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By DAVID DROSCHAK hile it may be true people don’t read much anymore, they do read James Dodson. So it’s noteworthy that the accomplished awardwinning author from North Carolina has just released his 14th book, titled “The Range Bucket List.” It consists of 21 chapters, all of which can be read independently, and includes an interesting conversation at a Charlotte course between Dodson and Donald Trump. “That was four years ago and it didn’t raise a red flag at all with me, didn’t think twice about it,” Dodson said of now President Trump. “I congratulated him because four years

ago nobody was buying golf courses much less refurbishing them.” Dodson’s father was a newspaper man, and in college Dodson drifted into that field. “And I never looked back,” he said, becoming a two-time winner of the USGA’s Herbert Warren Wind Award for the best golf book of the year. “In my case, this book is my love letter to golf,” Dodson said. “I had the luckiest career anybody could have. For nearly 30 years I got to run around the golf world and meet wonderful people. This is really my love poem to golf, to great characters – some of them are well known and some of them are not. I hope people see universality in this book.”

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The “everyman’s golf writer,” Dodson said this may be his last golf book. “It’s time to exit stage left,” the 64-year-old Dodson said. However, he’s not going to stop producing books. “I went to Africa with plant hunters, I love horticulture, so that may be a book,” he said. “But my next book is going to be about the Great Wagon Road, which is the road that brought all the Scots, Irish, Germans, Moravians and Quakers to North Carolina from Pennsylvania. I hope to drive it this summer and write a book about it.” Golf is the subject of nine of his 14 books. The Range Bucket List sells for $27 as a hardback. For more information log on to

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And there is plenty to see. Named after the 2,800-foot mountain hen the devastating effects of that looms over the resort, Rumbling Bald offers a variety of entertainment options as the Party Rock Fire hit Lake Lure expansive as the rich blue waters that surand surrounding areas last fall, round this stay-and-play golf and vacation homeowners at Rumbling Bald Resort destination. were among those forced to evacuate. Two distinctly different 18-hole layouts Golf was the last item on anyone's challenge players of all abilities. mind as the wildfire eventually spread And for those seeking adventure before through thousands of acres of this picturor after golf or those who don't bring a set esque community, set in the foothills of of clubs, other amenities abound. the western North Carolina mountains in ​Lake Lure, a 736-acre, semi-private Hickory Nut Gorge. body of water that features 27 miles of There was no play on the resort's​two shoreline, offers a sandy beach, boat rentals golf courses for​about two weeks due to and cruises along with all other standard the dangers of the approaching fire and lake fare. the thick smoke that clogged the skies A full-service spa and salon will pamaround Rutherford and Henderson counper and relax guests with massages, facials, ties. nail and skin care and other salon treatBut six months later the smoke has ments. cleared, and the beautiful views and The renovated Legends on the Lake diversity of Rumbling Bald's 36 holes have reemerged, along with a new, spruced up offers water views, and lodging includes look for those who haven't visited recently. more than 200 choices, ranging from studio





efficiencies, motor coach sites, golf course condos and luxurious private homes. And just minutes away is Chimney Rock State Park, one of the state’s top tourist attractions, in addition to the surrounding Chimney Rock village, which is dominated by craft shops and restaurants. ​​​Apple Valley and Bald Mountain championship courses offer different layouts but similar feels of challenge, playability and visual pleasures produced by the surrounding water, foliage and mountains. ​Centrally located about an hour southeast ​of Asheville and two hours from​Charlotte and ​Winston-Salem​, the golf courses are about a mile apart - Bald Mountain is inside the gate and the amenities circle, and Apple Valley is just down the road. ​Over the last year or so, a lot of work has been done to both courses, including some improved bunkering, a lot of pruning and a general sprucing up to give the course a cleaner look.

There are new golf carts on both courses - Bald Mountain's fleet includes USB ports, while carts at Apple Valley feature cushioned seats, bottled water, towel service and a GPS system to provide yardages and detailed drawings of each hole. "This past offseason, we took a hard look at what the golf courses needed and really started putting a lot of work and extra people on both so that our homeowners and our guests will be pleased with what they see," said Adam Bowles, Rumbling Bald's golf operations manager. ​ "We moved the Legends restaurant across the street (from the Bald Mountain pro shop) in our old Lake View Restaurant, and it's got a theatre room, pool tables, games and that amazing view. It's bigger, better, louder more fun." ​ Apple Valley is a Dan Maples design that sets its 18-hole tone from the start at the short par-4 first hole. Continued on page 7

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Bald Mountain is a W.B. Lewis design that opened in 1968, and is a shot-maker From an elevated tee, there’s a wide course that sits down in a valley and profairway that allows some spraying with vides a constant view of the surrounding the driver, featuring huge, deep fairway mountains. bunkers left and right to frame the hole ​Recurring themes include tee shots that and more sand on both sides of the green. require accuracy over length and smallish The downhill par-3 8th hole may be greens that also demand preciseness from the most scenic, a carry over a pond with approach shots. ​ a fountain and a dramatic, gorgeous view The severe downhill par-3 fourth hole of the mountains in the background. is protected by a pond in front and begins The back nine that has the hint of a a stretch of elevation changes in which links layout on several holes and begins holes play both downhill and up. with the unique par-4 10th, which features The front and back nine close with a lone, large pine tree in the middle of similar flat par-5s that run parallel and can another wide fairway, and the only option be had with two long shots off the tee and is to go left or right of the obstruction to from the fairway. avoid being stymied off the tee. No. 9 is an absolutely straight shot Apple Valley closes strongly with an from tee-to-green, while No. 18 slightly all-carry par-3 17th hole over water and doglegs left to the home hole. sand, and the par-5 18th which doglegs The back nine features the par-3 16th left and has water all the way down the hole over water made famous from a scene right side. from the popular movie “Dirty Dancing.” ​"We consider Apple Valley more Some ​additional foliage that includes of our championship golf course," said​ fresh shrubbery and mulch has made for a Bowles, a native ​of Thomasville and grad- much more ascetically pleasing look for all uate of High Point University who spent those who want a photo from the famous, a lot of time at Rumbling Bald when his iconic hole. family owned a home there. "Bald Mountain is more our resort "It is the bigger, broader, more course. The front nine is relatively flat, dynamic course." then you go into the mountains on the

back nine, and there are some amazing views," ​Bowles said. A recent visit to Rumbling Bald found both courses in excellent shape and busy with golfers. ​There are no visible remnants of the wildfire, and the lush greenery of springtime in the mountains was in full bloom. ​ ​Stay-and-play packages are very popular, and both courses are also open to the public. Charlie Gardin of Marion is part of a group of buddies who have make

Rumbling Bald a 72-hole vacation annually for about 10 years. "They have a variety of unique holes on both courses, a lot of risk and reward holes that I enjoy a lot," Gardin said. "We play both courses twice, and then we go to Legends and have dinner, laugh and cut up. It's a great place to play golf and have fun." ​ For more information: 828-694-3000 or visit




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Pinecrest captures third straight 4-A golf crown

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t’s difficult to say which made Pinecrest High School men’s golf coach Lynne Beechler prouder – winning a third straight 4-A prep championship or seeing her son mobbed by teammates on the 18th green following his individual championship. “I have been so fortunate to have been able to coach him this whole time,” said Beechler, the mother and coach of senior A.J. Beechler, who carded a pair of 68s on Pinehurst No. 6 to win the 4-A championship by one shot over Matt Sharpstene of T.C. Roberson. “Players like Eric Bae and Josh Martin were really great players for him to look up to. He has really been working on his putting. His tempo is just right there. And he has really been focused this year – even though he has a girlfriend.”

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A.J. Beechler hugs coach Rich Wainwright after his final-round 68 as proud mom Lynne Beechler looks on.

Charlotte Myers Park by one shot, but there was no such late drama this time around, even though the Patriots trailed Green Hope by one shot heading into Day Two, with Myers Park another shot back. Pinecrest shot 10 strokes better in Round Two and won going away, beating Green Hope by 13 shots on a cool and damp day. “We didn’t give them a number to shoot because we’ve had confidence in their scores all season,” coach Beechler

said. “They had the lowest average of any Pinecrest team we’ve had. They were very relaxed when they came out.” “You know, repeating is hard to do,” added A.J. Beechler. “All the other teams keep getting better every year, too.” R.J. Reynolds was the best team from the Triad, but finished 40 shots off the pace in sixth. The top individual finisher from the area was Brandon Einstein of West Forsyth,

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who carded rounds of 69 and 74 to tie for fourth at 1-under – seven shots behind Beechler. Einstein started the final round just one shot off the lead. Einstein’s team didn’t fare as well as the Titans finished last in the field. Beechler led by one shot going into the final round and in the end needed to get up-and-down after hitting his approach to No. 18 over the green. He chipped to 5 feet and sank the putt that he needed to avoid a playoff. “I took my time – I wasn’t going to miss that putt,” he said. Beechler also chipped in for a birdie on the 13th hole to help propel him to his 4-under-par round. “I was talking to the Myers Park coach and said, ‘You know, A.J. makes a lot of these’ and right then he hits the shot and it goes in,” said co-coach Rich Wainwright. “He got off the ground when that went in.” “That’s one of his Continued on page 11

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Burlington Williams finishes second in 3-A prep championship



he Burlington Williams team and Parker Chavis of South Rowan made strong runs at winning state titles in the 3-A men’s high school golf championship. But both had to settle for second place finishes at Foxfire Golf Club & Resort. Williams improved by 21 shots in the second round of the 36-hole event. The Bulldogs shot 303 in the second round, after opening with a 324, to finish 12 shots behind winner Marvin Ridge. Williams was led by freshman Garrett Clark, who tied for the best round of the tournament with a 70 in the second round. He managed that despite bogeying the last hole. He shot 79-70 for a 147 total that also gave him a tie for fifth place in the individual standings. “I didn't play that well the first day and I left a few out there in the second round,” said Clark, who made five birdies in his final round. “But all in all, I can't complain. Making the state tournament was the goal as a team. We wanted to win it but we wanted, at least, to come in the top three.” Senior Walker Beck shot 154, junior Grayson Butler had a 167 and senior Kaison King and junior Harrison Stuart each shot 173 to tie for the fourth team score. “We played extremely well,” said Williams coach Tommy Cole. “Three of my players cut nine shots off their scores from the first round.” The Bulldogs trailed first-round leader Tuscola by 12 shots. “You don't want to get too far behind the first day,” Cole said. “We saw the scores and they were awfully high (after the first round). We were back 12 shots and it might have been too much. I told the boys, ‘if we don't win it, let's finish second.’ We threw a solid number out there at 303.” Cole was effusive in his praise of Clark, who will lead a strong nucleus back next year for the Bulldogs. “He's got a bright, bright future,” Cole said. “He has a great swing, great technique and great fundamentals. He's going to get stronger attitude-wise and mentally tougher. He's just a baby right now but he's going to be a player. He's a talent.” Cole just finished his 33rd year as the golf coach at Williams and called himself



“the Mike Krzyzewski of high school golf.” He has won three state championships and finished second seven times. “I've been blessed,” said Cole, who also has won 24 conference titles. “There's not a whole lot I do. I get them to the golf course about an hour ahead of time.” He also jokingly explained how he puts a team together. “The first cut is if I beat them they don't make the team,” he said. “The second cut is I just play with their mind and try to get them mentally tough. It's a great game but it can rip you apart if you let it.” Chavis proved he was mentally strong in his bid to win the state individual title. He led after the first round with an evenpar 72. Then he was locked in a tense 5-hour battle with two playing partners in the second round. Chavis, Parker Boyette of Wilson Fike and Dalton Mauldin of Lee County were tied for the lead on the par-3 17th tee. But Chavis fell one shot behind when he missed a short par putt.


“I had a lot of nerves on the tee and I hit a bad 5-iron short right,” he said. “I chipped to 5 feet but I missed the putt.” Chavis knew he needed a birdie on the 18th hole. He hit a 3-wood off the tee of the 390-yard hole in the first round but this time he went with driver, risking hitting it through the fairway of the dogleg. “I was trying to put pressure on the other guys,” he said. “I put it in the fairway and had a good number of 145 yards with a 9-iron.” Chavis hit a good shot to about 10 feet but he missed the birdie putt. He ended up tied for second with Mauldin when Boyette birdied the last hole to win by two shots. Chavis shot 72-73 for a 1-over 145. “Parker played the best he has all year,” said South Rowan coach Steve Beaver. “It was so exciting to watch three good players go at it like that in the second round. Nobody ever got more than two shots ahead. It was fun to watch but it was also nerve wracking. That was high school golf at its best.”

