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olf remained open across North Carolina during the spring months as the COVID-19 outbreak began to take hold. There will be one missing piece though when we look back in the history books. With high schools closing down campuses in favor of online learning at home, the men’s prep golf teams were shuttered too, along with regional competition and the state championships. The individual and teams titles unfortunately will be left vacant in 2020. “Luckily on the men’s side I didn’t have any seniors,” said Rockingham County coach Mike Williams, who has also coached the highly successful women’s team to four state titles since 2015. “That was good, but the negative part was my guys lost that experience, they lost a season of their lives. By the same token, we have to keep everybody’s health in mind, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out. I know my players are practicing and working hard to get ready for the season. Hopefully we can return to normalcy.” Winston-Salem Glenn men’s and women’s coach Rick Bright joked about going to Bermuda Run Country Club recently and having a “Noodle” in a cup to prevent picking the ball deep out of the hole. “I bet nobody saw that rule coming,” he said. Or, for that matter, a coaching playbook to deal with a sudden pandemic. Bright, who is a teacher of business at the school, talked to both of his teams in late May and offered some advice. “Not to be too preachy, but I told them

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that things happen in life, and sometimes bad things happen to good people,” Bright said. “I said, ‘Guys listen, my crystal ball doesn’t work, but this could an opportunity to stick your toe in the water as to what kind of job you may have in 10-15 years working from home, so here is a chance to show me what you have in that regard.”’ The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has said -- based on guidelines from the national prep association -- that non-contact sports such as golf can resume as soon as June 1.That means the women’s prep schedule can be formulated for the fall. “Fingers crossed,” Bright said North Carolina begins to move forward with reopening various sports teams and venues. “I would have been more surprised if they said we’re not going to play in the fall,” added Bright. “I just feel like there are things that we can do as coaches, put our heads together with some guidance, to figure out what is going on and adjust to it.”

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Williams noted that high school sports, golf in particular, is more than just competition. “It gives them a sense of belonging,” Williams said. “It gives them a sense of being on a team and being able to develop relationships. You can play golf in the summer in individual tournaments, but I’ve had some pretty good players that

when they get to the state championships they’ve felt a whole lot of pressure to play for the school, for me, for their parents, for the community. The closest thing they will get to college golf is playing in a state championship.” Let’s all hope that opportunity returns sooner than later.

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A Seamless Transition Sapona now surging as semi-private club By DAVID DROSCHAK

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fter a half century as a membersonly club, the transition of Sapona Golf Swim and Tennis Club over the last year to a successful semiprivate offering has been truly personal for general manager/director of golf Chad Newton and former club chairman Jason Barney. Newton and Barney each have strong emotional ties to this Ellis Maples design nestled in the rolling hills of Davidson County outside of the City of Lexington, one of the state’s legendary BBQ haunts. Newton, a former president of the Carolinas PGA of America and winner of multiple major PGA awards, cut his teeth here 20 years ago as an assistant golf pro, while Barney logged dozens of rounds at Sapona while on the local high school golf team. Each has been instrumental in moving Sapona forward after a rocky decade of ownership changes and scores of uncertainty. In 2019, Newton was hired to transition the club from entirely private to a mixture of public and member play while still operating swimming, tennis and clubhouse dining – amenities most semi-private facilities don’t offer -- in addition to creating a top-notch golf experience. When he arrived at Sapona, Newton picked up a hammer and some nails, a paint brush – whatever he could to make a difference to get a mothballed clubhouse back in operating shape. Over the years, Newton has developed quite a reputation for being a turnaround artist. “I’ve always been told I like a challenge,” said the 44-year-old Newton. “When I worked here previously I loved the people, and the people are the most important component of a club. And being from Winston-Salem, the geographic location is close to my heart. I care not only about the members but the local community and Davidson County. “I knew that the local support would be intact, that we had a good nucleus of members who would do everything they could to make the club work; they just needed a little help or expertise in growing their public customer base and creating a first-class environment when they changed from a private club to a semi-private facility. I felt like with my experience -- not only in the Carolinas section but the Triad area – that it was a good fit. I wanted to give something back because I worked here very early in my career and it helped shape everything I was able to accomplish throughout my career.” Sure, there were plenty of improvements needed to the club, but Newton’s main task was creating harmony between www.triadgolf.com

the members of a private club and now the new target – the general golfing public. “It can be a hard message to drive home after 51 years,” Newton said of the club opening for public play after being private for five decades. “The staff is in a partnership with the membership to do everything in our power to forge a positive relationship between all golfers in an effort to achieve sustained success. There are a lot of strategies many clubs have used over the years that will give you short-term success, but not sustained success. I prefer a long-range plan that will position us to be viable in the future.” In order to attract new members to the semi-private club, Newton and the Sapona board came up with a unique offering. A promotional one-time fee of $1,000 was floated to 50 prospects for a 12-15 month period. It sold out and brought total membership to around 250. A second round of memberships is now being offered to the first 25 who sign up at a price of $1,500. “We wanted to sell ‘experiences’ where people could come out and see everything Sapona has to offer,” Newton said. “It’s good exposure for the club, and then at the end of their window of opportunity to experience Sapona the hopes are we convert them to permanent members of the club. I think many will because there is so much value on what we charge for a membership. It is definitely the best bang for your buck of any facility I’ve been associated with. “It takes a village to take a club from where we were at the start of 2019 to where it is today,” added Newton. “It was a combination of the staff and the membership, along with the local community support. We had a lot of members pitch in and help in some very crucial areas. We wouldn’t

have achieved or attained the success we did without those members helping.” The hall of fame architect Maples, who executed extensive work across North Carolina and in particular the Triad region, built his golf courses from high point-tohigh point, taking advantage of the natural landscape, which he certainly accomplished in spades at Sapona. The 416 acres that comprise Sapona was purchased in 1967 by Green Needles Corp. which was made up of Lexington business leaders, and course construction started that same year. The golf course was opened in 1968 with home construction beginning the following year. Maples was contracted by Green Needles because they felt his design philosophy would fit well with the tract of land purchased for the course. “Sapona is a classic tree-lined layout, with a signature double green for holes 9 and 18 that plays directly to the clubhouse,” Barney said. “There isn’t a better golf view in the Triad area than sitting on the back patio and overlooking four holes. With large, undulating greens, sloped fairways and various lakes and ponds throughout the property, Sapona is one of the best layouts in the state.” Barney, 39, is the Vice President of Business Development at CE Print Solutions, Inc. and has been a member at Sapona since 2008. The former club chairman and current board member says Sapona’s new focus has been directed toward establishing an affordable dues structure in order to attract younger members and families to ensure future viability of the club.  “Throughout 2019 and into 2020 I believe the implementation of this longterm growth strategy has been highly successful and has positioned the club for

future membership growth and prosperity,” Barney said. Rounds were up 30 percent in the first year from previous ownership highs, and are already trending to increase another 20 percent this year despite disruptions in tournament schedules because of COVID19. Newton says the club’s tournament program has also nearly doubled in size in less than two years. “Golfers love the playability of the golf course,” Newton said. “It is tough but fair. It is not an extremely lengthy course but is a beautiful layout, set back with tree-lined holes, lots of character and great topography. “We like to create what I call ‘a fun, friendly, family environment,”’ Newton added. “That is No. 1 on our list. If it’s not a fun, friendly, family environment people will not return. We want every customer, whether it is a member, a guest of a member or public play, to leave here and feel like they were treated like they were at home and are welcomed back. I give every single customer my cell phone number if they have any needs, questions or concerns, or just inquiring about the club. I am available day or night; they can call me any time.” The key message from Newton and Barney is “accessibility.” “From the beginning (of the new ownership) we wanted to provide the public access to play the golf course and enjoy the club’s restaurant, and the response has been tremendous,” Barney said. “The public’s support of Sapona has helped the club get off to a solid financial start in year one, and many of those who enjoyed Sapona have now become club members. We hope to build on that success throughout 2020 and the early results have been impressive.” TRIAD GOLF TODAY • JUNE 2020

