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June 2018


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Stoney Creek to close in June for bermudagrass greens conversion


By Steve Huffman toney Creek Golf Club is closing June 4 for a conversion of its bentgrass greens to Champion ultradwarf bermudagrass. The course’s targeted reopening date is Aug. 17. “The members are excited about it,” said John Kolls, Stoney Creek’s director of golf. “When we reopen, we’ll basically be reopening as a whole new course.” Kolls said Stoney Creek has had problems like those experienced by other area courses with bentgrass greens. The greens can’t stand up to the summer heat and get stressed on a regular basis, drying out and suffering regardless of the degree to which they’re watered. Kolls noted that numerous other area courses – Sedgefield Country Club, Starmount Forest Country Club and Greensboro Country Club – have all undergone similar conversions of their greens in recent years. The greens of Duke Golf Club,

where Kolls was head professional before moving to Stoney Creek, have also been converted from bentgrass to bermudagrass. Some in the golfing industry have compared the conversion of bentgrass greens to bermudagrass to the change from metal to soft spikes. It’s a change becoming so common that one day golfers will look back and find it hard to remember that it wasn’t always this way. Kolls said leaders at Stoney Creek made the decision in January to convert their greens. “We struggled last summer with the bentgrass,” he said. “The greens, they basically just shut down in the summer. There’s a better alternative out there, we feel.” The work at Stoney Creek will be done largely by Shapemasters, a company based out of Southport that specializes in new golf course construction and renovations. According to the company’s website, they’ve completed more than 145 projects in the United States and abroad since their founding in 1993.

Kolls said sprigs for the Stoney Creek work will come from Champion Turf Farms of Bay City, Texas. The company, in business more than 50 years, is known for its notill sprigging brand of green conversions. The process allows for changing the grass variety on a putting green without reconstructing the existing surface. The result is that the green contours remain as they were before, but with a uniform stand of Bermudagrass. Stoney Creek opened in the mid-1990s and underwent a major renovation in 2010. The conversion of greens won’t be the only work that takes place while the course is closed. The practice putting green will be expanded to almost 6,000 square feet and a bulkhead will be added at the 18th hole to protect the green and prevent erosion, which has been a problem. Kolls said that with the course closed for two months, the fairways should be plush by the time the facility reopens in mid August. “We’ve got a lot of things going on,” he said.

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Donald Ross:

My work will tell my story By BRAD KING


is story began 700 miles from the Arctic Circle on the east coast of Scotland in Dornoch, north of the Highlands and fast by the sea. But the Scottish immigrant who arrived in America at the turn of the century and became one of North Carolina’s greatest ambassadors did not come directly to the Tar Heel state. Donald Ross first arrived in Boston in 1899 and was hired almost immediately as club professional and greenkeeper at the Oakley Country Club in Watertown, Mass. Golf had only been played for a decade or so in the States, but had become a very popular, especially among the wealthy. Among the wealthiest was James Tufts, whose fortune came from the invention and manufacturing of the beautiful, marble soda

fountain. Tufts parlayed his money by establishing a winter health resort away from the harsh weather of New England just off Highway 1 and the Florida East Coast rail line in North Carolina — five miles from the village of Southern Pines — that he named Pinehurst. In 1900, Tufts convinced Ross to accompany him on a trip south to become Pinehurst’s director of golf. It turned into a lifetime engagement for Ross, who eventually designed and built four courses for the resort — none with more affection than his No. 2 layout, which he called “a pet of mine” and “the finest test of championship golf I have ever designed.” This move also established a precedent Ross would follow the remainder of his days:

he worked in New England in the summers and in North Carolina in the winters. In Pinehurst, Ross spent the final halfdecade of his life orchestrating a lion’s share of his prodigious design work from his 4,500square-foot home off No. 2’s third fairway, while at the same time helping reshape the barren Sandhills — whose sandy soil he likened to that of his homeland — into a worldclass golf destination. No. 2 was initially routed and built in 1907 with flat, square and uncontoured oiled sand greens. Ross then spent years drawing upon his background in turf grass management to revolutionize southern greenkeeping practices as he slowly transitioned the putting surfaces to bermudagrass. His new product was unveiled just in time

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Donald Ross from page 6 for the 1935 PGA Championship and his courses became the favorite sites of professional and amateur tournaments. From 1919-1930, the national open was played on no fewer than seven different Ross designs. Lauded through the years by everyone from professionals to presidents — Jack Nicklaus calls No. 2 his “favorite golf course in the United States from a design standpoint” — “the deuce” also played host to the 1936 PGA Championship, the 1951 Ryder Cup and the 1991 and ‘92 Tour Championships among many other world-class competitions. Yet, No. 2 may be best remembered as a U.S. Open venue highlighted by one of golf’s most enduring moments — the late Payne Stewart’s 1999 triumph. Following its second U.S. Open in 2005 and numerous architectural changes through the years, in June 2014 No. 2 made history once again by hosting back-to-back Men’s and Women’s U.S. Opens. Around Pinehurst, Ross built wonderful layouts for Pine Needles, Mid Pines and Southern Pines Country Club, all within a six-mile radius. Mid Pines is a gentle venue often listed as a favorite of the Ross courses in the Sandhills, a delightful romp through mature stands of longleaf pines. Its more broad-shouldered sister course, Pines Needles, where Ross played most of his golf in the last 15 years of his life, has played host to a trio of U.S. Women's Opens — 1996, 2001 and 2007 — and will welcome its fourth U.S. Women’s Open in 2022. Ross’s designs each possess a seamless, timeless quality and are known for their natural beauty, clever development of strategy and meticulous atten-

Pinehurst  No. 2 tion to detail. Continuity was another important principle of Ross’s philosophy. His courses were meant to flow without interruption. He wanted the player to feel that the holes occurred naturally, without the meddling of an architect. Ross believed that less was better — that golf should be a pleasure, not a penance. With this in mind, he designed the courses that are playable by nearly every level of golfer. “That is Donald Ross architecture right there in a nutshell,” said Greensboro-based architect Kris Spence, who has carved out a niche around the Carolinas renovating Ross-designed courses. “It’s about the game of golf. It is not about aesthetics, this superfluous attempt to create photographic opportunities. It’s about the game. It’s about the wide variety of golf shots that are required, or at least possible. That is why Donald Ross is such a great architect and why so many people love him.” Of course, Ross’s presence in the Tar Heel State extends far beyond

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Pinehurst. According to research by the Donald Ross Society, he shaped more than 50 courses between Asheville and Wilmington, about 40 of which remain in play with their attribution intact — and the public has access to about half. Ross didn’t design North Carolina’s first golf course, but it would eventually bear his name. What started as Swannanoa Country Club later became the Country Club of Asheville and Ross’s name was adorned on the golf course following his redesign in 1924. Today, Country Club of Asheville is owned by Raleigh-based McConnell Golf, which boasts more private, Rossdesigned golf courses in its portfolio than any other ownership team in the country. In North Carolina, McConnell Golf also owns Sedgefield Country Club, annual site of the PGA Tour’s Wyndham Championship, as well as Raleigh Country Club, Ross’s final conception. McConnell Golf owns another classic Ross layout, Holston Hills, in Knoxville, Tenn. “Donald Ross is the person who has had the most influence on the worldclass golf courses we enjoy in North Carolina,” said McConnell Golf founder and CEO John McConnell. During the first three decades of the 20th century, Ross’s practice was in such high demand that he employed some 30 building crews and 2,500 men. His design assistants became his legacy as well — Ellis Maples, Dick Wilson and Robert Von Hagge to name a few. He called them, along with his construction engineers and draftsman, “my right and left arms.” When Ross died during construction of Raleigh Country Club, Maples took over and remained on the staff at the club until 1953.

His disciples are myriad as well, including Pete Dye, who rarely goes a day in his life without referring to Ross or Pinehurst No. 2, which he considered the genesis of all courses. “Not only did he design some great ones,” said McConnell, “but Mr. Ross also trained protégés such as Ellis Maples and Pete Dye, who created some outstanding courses after his passing.” History followed Ross’s designs around the state. Highlands Country Club was Bobby Jones’ summer home and course for many years. At Hope Valley Country Club, Byron Nelson won the Durham Open during his incredible 11-in-a-row streak in 1945. In Morganton, Mimosa Hills is a place where golf tradition and nostalgia run deep. A 1929 Ross-design magnificently nestled at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Mimosa, as it is known, was the home course of North Carolina Golf Hall of Fame inductee and three-time North & South Champion Billy Joe Patton, who battled and lost to Ben Hogan by a single shot in the 1954 Masters. Ross teamed with Leonard Tufts, son of James, to create the engaging Roaring Gap Club near Sparta. Another famed Ross mountain course is Linville Country Club. Set in a valley beneath North Carolina’s famed Grandfather Mountain, guests of the renowned Eseeola Lodge have access to this peaceful retreat that may be the ultimate in challenging yet scenic and relaxing golf. Having designed as many or more classic courses as anyone in his profession, Ross is considered the patron saint of American golf course architecture. He is also one of North Carolina’s most influential ambassadors, as countless golfers have visited the state excited to experience a Donald Ross creation. Ross died of a heart attack in 1948 at the age of 75, leaving behind a legacy of more than 400 golf courses in 30 states across America and in Canada, Nova Scotia and Cuba, as well as dozens more remodeled. Ever the perfectionist, Ross would fine-tune No. 2 from 1901 until his passing. Today, historians credit Ross with no less than transforming the American sports landscape in the first half of the 20th century — turning his industry into an art form through deceptively simple designs that not only have stood the test of time, but also continue to confound the world’s finest players. “My work,” said Ross, “will tell my story.” TRIAD GOLF TODAY • JUNE 2018


All bets are off now Bets

No yellow journalism... just the yellow ball game

We would play for a dime a point, with the first golfer on the green, the closest to the pin and the first in the hole getting a point By BETSEY MITCHELL have three words for you Bets – bingo, each. If you won all three wagers on a hole, bango, bongo! you got an extra dime. Neither of us ever got here are so many golf games. The Now I’ll admit I’ve never been much rich off this betting game, but it made the worst I ever encountered was of a wagering fool on the golf course day on the links quite entertaining. Yellow Ball. Pure evil. It’s one of since it’s hard enough to keep my score Funny how we would argue over the staples of women’s golf associations without an eraser these days, let alone who was closer to the hole, walking off and a variation on two-best balls in the whether I’m 2-up with three holes to measurements step-by-step or calling each team of four. One of the two scores must go or Dormie in a match, even though other out when one of us come from the player with Dormie is one of the cooler golf terms out “played out of turn,” a the yellow ball which there. no-no in the bingo, bango, rotates through the team. The pressure of “winning a hole” just bongo betting world. If a team member loses weighs on my simple mind too much on The recent Supreme the ball the whole team is a beautiful day on the links. Court ruling that virtually disqualified. However, with that said, some of the opened up the books for The first time I ever best times I’ve ever had on the golf course sports betting of all kind played this game I lost DUELING DIVOTS were in my college days at the University in each state rekindled the yellow ball. I still have of North Carolina, playing bingo, bango, my memories of our days of bingo, bango, nightmares. bongo with a guy by the name of Sarge, bongo. Betting on the links is commonplace You would think I would be a betwho was in charge of our athletic training at most clubs across the United States, ting gal with an email that starts with table at UNC. with “informal betting” being settled after Bets4Golf. I hardly ever bet on golf; The much older Sarge, God rest his rounds for decades in the card rooms. avoid a Calcutta like the plague and a soul, was sort of a curmudgeon on most It’s all out in the open now Bets. Hey, I Bombay is just as bad. days, but I never missed an opportunity just realized you have the perfect name to I kind of wish I had had a crystal ball to play the betting game with him when capitalize on this. How about “Bets Betting to swoop up that web address when I set he asked. You see, playing bingo, bango, Lines?” I’ll take 10 percent of the juice to up my email. I’m guessing some guy in bongo at Finley Golf Course brought out run the show and call it a day. Vegas might pay me for it now. I’m still the best in ole Sarge. thinking about your offer… 5 percent?




My one shining exception to my betting rule was the day I was paired with my nemesis Howard “Aitch” Ward and two of his shark pals. They asked me if I wanted in the game. “What’s the game?” I asked. He rattled off a bunch of wacky scenarios that ended with “and junk.” I had no clue what he was talking about. How much can I lose? Twenty bucks? I’m in. Anything to fit in with the cool guys. I threw in that last line for Adam Bum in case he still reads. The match bounced back and forth with cheers and jeers. I remained confused. When I birdied the last hole a great ballyhoo went up. In the jumble of rules Howard said there was a special clause. If somebody had a solo natural birdie on the last hole, he (she) wins the whole pot. Well, it was either that or they took pity on me. Either way, I came away plus $60 and had a really fun day. Still, I’m not sure this gambling thing is a good idea. It could be the ruin of Bushwood Country Club. At least, that’s what I heard Judge Smails say.

