
T20 Justin Riker (a) Wilmington, NC 43-36--79 +8
T20 Jeff Mezzanotte (a) Myrtle Beach, SC 41-38--79 +8
T22 Bill Long (a) Ahoskie, NC 43-38--81 +10
T22 David Grant (a) Myrtle Beach, SC 41-40--81 +10
T24 Samuel Ring (a) Carthage, NC 43-39--82 +11
T24 Brendan Flatley (a) Charleston, SC 39-43--82 +11
T26 Phil Pfeiffer (a) Myrtle Beach, SC 44-39--83 +12
T26 Easton Renwick (a) Myrtle Beach, SC 43-40--83 +12
28 Web Grubb (a) Trinity, NC 43-42--85 +14
29 Zach McMahon (a) Myrtle Beach, SC 46-41--87 +16
30 Clarke Cockman (a) Cary, NC 44-44--88 +17

DID NOT FINISH

WD Jim Young (a) Charleston, SC 40-43--83 +12
WD Christian Hawley (a) Kernersville, NC

Results for contest Overall Professional:

1 Rick Morton Jacksonville, NC 35-32--67 -4
T2 Luke Lovell Winston Salem, NC 36-32--68 -3
T2 John Carney Wilmington, NC 34-34--68 -3
T2 Paul Dickens Teachey, NC 34-34--68 -3
T2 Kelly Mitchum Southern Pines, NC 34-34--68 -3
T6 Todd Smith Matthews, NC 35-34--69 -2
T6 Rick Lewallen Kannapolis, NC 34-35--69 -2
T6 Colby Wilson Hilton Head Island, SC 36-33--69 -2
T9 Koll Farman Charleston, SC 35-35--70 -1
T9 Brooks Blackburn Augusta, GA 36-34--70 -1
T9 Simon McGreal Greensboro, NC 38-32--70 -1
T9 Tony Sams Hickory, NC 36-34--70 -1
T9 Jerry Haas Winston Salem, NC 35-35--70 -1
T14 Mike Townsend Wilmington, NC 35-36--71 E
T14 David Rogers Bluffton, SC 36-35--71 E
T14 Jeff Avant Monroe, NC 33-38--71 E
T14 John Budwine Apex, NC 36-35--71 E
T14 John Carter Banner Elk, NC 36-35--71 E
T14 Cory Schneider Powells Point, NC 34-37--71 E
T14 Steve Isley Oak Island, NC 35-36--71 E
T14 Charles Frost Pineville, NC 35-36--71 E
T22 Jordan Pomeranz Bluffton, SC 37-35--72 +1
T22 David Thore Wilmington, NC 34-38--72 +1
T22 Nick Jacobi Albemarle, NC 35-37--72 +1
T22 J.D Bass High Point, NC 34-38--72 +1
T22 Michael Smith Daniel Island, SC 36-36--72 +1
T22 Todd Camplin West End, NC 34-38--72 +1
T22 Ron Hall Sanford, NC 36-36--72 +1
T22 Burke Cromer Irmo, SC 37-35--72 +1
T22 James Stewart Winston Salem, NC 37-35--72 +1
T22 Jon Fritz Myrtle Beach, SC 36-36--72 +1
T32 Brian Stewart Durham, NC 33-40--73 +2
T32 Matt Vick Southern Pines, NC 36-37--73 +2
T32 John Faidley Winston Salem, NC 38-35--73 +2
T32 Walter Hall Advance, NC 39-34--73 +2
T32 Nate Olivo Landrum, SC 38-35--73 +2
T32 Derrick DeHart Greensboro, NC 37-36--73 +2
T32 Mike Byce Spartanburg, SC 35-38--73 +2
T32 Jeffrey Phieffer Southport, NC 35-38--73 +2
T32 Robert Gamble Raleigh, NC 39-34--73 +2
T41 Billy Anderson Wilmington, NC 36-38--74 +3
T41 Brian Talley Fort Mill, SC 37-37--74 +3
T41 Mike Lawrence Easley, SC 38-36--74 +3
T41 Will Morgan Laurinburg, NC 38-36--74 +3
T41 Nick Cannon Cashiers, NC 33-41--74 +3
T41 Kris Cappuzzo Charlotte, NC 38-36--74 +3
T41 Jack Fleissner Conover, NC 37-37--74 +3
T41 Bill Jones Myrtle Beach, SC 36-38--74 +3
T41 Andrew Berks Clayton, NC 38-36--74 +3
T41 Ronnie Parker Charlotte, NC 38-36--74 +3
T41 Evan Belcher Bluffton, SC 41-33--74 +3
T41 Doug Thompson Southern Pines, NC 38-36--74 +3
T41 Will Akers Murrells Inlet, SC 38-36--74 +3
T54 Brad Luebchow Winston-Salem, NC 39-36--75 +4
T54 John Thompson Charlotte, NC 39-36--75 +4
T54 Scotty Newell Southport, NC 38-37--75 +4
T54 Mike Cato Winterville, NC 39-36--75 +4
T54 Ron Miller Charleston, SC 37-38--75 +4
T54 Don Franklin Wilmington, NC 37-38--75 +4
T54 Bobby Cooke Carthage, NC 38-37--75 +4
T54 Kurt Vogel Greer, SC 37-38--75 +4
T54 Dale Ketola Murrells Inlet, SC 36-39--75 +4
T54 Patrick Rada Wilmington, NC 36-39--75 +4
T54 Steve Behr Florence, SC 39-36--75 +4
T54 Gus Ulrich Whispering Pines, NC 36-39--75 +4
T66 Tim Straub Huntersville, NC 39-37--76 +5
T66 Gil Feagin Longs, SC 40-36--76 +5
T66 Jeff Crittenden Greensboro, NC 41-35--76 +5
T66 Bryan Bessinger Bluffton, SC 37-39--76 +5
T66 Cory McEwen Campobello, SC 39-37--76 +5
T66 Jeff Davis Calabash, NC 39-37--76 +5
T66 Matthew Veltman Myrtle Beach, SC 36-40--76 +5
T66 Stephen Nixon Winston Salem, NC 39-37--76 +5
T66 David Pilkington Winnabow, NC 39-37--76 +5
T66 Todd King Piedmont, SC 39-37--76 +5
T76 Casey Schrader Cary, NC 36-41--77 +6
T76 David Von Canon Sanford, NC 38-39--77 +6
T76 Jonathan Dudley Greensboro, NC 37-40--77 +6
T76 Brian Kittler Raleigh, NC 41-36--77 +6
T76 John Marino Durham, NC 39-38--77 +6
T76 Shelley Kenney Murrells Inlet, SC 38-39--77 +6
T76 Kim Cauthen Pawleys Island, SC 40-37--77 +6
T76 Blair Smith Huntersville, NC 36-41--77 +6
T76 Trey Howell Wilmington, NC 41-36--77 +6
T85 Bill Sampson Hilton Head Island, SC 42-36--78 +7
T85 Matt Roberts Myrtle Beach, SC 42-36--78 +7
T85 Robert Linville Greensboro, NC 39-39--78 +7
T85 Blake Valand Wilmington, NC 38-40--78 +7
T85 Scott Roberts Lancaster, SC 39-39--78 +7
T85 Dale Mercer Charleston, SC 38-40--78 +7
T85 Michael Broeker Anderson, SC 37-41--78 +7
T92 J.P. Waldron Orangeburg, SC 41-38--79 +8
T92 Nick Eatmon Morehead City, NC 41-38--79 +8
T92 Bill McDonald Columbia, SC 41-38--79 +8
T92 Jimmy Hamilton Knightdale, NC 41-38--79 +8
T96 Jim Prusia Charleston, SC 40-40--80 +9
T96 Robert Weinerth Martinsville, VA 43-37--80 +9
T96 Claude Brusse Charleston, SC 36-44--80 +9
T96 Jason Aslanian Pinehurst, NC 41-39--80 +9
T100 Barry Fleming Hilton Head Island, SC 43-38--81 +10
T100 David Spoone Little River, SC 39-42--81 +10
T102 Kurt Thompson Linville, NC 41-41--82 +11
T102 Jim Fellner Little River, SC 43-39--82 +11
104 Chuck Johns Longs, SC 42-41--83 +12
105 Jeff Pianelli Myrtle Beach, SC 41-43--84 +13
T106 Ryan Price Wilmington, NC 43-42--85 +14
T106 Philippe Bureau Calabash, NC 43-42--85 +14
T106 Jon Wagner Bluffton, SC 41-44--85 +14
109 Joe D'Amico Charleston, SC 43-43--86 +15
110 Hart Brown Charleston, SC 46-42--88 +17
111 Matthew Rauth Little River, SC 44-45--89 +18
112 Cullie Todd West Columbia, SC 45-45--90 +19

