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August 2017


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he Challenge Golf Club, closed since the spring while undergoing some significant changes, is scheduled to re-open to the public Aug. 5. The Graham course, built in 1996, has converted its greens from bent to Bermuda grass, and redefined its fairways, among other improvements under owner Richard Belton, a local businessman and golf enthusiast. The course also has a new logo, said general manager and director of golf Todd Smith, who took over here in January after a stint at Stoney Creek. “When somebody played here before we closed and when they come out here again we want them to see a noticeable difference -from the appearance of the entrance to how they are treated in the pro shop to their experience on the golf course,” Smith said. Smith refused to disclose how much money Belton, who also built and owns nearby Quaker Creek in Mebane, invested in the Challenge improvements, but called the renovation “substantial.” “It was real easy for us to do, we really had no choice,” Smith said when asked about having to close the course for three months. “There have been a lot of different owners but Richie is committed

to making this a fantastic golf course. We talked at the beginning of the year that this absolutely had to be done to bring us up to the level we need to be.” “We needed some kind of catalyst to turn things around,” added Smith. “The greens look fantastic and the fairways have a whole different cut to them; we added some character and reshaped them.” Smith said ongoing work will continue on the Challenge’s bunkers and railroad ties that add a unique touch to the layout. “We’ve had just a huge punch list that we’ve been knocking out all summer,” he said.”We’ve replaced the wall on No. 14, and the railroad ties on a bridge on No. 18.” Tees have also been leveled, additional yardage added on a few holes, and yardage markers added on cart paths and sprinkler heads on all holes. The greens on holes 4 and 10 have also been changed somewhat, Smith said. “We feel like the market in the Triad area is pretty good now,” Smith said. “And we feel like with the quality of the golf course we have now that we’re the best value in the area.”

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eth Lomison had a fulfilling junior career. Now, the 20-year-old from Pfafftown figures it’s time to start giving back to the game. Lomison, who works for the Tarheel Golf Foundation, is launching the inaugural Junior Hickory Fall Classic, where juniors can learn how to play with old hickory clubs of yesteryear in a competitive setting. The event is scheduled for Oct. 7 at Wolf Creek Golf Course for boys and girls ages 9-15. “This event is not modern golf; I want to teach youngsters a hands on way about the roots of golf,” Lomison said. “Golf has taught me so much. I want to share this with others. Hickory golf is for people of

all ages, young and old, good and not so good players. It is just good, old-fashion fun. There isn’t anything like this for youth out there right now. We want to introduce hickory golf to the next generation.” Lomison, an intern with the National Hickory Championship for four years, has been playing modern golf for eight years, and pre-1900 Hickory golf for the last seven years. He is the 2016 CGA Jimmy Anderson champion and the current Foxburg Hickory champion. Hickory clubs will be provided to those entering the 18-hole October tournament, with a cookout and awards for the top three male and female finishers. “With hickory clubs you have to be

fluid and precise, compared to today’s golf, which is a grip it and rip it game,” Lomison said. “Hickory is about having fun hitting the ball and playing the course. Back in the day they didn’t have pars. It was about hitting the best score and beating the course. Hickory golf is different for each player. For some it is about the history, or the feel of the clubs, for others it’s the camaraderie and friendships. “Wolf Creek is a nice course because it is a short, open course that makes it perfect for hickory golf. It is also a family-friendly course and Hickory golf is a great family past time.” For more information go to the Junior Hickory Classic Facebook page or email

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olf and auto racing, at first glance, seem an unlikely pairing. Two sports that some don’t even consider to be sports, one involving taking your life in your own hands driving high rates of speed around a track; the other trying to use as few a swings as possible with a stick to hit a little ball resting stationary on the ground in front of you. In fact, their differences may be what bring the two sports together. Turns out there are a growing contingent of NASCAR drivers who are avid golfers off the track, using the “other” sport to relax from their often-stressful professional careers. One of the leaders of the pack is Charlotte resident Kevin Harvick, a veteran driver and the 2014 Cup Series champion. On Monday, Aug. 14, for the eighth consecutive year his Kevin Harvick Foundation jumpstarts Wyndham Championship week at Greensboro’s Sedgefield Country Club by hosting a Pro-Am, presented by Technology Concepts &

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Design, Inc., and BB&T, to help underprivileged children. Harvick and his wife, DeLana, a native of Kernersville, started their foundation in 2010 after a NASCAR fan poll gave Harvick a zero on the humanitarian side. “It’s not that we weren’t doing anything,” Harvick said. “We did a ton of stuff with the Victory Junction camp and different charities, but we never publicized it. We’d donate money and do our thing — shut down the race shop and take the com-

pany up to the Victory Junction camp, have a field day with the kids. But we never did it publicly.” The mission of the Kevin Harvick Foundation is to support programs that positively enrich the lives of children throughout the country. In 2013, as part of a continuing effort to support athletics at Harvick’s alma mater, North High School in Bakersfield, Calif., his foundation presented the school's boy's and girl's golf teams with a donation of 21 sets of new golf clubs, golf bags, putters and team apparel.

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Harvick said events such as the Monday Pro-Am during the Wyndham Championship week have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for good causes from North Carolina to Northern California. “Mark Brazil, his wonderful team at the Wyndham Championship and Bill Johnson of Technology Concepts & Design go above and beyond to lend a helping hand for so many children in need,” Harvick said. “I have gotten to know several members of the golf community fairly well in recent years, and have been amazed by their generosity and overwhelming support. The Kevin Harvick Foundation couldn’t do the work we do without the generosity of groups such as this.” Since taking up golf about a

decade ago, Harvick has become so addicted that when the California native moved to Charlotte, he built a par-3 hole in his back yard that is a replica of Augusta National’s iconic No. 12 hole. Harvick said golf is therapeutic for him, “to go and do something totally different” from racing — which is why he can often be found in the early evenings hitting balls in the backyard with his 5-yearold son, Keelan. “I don’t know that I can 100 percent blame it on Keelan, but he was definitely part of the excuse to convince Mom that we needed to put the golf hole in the backyard,” said Harvick, who said he was inspired to replicate No. 12 after attending the Masters a few years back and later playing a round at Augusta National. So who is the best golfer among the NASCAR drivers? Well, if the results from the new “Golf Guys Tour” — made up of 16 NASCAR drivers, team members and broadcasters — are any indication, that would be Denny Hamlin, who also happens to be one of the sport’s leading drivers. Calling themselves “the most frustrated amateurs on tour,” The Golf Guys Tour boasts its own Twitter account (@ TheGolfGuysTour) and website (, which sells merchandise, and posts results and photos. Hamlin won the tour last year and already has built a large lead in this season’s standings as well. “I’m the best golfer,” said Hamlin, a member at The Peninsula Club just north of Charlotte, where he plays to a 4.2 handicap. Hamlin estimates he plays as many as 90 rounds a year. When he’s not on the course or the track Hamlin has a fullsized golf simulator in his home. “As soon as I started racing, I started playing golf,” he said. “A lot of the crew guys would go play on their time off. I really didn’t have any Continued on page 7

Wyndham from page 6 other sports that I did growing up, so I took it up and went out for a few rounds. The next thing you know, I kind of got addicted to it. I enjoy the challenge. Hopefully I’ll play a lot more once I retire.” During racing season, Hamlin said he and other drivers regularly tee it up following Saturday practices. He competed in this year’s Diamond Resorts Invitational — featuring legendary PGA Tour Champions, LPGA stars and over 40 celebrities from the world of sports and entertainment competing for their own prize purse. Hamlin finished 29th out of 47 celebrities. He is renowned among his fellow competitors for his putting. One professional golfer’s caddie called Hamlin “possibly the best amateur putter” he had ever seen. Hamlin said one of his fondest golf memories was last year’s Wells Fargo Championship Pro-Am, where he and former FedEx CEO Mike Glenn teamed up with PGA Tour star Adam Scott to shoot 56 and win the event by two shots. “It was so crazy how well we played brother-in-law golf,” said

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Jimmy Buffet Hamlin, who recently posted a video of himself practicing his short game on a plane. One of Hamlin’s best friends and frequent partners on the golf course is Bubba Watson. Hamlin even caddied for his fellow lefthander during the Masters Par-3 Contest in 2012; the year Watson won his first of two green jackets. Like Harvick, Hamlin has a foundation in his name and also hosts a pro-am. One of his foundation’s two biggest fundraising events of the year is the “The Denis, Denny & Mark’s Pro-Am Jam,” a golf and concert event held each October at Daniel’s Island in Charleston, S.C., cosponsored by Hamlin, Hootie & the Blowfish’s Mark Bryan and entrepreneur Denis Gallagher. Last year’s fifth annual event raised a Pro-Am Jam record amount of $270,000, bringing the five-year fundraising tally to $990,000.

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“Being on the verge of $1 million raised in only five short years is a testament to the generosity of all that support and participate in the Pro-Am Jam and the organizations it benefits,” Hamlin said. Indeed, NASCAR driver David Ragan said despite what people might think, he sees a lot of similarities between his sport and golf. "Golf is one of the sports -- like

NASCAR -- that really hasn't changed in how it's played since its inception," Ragan said. “They stick with a lot of the same procedures that have been in place since day one. Technology might help drive the ball farther on the golf course, just like technology helps give us more horsepower to go faster, but the core basics of the sport are still very much the same as they were when they first started."