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The architect of Wake Forest women’s golf calls it a day after three decades of coaching



ongtime Wake Forest women’s golf coach Dianne Dailey said she plans on knocking the rust off her clubs in retirement. “I’d like to actually play a little bit more golf, just because I haven’t had a chance to play much,” she said. “Maybe if I can get my game back in shape I’ll try to qualify for the (U.S.) Senior Open next year in Pinehurst. “I’d also like to do some community service. I felt like I haven’t been around enough to give enough back to the community. I’d love to get involved more with The First Tee and maybe do some other things in the community.” Just one day after Jennifer Kupcho capped the best season in Wake Forest history with her victory at the NCAA Championship, Dailey announced her retirement from a position she has held for 30 years. “Oh my gosh, it has been a whirlwind,” Dailey said of the week’s excitement. “It’s just been going crazy. I can’t get to all the emails and texts that I’ve gotten so far. It’s been a nice problem to have.” In 2010, she was honored as the Dianne Dailey Learning Center, a stateof-the-art training center for the men’s and women’s golf programs, was named for her. The center is the focal point of the redesigned Wake Forest Golf Complex. “It has been fun,” Dailey said of her long and storied career. “I’ve enjoyed all the teams I’ve had. It’s the students that really make the job fun -- trying to get them motivated and tying to help them get better, trying to learn about them and be as good a teacher and mentor as I can. It has been a wonderful, memorable — and quick — 30 years.” During Dailey’s three decades of leading the program, the Demon Deacons won 30 team titles, 39 individual titles, four ACC Championships and qualified for 15 NCAA Championships. A four-time ACC coach of the year, Dailey led the Demon Deacons to conference championships in 1994, 1995, 2009 and 2010. Her four titles rank second in the his-



Dianne Dailey coaches Emilia Migliaccio, 2018 ACC freshman of the year, on shot selection. tory of ACC women’s golf coaches. Dailey took over the Wake Forest program in the summer of 1988. Wake Forest would win at least one team title in 18 of her 30 seasons at the helm of the program, highlighted by a school-record five victories during the 1994-95 season. In 1993, Wake Forest made its first appearance at the NCAA Championships, finishing seventh. It was the first of four top-10 NCAA finishes for the Demon Deacons, highlighted by a third-place finish in 1995. Since the NCAA established the current system of regionals to qualify for the NCAA Championships in 1993, Dailey has led Wake Forest to a regional berth every year. “For three decades, her passion built our women’s golf program into one of the best in the nation,” said Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman. “When you look back at the history of Demon Deacon women’s golf; the ACC Championships, the NCAA Championship appearances, the team and individual victories; that is the legacy Dianne Dailey leaves. Wake Forest will be forever grateful to her for building the foundation of our women’s golf program.” Dailey coached 28 All-Americans, 39 All-ACC selections, five ACC players of the year, four ACC freshmen of the year — and now the 2018 NCAA

champion. Kupcho became the first player to win an individual title the year after a runner-up finish since Arizona’s Susan Slaughter in 1989-’90. “It was phenomenal to see Jennifer win with her teammates cheering her on,” Dailey said. “It could not have been scripted any better. It was like a storybook finish.” Kupcho became the third player in Wake Forest history to be a multipletime first-team All-American honoree, joining Stephanie Neill (1993, 1994, 1995) and Laura Philo Diaz (1996, 1997). Brenda Corrie (1986) and Ashley Hoagland (2005) are the other Demon Deacons to earn first-team accolades. When asked where Kupcho ranked among her all-time greats, Dailey didn’t hesitate. “I think she is the best,” she said. “She’s broken all the scoring records. She won a national championship. She’s won seven tournaments in her career and I’m sure she’s going to win more. She’ll be on the Curtis Cup team. She just keeps racking up accolades and honors. And it’s well deserved because she is a very, very talented young lady.” In addition, Emilia Migliaccio, the 2018 ACC freshman of the year, was named a second-team All-American. Migliaccio posted a 71.79 stroke average, a Wake Forest freshman record and the third-best in program history.

Dailey’s 30-year tenure is the second longest for a Wake Forest coach, trailing only Jesse Haddock’s 32-year tenure leading the Demon Deacon men’s golf program from 1960 to 1976 and 1978 to 1992. Haddock passed away in mid-March at the age of 91. “(Coach Haddock) was one of the people responsible for me coming here,” Dailey said. “I used to come by and see him once or twice a year when I was playing on the Tour to get some ideas about sports psychology and the psychology of the game. He was really one of the very first sports psychologists without a degree. He really knew how to motivate people and he knew how people should be thinking on the golf course. He was amazing. “ Dailey is a 1971 graduate of Salem College and in 1975 received her master’s degree in education from North Carolina State. The winner of the 1966 Kentucky High School Championship, Dailey later captured the North Carolina Amateur in 1977 and 1978, in addition to the 1978 Carolinas Amateur. She was runner-up in the North-South Amateur in 1977. A 10-year veteran of the LPGA Tour, Dailey joined the professional ranks at the age of 30. Her career-low round of 67 was recorded at the 1981 Boston Five Classic. The following year she posted her career-best finish, a solo third at the Express Sun City Classic and went on to have her most successful season on Tour. In 1984, she found herself at the top of the leader board after two rounds of the du Maurier Classic and the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic. Both resulted in top-10 finishes and led the way to Dailey’s second-best year on Tour with nearly $40,000 in earnings. She served as vice president of the LPGA in 1985 and was president of the Association in 1986. In 2001, Dailey was named the LPGA Coach of the Year and was also inducted into the National Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She served as the president of the NGCA as well as a chairman of the NCAA Golf Committee, heading up the NCAA Championships and setting policies for collegiate golf.



Cedarbook Country Club proud of Maples fraternity



fficially located in the unincorporated community of State Road, picturesque Cedarbrook County Club has been Zim Zimmerman’s second home for 36 years. “Being here for more than three decades I’ve pretty much seen the membership turn over,” says the 62-year-old Zimmerman, who also stays young by coaching the Elkin High School golf team. “And I have seen a lot of things change, like the habits of golfers.” Zimmerman isn’t one to stand up and take a bow, but in one of North Carolina’s more distressed counties over the last decade, the general manager of the semiprivate club has been able to keep a membership roll around 350. That’s pretty impressive. There are a few main, yet simple, ingredients to the club’s success. “I’m 46 now and I joined shortly after high school,” said Barry Byrd, who owns Tee Time Golf Shop a few miles away in Jonesville. “I like the down home feeling – that laid back feeling. They keep the golf course very well maintained and it’s a very neat layout. Everybody who plays there says the same thing – they make you feel at home.” “Since 2008-09 when the golf economy went down we feel very fortunate to have maintained the course to the condition it was or better,” added Zimmerman. “We’ve had a lot of support from folks within a 60-mile area and we really appreciate it. We draw play from the Lake Norman,



Cedarbrook overseeds their fairways so golfers play on plush green grass in the spring before the bermudagrass has emerged. Statesville, Mooresville area, and the Greensboro and Winston-Salem areas and over into Hickory.” The club was located for many years in adjoining Yadkin County. In 1962 Chatham Manufacturing Company hired one of golf’s legendary architects, Ellis Maples, to build a new course among the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Ellis Maples design is shaped out of land once reserved as a private hunting retreat for the founders of Hanes Hosiery and their invited guests. Chatham Manufacturing provided the land and oversaw the construction of the new course located near their plant in Elkin. At just 6,873 yards from the back tees, Maples uses the rolling lay of the land, along with strategically placed bunkers, a variety of lakes and his trademark undulating greens to keep golfers of all skill levels on their toes.

“One thing golfers like about our course is there are no two holes alike,” Zimmerman said. “And Ellis liked to give you a chance in the front of the greens. He came back by here in the 1980s before he passed away with his son Dan when Dan was riding his father back around to some of the facilities in North Carolina that he had designed. That was quite a treat.” In a relatively rural area, Zimmerman is quick to point out the importance of the club. “People who don’t play golf don’t realize how important a golf club is to a community like ours,” he said. “When somebody is new coming into town and somebody is showing them around the area one of the first places they take them is the Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital, which is just an unbelievable medical care

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facility, then they go to our school system, which is second to none. And as they are leaving there they go to Elkin’s great parks and recreation department. Once they leave that area they come straight out here and show them this golf facility. If it wasn’t important to our community they sure wouldn’t come straight to us, which is 15 minutes away from the parks and recreation department.” Cedarbrook hosts many of the area’s class reunions and wedding receptions in a nice clubhouse that was built 12 years ago and can seat around 120. “We’ve been fortunate with our food and beverage operation -- it has been a positive for us,” Zimmerman said. “You don’t find that at a lot of clubs.” The grill is hot from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and the club serves dinner on Friday night and a Sunday lunch buffet in an attempt to keep costs in line. “We’ve tried to be smart about our hours and we welcome anybody to come and eat and use the facility,” he said. Cedarbrook logs around 22,000 rounds per year, which doesn’t include those members who are permitted to walk. “We’ve also adjusted our membership classifications in order to attract some of the younger people. We have a student membership from ages 13-21.” This area is certainly proud of its recent inroads in the wine industry, but Zimmerman also glows when he talks about coming to work every day at a course designed by the legendary Maples. “Our community is very fortunate to have a golf facility of this caliber and of this design. State Road is lucky to have an Ellis Maples design,” Zimmerman said.

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Grandfather’s Grandeur Linville course celebrating 50th anniversary By BILL HENSLEY


his will be a festive year at the Grandfather Golf and Country Club, which will host a variety of events in a season-long celebration of its 50th anniversary. “It will be a time for us to honor the past as we celebrate the future,” said event chairman Bob Eoff. In addition to several tournaments and gala parties, the private club in June will host a group of members from the Nairn Golf Club in Scotland to help commemorate the club’s Scottish heritage. “There will be bagpipes, kilts, tartans, plaids and more,” said Grandfather golf director Chip King, “When we welcome our Scottish friends for a week of remembrance it should be a colorful, enjoyable and nostalgic affair with a distinct Gaelic theme.” A family named MacRae, from the Nairn area, immigrated to Wilmington, N.C., and later to Linville, developing much of the land in the Grandfather Mountain/ Linville locale. The popular Grandfather golf course, rated as the second best in the state by the North Carolina Golf Panel, can trace its origin to a whim by the late Agnes (Aggie) Morton in the early 1960s. Ten years earlier, she had inherited nearly 2,000 acres of scenic terrain in the Linville 14


River Valley at the western base of Grandfather Mountain from her grandfather Hugh MacRae’s estate. Over the years she often rode horses and hiked the property, always marveling at its rare beauty. One of the state’s best amateurs, she dominated the Carolinas Golf Championship, winning it four times in a span of a decade from 1948-58. In 1948, she made it to the quarterfinals of the Women’s United States Amateur. When Aggie was in the mountains she played mostly at the Linville Golf Club, but starting times were becoming harder to get and she became frustrated with the hassle. She confided to friends, “you know, it’s about time I built my own golf course so I can play when I want to.” And so she did. Impressed by the work of Ellis Maples and his affiliation with the great Donald Ross, Aggie hired him to design the course. The two worked together closely, and spent a lot of time romping through rhododendron thickets, forested areas and over creeks for weeks before finally coming up with a routing that each thought was ideal. Noted architect Ed Seay, who later teamed up with golfing great Arnold Palmer as his top course designer, played a key role in the construction. He was a Maples assistant at the time. Course construction began in 1965 and was completed

three years later. Work was slow because of the large number of boulders and trees that had to be removed and ground that had to be leveled. If those obstacles weren’t headache enough, Aggie soon found out that construction cost twice what she had budgeted and financing became a problem. For financial help, she turned to her brother, Hugh Morton, and his childhood friend, John Williams, a frequent mountain visitor who was from Tulsa. Okla. The twosome furnished the necessary capital and, along with Aggie, are known as the founders of the Grandfather Golf and Country Club. They are honored each June with a Founders golf tournament and banquet. At the outset, Aggie had named the course Glen Dornie Country Club after an area in Scotland where the MacRaes had a summer home, but Morton and Williams persuaded her to change the name to Grandfather. The finished product was worth waiting for and now, a half century later, the course has taken its place among the best in the nation and is highly ranked by both Golf Digest and Golf magazines. In-state, the course is referred to as the “Crown Jewel of the Mountains” by golf enthusiasts. The Grandfather course is noted for many things,

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including unique beauty, excellent conditioning, a variety of challenges, fairness, a good walk and the fact that no other holes can be seen from the one being played. Signature holes are the par-4 eighth and finishing 18th, with its peninsula green guarded by water on three sides. The towering peaks of the famed mountain for which the course is named can be seen from a number of holes. Over the years, a number many national celebrities have played the course, including evangelists Billy Graham and Oral Roberts, comedians Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis, basketball coaches Dean Smith and Roy Williams, baseball stars Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle, Army Gen. William Westmoreland, Augusta legend Cliff Roberts, and such famed golfers as Sam Snead and amateur Billy Joe Patton. The course measures 7,021 yards from the championship tees and has a course rating of 74.2 and a slope of 148. Bob Kletcke, the club’s first head professional and an active member now, holds the course record from the championship tees with a 62. Grandfather also has a scenic and challenging par-3 course which receives steady play throughout the season. Over the last few years, Bobby Weed Golf Design began renovating the private member-owned club in Linville. The work is part of a 10-year master plan by the Florida-based design company. “This storied course continues to offer improved aesthetics and playability,” Weed said. “Golfers can make shot decisions based on enhanced visibility on the first hole, while appreciating many of the layout’s unique features which have reemerged with the ongoing improvements.” Bobby Weed Golf Design helped the club restructure a short-term and longrange plan to preserve and enhance the classic Maples layout. Following some substantial improvements several years ago, Weed and his team have worked in a creative and incremental fashion, each autumn and early spring, so as not to disrupt play. Extensive tree removal, installation of subsurface fairway drainage and construction of open rock-lined streams are some components of the renovation. Over 40 years tree growth in the corridors necessitated removal efforts to bring many of the holes back to their original lines. The green and tee complexes, and then the fairways, were the beneficiaries of the widespread tree removal, which nonetheless is nearly undetectable to players accustomed to the lush beauty of the course.

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Gillespie tournament to raise money for adaptive and inclusive recreation



teven Smith was diagnosed with diabetes about 20 years ago and in 2013 had his left leg amputated below the knee due to complications of the disease. The surgery went well, and Smith, now 46, was outfitted with a prosthetic. He was on his way to recovery when his girlfriend told him that more physical activity might be a good thing for him. “She basically told me to get out of the house, to get moving,” Smith said, laughing as he recalled his girlfriend’s insistence. He decided a return to golf, a sport he’d enjoyed for decades, would be a good thing. With a little coaching from Bob Brooks, the director of golf at Gillespie Golf Course in Greensboro, Smith was soon back to playing as well as he’d played prior to surgery. “I just adjusted my swing a little,” Smith said. “Bob was a big help.” Now, Smith is helping others with similar disabilities get their lives back in order. And an upcoming tournament will benefit individuals with disabilities who are interested in returning to a range of recreational activities – golf and more. On June 23, Gillespie, located at 306 E. Florida St., will be the site of a tournament where proceeds have been earmarked to help those with physical disabilities. The Third Annual Larry Barham and Ace Kirkman Memorial Golf Tournament kicks off at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. The tournament is a partnership between Gillespie and members of the Greensboro Elks Lodge, a club of which Barham and Kirkman were loyal members. The two were well-known throughout the Guilford County golfing community, and advocates for those with disabilities who wished to return to golf. Registration for the tournament is $55 per individual or $220 per team. Entry fee includes a cart, range balls, a gift bag and lunch. Members of the Elks Lodge are sponsoring a hole-in-one prize on the fourth hole as part of the day’s events. An ace there will be rewarded with a four-day trip to next year’s Masters Tournament, or $20,000 in cash.



