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Mathis Regains Form at River Run 

Davidson, NC – David Mathis fired a final round 69 in the Tarheel Tour’s River Run Classic on Thursday to win his second career Tarheel Tour event, and the first place check of $16,000.

            Mathis began the day one shot behind three players but was able to pull away late carding the only final round score in the sixties on the wind blown River Run layout. The Raleigh, NC native began the 2006 season with full status on the Nationwide Tour but a disappointing season ended with an unsuccessful attempt at PGA Tour qualifying school. Frustrated, Mathis entered the 2007 season with only conditional Nationwide Tour status but hopes that this result is a sign of things to come.

            “I think this win validates all of the hard work I put in over the winter trying to improve my game,” said the NC State alumnus. “Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.”

            Mathis carded his five birdie, two bogey round and watched as his nearest pursuer, Justin Walters, needing to birdie the par-5 18th to force extra holes, pulled his drive and hit his second into the greenside pond preserving the victory. Despite his finishing bogey, Walters made an impressive 2007 debut on the Tarheel Tour finishing 2nd at –7, two shots behind Mathis. Walters won $10,000 for his efforts this week.

            A pair of former UNC-Greensboro golfers, Andy Crain and Andy Bare shared third place at 6 under par. For Crain it was a great debut after spending the winter months painting houses in his hometown of Goldsboro, North Carolina. And it was almost even better as Crain’s second shot on the 18th, a three wood from 233 yards into a frisky wind, slid just past the hole and settled four feet behind the away. Sadly, Crain’s putt for eagle didn’t drop and he had to settle for a birdie and a tie with Bare.

            The Tarheel Tour would like to thank Director of Golf David Ross and the entire golf shop staff for their help in running this event and for allowing the Golf Channel to hold Big Break tryouts throughout the week. The tour would also like to thank golf course superintendent Mac Ryan and his staff for presenting the tour with a beautiful golf course.

            The tour takes a brief sabbatical before heading to it’s home away from home, Cabarrus Country Club, for a walking only event May 2-4. 

Final Round Results

Tarheel Tour’s River Run Classic

River Run Country Club, Davidson, NC

Par 72 

 1    David Mathis        Raleigh, NC             68-70-69--207 -9  $16,000.00

 2    Justin Walters      South Africa            71-66-72--209 -7  $10,000.00

 T3   Andy Crain          Goldsboro, NC           66-71-73--210 -6  $5,500.00

 T3   Andy Bare           Jacksonville, FL        68-71-71--210 -6  $5,500.00

 T5   Tommy Gainey        Bishopville, SC         69-68-74--211 -5  $3,900.00

 T5   Jason Moon          Raleigh, NC             69-71-71--211 -5  $3,900.00

 7    Christo Greyling    Durban, South Africa    69-70-73--212 -4  $3,200.00

 T8   Kris Blanks         Bluffton, SC            70-72-71--213 -3  $2,450.00

 T8   Mike Goodes         Greensboro, NC          71-71-71--213 -3  $2,450.00

 T8   Scott Weatherly     Fort Payne, IN          71-67-75--213 -3  $2,450.00

 T11  Wesley Horne        Wadesboro, NC           70-74-70--214 -2  $1,962.50

 T11  David Robinson      Sandersville, GA        75-67-72--214 -2  $1,962.50

 T11  Reid Edstrom        Auburn, AL              71-71-72--214 -2  $1,962.50

 T11  Brian Duncan        Greenville, SC          70-70-74--214 -2  $1,962.50

 T15  Nick Cook           Shelton, CT             71-73-71--215 -1  $1,725.00

 T15  Brian Carroll       Crystal Lake, IL        72-70-73--215 -1  $1,725.00

 T15  Ben Duncan          Greenville, SC          68-72-75--215 -1  $1,725.00

 T15  Frank Adams III     Laurinburg, NC          70-70-75--215 -1  $1,725.00

 19   Scott  Parel        Augusta, GA             69-74-73--216 E   $1,600.00

 T20  Stuart Moore        Auburn, AL              70-75-72--217 +1  $1,450.00

 T20  Matt Bettencourt    Modesto, CA             70-71-76--217 +1  $1,450.00

 T20  Bryan Omelia        Ireland                 67-74-76--217 +1  $1,450.00

 T20  Brian Quackenbush   Fairfax, VA             73-68-76--217 +1  $1,450.00

 T20  Adam Wynia          Sioux Falls, SD         72-70-75--217 +1  $1,450.00

 T25  Justin Bates        Allen, TX               73-72-73--218 +2  $1,215.00

 T25  James Nitties       Newcastle, Australia    73-72-73--218 +2  $1,215.00

 T25  Matt Cannon         Huntersville, NC        72-73-73--218 +2  $1,215.00

 T25  Jimmy Shaw          Oklahoma City, OK       69-75-74--218 +2  $1,215.00

 T25  Jason Dillard       Cullman, AL             71-71-76--218 +2  $1,215.00

 T30  Phillipe Gasnier    Orlando, FL             73-72-74--219 +3  $1,074.17

 T30  Matt Davidson       Greenville, SC          70-74-75--219 +3  $1,074.17

 T30  Ryan Sharpe         Greensboro, NC          69-75-75--219 +3  $1,074.17

 T30  Scott Feaster       Columbia, SC            71-72-76--219 +3  $1,074.17

 T30  Erik Herberth       Deland, FL              72-72-75--219 +3  $1,074.17

 T30  Derek Brown         Walnut Cove, NC         68-74-77--219 +3  $1,074.17

 T36  Gary Haugh          Greensboro, NC          74-72-74--220 +4  $1,001.25

 T36  Simon McGreal       Greensboro, NC          73-72-75--220 +4  $1,001.25

 T36  Chad Wilfong        Thomasville, NC         73-72-75--220 +4  $1,001.25

 T36  Kyle Chamberlain    Baton Rouge, LA         73-71-76--220 +4  $1,001.25

 T40  Jason Martin        Lenoir, NC              69-76-76--221 +5  $937.50

 T40  Chris Taylor        Bristol, TN             71-71-79--221 +5  $937.50

 T42  Jay McLuen          Mount Pleasant, SC      73-72-77--222 +6  $875.00

 T42  Joe  McIntyre       Davidson, NC            74-70-78--222 +6  $875.00

 T42  Matt Crenshaw       Chapel Hill, NC         74-70-78--222 +6  $875.00

 T45  Daniel Sloan        Greenville, SC          70-74-79--223 +7  $812.50

 T45  Jeff Curl           Ellington, CT           72-72-79--223 +7  $812.50

 47   Michael Welch       Jupiter, FL             72-68-85--225 +9  $800.00

 48   Jonathan Novak      Mt. Prospect, IL        73-73-82--228 +12 $600.00