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By DAVID DROSCHAK f you love golf and love the state of North Carolina, then you will love the month of August here. For the first time ever, North Carolina will host PGA Tour events in consecutive weeks with the PGA Championship set for Aug. 10-13 at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, followed the next week by the Wyndham Championship at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro. Pinehurst Resort did host back-to-back majors in 2014 on Course No. 2 when the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open were staged, but the state has never hosted the best men’s players in the world two straight weekends with a combined $16.3 million up for grabs. “There will be millions and millions and millions of eyeballs on our state,” said Mark Brazil, the longtime tournament director of the Wyndham Championship. “I’m always excited for others to have an opportunity to understand what the people of Charlotte and North Carolina are all about,” added Quail Hollow Club president Johnny Harris, one of the most influential men in Tar Heel golfing circles. “When people come and meet us they really connect with us. When you bring in the best players in the world you are going to have people here

from Japan, New Zealand, China, other parts of the world, and you never really think about interacting with them in the Carolinas but that is going to happen. And put that together with the game we all love and it’s going to be a very positive atmosphere. Charlotte is one of those places that opens up its arms to guests, so we are excited about showing off our city and our state -- and also showing off this great golf course.” Under the direction of Harris, Quail Hollow, which was originally designed by George Cobb in 1961 and redesigned by Tom Fazio in 1997, has become one of the PGA tour’s top destinations outside of the majors while hosting the Wells Fargo Championship each May. This year, the Wells Fargo was moved to Eagle Point in Wilmington as Quail Hollow was closed for some major course renovations, again under the direction of the Fazio design team. The new changes to the course were staged under an ambitious time table. Construction began May 9, 2016 and the course reopened Aug. 6 – an 89-day turnaround. Over 80,000 man-hours were required to complete the project with 43 acres of sod installed and 200,000 pounds of earth moved. Three new holes – Nos. 1, 4 and 5 -- were built. Trees were also removed and a new greenside bunker added to the 9th, while No. 11 was lengthened by 34 yards. In addition, all 18 greens were resurfaced with Champion Ultradwarf

Bermudagrass, approach areas, tees and collars were re-sodded with ¼-inch-cut Tifgrand and bunkering was re-edged and freshened with new sand -- the same type used at Augusta National. Kerry Haigh, the PGA of America chief championships officer, laughs now when recalling the phone call from Harris saying he and Fazio wanted to come to West Palm Beach, Fla., to chat. “My recollection of Johnny’s visit is a little different than his,” Haigh said. “He sort of called up and said Tom Fazio and I want to come down and just visit and we have a couple of ideas. And I said, ‘Great, come on down, we would love to see you both.’ I was thinking maybe they wanted to tweak a bunker here or there. They came into our board room and laid out these plans on the table. Luckily we were sitting down. It was 16 months before the 99th PGA Championship and they wanted to totally rebuild three holes and change the green on No. 11. After I had a glass of water and breathed a little bit I said, ‘Are we serious here? Let’s talk about this. Can you really do this?’ “We had the trust in Johnny, Tom Fazio and the club to get this done,” Haigh added. “We went into a full-court press for 90 days. I’m not sure there is anywhere else we could have had that faith to commit to such changes to what was already a fantastic golf course, a course that the players really talk about positively. That’s one of the main reasons we choose to come here. Everything they do here they want to be the best – and that’s what major championship golf is about.” The last time the PGA Championship was staged in North Carolina was 1974 when Tanglewood Park in Clemmons saw Lee Trevino take home the Wanamaker Trophy. Wow, how things have changed in 43 years. Trevino held off Jack Nicklaus by one shot to win $45,000. Last year’s PGA championship winner – Jimmy Walker -- pocketed $1.8 million and more than

200,000 spectators are expected to walk Quail Hollow in 2017. In April, Walker revealed he had Lyme disease. He says he’s close to 80 percent now and hopes to be fully recovered by the time he tees it up at Quail Hollow. “I think the new holes are great,” Walker said. “The first hole has a beautiful look to it. It’s reminiscent of the original tee shot and it opens up nice down there to the right, and the green, you can see the entire green. I love being able to see kind of where you’re going. “All the new green complexes are very nice. They are not too tricky. They have got a lot of flat spots. They have got some movement in them but they have got flat spots where you like to put the pins and there’s plenty of room. It’s going to be fun playing with all Bermuda. It will be a completely different test.” Walker said joining the major championship fraternity has been something special. “I’ve enjoyed teeing off this year and having that said before I tee off. It just sounds cool,” he said. “You stand a little taller. And I got a really cool parking spot at my club now. It’s got that logo. That was a cool moment. I also got text messages from guys like, “Welcome to the club” and this and that; Jack Nicklaus hand-writing you notes, just super special stuff.” Quail Hollow, Harris and its membership are also standing tall, with the prestigious Presidents Cup also scheduled for the private Charlotte course in 2021. “It’s a huge deal, the PGA Championship in the state’s biggest city on such a great golf course,” Brazil said of the August golfing doubleheader. “And to follow up with the Wyndham in back-toback weeks will be golf here at the highest level. And personally, it will be a lot easier for me to do that last-minute recruiting of players for the Wyndham.” Harris may have summed it up best. “We look forward to hosting the world,” he said.

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New management firm aims to help golfers re-discover Forest Oaks



fter 30 years hosting a highlysuccessful PGA Tour event, it’s safe to say Forest Oaks Country Club has spent the better part of the last decade trying to find itself after the tournament moved cross-town. There have been numerous management groups that have come and gone since 2007, and general manager Anthony Miller has been on site for most of the fiscal difficulties and mental strain. Miller, 42, grew up in Burlington and used to come to the Greensboro tour stop on a regular basis as a kid, and then returned in 2005 as an assistant golf pro. In June, Miller was introduced to yet another new boss, this time it’s OB Sports Golf Management, a firm based in Arizona and with a good reputation in the business for turning venues around. Few would argue that Forest Oaks, once a thriving private club in southeast Greensboro, needs some major TLC. For starters, the club’s pool had been closed with insufficient funds to open the gates, the ABC license was lost in the restaurant

and bar, and the tennis courts are, shall I say, in disrepair. And that’s not even mentioning the golf course, which is still suffering from winter kill from two years ago, poor equipment, crumbling cart paths and a shrinking maintenance budget. “I’ve got such a deep history here, a lot of close friends with members,” Miller said. “If it wouldn’t have been in my interest in seeing this place through I would have been gone a long time ago. But I just know it has such potential with its history, and with the right upper tier management overlooking things it can be a success. “It has been neglected,” added Miller. “People have come in looking for an initial return and they were not willing to put up what it needed to take to get it where it needs to be to be a successful business and thrive like it used to. You’ve got the community and the market is here, it just needs a little care and a little money put into it to get it back to the standards.” Designed by noted architect Ellis Maples, Forest Oaks opened in 1962 to rave reviews. It was already known as one of the best tests in North Carolina, when it

was rated as a favorite PGA Tour stop by players. As the golf course matured, alterations to the course were necessary, and in 2002 the job of restoring the course was assigned to Davis Love III’s Love Design Group. During this renovation, the fairways were re-sprigged with TifSport Bermudagrass, a strain that handles the extremes of summer heat and winter wetness better than the old local strains. As a result, the fairways are able to be cut lower and smoother than ever before. The greens were planted with a mix of A4 and A1 bentgrass, which offers a faster and truer surface than the old Penn Links variety. Fast forward to today, and after opening for limited public play in 2014, OB Sports Golf Management is moving fast to restore the luster to Forest Oaks. The pool has been re-opened, the liquor license has been granted to the club again, and work has started on aggressive fertilization and equipment upgrade plans. “That is a huge thing. We are working with nothing out there,” Miller said. “The challenge is to re-establish the operations in a way that the programming


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is there for the membership and strengthen the value of the membership,” said OB Sports chief operating officer Phil Green, who toured Forest Oaks for several days in June. “We have already limited outside play and are only taking a limited number of reservations for non-member play so that the membership has priority and preference on starting times.” Forest Oaks is OB Sports Golf Management’s only course in North Carolina. Green said OB Sports got connected with Forest Oaks through a relationship with the Japanese ownership group, which also owns a club in Florida that OB manages. “The golf course is in pretty good shape, but there are just a lot of little things that will take it to the next level pretty quickly that we’ll focus on,” Green said. “We’ve got to re-establish things in the golf shop as far as merchandising programs, and the food and beverage areas -- the restaurant, the catering. We have already started down that path. We’re revising all the menus and re-doing all the programming for the banquets and