Members of the Parks and Recreation Department are still seeking businesses or organizations to donate raffle bags or sponsor a hole for $125. Those with disabilities are invited to play, but there is no requirement that teams include a disabled individual. Proceeds from the tournament will go to the Parks and Recreation Department’s Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation unit to purchase adaptive equipment. Such equipment ensures that those with disabilities are still able to participate in sports. Adaptive equipment might be anything from a boat stabilizer at Greensboro’s Lake Brandt or Lake Higgins to help those with a disability return to fishing, to a cart with a swivel seat and supporting brace that a paralyzed individual might be able to use to play a round of golf. It’s not the first time that representatives of the Parks and Recreation Department and Gillespie have teamed up to help athletes with disabilities. For the past three years, the Parks and Recreation Department has sponsored adaptive golf clinics at Gillespie. The clinics are free to people with physical disabilities, those who might have suffered anything from a loss of

limb to a stroke. The clinics are designed to make golf accessible to people of all abilities, with specially trained professionals teaching adaptive techniques for a player’s individual swing and stance. “The response has been great,” said Smith, now an inclusion counselor with the Parks and Recreation Department. Brooks agreed. “It’s not about the number; it’s about helping individuals improve,” he said. Smith, Brooks and Sharon Williams, adaptive and inclusive recreation coordinator with the Parks and Recreation Department, were the three individuals responsible for the adaptive golf clinics at Gillespie. Williams said disabilities are more common than many people realize, with studies indicating that 13.6 percent of the population of North Carolina suffers some sort of disability as defined by the Americans with a Disability Act. She said that across the United States, the percent of veterans suffering a disability is even higher, closer to 22.5 percent. Williams said events like the tournament planned for Gillespie help make funds available for the purchase of equipment that keep the disabled active and engaged. “You can make simple modifications

for anyone to be successful,” she said. “No two people are the same.” Williams said part of the secret to the success of such equipment is simply spreading the word that it’s available through the Parks and Recreation Department. “We’re trying to get the information out,” she said. “We are here, there are opportunities.” Williams said the upcoming tournament at Gillespie and similar fundraisers play an important role in making money available for the purchase of adaptive equipment that helps keep those with disabilities active. “For those type things, we have a fund to go to,” she said. “It’s great so that everyone can have a successful recreational experience.” Meanwhile, Smith said his diabetes and amputation have served as something of a blessing in disguise. He said that prior to losing a portion of his leg he’d never worked with the Parks and Recreation Department as an inclusion counselor. Now, Smith said, he looks at it as his life’s calling. “It took something like this for me to realize what I was really meant to do,” he said.



A Father’s Day gift to golf – Tar Heel style


By BRAD KING he game of golf and Father’s Day seem tailor-made for one another. What’s one thing most dads really want on Father’s Day? Often it’s a round of golf — although enjoying those 18 holes with the family ‌ or not ‌ can be more of an individual decision. Heck, the final round of the U.S. Open always falls on Father’s Day (hint: this year that’s June 17) assuring that after dad’s round, he can kick back with a cold beverage in the Barcalounger and watch the world’s best compete for a national title. Ah, pure bliss. So, what to give your dad for Father’s Day to help make his day ‌ and his round ‌ even better? Well, there are several companies

right here in the Tar Heel State who have just the thing for your favorite golfer — or at least the one who embarrasses you the most.


OK, so you may need dad’s help to buy this special present, but rest assured — he will never forget it. The Caruca is a Patent Pending, single rider, electric cart on which the rider stands to operate. Produced in Holly Springs, the Caruca’s main purpose is for use on the golf course as an alternative to a traditional golf cart, but there are many other possibilities. Riding the Caruca is so much fun that dad will want to take it everywhere. A long, wide wheelbase and low, centralized weight distribution make the Caruca safe and comfortable. Riders of all ages are able to find a cozy stance, and the intuitive controls are so easy to use that anyone can just hop on and go. A sleek, modern body design cleverly hides a powerful motor, front-and-rear independent suspension for a smooth ride, and an adjustable steering column to accommodate riders of all size. For information visit


You might be wondering: “What do you buy the golfer that has it all?â€? Well, now there’s an answer for dads, uncles and grandpas alike ‌ the Range Gripper. Nothing could be more frustrating to dad than having his special day of golf ruined by losing his expensive Smartphone or Rangefinder on the course. The brainchild of a team of Apex-based entrepreneurs, the new Range Gripper provides a safe and secure place for all your dad’s electronics. Range Gripper also reached a partnership with The First Tee, where a portion Continued on page 19

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memory foam-filled midsoles for support, mobility and comfort, as well as an exclusive heel cup design and non-marking, boat-safe, carbon-free rubber outsoles. Best of all, the company donates 1 percent of all flip-flop sales to support kids and their families battling cancer. Hari Mari X Peter Millar sandals are available in Peter Millar retail stores and online at and, and available through Peter Millar wholesale partners in Fall 2018.

of every Range Gripper sale is donated to that charity. The Range Gripper’s MSRP is $29.99 (www. Logos and custom branding are available for a slightly higher fee.


Of course, dad wants to look good on the golf course. That’s where Charlotte-based Bermuda Sands, makers of exceptional leisure and golf apparel, steps up to the tee. Golfers prefer Bermuda Sands because of their combination of style and functionality that perfectly complements dad’s game and style. Bermuda Sands golf apparel for men includes fleece pullovers, traditional golf polos and more. The golf polos are comfortable and lightweight to keep dad cool during the hot and


humid summer months. Mom will like Bermuda Sands, too. Last year Bermuda Sands was awarded the “Best in Women’s Apparelâ€? from Golf Fashion Weekly. Visit


Following a round of golf during the hot summer months, what dad doesn’t want to step into a stylish pair of flip-flops? With that in mind, Raleighbased Peter Millar has partnered with the leading maker of luxury flip-flops to introduce the Hari Mari x Peter Millar collaboration. Constructed from premium USA-made Horween leather, these flip-flops include details that exceed even the Peter Millar customer’s high expectations: neoprene-lined, memory foam-filled toe posts and straps to eliminate breakin periods and provide a customized fit. They’re also designed with thin, lightweight, soft-squeeze

Cary-based Stitch Golf has made a name for itself producing stylish leather and knit head covers. But off the course, dad would really love to travel with Stitch Golf’s “Ultimate Garment Bagâ€? (UGB™) — arguably the most usable two-in-one bag on the market today. The UGB simplifies packing and allows dad to transport his clothes in the coolest possible package. The UGB’s duffle bag converts to a garment bag with one single zipper, while the “drop the topâ€? feature allows you to see what is in the bag without unpacking. The UGB is made from Stitch Golf’s Touring Fabric of highly resilient, flexible and durable material. The waterproof bag with sealed zippers also includes hanger hook, elastic pocket on inside of both sides for shoes and webbed handles for easy carrying. And dad can personalize his UGB by adding his initials on Stitch Golf’s signature ingot. Visit

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U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Jupiter Hills Club, Teaquesta, Fla. • May 19-23 Stroke Play Qualifying Medalist 1. Bobby Bucey-Brett Viboch! 66-63–129 Selected others - Top 32 advance to match play 4. Scott Harvey-Todd Mitchell! 62-70–132 8. Chad Wilfong-Davis Womble! 69-65–134 13. Michael Childress-Lansdon Robbins! 67-68–135 Cut number 138 MC. Sherrill Britt-Greg Earnhardt! 73-71–144 MC. Joe Deraney-Justin Tereshko! 71-75–146 Match Play Round of 32 Steven Groover-Tyler McKeever def. Wilfong-Womble, 24 holes Kyle Cornett-Patrick Sato def. Harvey-Mitchell, 19 holes Tug Maude-John Sawain def. Childress-Robbins, 3 and 2 Championship Match - May 23 Garrett Barber, Houston, Texas, and Cole Hammer, Stuart, Fla., def. Marc Dull, Winter Park, Fla., and Chip Brooke, Altamonte Springs, Fla., 4 and 3.


3rd Carolinian Amateur Keith Hills Country Club, Buies Creek (par 72) May 18-20 1. Harry Reynolds, Greenville, SC! 74-69-64--207 2. Amarin Kraivixien, Buies Creek! 71-69-67--207 3. Brett McLamb, Coats! 69-69-71--209 4. Thomas Owen, Fayetteville! 68-72-70--210 4. Zack Swanson, Charlotte! 70-67-73--210 Selected others from field of 138 10. Clay Holland, Greensboro! 69-74-71--214 17. Chris Cassetta, High Point! 71-75-71--217 24. Ryan Wilson, Greensboro! 74-71-75--220 27. John Major, Winston-Salem! 75-72-74--221 37. Charlie Maness, Troy! 76-76-73--225 45. Justin Emmons, Asheboro! 75-76-76--227 45. Blake Brantley, Winston-Salem! 77-75-75--227 63. Clay Watkins, Mebane! 73-79-80--232 63. Davis Richards, China Grove! 77-78-77--232 67. Grant Powell, Colfax! 75-78-80--233 69. Patrick Lundy, Greensboro! 80-75-79--234 Harry Reynolds sank 25-foot birdie putt on third playoff hole

33rd North Carolina Senior Amateur Championship Starmount Forest Country Club, Greensboro (par 70) May 14-16 1. Macon Moye, Pinehurst! 64-69-66--199 2. Harrison Rutter, Winston-Salem! 70-66-67--203 3. Pat Thompson, Asheville! 72-67-66--205 4. Keith Waters, Raleigh! 66-71-69--206 5. Steve Harwell, Mooresville! 69-69-70--208 6. Gary Pugh, Asheboro! 71-70-70--211 6. Paul Simson, Raleigh! 70-70-71--211 8. Stephen Sharpe, Greensboro! 74-70-68--212 Selected others from field of 122 12. Andre Resner, Salisbury! 72-68-76--216 12. Ernie Newton, Winston-Salem! 71-73-72--216 15. Dave Davis, Asheboro! 69-74-75--218 17. Buck Hall, Thomasville! 73-72-74--219 21. Mark Walker, Greensboro! 70-76-74--220 23. Robert Vespa, Summerfield! 76-71-74--221 39. Charlie Parks, Asheboro! 74-74-76--224 39. Mike Bivins, High Point! 74-76-74--224 46. James Morgan, Greensboro! 73-78-75--226 49. Doug Potter, Greensboro! 78-71-78--227 49. Russ Patterson, Winston-Salem! 80-71-76--227 49. Vince Credle, Summerfield! 72-78-77--227 55. Grant Hoffman, Asheboro! 72-78-79--229 10th Carolinas Super Senior Championship Gaston Country Club, Gastonia (par 72) May 9-10 Championship Division Age 65+ 1. Paul Simson, Raleigh! 66-74--140 2. Russ Perry, Winston-Salem! 70-71--141 2. Gary Hill, Cornelius! 70-71--141 Selected others from field of 83 8. Arlis Pike, Kernersville! 76-72--148 12. Garland Yates, Asheboro! 74-75--149 20. Charlie Parks, Asheboro! 78-74--152 33. J.D. Lawson, Greensboro! 74-82--156 33. Kim Mansfield, High Point! 76-80--156 38. James Powell, Greensboro! 79-78--157 43. Bill Burling, Greensboro! 79-79--158 47. Hugh Quinn, Lewisville! 82-77--159 Age 70+ Division 1. Lynn Martin, Travelers Rest, SC! 70-74--144 2. Jared Long, Aiken, SC! 73-72--145 3. Ernie Newton, Winston-Salem! 70-76--146

Selected others from field of 47 9. Mike Sprouts, Winston-Salem! 17. Gene Grubb, Greensboro! 20. Drayton Stott, Greensboro! 24. Jim Blaylock, Winston-Salem!

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15th North Carolina Women’s Senior Amateur Country Club of Salisbury (par 72) April 30-May 1 1. Pat Brogden, Garner! 81-75--156 2. Kathy Brinkley, Cornelius! 79-81--160 2. Angela Stewart, Greenville! 76-84--160 4. Patty Moore, Charlotte! 80-81--161 First Flight 1. Dianne Yelovich, Pinehurst! 81-74--155 1. Sook Hee Yang, Jamestown! 76-79--155 3. Maria Malone, Greensboro! 79-80--159 Selected others from field of 15 7. Kelly Whitley, Greensboro! 81-83--164 7. Barbara Munnett, Winston-Salem! 81-83--164 9. Nancy Cooper, Burlington! 83-83--166 Second Flight 1. Kit Simpson, Pinehurst! 84-83--167 2. Janet Myers, Charlotte! 87-84--171 3. Mary Rhodes, Greensboro! 88-86--174 4. Jackie Edmunds, Greensboro! 87-88--175 Note: Pat Brogden claimed her fifth win in the event and now holds the most North Carolina Senior Women's Amateur titles, breaking a tie at four wins with!Patty Moore.

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9th annual Sport Durst Durham Senior Amateur Croasdaile CC, Durham (par 72) May 21-22 Senior Division 1. Paul Simson, Raleigh! 67-75--142 2. Buck Hall, Thomasville! 74-70--144 3. Stephen Fox, Bourbonsville, WV! 69-76--145 4. Gary Howze, Durham! 73-73--146 4. Keith Waters, Raleigh! 72-74--146 Selected others 7. Grant Hoffman, Asheboro! 75-74--149 10. Mike Roshelli, Graham! 77-75--152 14. Robert Vespa, Summerfield! 75-79--154 Super Senior Division 1. Cliff Seastrunk, Raleigh! 38-71--109 2. Russ Perry, Winston-Salem! 36-74--110 3. Raymond Davis, Apex! 37-74--111 3. Larry Eimers, Durham! 33-78--111 Selected others 6. Kim Mansfield, High Point! 38-75--113 11. Bill Burling, Greensboro! 38-77--115 Legends Division 1. Mike Sprouts, Winston-Salem! 36-71--107 2. Gene Grubb, Greensboro! 36-74--110 2. Ernie Newton, Winston-Salem! 37-73--110

CGA One-Day Four-Ball

Selected finishers from Triad (top half of division) SENIOR ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL TOURNAMENTS Cedarbrook CC, State Road • May 22 Tournament Flight A (10 entries) 1. Jim Kemerling, Lewisville-Mark Robinson, W-S! 2. Todd Gardner, High Point-Rick Marion, Mt. Airy! 4. Laurence Blood-George Snyder, Mt. Airy! 5. Chris Mahon, Elkin-Robert Hudson, Dobson! Super Senior 65+ (9 entries) 1. Mike Judkins, Winston-Salem-Jim Gress, Clemmons! 2. John Barlow, Summerfield-Greg Powell, Charlotte! 3. Hugh Quinn-Thomas Rasmussen, Lewisville! 4. James Gunn-Alan Connolly, Mt. Airy! Super Senior 70+ (4 entries) 1. Arlis Pike-Lee Kiger, Kernersville!

