Wharton breaks through

Wharton breaks through

Carolina Golf Club superintendent takes the Carolinas GCSA championship.

November 19, 2013

Matthew Wharton, from Carolina Golf Club in Charlotte, is the new Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association golf champion. Wharton won his first Carolinas GCSA championship after a scorecard playoff over 2011 winner, Jim Knaffle, CGCS from the International Club of Myrtle Beach. Defending champion, Steve Agazzi, from the Turtle Point course at Kiawah Island Resort, who also won in 2010, finished tied for third two shots back.

Wharton and Knaffle carded rounds of 79 on the par-71 Fazio course at Barefoot Resort in Myrtle Beach on Monday. The field of 324 registered golfers was among the largest in the history of the golf championship presented in partnership with Smith Turf and Irrigation and The Toro Company. Wharton dropped seven shots on his first eight holes but played his last 10 in just one over.

Wharton told some people on the eve of the championship that it might be his last contesting the championship flight. “I guess I’m a glutton for punishment,” he said. “But I did get really close one year and ever since I’ve thought maybe I could actually win it.” And so he did. “Now I have to defend next year so it will be at least one more year, I guess,” he said after winning.

Paul Jett, CGCS with Cardinal Chemical, was the affiliate champion and low round of the tournament shooting a 78 that included a quadruple bogey on his 17th hole. Jett won the superintendent championship three times while he was superintendent at Pinehurst No. 2.