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weddings at the venue. It’s a top-tobottom overall evaluation of that entire area. Geez, where do you stop?” However, Green said Forest Oaks isn’t so far in the woods that it can’t recover and become a vibrant private club yet again. “I don’t think it’s a matter of being difficult, it’s a matter of time and patience and execution on a regular basis,” Green said. “It’s just that it’s going to take some time to regain and re-establish the club to where people have confidence in it and the membership is happy with that we’re doing. We’re taking the right steps; we’ve already got the swimming pool open and we’ve got a game plan on the agronomy side. We need to address the practice facilities, the tennis facilities; that will come next. I guess it’s what we refer to as blocking and tackling, checking off the boxes as we get to them.” For now, there are no more GolfNow purchases available. “Our goal is to re-establish the private club side of it,” Green added. “It has kind of turned more into a semi-private club, and that was out of necessity to a certain extent, and it’s not like we’re going to shut the faucet off completely, but we’re going to focus on making it more of a private club like it has in the past.” As Miller sits in his wood-paneled office surrounding by PGA Tour memorabilia, he is yet again optimistic that the course he once dreamed of playing as a teen-ager can make him proud. “The one thing I will say about OB Sports versus the previous management companies is look at their history. They have been in this business since 1972 so they know the right tools and what it takes to make a property work,” Miller said. “We want to start reaching out to the entire Triad again,” he added. “We feel we have a product here that is marketable – 30 years having a PGA Tour event here – I don’t see a problem attracting people from even the RaleighDurham area or Winston-Salem and west. It’s not just me being here, a lot of our core membership has stayed and they want to see this place through and thrive again.” To re-discover Forest Oaks Country Club, call the golf shop at (336) 674-0126 to enquire about membership or reserve a starting time, or just visit

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or a half-century, Etowah Valley Golf & Resort has provided quality play for more than a million rounds and lodging for tens of thousands for visitors. And as the 27-hole layout in Henderson County celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, there are current and future plans to ensure those numbers of golfers playing and staying continue to grow at one of Western North Carolina’s most popular places to tee it up. Converted from a brickyard, Etowah Valley opened on July 8, 1967, 18 holes built by esteemed architect Edmund Ault. The original layout has remained virtually intact, South and West nines that feature a traditional look and style in the design of courses much older. Long, straight or slightly dogleg, treelined par-4s and par-5s dominate the terrain once used for brick mining, land long ago stripped of tons of clay that formed the famous Etowah Brick. Most par-4s on the original 18 demand not only a solid shot off the tee but often mid-irons or more into large greens, a challenge for many players who tire of the driver-wedge game of a lot of courses. Ault added nine holes in 1988, and the North nine is quite a departure from the South and West courses. A more open look with three reachable par-5s and a pair of par-3s that play less than 150 yards, the North also features three short par-4s that offers a chance to score more easily than the original 18. At the height of its summer season, Etowah Valley was in excellent condition during a recent visit, all 27 holes inviting and ready. If one plays the West Course first, the initial tee shot is an introduction to Etowah Valley and its stout test. The first hole is a straightaway par-4 of 431 yards, and even a long, straight tee shot leaves a lengthy approach that must clear a pond short and left of the green to a long and wide putting surface accustomed to receiving long irons and even hybrids and fairway woods. The 455-yard par-5 6th hole is the best chance for birdie, where a good drive around the corner of the dogleg right 14


can leave an iron approach to a slightly elevated green. The par-5 9th hole goes downhill and the tee ball must avoid small bodies of water left and right, setting up an uphill second shot to another wide, long green with multiple pin positions available. The signature hole is the fourth on the South side. A long pond of more than 200 yards sits down the right side of the par-4, forcing all but the longest of hitters to lay up on a narrow fairway left of the water, leaving a long approach to a flat green protected by sand left and right. The birdie chances on the North side begin on the short par-3 1st hole and ends with a classic risk/reward par-5 9th hole, where the second shot must be flown over a pond that protects a long, left-to-right green that is very narrow from front to back over the water. Rick Merrick, the head pro at the course, has been at Etowah for 26 years. He said many first-time visitors are surprised at the variety of the holes. “Most people think when they come to the mountains, they are going to play a real hilly course,” he said. “But we are in a valley. Our South nine is relatively flat… the West nine is kind of rolling hills, a little wider and a little bit longer. Then the North nine is a little shorter, with smaller greens and a totally different look.” And the non-golf time at Etowah

Valley offers plenty of choices. There are 65 lodge rooms and three restaurants on site, with a heated swimming pool and tennis. A 200-seat banquet facility and 200seat outdoor pavilion are available for parties and post-round tournament gatherings, and a short drive away is the quaint small-town atmosphere of Hendersonville, the county seat renowned for its dining and pub offerings. Frank Todd and his wife Betty Anne built Etowah Valley from the vision of Betty Anne’s father Bruce Drysdale, who owned the brickyard business. The Todd family owned and operated the golf course until 2013 and established a solid reputation as a top stay-and-play resort over the decades. The current ownership group of 14 partners took over in 2014 and is headed by local businessmen Dewey Andrew, Darrell Redmond and Tim Rice, who serves as general manager. Under leadership that invested nearly $2 million, the course has added a new fleet of golf carts and maintenance equipment and installed a new irrigation system to the South course. All the lodge rooms were renovated, along with the restaurants. Zeke’s Greenside Tavern seats 160 and is open 10 hours a day, seven days a week, with live entertainment on a patio that overlooks the course.

“We have a vision…and feel good about the plan and the execution after nearly three years,” said Rice. “Our members and resort guests are excited about our efforts. They see our dollars are being well spent.” Etowah Valley is a premier spot for Western North Carolina fund-raising tournaments. The annual Pro-Am benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County and has raised more than $300,000 over the past 20 years. The Asheville Tourists Children’s Fund, a charity that buys shoes for children in neighboring Buncombe County, holds its tournament at Etowah, as does the WNC Sports Awards Banquet tourney, which raises funds for its scholarship program. “We’re very proud of where we started from, evolving from a brickyard to a 27-hole facility,” Merrick said. “The new owners have worked hard to bring it back to where it used to be and to extend that even further. We are in the midst of short-range plans for improvement and there is a long-range plan to make things even better. We’ve come a long way and feel like we have a long way to go -- hopefully another 50 years and then some.” For more info: Etowah, call 828-891-7022.




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he 78th annual Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 14-20 at Sedgefield MARK BRAZIL Country Club in Greensboro. Wyndham Championship tournament director Mark Brazil answered some questions about the tournament for Triad Golf Today. We’re in the home stretch heading into the Wyndham Championship. You always say the field will start taking shape after the Open Championship which appears to be the case again this year. We already have some great names in the field. “It’s always nice when your defending champion can come back to defend his title, especially with Si Woo Kim who got his first win here last August and went on to win the Players Championship in May. He has struggled at times this year but played some beautiful golf down at Sawgrass, and that was fun to watch. I saw him at the Quicken Loans

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When the first career ace is extra special


he first career ace is the one that is never forgotten, especially if there’s something special about it. Of the 24 aces reported since our July issue, there are 11 first-timers and several special ones. One came on the first shot of the round; another was scored by a father playing with his son on Father’s Day. Another was recorded by a player celebrating his birthday. And it’s never too early or too late to notch the elusive shot off the list of golf goals. This report includes one made by a 7-year old and two others came by longtime players who had been trying for 60 and 48 years, respectively. Read on for all the details.

Pete Vernon of Winston-Salem, July 19, Reynolds Park GC. No. 2, 151 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: Jay Love, Don Atchison. His eighth ace. Buddy Walser of Troy, July 12, Densons Creek GC. No. 5, 127 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Tim Kennedy, Maylon Jackson, Rick Harris. His third ace. Neil Matthews of Snow Camp, July 12, Siler City CC. No. 15, 150 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Mike Budd, Jerry Kidd, Rex Hester, Dave Dillon. His first ace. Clint Wilson of Mebane, July 10, Shamrock GC. No. 18, 116 yards, pitching wedge. Playing partner: Jay McPherson. His first ace. Ken Jones of Kernersville, July 8, Tanglewood Championship Course. No. 7, 130 yards, 9-iron. Playing partner: Nan Jones. Eddie Waitman of Lexington, July 8, Lexington GC. No. 12, 102 yards, pitching wedge. Playing partners: Eddie Barney, Kerry Hobbs, Jimmy Avery. His third ace. Ricky Lohr of Kernersville, July 6, Grandover West. No. 5, 115 yards, wedge. Playing partners: Allen Rider, Jeremy Jhingree, Ruben Rivera. His first ace came on his birthday. Sam J. Crawley III of Yadkinville, June 30, Yadkin CC. No. 13, 140 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: Bart Davis, Doug Todd. His sixth ace. Riley Grimm of High Point, June 29, Bryan Park Players Course. No. 5, 50 yards, pitching wedge. Playing partners: Katlyn Griggs, Mason Schooler, Andrew Stafford. The first ace for 7-year-old Riley came in a Jr. PGA tournament. Chris Mangeot of Greensboro, June 28, Crooked Tree GC. No. 13, 130 yards, 7-hybrid. Playing partners: Barry Wilson, Bob Robertson. His first ace. Julie Clevenger of Lewisville, June 28, Oak Valley GC. No. 8, 97 yards, 8-iron. Playing


