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LPGA’s new Q-Series begins in cradle of American golf

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hen Katherine Perry was asked her thoughts on the LPGA’s inaugural Q-Series heading to Pinehurst in October, her emotions were mixed. “I can’t think of a better venue to have some of the best female professional golfers compete for their LPGA card,” said Perry, who played collegiately at the University of North Carolina and is from Cary. Then came the grammatical qualifier. “Hopefully I will have full status and won’t need to compete there, but if I do play I will be excited to be in Pinehurst where I spent a lot of my junior golfing career,” she said. “The Q-Series is going to be an exciting, nerve-racking, and life changing two weeks for players and I am so glad it will be happening in my backyard.” In November the LPGA announced it was tweaking the tour’s qualifying tournament. While Stage I and II would remain intact, the five-round, one-site Final Stage would be replaced by the Q-Series, two four-round tournaments played on two separate courses in successive weeks. Final scores will be the aggregate of the 144 holes played. Enter Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, which was announced on April 11 as host to the first Q-Series. The first tournament will be played on Course No. 6, Oct. 24-27. The no-cut field will then play Course No. 7, Oct. 31-Nov. 3. Also, Blue Cross NC signed a threeyear deal to be the Q-Series’ presenting sponsor. No site host was announced past 2018.

Pinehurst Resort president Tom Pashley views the Q-Series as a natural progression in the iconic property’s timeline of women’s championship golf. Pinehurst has hosted the North & South Women’s Championship since 1903. And in 2014, its No. 2 course hosted the U.S. Women’s Open won by Michelle Wie. “If you look at the women’s plaque [of North & South winners in the Pinehurst clubhouse], there are three founding members of the LPGA tour — Opal Hill, Louise Sugg and Babe Zaharias — and include an assist from Peggy Kirk Bell, whose name is also on there,” said Pashley, who later added that 10 of the past 15 North & South champs have gone on to play on the LPGA Tour and have combined for 21 wins, including eight major championships. “So [the Q-Series] is a way to bridge the gap. To honor our history and tradition, where we have come from, but to also stay modern and relevant.” Similar to recent years, Stage I will be played at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in August and Stage II will be at Plantation Golf and Country Club in Venice, Fla., Oct. 13-18. The Q-Series will have a maximum field of 108 players and include those who finished 101 to 150 and ties on the 2018 LPGA official money list, along with players 11 to 30 and ties from the Symetra Tour official money list. No more than 10 spots will go to players in the top 75 of the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings who did not meet the money list criteria. Also, the nation’s top five collegiate players, according to Golfweek/Sagarin

college rankings, will be exempt into the Q-Series. The remaining slots will be filled by the top finishers from Stage II. Through late April, Perry had missed two LPGA cuts and was trending toward a return to Stage I qualifying. The LPGA is also being applauded for its new treatment of amateur players. Amateurs can now play all three stages of the LPGA Qualifying School. In years past, amateurs had to turn professional in order to compete in the Final Stage. Now, a college player can play the Q-Series and defer turning professional until after the following spring college season if they earn LPGA status. In 2016 and 2017, Duke University’s Leona Maguire, the world’s No. 2-ranked amateur, qualified for the LPGA’s Final Stage, but opted to keep her amateur status instead of trying for her LPGA card. From this year’s Q-Series, the top 45 finishers and ties will receive LPGA status. The rest will earn Symetra Tour membership. Last year, 20 players earned their full LPGA cards through the Final Stage. The Q-Series will also have a $150,000 purse. If social media emojis are an indicator, then the announcement was met with a series of thumbs up. Laura Diaz, a two-time LPGA winner and four-time U.S. Solheim Cup player who competed collegiately at Wake Forest University and was the 1995 North & South women’s champion, recalls her own qualifying tournament experiences. After missing by a shot to earn her card the first time, Diaz played in Europe, Asia and on the Symetra Tour’s predecessor, the Futures Tour. She earned her LPGA card on the second trip. She is a

proponent of the new format. “The week of Q-school is sickening,” she recalled of the old format. “I mean, you want to throw up. It’s so nerveracking because you have this dream, and the only way to get to the Tour is to be top 20 that week. Your stomach is just churning the whole week. “I think two weeks will allow the girls to be a little calmer. I know that sounds kind of funny, but it’s not just four rounds or five rounds and that’s it. You can make a mistake. You can realize that at the end of the first four days, you’re 4-under or you’re even, you can go out the next four rounds and play lights out. So, I think it definitely is a better test.”