Chavis said it was fun to play in the group. “I had a lot of pressure but it was very enjoyable,” he said. “They are both good players. I really wanted to win it. But all you can do is get into contention and see what happens.” Chavis managed a 72 in the first round despite making a double bogey and two bogeys on the par-5 holes. But he balanced that out with five birdies, including three in a row on holes 15 through 17. Chavis had only two birdies in the final round but one of them came on a 40-foot putt on the par-5 12th hole that he called, “the biggest putt of the tournament for me.” Chavis will continue his golf career in the fall at Pfeiffer University. “Pfeiffer is getting a better golfer than they think they are getting,” Beaver said. “Parker is an extremely hard worker. He doesn't play any other sports. He is dedicated to golf. Parker and Pfeiffer should make a good grouping.” Chavis will join his friend, Patrick Street from Carson High School, on the Pfeiffer team. “I'm very excited about it,” Chavis said. “Pfeiffer has a great golf program.” East Rowan finished fourth in the team standings after being the runner-up for two straight years. The Mustangs shot 317-316 for 633 to finish 18 shots behind winner Marvin Ridge. Nick Lyerly, the 2015 individual state champion, led the Mustangs with a 150 total. Other scorers were William Garland (152), Bryson Sprinkle (154) and Alex Miller (179).

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n 2-A at Beacon Ridge, Wilkes Central ran away from the competition to repeat as state champions, beating Lake Norman Charter by 32 shots. Four Wilkes Central players finished in the top 11, including Chandler Metz, who shot a second-round 73 to tie for second behind individual champion Logan McNeely of NewtonConover. McNeely trailed Metz by two shots heading into the final round, but was able to card a 70 – the low round of the championship – to capture the title. South Stokes came in third in the team race, while Forbush finished fourth. At the Country Club of Whispering Pines, Dylon Wooten of Alleghany came in second place in the 1-A championship, losing out by two shots to champion Nick Smith of Union Academy. The 1-A team title went to Lincoln Charter, which took a

12-stroke lead over Community School of Davidson after the first round and were never threatened, winning its first state golf title by 13 shots. Lincoln Charter was led by Justin Morgan who fired a 5-over 149 on his way to a third place finish. Meanwhile, in the independent schools championships, Michael Sanders of Cannon School birdied the second playoff hole to defeat Ryan Gerard of Raleigh Ravenscroft after each had finished 36 holes at 8-under-par at Whispering Pines for the 3-A title. Ravenscoft captured the team title behind Gerard and Quinn Riley, shot 69-70 to come in third. St. David’s captured the 2-A crown, while Jackson Van Paris of O’Neal School shot 70-67 to win the individual title by eight shots. In 1-A, Burlington School was tied with University Christian after the first round, but had to settle for second, losing the team title by three shots. Dustin Blank of Burlington School shot 77-73 to place second in the individual race.



Upstart Aggies surprise coach with late-season surge



orth Carolina A&T women’s golf coach Richard Watkins reluctantly accepted pats on the back this season as he launched the school’s first golf program in 125 years. Forgive Watkins for being a little hard on himself and his team – he wants to win like most coaches – even though the odds against this group were longer than a 600-yard par-5. Golf is difficult enough, let alone starting a program from scratch. “Everybody at A&T was all happy and very, very pleased, and some of our competitors were a little surprised by our play, but at the end of the day the only six people that weren’t extraordinary happy were the five golfers and their coach,” Watkins said. “We just weren’t as excited as everybody else was. We didn’t win; we want to do better.” Success is relative, so looking back on the season the A&T women actually accomplished a ton after finishing dead last in their first tournament, eventually coming in second at the MEAC Championship, and then recently placing fourth in the 2017 PGA Minority Collegiate Golf Championship in Florida. “I got very, very fortunate this year because I recruited five young ladies that weren’t afraid of hard work,” Watkins said. “And that’s probably the biggest tribute I can pay to them. If they missed practice it was because of a class or lab. They worked.” Watkins fielded a team of just five women this inaugural season, not because he couldn’t get players to join the program but because he wanted to build a program, not just start one. “I set it up that way,” Watkins said of his small roster. “I was trying to build some classes instead of just going out and getting a bunch of freshmen, and then you’ve got what you’ve got for four years. I just didn’t want to operate like that. I have two girls that will be seniors next year, three sophomores and I’m bringing in one junior college player and one freshman. And I’ve already identified



Former Southern Alamance golfer Jocelyn Andrews shot 73 in the National Minority Championship. Photo N.C. A&T Athletics

four players for the following year.” The Aggies set up shop at Bryan Park and Forest Oaks golf courses this past season, and then quietly went to work under the radar. “Both of those places and the people at those places have been tremendous,” Watkins said. “They were so good and my hat’s off to them, they really extended themselves and welcomed us with open arms and honestly treated us like we had been there for years.” At the Starmount Forest Fall Classic last October, the Aggies were 111 shots off the pace, finishing 11th out of 11 teams. “I wasn’t overly concerned that we finished last,” Watkins said. “I just wanted to use that strong field and those greens at Starmount as measuring sticks. They were perfect greens but they were like putting on your hardwood floor in your den. When you can’t stop uphill putts you are in trouble. They were the fastest greens we faced all year, but after those we

weren’t scared.” J.C. Harvison shot three straight 77s and produced the program’s first-ever top 10 individual finish in that event. Then when junior Sofia Alvarez finished third in the next spring event Watkins knew he had two good players. However, the rest of the team was a work in progress. No more so than Jocelyn Andrews of Southern Alamance High School. The freshman was a good prep player, but Watkins immediately knew Andrews was going to face a stern test at the college level. “So I did something to her that I promised that I wouldn’t ever do,” he said. “I just started in the middle of competition changing and revamping her golf swing. That was a compete disservice. I set up her up for failure. And she struggled early, and a lot of her struggles can be attributed to my decision. You can’t make changes to your swing and try to compete, too. But she struggled

through it, stuck with it and just got better and better.” How much better? Well, after not breaking 80 all season, Andrews carded an opening-round 73 at the minority national championship. She also was a factor three weeks earlier at the MEAC Championship. “The national minority kind of caught me off guard just because a couple of young ladies had struggled early and were making improvements but they were baby steps,” Watkins said. What was the season’s most satisfying moment? “There was a pretty good list of them,” Watkins said. “But honestly, the feeling of accomplishment that I got from seeing the girls when they realized they had finished second in the conference. We knew that we should be the second-best team in the MEAC but to go out and actually do it and be what you are supposed to be and move forward, and pulling for each other, was satisfying.” Watkins is a longtime coach and employee of A&T, having worked for the school since 1992. He’s a graduate of High Point College and played on the golf team while in school there. Now, he’s crafting his men’s golf roster for its inaugural season this fall. Watkins is going about it in the same meticulous manner, refusing to settle for par. “It hasn’t been easy, but part of the reason it hasn’t been easy has been me,” he said. “I could have put a men’s team together in a week if I would have just taken all the interest forms, all the phone calls and all the emails I got of kids wanting to play or walk-on. That’s not what I want. I have already commitments from a transfer from Charleston Southern and one from Mount Olive, and a freshman from California.” After a whirlwind recruiting trip up the East Coast from Florida to Georgia and then to the state championships in Pinehurst, Watkins was recently able to play a round of golf with buddies and exhale at Gillespie Golf Course in Greensboro. But he was back working the phones the next morning. “I’ve loved every minute of it,” Watkins said of starting two golf teams from scratch.

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By JOHN BRASIER wned and operated by the city of High Point, Oak Hollow Golf Course shares a legacy with the likes of TPC Sawgrass, Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course, The Honors Course and Harbour Town — it was designed by famed architect Pete Dye. But tee times at Oak Hollow are much easier to make, and much easier to afford, if you get one. Completed in 1972, three years after Dye made a name for himself by designing Harbour Town — longtime home of the PGA Tour’s Heritage Classic — with some input from Jack Nicklaus, Dye laid out a beauty along Oak Hollow Lake. In addition to eight water holes, Dye utilized many of his famous trademarks, most notably small, undulating and peninsular greens, railroad ties and a memorable island tee. Though Oak Hollow isn’t as famous as Dye’s layouts that play host to annual PGA Tour events or occasional major championships its famous pedigree attracts players from throughout the country. “Certainly Pete Dye is famous and some golfers come here just because they want to play his golf courses,” said Steve High, director of golf at Oak Hollow and sister city course Blair Park. “We get people from everywhere -- people on golf vacations to Pinehurst, Myrtle Beach or Florida stop here on their way. We’re almost like a tourist area. We get a lot of people from all over the state, and from all over the Southeast. “If you’re a senior playing on a weekday, where else can you play a Pete Dye course for $24?” And High Point has kept its Dye design pretty much



intact, High said, pointing out that the biggest change he knows of is the replacement of a few weathered railroad ties. You don’t have to be 55 to get a great deal. The standard weekday price for greens fee and cart is $32 and $39 before noon on weekends. Walkers can play 18 holes for $17 on weekdays. And the rates drop in December, January and February. On the course, there is one major difference between Oak Hollow and some of Dye’s most dastardly difficult designs. Oak Hollow, which plays to par 72, isn’t extremely long, measuring only 6,564 yards from the back tees. But the small, sloping putting surfaces, water hazards and undulating terrain add difficulty that can’t be appreciated on the scorecard. And the challenges presented by the small, bentgrass greens are increased by the shortage of easy pin placements. Approaches and chips left above the hole can often result in three putts. “We have small greens with a lot of undulation,” High said. “It’s very target-oriented.” Yet Oak Hollow’s bent greens are smooth and true, providing good opportunities on uphill or flat putts. “We’re very comfortable with how they are now,” High said. Oak Hollow isn’t taxing throughout. At least two of the par-4s are reachable from the second tees. The two par-5s on the front nine measure fewer than 500 yards from the tips. As at many courses, local knowledge helps at Oak Hollow, especially at No. 2, a short par-5, where many players will hit drives over a hill, leaving only a mid-iron to a tiny green only 11 yards deep and protected by a pair of bunkers and sharp drop-off to the left. The imposing target makes laying up a reasonable option from less than 200 yards out. Oak Hollow Lake dominates the landscape, making its first appearance at No. 4 with a modest carry over the water required to the 170-yard par-3. The short par-5 fifth forces a carry over the water off the tee then stretches slightly left along the shore, with the lake eventually wrapping around the back of the green.

The signature hole is the par-4 sixth hole, which presents a challenging drive from an island tee from the tips, and a heroic opportunity to drive the green from the other sets of tees, as it bends left around the lake. From the 420-yard back markers on the tiny island, players must avoid the water on the left and trees on the right to leave a mid- to short-iron approach to the putting surface. From the second tee blocks, players have the option of hitting an iron or fairway wood straight down the fairway, drawing a drive around a portion of the dogleg or taking direct aim over the lake — often into a prevailing breeze — to the green about 250 yards away. Turning away from the lake at Nos. 7 and 8, the course provides a classic Dye look at No. 9, a short par-4 with fairway tiers separated by railroad tees. Drives left of the target drop to a lowered landing area and an approach likely blocked by trees. The back nine is longer and slightly more difficult from the start, a 588yard monster that forces players to hit two solid shots to have a clear approach as the hole bends sharply left over the final 100 yards. No. 11 is perhaps the most difficult hole on the course. Oak Hollow Lake extends down the entire left side on the par-4, which measures 437 yards from the back tees. Trees pinch in from the right at the green, which is only 14 paces deep. Going for the green in two at the 526-yard 15th hole takes steely nerves and superior skill with a fairway wood or long-iron. The small green sits upon a plateau with the left side of the putting surface perched precariously above a steep drop into a gully. At 17, players can try their luck at reaching the green 300 yards off the tee. But the putting surface is only 14 paces across, making it extremely rare for drives to come to rest on the putting surface. A long, accurate drive is a must on the finishing hole, a 448-yard par-4 bending left as the green approaches. Respectable drives to the left side of the fairway can be blocked from the green.