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partners: Lynne Poppe, Carolyn Morgan, Peggy Schuppert. Her first ace. Don Laflamme of Keeling, Va., June 27, Great Southern, Miss. No. 7, 104 yards, 9-iron. His second ace. Daniel Qualls of Lexington, June 24, Lexington GC. No. 3, 127 yards, pitching wedge. Playing partners: Mike Lanier, Tony Hulin, Rick Rickert. His first ace. Art Wilson of Thomasville, June 24, Winding Creek GC. No. 13, 158 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: Carl Varner, Chris Ingram, Garland Yates. His second ace, both on the same hole. Mary Bolstad of Lexington, June 20, Lexington GC. No. 16, 115 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: Carole Sandifer, Kristie Miller and Linda Rowe. Her second ace. Marty Jarvis of Winston-Salem, June 19, Heather Hills GC. No. 1, 119 yards, 9-iron. Playing partner: Mike McMillan. His first ace came on his first shot of the day. Skip McMurry of Statesville, June 18, Pudding Ridge GC. No. 12, 152 yards, 8-iron. Skip’s first career ace came on Fathers Day while playing with son Elias. Perry Lowe of Gibsonville, June 18, The Pearl (West), Calabash, NC. No. 4, 143 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Tyler Fynn, Mackensi Vincent. His fourth ace. Cassie Thornton of Winston-Salem, June 16, Oak Valley GC. No. 16, 112 yards, sand wedge. Playing partners: Cheryl Cassel, Vana Bris-Bois, Laurie Dray, Vicky Alb. Her second ace. Greg Stallings of Dry Fork, Va., June 15, Oak Hills GC. No. 2, 197 yards, 3-wood. Playing partner: Jeff Bray. His first ace. Jack Thornton of Clemmons, June 10, Tanglewood Reynolds Course. No. 3, 160 yards, 5-hybrid. Playing partners: Don Ehlers, Jim Pernell, Greg Keolian. His first ace in 48 years of playing. Ken Lamb of Winston-Salem, June 1, Heather Hills GC. No. 7, 96 yards, 9-iron. Playing partner: Linda Connors. His first ace after playing 60 years. Harry Alexander of Advance, April 16, Tanglewood Reynolds Course. No. 12, 110 yards, 9-iron. Playing partners: Dave Depietrapaolo, John Sewart, Ron Stewart. Steve Hall of Danville, April 3, Caswell Pines GC. No. 17, 168 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Andrew Knight, Freddie Link, Tyrone Robertson. His second ace.



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By KURT DUSTERBERG handler Metz flies under the radar among North Carolina junior golfers. The Wilkes Central High School graduate has never hoisted an individual tournament trophy. His name isn’t connected with a prominent golf instructor and you probably won’t find him honing his skills on the driving range. But he has a game that will take him to college in the fall. He just chose a path of his own making. “I don’t really have a golf coach,” Metz explains. “I’ve been self-taught. I feel like the tournaments help me improve more than anything, more than any advice anybody gave me. You see what parts of the game you need to improve on.” Metz earned a scholarship to Western Carolina University on the strength of a golf game he has cultivated since shortly before high school. “My eighth-grade summer I got pretty serious about it,” he says. “I didn’t really start playing tournaments

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seriously until my sophomore year. I wish I would have started a little earlier, but better late than never, I guess.” His best finishes have come in recent high school tournaments. He shot 77-73 to lead Wilkes Central to second place in the 2-A state championship in May. He is consistently in the 70s wherever he plays, so he makes a good case for learning the game solo. “I just feel like golf is more of a mental game,” Metz says. “From my perspective, having a bunch of swing thoughts in my head is going to do more harm than good for me. I’m sure there are some positives, and if I got a golf coach I could probably improve, but I’ve made it this far without one, and I enjoy doing it on my own.” That’s not to say no one has ever weighed in on his swing. The pro at Oakwoods Country Club in Wilkesboro has taken a look at his posture and alignment a couple times, “but I’ve never had a real lesson,” Metz says. He goes against the grain when it comes to practicing too. Rather than spend hours on the driving range, he tries to play 18 holes most days. “I don’t enjoy beating balls on the range hours on end,” he says. “I prefer going out and playing. That’s the best practice for me.” And when he’s out on the course, he keeps the ball in play.

“I’m a pretty straight hitter,” he says. “I keep it out of trouble for the most part. I’m not the longest hitter, but I’m always right there in the fairway.” Metz doesn’t second-guess his methods. He has mastered the game on intuition and adjustments, and he has a Division I scholarship to show for his efforts – regardless of other accolades. “I’ve never really won a big tournament, but I always go out and try to compete with the best,” he says. “I’m not the greatest golfer out there, but I’m not far off. So I do the best I can and see how I stack up against everybody.” Best Round: A 65 at Oakwoods Country Club. “It’s not too difficult of a course. I hit a lot of wedges into the holes. If you just hit some fairway and greens and make a few putts, you can go pretty low.” Honors: Three-time Mountain Valley Conference player of the year. Magic Moment: “This year at our state tournament. Finishing up on 18, I was in the last group. Tapping in my last putt to seal the deal and go back-to-back (state titles). That was pretty amazing. Everybody was out there on the green.” Goals: “On the short term, I’d like to play pretty solid over the summer in tournaments to get prepared to go to Western Carolina. Once I get there, I want to get in the top five and make the traveling lineup. On the long term, it’s always been a goal to play professional golf. It’s pretty tough to do, but you never know.”

Mast headed in right direction with golf swing


By KURT DUSTERBERG achael Mast spent part of her summer in Puerto Rico on a mission trip with Tyro United Methodist Church. While her group put a new roof on a community center, she gave the walls a fresh coat of paint. “I’m learning a lot about the people here and how God moves in their lives, and how he can influence us,” she said with proper humility. Then she quickly shifted to a less theological observation. “And I got to knock down a wall with a sledgehammer,” she boasted. “So there’s that.” A sledgehammer swing might be only a distant cousin to the golf swing, but the West Davidson High School graduate and incoming freshman at UNCWilmington has made a swing transition before. “I played softball before I started playing golf, so I had more of a softball swing than a golf swing,” Mast said. “It was hard to figure out what to do.” For now, she has settled on



the golf swing. But she nearly ended up staying with softball. “My sister was on the high school golf team,” she said. “I guess you could say I was recruited by her. My family has always played golf. My grandfather started us on that.” During her first two years playing golf, Mast never took a lesson. But sensing she could raise her game, she began working with Chris Haarlow at Precision Golf. “I’ve improved a phenomenal amount,” she said. “Without him, I would not be where I am now.” She credits Haarlow with helping her earn a second place finish at the CGA’s North Carolina Junior Girls’ Championship at Bermuda Run Country Club in June (78-76154). Coming late to the game has left Mast playing catch-up with her skills, but she is long off the tee and is confident with the putter in her hands. Her biggest challenge is tackling the mental challenges of the game. “Probably not getting ahead of myself in the round,” she said. “If I’m on the 15th hole, it’s hard (not) counting what my score is. I just have to pace myself

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and let whatever is going to happen, happen. I try not to force anything.” Regardless of her relatively short career, she is determined to accelerate her progress. “I learn every day,” she said. “You learn weaknesses and strengths of your game. The risk-reward part of it is the most immature part of my game.” Her biggest reward so far has been an invitation to join the Seahawks program. Wilmington was my only Division I offer. Coach Cindy Ho saw I had potential, so I committed last July. Honors: Central Carolina Conference player of the year 2016. Four-year all-conference player. All-region team three years. 2017 Victories: Low medalist (74) in the 1A/2A state Central Regional. Best Round: Carded 69 at the North Carolina Women’s Amateur at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte in June. “I was doing everything well, striking the ball, putting, getting up and down.” Magic Moment: “In May, I holed out for an eagle in match play in the Tar Heel Cup at River Landing in Wallace. It was on a par-4 and I had 126 yards to an elevated green.” Goals: “At UNC-Wilmington, I really want to make a spot for myself to play. I’m excited to play for coach Cindy Ho. She runs a phenomenal program. I’m hoping the team reaches the goal of getting back to nationals and winning the conference. Then I hope to gain the experience I need to play professionally. That’s my ultimate goal.”




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Junior Golf Scoreboard Forsyth Junior Invitational Reynolds Park, Maple Chase, Olde Homeplace, Southern Pines, NC July 15-16, 2017 Championship Division 1. Brandon Einstein 66-68-66--200 2. Mariano Leyva 70-74-64--208 3. Rob Salisbury 71-71-66--208 4. Bennett Fant 72-68-69--209 5. Davis Gilmore 72-73-67--212 6. Ford Morrow 72-76-73--221 7. Bennett Wooten 72-73-77--222 8. Sam Uberseder 77-77-68--222 9. Logan Fant 73-80-70--223 10. Richard Dull 73-79-73--225 Cubs Division (9 holes) 1. Fisher Kennedy 37-35-33--105 2. Beck Owen 37-36-33--106 3. Will Bland 36-40-39--115 4. Anna Howerton 41-35-39--115 5. Braden Gay 44-41-45--130 6. Jeffrey Dell 48-46-49--143 7. Patrick Eaton 56-51-58--165 8. Jackson Farmer 64-54-52--170

Trusted Choice Big I NC Trusted Choice Big I Junior Mid Pines GC and Pine Needles, Southern Pines, NC July 15-16, 2017 Boys Division - 6669 1 Quinn Riley, Raleigh 67-67--134 2 Symon Balbin, Pinehurst 73-70--143 2 Attie Giles, Pinehurst 72-71--143 2 Ben Woodruff, Huntersville 72-71--143 2 Carson Castelli, Greensboro 72-71--143 Selected Others 6 Michael Childress, Salisbury 70-75--145 7 Charlie Tate, Greensboro 73-74--147 10 Rob Salisbury, Winston-Salem 75-73--148 14 Noah Connor, Reidsville 76-74--150 18 Mariano Leyva, Lewisville 77-74--151 26 Sam Davidson, Asheboro 80-73--153 36 Davis Gilmore, Winston-Salem 77-79--156 Girls Division 1 Emily Hawkins, Lexington 72-72--144