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t first glance, Blake Brantley’s game may not wow you. Over time though, as you dig deeper and examine the finer points of golf, his consistency is undeniable, his work ethic extraordinary. The Winston-Salem Reynolds senior did shoot a 64 last July at the CGA Carolinas Junior qualifier – so he can go low – but his high school career has been a model of consistent, dependable scoring that is usually around par.  Brantley, an honor student with a 1550 SAT score, tied for third at last year’s 4-A state high school championship and had a short list of well-respected colleges he was looking at.   Then an elite opportunity came along last summer that was hard to pass up. After the Brantley family took a spring trip on their own to visit Yale, coach Colin Sheehan  traveled to Pinehurst for the U.S. Amateur and made a side stop up to the Triad area to see Brantley play in the Carolinas Open at Greensboro Country Club.   Brantley’s longtime swing coach, Forsyth Country Club assistant pro Chase Adams, was also playing in the event and tried to calm his pupil’s nerves.  “Blake came up to me and said, ‘This is my last chance, the Yale coach is coming to watch me,”’ Adams said. “I said, ‘you can’t think about it that way … this is just icing on the cake. Play as free as you can.”’ Brantley did just that, carding under par rounds of 70, 71 and 70 for a 5-under total to tie for 11th place.   “I was coming in from my tee time and I got to meet the Yale coach and he said what he had seen from Blake,” Adams said. “I told him, if you get this kid he is as good of a person as he is a player. He is everything you would want out of a son, a player, a student. That’s what you’re getting out of him, not just a great golf swing.” Along with Adams, new Howard University director of golf and former Stanford assistant coach Sam Puryear got an up-close look at Brantley’s development as the head coach at Reynolds during Brantley’s sophomore season.  “Blake was a player who had a quiet, burning determination to be great,” Puryear said. “And that same quiet determination and relentless effort to be great is there now. He was and is an incredibly hard worker. “It pays big dividends when you’re working on the right things. A lot of www.triadgolf.com

Brantley captured the Brevard Hoover Award this year as the top athlete at R.J. Reynolds. people work hard in golf and hit a lot of balls but they are not working on the right things. I give Blake credit because he worked on the right things.” Brantley is an only child and his father Chris and mother Tabatha have been heavily involved in his development on and off the golf course. On most weekends, you can find Blake playing golf with his father Chris at Forsyth Country Club, while Tabatha has tracked all of Blake’s tournament results, dating back to his first victory at the age of 8 in July 2010.  “I guess playing golf with my dad gives me a chance to be with him alone because there are very few opportunities in this world now to spend quality time with someone you really care about and love,” Brantley said. “So, for four hours I get to be with him and play the game we both love, so that’s how we’ve bonded throughout the years.” At 6-foot-2, 165 pounds, Brantley creates a lot of power with his long, lean frame.  “He does hit is very far and creates a lot of club head speed,” Adams said. “He is probably swinging at 120 mph when he wants to. But we have also worked a lot on him not using his brute force, some off-speed stuff, taking some off some shots and controlling his flight a little more.” “Blake trusts his game so he’s not afraid to play irons off the tee, he’s not afraid to hit a 3-wood off the tee, he’s not afraid to hit hybrids off the tee, he’s not afraid to try knock- down shots on approaches to the green,” added Puryear. “He trusts the 14 clubs in his bag. I think that is a strength of his. Most

golfers have favorites in their bag and that’s all they want to hit, that same club and they can’t dial it down. His game isn’t built that way.” Adams left Forsyth Country Club for a few years to work at Bulls Bay in South Carolina and then Charlotte Country Club, but has returned to the WinstonSalem club and is a major force behind Brantley’s multi-faceted game. “I’ve worked with Chase for about 8 years now and I trust that guy with my swing and anything golf related more than anyone else,” Brantley said. “I have literally grown up around Chase and he knows my swing as close as I do. Anything I ever need with golf Chase is always my first call. He gets me the information quickly and the info I need. I can remember having terrible swing thoughts at certain tournaments and sitting and watching video, and within 15 minutes I would get some sort of instructional text or video back and he would fix it. I can’t understate how much he has helped me.” And Adams can’t say enough good things about his star pupil and their relationship.  “Blake’s work ethic is as much a factor in his success as anything,” Adams said. “If we work on something we’ll take some notes and I may see him four days that week and I never have to wonder what he is working on, it’s always exactly what we talked about working on, in the exact same manner, the exact same set-up or exact drill. Sometimes when I close up the golf shop he’s out here putting in the dark. Even if it’s a little 30-minute practice session he’ll find a way to sneak that in.”

The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus put a damper on Brantley’s senior season at Reynolds, in which the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state championship was cancelled. “That was a big bummer for me,” said Brantley, who captured the school’s award for athlete of the year. “I was definitely looking forward to this golf season all year and I kind of felt this was a year we had a really special team at Reynolds and we could have accomplished some really big things.” Even worse, this year’s 4-A championship was scheduled for Pinehurst No. 2. “That was kind of a dream scenario for me, to end my high school career at a course as great and as storied as that,” Brantley said. Despite the disappointment of the 2020 prep season being shuttered, Brantley remains focused on his upcoming Yale experience this fall.  “I am very close to my parents and we do a lot of things together so when we all got up there and had that group sense of loving New Haven, the school, the golf team and the golf course it was something we knew we couldn’t pass up,” Brantley said. “It’s a world-class education.  “When I decided I wanted to play collegiate golf I knew that I wanted to play at a very academic school because my whole life I have been focused on academics and I didn’t want to let up in that regard. And I wanted to go to a place where I could compete at a high level and play on a team that has a winning record. Yale accomplished both of those really well.” Mom will have the car ready to roll this fall.  “We plan on going and watching Blake play a lot,” Tabatha said. “We will have a lot of windshield time up North.”  “Blake is going to be a stellar college player and I’m going to tell you why,” Puryear said. “One thing you will see in a lot of junior golfers is they have what I call see-saw games. You know as a kid you sit on a see-saw and it goes up and down. Well, Blake’s game the last two years of high school has not been like that. He has a very steady, consistent game. That consistent level of play is going to stick with him in college. He’ll always be around par. His great round last summer was a 64. So his worst round is probably going to be 76. To me, every college in America is looking for that guy. He is going to have a very stable, successful collegiate career.” TRIAD GOLF TODAY • JUNE 2020

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Tournaments Return

Carolinas Golf Association setting a low-key competitive tone By BOB SUTTON

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ournaments in the Carolinas Golf Association have revved back up, but with a different tone after a hiatus of more than two months this spring. Getting golfers back on courses for competition has become the main objective for CGA executive director Jack Nance and his staff. “Our goals are that we want it to be informal and not a lot of hoopla, and not a lot of people gathering,” Nance said of the return to action after the COVID-19 pandemic altered the golf organization’s schedule. “We can do it informally. … But we’re going to get champions out of this.” Tournament play within the CGA was set to resume with the Jimmy Anderson Boys’ Junior Invitational at Jacksonville Country Club on May 30-31, an event that was rescheduled from midApril. Nance said it’s OK that upcoming events seem under the radar. For instance, scoreboards won’t be in use and CGA branding won’t be in place. In many cases, CGA tournaments were rescheduled. Several others were cancelled because of the virus outbreak. 14

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“You may say it’s just golf, but on the other hand it’s a big industry,” Nance said. “It’s a revenue maker and a big part of our state. Everything we do (within the CGA) is pretty much organized golf.” The Carolinas Women’s Amateur on June 2-4 at Bermuda Run Country Club’s East course was set to be among the first on the docket as the CGA geared up. “We haven’t had a tournament since March,” said Julia Reilly, membership director at Bermuda Run Country Club. “It will be nice to have something other than regular tee times. The course has been busier than ever. It has really picked up.” Mary Thomas, the director of golf at Bermuda Run CC, worked in conjunction with the CGA in making sure procedures were understood. Thomas and Reilly said the club senses the importance of getting this right. “We’re part of the guinea pig process and happy to be part of it,” Thomas said. “We asked a lot of questions of one another.” “It has been a really strange time,” Reilly added. “Some of the things we’re doing for the tournament is going to be a new thing, at least for a little while.” The field for the Carolinas Women’s Amateur, which includes numerous college-level golfers, was reduced from 96 to no more than 84.

Bermuda Run CC has been the site of recent Wyndham Championship prequalifiers and Monday qualifiers. This CGA competition is important, too. “It’s good exposure for the club. We’re really proud to host it,” Thomas said, noting the different tone amid the changes. “I think there’s a willingness to make some of these concessions -- just making sure we abide by the rules so we can keep open.” Of course, some conveniences won’t be made available based on CGA guidelines. “I don’t feel we can be as good of a host as we’d like to be,” Thomas said. Using what the CGA refers to as a conservative approach, all qualifiers for the North Carolina Amateur were cancelled. The field for the June 18-21 competition at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh will be comprised of exempt players, previous results and rankings. Instead of 144 golfers, the field will be at about 108. “Even in Phase 2 (of the state’s reopening) we’re operating like we were under the lockdown,” said Scott Kirkland, the director of golf for North Ridge CC. “I think we feel comfortable with how things have gone.” Five members of the host club are slated to be in the N.C. Amateur field.