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Connestee Falls GC, Brevard • May 1 Super Senior 65+ A (8 entries) 4. Steven Johnson, Jefferson-David Brown, Clemmons! Champion Hills Club, Hendersonville • April 30 Tournament Flight A (8 entries) 1. Thomas Jones, Asheboro-Billy Potter, Carolina Beach! Tournament Flight B (9 entries) 3. Gary Littell, Pfafftown-Roger Joyce, Walnut Cove! Super Senior 65+ (15 entries) 4. Steven Johnson, Jefferson-David Brown, Clemmons!

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ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL TOURNAMENTS Sedgefield CC (Dye Course), Greensboro • May 14 Men A - Flight 1 (11 entries) 5. Adam Fuquay, Bear Creek-Ashley Fuquay, Greensboro! 71 Men A - Flight 2 (11 entries) 1. Brad Fogleman, Liberty-Rob White, Colfax! 69 Men B - Flight 1 (10 entries) 2. Kenneth Ridings-Brooks Barwick, Greensboro! 69 3. Eric Apple-Chris Terrell, Greensboro! 73 4. Dexter Barbee-Myron Prevatte, Burlington! 75 4. Shane Lunsford, Waxhaw,-Michael Cooke, Oak Ridge! 75

Men B - Flight 2 (9 entries) 2. Doug Keltner, Cary-Henry Garcia, Burlington! 3. Christopher Jones, Raleigh-Mark Jones, Burlington! 4. Daniel Jensen, Chapel Hill-Robert Saunders, W-S! Men C (7 entries) 1. Parker Whitt, Winston-Salem-Jim Shermer, Clemmons! 3. Billy Sawyers-Tim Peele, Pilot Mountain!

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Foundation Four-Ball at Grandfather Mountain GC, Linville May 3 Men A - Flight 1 (11 entries) 3. Jeremy Ray, Pfafftown-Chris Cassetta, High Point! 69 Men A - Flight 2 (12 entries) 4. James Austin, Asheville-Bret Kinney, Reidsville! 75 Senior and Women - Flight 1 (8 entries) 4. Clint Miller, Mt Pleasant-Andre Resner, Salisbury! 73 Senior and Women - Flight 2 (8 entries) 4. Karen Brookshire, Asheboro-Ann Hogan, Denton! 80



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67th South Carolina Open Moss Creek GC (South) - Hilton Head Island, SC • May 22-24 1. a-Jack Faraci, Okatie, SC! 72-69-71--212 2. Tommy Gibson, Mount Airy! 70-72-71--213 2. Ben Lee, Statesboro, Ga.! 75-68-70--213 Selected others from field of 124 5. Steve Scott, Winston-Salem! 72-72-71--215 5. Steve Isley, Oak Island! 74-70-71--215 14. John Findley, Winston-Salem! 74-73-73--220 16. Brad Luebchow, Winston-Salem! 77-71-73--221 26. Troy Spencer, Charlotte! 76-75-73--224 32. Chris Haarlow, Greensboro! 75-77-73--225 CPGA Senior Season Kickoff Pinewood CC, Asheboro (par 72) • May 2-3 Professional Division 1. Neal Lancaster, Smithfield, $670! 67-71--138 2. Gus Ulrich, Whispering Pines, $550! 76-67--143 3. David Thore, Wilmington, $480! 73-72--145 Selected others from field of 19 6. Michael Hutcheon, High Point, $235! 74-75--149 8. Mitch Adams, Troy! 73-77--150 Champions Division (Amateur) 1. Yancey Johnson, Simpsonville, SC! 73-72--145 Selected others from field of 26 4. Steven Kidd, Liberty! 74-75--149 5. Craig Cathey, Burlington! 81-70--151 10. Patrick Brady, Reidsville! 78-77--155 Super Seniors (Amateur) 1. Ernie Newton, Winston-Salem! 74-69--143 2. Russ Perry, Winston-Salem! 73-72--145 3. Bob Klug, Pinehurst! 74-72--146 4. Charlie Parks, Asheboro! 74-73--147 Selected others from field of 27 10. Garland Yates, Asheboro! 75-79--154 12. Lawrence Hicks, Greensboro! 71-84--155 14. John Stratton, Greensboro! 79-80--159 Notes: Russ Perry won age 63-67 division, Ernie Newton won age 68-over division in addition to overall title. Legends Divison (Amateur) 1. Larry Boswell, High Point! 70-76--146 2. John Walters, Charlotte! 74-77--151 3. Mike Sprouts, Winston-Salem! 78-74--152 Selected others from field of 23 7. George Kennon, Greensboro! 82-75--157

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Verdict Ridge G&CC, • May 2-3 1. Daniel Obremski, Myrtle Beach, $4,600! 2. Christopher O’Neill, Glen Allen, Va., $3,050! 3. Ryan Sullivan, Winston-Salem, $2,117! Selected others from field of 60 6. Drew Weaver, High Point, $1,256! 12. Wade Boteler, Mebane, $825! 26. Adam Webb, Greensboro!

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U.S. Open Qualifying Selected qualifiers Duke University GC, Durham • May 9 1. Stephen Franken, Raleigh! 68 1. Bryce Hendrix, Greensboro! 68 1. Blake McShea, Zebulon! 68 Top 5 advance to sectional qualifier Pinewild (Magnolia), Pinehurst • May 14 1. Spencer Skiff, Aiken, SC! 67 3. Adam Webb, Greensboro ! 69 Top 5 advance to sectional qualifier Note: Webb was in 4-way tie for third and is first alternate Belfair Plantation, Bluffton, SC • May 14 1. Tadd Fujikawa, St. Simons Isl, Ga.! 67 5. Drew Weaver, Atlanta ! 70 Top 5 advance to sectional qualifier Note: Weaver was in 4-way tie for fifth and is first alternate


N.C. Amateur Qualifying The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis May 24 1. Mason Elmore, Charlotte! 69 1. Christian Park, Charlotte! 69 1. Justin Morgan, Denver! 69 Selected qualifiers from field of 69 8. Dustin Blank, Elon! 72 8. Christopher Wooten, Win-Salem! 72 17. Logan Shuping, Salisbury! 73 23. Avery Papalia, Kernersville! 75 Keith Hills GC, Buies Creek • May 18 1. Thomas Owen, Fayetteville! 68 2. Clay Holland Greensboro! 69 Selected qualifiers from field of 47 11. Justin Emmons, Asheboro! 75 11. Noah Connor, Reidsville! 75 18. Brad Coleman, Jamestown! 76 18. Jeremy Ray, Pfafftown! 76 The qualifiers advance to the 59th N.C. Amateur Championship on the River Course at River Landing Country Club in Wallace on June 14-17. Other qualifiers were played at Mimosa Hills in Morganton (May 30), Pine Hollow in Clayton (May 31) and Pinewood CC in Asheboro (June 1).

CGA One-Day

Listing Triad finishers in the top half Magnolia Greens, Holden Beach May 20 Men A (9 entries) 2. Carroll Strong, Greensboro! 76 4. David Weinberger, Roxboro! 77 Senior B (9 entries) 1. Mark Henline, Whitsett! 82 4. Dexter Barbee, Burlington! 85 Super Senior and Women (20 entries) 2. Michael Burdick, McLeansville! 75 10. Linwood Wall, Elon! 81 Lockwood Folly, Supply May 19 (weather shortened to 9 holes) Men A (9 entries) 2. David Weinberger, Roxboro! 41 Men B and Women (12 entries) 3. Dylan Wallace, Semora! 45 4. James Bryant, Greensboro! 47 Senior B (5 entries) 1. Dexter Barbee, Burlington! 41 Super Senior (18 entries) 5. Michael Burdick, McLeansville! 45 Neuse GC, Clayton • May 6 Men A (23 entries) 10. Patrick Lundy, Greensboro! 79 Men B (18 entries) 4. Henry Garcia, Burlington! 84 6. James Bryant, Greensboro! 85 Senior B and Women (10 entries) 1. Steven Snow, Mt. Airy! 78 5. Bob Ring, Mebane! 88 Super Senior (16 entries) 6. Michael Burdick, McLeansville! 78

Amateur Individual

Alamance Senior Amateur Indian Valley GC, Burlington (par 70) May 23-24 Championship Flight Randy Ector! 75-70--145 Garland Yates! 71-76--147 First Flight Craig Cathey! 80-70--150 Robbie Conklin! 79-74--153 Chris Haizlip! 79-74--153

Second Flight John Ferguson! 82-72--154 Ricky Vaughn! 81-79--160 30th annual Kathleen Bryan Ladies Invitational Bryan Park Champions Course, Brown Summit (5,250 yards, par 72) May 23 Flight 1 Kelley Taylor ! 77 Sook He yang ! 79 Em Clifford ! 80 Gigi Ash ! 83 Suny Han ! 83 Bonnie Montgomery ! 83 Lisa Milligan ! 84 Fran Hensley ! 85 June Lee ! 86 Shawnee Yantorno ! 86 Pam Finlen ! 87 Myung Shim Lim! 88 Chris Heppell ! 89 Flight 2 Cheryl Martin ! 89 He Jin Ahn ! 93 Michelle Yom! 93 Peggy Lane ! 94 Barbara Kushubar ! 95 Flight 3 Eunice Bae ! 91 Sandy Moss ! 94 Doreen Bryant! 95 Bonnie Oakes ! 95 Bobbie Berry ! 97 Flight 4 Rhonda Watlington ! 102 Caredith Gillis ! 105 Dot Lambeth ! 105 Theresa Boyd ! 106 Eva Gustafsson ! 107 Linda Pegg ! 107 21st annual Brookwood Amateur Brookwood GC, Whitsett (par 72) May 19-20 Championship Flight Tony Byerly ""! 64-68--132 Tanner Gross "" ! 68-66--134 Willie Noah " " "" ! 69-68--137 Jason Garrett " "" ! 70-68--138 Randy Clayton "" ! 69-69--138 Adam Hamlett " "" ! 71-69--140 First Flight Mike Roshelli "" ! 73-72--145 Steve Bigham "" ! 73-72--145 Mike Noah " " "" ! 74-71--145 Robert Trent " "" ! 75-73--148 Parker Nash " "" ! 75-73--148 Shane Hamlett "" ! 76-72--148 Mike Roshelli won playoff on third hole Second Flight Kenny Wilson "" ! 77-68--145 Mike Allison " " " ! 79-75--154 Jeff" Hodge " " "" ! 82-72--154 Christian Hodge ! 79-77--156 Bruce Newsome" ! 77-79--156 78-78--156 Dwayne Moize" ! Third Flight Jeff Wilson "" ! 87-78--165 Dustin Gilstrap ! 84-83--167 Dean Garner "! 87-85--172 Nasser Hallaji ! 91-81--172 Craig Abendschien ! 90-83--173 Jimmy Foster "" ! 88-88--176

Senior Am Tour

Carolina Trace (Lake) • May 24 Championship Flight (5 entries) 1. Steve Lassiter, Pinehurst! 73 2. Joey Moffitt, High Point! 82 3. Dan Anthony, Thomasville! 84 A Flight (17 entries) 1. Paul Nance, Graham! 80 5. Jack Stanley, Summerfield! 85 5. Rob Geilhausen, Linwood! 85 8. Gerald Lewis, Greensboro! 86 8. Zebulon Lewis, Clemmons! 86 B Flight (18 entries) 1. Mikkel Mortenson, Raleigh! 80 2. Jim Shermer, Lewisville! 81 C Flight (17 entries) 1. A.C. Guarino, Pfafftown! 85 2. Mike Reid, Greensboro! 89 5. Mike Charles, Winston-Salem! 91 Bryan Park (Players) • May 17 Championship Flight (3 entries) 1. Joey Moffitt, High Point! 72 2. Craig Cathey, Burlington! 73

A Flight (12 entries) 1. Mark Robinson, Winston-Salem! 75 2. Gerald Lewis, Greensboro! 75 5. Rob Geilhausen, Linwood! 79 5. Michael Kindley, Winston-Salem! 79 5. Wilson Shelton, Madison! 79 5. Zebulon Lewis, Clemmons! 79 Tr i a d Mark Robinson won playoff B Flight (17 entries) 1. Jim Shermer, Lewisville! 75 2. Fred Dodge, Randleman! 78 5. John Lindsay, Lexington! 80 5. Jerry Thorne, Greensboro! 80 5. Jay Wyatt, Greensboro! 80 8. Mark Hagerty, Sophia! 82 C Flight (12 entries) 1. Lewis Burgman, Greensboro! 83 2. Mike Reid, Greensboro! 84 5. Mike Charles, Winston-Salem! 88 6. Harvey Marshall, Colfax! 90 Anderson Creek, Spring Lake • May 10 Championship Flight (7 entries) 1. Dan Anthony, Thomasville! 74 3. Joey Moffitt, High Point! 76 A Flight (17 entries) 1. Gus Alford, Zebulon! 78 2. Gerald Lewis, Greensboro! 79 4. Michael Greene, Lewisville! 80 4. Dave LeVeque, Greensboro! 80 6. Jack Stanley, Summerfield! 81 7. Wilson Shelton, Madison! 82 B Flight (21 entries) 1. Mikkel Mortenson, Raleigh! 79 3. John Lindsay, Lexington! 82 4. Rus Rilling, Madison! 83 8. Jim Shermer, Lewisville! 84 C Flight (20 entries) 1. Barry McFarland, Albemarle! 87 5. Ed McNally, Graham! 91 6. Mike Reid, Greensboro! 92 9. Mike Charles, Winston-Salem! 93 9. Don Michaux, Greensboro! 93 Stoney Creek GC • May 3 Championship Flight (5 entries) 1. Roy Patterson, Chesapeake, Va.! 75 2. Joey Moffitt, High Point! 79 3. Chris Wilkes, Winston-Salem! 80 A Flight (20 entries) 1. Jim Goulding, Charlotte! 75 2. Gerald Lewis, Greensboro! 76 2. Zebulon Lewis, Clemmons! 76 4. Dave LeVeque, Greensboro! 78 9. Darrell Albright, Burlington! 81 B Flight (13 entries) 1. Fred Dodge, Randleman! 77 3. Jim Shermer, Lewisville! 80 4. John Lindsay, Lexington! 81 5. Jerry Thorne, Greensboro! 82 6. Ron Tapscott, Walkertown! 84 C Flight (20 entries) 1. A.C. Guarino, Pfafftown! 80 3. Mike Charles, Winston-Salem! 87 6. Mike Reid, Greensboro! 90 7. Mike Hunter, Greensboro! 91 9. Rudy Binder, Greensboro! 92

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Oak Hills GC, Eden • May 8 A Flight (5 entries) 1. Paul Griffin, Greensboro ! 2. Steve Cummings, Wentworth! B Flight (4 entries) 1. Wayne Thompson, Mebane! 2. Danny Daniel, Dry Fork, Va.! C Flight (9 entries) 1. Bob Foyle, Yanceyville! 2. Red Thompson, Ringgold, Va.! 3. Tony Burtt, Providence! 4. Steve Scruggs, Madison! D Flight (8 entries) 1. Willard Vicks, Danville, Va.! 2. Randy McCann, Greensboro! 3. Curtis Smith, Greensboro!

