Carolinas Golf Magazine

SPR 2019

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The defending champion is John Pitt, 40, who went 17 years between winning CGA titles. His first win was the 2001 Car- olinas Amateur Championship when he was playing college golf at Vanderbilt. Pitt, who plays out of Carolina Country Club in Raleigh, is like many mid-amateur players scattered across the Carolinas – he gets in practice time and competitive rounds between full-time jobs of husband, father and real estate investment. "I don't go play every Saturday or Sun- day morning by any means, it's more like nine holes here or nine holes there," Pitt says. "Going into last year's tournament, I had very, very low expectations. In the past that has proven to be a pretty good formula for me. Sometimes in golf when you expect things to go well it doesn't go so well." Pitt also had the first-round lead at the CGA Mid-Amateur in 2017 before finish- ing fifth. After college, Pitt played professional golf on various mini-tours, never making the big-time. "I would say I played all the tours you don't want to play," he says. "Look, I loved professional golf but it's a job," Pitt says. "It can be frustrating and you put a lot of pressure on yourself; you're playing for your living. Amateur golf is just very, very different. I'm like most of the mid-am guys, I like to compete, it's fun for me – but if I don't play well, who cares? And if I do play well, it's great. There is still a lot of satisfaction there and an enjoyable expe- rience if you have the time and ability." The Carolinas Mid-Amateur is open to male golfers who have reached their 25th birthday, are legal residents of North Car- olina or South Carolina, are a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the CGA, and have a current USGA Handicap Index at a member club that does not exceed 10.4. ■ S P R I N G 2 0 1 9 | | 23 John Pitt (above) will defend his Carolinas Mid-Am title at The Reserve Club, where the unique rough-free layout will challenge golfers to avoid trouble off the tee. "The driver needs to stay in the bag on a lot of holes here, and if you don't drive it into the fairway you will be punching out , looking for tee shots – that's really the teeth of the golf course." —Donald Clement, PGA Director of Golf, The Reserve Club

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