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By ROBERT KIMBALL ome of us dream of a day when we can retire and live on a golf course. One man is doing just that; except he’s not retired and his definition of living on the course might seem a bit different from most. Only 10 minutes off Interstate 40 sits Pudding Ridge Golf Course. Golfers have been playing this Davie County layout since 1994, and now there is new life at the course. Liked the bentgrass greens? How about the fairways? Nice sand in the bunkers? What about that wicked pin placement on 12? George Waranowitz is happy to hear all about it. In fact, you probably will see him on the course, no matter when or what day you play. He is the superintendent, mower, sprayer, hole cutter, turf grass expert, mechanic, weather forecaster, customer service representative -- and by the way -new owner of Pudding Ridge. “I’m the jack of all trades and master of none,” he joked. Waranowitz (pronounced War-ano-witz) simply goes by George around the clubhouse. “I don’t expect anyone to correctly pronounce my name; I feel a bit like Coach K sometimes,” he laughed. Waranowitz and his business partner bought the course in April 2017 and he has

made his home two miles away. “This is a great area out here,” he said. “I love the open spaces and fields that surround the property.” He has since jumped into his work, arriving at sunrise often to twilight. Ten-to12 hour days Monday through Friday are the norm; Saturday and Sunday he’ll knock off around lunchtime depending on what is going on. Sure, the hours are long, but the tradeoff is good for Waranowitz. He can do something he loves and make a living doing it. “We didn’t buy this course because we’re millionaire investors looking to make a big profit. We bought it because we want to run a golf course and love the work involved with it. I can sum it up with the motto -- I love to work but I hate having a job. So, I don’t consider this my job but my lifestyle,” he said. George comes to Pudding Ridge by way of Southern Maryland, where as a student at the University of Maryland’s turf grass school, he first worked on a sod farm that was turned into a driving range and par-3 course. He pretty much single-handedly oversaw the construction of the course, and grew to love caring for and managing the grounds. From there, he moved to Hilton Head in South Carolina to work for

a golf course construction company. The position included extended travel, and it was here he got a taste of the Triad area, when he was involved in the restoration of Lexington Golf Club in 2002. From there he moved to Savannah, Ga., for a non-golf related engineering job and finally back to Southern Maryland. His goal was to work for himself in the golf business and, after a deal fell through in Maryland, he scouted out potential sites in 2016. He focused on Pudding Ridge because he enjoyed the simplicity of it. “The course is simple in a good way. It’s pretty open and not overly challenging. It has good bones.” Tie that in with an already good flow of clientele and it was too good to pass on. “We felt we could attract Winston-Salem golf-

ers who were moving out towards the Clemmons area, and even some northern Charlotte demographics, and that puts us in a good location with potential.” Pudding Ridge plays to a maximum yardage of 6,813 with a slope of 133. The par-71 layout features a large pond in the middle of the course that comes into play on numerous holes, both on tee shots and approaches. Waranowitz is pleased with the current conditions, and plans to improve them over time. However, two weeks after he signed the ownership papers, the area experienced an extended period of rain. The creeks and ponds became flooded and many of the holes were saturated. “I was a little freaked out,” he said. “I thought we were going to lose some wood bridges and sustain damage to the course. It’s nice to have things back to the condition where we can perform daily maintenance.” Waranowitz was pleased with the current staff and kept them all on when he purchased the property, so the faces will be familiar to longtime guests. He is around all the time, but doesn’t see himself as a micro-manager. “I’m not a control freak, but as an owner-operator I like staying on top of things. There is always something I can be doing out here,” he said. The decision to uproot and move to Mocksville wasn’t taken lightly, but George admits it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of his family. His wife, Rebecca, a California native whom he met while working in Savannah, has been behind him the whole way. “She’s my rock, no doubt about it. Without her, this wouldn’t have happened,” he said. One of the fringe benefits of living so close to work, and being the boss, is every day his wife and two children come to the clubhouse for lunch with dad. “That really means a lot to me. It brings it all together.” So, what does he do when he’s not at work on the golf course? Does he actually play any golf? George laughs and says no he doesn’t play that much. “But, when I do play, I always like to play with a group. I enjoy the social aspect of the game. I am pretty much an average bogey golfer.”

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uilford College finished its season on a roll. After 11th and 17th-place finishes in March events, and a 10th-of-15 mark in an early April tournament, the Quakers were slipping in the national rankings. But they finally put it all together by winning the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship in late April. That victory produced one of 33 automatic bids to the Division III national championship in mid-May. With only nine at-large bids available to round out the 42-team field, it was doubtful 19thranked Guilford would receive a ticket to the nationals without the ODAC title. Talk about taking advantage of an opportunity. Guilford narrowly missed bringing home a national championship, falling just two shots short of Wittenberg University in the four-day event at Mission Inn Resort in Florida. A first-round 300 left the Quakers in eighth place but they made a steady climb into contention with a 293-296293 effort. It took a dramatic finish by Wittenberg to lift the Ohio school to its first national title. The Tigers played the final two holes at 4-under while Guilford played the same stretch even par. Texas-Tyler ended third, six shots back of Guilford while top-ranked Huntingdon College of Alabama settled for a fourth-place tie with Greensboro College, 10 shots off Wittenberg’s pace. Methodist posted a tournament-best 288 to climb into seventh, giving N.C. three of the top seven teams. Guilford previously won NCAA Divison III titles in 2002 and 2005 and this was its third runner-up finish. The Quakers came up one shot short in both 2001 and 2010. Ty Palmer, a senior from Kernersville, closed with a an eagle on the par-4 16th and a birdie at the 18th for an even-par 72 to lead Guilford’s charge. Freshman Zachary Evans also matched par in the final round, sophomore Josh Hill shot 74 and Harrison Frye, a junior from High Point, posted 75. Palmer was the only Guilford player to have his score count all four days, a show of the team’s balance. Hill’s 12th was the best individual finish in the 26


215-man field. Palmer and freshman Kell Graham tied for 24th, Evans tied for 30th and Frye tied for 42nd. Palmer finished with a 75.6 career stroke average, 13th-best in school history. Addison Lambeth, who returned to college after a break for a five-year tour with the Marines, completed his brilliant two-year career at Huntingdon with a ninth-place finish. A year ago, Huntingdon and Lambeth were both runners-up in the NCAA championships. Lambeth tied for first individually but lost in a three-way playoff for the national title. A year after setting Huntingdon's NCAA-era scoring average record at 72.37, Lambeth improved it in 2017 with a 71.4 in 27 rounds. Greensboro College was led in the final round by Grant Powell, a freshman from Northwest Guilford. His 73 com-

bined with 74 by Sean O’Conner, 75 by Luke Grogan and 77 by Levi Grogan for the 299 total.

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Four ACC teams will be among the 30 who assemble for the NCAA Championship May 26-31 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill. The top five teams from each of six regionals played in mid-May advanced. North Carolina, standing eighth after 36 holes, fired a final round 277 and edged out Georgia Tech by one shot for the fifth spot out of the Stanford Regional. Freshman Austin Hitt shot 67 and juniors Ben Griffin and Jose Montaño added 69s to lead the Tar Heels’ rally. William Register, a junior from Burlington, had Carolina’s fourth score in the final round. His 2-over-par 72

came in grind-it-out fashion as he was 4 over after the first five holes. The Tar Heels will be making their first trip to the nationals since 2007. Duke placed second to LSU in the Baton Rouge Regional led by the play of sophomore Alex Smalley and freshman Chandler Eaton, who tied for third individually. Virginia also advanced out of the Baton Rouge regional with a fourth-place finish. Thomas Walsh, a sophomore from High Point, scored all three rounds for the Cavs and ended in a 17th-place tie individually. Clemson earned its spot with a tie for second in the College Grove Regional. Wake Forest narrowly missed advancing from the Austin Regional, ending sixth, four shots back of Arizona State. The Deacons will be represented individually by junior Will Zalatoris, who tied for fifth with 69-72-69.


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Grey Townsend, Winston-Salem Ty Palmer, Kernersville Chris Dorsett, Mt. Airy Harrison Frye, High Point Addison Lambeth, Greensboro Nick Gunnell, Hamptonville Eric Edwards, Salisbury Thomas Walsh, High Point Eric Edwards, Salisbury Ty Palmer, Kernersville Matt McDonagh, Winston-Salem Alex Burris, Greensboro William Register, Burlington Harrison Frye, High Point Grant Powell, Colfax

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* Rain forced cancelation of a sudden death playoff after three holes, leaving Meghan Holbrooks as co-champion with King University's Nicola Robertson. This chart lists players from the Triad Golf Today coverage area who finished in the top half of a field in collegiate events of at least two rounds played April 23-May 19.

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Symetra Tour Self Regional Healthcare Foundation Classic The Links at Stoney Point, Greenwood, SC May 11-14 1. Celine Boutier, France, $30,000! 68-68-70-72--278 Selected others 6. Lori Beth Adams, Burlington, $5,920! 71-70-71-70--282 Note: Career-best ďŹ nish for Adams in her second year on Symetra Tour. GPro Tour Verdict Ridge GC, Denver, NC May 3-4 1. Matt Davidson, Greenville, SC, $4,300! 2. Charlie Harrison, Atlanta, $2,850! Selected others from ďŹ eld of 49 14. Blake Carter, Bassett, Va., $638!

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32nd!North Carolina Senior Amateur Country Club of Salisbury (par 71) May 16-18 1. Paul Simson, Raleigh! 64-72-71--207 2. Macon Moye, Pinehurst! 69-72-71--212 3. Keith Waters, Raleigh! 72-69-72--213 3. Gary Robinson, Fayetteville! 72-71-70--213 3. Doug Owens, Albemarle! 75-67-71--213 Selected others from ďŹ eld of 120 9. Steve Sharpe, Greensboro! 75-72-73--220 12. Russ Perry, Winston-Salem! 73-73-75--221 12. Harrison Rutter, Winston-Salem! 71-73-77--221 19. Andre Resner, Salisbury! 75-71-77--223 27. Grant Hoffman, Asheboro! 79-71-78--228 31. Logan Jackson, Winston-Salem! 82-73-74--229 31. Ernie Newton, Winston-Salem! 80-73-76--229 42. Tom Fagerli, Yadkinville! 71-81-80--232 42. Kim MansďŹ eld, High Point! 72-82-78--232 47. Lawrence Hicks, Greensboro! 78-77-78--233 51. Arlis Pike, Kernersville! 82-74-78--234 51. Elton Trent, Reidsville! 75-79-80--234 Notes: Paul Simson won his third straight N.C. Senior, giving him nine titles in the event since he became eligible in 2006. He extended his CGA record of all-time titles to 33.