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Mount Tabor finishes in third place at states



arrett Clark shot a 1-over 73 in the first round to lead the state 3-A golf championship. But a balky putter for the Burlington Williams sophomore in the final round helped drop him to a third-place finish. Clark shot 76 on day two of the 36-hole tournament for a 149 total at Longleaf Golf and Family Club in Southern Pines. He finished six shots behind Ethan Hall of West Carteret, who broke out of a pack with a 4-under 68 on the second day for the only under-par round of the championship. “Honestly, I was pretty happy I could get around in 73 after hitting the ball that badly the first day,” Clark said. “I worked at the range and I felt I could go lower, but I just couldn't get putts to drop. I was disappointed I couldn't get it done.” Williams coach Tommy Cole followed Clark around for most of the round and was proud of his effort. “Garrett played super but he let a few shots get into his head,” he said. “I mean,

it's just growing pains. His putter let him down and he hit a couple of wayward tee shots, too, especially on the last hole. But he's a super player.” Clark didn't have any disaster holes in the second round but he made seven bogeys. The coach admitted there wasn't much Clark could have done to hang on in the face of Hall's 68. “A kid shoots 68; that's pretty tough to beat,” he said. “We knew starting the day there were 16 kids within three shots of the lead. You just have to put yourself into a situation to win and let the chips



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fall. Everything is a learning experience.” The Williams team shot 321-320 for a 641 total and finished in sixth place, right where it started the final round. “We were hoping to squeeze into second place but I really didn't do my part there,” Clark said. “It was a disappointing finish but I have two more cracks at it.” Other scorers for Williams were Grayson Butler (79-83--162), Harrison Stuart (83-80--163) and Garrett Hauk (86-81--167). Mount Tabor improved seven shots in the second round and finished in third place. The Spartans shot 320-313 for a 633

total. They were 23 shots behind winner Charlotte Catholic, but it was the highest finish in school history in the state tournament. “We were really excited about it because we had finished fourth twice,” said Spartans coach Mike Kneisel. “We felt we had an outside chance to win it after the first day.” The coach also was happy to finish one shot ahead of Marvin Ridge, which had beaten the Spartans by one shot at the regional. Mount Tabor was led by junior Bennett Wooten, who shot 77-75--152. He tied for seventh place in the individual standings. “He was the conference player of the year and he won the regional,” Kneisel said. “We expected him to play well.” The Spartans are developing a strong program and have some talent returning for next year. “We won two regionals in a row and finished second this year by one shot,” Kneisel said. “We have two of our top four players back and some young guys with experience under their belt.”

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Broughton is back Fountain leads Caps to third team title in last six years


By DAVID DROSCHAK he Triad hasn’t produced a state champion in 4-A men’s golf since Drew Younts led Northwest Guilford to the title in 2005. When R.J. Reynolds finished just three shots behind powerhouse Pinecrest in the Midwest Regional, there appeared to be hope for a breakthrough in 2018. But it was more of the same at Pinehurst No. 6 in mid May with Raleigh Broughton winning the school’s ninth 4-A men’s golf championship in the last 21 years. Broughton and Pinecrest have battled for supremacy in North Carolina prep golf’s highest classification for much of the last decade, but the Caps came up way short of competing in last year’s championship – falling 35 shots off the pace to three-time reigning champion Pinehurst. “What it did was make us hungry,” coach Anderson Marlowe said of his team’s poor performance in 2017. “We came in before states this year and

played Pinehurst No. 6 three times to get the feel of it. We are a firm believer that you have to come in prepared at states; if you don’t the pressure takes you out. Sure, we needed help from other teams; Pinecrest didn’t play their best. We knew we might need that, but they didn’t play well and we did.” Meanwhile, Reynolds finished 24 shots off the pace to finished seventh. The best Triad individual finisher was Andrew Plate of Greensboro Page, who carded rounds of 77 and 75 -- good for a tie for 16th place. No Reynolds golfer was able to crack the top 30. Broughton sophomore Peter Fountain, whose older brother plays golf for North Carolina, led the way with a two-round 1-over 145, losing in a playoff to A.J. Beechler of Pinecrest, who captured his second straight individual crown. “I’m sure he was disappointed inside, but Peter is such a good kid with a great attitude so you would never know it,” Marlowe said. “He said to me, ‘I’ve got two more years to try to win one.’ Nothing affects him on the golf course.” Despite going 42-0 in conference play this season and winning the East Regional in convincing fashion, Marlowe really kept an open mind heading to Pinehurst this year. “I’m very proud of this team because it probably wasn’t my most talented, but it was the team that just

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Peter Fountain, Raleigh Broughton grinded and did everything they could to win,” said Marlowe, whose club edged Charlotte Myers Parks by three shots for its third crown since 2012. “We knew we could have a good season, but just like anything else in golf we tried to build and peak at the right time. “We lost the states by 35 strokes to Pinecrest and this year we beat them by a dozen. And they had most of their guys back like we did,” Marlowe added. “You never know in this game. That’s why you tee it up. Sometimes you lose with real good teams because other teams play better and sometimes you win with maybe not quite as talented of a team. That’s what makes it a lot of fun.” Beechler had the best second-round score, shooting a 2-under 70 that included an eagle on his ninth hole and a birdie on his final hole to force the playoff with Fountain. Beechler, headed to East Carolina to play college golf, had a stellar Pinecre st career that included three team state championships and two individual titles. “I don’t know of any other male high school player in North Carolina history that has that kind of success,” said Pinecrest coach Rich Wainwright. “Jennifer Chang is the only one who has had a more distinguished high school career. A.J.’s record speaks for itself for these four years.”

This past fall, Chang of Athens Drive, won her fourth straight 4-A individual women’s crown before heading to play college golf at Southern Cal. Thomas Eubanks of Myers Park finished one shot out of the two-man playoff at 146. First-round leader Cameron Whitney of Ardrey Kell shot a 77 on day two to finish in a three-way tie for fourth. Marlowe said there were several keys to his team’s title, including playing the regionals at a difficult and challenging Raleigh Country Club, along with a tradition of bringing the entire squad (13 players strong) to the state championship. “It’s very important for these guys to see what they’re stepping into in the future,” Marlowe said of bringing his younger players to states. “It is the Ryder Cup for high school golf. It is the most pressure they will be under the whole season. For them to come in to see that we can do it and the guys that they play with in practice and beat sometimes can do it it gives them confidence. And of course there was a motivational assist from rival Pinecrest. “We consider Pinecrest the highest of competition, they run a great program,” Marlowe said. “We know when we get into the state championship they are the ones we are worried about.” At least not for a year now. TRIAD GOLF TODAY • JUNE 2018


Two double eagles highlight list of perfect shots


wo double eagles and 31 aces are included in this collection of great shots reported to Triad Golf Today since our May issue. Fifteen area golfers joined the hole-inone club for the first time. Read on for all the details.

Double Eagles

Don Wilson of Madison, May 14, Deep Springs CC. No. 11, 437 yards. Playing partners: John Stone, Phil Harger. His first double eagle. Jay Capps of Ruffin, May 10, Caswell Pines GC. No. 14, 450 yards, driver, then 3-wood. Playing partners: Ron Collins, Mike Chrismon, Dan Kindberg, Jay Rash. His first double eagle to go with one ace.


Ken Slaughter of Winston-Salem, May 24, Pudding Ridge GC. No. 2, 110 yards, 9-iron. Playing partners: Dennis Majerus, Bill Casey. His second ace. Jack Harrison of Reidsville, May 22, Monroeton GC. No. 14, 96 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Max Strader, Barry Perdew, Lufty Stevens. His sixth ace. Buddy Powers of Asheboro, May 21, Asheboro Municipal GC. No. 5, 115 yards, pitching wedge. Playing partners: Doug Dillon, Stan Kirkland, Dana Lockwood. His first ace.

Paul Thacker of Reidsville, May 14, Oak Hills GC. No. 15, 73 yards, wedge. Playing parters: Jerry Dixon, Keith Jennette. His second ace. Steve Stack of Oak Ridge, May 13, Pine Knolls GC. No. 3, 145 yards, 6-iron. Playing partners: John Hodges, Walt Whitley, Lee Kiger. His fifth ace. Lee Joyce of Stoneville, May 13, Deep Springs CC. No. 4, 138 yards, 5-iron. Playing partners: Johnny Smith, Richard Bridges, Tim Moore, Bobby Newberry. His first ace. Jackie Hawkins of Kernersville, May 12, Pine Knolls GC. No. 18, 100 yards, 5-hybrid. Playing partner: Ruth Ayers. Her second ace. Dale Sartin of Whitsett, May 12, Forest Oaks CC. No. 3, 162 yards, 6-iron. Playing partners: Mark Walker, Bert McNally, Glenn Sexton. His first ace. T.C. Toy of Burlington, May 11, Southwick GC. No. 4, 148 yards, 6-iron. Playing partners: Cindy Rutledge, Don Rutledge, Calvin Kling, Kyle Knodel. Second-career ace for Toy, age 80. Dan Bruce of Mebane, May 4, Mill Creek GC. No. 17, 130 yards, pitching wedge. Playing partners: John Taylor, Mike Weill. His first ace. Karl Barr, May 4, Oak Valley GC. No. 16, 165 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: Mike Lancell, John Ackerman, Steve Matthews. Jacob Flint of Mebane, May 4, Shamrock GC. No. 18, 130 yards, 9-iron. Playing partner: Chris Wells. His first ace. Harris Brown of Asheboro, May 3, Asheboro Municipal GC. No. 7, 167 yards, 7-iron. Playing

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partners: Wade Harris, Kathy Brown. His first ace came on his birthday. Lee Owens of Greensboro, May 3, Meadowlands GC. No. 17, 146 yards, 6-hybrid. Playing partners: Paul Morien, Bob Finberg, Ken Made. His second ace. Al Mollere of Clemmons, May 3, Tanglewood Reynolds Course. No. 12, 130 yards, 9-iron. Playing partners: Don Adamick, Ed Bartz, Art Milhous. Chris Rhodes, May 2, Oak Valley GC. No. 6, 118 yards, gap wedge. Playing partner: Denny Clark. Jerry Clark of Greensboro, May 2, Holly Ridge GL. No. 11, 99 yards, 8-iron. Playing partner: Sandy Koontz. His first ace. Clyde Hall of Walnut Cove, May 2, Dan Valley GC. No. 8, 178 yards, 7-wood. Playing partners: Mike James, Roger James, Keith James. His sixth ace. Vernon Motley of Reidsville, April 30, Monroeton GG. No. 8, 165 yards, 6-iron. Playing partners: George England, Quinton McAllister, George Gunter. His first ace. Justin Griffin of Tobaccoville, April 28, Hemlock GC. No. 4, 153 yards, pitching wedge. Playing partners: Jacob Hastings, Mark Hastings. His first ace. James Shelton of Reidsville, April 28, Monroeton GC. No. 3, 135 yards, 9-iron. Playing partners: James Floyd, Jim Dyson, Calvin Blakely. His fourth ace. Kennan Tucker of Lawsonville, April 28, Hemlock GC. No. 4, 153 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners:

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Strong finish lands Kupcho national title



o say Wake Forest’s Jennifer Kupcho closed strong in the NCAA Women’s Golf Championship would be an understatement. The junior made five birdies on the last eight holes to shoot 71 and win by two shots over Stanford’s Andrea Lee and Arizona’s Bianca Pagdanganan at Karsten Creek Golf Course in Stillwater, Okla., becoming the first female to win the national title for the Demon Deacons. Kupcho said she owes Ryan Potter, her team’s assistant coach, thanks for helping her overcome a tough three-hole stretch on the front nine where she went bogey-double bogey-bogey. Potter walked with Kupcho throughout the round and told her not to let a few bad holes get the best of her. “He kept saying, ‘Everybody’s going to have their rough patches,’’’ Kupcho said. “He reminded me to keep fighting. It was good for me to have him there.” Kupcho finished as runner-up in the tournament a year ago and is the first player with three consecutive top-six finishes at the NCAA Championship since Duke’s Amanda Blumenherst managed it in 2007-09. Kupcho said the championship was extra meaningful for several reasons. For one, it was the wedding anniversary of her parents, Mike and Janet Kupcho, who traveled to Oklahoma to see their daughter play. For another, it came shortly after Dianne Dailey, Wake Forest’s head women’s golf coach, announced plans to retire at the end of the season. She’s been coaching at Wake Forest for 30 years. “It’s a great feeling to do this for Dianne, this being her last season and all,” Kupcho said. Kupcho is a native of Westminster, Colo., a suburb of Denver. She was heavily recruited out of high school, with scholarship offers from many schools, including Arizona, LSU, Oklahoma State and Oregon. But she said Dailey saw her play at a national junior tournament when she was in high school and immediately began recruiting her. “I made a visit to Wake Forest and I loved it,” Kupcho said. “The school and the community have been a really good fit for me. I’ve loved my time at Wake.” She’s not finished. Kupcho said that while her goal is to play on the LPGA Tour, she plans to return to Wake Forest for her senior year of golf and school. She’s majoring in communications. “I definitely want to finish my degree,” Kupcho said. “That’s very important to me.” Though Kupcho is the first female golfer from Wake Forest to become an NCAA golf champion, she’s not the school’s first. The school has had three golfers – Curtis Strange in 1974, Jay Haas in 1975 and Gary Hallberg in 1979 – win the men’s championship.



