Kevin O’Connell wins US Mid-Amateur in all-NC final
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kevin O’Connell won an all-North Carolina final in the U.S. Mid-Amateur, beating Brett Boner 4 and 3 on Thursday at Charlotte Country Club for a likely Masters invitation.
O’Connell, a 30-year-old golf equipment representative from Cary, also earned spots in the U.S. Open next year at Pebble Beach and the next two U.S. Amateurs.
The 44-year-old Boner, a financial adviser in Charlotte, is a reinstated amateur.
O’Connell won Nos. 10-14 to take a 5-up lead, was 3 up at the break, and never let Boner get any closer. O’Connell ended it with a par-4 halve on the par-4 33rd.
The Mid-Am is limited to players 25 and older.