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F ew venues across the Carolinas can claim a resume of hosting and embracing amateur golf like the Country Club of North Carolina. And few have a more stunning layout than its highly-acclaimed Dogwood Course. The famed private course in Pinehurst, carved out of towering Carolina pines by Ellis Maples more than a half century ago, has been the site of seven North Carolina Ama- teurs, six Southern Amateurs, the 1980 U.S. Amateur and the 2010 U.S. girls' Junior Championship. This July, the Dogwood Course, ranked among North Carolina's top five layouts on an annual basis and one of the nation's top 100 courses, will host the flagship tournament of the Carolinas Golf Associa- tion – the 104th Carolinas Amateur. "We've always had a lot of good players as mem- CA RO L I NA S A M AT E U R P R E V I E W "I really like courses that are tight off the tee, a shotmaker's course. I like it when the conditions are as tough as they can be. " —R.J. Keur, defending Carolinas Amateur champion 104th Carolinas Amateur Championship Dates: July 12–15, 2018 Location: Pinehurst, N.C. Host: Country Club of North Carolina, Dogwood Course Defending Champion: R.J. Keur, Summerville, S.C. Inside Keur: Keur will graduate from Alabama-Birmingham in the fall and will head to Canadian Tour Q-School. Fast Fact: The Carolinas Amateur was first staged in 1910 and was a match play championship until 2010, when it was converted to 72 holes of stroke play. Competitors Face a New Challenge A recent renovation at Country Club of North Carolina's Dogwood Course brings new strategies into play for the 104th Carolinas Amateur Championship BY DAVID DROSCHAK

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