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Bookend national titles for former Reagan golfer



aron Purviance had time to reflect on his college golfing career in late May as he drove cross country with his brother Austin, heading to finish up an internship at the Jim McLean Golf School at Red Ledges in Park City. Utah is a far piece from Methodist University in Fayetteville, but then again the former Reagan High School all-conference player sure came a long way in his collegiate golfing career. Purviance’s college golfing experience was a complete circle – with team national champions in his freshman and senior year – and a whole bunch of trials and tribulations in between. In fact, Purviance, this year’s captain on Methodist’s 12th national title team, almost passed on going to the Division III powerhouse, instead having his heart set on attending a larger school. “I go to a lot of the North Carolina tournaments to look at kids who have contacted us and every once in a while you’ll see a kid in a group that kind of gets your attention. That was Aaron,” said coach Steve Conley. “In this particular case, Aaron had sent some stuff to us and I kind of liked what I saw and then started looking at the tournament results. I kept seeing his name and saw some positive things, so I contacted him. “He kind of wanted to enjoy the large college experi-

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After starting his first college event as a freshman, Conley requested that Purviance improve his short game to crack the lineup again. He took the coach to heart, beating the face off a new sand wedge in two months. His sophomore year expectations coming off a national title team got the best of Purviance and his swing suffered. An ankle injury his junior year also slowed his progress. And while Purviance, nicknamed Big Hoss, hasn’t been one of Conley’s stars for four years he has been a steady player, and an even more important influence on this year’s younger golfers. He began the final round of this year’s national championship at Grandover Resort tied for 13th, but had a poor back nine and finished 34th to close out his college career. “With his personality and passion for golf, I don’t know that there has been a day that has gone by that Aaron doesn’t find a way to practice something,” Conley said of Purviance. “He just has an awesome spirit about him. He is just a phenomenal guy, just awesome.” And while Purviance says he’ll try his hand at pro golf after graduating in December, his likely profession will be on the teaching side. “There are a lot of routes I can try to go,” Purviance said. “Besides winning the national championships my best memories are all the competitive games with all my golfing buddies at Methodist, like playing barefooted with our shirts off, wild things like that. “College definitely goes by pretty quickly when you’re having a good time.”


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CALENDAR All listings are based on submissions by clubs and correspondence. To list your tournament free email your information to or call 336-924-1619.

CGA Men Majors/Qualifiers Four-Ball Championships Sept. 28-30 – 23nd N.C. Four-Ball Championship, 12 Oaks, Holly Springs N.C. Amateur June 14-17 – 58th N.C. Amateur Championship, River Landing, Wallace Carolinas Amateur June 21 – Qualifier, Mill Creek, Mebane June 22 – Qualifier, Cedar Rock, Lenoir June 25 – Qualifier, Verdict Ridge, Denver June 29 – Qualifier, Compass Point, Leland July 2 – Qualifier, 12 Oaks, Holly Springs July 12-15 – 104th Carolinas Amateur Championship, CC of North Carolina (Dogwood) Pinehurst N.C. Amateur Match Play Championship June 21 – Qualifier, Mill Creek, Mebane June 22 – Qualifier, Cedar Rock, Lenoir June 25 – Qualifier, Verdict Ridge, Denver June 29 – Qualifier, Compass Point, Leland July 2 – Qualifier, 12 Oaks, Holly Springs Aug. 1-5 – 9th N.C. Amateur Match Play Championship, Gaston CC, Gastonia N.C. Mid-Amateur Championship Aug. 22 – Qualifier, Monroe CC, Monroe Aug. 25 – Qualifier, Beechwood CC, Ahoskie Aug. 27 – Qualifier, Cabarrus CC, Concord Aug. 29 – Qualifier, Carolina Trace, Sanford Sept. 7-9 – 25th N. C. Mid-Amateur, Ballantyne CC, Charlotte

CGA Senior Men Majors and Qualifiers Aug. 9-11 – 18th North Carolina Senior Four-Ball Championship, Old Chatham GC, Durham Aug. 21 – Cobblestone Park, Blythewood, SC Aug. 23 – Holly Ridge GL, Archdale, NC Aug. 25 – Beechwood CC, Ahoskie, NC Aug. 28 – Cabarrus CC, Concord, NC Aug. 30 – Carolina Trace (Lake), Sanford, NC Sept. 12-14 – 57th Carolinas Senior Amateur Championship, GC at Briar’s Creek, Johns Island, SC Sept. 25-26 –11th North Carolina Super Senior Championship, Alamance CC, Burlington Oct. 8-9 – 7th Carolinas Super Senior Four-Ball Championship, CC of South Carolina, Florence TBA – 3rd Carolinas Senior Interclub Final Four

CGA Women Majors June 3-5 – 92nd Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship, Green Valley CC, Greenville, SC June 22-24 – NCWGA Amateur Championship, Ironwood G&CC, Greenville July 24-26 – 21st Carolinas Women’s Match Play, North Ridge CC, Raleigh July 16-18 – 62nd Carolinas-Virginia Women’s Team Matches, Sea Pines, Hilton Head, SC July 20 – 21st Carolinas Parent-Child, Pinehurst Area Courses Aug. 4-5 – 41st Carolinas Women’s Four-Ball, Prestwick CC, Myrtle Beach Aug. 18-19 – 13th Carolinas Mixed Team Championship, Pinehurst TBA, Pinehurst. Sept. 26-27 – 20th Carolinas Senior Women’s Amateur, Members Club at Wildewood, Columbia, SC Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 – 2nd Carolinas Women’s Club Team, Mid Pines, Southern Pines



Nov. 10-11 – 8th Carolinas Net Amateur Championship, Prestwick CC, Myrtle Beach, SC

CGA Other May 18-20 – 3rd Carolinian Amateur, Keith Hills Country Club, Buies Creek July 20 – 52st Carolinas Father-Son Championship, Pinehurst Area Courses, Pinehurst. July 20 – 21st Carolinas Parent-Child Championship, Pinehurst Area Courses, Pinehurst. Aug. 18-19 – 13th Carolinas Mixed-Team Championship, Pinehurst TBA, Pinehurst. Oct. 19-20 – 73rd Captain’s Putter Team Matches, Spring Creek GC, Gordonsville Nov. 10-11 – 8th Carolinas Net Amateur Championship, Prestwick CC, Myrtle Beach, SC. Nov. 10-11 – 21st Carolinas Interclub Final Four, Pinehurst #5, Pinehurst TBA – 10th Carolinas Young Amateur

Captain’s Choice/Charity June 1 – 25th Annual Kernersville Civitan Golf Tournament, Pine Knolls, Kernersville, Don Berrier 336-345-2653. June 2 – George C. Simkins, Jr. Memorial Golf Classic, Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, Contact June 8 – Winston-Salem Scottish Rite Masonic Charity Golf Tournament, Meadowlands, Winston-Salem, Chris Pearman 336-601-5444. June 14 – 2nd Annual Sharon Hardy Memorial Par-3 Tournament, Hardy’s Custom Golf, Dobson, Contact Ashley Mills 336-386-8211. June 16 – Hooter's tournament, Plantation G.C. 336-342-6191. June 23 – United Christian Ministries, Plantation G.C. 336-342-6191. June 23 – 3rd Annual Larry Barham & Ace Kirkman Memorial Golf Tournament, Gillespie Park, Greensboro. 336-373-5852. June 30 – First Annual Johnnie Bell Garland Memorial Golf Tournament, Plantation G.C. 336-342-6191. July 27 – 2nd Annual Ezra Golfbach Foundation Golf Tournament, Pilot Knob Park, Pilot Mountain. Contact Judy Goldbach 336-793-6382. August 25 – Psi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity,Inc 2nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament, Reynolds Park GC, WinstonSalem. Two-person teams. Donnie Holt 336-2401036 or Benny Murrill 336-407-1848. Sept. 7 – Trauma Services Open, Bryan Park, Brown Summit, Oct. 5 – 11th annual Hope for the Warriors Golf Tournament, Grandover Resort, Greensboro, contact Jack F. Masarie. Oct. 6 – 4th Annual Friends of Eden Animal Rescue, Oak Hills GC, Eden, Contact 336-912-1178.

Amateur Individual May 19-20 – Brookwood Amateur, Brookwood GC, Whitsett. Medal play in flights. Also senior division. 336-449-5544. May 26-27 – High Point Memorial, Blair Park GC, High Point. Medal play in flights. 336-883-3497. May 26-27 – Durham Amateur, Hillandale GC, Durham. Medal play in flights. 919-286-4211. June 1-3 – Asheboro City Amateur, Asheboro Municipal, Holly Ridge GL, Pinewood CC. (Randolph County residents only). 336-625-4158. June 1-3 – Alamance County Open Amateur, Indian Valley GC. Medal play in flights. Not restricted to Alamance residents. 336-584-7871. June 9-10 – Bob Howerton Invitational, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822.

June 18-24 – Herald-Sun Classic, Hillandale GC, Durham. Medal play qualifier, then match play in flights. 919-286-4211. June 23-24 – Graham City Amateur, Southwick GC, Graham. Medal play in flights. 336-227-2582. June 23-24 – Chair City Open, Winding Creek GC, Thomasville. Medal play in flights. 336-475-5580. June 23-24 – Wake County Amateur, Pine Hollow GC, Clayton. Medal play in flights. Not restricted to Wake County residents. 919-553-4554. July 7-8 – Joe Wood Memorial, Cedarbrook CC, Elkin. Medal play in flights. 336-835-2320. July 14-15 – Danville Invitational, Danville GC, Va.. Medal play in flights. 434-792-7225. July 21-22 – Max Thore Memorial, Wolf Creek GC, Reidsville. Individual tournament (championship flight only) combined with two-man flighted bestball. 336-349-7660. July 27-29 – Cardinal Amateur, Sedgefield CC (Pete Dye Course), Greensboro. July 28-29 – B.S. Open, first round at Brookwood GC, second round at Southwick GC. Medal play in flights. 336-227-2582 or 336-449-5544. July 28-29 – 32nd Dugan Aycock Davidson County Amateur, Lexington GC. Medal play in flights. 336-248-3950. July 28-29 – The Triad Amateur Golf Classic, 36 holes stroke play. Ages 16-over. High Point CC Willow Creek course. 336-869-2416. July 28-29 – 57th annual Chatmoss Invitational, Chatmoss CC, Martinsville. Medal play in flights. Also senior division. 276-638-7648. Aug. 3-5 – 71st Forsyth County Amateur Invitational, Reynolds Park GC, Pine Knolls GC, Tanglewood (Reynolds). Medal play in flights. Todd Barr 336-734-1212. Aug. 4-5 – Holly Ridge Charity Classic in memory of John Ridge and Jerry Davis, Holly Ridge GL, Archdale. Medal play in flights. Optional shootout on Aug. 3. 336-861-4653. Aug. 11-12 – Crooked Tree Amateur, Crooked Tree GC, Brown Summit. Medal play in flights. 336-656-3211. Aug. 25-26 – 50th annual Tech Authority Reidsville Invitational, Pennrose Park CC, Reidsville. Medal play in flights. 336-349-5163.

Laid-Back Golfers Tour 434-792-3728 • Men/Women All-Ages Flights pre-determined by handicap Tees determined by hdc/age formula June 26 – Olde Mill Resort, Laurel Fork, Va. July 10 – Southern Hills GC, Danville July 24 – Ivy Hills GC, Lynchburg Aug. 7 – The Willows, Altavista, Va. Aug. 21 – Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. Sept. 4 – Caswell Pines GC, Yanceyville Sept. 18 – Deep Springs CC, Stoneville Oct. 1 – Greensboro National, Summerfield Oct. 16 – Forest Park CC, Martinsville Oct. 30 – Bryan Park GC (Players), Brown Summit Nov. 12 – Danville GC, Danville Nov. 27 – Goodyear GC, Danville

Golfweek Amateur Tour 252-864-9161 June 2 -- The Preserve at Jordan Lake, Chapel Hill June 9 -- Greensboro National, Summerfield June 30 -- Little River, Carthage July 7 -- Carolina Trace (Lake), Sanford July 14 -- Reedy Creek, Four Oaks July 28 -- Grandover Resort (East), Greensboro Aug. 4 -- Pinewild (Holly), Pinehurst Aug. 11 -- Mill Creek GC, Mebane Aug. 18 -- Bryan Park (Championship), Brown Summit

For the latest tournament schedule, now updated daily, go to then click on Tournaments Aug. 31 -- Barefoot Resort (Fazio), North Myrtle Beach, SC Sept. 1 – Barefoot Resort (Dye), North Myrtle Beach, SC Sept. 2 – Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, SC Sept. 29-30 – Local Finals, Bryan Park (both courses), Brown Summit Oct. 19-21 – National Championship at Hilton Head Island, SC

Senior Individual June 7-8 – 57th Forsyth Seniors, Olde Homeplace GC and Maple Chase G&CC. Limited to Forsyth County residents 50-over with play in age divisions. Todd Barr 336-734-1212. July 7-8 – Joe Wood Memorial, Cedarbrook CC, Elkin. Medal play in flights ages 55-over. 336-835-2320. July 28-29 – 7th annual Davidson County Senior Amateur, Lexington GC. Ages 55-over. Medal play in flights. 336-248-3950. July 28-29 – The Triad Amateur Golf Classic, 36 holes stroke play. Ages 55-over. High Point CC Willow Creek course. 336-869-2416. Oct. 9-11 – World Super Senior Championship. Tanglewood Championship, Clemmons. Ages 70-over, Kitty Visintine 336-703-6420.

Senior Amateur Tour (ages 50-over) 910-964-1547 June 7 – Wildwood Green, Raleigh June 14 – Colonial CC, Thomasville June 21 – River Ridge GC, Raleigh June 28 – Little River GC, Carthage July 12 – Foxfire (Red), Foxfire Village July 19 – Sapona Ridge CC, Lexington July 26 – Mill Creek GC, Mebane Aug. 9 – Keith Hills CC, Buies Creek Aug. 16 – Legacy GL, Aberdeen Aug. 23 – Elks Club, Southern Pines Sept. 6 – Umstead Pines, Durham Sept. 13 – Challenge GC, Graham Sept. 20 – Bryan Park (Champions), Brown Summit Sept. 27 – Beacon Ridge CC, West End Oct. 24-25 – National Championship at Hilton Head Island, SC

Ladies Individual/Team .June 21 – Crooked Tree Ladies Invitational, Crooked Tree GC, Brown Summit. 336-656-3211. June 16 – Kinderton Ladies Invitational, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822. Aug. 25-26 – 52nd annual Colonial Country Club Ladies Invitational, Colonial CC, Thomasville. Pre-flighted CGA ranking event. Elaine Schuermann 336-454-6360.

