CHARLOTTE – John Eades, of Charlotte, overcame a six-shot deficit in driving rain and wind to earn his first Carolinas Golf Association title at the 37th Carolinas Mid-Amateur.
As the field struggled in the difficult conditions, the 34-year-old’s one-under 71 was the only round under par Sunday, April 23, at Providence Country Club.
Play was delayed nearly an hour in the late morning for lightning. It was during that break in action that Eades first checked the leaderboard. When he saw leader Thomas Todd III was already four-over, he knew he had a chance.
Eades’ championship total of two-under 214 secured a two-shot victory.
Top finishers from Charlotte include Brett Boner (second), Jim Grainger (sixth), James Pearson (11th), John Heffernan (16th), Stephen Woodard (19th) and Brian Westveer (25th).
Representative of most mid-amateurs, Eades balances work, family and golf. President of his own leadership development company, LearnLoft, Eades also has two young children at home.
“When you get to be a mid-am and you don’t play a lot of golf, you rely on the work you put in the years prior,” said the former Maryland Terrapin golfer. “Now you think your way around the course.”