Amateur Individual

George L. Coleman Invitational Seminole GC, Juno Beach, Fla. April 27-29 1. Scott Harvey, Kernersville! 71-71-74--216 2. Matt Swan, Atlanta! 73-73-71--217 2. Matt Broome, Barrington, RI! 73-72-72--217 4. Stewart Hagestad, New York City! 71-69-78--218 Senior Division 1. Doug Hanzel, Savannah, Ga.! 70-72-72--214 Selected others 18. Keith Decker, Martinsville! 78-79-73--230

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Selected ďŹ nishers from Triad (top half of division) ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL TOURNAMENTS SedgeďŹ eld CC (Dye Course) • May 15 Men A (16 entries) 1. Scott Newnam, Gibsonville-Logan Thornton, Burlington! 66 2. Seth Hall, Greensboro-Paul Slomkowski, Colfax! 67 7. Joe Weinberger, W-S-William Mitchell Jr, Creedmoor! 73 Men B1 (12 entries) 1. David Wall, Madison-Johnny Kallam, Stoneville! 67 Men B2 (12 entries) 1. Bobby Jarrett, Greensboro-Eddie Streetman, Lexington! 72 2. Vincent Avera, Greensboro-Ronald Ramos, Kernersville! 79 6. Billy Sawyers, Pilot Mountain-Tim Lazenby, Ararat! 81 6. Doug Keltner, Cary-Henry Garcia, Burlington! 81 6. Paul Victor, King-Rob Howerton, Clemmons! 81 Mixed (4 entries) 1. Lisa Milligan, Greensboro-Larry Boswell, Jamestown! 73 Old North State Club, New London • May 1 Men A1 (12 entries) 1. Seth Hall, Greensboro-Paul Slomkowski, Colfax! 66 2. Mark Absher, Winston Salem-Mark Nieters, Clemmons! 67 3. Phil Hugh Miller, China Grove-Kevin Lentz, Rockwell! 68 4. Keenan Denny, King-Chris Blankenship, Winston-Salem! 70 6. John Major-John Kennedy, Winston Salem! 71 Men B1 (11 entries) 2. David Larmour, Winston-Salem-Brian Nason, Lewisville! 72 5. Tim Hagborg, Winston-Salem-Brian Sainz, Advance! 76 5. Myron Prevatte-Dexter Barbee, Burlington! 76 Men B2 (13 entries) 3. Steven Snow, Mt. Airy-Tim Snow, Dobson! 76

6. Larry Noble, Yadkinville-Lee Noble, Walkertown! Mixed (6 entries) 2. Ann Hogan-Rick Hogan, Denton! Women (3 entries) 1. Gloria Woodyear, Troy-Julie Shore, Raleigh! SENIOR ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL TOURNAMENTS Stoney Creek GC • May 9 Tournament Division (12 entries) 1. Don Vanderbeck-W-S-Robert Vespa, SummerďŹ eld! 2. Tommy Martin, Whitsett-Rod Wishart, Gibsonville! 2. Tom Fagerli, Yadkinville-Bill Long, Ahoskie! 4. Gary Eubanks-Robert Pace, Greensboro! 5. Mark Hawley, New London-Mike Twilley, Greensboro! 5. Myron Prevatte-Dexter Barbee, Burlington! 5. Turner Church, Gibsonville-Jeffrey Petry, Elon! Super Senior 65+ (11 entries) 1. Ray Novicki, Southern Pines-Dick Hogan, Burlington! 3. John Andrew, Greensboro-Greg Powell, Charlotte! 3. Don Smith-Gene Grubb, Greensboro! 5. Dorsey Brown-Ben Payne, Greensboro! Super Senior 70+ (7 entries) 2. Don Fowler, Charlotte-Sidney Kale, Burlington!

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Alamance Country Club, Burlington • May 8 Tournament Division A (10 entries) 1. Randy Beeson, Colfax-Arlis Pike, Kernersville! 67 1. Don Vanderbeck-W-S-Robert Vespa, SummerďŹ eld! 67 3. Tom Fagerli, Yadkinville-Bill Long, Ahoskie! 69 5. Mark Hawley, New London-Mike Twilley, Greensboro! 72 5. Jerry Richardson Sr, Burlington-Dwight Leadbetter, Elon! 72 Tournament Division B (10 entries) 1. Tony Santoro-Steve Crouse, Reidsville! 68 2. Myron Prevatte-Dexter Barbee, Burlington! 72 3. Larry Shaver, Sanford-Steve Judge, Siler City! 74 Super Senior 65+ A (7 entries) 1. Don Smith-Gene Grubb, Greensboro! 67 2. John Barlow Jr, SummerďŹ eld-Greg Powell, Charlotte! 70 3. John Shepherd, Alamance-Pete Burgess, Burlington! 72 Super Senior 65+ B (7 entries) 1. Larry Willett, High Point-David Williams, Cary! 73 1. Ralph Wadlinger, Graham-Jones Pollard, Durham! 73 Super Senior 70+ (14 entries) 1. Bill Coble, Burlington-J Brannock III, Elon! 67 4. Wesley Brown, Roxboro-Richard Warren, Durham! 71 6. James Schlosser, Gboro-James Stephens, High Point! 73

Dormie Club, West End • April 30 Tournament Division A (11 entries) 2. Stanley Randall-Johnny Miller, Mocksville! Tournament Division B (12 entries) 1. David Larmour, Win-Salem-Jim Williams, Kernersville! 3. Dale Slate, Advance-Jim Slate, Pinehurst! Super Senior 65+ A (11 entries) 1. Edward Kiger-Arlis Pike, Kernersville! Super Senior 65+ B (9 entries) 3. Terry Glidewell, Greensboro-Steven Johnson, Jefferson! 4. Gray Kimel, Winston-Salem-Gregg Cregan, Lewisville! Super Senior 70+ (15 entries) 1. Ray Novicki, Southern Pines-Larry Boswell, Jamestown!

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2nd Carolinian Amateur Keith Hills CC, Buies Creek (par 72) May 19-21 1. Gaston Bertinotti! 68-69-69--206 2. Brett McLamb! 69-72-69--210 3. Quinn Tardif! 68-71-74--213 4. Trey Burton! 70-71-75--216 5. Charlie Niland! 73-69-76--218 5. Zachary Bishop! 71-77-70--218 5. Thomas Owen! 78-70-70--218 8. Patrick Stephenson! 75-72-72--219 8. John McFadyen! 70-79-70--219 10. Charlie Maness! 74-74-73--220 10. Chris Holland! 73-76-71--220 10. Clay Brown! 72-73-75--220 10. Hunter McCombs! 74-72-74--220 Selected others from field of 132 17. Joseph Cansler! 72-75-75--222 17. Tripp Summerlin! 74-69-79--222 23. Nathan Young! 75-75-74--223 29. Regan Erhardt! 73-74-78--225 29. Clayton Holland! 75-73-77--225 35. Jordan Smith! 79-73-75--227 55. Phil Miller! 77-75-82--234 57. Brandon Miller! 79-76-80--235

CGA 1-Day Individual

Listing Triad finishers from top half Magnolia Greens, Leland May 14 Men A (17 entries) 3. David Weinberger, Roxboro! 78 7. Joe Weinberger, Winston-Salem! 83 Super Senior Men (21 entries) 6. Michael Burdick, McLeansville! 79 Lockwood Folly, Supply May 13 Men A (11 entries) 2. David Weinberger, Roxboro! 76 Super Senior Men (18 entries) 1. Michael Burdick, McLeansville! 75 The Neuse GC, Clayton May 7 Super Senior Men (10 entries) 2. Michael Burdick, McLeansville! 74

Amateur Individual

Alamance County Senior Amateur Indian Valley GC, Burlington (par 70) May 17-18 Championship Flight (top 7 of 9) Randy Ector! 68-75--143 Claude Allred! 71-74--145 Mike Thompson! 72-73--145 Frank Bunn! 73-72--145 Jeff Catlett! 73-74--147 Lynn Hooper! 73-74--147 Ernie York! 76-73--149 First Flight (top 5 of 12) Randy Shoffner! 78-72--150 Wayne Fogleman! 79-71--150 John Ferguson! 78-77--155 Linwood Wall! 79-76--155 Mike Nall! 77-79--156 Second Flight (top 3 of 10) Jesse Garner! 83-75--158 Matt Holt! 83-76--159 Ray Bramburg! 84-80--164 29th Southwick Amateur Southwick GC, Graham May 6-7 Championship Flight Tanner Gross! 67-66--133 Tony Byerly! 65-69--134 Scott Trent! 68-69--137 Kevin Burns! 69-72--141 Perry Lowe! 70-73--143 First Flight Cam Millwood! 73-69--142 Garland Yates! 72-72--144 Michael Isley! 76-71--147 Dewayne Blakely! 73-74--147 Steven Trent! 76-72--148 Second Flight Willie Noah! 79-71--150 Trey Mitchell! 77-73--150 Mike Storey! 77-73--150 Pat Joyner! 78-75--153 Jack Tomkovick! 79-87--166 Third Flight Chad Marshall! 81-77--158 Bryce Barnes! 82-79--161 Kirby Pennix! 84-79--163

Dustin Gilstrap! 83-80--163 Nassar Hallaji! 82-84--166 Fourth Flight Walt Byerly! 86-83--169 Jimmy Foster! 85-87--172 Brandon Storey! 89-83--172 Dale Price! 95-84--179 50+ Senior Flight Perry Lowe """! 70-73--143 Garland Yates ""! 72-72--144 Mike Storey ""! 77-73--150 Gilmer Hinshaw "! 76-76--152 Jerry Joyce ! "74-78--152 41st annual Bud Kivett Memorial Blair Park GC, High Point - April 29 Oak Hollow GC, High Point - April 30 Championship Flight (11 entries) Justin Emmons"" """"""""""""""! 69-67--136 Jonathan Whitmire"""""""""! 70-68--138 Marc Cox""""""""""" """"""""""""""! 68-70--138 James Moore""""""""""""""""""" ! 70-69--139 Nicholas Lewis"" """""""""""""" ! 67-72--139 Colton Sapp""""""" """""""""""""! " 66-74--140 Andrew Mespelt""""""""""""""! 70-70--140 Brian Schoffner" """""""""""""" ! 67-76--143 Andrew Gates""" """"""""""""""! 68-76--144 First Flight Dustin Ramsey"""""""""""""""""! 72-74--146 Ryan Hodges""""""""""""""""""""! 72-74--146 Tanner Gross""""""""""""""""""""! 72-75--147 Josh Burnham""""""""""""""""""! 71-79--150 Clay Holland"""""""""""""""""""""! 72-78--150 DJ Johnson""""""""""""""""""""""""! 71-81--151 Darren Swaim"""""""""""""""""" ! 72-80--152 Second Flight (17 entries) Buck Hall""""""""""""""""""""""""""" ! 73-68--141 Wes Tyner"""""""""""""""""""""""""! 73-71--144 Mitch Robinette"""""""""""""" ! 73-71--144 Paul Slomkowski"""""""""""""" ! 74-72--146 Zachary Arms""""""""""""""""""" ! 73-74--147 Darin Bell"""""""""""""""""""""""""" ! 73-74--147 David Reagan"""""""""""""""""""! 73-74--147 Ryan Wyble""""""""""""""""""""""! 73-75--148 Jordan Smith""""""""""""""""""""! 74-74--148 Matt Nelson""""""""""""""""""""" ! 73-76--149 Dane Robertson""""""""""""""! 73-77--150 Third Flight (11 entries) Jordan Fritts""""""""""""""""""""" ! 75-74--149 Justin Lewis""""""""""""""""""""""! 75-75--150 Kerry Heitkamp"""""""""""""""" ! 75-77--152 Ricky Zachary""""""""""""""""""! " 75-78--153 Billy Crawford""""""""""""""""""! 75-79--154 Sean Greene"""""""""""""""""""""! 75-79--154 Fourth Flight (16 entries) Bob Gardner""""""""""""""""""""" ! 78-69--147 Garland Yates"""""""""""""""""" ! 77-74--151 Russ Patterson""""""""""""""""" ! 77-76--153 Kyle Moffett""""""""""""""""""""" ! 78-75--153 Andy Younts""""""""""""""""""""" ! 77-77--154 Jacob Neal"""""""""""""""""""""""" ! 77-78--155 Fifth Flight (9 entries) Nick Johnson"""""""""""""""""""! " 79-74--153 Gary Roberson""""""""""""""""" ! 79-77--156 Barry Briggs""""""""""""""""""""""! 80-81--161 Mark Boley"""""""""""""""""""""""! 79-84--163 Sixth Flight (9 entries) Jeremy Walley""""""""""""""""" ! 81-80--161 Jim Crites""""""""""""""""""""""""""! 81-81--162 Jerry Rogers""""""""""""""""""""" ! 82-80--162 Steve Smith"""""""""""""""""""""""! 81-84--165 Brett Sides""""""""""""""""""""""""! 83-82--165 Seventh Flight (7 entries) Ryan Russ"""""""""""""""""""""""""" ! 85-82--167 John Aker""""""""""""""""""""""""""! 85-85--170 Ren Hean""""""""""""""""""""""""" ! 84-89--173 Steven Niday"""""""""""""""""""" ! 86-87--173 Eighth Flight (9 entries) Tony Mims""""""""""""""""""""""! "" 89-83--172 Greg Demko""""""""""""""""""""! " 88-87--175 Hugh Mespelt""""""""""""""""""! 89-87--176 Kevin Steilper""""""""""""""""""! " 90-87--177 Ninth Flight (8 entries) Vince Pagani"""""""""""""""""""""! 97-96--193 Danny Leitch"""""""""""""""! 101-97" 198 John Jeyapaul""""""""""""""""""" ! 97-102" 199