1 Sarah Funderburg, Wilmington 3 Hailey Joy, Reidsville Selected Others 4 Olivia John, Summerfield 15 Kayla Smith, Burlington 22 Michaela Cox, Greensboro 26 Amanda Kang, Kernersville

70-74--144 76-69--145 74-72--146 80-78--158 78-91--169 87-90--177

NJGT Tanglewood Park NC Tour Tanglewood, Clemmons, NC July 18, 2017 Boys 16-18 Division 1 Jais Norman, Thurmond 2 Austin Goode, Gastonia 3 A.J. Boyd, Walnut Cove Selected Others 5 Chris Carr, Mocksville 7 Dylan Simpson, Elkin 8 Alex Hege, Elkin 9 Carson Yates, Winston Salem Boys 12-13 Division 1 Alexander Gould, Greensboro 2 Braden Gay, Winston-Salem 3 Gavin Deibler, Winston-Salem 4 Colby Moore, Advance Boys 8-9 Division 1 Sawyer Slate, Walnut Cove

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AJGA Amino VITAL Junior Championship Treyburn CC, Durham, NC July 17-20, 2017 Boys Division - 6978 1 Ranveer Grewal, Ludhiana 69-72-69--210 2 Roberto Nieves, Miami, FL 71-73-69--213 3 Brendan Gonzalez, Orange, CA 78-67-69--214 3 Connor Creasy, Abingdon, VA 74-73-67--214 5 James Webster, Baltimore, MD 72-72-72--216 Selected Others 10 Mariano Leyva, Lewisville 72-71-75--218 38 Tyler Partee, Thomasville 75-75-77--227 Girls Division - 5973 1 Xin (Cindy) Kou, Windermere, FL 67-77-67--211 2 Jing Wen Lu, Shanghai 71-73-72--216 3 Haeley Wotnosky, Wake Forest 73-72-72--217

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4 Yu Wen Lu, Shanghai 5 Emily Nash, Lunenburg, MA Selected Others 9 Madison Isaacson, Greensboro

75-70-74--219 72-76-72--220 71-79-75--225

Carolinas Golf Association 51st Twin State Girls' Championship Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro June 27-28, 2017 6,010 yards First Flight 1 Gracyn Burgess, Lexington, SC 74-73--147 1 Elle Johnson, Inman, SC 72-75--147 1 Michelle Harn, Charlotte 73-74--147 Selected Others 5 Emily Hawkins, Lexington 76-73--149 5 Hailey Joy, Reidsville 73-76—149 11 Madison Isaacson, Greensboro 77-78--155 Second Flight 1 Keri Kenkel, Charlotte 80-75--155 2 Hailey Freedman, Chapel Hill 79-77--156 3 Olivia John, Summerfield 79-78--157 3 Peyton Gillespie, Greenville, SC 79-78--157 Selected Others 7 Emelia Pack, Browns Summit 80-84--164

21st NC Junior Boys’ 13 and under Championship Asheboro Municipal GC, Asheboro, NC July 10-11, 2017 Finals Jake Herring d. Davis Adams 1 up Semifinal Davis Adams d. Caleb Surratt 10 holes Jake Herring d. Abhay Gupta 3 and 2 Quarterfinal Caleb Surratt d. Spencer Turtz 3 and 2 Davis Adams d. Daniel Boone Jr. 3 and 1 Jake Herring d. Tyler Strickland 1 up Abhay Gupta d. Benjamin Bailey 2 and 1

50th NC Junior Boys’ Championship Colonial CC, Thomasville, NC June 27-30, 2017 Finals Quinn Riley d. Seve Anfindsen 4 and 3

Semi-finals Quinn Riley d. Narayan Mohan 4 and 2 Seve Anfindsen d. Zach Caudill 19 holes Quarter Finals Narayan Mohan d. Peter Foundation 1 up Quinn Riley d. Tanner Bibey 6 and 5 Seve Anfindsen d. Symon Balbin 2 up Zach Caudill d. Connor Armistead 2 and 1

1 Cindy Song, Waxhaw 2 Liza Lapeyre, New Orleans LA 3 Elyssa Kim, Charlotte Selected Others 6 Harper Shepherd, Greensboro 6 Lauren Denhard, Salisbury 10 Macie Burcham, Greensboro

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11th Carolinas Junior Girls 15 & Under Championship CC of Whispering Pines, Whispering Pines, NC July 10-11, 2017 Championship Division - 5700 1 Sasha Hayes, Winston Salem 80-70--150 1 Isabella Rawl, Lexington, S.C. 75-75--150 3 Sophie Holland, Cornelius 76-75--151 Selected Others 4 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 74-81--155 7 Riley Hamilton, Reidsville 82-79--161 16 Harper Shepherd, Greensboro 82-85--167 18 Siana Wong, Summerfield 83-88--171 19 Kayla Dowell, Mebane 89-84--173 Sub-Junior Division - 2460 1 Ella Stalvey, Elgin, S.C. 43-45--88 2 Camille Oliver, Cary 44-48--92 3 Mackenzie Crossman, Pittsboro 54-51--105 Selected Others 5 Brooke Tyler, Summerfield 55-57--112

Peggy Kirk Bell Tour NC One-Day Series Event Pine Island CC, Charlotte, NC July 18, 2017 Prep NC - 5804 1 Alexis Sudjianto, Charlotte 2 Emily Song, Charlotte 2 Mara Hirtle, Pinehurst Selected Others 8 Evin Flinchum, Summerfield 9 Anna Hillman, Summerfield 10 Emilee Wenmoth, Clemmons 11 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 14 Mackensi Hall, Graham Futures - 5344

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Conway, SC Coastal Carolina University Hackler GC July 15-16, 2017 Bell - 5721 1 Madison Isaacson, Greensboro 69-79--148 2 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 75-76--151 3 Bailee Twiford, Coinjock 78-74--152 Futures - 5287 1 Maria Atwood, Holly Springs 78-68--146 2 Loralie Cowart, Winston GA 76-78--154 3 Sydney Grimes, Suffolk VA 80-78--158 Selected Others 11 Caroline Isaacson, Greensboro 80-88--168 11 Victoria Cook, Reidsville 86-82--168 17 Mackensi Hall, Graham 91-92--183 Wolfpack Classic @ NC State Lonnie Poole GC Raleigh, NC, Lonnie Poole GC July 1-2, 2017 Prep North Carolina - 5831 1 Lauren Martin , Mooresville 75-78--153 2 Kayla Smith, Burlington 81-75--156 2 Tomita Arejola, Aliso Viejo CA 78-78--156 Selected Others 6 Emelia Pack, Browns Summit 86-75--161 12 Emma Reid, Flat Rock 85-80--165 14 Mary Slade White, Winston-Salem 85-83--168 18 Becca Connolly, Winston-Salem 86-84--170 Futures National - 5020 1 Maria Atwood Holly Springs 76-72--148 2 Trinity Muthomi, Kernersville 75-78--153 3 Virginia Anne Holmes, Montgomery AL 78-76--154 Selected Others 4 Kayla Dowell, Mebane 80-78--158

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Junior Results from page 24 North Carolina One-Day Series @ MacGregor Downs CC MacGregor Downs CC, Cary, NC June 26, 2017 Prep - 5657 1 Greer Valaquenta, Morrisville 2 Deborah Spair, Raleigh 3 Claire Patrick, Creedmoor Selected Others 6 Mackensi Hall, Graham Futures - 5121 1 Grayson Warren, Washington 2 Katelyn Kenthack, Pinehurst 2 Macy Pate, Boone Selected Others 6 Chloe Crane, Greensboro 9 Kayla Dowell, Mebane 24 Eliza Ofsanko, Greensboro Discovery - 2693 1 Brooke Tyler, Greensboro 2 Sally Toalson, Advance

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PKBGT Precision Junior Girls Championship @ Bryan Park, Greensboro, NC Bryan Park GC - Champions Course Wed-Thu, June 21-22, 2017 Bell - 6065 1 Amanda Sambach, Davidson 71-71--142 2 Olivia John, Summerfield 72-76--148 3 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 77-73--150 3 Hailey Joy, Reidsville 75-75--150 Selected Others 6 Emelia Pack, Browns Summit 75-79--154 10 Kayla Smith, Burlington 77-78--155 11 Michaela Cox, Greensboro 79-77--156 Futures - 5395 1 Trinity Muthomi, Kernersville 77-78--155 2 Hannah Nall, Cleveland TN 74-81--155 3 Laney Wessels, Sophia 78-82--160 3 Danielle Buompastore, Hoover AL 79-81--160 Selected Others 5 Macie Burcham, Greensboro 83-81--164 6 Amanda Kang, Kernersville 80-86--166 11 Harper Shepherd, Greensboro 90-81--171 14 Lauren Denhard, Salisbury 88-86--174 17 Victoria Cook, Reidsville 89-93--182