North Ridge CC won’t resume tournament play within the club until July, Kirkland said. “I still don’t know how much we know and how much we don’t know,” he said about the pandemic. “The one thing we didn’t want to do is reschedule a tournament and then turn around and have to change it again. I feel good about the steps we have put in place and so, as a club, we’re excited about having the (N.C. Amateur).” North Ridge CC, which opened in 1967, has been a site for numerous CGA championships. A similar approach in developing the field will be used for the North Carolina Junior Boys’ Championship from June 23-26 at Maple Chase Country Club in Winston-Salem. Nance said the lack of qualifiers creates layers of disappointments. “That has been a killer, players denied a chance to get in,” he said. “Players can’t chase that dream of playing in the N.C. Amateur. We had to come up with some sort of rankings to use. That has been a heartbreaking thing for us.” It also hurts on the revenue side, Nance said. Past N.C. Amateur qualiContinued on page 15 www.triadgolf.com


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fiers might have included 350-400 entrants. Plans are in place to reinstate qualifiers for events later in the summer and fall, Nance said. He said cooperation has been the key. “It has to be a team effort between the host club, maintenance and us,” Nance said. “Our focus turned to all the (Centers for Disease Control) regulations. In the end, we want golf.”     Protocols for golfers include: Remaining 6 feet or more apart before, during and after rounds. Arriving at the course no earlier than an hour prior to their tee times. Touching or removing a flagstick is a violation and subject to a penalty. With no rakes, golfers can move a ball and place it within a club length in the trap – probably the biggest deviation from normal rules. “We want to get golfers in and out of bunkers,” Nance said. “That’s what all this has brought us to. But I’m OK with that.” Practice areas are available only prior to rounds. After rounds, golfers should refrain from a handshake or hug, instead offering a tip of cap, nod or wave. Scores will be posted online. There will be no traditional awards ceremonies. Spectators are permitted, but they won’t be allowed in practice areas, Nance said. As of late May, several championships had been nixed for 2020. That list included the North Carolina Senior Amateur, North Carolina Senior Women’s Amateur, North Carolina Super Senior Four-Ball, North Carolina Super Senior, North Carolina Senior Four-Ball, VirginiasCarolinas Women’s team matches, Carolinas Girls’ 15-and-under championship, and North Carolina Boys’ 13-and-under championship. Plus, CGA one-day tournaments (individual, ladies four-ball play days, senior four-ball) are off the schedule through June 19. Several have been rescheduled for summer and fall. Finding suitable dates and venues for rescheduled tournaments became challenging, Nance said. Competitions that include North Carolina and South Carolina entrants were deemed important because those allow golfers from both states to be served, he said.

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Big Break veteran Will Lowery (left) and NFL star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald exchange an elbow bump after a birdie by the future Hall of Famer on the first green at Pine Needles Resort. Fitzgerald takes a golf buddy trip every May and choose the Sandhills this year as golf remained open across the state. 18

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he seed of golf viability across the Carolinas over the last few months was actually planted more than a decade ago when a severe drought threatened to cut needed water supplies to the region’s courses. So what connection is there between the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020 and water? Nothing, actually, other than recommended hand-washing and an effort in both cases spearheaded by the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSA) to protect what is a multi-billion dollar industry. During the drought and several additional water issues, the Carolinas GCSA decided it was time to “get in the game” so to speak by approaching lawmakers in each state with data, science and lobbying efforts on behalf of golf, which according to a 2016 study generated more than $430 million in federal, state and local tax revenues across North Carolina alone. Soon, the Carolinas GCSA were hosting annual Golf Days in Raleigh with the North Carolina governor and legislators, eating BBQ, hush puppies and digesting the raw data of golf’s importance to the state’s economy and bottom line. In South Carolina, a golf week included the state’s hospitality association. “The key to all of this through the years is we never asked for anything,” said Tim Kreger, the executive director of the Carolinas GCSA. “And as we waded through the Great Recession we just continued to beat the drum of golf, sharing information with our elected officials and letting them know the importance of the game, the billions of dollars that are at stake.” ‘We just got to know these lawmakers because some of them are members of your clubs, and we just gradually over the years put in a lot of goodwill lobbying,” said Chris Valauri, the principal of the Valauri Group, LLC, a lobbying/government relations firm based in Raleigh. “That’s the first major hurdle in the process, and there is an old political expression that ‘you are either at the table or you are on the menu.’ If you are not sitting at the table you are going to get hosed. That’s just normally the way it goes.” Valauri, the lobbyist in North Carolina for the Carolinas GCSA, began his business career as a CEO in the beer and wine industry. “It was pretty cool considering I grew up in Pittsburgh on Rolling Rock and Iron City.” During that time, Valauri came up with the phrase: “Beer … More Than A Beverage.” “We used to talk about barley, hops

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COVID-19 signage directs golfers at Pinehurst Resort. and the delivery trucks, and all the other stuff,” he said. “What I was always taught was when it’s about us you lose, but when it’s about them you win. So I came up with ‘Golf … More Than A Game,’ with the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.” So, North Carolina Golf Day events included tees and tractors, fertilizer and fescue, proclamations and putting – not just golf. The message didn’t quite click at first. “The first couple of years it was funny because they were like, ‘OK, but what do you want?’ Why are you here?”’ Kreger said of the North Carolina Golf Day concept. “We were just there to remind them how important the game of golf was to their state. Then the governors in North Carolina would start saying ‘it’s in the DNA of the state’ and they always referenced Pinehurst and 1895, and then you have all the championships that come with it. So, we’ve gotten in front of the commerce and agriculture departments, all the committees and done presentations over the years so everybody is aware of the importance of the game of golf.” This March was quite a different story. There would be “an ask” -- a huge ask. Word spread quickly of a deadly virus that was spreading across the United States, and the world. Kreger, Valauri, and other leaders across the golf community took notice of the potential impact immediately. How was this virus going to affect

the game of golf across North Carolina and South Carolina? With governors across the nation starting to decide what businesses were “essential” or “non-essential,” more than a dozen states closed down golf courses. Suddenly, more than 36,000 golf-related jobs were at stake across North Carolina. “We used every angle and every relationship we had,” Kreger said. “Fortunately, and we can’t take credit for any decisions made by elected officials, but I think we were able to keep our game open when a lot of states weren’t. “Our relationships over the years were critical because if you don’t have those individuals that you have a rapport with; that you can communicate with in a time of crisis, you become one of X number of special interest groups that now has a need that is pounding on everybody’s door. We all wear different hats or pull a bunch of levers in the golf business, but this pandemic was a new one for everybody. If you weren’t ready and hadn’t been in front of lawmakers I definitely think you could have gotten lost in the weeds. “Still, it wasn’t simply a matter of who you know. It was more a matter of what they knew about you,” added Kreger. “For years, the Carolinas golf industry had shown itself to be a credible source. So, when the industry said it could remain open safely, there was a degree of trust.” Kreger emphasized the enormous team effort it took on all fronts – from

the Carolinas PGA to the Carolinas Golf Association to the N.C. and S.C. Golf Course Owners Associations and beyond -- to keep the game viable in March, April and May. The governors of North Carolina and South Carolina – one Democrat and one Republican – agreed that golf was staged outdoors, was conducive to social distancing, and could provide online tee times and payments – for starters -- that could help keep players and staffers at each club safe. The various golf organizations and courses across the two states also played a vital role in communicating new rules to players, some of which included single riders in carts, inverting of cups and removing rakes from traps, just to name a few. “We were able to communicate the importance of the game of golf to the right people at the right levels -- sometimes it was at the state level, sometimes it was at the local level. There were mayor offices we were dealing with too as well as the governor’s office,” Kreger said. There were many long days and long nights logged by many in the industry. “This was all happening in real time,” Kreger said. “We are talking that sometimes changes were coming by the hour, by the minute.” “We tried to do a lot of listening and learning and reacting, but early on we were all just in awe at how quickly it all mushroomed,” added Jeff Abbot, the executive director of the Carolinas PGA, with 2,100 members the largest PGA section in the nation. Abbot and others in the golf industry promoted the health benefits – both physical and mental – to any and all lawmakers who would listen. “Golf courses are just wonderful green spaces to get out there,” Abbot said. “I was proud that we were busy and we were out there with no safer place to be. Not sitting inside your house all day is really important. “And we all say that golf is a game of honor and we all call the rules on ourselves,” he added. “Those of us in golf are basically rules followers so most everybody jumped on board and made sure they were doing everything safely.” More than 92 percent of golf courses remained opened across North Carolina, while 87 percent were taking play in South Carolina dating back to mid March. “We’ve always been there to answer questions for the lawmakers, to be accountable, so we built on all of those things to get to this point,” Valauri said. Continued on page 20 TRIAD GOLF TODAY • JUNE 2020