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Mill Creek GC, Mebane • May 18 Championship Flight (8 entries) 1. Joey Moffitt, High Point! 73 2. Gary Roberson, Burlington! 74 Selected others 5. Howard Nemenz, Winston-Salem! 79 A Flight (16 entries) 1. John East, Rockingham! 75 2. Mark Robinson, Winston-Salem! 77 2. Mike Crawford, Summerfield! 77

Selected others 6. Wilson Shelton, Madison! 79 6. Don Tabat, Lexington! 79 B Flight (22 entries) 1."Gus Alford, Zebulon! 76 2. Jim Shermer, Lewisville! 77 Selected others Tr i a d 4. Parker Whitt, Winston-Salem! 79 5. Huston Shaw, Winston-Salem! 80 6. Rob Geilhausen, Linwood! 81 9. Dexter Barbee, Burlington! 83 9. Ron Tapscott, Walkertown! 83 C Flight (25 entries) 1."David Davis, Martinsville, Va.! 81 Selected others 5. A.C. Guarino, Pfafftown! 89 5. Mike Charles, Winston-Salem! 89 5. Richard Hartley, High Point! 89 10. Jim Hayden, Whitsett! 90 11. Lee Smith, Mebane! 91 11. Rus Rilling, Madison! 91 The Neuse GC, Clayton • May 11 Championship Flight (6 entries) 1. Howard Nemenz, Winston-Salem! 72 2. Greg Mabe, High Point! 73 3. Joey Moffitt, High Point! 75 4. Dan Anthony, Thomasville! 78 A Flight (11 entries) 1."Chuck Smith, Sanford! 74 B Flight (9 entries) 1."Gus Alford, Zebulon! 76 C Flight (10 entries) 1. Rus Rilling, Madison! 88

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Bryan Park (Players) • April 27 Championship Flight (8 entries) 1. Howard Nemenz, Winston-Salem! 73 2. Dan Anthony, Thomasville! 75 2. David Coolidge, Greensboro! 75 4. Brad Rinella, Jonesborough, Tenn.! 76 4. Greg Mabe, High Point! 76 A Flight (17 entries) 1. Mark Robinson, Winston-Salem! 72 Selected others 5. Preston Jones, Salisbury! 79 B Flight (20 entries) 1. Dexter Barbee, Burlington! 78 Barbee birdied 2nd playoff hole Selected others 2. Ron Tapscott, Walkertown! 78 7. Tim Ward, Greensboro! 82 C Flight (27 entries) 1. Mark Denton, Mocksville! 78 Selected others 2. Richard Hartley, High Point! 84 4. Lewis Burgman, Greensboro! 85 9. Rus Rilling, Madison! 90 9. Mike Hunter, Greensboro! 90 9. Travis Jones, Greensboro! 90

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Oak Hills GC, Eden May 10 A Flight (4 entries) 1. David Turner, Kernersville! 2. Johnny Gauldin, Danville, Va.! B Flight (7 entries) 1. Danny Daniel, Dry Fork, Va.! 2. Jeff Yohn, Kernersville! C Flight (5 entries) 1. Willard Vicks, Danville! 2. Randy Kenyon, Hillsborough! 2. Randy Burtt, Providence! D Flight (4 entries) 1. Don LaFlamme, Keeling! 2. Brian Alderson, Ringgold, Va.! E Flight (2 entries) 1. Joe Evans, Danville!

London Downs GC, Forest Va. April 26 A Flight (3 entries) 1. Adam Barker, Altavista, Va.! 2. Fran Hensley, Ridgeway! B Flight (6 entries) 1. Paul Griffin, Greensboro! 2. Danny Daniel, Dry Fork, Va.! 3. Wayne Thompson, Mebane! C Flight (6 entries) 1. Bill Thompson, Gretna, Va.! 2. Debbie Thompson, Gretna, Va.! D Flight (5 entries) 1. Randy Kenyon, Hillsborough! 2. Brian Alderson, Ringgold, Va.! E Flight (4 entries) 1. Robin Starnes, Altavista, Va.! 2. Randy McCann, Greensboro! Starnes won on 2nd playoff hole

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diately made the mental adjustment and By HOWARD WARD played the remainder of the round with far greater accuracy. You still missed ell, Bets, you have proven that oward, once upon a time we them left and right as usual, but you had your memory is as poor as played the Dunes Club in them pin-high. your depth perception. The Myrtle Beach. Your approach I guess this is why the USGA has Dunes Club, which is one of my all-time shots were consistently long. You were been such a stick in the mud about using favorite golf courses anywhere, does not muttering about it, but your Fayetteville use short flag sticks. Mumble always sounds like muttering to lasers in their competitions. Then again, these are the same guys that approved You have to be thinking of the Greg me, so I paid no attention. green mapping a while back. Norman-designed Reserve Club at Mid-round you asked me to tend the This makes no sense Litchfield, S.C. That is flagstick. You made a good lag putt and to me. They don’t allow the only course in the I observed, “Aitch, this flagstick is really something that can be Myrtle Beach area that short. They probably use these because easily figured out by anyto my knowledge uses the wind blows so hard here” body given enough time, short flag sticks. You’re Your eyes popped and you said, as in spending all kinds right, though, in that it “That’s the problem!” of time walking off yarddid cause me distance I had no idea what you were talking ages, but it approved the problems. about. What difference does the height DUELING DIVOTS creation of green mapFrankly, I have never of the flag make? You explained that been one for pacing off because it was short it appeared to be far- ping. Hardly anybody is really good at reading greens. the distance on approach shots. I simply ther away when standing in the fairway. Now I read that the USGA is probtrusted the yardage markers and usually I have poor depth perception. The ably going to allow distance measuring was somewhere in the vicinity. I’ll admit I idea of being able to determine yardage accepted yardage advice from guys I was based on how tall the flag looks was a fas- devices but is also thinking about telling us we can’t use the green maps. But, I playing with who used the laser devices cination. Even before lasers I was a slave just found out about them. No fair. but I was never dependent upon them. to the yardage markers on the sprinkler Still, I bow to thee, a member of the I agree with you that it makes no heads. I can’t tell if bunkers are greenside or pulled 50 yards back. Golf courses hold kind-of-great generation that could make sense for the USGA to not allow lasers dinner without a microwave and play for yardage decisions. This is information many mysteries for me. golf without a laser. Clever fella that you are, you imme-


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that is easily obtained by caddies stepping off the measurements in pre-round preparations. Allowing the use of lasers would only ease the pre-round work by caddies. I don’t see the difference as far as legality is concerned. Again, I agree with you on the greenmapping issue. Reading a green is something that players and caddies should be required to figure out on their own. After all, they are the best in the world at this sort of thing. Well, all is not lost as you point out that the USGA is probably going to allow the laser and outlaw the green mapping. These guys today are so good in every phase of the game that they don’t really need any artificial help. It has gotten to the point that you expect a Tour player to hole every putt inside 15 feet. Meanwhile, let’s get back to that Fayetteville mumble you were talking about. I’ll have you know that my muttering comes from being born and raised on a farm near Chadbourn. I can tell you that no one from Columbus County has any problem understanding my “accent.” By the way, what is this thing you call a microwave?

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First Tee, first ace go hand in hand for Sadie Mecham


adie Mecham has been playing golf for four years and signed up with First Tee of the Triad when she and her family moved to WinstonSalem from Virginia last summer. Now the First Tee regular has her first hole-inone. Playing in Tanglewood Park’s Par-3 series April 15, she aced the 15th hole on the par-3 course, using an 8-iron for the 70-yard shot. She knew it was a great shot, but she didn’t know it was a hole-in-one until they found the ball at the bottom of the cup. Her father, Brad, was on hand to witness the shot. “Wow! I got a hole-in-one,” Sadie said. “It was neat to be there with my dad because we could talk about it and celebrate together.” “The green is elevated so we didn’t see it go in, but I knew it was a great shot when she hit it,” Brad said. “When we got up there, one of the parents said, ‘I think it’s in the hole!’ Sadie was really quite speechless; we both kept smiling for the rest of the round.” Sadie, a fourth grader at Whitaker

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Elementary School in Winston-Salem, is a regular in the Tanglewood Par-3 series, which ties in with First Tee and takes it a step further by providing on-course competition. She finished second in last fall’s series and was playing in the spring series when she scored the ace. She also plans to play this summer. “Our programs teach kids life skills through golf, but we’re also teaching them how to play this great sport,” The First Tee of the Triad CEO Mike Barber said. “We can teach kids how to hit balls on the practice range, but it’s vital that they take what we teach them on the range and apply it to playing the game on the course. “That’s why we offer so many playing opportunities – so our students can begin to understand how to play the

game. And actually playing the game also provides countless chances for them to exhibit the life skills they’ve learned in our classes such as honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and courtesy among others.” Other great shots reported to Triad Golf Today since our May issue:

Par-4 Ace Laine McAlexander of Ferrum, Va., April 28, Gordon Trent GC. No. 5, 232 yards, driver. Playing partners: Art Yatarola, Tom Lawless, Rick O’Rell.

Par-3 Aces Colby Moore of Advance, May 13, Oak Valley GC. No. 11, 142 yards, 5-hybrid. Playing partner: Parker Shelton. Second ace for 12year old Colby. The first came July 13, 2016. Chris Gooch of Advance, May 7, Lexington GC. No. 16, 170 yards, 9-iron. Playing partners: Hal Gooch, Susan Gooch, David Salvadorini. His first ace. Paul Slomkowski of Colfax, May 6, Bryan Park Players Course. No. 11, 187 yards, 4-iron. Playing partners: Bobby Jarrett, Kenton Robertson, Scott King. His first ace. Danny Nunn of Greensboro, May 6, Siler City CC. No. 3, 165 yards, 6-hybrid. Playing partners: Benjie Nunn, Sherman Combs, Bobby Simpson. His second ace.

Rick Laurence of Winston-Salem, May 4, Yadkin CC. No. 8, 147 yards, 9-iron. Playing partners: Dewey Widener, Terry Fox. Chet Zukowski of High Point, May 2, Stoney Creek GC. No. 14, 146 yards, 7-wood. Playing partners: Bill Schneider, John Freed, George Rolofson. His second ace. Bob Webber of Winston-Salem, April 30, Salem Glen CC. No. 8, 172 yards, 4-iron. Playing partner: Rich Baytosh. His second ace. Bret Kinney of Reidsville, April 27, Castle Bay GC, Hampstead. No. 12, 155 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: John Foster, Scott Douglass, Tim MacEldowney. His fourth ace. Ricky Buck of Danville, April 27, Southern Hills GC. No. 3, 173 yards, 4-hybrid. Playing partners: David McNichols, Oakes Griffin, Jimmy Flippen. His first ace. Max Thompson of Efland, April 21, Shamrock GC. No. 18, 121 yards, 9-iron. Playing partner: Ricky Webster. His second ace. Carter Keoleian of Clemmons, April 20, Oak Valley GC. No. 8, 146 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: William Collis, Alex Golous. His first ace. Chris Fountain of Walnut Cove, April 15, Hemlock GC. No. 8, 155 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: Randy Tuttle, Ron Johnson, Kristi Fountain. His fifth ace. Roger Greene of Greensboro, April 12, Monroeton GC. No. 18, 127 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Lufty Stevens, Danny Littlejohn, Ray Denny. His first ace.



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hen Brandon Einstein talks about growing his golf game, he often starts with a story about just plain, old growing. It all started in the summer after his freshman year. “I went from 5-foot-6 to 5-10,” said Einstein, a junior at West Forsyth High School. “I’m 5-11 right now. And I went from 115 pounds to 150 pounds.” The growth spurt affected his golf game right away. “Before I knew it, I was switching from senior flex and regular flex to stiff flex,” he said. “And I was just hitting it longer.” It didn’t take long to see the results on his scorecard. “My scores dropped very, very fast,” Einstein said. He notched three junior wins in a one-month span in the summer of 2016. Einstein had two more wins in the fall, including the Tarheel Youth Golf Association’s state championship, where he shot 73-73. As he grows his game, he’s noticing too what it takes to win.