2017 TYGA One Day Lexington GC, Lexington, NC July 3, 2017 Boys' 16-18 - 6116 1 A J Boyd , Walnut Cove 2 Deagon Chandler , Clemmons 3 Nathan McGee, Winston Salem Selected Others 7 Chris Carr, Mocksville 7 Micah Cranfill, Yadkinville 10 Ben Madden, Greensboro 10 Dylan Coley, Lexington Boys' 14-15 - 6116 1 Grady Newton, Winston-Salem 2 Andrew Wood, Greensboro 3 Sean Finan, Winston-Salem Selected Others 4 Jacob Pendry, Lexington 5 Quin Foster, Lexington 7 Jack Burris, Greensboro Boys' 12-13 - 5661 1 Calvin Hawkins, Lexington 2 Maddox Whittington, Lenoir 3 Ethan Wooten, High Point Selected Others 4 Andrew Haarlow, Greensboro 6 Dawson Coley, Lexington 7 Aden Castor, Salisbury Girls' 14-18 - 5661 1 Macie Burcham, Greensboro 2 Hailey Barajas, Winston-Salem 3 Olivia Templeton, Greensboro Selected Others 5 Gabriela Cruz, High Point 6 Makayla Ward, Lexington 11 and Under - Forward 1 Justin Jackson, Randleman 2 Lauren Childress, Salisbury

75 80 81 87 87 92 92 75 77 79 81 82 87 76 78 82 87 108 125 81 85 89 94 109 +10 +23

2017 TYGA One Day Club of Irish Creek, Kannapolis, NC June 26, 2017 Boys' 16-18 - 6489 1 Zain Tucker, Salisbury

2 Bryson Sprinkle, Rockwell 3 Hayden Estes, Mooresville 3 Joel Marburger, Concord Selected Others 7 Avery Papalia, Kernersville 17 Nathan McGee, Winston-Salem 17 Grayson Kirkman, Winston-Salem Boys' 14-15 - 6489 1 Andrew Coward, Landis 2 Austin Miller, Rockwell 3 Carter Busse, Davidson 3 Colby Patterson, Salisbury Selected Others 5 Lance Rowe, Stanley 7 Quin Foster, Lexington 9 Grady Newton, Winston-Salem Boys' 12-13 - 5867 1 Benjamin Bailey, Huntersville 2 Calvin Hawkins, Lexington 3 Ben Childress, Salisbury Selected Others 8 Aden Castor, Salisbury Girls' 14-18 - 5867 1 Olivia Sharpe, Lexington 2 Maddison Hayes, Harrisburg 3 Makayla Ward, Lexington 4 Albany Bock, Morganton 11 and under – Forward Tees 1 Alex Bock, Morganton 2 Landon Merrell, Salisbury 3 Brady Bowen, Cornelius Selected Others 4 Tyler Kepley, Salisbury 8 Lauren Childress, Salisbury

74 76 76 79 83 83 73 74 77 77 78 79 82 77 80 83 117 88 94 111 115 Even +6 +9 +10 +27

Coastal Plans Junior Amateur Bradford Creek, Greenville, NC June 22-23, 2017 Boys 16-18 Division - 6,873 1 Dawson Daniels, Greensboro 68-69--137 2 Nicolas Brown, Winterville 72-71--143 2 Justin Poole, Wendell 67-76--143 Selected Others 42 Nolan Parrish, Salisbury 94-86--180

Source: Tarheel Youth Golf Association as of July. 1, 2017


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61st Virginias-Carolinas Women's Team Matches Spring Creek GC, Zion Crossroads, Va. July 17 - Four-Ball July 18 - Modified Alternate Shot July 19 - Singles Team! FB-AS-Singles--Total Virginias! 20.5 - 27.0 - 33.5 -- 81 Carolinas! 15.5 - 9.0 - 38.5 -- 63 Notes: Cecily Overbey of High Point and Hannah Craver of Winston-Salem were members of the Carolinas team. Both won two points in four-ball; Overbey scored 3 points in singles and Craver captured two points in singles.

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N.C. Players Championship July 14 Oak Valley GC, Advance (par 72) July 15-16 Tanglewood Championship (par 70) Championship Flight Mark Nieters! 78-63-72--213 Clay Holland! 75-68-76--219 Mike Roshelli! 74-71-74--219 Regan Erhardt! 77-72-70--219 Ryan Turley! 73-75-73--221 First Flight John Major! 80-74-68--222 Park Willliams! 75-80-76--231 Matt Bostic! 75-77-82--235 Senior Championship Flight Ron Carpenter! 73-75-75--223 Dickie Brewer! 72-74-78--224 Kim Mansfield! 82-72-71--225 Phil Bell! 80-74-74--228 Hugh Quinn! 79-75-75--229 David Millis! 76-75-79--230 Senior First Flight Lee Ross! 76-80-71--227 Matt Pettis! 80-75-76--231 Mike Bivins! 81-75-76--232

Joe Wood Memorial Cedarbrook CC, Elkin (par 72) July 8-9 Championship Flight Kerry Cooke ! 67-70--137 Nick Gunnell ! 73-71--144 Rush Folger ! 74-73--147 Matt Renegar ! 67-80--147

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71-72--143 70-75--145 71-75--146 70-76--146

First Flight Brad Helms! 73-70--143 Ryan Hodges! 73-71--144 Austin Stout! 73-74--147 Second Flight Graham City Amateur Dwayne Blakely! 77-72--149 Southwick GC, Graham (par 72) David Camadine! 78-74--152 July 8-9 Ren Hean! 77-76--153 Championship Flight Josh McCullough! 78-76--154 1. Tony Byerly""""""""! 65-64--129"""" Third Flight 2. Nathan Spoon"""! "68-62--130 Charlie Leach! 96-82--178 3. Brian Shoffner""""! 68-63--131 Joey Stevens! 89-90--179 4. Scott Trent""""""""""""! 68-64--132 5. Tanner Gross""""""""! 68-65--133 First Flight 1. Clay Watkins""""! 71-68--139 Listing Triad finishers from top half 2. Mike Noah""""""""! 71-70--141 Duke University GC, Durham 3. Gilmer Hinshaw""""! 71-72--143 June 19 3. Randy Shoffner"""! "72-71--143 Men A (30 entries) 5. Jeff Hodge"""""""""""! "73-72--145 1. Seth Hall, Greensboro! 71 Second Flight Senior Men A (10 entries) 1. Parker Nash""""! 77-70--147 4. Mark Henline, Whitsett! 80 2. Chad Marshall""""! 75-73--148 Senior Men B (14 entries) 2. Dwayne Moize""""! 76-72--148 1. Steven Snow, Mt. Airy! 81 4. Lynn Gibson " " " "! 77-72--149 3. Larry Jutovsky, Whitsett! 84 5. Chad Pyrtle " " " "! 78-72--150 Super Senior Men (25 entries) Third Flight 1. Michael Burdick, McLeansville! 70 1. Tommy Childress " ! "79-76--155 6. George Kennon, Greensboro! 74 2. Dustin Gilstrap " " "! "81-78--159 Women (6 entries) 2. Eric Barksdale " " " ! "83-76--159 1. Sook Hee Yang, Jamestown! 81 2. Billy Sipe " " " " " " " ! "79-80--159 3. Jordan Young, Winston-Salem! 84 5. Dale Price " " " " " "! 79-83--162 5. Tommy Kenyon " ! "83-79--162 Hyland GC, Southern Pines Notes: Tony Byerly notched eight June 18 birdies and an eagle in his final round Men B (12 entries) 29-35 to win the event for the fourth time. 1. Jimmy Pearson, Greensboro! 73 2. William Cheek, Asheboro! 80 Chair City Open 3. James Bryant, Greensboro! 81 Winding Creek GC, Thomasville 5. Jim Williams, Kernersville! 85 (par 72) • June 24-25 5. John Hudson, Madison! 85 Championship Flight Senior Men A (8 entries) Buck Hall! 66-70--136 2. Tom Fagerli, Yadkinville! 75 Chris Ingram! 67-71--138

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Senior Men B (16 entries) 4. Steven Snow, Mt. Airy! 7. Ray Copeland, Whitsett! 8. Mark Hartson, Winston-Salem!

83 86 87

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CC of Whispering Pines (Pines) • July 20 Championship Flight (7 entries) 1. John East, Rockingham! 76 Selected others 4. Dan Anthony, Thomasville! 79 A Flight (6 entries) 1. Paul Nance, Graham! 79 2. Preston Jones, Salisbury! 81 B Flight (13 entries) 1."Darrell Hagwood, Raleigh! 82 2. Dexter Barbee, Burlington! 83 Selected others 6. Huston Shaw, Winston-Salem! 86 C Flight (17 entries) 1."Jim Hayden, Whitsett! 85 Selected others 3. Russ Riling, Madison! 88 6. Ed McNally, Graham! 90 8. A.C. Guarino, Pfafftown! 92

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Southern Pines GC • July 13 Championship Flight (9 entries) 71 1. Joey Moffitt, High Point! Selected others 3. Gary Roberson, Burlington! 74 3. Howard Nemenz, Winston-Salem! 74 A Flight (14 entries) 1. Wilson Shelton, Madison! 76 2. Dave Turner, Kernersville! 77 Selected others 3. Paul Nance, Graham! 78 7. Preston Jones, Salisbury! 80 B Flight (17 entries) 1."Dick Schuler, Pittsboro! 74 Selected others 4. Jim Shermer, Lewisville! 81 4. Huston Shaw, Winston-Salem! 81 7. Dexter Barbee, Burlington! 84 8. Ron Tapscott, Walkertown! 86

C Flight (18 entries) 1."Dwight Davis, Pittsboro! 2. Rus Rilling, Madison! Selected others 4. A.C. Guarino, Pfafftown! 6. Mike Hunter, Greensboro!