Amateur Team June 2-3 – Oak Hollow 2-Man Open, Oak Hollow GC, High Point. 336-883-3260. June 9-10 – Goodyear Invitational Two-Man Bestball, Goodyear GC, Danville. 434-797-1909. June 23-24 – Lynrock Memorial Two-Man, Lynrock GC, Eden. 336-623-6110. July 7-8 – Tuscarora Two-Man Invitational, Tuscarora CC, Danville. Medal play in flights. 434-724-4191. July 14-15 – Indian Valley Classic 2-man bestball. Indian Valley GC, Burlington. Flighted medal play. 336-584-7871.

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CALENDAR July 21-22 – Max Thore Memorial, Wolf Creek GC, Reidsville. Two-man flighted bestball combined with optional individual championship flight. 336-349-7660. Aug. 11-12 – Madison Rotary Four-Ball Invitational, Deep Springs CC, Madison. 336427-4654. Aug. 25-26 – Marvin Crowder 2-Ball, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822. Oct. 6-7 -- Greensboro National Fall Classic, Greensboro National GC, Summerfield. 2-man bestball. 336-342-1113. Oct. 20-21 – 35th annual Lexington BBQ Festival 2-person teams, Lexington GC. 336-248-3950. Oct. 20-21 – Chatmoss Two-Man Invitational, Chatmoss CC, Martinsville. Medal play in flights. Also senior division. 276-638-7648.

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 2-3 – TYGA Bojangles Junior Open, Cutter Creek GC, Snow Hill, Boys, Ages 12-18 June 2 – TYGA Tots One Day, Midland Country Club, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-11 June 3-5 – CGA Carolinas Women's Amateur, Green Valley CC, Greenville, SC Women only June 9-10 – CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Pinewild CC, Pinehurst June 9-10 – PKBGT Chanticleer Classic at Coastal Carolina Uni., Myrtle Beach, SC, Girls, Ages 11-19

June 11 – NJGT, Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Conover N.C., Boys/Girls, Ages 6-18 June 11 – Junior Am Qualifying, CC of Salisbury, Salisbury, Ages 18 and under, 908-234-2300 June 12-15 – AJGA Haas Family Invitational, Sedgefield CC (Ross), Greensboro, NC Boys only, Invitation only June 12-15 – CGA NC Junior Girls' Championship, Maple Chase GC, Winston-Salem, Girls only, Ages 18 and under June 12 – TYGA One Day, CC of Whispering Pines, Whispering Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 13 – CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Bryan Park GC, Browns Summit June 13 – TYGA One Day, Whispering Woods CC, Whispering Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 14 – CGA NC Junior Boys' Qualifying, Catawba Creek GC, Gastonia, Boys onlys, Ages 18 and under June 14 – CGA NC Junior Boys' Qualifying, Links at Cotton Valley, Tarboro, Boys only, Ages 18 and under June 14-17 – CGA NC Men's Amateur, River Landing (River), Wallace, Male only June 15 – CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Charles Siffford GC, Charlotte June 16-17 – CPGA Junior PGA Championship, Hackler Course, Conway, SC, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 336-398-2742 June 18 – TYGA One Day, Reedy Creek GC, Four Oaks, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 19-22 – CGA NC Junior Boys' Championship, Pine Island CC, Charlotte, Boys only, Ages 18 and under June 19 – CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Ironwood GC, Greenville June 19 – TYGA One Day, Siler City CC, Siler City, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18

June 15 – USGA Junior Girls' Qualifying, Colonial CC, Thomasville, Girls only, Ages 18 and under, 908-234-2300 June 20-21 – PKBGT Precision Girls' at Bryan Park, Greensboro, Girls, Ages 11-19 June 20 – Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, Pinehurst CC #6, Pinehurst, NC #6,Boys/Girls Ages 12-18 June 21 – TYGA One Day, Sanford CC, Sanford, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 22 – CPGA Drive Chip and Putt Local, Methodist University GC, Fayetteville, NC 336-398-2742 June 22-24 – NCWGA NC Women's Amateur, Ironwood GC, Greenville, Women only June 25-27 – CGA Carolinas Girls' Championship, Croasdaile CC, Durham, Girls only, Ages 18 and under June 25 – Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, Midland CC, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls Ages 6-11 June 25 – Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, Talamore CC, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls Ages 12-18 June 25 – TYGA One Day, Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 25 – USGA Junior Am Qualifying, Carolina CC, Raleigh, Ages 18 and under, 908-234-2300 June 26 – CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Rocky River GC, Concord June 26 – TYGA One Day, Monroe CC, Monroe, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 28 – Drive, Chip and Putt Local, UNC Finley GC, Chapel Hill June 28-29 – TYGA Coastal Plains Junior, Greenville CC, Greenville, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 30-July – PKBGT North Carolina Classic at Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, Girls, Ages 11-19 July 2-4 – North & South Junior, Pinehurst No. 2, No. 6, No. 8, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls, Ages

15-18, 910-235-8140 July 2 – TYGA One Day, Chapel Hill CC, Chapel Hill, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 July 2 – TYGA Triad One Day, Lexington GC, Lexington, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 July 5 – CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, CC of Landfall, Wilmington, 336-398-2742 July 5 – TYGA Triad One Day, Asheboro City GC, Asheboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 July 6 CGA – Carolinas Junior Boys' Qualifying, Goldsboro GC, Goldsboro, Boys only, Ages 18 and under July 9-10 – CGA Carolinas Girls' 15 & Under, CC of Whispering Pines (Pines), Whispering Pines, Girls only, Ages 8-15 July 9-10 – Surry County Junior Golf Championship, Cross Creek and Pilot Knob, Boys Only Ages 18 and under 336-835-2320 July 9-10 – Surry County Junior Golf Championship, Mt Airy CC and Cedarbrook CC, Girls Only Ages 18 and under 336-835-2320 July 9 – Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, Legacy GC, Aberdeen, Boys/Girls Ages 12-18, July 9 – Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, Midland CC, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls Ages 6-11, July 9 TYGA – Triad One Day, Salem Glen CC, Clemmons, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 July 10-12 – Forsyth County Junior, Pine Knolls GC, Tanglewood (Reynolds), Reynolds Park. Boys/Girls Forsyth County Residents Only. Todd Barr 336-734-1212. July 11-13 – AJGA Amino Vital Junior, Treyburn CC, Durham, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 July 11-12 – High Point Junior, Blair Park and Oak Hollow, High Point, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18, July 12-15 – CGA Carolinas Men's Amateur, CC of North Carolina (Dogwood), Pinehurst, Male only

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Saturday-Sunday, July 29-30 Men and Senior Divisions


Friday, July 28 - Practice Round ($25 for cart & range balls) Saturday, July 29 - Round 1 with tee times beginning at 9:30 am Sunday, July 30 - Final round with tee times beginning at 9:30 am Lunch served Saturday & Sunday between 11 & 3 p.m.


$175 per player Includes: ✸ Green fees for three rounds ✸ Cart fee for two tournament rounds ✸ Range balls for two tournament rounds ✸ Lunch Saturday and Sunday

COMPETITIONS Men’s Open - ages 16 and over Tournament is a 1 multiplier for the Men’s Division in the CGA rankings. Senior Men - ages 55 and over Based on age as of July 29, 2017. There must be at least 6 entries to hold a division.

✸ Tee gift ✸ Locker room use ✸ Bag storage ✸ Prizes (gift certificates to top 25% of field in each division and trophies to winner of each division

Mail entry fee of $175 payable to High Point Country Club: Triad Amateur Golf Classic, High Point CC, 916 Abbots Creek Church Road, High Point, NC 27265 Include name, address, email address, handicap index, age as of July 29, 2017, and division entered. For more info: 336-869-2416 or 36


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CALENDAR July 14-15–Trusted Choice NC Big I State Championship, Mid Pines/Pine Needles, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18, 910-673-1000 July 15 – US Kids Local Tour- The Neuse GC, Clayton, Boys/Girls, Ages 5-14, 919-623-3352 July 16-17 – CGA NC Boys' 13 and Under Championship, Asheboro City GC, Asheboro, Boys only, Ages 13 and under July 16 – Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, Mid Pines CC, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls Ages 12-18, July 16 – Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, Midland CC, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls Ages 6-11, July 17 – TYGA One Day, River Ridge GC, Raleigh, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 July 18 – TYGA One Day, Ole Still GC, Hickory, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 July 18-19 – TYGA Roy Jones Junior, Kinston CC, Kinston, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 July 19 – TYGA One Day, Lake Hickory CC (Catawba Springs), Hickory, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 July 20 – CGA Father-Son Championship, Pinehurst area courses July 20 – CGA Parent-Child, Pinehurst area courses July 21-22 – PKBGT Wolfpack Classic at NC State Uni., Raleigh, Girls, Ages 11-19 July 23 – CGA Carolinas Boys' Junior Qualifier, Camden CC, Camden, SC, Boys Only, Ages 18 and Under, July 23 – Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, CC of Whispering Pines, Whispering Pines, Boys/Girls Ages 6-11, July 23 – TYGA Triad One Day, Deep Springs

CC, Reidsville, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 July 24-26 – Carolinas Boys' Championship, Members Club at Wildewood, Columbia, SC, Boys only, Ages 18 and Under July 24-26 – CGA Carolinas Women's Match Play, North Ridge CC, Raleigh, Women only July 24 – US Kids Local Tour- Chapel Ridge GC, Pittsboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 5-14 July 25 – TYGA One Day, Beechwood CC, Ahoskie, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 July 25 – CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Maple Chase Golf & Country Club, Winston Salem, 336-767-2941 July 26 – TYGA One Day, Greenville CC, Greenville, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 July 28-29 – CGA Mid-Atlantic Girls' Team Matches, Indian Creek GC, Kilmarnock, VA, Girls only, Invitation only July 30 – Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, CC of Whispering Pines, Whispering Pines, Boys/ Girls, Ages 12-18, July 30 – TYGA SAS Junior, Prestonwood CC, Cary, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 July 30 – US Kids Local Tour- Brier Creek CC, Raleigh, Boys/Girls, Ages 5-14 July 31-Aug 1 – CGA Twin States Girls' Championship, Spring Valley CC, Columbia, SC, Girls only, Ages 18 and under, 910-673-1008 July 31 – NJGT, Northstone C.C., Huntersville N.C.,Boys/Girls, Ages 6-18, 704-824-6548 July 31 – TYGA Triad One Day, Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 Aug. 1-2 Carmel Junior, Carmel CC, Charlotte, Boys only, 704-945-3300 Aug. 1 – CGA Dogwood Boys' State Junior Qualifying, Pinewood CC, Asheboro, Boys only, Ages 18 and under

Aug. 1 – CGA Dogwood Boys' State Junior Qualifying, Walnut Creek CC, Goldsboro, Boys only, Ages 18 and under Aug. 1-5 – CGA NC Men's Amateur Match Play, Gaston CC, Gastonia, Male only Aug. 1-2 – Carmel CC Junior Boys' Invitational, Carmel CC, Charlotte, Boys only, Ages 12-18, 704-945-3300 Aug. 1 – CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Hope Valley Country Club, Durham, (919) 489-6676 Not ranked Aug. 2 – TYGA One Day, CC of Johnston County, Smithfield, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 Aug. 3-5 – PKBGT Tour Championship at Salem Glen, Advance, Girls, Ages 11-19 Aug. 6-9 – Trusted Choice Big I National, Daniel Island Club, Charleston, SC, Boys/Girls, Ages 18 and under Aug. 6 – TYGA Jack Ratz Memorial, Wildwood Green, Raleigh, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 Aug. 6-12 – USGA Women's Amateur, GC of Tennessee, Kingston Spring, TN, Women only, 908-234-2300 Aug. 6 – US Kids Local Tour- Lochmere GC, Cary, Boys/Girls, Ages 5-14, 919-623-3352 Aug. 7-9 – CGA Dogwood Boys' State Junior, Duke GC, Durham, Boys only, Ages 18 and under Aug. 7-9 – CGA Dogwood Girls' State Junior, Chapel Hill CC, Chapel Hill, Girls only, Ages 18 and under Aug. 11-12 – CGA Carolinas-Virginias Junior Team Matches, CC of North Carolina (Cardinal), Pinehurst, Invitation only Aug. 11 – CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Sub-Regional, Grandover Resort, Greensboro, 336-398-2742 Aug. 11 – TYGA Tots, Asheboro City GC, Asheboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-11

Aug. 11 – US Kids Local Tour- Devils Ridge GC, Holly Springs, Boys/Girls, Ages 5-14 Aug. 13 – CGA Carolinas Pro-Junior, Prestonwood CC, Cary, Boys/Girls, Ages 18 and under Aug. 13 – Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, Midland CC, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls Ages 6-11, Aug. 14-16 – AJGA Junior All-Star, Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-15, 877-373-2542 Aug. 14-16 – Hope Valley Junior Invitational, Hope Valley CC, Durham, Boys/Girls, Invitation only, 910-673-1000 Aug. 14 – NJGT, Bermuda Run West, Bermuda Run, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-18 Aug. 14-15 – Triad Junior Classis, High Point CC (Willow Creek), High Point, Boys/Girls, Ages 10-18, 336-869-2416 Aug. 14 – TYGA One Day, Wilmington Municipal, Wilmington, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18, 910-673-1000 Aug. 18 – US Kids Local Tour- Mill Creek GC, Mebane, Boys/Girls, Ages 5-14 Aug. 18 – CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt SubRegional, Duke University GC, Durham, (919) 681-2288 Aug. 20-21 – Rowan Junior Open, Club at Irish Creek and Warrior GC, Kannapolis, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18, 704-856-0871 Aug. 21-22 – TYGA Tournament of Champions, The Neuse, Clayton, Boys/Girls, Invitation only Aug. 25 – TYGA Tots One Day, Gillespie Park, Greensboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-11 Aug. 25-26 – HJGT - Major Championship at Bryan Park, Bryan Park Golf Club Championship Course, Greensboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 Aug. 26 – US Kids Local Tour- Pine Hollow, Clayton, Boys/Girls, Ages 5-14