“From the tournaments I’ve played, I can see that everyone out there in the field can swing a golf club,” he said. “It’s those that can put rounds together who will succeed. Those who have the mental game to get their way around 18 holes are the ones who end up time-and-time again in the top 10.” From age six to 12, Einstein was content to split his time between golf and baseball. But in the summer before 8th grade he realized he was having more fun working at his golf game. He got a little nudge, too, from his father, an accomplished golfer. “It was my dad,” he said. “He wanted me to get back into it because he was following me around the baseball fields. So I said, ‘I’ll come play with you.”’ Einstein has used his time wisely, sharpening his game by engaging his imagination. “My strongest point is my short game,” he said. “I have really good hands and a lot of creativity around the greens. That comes in handy. I can take a 55-degree wedge

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and turn it into a 60-degree or turn it into a gap wedge around the greens. I like messing around like that with each club.” All that tinkering can fill up an afternoon at Bermuda Run Country Club. “I try to get my homework done in class so I can go out to the golf course,” he said. While golf is Einstein’s priority, he likes to make time for his hobby – fishing. Fortunately, the golf course does double duty. “If I cut my practice short, I’ll have an hour maybe three or four times a week,” he says. “Bermuda Run has lots of ponds. I just go there. It’s where all my golf balls lay that I’ve hit in the water.” Honors: 2017 Central Piedmont Conference player of the year. He shot 66 in the conference tournament. 2017 Victories: Shot 71 at the TYGA one-day tournament at Mid Pines in April. Best Round: “At Tanglewood (Golf Club), I shot 1-under (34) on the front, then I came to the back nine and birdied 10 through 15, and 17 to shoot 28. I finished with a 62.” Magic Moment: “Two years ago at the Forsyth Invitational. We had three generations of Einsteins out there that day. My dad (Greg) and I played and my grandfather (Freddie) followed us around. My grandfather won it (in 1973). That was really cool.” Goals: “I would like to finish in the top 10 in all the junior majors. And I would like to win the Forsyth Junior. My grandfather has won it, my dad has come close to winning it, so I would like to win it.”

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Kayla Smith: A late bloomer in the junior ranks


By KURT DUSTERBERG ayla Smith is like so many accomplished junior golfers. Her online profile shows plenty of top-10 finishes and rounds in the 70s. What separates her from the others, however, is how quickly she made her way into the top tier of junior golf in North Carolina. Until this time last year, Smith had only dabbled in golf. Now a sophomore at Williams High School in Burlington, she is finding her game. “I was a late bloomer to golf,� Smith said. “I’ve only had one full year of competitive golf just because I’ve been playing other sports throughout my childhood.� After years of soccer, swimming, basketball and softball, she finally returned to the sport her father introduced her to when she was seven. “Compared to all the other sports, golf was the one that clicked with me and the one that I had the drive to continue playing competitively,� she said. These days, Smith is a one-sport athlete. She works on her game at Alamance Country Club under

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the direction of Heather Hauk, the club’s teaching pro. “I’m at the golf course pretty much every day,� Smith said. “I try to balance school work with golf, which can be pretty tough sometimes. I’m always doing something out on the course.� When she made the decision play in competitive junior events, she knew there would be a learning curve. Most of her competitors had years of experience managing nerves and handling the pressure of big shots. “I was very nervous, pushing myself out in the big world of competitive golf,� she said. “I think now that I’m somewhat used to it, I feel like I’ve learned a lot of new things.� In her first Peggy Kirk Bell tour event in 2016, Smith finished tied for 15th, shooting in the 70s all three rounds. She followed up with a second-place finish in a Tarheel Youth Golf Association event, posting a 74 in a one-day tournament. Whatever she lacked in experience, she quickly made up for in poise. “I’m not necessarily focused on being new to competitive golf, I just feel like I want to go out there and play my game and not concern myself with (the competition),� she said. She capped off 2016 by finishing tied for second in the 3-A high school state championships

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Junior Golf Scoreboard N.C. Independent School Athletic Assoc. 3-A State Championship CC of Whispering Pines May 15-16, 2017 Team Scores 1 Ravenscroft School 280-289--569 2 Cannon School 294-288--582 3 Charlotte Latin School 309-309--618 4 Durham Academy 311-309--620 5 Charlotte Christian School 310-313--623 6 Christ School 312-312--624 7 Forsyth Country Day School 317-312--629 8 Providence Day School 318-411--729 Individual Top 10 1 Michael Sanders, Cannon School 69-67--136 2 Ryan Gerard, Ravenscroft 68-68--136 3 Quinn Riley, Ravenscroft 69-70--139 4 Lansdon Robbins, Cannon School 70-71--141 4 Carson Ownbey, Christ School 70-71--141 4 Kenan Poole II, Ravenscroft 67-74--141 7 Bradley Calloway, Wesleyan Christian* 72-70--142 8 Allen Smith III, Durham Academy 75-74--149 9 Connor Armistead, Charlotte Christian 75-75--150 9 Blake Jamison, Charlotte Latin 75-75--150 Selected Others 12 Dawson Daniels, High Point Christian* 73-80--153 14 Mariano Leyva, Forsyth Country Day 80-74--154 14 Zander McCall, Forsyth Country Day 77-77--154 31 Ian McIvor, Greensboro Day School 80-79--159 31 Matthew Fary, High Point Christian* 79-80--159 39 Hudson Weaver, Forsyth Country Day 80-81--161 45 Quinlan Smith, Forsyth Country Day 80-85--165 48 Phillip Clifton, Forsyth Country Day 89-80--169

2-A State Championship Mid-South GC May 15-16, 2017 Team Scores 1 St. David’s 298-291--589 2 O’Neal 306-302--608 3 Grace Christian 318-320--638 4 Westchester Country Day 325-319--644 5 Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill 321-326--647 6 Caldwell Academy 337-318--655

7 Cary Christian 339-318--657 8 Cape Fear Academy 366-323--689 Individual Top 10 1 Jackson Van Paris, O’Neal 70-67--137 2 Luke Edwards, Cary Christian 72-73--145 3 Will Lewis, St. David’s 74-72--146 3 Josh Bryan, Trinity School 73-73--146 5 Wells Armes, St. David’s 73-74--147 5 Fulton Smith, O’Neal 75-72--147 5 Ian Craig, Westchester Country Day 72-75--147 8 Will Hanna, St. David’s 74-75--149 8 Carson Castelli, Westchester Country Day 77-72--149 8 Cade Hancock, Harrells Christian 72-77--149 Selected Others 18 Jake Weiland, Westchester Country Day 76-79--155 18 William Collis, Caldwell Academy 79-76--155 29 Jeff Kirkpatrick, Caldwell Academy 80-83--163 35 Andrew Wood, Caldwell Academy 89-79--168 37 Harrison Hilliard, Caldwell Academy 89-80--169 44 Grant Atkinson, Caldwell Academy 91-95--186 47 Davis Privette, Westchester Country Day 100-93--193

N.C. High School Athletic Assoc. 4-A State Championship Pinehurst CC (Course #6) May 8-9, 2017 Team Scores 1 Pinecrest 294-284--578 2 Green Hope 293-298--591 3 Myers Park 295-298--593 4 Broughton 313-300--613 5 Hough 312-303--615 6 R.J. Reynolds 311-307--618 7 Panther Creek 315-306--621 8 New Bern 313-310--623 8 Mount Tabor 317-306--623 10 Ardrey Kell 313-316--629 11 J.H. Rose 318-313--631 12 West Forsyth 313-327--640 Individual Top 10 1 A.J. Beechler, Pinecrest 68-68--136 2 Matt Sharpstene, T.C. Roberson 69-68--137 3 Jack Massei, Green Hope 69-73--142 4 Ben Crow, Pinecrest 72-71--143

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3-A State Championship Foxfire Resort (Red Fox Course) May 8-9, 2017 Team Scores 1 Marvin Ridge 315-300--615 2 Williams 324-303--627 3 Tuscola 312-318--630 4 East Rowan 317-316--633 5 Asheboro 327-321--648 5 St. Stephens 333-315--648 7 Union Pines 328-324--652 8 West Carteret 337-327--664 9 Eastern Alamance 353-320--673 10 Corinth-Holders 341-334--675 11 West Henderson 343-337--680 12 Topsail 350-338--688 Individual Top 10 1 Bryson Boyette, Fike 73-70--143 2 Dalton Mauldin, Lee County 73-72--145 2 Parker Chavis, South Rowan 72-73--145 4 Zach Pardoll, Marvin Ridge 75-73--148 5 Sam Davidson, Asheboro 74-75--149 5 Garrett Clark, Williams 79-70--149 7 Nick Lyerly, East Rowan 76-74--150 7 Bryce Hull, St. Stephens 78-72--150 7 Eston Lee, South Johnston 76-74--150

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4 Brandon Einstein, West Forsyth 6 Jake Rutter, Mount Tabor 7 Mike Coe, Green Hope 8 Luke Hackworth, Myers Park 9 Peter Fountain, Broughton 9 Nic Brown, D.H. Conley 9 Spencer Oxendine, Jack Britt Selected Others T15 Zach Brown, R.J. Reynolds T20 Jordan Fant, R.J. Reynolds T20 Davis Gilmore, R.J. Reynolds T20 Charlie Tate, Grimsley T37 Bennett Wooten, Mount Tabor T39 Matthew Guo, West Forsyth T42 Wesley Sink, Davie County T44 Robbie Fox, Mount Tabor 67 Avery Papalia, East Forsyth

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10 John Morton, Western Alamance Selected Others 11 William Garland, East Rowan 18 Bryson Sprinkle, East Rowan 18 Walker Beck, Williams 37 Kaison King, Williams 44 Nick Mathews, Eastern Alamance 44 Zach Green, Asheboro 48 Kameron Jones, Eastern Alamance 48 Preston Russell, Asheboro 51 Grayson Butler, Williams

78-73--151 77-75--152 73-81--154 79-75--154 85-76--161 88-76--164 85-79--164 89-76--165 83-82--165 81-86--167

2-A State Championship Beacon Ridge CC May 8-9, 2017 1 Wilkes Central 2 Lake Norman Charter 3 South Stokes 4 Forbush 5 Midway 6 Draughn 7 Washington 8 Roanoke Rapids 9 Shelby 10 Reidsville 11 Croatan 12 North Johnston Individual Top 10 1 Logan McNeely, Newton-Conover 2 Justin Emmons, Providence Grove 2 Chandler Metz, Wilkes Central 4 Alex Parker, Draughn 5 Tanner Bibey, South Stokes 5 Logan Patrick, Midway 5 Zach Caudill, Wilkes Central 5 Quinton Metz, Wilkes Central 5 Caleb Moss, Franklin 5 Alex Antosek, Salisbury Selected Others 11 Garrett Dawson, Wilkes Central 15 Garrett Law, Eastern Randolph 20 AJ Boyd, South Stokes 26 Logan Lineberry, Forbush 26 Micah Cranfill, Forbush

Team Scores 311-302--613 326-319--645 337-309--646 333-327--660 334-328--662 343-320--663 323-341--664 336-351--687 346-343--689 351-341--692 385-362--747 389-385--774 75-70--145 73-77--150 77-73--150 79-74--153 78-76--154 79-75--154 80-74--154 78-76--154 81-73--154 80-74--154 76-79--155 78-79--157 84-75--159 80-82--162 81-81--162

31 Sam Baber, Reidsville 33 Carson Snyder, Forbush 35 Jared Hutchins, Reidsville 39 Austin Cecil, South Stokes

84-81--165 88-78--166 81-86--167 90-78--168

1-A State Championship CC of Whispering Pines May 8-9, 2017 Team Scores 1 Lincoln Charter 305-315--620 2 Community School of Davidson 317-316--633 3 Pine Lake Prep 328-326--654 4 Alleghany 336-320--656 5 Mount Airy 336-340--676 6 Franklin Academy 337-343--680 7 East Surry 351-349--700 8 Oxford Prep 377-372--749 9 Riverside (Martin) 380-369--749 10 Wallace-Rose Hill 384-388--772 11 Northside (Pinetown) 415-392--807 12 James Kenan 378-362--740 Individual Top 10 1 Nick Smith, Union Academy 73-72--145 2 Dylon Wooten, Alleghany 75-72--147 3 Justin Morgan, Lincoln Charter 74-75--149 3 Ryan Graybar, Wallace-Rose Hill 76-73--149 5 Chris Fillingame, Starmount 74-77--151 6 Patten Williams, Comm. School of Davidson 76-76--152 6 Carter Cook, Comm. School of Davidson 76-76--152 6 Trevor Beckham, Pine Lake Prep 74-78--152 9 William Crook, Lincoln Charter 74-79--153 10 Pierce Robinson, Thomas Jefferson 77-78--155 10 Reagan Fitzgibbons, Mount Airy 77-78--155 Selected Others 14 Landon Barnes, East Surry 80-79--159 16 Stephen Spencer, Uwharrie Charter 74-86--160 19 Sam Nester, Mount Airy 80-82--162 31 Nabyant Wagner, Mount Airy 87-84--171 37 Noah Hill, Elkin 83-89--172 41 Zeke Bruner, East Surry 88-86--174 50 Will Felts, East Surry 91-89--180 56 Zach Hall, Mount Airy 92-96--188 58 Parker Tilley, East Surry 92-98--190