80 82 85 87

B Flight (10 entries) 1."Rob Geilhausen, Linwood! 2. Ron Tapscott, Walkertown! 3. Huston Shaw, Winston-Salem! C Flight (18 entries) 1."David Davis, Martinsville! Selected others 3. Rus Rilling, Madison! 8. Lewis Burgman, Greensboro! 8. Bobby Hutchison, Walnut Cove!

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The Preserve at Jordan Lake • June 29 86 Championship Flight (5 entries) 91 1. Howard Nemenz, Winston-Salem! 72 91 2. Grant Hoffman, Asheboro! 74 A Flight (11 entries) 1. Cecil Lockley, Creedmoor! 69 Southern Hills GC, Danville (par 72) Selected others July 11 3. Wilson Shelton, Madison! 76 B Flight (5 entries) B Flight (18 entries) 1. Jim White, Lynchburg, Va.! 72 1."Huston Shaw, Winston-Salem! 80 2. Wayne Thompson, Mebane! 76 2. Ron Tapscott, Walkertown! 82 C Flight (3 entries) 3. Jim Shermer, Lewisville! 83 1. Red Thompson, Ringgold, Va.! 80 Selected others D Flight (3 entries) 8. Tim Ward, Greensboro! 88 1. Willard Vicks, Danville! 82 C Flight (x entries) E Flight (3 entries) 1."Brian Costine, Raleigh! UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU 88 1. Kenny Powell, Danville! 84 UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU 2. A.C. Guarino, Pfafftown! UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU 88 UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU Olde Mill GC, Laurel Fork, Va. (par 72) UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU 3. Don Michaux, Greensboro! 91 UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU June 20 UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU Selected others UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU A Flight (6 entries) UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU 4. Jeff Stevens, Greensboro! 93 UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU 1. David Turner, Kernersville! 77 4. Mike Hunter, Greensboro!UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU 93 UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU 2. Steve Cummings, Reidsville! 78 4. Rus Rilling, Madison! 93 UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU 3. Johnny Gauldin, Danville! 79 UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU 8, Lewis Burgman, Greensboro! 94 UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU B Flight (7 entries) UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU 8. Mike Reid, Greensboro! 94 1. Jeff Yohn, Kernersville! 76 Costine won playoff on first extra hole 2. Jim White, Lynchburg, Va.! 78 3. Wayne Ferrell, Danville! 83 Tot Hill Farm Asheboro • June 22 C Flight (6 entries) Championship Flight (7 entries) 1. Daryl Shaw, Reidsville! 87 1. Grant Hoffman, Asheboro! 71 2. Randy Kenyon, Hillsborough! 87 2. Eric Ardery, Chapel Hill! 73 3. Tony Burtt, Providence! 89 3. Howard Nemenz, Winston-Salem! 75 Shaw won playoff on first extra hole 4. Dan Anthony, Thomasville! 76 D Flight (7 entries) 5. Frank Bunn, Burlington! 78 1. Eric Minter, Ruffin! 87 A Flight (9 entries) 2. Brian Anderson, Ringgold, Va.! 95 1. Chuck Smith, Sanford! 75 2. Bart Truesdell, Huddleston, Va.! 95 Selected others E Flight (7 entries) 4. Dave LeVeque, Greensboro! 79 1. Kenny Powell, Danville! 95 4. Dave Turner, Kernersville! 79 2. Joe Evans, Danville! 99


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PGA Professional Championship Sunriver Resort, Oregon (par 72) June 18-21 1. Omar Uresti! 73-69-72-69--283 2. Dave McNabb! 74-67-73-69--283 Selected others from ďŹ eld of 312 41. Jimmy Flippen, Danville, Va.! 73-74-73-73--293 36 hole cut came at 147 MC Charles Frost, Winston-Salem! 78-70 MC Michael Hutcheon, High Point! 73-80 MC Savio Nazareth, Kernersville! 81-76 Notes: Uresti won on second playoff hole; top 20 club pros advance to PGA Championship at Quail Hollow in Charlotte Aug. 10-13.

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CPGA Pro-Assistant Championship River Landing CC, Wallace (Landing Course) July 17-18 1. Holden Abrams-Kyle Simpson, $3,500! 62-67--129 2. Ben Smith-Seth Sweet, $2,300! 66-64--130 Selected others 10. Sean Branagan-Brad Luebchow, $915! 67-66--133 12. John Faidley-Nick Wilhelm, $738! 68-66--134 20. Charles Frost-Tommy Gibson, $435! 69-67--136 20. Jonathan Dudley-Jared Hopkins, $435! 69-67--136 27. Andrew McLaughlin-Drew Younts, $360! 69-68--137 37. Steve Isley-Briana Sweeny! 70-69--139 37. Chris Terry-Craig Adolff! 72-67--139


Staal Foundation Open Whitewater GC, Thunder Bay, Ontario • July 13-16 1. Johnny Ruiz, Camarillo, Calif., $31,500! 71-67-70-67--275 Selected others 7. Adam Webb, Ridgeway, Va., $5,271! 71-68-71-68–278 GolfBC Championship Gallagher’s Canyon GC, Kelowna, BC June 15-18 1. Robby Shelton, Mobile, Ala., $31,500 ! 63-68-65-69–265 2. Adam Webb, Ridgeway, Va., $13,066! 70-64-65-67–266


Kannapolis Classic The Club at Irish Creek • July 11-13 1. Brad HopďŹ nger, Chicago, $7,500! 64-69-68--201 Selected others from ďŹ eld of 84 9. Mark Kriston, Clemmons, $1,750! 71-68-68--207 Mimosa Open Mimosa Hills CC, Morganton • June 20-22 1. Mark Kriston, Clemmons, $7,100! 66-64-62--192 2. Miller Capps, $3,775! 67-70-63--200 2. Matt Short, $3,775! 64-69-67--200 Selected others from ďŹ eld of 70 21. Blake Carter, Bassett, Va., $375! 69-69-70--208 21. Ryan Sullivan, Winston-Salem, $375! 69-72-67--208

CGA One-Day Four-Ball

Selected ďŹ nishers from Triad (top half of division) SENIOR ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL TOURNAMENTS Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Conover (Jones Course) • July 11 Tournament Division A (12 entries) 1. Thomas Rasmussen-James Kemerling, Lewisville! 67 Tournament Division B (11 entries) 2. Mark Marion-Larry Kiger, Winston Salem! 73 5. Tim Snow, Dobson-Steven Snow, My Airy! 77 Super Senior 70+ (11 entries) 4. Ralph James, Advance-Frank Boone, Apex! 75 Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Conover (Jackson Course) • July 10 Tournament Division A (10 entries) 2. Mark Marion-Larry Kiger, Winston Salem! 68 4. Thomas Rasmussen-James Kemerling, Lewisville! 69

Tournament Division B (11 entries) 2. Mike Robinson, Greensboro-Ronald Gburek, Saluda! 4. Steve Neubeiser, Chapin-Bill Schuch, Greensboro! Super Senior 70+ (13 entries) 3. Ralph James, Advance-Frank Boone, Apex!

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Rumbling Bald Resort (Bald Mountain) • June 27 Tr i a d Super Senior 65+ (10 entries) 3. Darrell Parker-Jim Kinney, High Point! 74 LADIES ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL TOURNAMENTS Selected ďŹ nishers from Triad (top half of division) Mimosa Hills CC, Morganton • July 14 First Flight (10 entries) 1. Lynn Roloff, Greensboro-Kathy Binkley, Cornelius! 4. Ellen Ollett, Sanford-Barbara Munnett, Winston Salem! Second Flight (10 entries) 1. Jean Peters, Pinehurst-Jennifer Gwynn, Advance! Third Flight (10 entries) 2. Sandy Dixon-Nancy Cooper, Burlington!

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Amateur Individual

George C. Thomas Invitational Los Angeles CC (North), Calif. June 22-24 1. Scott Harvey, Kernersville! 78-67-70--215 2. Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh! 72-71-72--215 2. Pat Christovich, New Orleans! 75-71-69--215 Harvey won 4-hole aggregate playoff

Amateur Team

Indian Valley Classic 2-Man Bestball Indian Valley GC, Burlington (par 70) July 15-16 Championship Flight Nathan Spoon-Matt Page ! 62-62--124 Scott Trent-Steve Trent! 64-63--127 Tim Clark-Tony Byerly! 64-64--128 Jamie Gilley-Bill Wade! 64-65--129 Blair Bowland-Nick Johnson! 65-65--130 First Flight Lynn Hooper-Neal Faulkner! 66-64--130 Brian Shoffner-Jason Hinshaw! 68-63--131 Jake Perkins-Travis Hundley! 66-65--131 Chester Thorpe-Steve Bingham! 66-66--132 Second Flight Trey Mitchell-Jay Gardner! 70-62--132 Bruce Newsome-Patrick Ponce! 69-67--136 Tim Apple-Terry Andrew! 69-68--137 Casey Roberts-Eric Hudson! 69-68--137 Spencer Pate-Rick Kinney! 70-67--137 Third Flight Chad Pyrtle-Scott Hutchinson! 73-68--141 Sam Patterson-Garland Yates! 73-69--142 Mitch Rippy-Brian Johnson! 72-74--146 Ralph Deitrich-Richard Hawks! 73-74--147 Billy Sipe-Kevin Burns! 72-75--147 Jesse Troxler-Ricky Parker! 72-75--147 Graham City Amateur Southwick GC, Graham (par 72) July 8-9 Championship Flight Tony Byerly-Scott Trent " "! Nathan Spoon-Dustin Ramsey " ! Clay Watkins-Wayne Moore " " " "! Brian Shoffner-Randy Shoffner " " " "! Parker Nash-Tanner Gross " " " "! First Flight Dameon Thacker-Kevin Burns " ! Andy Lee-Robert Trent " "! Mike Noah-Gilmer Hinshaw " "! Perry Lowe-Kyle MofďŹ t " "! Nassar Hallaji-Jeff Hodge " "! Second Flight Bryce Barnes-Eric Barksdale " "! Derek Cobb-Chad Pyrtle " "! Tommy Kenyon-Lynn Gibson " ! Tommy Childress-Bob Fox " "! Dwayne Moize-Cody Moize " "! Dustin Gilstrap-Craig Abendschein " "! Tuscarora 2-Man Invitational Tuscarora CC, Danville (par 72) July 8-9 Championship Flight Jesse Wall-Jared Dillard! Danny Woodson-Donald Murphy! Andrew Tilley-Steve Helton! First Flight J.C. Sells-Nathan Daly! Randy Gibson-Rand Gibson! Second Flight Ridge Gibson-Bill Gibson! Doug Rhodes-Scott Shackleford! Gibson-Gibson won playoff Third Flight Drew Arnold-George Whitting! Monte Holley-Derek Holley!



