• John Patota

118th Men’s North & South Golf Amateur Championship Begins in Pinehurst

Updated: Jul 17, 2018

Pinehurst, North Carolina - June 19, 2018

Area golf fans have the special opportunity to see some of the best young amateur golfers compete on a world-class golf course, for the oldest amateur championship in our nation’s history beginning Monday, June 25 on Pinehurst No. 2 as the 118th Men’s North & South Amateur gets underway.

Last year, William Nottingham took his only lead of the day with a short birdie putt on the 17th hole, and hung on to win this prestigious tournament on the final day of match play. 

Runner up, James Anstiss of New Zealand, held a 2 stoke advantage on 2 different times during the round, but Nottingham’s short game proved to be the difference.

Nottingham, whose father, John, was his caddie for the entire tournament, plays on the Clemson University golf team.

The North and South is an invitation-only event with 88 of the best amateur golfers selected by the Pinehurst Resort and Club vying for the Putter Boy trophy.  “We look at various ranking systems and players resumes to determine the best possible field” said Brian Fahey, Director of Tournament Operations.      

Competing this year for the first time will be A.J. Beechler, the Pinecrest High School standout who won back-to-back North Carolina High School Athletic Association Sandhills 4A Individual Golf Championships. A.J. will be entering Eastern Carolina University this fall on a golf scholarship.

The week-long event is open to the public, and free of charge. Spectators are allowed on the course and can even walk along with the golfers as they play each hole. 

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