Raleigh’s Paul Simson wins N.C. Senior Amateur title

SALISBURY — It’s no longer news when Paul Simson of Raleigh wins the North Carolina Senior Amateur title, only when he doesn’t.

Simson won his third straight title Thursday at the Country Club of Salisbury, using a 71 in the final round for a five-shot victory over Macon Moye of Pinehurst. Simson has won the Carolinas Golf Association championship nine of the past 11 years he has been eligible.

Simson, with rounds of 64, 72 and then the 71, was a wire-to-wire winner this year with a 6-under 207 total.

"I really do not know what the secret is," Simson said. "I do work pretty hard at getting the ball in the hole, trying to at least play smart. I played some conservative shots this week and I think it worked out for me."

Simson has won five of his past six appearances in CGA individual senior championships the past two years. He also won the 2016 North & South Senior at Pinehurst.

A double-bogey by Simson at the par-3 15th hole Thursday, and a pair of birdies by Moye, cut into Simson’s lead in the final round.

"All of a sudden, the lead went from six to three," Simson said. "Fortunately on the next hole I was able to make birdie. I dropped one on 16, but birdied 17 to put me four up on the last hole."

Moye was the only other golfer to finish under par at 1-under 212. Keith Waters of Raleigh, Gary Robinson of Fayetteville and Doug Owens of Albemarle tied for third at even par.

Preston Edmondson of Morrisville had an ace on the par-3 sixth hole, holing out a 9-iron from 168 yards. He has now recorded 14 holes-in-one for his career.