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USGA Qualifiers Selected events (full list at Aug. 2 - U.S. Senior Women's Amateur Qualifying, Members Club at Woodcreek Elgin Aug. 8 – U.S. Senior Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, High Point CC (Willow Creek), High Point Aug. 21 – U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, Colonial CC, Thomasville Aug. 30 – U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, CCNC, Pinehurst Sept. 13 – U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, Cutter Creek, Snow Hill Oct. 23 – 2017 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Sectional Qualifier, Pinewild, Pinehurst Oct. 24 – 2017 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Sectional Qualifier, Cedarwood, Charlotte

CGA Men Majors/Qualifiers Four-Ball Championships Oct. 13-15 – 22nd N.C. Four-Ball Championship, Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh Carolinas Amateur July 14-17 – 103rd Carolinas Amateur Championship, Golf Club at Briar’s Creek, Johns Island, S.C. N.C. Mid-Amateur Championship Aug. 19 – Qualifier, Monroe CC, Monroe Aug. 24 – Qualifier, Jacksonville CC, Jacksonville Aug. 29 – Qualifier, Bermuda Run, Advance Aug. 30 – Qualifier, Carolina Trace, Sanford

Sept. 8-10 – 24th N. C. Mid-Amateur, Willow Creek, High Point

CGA Senior Men Majors/Qualifiers Aug. 9-11 – 17th North Carolina Senior Four-Ball Championship, Benvenue CC, Rocky Mount Aug. 31 – Carolinas Senior Amateur Qualifier, Carolina Trace, Sanford Sept. 6 – Carolinas Senior Amateur Qualifier, Mill Creek, Mebane Sept. 11 – Carolinas Senior Amateur Qualifier, Cabarrus CC, Concord Sept. 12-14 – 56th Carolinas Senior Amateur Championship, Grandfather G&CC, Linville Sept. 25-26 - 10th North Carolina Super Senior Championship, Hendersonville CC, Hendersonville Oct. 2-3 – 6th Carolinas Super Senior Four-Ball Championship, Old Chatham GC, Durham

CGA Women Majors Aug. 19-20 – 12th Carolinas Mixed Team Championship, Pinehurst No. 5, Pinehurst. Sept. 26-27 – 19th Carolinas Senior Women’s Amateur, Greensboro CC (Irving Park), Greensboro. Nov. 11-12 – 7th Carolinas Net Amateur Championship, Pinehurst No. 3, Pinehurst.

CGA Other Aug. 19-20 – 12th Carolinas Mixed-Team Championship, Pinehurst No. 5, Pinehurst. Aug. 7 – Carolinas Pro-Junior Championship, Hope Valley CC, Durham TBA – 72nd Captain’s Putter Team Matches Nov. 12-13 – 7th Carolinas Net Amateur Championship, Pinehurst No. 3, Pinehurst. TBA – 2nd Carolinas Interclub Final Four, Pinewild, Pinehurst TBA – Carolinas Young Amateur

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Laid-Back Golfers Tour 434-792-3728 • Men/Women All-Ages Flights pre-determined by handicap Tees determined by hdc/age formula Aug. 9 – Greens Folly GC, South Boston, Va. Aug. 22 – Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. Sept. 6 – Caswell Pines GC, Yanceyville Sept. 19 – Deep Springs CC, Stoneville Oct. 11 – Greensboro National, Summerfield Oct. 25 – Chatmoss CC, Martinsville Nov. 8 – Bryan Park GC, Brown Summit Nov. 13 – Danville GC, Danville Nov. 29 – Goodyear GC, Danville

For the latest tournament schedule, now updated daily, go to then click on Tournaments Golfweek Amateur Tour 252-864-9161 Aug. 5 -- Hyland GC, Southern Pines Aug. 19 -- Whispering Woods GC, Whispering Pines Aug. 26 -- Anderson Creek, Spring Lake Sept. 2 -- Pine Lakes CC, Myrtle Beach Sept. 3 -- Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach Sept. 9 -- Falls Village, Durham Sept 23-24 -- Local Finals at Bryan Park (both courses) Oct. 20-22 -- National Championship at Hilton Head Island, SC

Senior Individual Oct. 10-12 – World Super Senior Championship. Tanglewood Championship, Clemmons. Ages 70-over, Kitty Visintine 336-703-6420. Senior Amateur Tour (ages 50-over) 336-329-3453 Aug. 17 – Greensboro National, Greensboro Aug 31 – Forest Oaks, Greensboro Sept. 14 – Holly Ridge, Archdale Oct. 19 – Stoney Creek, Whitsett

Senior Amateur Tour (ages 50-over) 910-964-1547 Aug. 3 -- Pinewild (Holly), Pinehurst Aug. 10 -- Finley GC, Chapel Hill Aug. 17 -- Whispering Woods, Whispering Pines Aug. 24 -- Anderson Creek, Spring Lake Sept. 21 -- Bryan Park (Championship), Brown Summit

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word on the “root rule” and I wouldn’t By HOWARD WARD hold my breath on that one. ey, Howard, did you hear about ■ Another one under consideration is low down and catch your all of the plans at the USGA breath, Betsey. I know you’re a getting rid of the penalty for when you to simplify the rules? Read on rules junkie, but me, I’m just sitget hit by your own ball. This should be carefully now. These are not rules yet. ting around waiting to see what they a no-brainer. I can’t think of one time in The gang at Golf House is just thinking come up with. It doesn’t really matter my life or any other golfer’s life when it about it. would be of benefit to purposely ricochet to me. I still go by the old philosophy These are the ones that I hope make a ball off my shoulder after striking the of hit it, find it, hit it again. That has the cut: ball. How this ever got to be a penalty in always worked for me. ■ Using a laser (aka distance-measuring the first place is beyond Seriously, I really device) is OK. It is so dumb to watch a me. don’t care much what tour caddie stomp off 27 yards from a ■ The other one that kind of changes they sprinkler head when this clever measurshould be moved to the make. The only change ing device has been around for 10-plus head of the class is perI am adamant about is years. mitting tournaments with the out-of-bounds rule. ■ They are thinking about getting rid of a set maximum score per I have always felt it was the penalty for accidently moving your hole. This would put an unfair. A player can hit ball while you are trying to find it. This end to the misery of play- DUELING DIVOTS a ball 50 yards off line makes total sense to me. In Pinehurst, ing in a club championinto a water hazard and the superintendent is fond of dressing ship when you are lying 10 in the bunker is allowed to drop another ball with out the base of trees with a foot of fluffy after you have been lying 9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2 only a one- stroke penalty. Yet, he can pine straw. I dare you to find a ball that in the same bunker. Pick up at par plus 3 hit a nice drive that lands in the edge rolls into that haystack without moving it. – you’ve lost the trophy by now anyway. of the fairway and bounces one inch This change would be good news for the There is still a chance for third place. out of bounds and he is forced to take players in the Piedmont when October ■ And ready golf, yes please, ready golf. a penalty shot and go back to the tee. rolls around. Those are the days when the Howard, if we had these rules back My solution for all these rule fairways can be more maple leaves than in the day, we would be done 18 holes in changes is to hire Boss Hawg to come grass. It’s kind of like the USGA finally 2:45 instead of the usual 3:15. up with a blueprint. Boss Hawg decided to allow the “leaf rule.” Still no




has been running the Gates Four Gangsome for some 20 years now and nobody ever gets upset over one of his rulings. For instance, you can move the ball anywhere in the fairway. Makes sense to me. If your ball is in the fairway you deserve a good lie. I also like the root rule. If your ball is in the trees, and one of those trees is in the way of your swing, you simply apply the root rule. There’s got to be a root there somewhere and you shouldn’t have to spend five minutes looking for it. Once you’re on the green, you only have to putt into the knock-back range, which is from wherever you feel like you can make the putt. Just think about all the time you can save by not having to line up and plumb-bob all those short putts. I get the yips just watching some of the PGA Tour golfers lining up all those tap-ins that would be gimmies under the Boss Hawg rules. At Gates Four, the only rule you have to understand is that Boss Hawg rules.


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