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AJGA AJGA Preview Carolina Trace CC - Lake, Sanford, NC Apr 28-30, 2017 Boys Division - 6677 1 Sarut Vongchaisit, St. Simons Island, GA 73-74--147 2 Blake Wheeler, Fort Myers, FL 74-74--148 2 Ross Funderburke, Roanoke, VA 74-74--148 2 Will Stakel, Peachtree Corners, GA 74-74--148 5 Adam Hooker, Lebanon, VA 75-75--150 Selected Others 17 Michael Blair, Kernersville 77-79--156 40 Landon Barnes, Pilot Mountain 76-87--163 Girls Division - 5605 1 Ryann Sinclair, Mooresville 74-76--150 2 Lexanne Halama, Jonesborough, TN 77-75--152 3 Jessica Rathbone, Montpelier, VA 76-77--153 4 Fiona Wang, Bluffton, SC 74-80--154 5 Ana Tsiros, Asheville 77-79--156 5 Olivia Hensley, Ashland, KY 78-78--156 Selected Others 16 Mary Slade White, Winston-Salem 88-81--169

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69-80--149 78-74--152 75-79--154 88-75--163 83-75--158 78-81--159 85-80--165 88-97--185

PKBGT Metrolina Classic @ Winthrop U. Rock Hill, SC, Rock Hill CC April 29-30, 2017 Prep Series - 5833 1 Taylor Hinson, Belmont 2 Jodee Tindal, Rock Hill SC 3 Isabella Rawl, Lexington SC Selected Others 10 Madison Isaacson, Greensboro 16 Patricia Asensio, Greensboro 20 Alyssa Cox, Mount Airy Futures Series - 5230 1 Morgan Ellison, Peachtree City GA 2 Angelique Seymour, Fayetteville 3 Catherine Stoerker, Cumming GA Selected Others 6 Caroline Isaacson, Greensboro

75-74--149 78-74--152 77-76--153 78-80--158 79-85--164 87-82--169 79-77--156 80-82--162 81-85--166 88-84--172

PKBGT Masters Greenville, NC, Greenville Country Club April 22-23, 2017 Bell/Prep Series - 6020 1 Amanda Sambach, Davidson 71-77--148 2 Kathryn Carson, Mooresville 75-75--150 3 Michelle Harn, Charlotte 73-79--152 Selected Others 9 Olivia John, Summerfield 75-83--158 12 Riley Hamilton, Reidsville 77-82--159 27 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 85-80--165 31 Kayla Smith, Burlington 84-83--167 37 Anna Hillman, Summerfield 86-89--175 41 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 85-93--178

Futures Series - 5218 1 Hannah Nall, Cleveland TN 2 Erin Singleton, Apex 3 Katie Park, Fairfax VA Selected Others 5 Trinity Muthomi, Kernersville 14 Harper Shepherd, Greensboro

74-77--151 79-75--154 81-76--157 78-84--162 82-87--169

TYGA TYGA Tots One Day (Modified Stableford Scoring) Emerywood GC, High Point, NC May 13, 2017 Boys' 10-11 Division - 2000 1 Evan Owen, Winston-Salem 35 2 Beck Owen, Winston-Salem 31 2 Cole Rouse, Kernersville 31 4 Landon Merrell, Salisbury 30 Boys' 8-9 Division - 1600 1 Sam Terry, Thomasville 35 2 Cooper Wright, Greensboro 23 3 Campbell Ruffing, Raleigh 19 Girls 10-11 Division - 2000 1 Mackenzie Crossman, Pittsboro 16 2 Sally Toalson, Clemmons 12 Girls 8-9 Division - 1600 1 Riley Bush, Burlington 21 2 Ellie Acrey, Winston-Salem 16 3 Landry Hamm, Charlotte 12

Pinecrest HS Invitational Pinehurst No. 8, Pinehurst, NC April 19, 2017 HS Division - 6704 1 Aj Beechler, Pinehurst 2 Lansdon Robbins, Davidson 3 Fulton Smith, Pinehurst Selected Others 23 Michael Childress, Salisbury 23 Whit Edwards, Greensboro 33 Alec Lloyd, Greensboro 33 Parker Collins, Greensboro 51 Mack Pearsall, Greensboro 51 Grey Hyatt, Greensboro 57 Charlie Tate, Greensboro 68 William Ambro, Greensboro 73 Mitch Jeter, Salisbury 86 Max Jones, Greensboro

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CGA Men Majors/Qualifiers Four-Ball Championships Oct. 13-15 – 22nd N.C. Four-Ball Championship, Wakefield Plantation, Raleigh Carolinas Amateur June 7 - Qualifier, Mimosa Hills CC, Morganton June 21 - Qualifier, Mill Creek, Mebane June 26 - Qualifier, Cabarrus CC, Concord June 2 - Qualifier, Wilmington Muni, Wilmington July 6 - Qualifier, 12 Oaks, Holly Springs July 14-17 – 103rd Carolinas Amateur Championship, Golf Club at Briar’s Creek, Johns Island, S.C.


N.C. Amateur Match Play Championship June 26 – Qualifier, Cabarrus CC, Concord July 6 – Qualifier, 12 Oaks, Holly Springs July 18 – Qualifier, Pinewood, Asheboro July 25 – Qualifier, Compass Pointe, Leland Aug. 2-6 – 8th N.C. Amateur Match Play Championship, Treyburn CC, Durham 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 June 7-9 – 49th Carolinas Senior Four-Ball Championship, Seabrook Island (Ocean Winds), Johns Island, SC Aug. 9-11 – 17th North Carolina Senior FourBall 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 June 2-4 – 91st Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship, Porter’s Neck, Wilmington. June 20-22 – NCWGA Amateur Championship, Pine Island CC, Charlotte. July 25-27 – 20th Carolinas Women’s Match Play, Rock Hill CC, Rock Hill, SC. July 17-19 – 61st Carolinas-Virginia Women’s Team Matches, Spring Creek GC, Gordonsville, VA. 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.

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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 June 6 – Ivy Hills GC, Forest Va. June 20 – Olde Mill Resort, Laurel Fork, Va. July 11 – Southern Hills GC, Danville July 25 – Poplar Grove GC, Amherst Va. 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

Golfweek Amateur Tour 252-864-9161 June 10 -- Little River, Carthage June 17 -- Carolina Trace (Lake), Sanford June 24 -- Bentwinds CC, Fuquay-Varina July 1 -- Bryan Park (Championship), Brown Summit July 8 -- Sedgefield CC (Dye), Greensboro July 22 -- Pinewild (Holly), Pinehurst July 29 -- Preserve at Jordan Lake, Chapel Hill 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

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CALENDAR Senior Individual June 1-2 – 56th Forsyth Seniors, Pine Knolls GC and Tanglewood Reynolds Course. Limited to Forsyth County residents 50-over with play in age divisions. Todd Barr 336-734-1212. July 29-30 – The Triad Amateur Golf Classic, 36 holes stroke play. Ages 55-over, also super senior division for ages 65-over. High Point CC Willow Creek course. 336-869-2416. 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 July 21 – Forest Oaks, Greensboro

Senior Amateur Tour (ages 50-over) 910-964-1547 June 8 -- Little River, Carthage June 15 -- Carolina Trace (Lake), Sanford June 22 -- Tot Hill Farm, Asheboro June 29 -- Preserve at Jordan Lake, Chapel Hill July 13 -- Southern Pines GC July 20 -- CC of Whispering Pines (Pines) July 27 -- Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro 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 Sept. 28 -- Chapel Ridge, Pittsboro Oct. 5 -- Stoney Creek GC Oct. 25-26 -- National Championship at Hilton Head Island, SC

Ladies Individual/Team June 15 – Crooked Tree Ladies Invitational, Crooked Tree GC, Brown Summit. 336-656-3211. June 17 – Kinderton Ladies Invitational, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822. July 15-16 – 2GG Apparel Four-Ball, PKBGT Collegiate, Coastal Carolina U., Myrtle Beach, SC. Open to all current collegiate players in addition to PKBGT Alumni 25 years of age or younger. Current junior golfers are not eligible. 336-347-8537. July 24-25 – Moore County Women's Amateur, Pinehurst No. 9. Not restricted to Moore County residents. Aug 5-6 – PKBGT Collegiate Amateur, Salem Glen GC, Clemmons. Open to all current collegiate players in addition to PKBGT Alumni 25 years of age or younger. Current junior golfers are not eligible. 336-347-8537. Sept. 9-10 – 51st annual Colonial Country Club Ladies Invitational, Colonial CC, Thomasville. Pre-flighted CGA ranking event. Optional captain’s choice tournament on Sept. 8. Elaine Schuermann 336-906-2064.

Amateur Team June 3-4 – Oak Hollow 2-Man Open, Oak Hollow GC, High Point. 336-883-3260. June 10-11 – Goodyear Invitational Two-Man Bestball, Goodyear GC, Danville. 434-797-1909. June 10 — Iron Play 2-person captain’s choice seriesTop three teams advance to championship on Oct. 7. 336-644-7991. July 7 — Iron Play 2-person captain’s choice series. Top three teams advance to championship on Oct. 7. 336-644-7991.

July 8-9 – Tuscarora Two-Man Invitational, Tuscarora CC, Danville. Medal play in flights. 434-724-4191. July 15-16 – Indian Valley Classic 2-man bestball. Indian Valley GC, Burlington. Flighted medal play. 336-584-7871. July 15-16 – Max Thore Memorial, Wolf Creek GC, Reidsville. Two-man flighted bestball combined with optional individual championship flight. 336-349-7660. Aug. 12-13 – Madison Rotary Four-Ball Invitational, Deep Springs CC, Madison. 336-427-4654. Aug. 12 â€” Iron Play 2-person captain’s choice series. Top three teams advance to championship on Oct. 7. 336-644-7991. Aug. 26-27 – Marvin Crowder 2-Ball, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822. Sept. 9 â€” Iron Play 2-person captain’s choice series. Top three teams advance to championship on Oct. 7. 336-644-7991. Sept. 23-24 – Lynrock Memorial Two-Man, Lynrock GC, Eden. 336-623-6110. Oct. 14-15 – Jamestown Park Fall Classic, 2-man bestball. Jamestown Park GC. 336-454-4912. Oct. 21-22 – Lexington BBQ Festival 2-person teams, Lexington GC. 336-248-3950. Nov. 4-5 -- Greensboro National Fall Classic, Greensboro National GC, Summerfield. 2-man bestball. 336-342-1113.