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From mid-March through May, when many other businesses across the two “It’s not mystical or magical; we’ve been states were closed, many courses saw an there for so long and we thought our ask increase in play of 20 percent or more, with was reasonable.” Abbot saying “it seemed like every day One individual had an interesting dual was a weekend.” role during the pandemic. Brian Stiehler is But while golf was busy in many places the longtime superintendent of prestigious during the early stages of the pandemic, Highlands Country Club in Macon County, that didn’t mean the industry escaped ecoN.C., and current president of the Carolinas nomically. While the courses themselves GCSA, and has also been a commissioner may have been full, clubhouses and funcin the Town of Highlands for 11 years. tion rooms were not. Food and beverage “From a local level I started talking operations often were restricted to carry about (golf) right from the get go, which out through the snack bar window, which may have not been the most advantageous was “a drop in the bucket” compared to thing to do since I had a vested interest the massive losses incurred on dining, in it,” Stiehler said. “But the other town weddings and other functions, including commissioners understood that I have a tournaments. strong personality, so I sort of pushed golf “Golf course superintendents are for on them by lumping it into other forms the most part problem solvers,” Kreger of recreation. I said, ‘are you going to tell said. “They are challenged with budgets, your neighbor he can’t go jogging at night? Mother Nature, staffing, you name it man, If you’re not going to do that then what’s its seems like everybody is always throwwrong with going out and playing nine ing uncontrollable things at us. So, this one holes of golf? It’s the same thing, doing it came to us as well. I just think we were by not coming in contact with anybody.’ all able to come together and make some They got the point right away, but I’m really good decisions collectively, and that afraid if it wasn’t for me beating that drum includes our friends in the pro shops and it would have been a broad brush of just the general managers by coming up with shutting everything down.” best practice policies. Stiehler said Highlands Country Club “Remember, the first seven days of took additional precautions by opening this nobody knew what the heck to do,” a month later than normal and not perhe added. “And here we are two months mitting any guest play at the club until later and we’ve gotten tons of stuff written recently. up about how to handle this now. A lot of “A lot of the private clubs in North industries are still developing and having Carolina could have weathered this soto write their scripts right now in order called storm, but it was more the small to be open. We’re very fortunate to be at mom-and-pop types of places I was conthis point. Those of us in the golf business cerned about with guys losing jobs and not need to walk small, carry a big stick and be affording to stay open,” he said. “In some humble, be happy and don’t start asking other states where golf was not allowed to for things if it’s too early. Let’s just go play stay open it was potentially the knife in the our game … and when the governors say back for a lot of them that were hanging on it’s OK then we’ll get moving full speed by a thread to begin with.” ahead.” www.triadgolf.com


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Listing Triad area players in top half of flights Colonial CC, Thomasville May 14 Championship Flight (10 entries) 1. Craig Sturdivant, Sanford! 72 2. Dan Anthony, Thomasville! 74 3. Gary Roberson, Burlington! 76 5. Craig Cathey, Burlington! 79 A Flight (16 entries) 1. John East, Rockingham! 75 2. Wilson Shelton, Madison! 75 3. Chuck Smith, Sanford! 79 4. Don Tabat, Lexington! 80 5. Huston Shaw, Winston-Salem! 81 East won playoff B Flight (16 entries) 1. Chris Vetrone, Winston-Salem! 76 4. Ken White, High Point! 81 4. Mark Harper, Winston-Salem! 81 7. John Lindsay, Lexington! 82 C Flight (14 entries) 2. Steve Terek, Jamestown! 82 5. Rus Rilling, Madison! 88 6. Richard Hartley, High Point! 89

Hyland Resort, Southern Pines May 9 Championship Flight (6 entries) 1. Craig Sturdivant, Sanford! 72 2. Dave LeVeque, Greensboro! 75 3. Jim Gress, Clemmons! 78 A Flight (16 entries) 5. Wilson Shelton, Madison! 79 B Flight (12 entries) 2. Mark Harper, Winston-Salem! 80 4. Chris Vetrone, Winston-Salem! 82 C Flight (14 entries) 2. Kelly Brown, Kernersville! 83 2. Ed McNally, Graham! 83 5. Steve Terek, Jamestown! 88

Carolina Trace (Lake), Sanford May 7 Championship Flight (10 entries) 1. Ken Eichele, Pinehurst! 73 Dan Anthony, Thomasville! 76 4. Jim Gress, Clemmons! 79 4. Dave LeVeque, Greensboro! 79 A Flight (20 entries) 2. Chuck Latham! 81 6. Ron Brady, McLeansville! 84 B Flight (15 entries) 4. Mark Harper, Winston-Salem! 89 C Flight (19 entries) 1. Ed McNally, Graham! 83 3. Bobby Hutchison, Walnut Cove! 92 5. Kelly Brown, Kernersville! 94

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33rd Southwick Amateur Southwick GC, Graham May 23-24 Championship Flight Tony Byerly   ! 67-62--129 Scott Trent    ! 67-68--135 Steve Bigham    ! 65-72--137 Brady Moran    ! 63-75--138 Kevin Burns    ! 65-74--139 First Flight Andy Lee    ! 69-69--138 Randy Clayton    ! 72-67--139 Willie Noah        ! 69-70--139 Adam Hamlett    ! 69-70--139 Barron Walker    ! 69-71--140 Second Flight Alex George    ! 76-68--144 Chester Thorpe    ! 74-71--145 Garland Yates    ! 76-70--146 Bruce Newsome    ! 74-73--147 Dylan Isley    ! 75-74--149 Third Flight Dameon Thacker    ! 80-72--152 Stephen Barnes       ! 85-75--160 Tommy Childress    ! 79-84--163

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Don’t forget PGA Tour fans are half the equation No golf claps just fine with me By DAVID DROSCHAK

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longtime caddie heading back out to the PGA Tour recently told me it may be refreshing to play in front of no fans – no distractions, no loudmouth yelling “You Da Man” in a player’s backswing or a guy wearing a rainbowcolored wig holding up a “John 3:16” sign. Be careful what you wish for, though. Sports are often a reflection of society and vice versa. Fans are present at sporting events for a very important reason that goes well beyond a much-needed revenue source. The PGA Tour returns in June staging tournaments with no fans, and little else other than golf. I’ll go on the record that I’m not a big fan of this. And it has nothing to do with social distancing or face masks. If made-for-TV sports were popular they would have been excessively populating our 70-inch flat screens a decade ago. There is no way to smell the fresh grass clippings or witness the pure power of a Tiger Woods swing unless you are present. The caddie told me the Tour doesn’t need fans “to fire up players” I beg to differ. A Woods fist-pump back in the day would have been somewhat subdued with-

out scores of roaring fans encouraging the By BETSEY MITCHELL game’s greatest player of his generation. Trying “to herd” general behavior pat’m siding with the caddie. My years terns is not a good formula, especially in officiating amateur events, college sports. That’s why “The Wave” died out at tournaments, and professional qualisporting events. It was just too contrived. fiers convinces me that players care about Can you imagine a Ryder Cup without winning. fans? These paying customers – the fanatThe only spectators were friends and ics – are woven into the fabric of sports. family, and many players told me a parent Yes, even golf tournaments. I bet there are on the field of play was more stressful than scores of Triad golfing fans not having that parent on that have attended the the field of play. Wyndham Championship Golf is not football. I year-after-year, pounding don’t recall Rossy, or even their chests with pride the ever-emoting Jim Nantz each time they came out to invoke the notion of a watch the game’s best. “second man” on the field, For the first few events much like the 12th man in DUELING DIVOTS football. in June, the PGA Tour is even asking its players You don’t remember to help “move the bubble from the golf the ABC’s Wide World of Sports? Those course into the communities in which recaps of the tournaments in the sixties they’re staying.” You know the drill – all were great even on the tiny black & white stay at the same hotel, eat takeout food screen. That’s how we got to know Arnie only, submit to daily temperature checks. and Jack and Trevino … and the rest. Good luck with that. I went back to watch the final match One more thing, please don’t tell of Tiger Woods winning the U.S. Amateur Arnold Palmer about this. He and the rest in 1994 at TPC Sawgrass. There were two of Arnie’s Army would roll over in their rows of spectators stretched across the graves. fairway following behind the match. Based

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on the outfits, most of them were the volunteers. Being generous with the headcount, let’s say there were 200 people watching Tiger pull off the spectacular accomplishment of coming back from six down to win the championship on the 18th hole. He did not need the witnesses to kick up his knee and perform his signature fist pump getting to all square. That was not for show; it was just Tiger being Tiger. Of course, this is all the opinion of a gal who finds the wackiness of the Solheim Cup and the boorish behavior of the Ryder Cup, and especially the drunken Tom Foolery of the Waste Management deeply annoying. I will take the respectful golf clap and the roar that comes from a chorus of voices rather than five jerks screaming at the top of their lungs any day. Having said all that, I would like golf to be back. I would like everything (well most everything) back. I don’t enjoy my face mask. I had a rare (as in going extinct) birdie on Thursday and alas… no high five, no fist bump. Geez … not even a golf clap. There are a lot of things these days that would make Arnie spin in his grave. Golf ain’t the half of it.

