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FALL 2018

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Edwards says. "He became a real cheerleader for us, getting us in the right queue to have this opportunity. It has been a total team effort." Last year, Matt Parziale, a 30-year old fire- fighter from Brockton, Mass., won the U.S. Mid-Amateur at Capital City Club in Atlanta. The victory came with, among other things, playing spots in the Masters and the U.S. Open. Parziale made the cut in the U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills. Other Mid-Amateur champions include North Carolina's Scott Harvey (2014), Nathan Smith (2003, 2009, 2010 and 2012), Char- lotte resident David Eger (1988) and Stewart Hagestad (2016). "It's about guys that really care about the game and who have played it predominately for enjoyment," O'Toole says. "It's about bringing guys that work for a living—who were going to be career amateurs and are past their college experience—and having a cham- pionship for that group." In addition to raising a significant amount of money to support the Mid-Amateur, Char- lotte Country Club and Carolina Golf Club are providing a sizeable portion of the approx- imately 600 volunteers needed for the tourna- ment week. "It takes an army," Shuck says. Originally designed by Donald Ross, and most recently retouched by Ron Pritchard, Charlotte Country Club is a supreme test. It's listed at 7,328 yards and par 71 for the Mid- Amateur, though it will be adjusted through the week. The club is annually ranked among the top courses in the Carolinas. "Charlotte Country Club offers plenty of length," Edwards says. "We can make it incred- ibly long, but there can also be different setups that will make players use every club in their bag." The last two days of the Mid-Amateur will be nationally televised by the Fox Sports golf team on FS1, culminating in a long, rewarding run-up at Charlotte Country Club. "Once we were handed the baton, we've worked on it pretty much every day," Shuck says. The results will be another satisfying chapter in a grand club's long history. ■ Ron Green Jr. is senior writer for Global Golf Post . "We are committed to the amateur game. It's a part of the club's DNA , and we want to give back to the game. It's who we are." —Andrew Shuck, PGA Head Professional, Charlotte Country Club

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