Junior Golf Scoreboard VISAA Division II State Championship

Meadowbrook CC Richmond, Va. May 21, 2018 Team Score 1. Carlisle School, Martinsville 2. Eastern Mennonite, Harrisonburg HS Individuals 1. Riley Hamilton, Carlisle 2. Meade Slonaker, E. Mennonite Selected others 22. Zach Keys, Carlisle 22. Miles Milligan, Carlisle 26. Will Twilla, Carlisle

338 339 73 77 88 88 89

35th Annual Scott Robertson Memorial

Roanoke, VA Roanoke Country Club May 18 - 20, 2018 Boys 15-18 Division - 6546 1 Connor Johnson, Richmond, VA 34-69--103 2 Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest 32-72--104 2 Christopher Sperrazza, Raleigh 35-69--104 2 Manning Sloop, Rock Hill, SC 34-70--104 2 Peter Fountain, Raleigh 35-69--104 Selected Others 29 Dawson Daniels, High Point 41-69--110


4A Men’s Golf State Championship Pinehurst CC No. 6 Pinehurst, NC May 7-8, 2018 Team Score 1 Broughton 303-298--601 2 Myers Park 310-294--604 3 Ardrey Kell 299-310--609 4 Cardinal Gibbons 305-308--613 HS Boys Division 1 A.J. Beechler, Pinecrest 75-70--145 2 Peter Fountain, Broughton 74-71--145 3 Thomas Eubanks, Myers Park 75-71--146 Selected Others 16 Andrew Plate, Page 77-75--152 24 Charlie Tate, Grimsley 78-76--154 28 Sam Uberseder, Reagan 77-78--155

31 31 37 37 44 56

Jeffrey Parker, Northwest Guilford Blake Brantley, R.J. Reynolds Zach Brown, R.J. Reynolds Davis Gilmore, R.J. Reynolds Michael Blair, Northwest Guilford Bennett Fant, R.J. Reynolds

80-76--156 79-77--156 79-78--157 80-77--157 86-75--161 75-90--165

3A Men’s Golf State Championship

Longleaf G&FC Southern Pine, NC May 7-8, 2018 Team Score 1 Charlotte Catholic 305-305--610 2 Clayton 314-315--629 3 Mt. Tabor 320-313--633 4 Marvin Ridge 314-320--634 HS Boys Division 1 Ethan Hall, West Carteret 75-68--143 2 Alex Goff, Kings Mountain 74-72--146 3 Garrett Clark, Williams 73-76--149 Selected Others 5 Sam Davidson, Asheboro 74-77--151 7 Bennett Wooten, Mt. Tabor 77-75--152 7 Eston Lee, South Johnston 76-76--152 11 Nick Mathews, Eastern Alamance 76-77--153 13 Bryson Sprinkle, East Rowan 75-79--154 13 Chris McDonagh, Mt. Tabor 78-76--154 18 Caden Baker, Eastern Alamance 78-77--155 23 William Garland, East Rowan 79-78--157 27 Brooks Kennedy, Mt. Tabor 78-80--158 35 Bobby Gold, Southwest Guilford 82-78--160 41 Noah Connor, Rockingham 83-78--161

2A Men’s Golf State Championship

1 2 3 4 1 2 3

CC of Whispering Pines Whispering Pines, NC May 7-8, 2018 Team Score Midway 319-320--639 Lake Norman Charter 335-332--667 Central Academy 334-346--680 West Stanly 343-338--681 HS Boys Division Logan Patrick, Midway 71-73--144 Zack Byers, Shelby 72-78--150 Quinton Metz, Wilkes Central 80-73--153

Foxfire Golf Club and Resort West End, NC May 7-8, 2018 Team Score 1 Community School of Davidson 322-318--640 2 Lincoln Charter 324-343--667 3 Pine Lake Prep 346-332--678 4 Raleigh Charter 357-347--704 HS Boys Division 1 Addison Beam, Highland Tech 77-73--150 2 Pierce Robinson, Thomas Jefferson 75-76--151 3 William Crook, Lincoln Charter 73-79--152 Selected Others 4 Stephen Spencer, Uwharrie Charter 80-73--153 7 Landon Barns, East Surry 78-82--160 7 Chris Fillingame, Starmount 79-81--160 20 Noah Hill, Elkin 86-85--171 21 Jason Moore, East Surry 89-84--173 31 Matt Kelly, Bishop McGuinness 88-89--177 34 Daniel Jones, Bishop McGuinness 88-91--179



13th Vicki DiSantis Girls' Championship Pine Island CC, Charlotte, NC May 12-13, 2018 Championship Division - 6022 1 Rachel Kuehn, Asheville 69-70--139 2 Katherine Schuster, Kill Devil Hills 73-69--142 3 Amanda Sambach, Davidson 73-70--143 Selected Others 4 Hailey Joy, Reidsville 71-75--146 14 Kayla Smith, Burlington 77-73--150 18 Emily Hawkins, Lexington 78-73--151 18 Sasha Hayes, Winston-Salem 79-72--151 25 Olivia John, Summerfield 74-78--152 38 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 79-77--156


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83-78--161 84-81--165 83-82--165 78-88--166 87-85--172 90-86--176 87-90--177

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Selected Others 8 Grady Newton, Oak Grove 15 Jacob Pendry, Oak Grove 15 Alex Antosek, Salisbury 18 Connor Lineberry, Randleman 32 Andrew Johnson, West Wilkes 40 Hank Robins, Salisbury 42 Tyler Partee, Ledford

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47 Morgan Ketchum, Winston-Salem 81-77--158 54 Riley Hamilton, Reidsville 81-80--161


Preview at Carolina Trace Carolina Trace CC - Lake Sanford, NC Apr 20 - 22, 2018 Boys Division - 6665 1 Ayush Bodhale, Cornelius 71-77--148 2 Luke Edwards, Chapel Hill 75-74--149 2 Rasmus Eriksson, Suwanee, GA 72-77--149 4 Daniel Adkins, Holly Springs 69-81--150 5 Jaron Leasure, Virginia Beach, VA 74-77--151 Selected Others 9 Sam Davidson, Asheboro 81-73--154 17 Kameron Jones, Mebane 80-79--159 36 Adam Budd, Winston-Salem 82-82--164 36 Sam Nester, Mount Airy 83-81--164 54 Nicholas Janetta, Greensboro 85-89--174 64 Alex Bullis, Graham 96-93--189

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Carolina's Classic Sanford, NC Carolina Trace CC May 5-6, 2018 Bell National - 5794 1 Caroline Curtis, Richmond VA 69-73--142 2 Kara Carter, Kingsport TN 73-79--152 3 Yeon Joo Kim, Republic of Korea 81-73--154 Selected Others 6 Sasha Hayes, Winston-Salem 78-80--158 11 Morgan Ketchum, Winston-Salem 82-80--162 Futures National - 5273 1 Grayson Warren, Washington 77-80--157 2 Noelia Adkins, Bristol TN 83-76--159 3 Macy Pate, Boone 85-75--160 Selected Others 7 Anna Howerton, Kernersville 87-78--165 27 Kennedy Vest, Winston-Salem 121-127--248

Metrolina Classic Rock Hill, SC Rock Hill CC Apr 28-29, 2018

Prep Southeast - 5868 1 Cindy Song, Waxhaw 76-76--152 2 Anna McDonald, Hickory 82-72--154 2 Rachel Rich, Mt. Pleasant SC 74-80--154 Selected Others 9 Madison Isaacson, Greensboro 83-78--161 34 Victoria Cook, Reidsville 87-89--176 37 Caroline Isaacson, Greensboro 88-89--177 Futures National - 5230 1 Elizabeth Lohbauer, Huntersville 84-84--168 2 Lillie Smith, Fort Mill SC 84-85--169 2 Autumn Carey, Manning SC 80-89--169 Selected Others 11 Kyleigh Harnsberger, Advance 88-93--181 16 Monica R Solis, Mocksville 123-125--248

NC One-Day Series

Longleaf GC Pinehurst, NC April 22, 2018 Prep NC - 5,549 1 Annabelle Millard, Indian Trail 2 Emily Song, Charlotte 3 Cindy Song, Waxhaw 3 Maria Atwood, Holly Springs Selected Others 6 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 18 Harper Shepherd, Greensboro 24 Victoria Cook, Reidsville Futures NC - 5,026 1 Tyler Spriggs, Cary 2 Heather Appelson, Wake Forest 3 Autumn Carey, Manning SC Selected Others 6 Kyleigh Harnsberger, Advance 17 Chloe Crane, Greensboro 24 Olivia Tolbert, Greensboro 26 Monica R Solis, Mocksville 30 Delaney Potts, Lewisville Discovery NC - 1,786 1 Ellen Yu, High Point 2 Gracie Song, Waxhaw 2 Jenna Kim, Raleigh Selected Others 8 Sally Toalson, Advance 12 Leah Edwards, Greensboro

74 76 77 77 79 86 92 78 79 84 86 92 98 102 108 38 39 39 53 58

Boys (High School, graduation year) 1 Brandon Einstein, Clemmons (Forsyth Country Day, 2018) 2 Michael Childress, Salisbury (Cannon School, 2018) 3 Noah Connor (Rockingham County HS, 2019) 4 Charlie Tate, Greensboro (Grimsley HS,2018) 5 Carson Castelli, Greensboro (Westchester Country Day, 2018) 6 Dawson Daniels, Greensboro (High Point Christian Academy, 2018) 7 Michael Blair, Jamestown, NC (NW Guilford, 2020) 8 Garrett Clark, Burlington (Williams HS,2020) 9 Davis Gilmore, Winston-Salem (R.J. Reynolds, 2018) 10 Quinton Metz, Wilkesboro (Wilkes Central, 2019) Girls (High School, graduation year) 1 Emily Hawkins, Lexington (Home School, 2018) 2 Hailey Joy, Reidsville (Rockingham County, 2018) 3 Madison Isaacson, Greensboro (Ragsdale, 2018) 4 Kayla Smith, Burlington (Williams, 2019) 5 Emelia Pack, Greensboro (Page, 2019) 6 Olivia John, Summerfield (Rockingham County, 2018) 7 Sasha Hayes, Winston-Salem (Reagan HS, 2019) 8 Riley Hamilton, Reidsville (Carlisle, 2020) 9 Mallory Fobes, East Bend (Forbush, 2019) 10 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro (Northern Guilford, 2019) Source: Tarheel Youth Golf Association as of May 1, 2018

North Carolina teen Bhatia wins prestigious Junior Invitational


By Kurt Dusterberg

kshay Bhatia wasn’t at his best when he won the prestigious Junior Invitational in April, but he took another step in his development as one of the top junior golfers in the United States. Bhatia overcame seven bogeys for a third-round 76, good for a one-stroke victory at Sage Valley Golf Club in Graniteville, S.C. “I played 2 ½ really solid rounds of golf,” said Bhatia, who is ranked sixth in the American Junior Golf Association. “To come out on top in that type of event is pretty awesome.” The Wake Forest, N.C., sophomore shot 68-70 in the first two rounds before losing his grip on a four-stroke lead. Sweden’s Ludvig Aberg drew even on the back nine, but Bhatia had birdies on the 13th and 14th hole to take command. “I felt good going into the round, it’s just those final-round jitters that happen,” he said. “I’ve been in that position a couple times. I’ve learned from it, but it’s still something I need to overcome.” Managing the physical and emotional stress of the game is all part of the learning curve in tournament play. Bhatia once

hit a wedge from 115 yards, only to have it sail 130 yards. “You’re so pumped to hit your next golf shot. It’s ridiculous how much that factors into the game, or any sport really. Breathing is a big part of that. When you’re under pressure, your muscles tense up. It’s hard to explain. I haven’t really figured the way for me to overcome that situation. It’s always going to be there.” He may get another test soon, this time in international play. Bhatia currently ranks first in points in the official standings for the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team. He has nearly twice as many qualifying points as his nearest challenger. The 11th Junior Ryder Cup will be contested between the U.S. and Europe at Disneyland Paris, Sept. 24-25. The American team has won the past six events in the biennial competition. “Going to France, I’ve never gone outside the country, so that would be cool,” he said. “My family coming would be awesome. Just to represent the USA like I did for the Junior President’s Cup (last September) would be something awesome to remember.” Travelling abroad would be even better if the Junior Ryder Cup team included his close friend Grayson Wotnosky, who currently ranks fourth in the Junior Ryder

Cup standings. The two are constant companions on the golf course, whether meeting up to practice, or playing together in U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship, as they did last May. “We’re texting each other, ‘When are you going to the golf course?’ every day,” he said. “We’re able to play every single day. It’s fun to have people to practice with because golf is definitely a very lonely sport.” As elite junior golfers, Bhatia and Wotnosky, a junior, could be rivals as easily as friends. But so far, they only bring out the best in each other. “I don’t think we have a friendly rivalry,” Bhatia said. “If he wins or I win, it doesn’t matter. We’re both happy for each other. We’re always pushing each other to become better golfers and that’s all you want. “It’s always nice to have competition right next to you, five minutes away. His family is some of the nicest people you will ever meet. It’s a friendship that’s going to last a long time.” Bhatia, a 16-year-old left-hander, has already racked up some memorable accomplishments. Last August, he won the Boys Junior PGA Championship near St. Louis, setting the tournament’s 18-hole record with a 61 in the second round and breaking

the 72-hole scoring record with a 22-under 66. With wins on the national stage already under his belt, Bhatia is setting new goals. “The Junior Invitational set the bar high for me,” he said. “That’s a cool thing to look at. But I’m going to step my game up to amateur golf, so we will see how I rank with those guys. It’s just month-by-month to see how much I’m progressing, seeing what I need to do to get better every day.” Bhatia, who is home-schooled, will begin to draw more serious attention from college coaches as he moves toward his junior year. College golf has been on his radar in recent years, but if his game is good enough, he might bypass the conventional route. “It depends,” he said. “If I can get good enough to forego college and go straight pro, that’s always an option, but we’ll see. I’ve still got two or three years to look at that.” In the meantime, he can tackle details like managing the adrenaline rush when a tournament is on the line. He can take that challenge to a new level if he earns a berth in the Junior Ryder cup in France. Pondering that possibility, Bhatia chuckles and dreams really big. “Hopefully, in a couple years, I’ll be able to be in the actual Ryder Cup,” he says. “That would be pretty nice.” TRIAD GOLF TODAY • JUNE 2018



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