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Celebrating birthday with a hole-in-one By STEVE WILLIAMS

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t was a happy, happy birthday for a couple of area golfers. Arnold Robertson and Bob Tesney both celebrated their special day by scoring their first holes-in-one at Triad area courses. Details of those shots and others follow in this list of aces reported to Triad Golf Today since our last issue.

Dan Whittemore of Burlington, May 17, Country Hills GC. No. 7, 162 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Kirk Walker, Mike Bentley. His second ace. George Rohde of Winston-Salem, May 15, Reynolds Park GC. No. 5, 142 yards, pitching wedge. His second ace. Gary Prather of Burlington, May 11, Southwick GC. No. 10, 133 yards, driver. Playing partners: Mike Ward, Dale Price, Jim Mayfield. His first ace. Allen Rippy of Reidsville, May 11, Country Hills GC. No. 9, 150 yards, 3-iron. Playing partners: Alex Davidson, Robert Lamberth, Doug Singleton. His second ace. Tommy Shore, May 8, Meadowlands GC. No. 6, 180 yards, 7-iron. Playing partner: Willie Mullis. His third ace. Arnold Robertson of Reidsville, May 8, Monroeton GC. No. 5, 100 yards, pitching wedge. Playing partner: Danny Weaver. His first career ace came on his 77th birthday. Dennis Ronay of Lowesville, May 7, Tot Hill Farm GC. No. 6, 125 yards, pitching wedge. Playing partners: Russ Kauffman, Dwight Miller, Roger Lyell. His second ace. Phyllis Green of Graham, May 2, Southwick GC. No. 17, 98 yards. Playing partners: Cliff Green, Pat Norton, Ronnie Kirkman. Kelly Piercy of King, May 1, Stonewall GC. No. 9, par 4, 173 yards, 4-hybrid. Playing partners: Dylan Mounce, Grant Hampton, Steve Masencup. Her first ace. Mark Drennen of Elon, May 1, Country Hills GC. No. 4, 135 yards, 6-iron. Playing partners: John Schaffer, David Sipe, Reid Rubble. His first ace. Judy Chambers of Galax, Va., April 29, Blue Ridge CC. No. 17, 138, 8-iron. Playing partners: Larry Chambers, Brad Chambers, Aiden Chambers, Isaac Chambers. Her seventh ace. Bob Tesney of Raleigh, April 25, Mill Creek GC. No. 4, 184 yards, 4-rescue. Playing partners: Jason Harris, Rob Dowell, Kayla Dowell. His first ace came on his birthday. Frankie Glosson of Chapel Hill, April 17, Southwick GC. No. 4, 92 yards, 8-iron. Playing partner: Robert Glosson. His first ace. Harold Bost of Mebane, April 4, Mill Creek GC. No. 17, pitching wedge. Playing partner: Hunter Owen. His first ace. www.triadgolf.com

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Full speed ahead: Golf’s answer to slow play By DAVID DROSCHAK

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hat is one of the major complaints about golf? It takes too long to play, detractors like to say. Proponents of the game are constantly trying to invent new and different ways to “speed the game up” with golf architects even designing award-winning short courses that are now cropping up all over the country. Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club and its sister course, Mid Pines, are featuring a way to “finish up faster.” The Southern Pines resort offers Finn Scooters, which are single rider electric golf carts that look like a mini motorcycle. Kelly Miller, president and CEO of Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club, began looking at the alternative mode of golf course transportation two years ago at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, and then agreed to test four this fall. Miller now has 16 of the scooters and is looking to lease more.

Finn Scooters says using one of its vehicles limits each hole to an average of 7.5 minutes. “It’s a fun way to play golf, and today especially with the social distancing you are on it by yourself, and the pace of play is unbelievable,” Miller said. “I played the other day in a twosome and it was an easy two-hour round. We were a twosome and we were the first ones out on the course but that shows you what you can do. During the evening with foursomes we’ve played in under three hours.” This isn’t the first time in the last few years that Miller has his resort on the cutting edge. “We experimented with GolfBoards but those actually require some skill and some training because you are leaning to make turns,” Miller said. “The thing I like about the Finn Scooters is it’s almost like riding a bike and everybody has ridden a bike before, so it’s a pretty safe way of getting around the course. I think they are here to stay.” There is a separate kiosk in the pro shop where golfers can register to take

one of the scooters, which costs just slightly higher than riding a regular golf cart. The scooters run on batteries and can normally last around 36 holes before needing recharged. The low-center of gravity and lightweight aluminum frame also make the Finn a well-balanced machine, with your golf bag centered in the middle for easy access. “They are fantastic in my opinion, the only way to play golf,” said Brian Barker of Durham, whose foursome all rented the scooters at Pine Needles on a sunny day in May. “They are very fun to drive; they can almost be more fun to drive than playing golf itself. And without question it speeds up the game.” Barker said he used to ride motorcycles as a teenager but hasn’t ridden in 30 years. “I would say they are more like a motorcycle than a bike, just the feel of them and the stability,” Barker said. “It’s amazing how stable they are even in areas where there is pine straw or it’s wet. I feel very safe on them. Anybody can do it.”

Everything is cool about these scooters, even down to the kickstand, which mimics a golf wood. “You can put it down anywhere and it holds,” Barker said of the kickstand. With two iconic Donald Ross golf layouts as the resort’s home base, Miller is sensitive to each side of the “scooter debate.” “The younger folks are really fired up about it,” Miller said. “But there have been some people who don’t like it since it’s not a traditional way to play golf and we have two old, historic golf courses here. “The challenges are making sure you’re not offending your longtime members and guests who love and enjoy the traditions of the game. But a good friend of mine at UNC once said if you are really looking out for the long-term interests of your business you’re probably looking at college graduates. ‘What do they want, because 20 years from now they are your consumers?’ We’re trying to adapt and walk the tightrope between the two.”

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

Carolinas PGA Selected events; complete schedule at carolinas.pga.com June 3-4 – North Carolina Senior Open, Old North State Club, New London. June 9-11 – 56th North Carolina Open, Peninsula Club, Cornelius. June 22-33 – Pro-Assistant Championship, River Landing (Landing and River), Wallace. July 13-15 – Professional Championship, Daniel Island Ralston course, Charleston. July 20-21 – South Carolina Senior Open, The Reserve GC, Pawley’s Island. Aug. 10-11 – Senior Professional Championship, Pinehurst No. 7. Aug. 18-20 – 96th Carolinas Open, Forsyth CC, Winston-Salem. Aug. 31-Sept. 1 – Assistants Championship, CC of North Carolina Dogwood course, Pinehurst. Sept. 9 – Pro-Official Championship, CC of North Carolina Dogwood course, Pinehurst. Sept. 21 – Assistants Association Pro-Pro, Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro. Oct. 20 – Women’s Pro-Pro Championship, Moss Creek GC, Hilton Head Island, SC. Oct. 20-21 – Match Play Championship, Linville GC. Dec. 1-3 – Pro-Pro Championship, Pinehurst area courses.

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Men/Women USGA Qualifying June 23 – U.S. Women’s Amateur Sectional, Governor’s Club, Chapel Hill. July 1-2 – U.S. Amateur Sectional, Mill Creek GC, Mebane. July 14-15 – U.S. Amateur Sectional, Pinewood CC, Asheboro. July 15 – U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Sectional, CCNC Dogwood course, Pinehurst. Aug. 17 – U.S. Mid-Amateur Sectional, Carolina CC, Raleigh.

CGA Seniors/Super Seniors June 8-9 – 12th Carolinas Super Senior, Chapel Hill CC. Aug. 10-12 – 20th North Carolina Senior FourBall, Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club, Southern Pines. Sept. 1-2 – 13th North Carolina Super Senior, Kinston CC. Sept. 9-11 – 59th Carolinas Senior Amateur, Ballantyne Country Club, Charlotte. Selected qualifying sites: Rock Barn Jones Course, Conover (Aug. 18); Heritage GC, Wake Forest (Aug. 25); Colonial CC, Thomasville (Aug. 31). Oct. 6-7 – 9th Carolinas Super Senior FourBall, Mount Vintage GC, North Augusta, SC.

