Raleigh golfer Paul Simson leads NC Senior Amateur Championship

May 15, 2013 


Paul Simson of Raleigh has won the N.C. Senior Amateur six times and captured the U.S. Senior Amateur last fall.

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— The opening round of the N.C. Senior Amateur Championship was played Tuesday, and there was a familiar name at the top of the leader board: Paul Simson of Raleigh.

Simson, the defending champion, opened with a 5-under-par 66 at Myers Park Country Club for a two-shot lead over Jim Grainger of Charlotte and Preston Edmondson of Morrisville. Grainger lost to Simson in a playoff last year at Oak Valley Golf Club in Advance.

David Strawn of Charlotte was fourth after a 2-under 69, and Johnny Elam of Charlotte and Peter Allen of Southport each had 70s.

Simson has won the N.C. Senior Amateur six times and captured the U.S. Senior Amateur last fall. The field of 123 players will be cut to the low 60 scorers and ties after Wednesday’s second round. Chip Alexander


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