Captain’s Choice June 2 – 2nd Annual Miles 4 Vets Charity Golf Tournament, Forest Park CC, Martinsville, VA. Brooks Jones 276-632-6442. June 2 – Ricky Proehl Celebrity Golf Classic, Grandover Resort, Greensboro. . June 2 – 24th Civitan Golf Tournament, Meadowlands GC, Walburg. Don Berrier 336-345-2653 June 3 - Hooter's, Plantation GC, Reidsville. Annette Mint 336-342-6191. June 3 – Benefit Golf Tournament for the Kendrick Family, Hemlock GC, Walnut Cove. $60 per player. Katie Joyce 336-486-7581. June 3 – Tommy Woods Scholarship Fund Memorial, Oak Hills GC, Eden. Pete Cunningham June 9 – Ringers for RiteCare, Meadowlands GC, Walburg, Chris Pearman 336-601-5444. June 12 – American Lung Association Golf Outing, MacGregor Downs, Cary. $125 person. Melissa Forde 919-792-1641 June 17 - 3rd Annual Father’s Day Classic, Country Hills GC, Gibsonville. Jereme Goode at 336-312-4388. June 17 – Iron Men Ministry, Plantation GC, Reidsville. Annette Mint 336-342-6191. June 24 - United Christian Ministry, Plantation GC, Reidsville. Annette Mint 336-342-6191. June 24 – Oasis of Greensboro 37th Annual Charity Golf Tournament benefiting Diabetes and Breast Cancer. Bryan Park GC, Brown Summit. Nick Garner 336-988-5706 July 22 Backpack for Kids, Plantation GC, Reidsville. Annette Mint 336-342-6191. Aug 5 - Sigma Chi, Plantation GC, Reidsville. Annette Mint 336-342-6191. Aug 12 – 6th Annual Burned Children’s Fund, Rock Barn, Conover. Scott Routh 336-399-6738 or . Sept. 22 & 23 – 11th Annual Stogner Scholarship benefiting Children with Autism, Pudding Ridge GC, Mocksville. Contact Oct 13 – Camel City Classic benefiting Combat Warriors, Maple Chase GC, Winston-Salem, Golf shop 336-767-2941 ext. 2

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CALENDAR Oct 13 – Postal Customer Council Golf Tournament, The Preserve at Jordan Lake, Pittsboro. Eddie Goldberg 919-420-5161.

Junior Golf Schedule CGA 910-673-1000 * TYGA 910-673-1000 * PKBGT 336-347-8537 * NCJGF 919-858-6400 * TGF 919-291-5813 * NJGT 704-824-6548 * AJGA 770-868-4200 * USGA 908-234-2300 * USKIDS Raleigh Tour 919-206-4666 * Winternational 847-204-9888 * HJGT 904-379-2697 June 3-4 -TYGA Bojangles Junior Open, Cutter Creek GC, Snow Hill, Boys only, ages 12-18. June 3-4 - PKBGT Hampton Roads Classic @ Cahoon Plantation, Chesapeake, VA, Girls, Ages 11-18. June 9 - PKBGT North Carolina One-Day Series @ Pinewood Country Club, Asheboro, Girls, Ages 9-18. June 10 - CGA NC Junior Boys qualifying, Wedgewood CC, Wilson, Boys only, ages 18 and under. June 10 - PKBGT South Carolina One-Day Series @ Mid Carolina Club, Prosperity, SC, Girls, Ages 9-18. June 11-14 - CGA NC Junior Girls' Championship, Bermuda Run, Girls only, Ages 18 & under. June 12-13 - Upstate Junior Classic, Smithfields CC, Easley, SC, Boys/Girls, Ages 10-18, 864-859-9545 June 12-15 - Judie Oppenheimer Memorial Junior, Chechessee Creek Club, Okatie, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-19. June 12-16 - AJGA Haas Family Invitational, Sedgefield CC Ross Course, Greensboro, Invitational.

June 12 - TYGA One Day Series, Pine Valley CC, Wilimington, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. June 12 - USGA Junior Am qualifying, CC of Salisbury, Salisbury, boys only, ages 18 & under, 908-234-2300 June 13 - TYGA One Day Series, Echo Farms, Wilmington, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. June 13 - TYGA One Day Series, Siler City CC, Siler City, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. June 14 - CGA NC Junior Boys qualifying, Statesville CC, Statesville, NC boys only, ages 18 and under. June 15 - TYGA One Day Series, CC of Whispering Pines (Pines), Whispering Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. June 16 - TYGA Triad One Day Event, Pinewood CC, Asheboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. June 17 - PKBGT South Carolina One-Day Series @ Woodside Plantation Country Club, Aiken, SC, Girls, Ages 9-18. June 19 - TYGA One Day Series, Monore CC, Monroe, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. June 19 - USGA Junior Am qualifying, Prestonwood CC (Highlands), Cary, Boys only, Ages 18 & under, 908-234-2300 June 19 - TYGA Triad One Day Event, Alamance CC, Burlington, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. June 19 - NJGT, NC West District Optimist Qualifier, Catawba CC, Newton, Boys/Girls, Ages 10-19. June 19 - USGA Junior Girls' Qualifying, Raintree CC, Charlotte, Girls, Ages 18 & below June 20 - TYGA One Day Series, Lincoln CC, Lincolnton, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. June 20 - TYGA One Day Series, Reedy Creek GC, Four Oaks, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18.

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June 29 - TYGA One Day Series, Sanford GC, Sanford, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. July 1-2 - PKBGT Wolfpack Classic @ NC State University, Raleigh, NC, Girls, Ages 11-18. July 3 - TYGA Triad One Day Event, Lexington GC, Lexington, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. July 5 - TYGA One Day Series, Cabarrus CC, Concord, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. July 6-8 - LPGA-USGA GIRLS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP presented by PKBGT, Braselton, GA, Girls, Ages 11-18. July 6 - TYGA One Day Series, Whispering Wood GC, Whispering Pines, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. July 6 - USGA Junior Girls' Qualifying, MidCarolina CC, Prosperity, SC, Girls, Ages 18 & below July 7 - TYGA One DaySeries, Goldsboro GC, Goldsboro, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. July 10-11 - CGA Carolinas Girls' 15 and Under Championship, CC of Whispering Pines, Whispering Pines, NC, Girls only, Ages 8-15. July 10-11 - CGA NC Boys 13 and Under Championship, Asheboro GC, Asheboro, NC, boys only, ages 13 and under. July 10 - TYGA One Day Series, Chapel Hill CC, Chapel Hill, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. July 10 - TYGA Triad One Day Event, Salem Glen Golf & CC, Clemmons, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. July 11-13 – Forsyth County Junior, Maple Chase G&CC, Olde Homeplace GC, Reynolds Park GC. Forsyth County Residents. Todd Barr 336-734-1212.

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June 21-22 - PKBGT PRECISION JR GIRLS (*) @ Bryan Park GC (Champions), Greensboro, Girls, Ages 11-18. June 21- TYGA Jack Ratz Jr. Memorial, Wildwood Green GC, Raleigh, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. June 22-23 - TYGA Coastal Plains Junior, Bradford Creek GC, Greenville, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. June 24-25 - Carolinas Junior PGA Championship, Hackler Course, Myrtle Beach, SC, Boys/Girls, Ages 13-18, 336-3982742 June 24 - NJGT Adult/Junior, Monroe CC, Monroe, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-19. June 26 - TYGA One Day Series, Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. June 26 - TYGA Triad One Day Event, Gillespie Park, Greensboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. June 26 - PKBGT North Carolina One-Day Series @ Chapel Hill Country Club, Chapel Hill, Girls, Ages 9-18. June 26-27 – Andrew Haley Memorial Junior hosted by the Smith Mountain Lake Lions Club. Waterfront CC and Mariners Landing CC, Smith Mountain Lake, VA. Boys/Girls 10-18. . June 27-28 - CGA Twin States Girls' Championship, Starmount Forest CC, Greeensboro, Girls only, Ages 8-18. June 27-30 - CGA NC Junior Boys Championship, Colonial CC, Thomasville, Boys only, ages 18 and under. June 27 - TYGA Triad One Day Event, Asheboro Municipal, Asheboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. June 27-28 — T-Ville Junior, Winding Creek GC, Thomasville. 336-475-5580.



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CALENDAR July 12-13 - TYGA High Point Junior, Blair Park & Oak Hollow GC, High Point, NC, Ages 8-18. July 15-16 - PKBGT 2GG APPAREL CHAMPIONSHIP (*) @ Coastal Carolina University, Myrtle Beach, SC, Girls, Ages 11-18. July 15-16 - NC Big I Girls State Tournament, Pine Needles, Southern Pines, NC, Girls, Ages 10-18. July 15-16 - NC Big I Boys State Tournament, Mid Pines Inn, Southern Pines, NC, Boys, Ages 10-18. July 17-20 - AJGA Amino VITAL Junior Championship, Treyburn CC, Durham, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-19. July 18-19 - TYGA Roy Jones Junior, Kinston CC, Kinston, NC, Boys/GirlsAges 8-18. July 18 - TYGA One Day Series, Lake Hickory CC (Catawba Springs), Hickory, NC, Boys/ Girls, Ages 8-18. July 18 - PKBGT North Carolina One-Day Series @ Pine Island Country Club, Charlotte, NC, Girls, Ages 9-18. July 21 - CGA Father-Son Championship, Pinehurst area courses. July 21 - CGA Parent-Child, Pinehurst area courses. July 24 - TYGA One Day Series, Prestonwood CC (Highlands), Cary, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. July 24 - TYGA Triad One Day Event, Deep Springs CC, Stoneville, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. July 24 - PKBGT North Carolina One-Day Series @ Bryan Park Golf Club (Players), Greensboro, NC, Girls Ages 9-18. July 25-27 - CGA Carolinas Boys' Championship, Cabarrus CC, Concord, NC, Boys only, Ages 18 & under. July 29 - PKBGT North Carolina One-Day Series @ Bermuda Run Country Club (West), Bermuda Run, NC, Girls, Ages 9-18. Aug. 1-3 - CGA Carolinas Girls' Championship, CC of South Carolina, Florence, girls only, ages 18 and under. Aug. 1-3 - CGA Dogwood State Boys' Junior, Bermuda Run CC, Bermuda Run, NC, NC boys only, Ages 8-18. Aug. 1 - TYGA One Day Series, Wilmington Muni GC, Wilmington, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. Aug. 1 - TYGA Triad One Day Event, Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. Aug. 2 - TYGA One Day Series, Coharie CC, Clinton, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. Aug. 3 - TYGA One Day Series, CC of Johnston County, Smithfield, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18.

Aug. 4-6 - PKBGT TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP (*) @ Salem Glen G&CC, Advance, NC, Girls, Ages 11-18. Aug. 7 - CGA Carolinas Pro-Junior, Hope Valley CC, Durham, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. Aug. 8-10 - CGA Dogwood State Girls' Junior, Pinewood CC, Asheboro, NC girls only, ages 18 and under. Aug. 11 - PKBGT North Carolina One-Day Series @ Mill Creek Golf Club, Mebane, NC, Girls, Ages 9-18. Aug. 12-13 - CGA Virginias-Carolinas Boys Team Matches, Boonesboro CC, Lynchburg, VA, invitation only. Aug. 14-17 - AJGA Junior All-Star at Irish Creek, Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-15. Aug. 15-16 - TYGA Tournament of Champions, River Ridge GC, Raleigh, NC, Invitation only. Aug. 26-27 - HJGT North Carolina Summer Classic, Bryan Park-Players, Greensboro, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 10-18. Aug. 26-27 - PKBGT Southeast Finale @ Cobbs Glen CC, Spartanburg, SC, Girls, Ages 9-18. Aug. 26 - PKBGT North Carolina One-Day Series @ Pinehurst No. 9, Pinehurst, NC, Girls, Ages 9-18. Sept. 1-4 - AJGA Girls Championship, Furman Golf Club, Greenville, SC, Girls Only, Ages 12-19. Sept. 16-17 - PKBGT North Carolina Series Finale @ Statesville Country Club, Statesville, NC, Girls, Ages 9-18. Sept. 23-24 - TYGA State Championship, TBD, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. Sept. 27 - TYGA-PKBGT North State Girls High School Challenge, TBD, Girls only, grades 9-12. Sept. 30 - TYGA NC Middle School Championship, TBD, Boys/Girls, Grades 6-8. Oct. 6-9 - AJGA Junior All-Star Invitational, Reynolds Lake Oconee, Greensboro, GA, Invitational. Oct. 7-8 - CGA-PKBGT Jimmy Anderson Girls' Invitational, Jacksonville CC, Jacksonville, NC, Girls only, Ages 12-18. Nov. 11-13 - PKBGT INVITATIONAL (*) @ Grandover Resort, Greensboro, NC, Girls, Ages 11-18. Dec. 2-3 - PKBGT TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS @ Pinehurst #8, Pinehurst, NC, Girls, Ages 11-18. Dec. 9-10 - 28th Charles Tilghman Carolinas PGA Junior Championship, Surf Club, N. Myrtle Beach, SC, Boys/Girls, Ages 13-18, 336-398-2742 Dec. 28-29 - Peggy Kirk Bell Junior @ Pine Needles, Southern Pines, NC, Girls, Ages 11-18.

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