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N.C. mid-ams Boner, Woodard lead Pine Needles Invitational
Stephen Woodard (USGA photo)
Stephen Woodard (USGA photo)

A familiar pair of names leads the Pine Needles Invitational with one round to go in Southern Pines, N.C. Months after making waves at the U.S. Mid-Amateur staged practically in their backyard in Charlotte, N.C., brothers-in-law Stephen Woodard and Brett Boner lead the best-ball event by three shots.

Boner and Woodard, both fortysomething reinstated amateurs, combined for rounds of 64-66 at Pine Needles. They’re no strangers to this format, having won the Anderson Memorial, a two-man best-ball event at Winged Foot, last year.

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In September, Boner made a storied run to the championship match at the U.S. Mid-Amateur. He lost to fellow North Carolinian Kevin O’Connell, but earned enough exemptions to set up a nice 2019. He teed it up at last month’s Jones Cup and finished T-43 in a field of college and junior golf’s best.

Bill Kwasnick and Chad Day are currently in second place with scores of 65-68.

The team of Paul Simson and Preston Edmondson lead the senior division with scores of 67-64. Sherrill Britt and Keith Waters are tied with Dan Crockett and Craig McElhaney in second place with a scores of 134.

ABOUT THE Pine Needles Invitational

54 holes four-ball stroke play championship with open and senior (both players ages 50+) divisions. The field will be cut to the low 48 teams split between both divisions following the second round. The Consolation Round will be played at Mid Pines. Priority is given to past players.

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