CGA Men/Mid-Am June 18-21 – 60th North Carolina Amateur, North Ridge CC Lakes Course, Raleigh. Selected qualifying sites: Keith Hills

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GC, Buies Creek (May 15); Bentwinds CC, Fuquay-Varina (May 18); Sapona GC, Lexington (May 21). July 9-12 – 106th Carolinas Amateur, Cape Fear CC, Wilmington. Selected qualifying sites: Bryan Park Champions Course, Brown Summit (June 23); Brier Creek CC, Raleigh (June 29). July 29-Aug. 2 – 11th North Carolina Amateur Match Play, Club at 12 Oaks, Holly Springs. Selected qualifying sites: Bryan Park Champions Course, Brown Summit (June 23), Brier Creek CC, Raleigh (June 29). Sept. 25-27 – 27th North Carolina Mid-Amateur, Lonnie Poole GC, Raleigh. Selected qualifying sites: Rock Barn Jones Course, Conover (Aug. 19); Colonial CC, Thomasville (Sept. 1); Deercroft GC, Aberdeen (Sept. 12); Preserve at Jordan Lake, Chapel Hill (Sept. 15). Oct. 9-11 – 25th North Carolina Four-Ball, The Cardinal by Pete Dye, Greensboro. Oct. 19 – 43rd Carolinas Club Championship, Sedgefield CC Ross Course, Greensboro.

CGA Mixed Events July 17 – 54th Carolinas Father-Son, Pinehurst area courses. July 17 – 22nd Carolinas Parent-Child, Pinehurst area courses. Aug. 15-16 – 14th Carolinas Mixed Team Championship, Kiawah Island Resort Cougar Point and Oak Point. Nov. 7-8 – 10th Carolinas Net Amateur, CC of Whispering Pines.

CGA Women June 2-4 – 94th Carolinas Women’s Amateur, Bermuda Run CC East Course, Advance. June 30-July 1 – 43rd Carolinas Women’s Four-Ball, Carolina CC, Spartanburg, SC. July 6-8 – 65th Virginias-Carolinas Women’s Team Matches, Pinehurst No. 7. July 28-30 – 23rd Carolinas Women’s Match Play, Gaston CC, Gastonia. Sept. 21-22 – 22nd Carolinas Senior Women’s Amateur, Dataw Island Club, Beaufort, SC. Oct. 13-15 – 4th Carolinas Women’s Club Team, River Landing, Wallace.

CGA Team Events Oct. 16-17 – 75th Captain’s Putter Team Matches, The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, WV. Nov. 21-22 – 23rd Carolinas Interclub Final Four, course TBA.

Amateur Individual June 6-7 – Alamance County Amateur, Indian Valley GC, Burlington, on Saturday and Southwick GC, Graham, on Sunday. 336-584-1326 or 336-227-2582. June 6-7 – High Point Memorial, Blair Park GC, High Point. Medal play in flights. 336-883-3497. June 13-14 – Bob Howerton Invitational, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822. June 13-14 – Durham Amateur, Hillandale GC, Durham. Medal play in flights. 919-286-4211. June 27-28 – Chair City Open, Winding Creek GC, Thomasville. Medal play in flights. 336-475-5580. June 27-28 – Brookwood Amateur, Brookwood GC, Whitsett. 336-449-5544. June 27-28 – Wake County Amateur, Pine Hollow GC, Clayton. Medal play in flights. Not restricted to Wake County residents. 919-553-4554.

July 11-12 – Joe Wood Memorial, Cedarbrook CC, Elkin. Medal play in flights. 336-835-2320. July 11-12 – Danville Invitational, Danville GC, Va.. Medal play in flights. 434-792-7225. July 25-26 – 34th Dugan Aycock Davidson County Amateur, Lexington GC. Medal play in flights.  336-248-3950. July 25-26 – The Triad Amateur Golf Classic, 36 holes stroke play. Ages 16-over. High Point CC Willow Creek course. 336-869-2416. Aug. 1-2 – 59th annual Chatmoss Invitational, Chatmoss CC, Martinsville. Medal play in flights. Also senior division. 276-638-7648. Aug. 7-9 – 73rd Forsyth Championships, Reynolds Park GC, Pine Knolls GC, Tanglewood (Championship). Medal play in flights. Limited to Forsyth County residents. Bobby Hege 336-416-3289. Aug. 8-9 – Holly Ridge Charity Classic in memory of John Ridge and Jerry Davis, Holly Ridge GL, Archdale. Medal play in flights. Optional shootout on Aug. 7. 336-861-4653. Aug. 15-16 – Crooked Tree Amateur, Crooked Tree GC, Brown Summit. Medal play in flights. 336-656-3211. Aug 28-30 – Asheboro City Amateur, Asheboro Municipal, Holly Ridge GL, Pinewood CC. (Randolph County residents only). 336-625-4158. Sept. 26-27 — Steve Welch Fall Classic, Asheboro Municipal GC. Medal play in flights. Also super senior division for ages 65-over. 336-625-4158.

Senior Individual July 11-12 – Joe Wood Memorial, Cedarbrook CC, Elkin. Medal play in flights ages 55-over. 336-835-2320. July 11-12 – Danville Invitational, Danville GC, Va.. Medal play in flights. Super Senior division also, depending on entries. 434-792-7225. July 25-26 – 9th annual Davidson County Senior Amateur, Lexington GC. Ages 55-over. Medal play in flights.  336-248-3950. July 25-26 – The Triad Amateur Golf Classic, 36 holes stroke play. Ages 55-over. High Point CC Willow Creek course. 336-869-2416. Aug. 27-28 – 59th Forsyth Seniors, Pine Knolls GC and Maple Chase G&CC. Limited to Forsyth County residents 50-over with play in age divisions. Bobby Hege 336-416-3289.

Ladies Individual June 11 – Crooked Tree Ladies Invitational, Crooked Tree GC, Brown Summit. 336-656-3211. June 27-28 – 54th annual Colonial Country Club Ladies Invitational, Colonial CC, Thomasville. Pre-flighted CGA ranking event. Beth Smith 336-442-7589.

Amateur Team June 6-7 – Oak Hollow 2-Man Open, Oak Hollow GC, High Point. 2-man captain’s choice. 336-883-3260. June 13-14 – Goodyear Invitational Two-Man, Goodyear GC, Danville. 434-797-1909. June 13-14 – Lynrock Memorial Two-Man, Lynrock GC, Eden. 336-623-6110. July 25-26 – Tuscarora Two-Man Invitational, Tuscarora CC, Danville. Medal play in flights. 434-724-4191. Aug. 3-4 – 3rd annual Davidson County Senior 4-Ball. Ages 60-over. 2-person bestball, flighted after first round. Lexington GC. 336-248-3950.

For the latest tournament schedule, now updated daily, go to www.triadgolf.com then click on Tournaments Aug. 8-9 – Madison-Mayodan Rotary Four-Ball Invitational, Deep Springs CC, Madison. 336-427-0950. Aug. 15-16 – Danville Two-Man Invitational, Danville GC, Va. Medal play in flights. 434-792-7225. Aug. 22-23 – Marvin Crowder 2-Ball, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822. Oct. 17-18 – 37th annual Lexington BBQ Festival 2-person teams, Lexington GC. 336-248-3950. Oct. 24-25 – Chatmoss Two-Man Invitational, Chatmoss CC, Martinsville. Medal play in flights. Also senior division. 276-638-7648. Nov. 7-8 – Greensboro National Fall Classic, Greensboro National GC, Summerfield. 2-man bestball. 336-342-1113.

Laid-Back Golfers Tour 434-792-3728 • Men/Women All-Ages Flights pre-determined by handicap Tees determined by hdc/age formula June 2 – Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett June 30 – Olde Mill Resort, Laurel Fork, Va. July 15 – Pine Knolls GC, Kernersville July 29 – Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. Aug. 3 – Country Hills, Gibsonville Aug. 17 – Forest Oaks GC, Gibsonville Aug. 31 – Southern Hills GC, Danville Sept. 15 – Deep Springs CC, Stoneville Sept. 29 - Quaker Creek GC, Mebane Oct. 12 – Caswell Pines GC, Yanceyville Oct. 26 – Bryan Park GC (Players), Brown Summit Nov. 9 – Chatmoss CC, Martinsville Nov. 23 – Goodyear GC, Danville

Golfweek Amateur Tour 252-864-9161 June 6 – Colonial CC, Thomasville June 13 - Greensboro National, Summerfield June 27-28 – Southern Regional at Kiawah Island Turtle Point and Ocean Course June 29 – Greensboro CC (Farm), Greensboro July 11-12 – Carolina Trace (Creek and Lake courses), Sanford July 18 – Meadowlands GC, Winston-Salem July 25 – Bryan Park (Champions), Brown Summit Aug. 1 – Sapona GC, Lexington Aug. 8 – Quail Ridge, Sanford Aug. 15 – Legacy GL, Aberdeen Aug. 22 – Pinewild (Holly), Pinehurst Aug. 29 – Holly Ridge GL, Archdale Sept. 4 – Skins Game at World Tour GL, Myrtle Beach Sept. 5-6 – Regional, World Tour GL and Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach Sept. 19-20 – Local Finals, Bryan Park (Players and Champions), Brown Summit