Results for contest Senior Prof. Bonus Purse:

1 Rick Morton Jacksonville, NC 35-32--67 -4
2 John Carney Wilmington, NC 34-34--68 -3
T3 Todd Smith Matthews, NC 35-34--69 -2
T3 Rick Lewallen Kannapolis, NC 34-35--69 -2
5 John Budwine Apex, NC 36-35--71 E
6 David Thore Wilmington, NC 34-38--72 +1
7 Walter Hall Advance, NC 39-34--73 +2
T8 Mike Lawrence Easley, SC 38-36--74 +3
T8 Ronnie Parker Charlotte, NC 38-36--74 +3
T8 Doug Thompson Southern Pines, NC 38-36--74 +3
T11 Ron Miller Charleston, SC 37-38--75 +4
T11 Steve Behr Florence, SC 39-36--75 +4
13 Robert Linville Greensboro, NC 39-39--78 +7
14 Jimmy Hamilton Knightdale, NC 41-38--79 +8
T15 Jim Prusia Charleston, SC 40-40--80 +9
T15 Robert Weinerth Martinsville, VA 43-37--80 +9
T15 Claude Brusse Charleston, SC 36-44--80 +9
18 Barry Fleming Hilton Head Island, SC 43-38--81 +10
19 Jim Fellner Little River, SC 43-39--82 +11
20 Hart Brown Charleston, SC 46-42--88 +17


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