Senior Amateur Tour (ages 50-over) 336-303-6737 June 4 – Challenge GC, Graham June 6 – Southern Pines (Elks Club) June 11 – Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett June 18 – Mill Creek, Mebane June 25 – Bryan Park (Players), Brown Summit July 9 – Pine Needles, Southern Pines

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CALENDAR July 14-15 – Sandhills Regional at Mid Pines Resort, Southern Pines Aug. 3-4 – Senior Open at Peninsula Club and Northstone CC, Charlotte Aug. 6 – Carolina Trace (Creek), Sanford Aug. 13 – High Point CC (Willow Creek) Aug. 20 – Pine Hollow GC, Clayton Aug. 27 – Bryan Park (Champions), Brown Summit Sept. 10 – Southern Pines (Elks Club) Sept. 14 – 12 Oaks CC, Holly Springs Sept. 24 – Pinewild (Holly), Pinehurst

Captain’s Choice June 20 – 3rd Annual Father’s Day Golf Tournament @ Gillespie Golf Course, Greensboro, shotgun start @ 8am, Contact Jerome Goode 336-312-4388. Aug. 22 – Boley Invitational Charity Golf Tournament (Proceeds To Parkinson’s Foundation), Goodyear GC, Danville, Virginia, Mark Boley markboley14@yahoo.com. Sept. 19 – 10th Annual Mitch Turner Drive away Cancer Classic benfiting American Cancer Society and Colon Cancer Coalition, Pilot Knob Park Country Club, Pilot Mountain, Contact Steve Turner at jturner91@triad. rr.com or clubhouse at 336-368-2828. Sept. 25 – Randy Parker Memorial Tournament benefiting ECU Economics Students, Ironwood GC, Greenville, Joey Cuellar 919-601-2740. Oct. 16 – The Pirate Cup benefiting ECU Ricks Management and Insurance Program, Neuse Golf Club, Clayton, Jonathan Nations 336-248-2007.

Consolidated Junior Events 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 6 – TYGA Tots, The River Club, Louisburg, Boys/Girls Ages 6-12. June 6 – Drive, Chip and Putt Local Qualifier, Pinewild CC, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls, Ages 7-15. June 6 – PKBGT Middle Atlantic Series, Lake Chesdin GC, Chesterfield, VA, Girls, Ages 8-19. June 6-7 – PKBGT Coastal Carolina Classic, Hackler GC, Myrtle Beach, SC, Girls, Ages 11-19. June 6-7 – TYGA Bojangles Junior, Cutter Creek GC, Snow Hill, Boys only, Ages 13-18. June 10 – Drive, Chip and Putt Local Qualifier, Bryan Park Golf and Conference Center, Greensboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 7-15. June 10 – PKBGT North Carolina Series, Bryan Park GC (Players), Greensboro, Girls, Ages 8-19. June 10 – TYGA Sandhills One Day, Sanford GC, Sanford, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. June 12 – Drive, Chip and Putt Local Qualifier, Wedgewood Public Golf Course, Wilson, Boys/ Girls, Ages 7-15. June 13 – CGA NC Junior Boys Qualifying, Coharie CC, Clinton, Boys only, Ages 18 & under. June 13 – GSA June event, Facility to be determined, ages 10-18, 864-616-4202 June 13-14 – TYGA Triad Sapona Junior, Sapona GC, Lexington, Boys/Girls, Ages 13-18.

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June 19 – Drive, Chip and Putt Local Qualifier, Sifford GC, Charlotte, Boys/Girls, Ages 7-15. June 20 – TYGA N.C. Middle School Championship, Longleaf G&FC, Southern Pines, Grades 6-8. June 20 – TYGA One Day Tournament, Siler City CC, Siler City, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. June 20 – PKBGT North Carolina Series, Bermuda Run CC (West), Advance, Girls, Ages 8-19. June 21 – PKBGT Southeast Series, Tega Cay GC, Tega Cay, SC, Girls, Ages 8-19. June 22 – TYGA One Day, Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. June 22 – TYGA Tin Whistles TOTS One Day, Talamore GC, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-12. June 22-23 – CGA Twin States Girls’ Championship, Dataw Island Club, St. Helena, SC, Girls only, Ages 18 & under. June 23 – TYGA Triad One Day, Statesville CC, Statesville, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. June 23-26 – CGA NC Junior Boys’ Championship, Maple Chase CC, WinstonSalem, NC Boys only, Ages 18 & under. June 24 – TYGA Sandhills One Day, Legacy GL, Aberdeen, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. June 24 – TYGA Triad One Day, Gillespie GC, Greensboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. June 25 – Drive, Chip and Putt Local Qualifier, UNC Finley GC, Chapel Hill, Boys/Girls, Ages 7-15. June 25 – TYGA Triad One Day, Oak Hollow GC, High Point, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18.

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CALENDAR June 25-26 – CPGA Girls’ Junior Championship, Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis, Girls only, Ages 18 & under. June 25-26 – NJGA Apple Mountain Junior, Apple Mountain Resort, Clarkesville, GA, Boys/Girls Ages 4-18. June 26-27 – PKBGT North Carolina Series, Longleaf Golf & CC, Pinehurst, Girls, Ages 8-19. June 27 – TYGA Tots, Midland CC, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-12. June 27-28 – PKBGT Southeast Girls Classic, Blythewood CC, Blythewood, SC, Girls, Ages 11-19. June 28 – TYGA Tots, Longleaf GC, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-12. June 29 – Drive, Chip and Putt Local Qualifier, Country Club of Salisbury, Salisbury, Boys/ Girls, Ages 7-15. June 29 – NJGA Charlotte Junior Classic at Firethorne CC, Marvin, Boys/Girls Ages 4-18. June 29 – TYGA One Day Tournament, Chapel Hill CC, Chapel Hill, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. June 29 – TYGA Tin Whistles Tots, CC of North Carolina, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-12. June 29 – TYGA Triad One Day, Greensboro National GC, Greensboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. June 29-30 – CGA Carolinas Girls’ 15 & Under, CC of Whispering Pines, Whispering Pines, Girls only, Ages 15 & under. June 29-30 – CPGA Boys’ Junior Championship, Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro, Boys only, Ages 18 & under.

June 29-30 – TGF RBC Southeastern Junior Open, Chapel Ridge GC, Pittsboro/Chapel Hill, Boys only, Ages 12-18. June 30- July 1 – Forsyth Junior, Tanglewood Reynolds, Pine Knolls, Reynolds Park, Boys/ Girls Forsyth County Residents, Bobby Hege 336-416-3289. June 30-July 1 – Carmel Junior Invitational, Carmel CC, Charlotte, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18, 704-945-3300 June 30-July 1 – TYGA Coastal Plains Junior, Greenville CC, Greenville, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. June 30 – TYGA Triad One Day, Reynolds Park GC, Winston-Salem, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 1 – TYGA Triad One Day Tournament, Colonial CC, Thomasville, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 2 – PKBGT North Carolina Series, Greensboro CC (Irving), Greensboro, Girls, Ages 8-19. July 2 – TYGA Jack Ratz Junior Memorial, Wildwood Green GC, Raleigh, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 2 – TYGA Tin Whistles TOTS One Day, TBD, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-12. July 6 – TYGA Tin Whistles TOTS One Day, Midland CC, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-12. July 6 – TYGA Triad One Day, Lexington GC, Lexington, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 6-7 – PKBGT Carolinas Classic, Carolina Trace CC, Sanford, Girls only, Ages 11-19. July 6-7 – CGA NC Boys’ 13 & Under, Asheboro Municipal GC, Asheboro, NC Boys only, Ages 13 & under. July 6-8 – North & South Junior, Pinehurst CC, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls, Ages 15-18, 910-295-6816

July 8 – TYGA Sandhills One Day, Seven Lakes GC, West End, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 8 – TYGA Triad Tots, Pine Knolls GC, Kernersville, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-12. July 9 – CGA Carolinas Junior Boys’ Qualifying, Cabarrus CC, Concord, Boys only, Ages 18 & under. July 9 – TYGA Triad One Day, Pinewood CC, Asheboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 10 – TYGA One Day, Lake Hickory CC (Catawba Springs), Hickory, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 11 – PKBGT Middle Atlantic Series, Shenandoah Valley GC, Front Royal, VA, Girls, Ages 8-19. July 11 – PKBGT Southeast Series, The Carolina CC, Spartanburg, SC, Girls, Ages 8-19. July 11-12 – PKBGT Commonwealth Classic, Lake Monticello GC, Palmyra, VA, Girls only, Ages 11-19. July 11-12 – PKBGT Wolfpack Classic, NC State Lonnie Poole GC, Raleigh, Girls, Ages 11-19. July 13 – CGA Dogwood State Boys’ Qualifying, Kinston CC, Kinston, Boys only, Ages 18 & Under. July 13 – Drive, Chip and Putt Local Qualifier, CC of Landfall, Wilmington, Boys/Girls, Ages 7-15. July 13 – PKBGT North Carolina Series, Pine Island CC, Charlotte, Girls, Ages 8-19. July 13 – TYGA Triad One Day, Meadowlands GC, Winston-Salem, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 13-14 – TGF Cardinal Junior Amateur, Cardinal Cub by Pete Dye, Greensboro, Boys only, Ages 12-18.

July 13-14 – TYGA Roy Jones Junior, Kinston CC, Kinston, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 13-16 – PGA Junior Boys’ Championship, PGA GC, Port St. Lucie, FL, Boys only, Ages 18 & under, 561-366-2905 July 13-18 – USGA Junior Girls’ Amateur, US Air Force Academy GC, Colorado Springs, CO, Girls only, Ages 18 & under. July 14-16 – CGA Dogwood Girls’ State Junior, Ironwood CC, Greenville, NC Girls only, Ages 18 & under. July 15 – CGA Dogwood State Boys’ Qualifying, Blair Park GC, High Point, Boys only, Ages 18 & Under. July 15-16 – TYGA Triad High Point Junior, Blair Park & Oak Hollow, High Point, Boys/ Girls, Ages 12-18. July 16 – CGA Carolinas Junior Boys’ Qualifying, Goldsboro GC, Goldsboro, Boys only, Ages 18 & Under. July 16 – CGA Dogwood State Boys’ Qualifying, Goldsboro GC, Goldsboro, Boys only, Ages 18 & Under, 910-373-1000 July 17 – CGA Carolinas Father-Son, Pinehurst area courses, Pinehurst. July 17 – CGA Carolinas Parent-Child, Pinehurst area courses, Pinehurst. July 20 – CGA Carolinas Junior Boys’ Qualifying, Camden CC, Camden, SC, Boys only, Ages 18 & under. July 20 – Drive, Chip and Putt Local Qualifier, Maple Chase CC, Winston-Salem, Boys/Girls, Ages 7-15. July 20 – PKBGT North Carolina Series, Pinehurst Resort No. 3, Pinehurst, Girls, Ages 8-19.

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CALENDAR July 20-25 – USGA Junior Amateur, Hazeltine National GC, Chaska, MN, Boys’ only, Age 18 & under. July 21 – TYGA Triad One Day, Asheboro City GC, Asheboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 21-23 – CGA Carolinas Girls’ Championship, CC of Asheville, Asheville, Girls only, Ages 18 & under. July 21-23 – CGA Dogwood Boys’ State Junior, CC of Landfall, Wilmington, NC Boys only, Ages 18 & under. July 22 – TYGA Sandhills One Day, Talamore GC, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 22 – TYGA Triad One Day, Cedarbrook CC, Elkin, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 23 – TYGA Triad One Day, The Cardinal by Pete Dye, Greensboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 25 – PKBGT Middle Atlantic Series, Pendleton GC, Ruther Glen, VA, Girls, Ages 8-19. July 25 – TYGA Tots, Brunswick Plantation (course TBD), Calabash, Boys/Girls Ages 6-12. July 26 – TYGA Tots, Brunswick Plantation (course TBD), Calabash, Boys/Girls Ages 6-12. July 26-27 – PKBGT Precision Girls’ Championship, Bryan Park GC, Greensboro, Girls, Ages 11-19. July 27 – Drive, Chip and Putt Local Qualifier, The Peninsula Club, Cornelius, Boys/Girls, Ages 7-15. July 28 – TYGA Damiel Meggs Memorial, Providence CC, Charlotte, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 28 – TYGA Triad One Day, Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 28-30 – CGA Carolinas Junior Boys’ Championship, Florence CC, Florence, SC, SC/NC Boys only, Ages 18 & under. July 28-31 – PGA Junior Girls’ Championship, PGA GC, Port St. Lucie, FL, Girls only, Ages 18 & under, 561-366-2905 July 29 – TYGA Sandhills One Day, Stryker GC, Fort Bragg, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 29 – TYGA Triad Tots, Salem Glen GC, Winston-Salem, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-12. July 30 – TYGA Triad One Day, High Point CC (Willow Creek), High Point, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. July 31 – PKBGT North Carolina Series, Pinewood CC, Asheboro, Girls, Ages 8-19. Aug. 1 – PKBGT Southeast Series, Spring Valley CC, Columbia, SC, Girls, Ages 8-19. Aug. 3 – PKBGT North Carolina Series, The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis, Girls, Ages 8-19. Aug. 3 – TYGA Dan Dobson Junior, Mimosa Hills CC, Morganton, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. Aug. 3 – TYGA Tin Whislters TOTS, Pinewood CC, Asheboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-12. Aug. 3 – TYGA Tin Whistles Tots, Pinewild CC, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-12. Aug. 4 – TYGA One Day, Brook Valley CC, Greenville, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. Aug. 4-5 – TYGA Triad Maple Chase Junior, Maple Chase CC, Winston-Salem, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. Aug. 4-6 – Hope Valley Junior Invitational, Hope Valley CC, Durham, Boys/Girls, Invitation only, Ages 18 & under. www.triadgolf.com

Aug. 5 – TYGA Sandhills One Day, Pinehurst CC #6, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. Aug. 5-6 – TGF River Landing Junior Amateur, River landing CC, Wallace Boys only, Ages 12-18. Aug. 6 – TYGA Triad One Day, Salem Glen GC, Winston-Salem, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. Aug. 8 – Drive, Chip and Putt Sub-Regional, Duke University, Durham, Boys/Girls, Ages 7-15. (only participants who make it to the next round) Aug. 8-9 – PKBGT Tiger Classic, Clemson University Walker GC, Clemson, SC, Girls only, Ages 11-19. Aug. 8-9 – HJGT Charlotte Spring Junior Open, Monroe CC, Monroe, Boys/Girls Ages 8-18. Aug. 8-9 – Carolinas-Virginias Boys Team Matches, CC of North Carolina, Pinehurst, Boys only, Invitation only. Aug. 8-9 – PKBGT Middle Atlantic Series Classic, Bowling Green CC, Front Royal, VA, Girls, Ages 8-19. Aug. 8-9 – PKBGT North Carolina Series Chapel Hill Classic, UNC Chapel Hill Finley GC, Chapel Hill, Girls, Ages 8-19. Aug. 9-10 – Notah Begay – Jr. National Golf Championship Regional, Pinehurst CC (No. 1), Pinehurst, NC Boys/Girls Ages 10-18, 407675-4567 Aug. 10 – TYGA SAS Junior, Prestonwood CC, Cary, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. Aug. 10 – TYGA Triad One Day, Jamestown Park GC, Jamestown, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. Aug. 11-13 – SCJGA-Beth Daniel Junior Azalea, CC of Charleston, Ages 13-18, Boys/Girls, 803-732-9311 Aug. 12-13 – TYGA State Championship, Mill Creek GC, Mebane, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. Aug. 14-16 – PKBGT Tour Championship Pine Needles Resort, Southern Pines, Girls only, Ages 11-19. Aug. 15 – Drive, Chip and Putt Sub-Regional, Grandover, Greensboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 7-15. (only participants who make it to the next round) Aug. 15 – TYGA Tots, Asheboro Municipal, Asheboro, Boys/Girls Ages 6-12. Aug. 16 – TYGA Tots, Pinewood Country Club, Asheboro, Boys/Girls Ages 6-12. Aug. 22 – Drive, Chip and Putt Sub-Regional, Fort Jackson GC, Columbia, SC, Boys/Girls, Ages 7-15. (only participants who make it to the next round) Aug. 23 – PKBGT North Carolina Series, Sapona Golf Club, Lexington, Girls, Ages 8-19. Aug. 29 – PKBGT Middle Atlantic Series, Hidden Creek CC, Reston, VA, Girls, Ages 8-19. Aug. 29 – PKBGT North Carolina Series, CC of Whispering Pines, Whispering Pines, Girls, Ages 8-19. Aug. 29 – PKBGT Southeast Series, CC of Spartanburg, Spartanburg, SC, Girls, Ages 8-19. Aug. 29-30 – NCJGF UNC Junior Championship, UNC Finley GC, Chapel Hill, Boys only, Grades 6-12, 910-858-6400 Aug. 29-30 – CGA Mimosa Hills Junior Invitational (54-holes), Mimosa Hills CC, Morganton, Boys/Girls, Invitation only. Sept. 5-7 – NJGA 20th Annual National Championship, True Blue GC, Pawleys Island, SC, Boys/Girls Ages 4-18. Sept. 6-7 – TGF Mid-Pines Junior Amateur, Mid Pines Inn & GC, Southern Pines Boys only, Ages 12-18.

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