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Tom Fazio

The first in a series of the state’s greatest golf course architects

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(Editor’s Note: With one of the nation’s richest golfing histories, North Carolina’s portfolio of courses from the mountains to the coast is unmatched in its variety, topography and strategy. So, who do we credit for some of these golfing jewels? Well, the golf course architects, of course. The first in a series of insights on North Carolina’s top living golf course designers, Triad Golf Today and Triangle Golf Today take a look at Tom Fazio.)

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hen famed golf course designer Tom Fazio came to the mountains of Western North Carolina in the mid 1980s to design Wade Hampton Golf Club in Cashiers, it was love at first sight. Not only with the majestic scenery and views, and the potential to carve beautiful and challenging 18-hole layouts, but the atmosphere and friendliness of the people so entranced him that he moved his wife Susan and six kids to a farm in the Horse Shoe community in Henderson County because he thought it was the perfect place to raise a family. And while he made his home in Horse Shoe and later Hendersonville, set up his main design office in downtown Hendersonville and went to the kids’ soccer games and school plays, he also continued what he does as well or better than anyone in the world – build golf courses that people want to play. A recent Golfweek magazine rankings of the top layouts in America included the Top 10 residential courses in North Carolina – and it almost reads like a stroll through Fazio’s bio of Old North State golf. Eight of the 10 courses are Fazio designs, includ-

Tom Fazio ing five in Western North Carolina – No. 1 Wade Hampton, No. 2 Mountaintop in Cashiers, No. 4 Diamond Creek in Banner Elk, No. 7 Champion Hills in Hendersonville and No. 9 Bright’s Creek in Mill Spring. The other Fazio designs on the list include the North (No. 5) and South (No. 6) courses at Forest Creek near Pinehurst and No. 10 Treyburn in Durham. In the latest Golf Digest Top 100 rankings, a full one third – 33 courses around the world – are Fazio designs. Wade Hampton opened in 1987 to rave reviews and has been among the state and the country’s top layouts ever since. And it started a 20-year run of prolific design that

resulted in 17 Fazio designs from the mountains to the coast of North Carolina. “It’s not just in North Carolina, but industry wide we had 15 years from 1992-2007, of incredible growth in the industry,” said Fazio, who is staying busy at age 73, though much of the work of is now being done by his son Logan. “About 300 courses a year were being built, and that adds up to 4,500 courses. Then the real estate crash of 2007 happened, and since then there hasn’t been growth because we don’t need any more courses.” And now his courses have been around long enough that he is in the process of renovating some of his layouts. He is teaming up with new owner John McConnell of McConnell Golf to rework one of his jewels, Old North State about 25 miles south of Asheboro. Ranked fourth among the state’s Top 100 courses by the N.C. Golf Panel, Fazio designed the Old North State layout that opened in 1992. “It’s a wonderful, beautiful course with the lakefront property,” Fazio said. “John McConnell and I are doing a long-range plan on renovations and upgrades. John’s going to put some resources into it and it will get even better, back to its heyday. “It’s a wonderful environment, a great setting in nature around the lake, and it really gives us the opportunity to create some distinctive golf holes.” With such unique and totally different landscapes to work with – from the coast to the Sandhills to the Continued on page 8

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Tom Fazio from page 7 mountains – Fazio is like an artist with an array of bright colors to paint with. “North Carolina has everything, so much to offer that if I only worked in this state, I would consider that a great privilege because there is so much variety,” he said. In Pinehurst, his great work includes the resort’s No. 6 and No. 8 courses, along with 36 holes at Forest Creek. “Ah, Pinehurst and the Sandhills, I love it so,” he said. “That rolling terrain with tree cover, the elevation changes that helps you so much with framing. “In mountain golf and its hilly terrains, it’s very difficult to create and style a course,” he said. “The land kind of dictates what you can do with it. The biggest challenge is to fit the golf course into the contour of the hills.” “His vision of taking a piece of property and turning that into his mountain masterpsiece, as we call it, is just his gift,” said Champion Hills director of golf Mike Steele. “He’s very good at what he does, and he’s had a lot of success in the western part of the state is because he knows how to work with the topography.” In several decades in the business, Fazio’s style has been most defined by not having a certain style. While Jack Nicklaus is known for the toughness of his courses, Pete Dye for his unique and sometimes quirky looks and use of railroad ties, Fazio is proud of the fact that he has never been pigeonholed.

Old North State “I would agree that I don’t have a signature style. I guess you could put a stamp on them that would make them appear the same, but to me that’s not necessary,” he said. “I never planned it that way, but I’ve always tried to avoid sameness. You try to custom-craft each golf course to its own individual piece of property.” “All of his golf courses look very difficult, but play easy,” said Champion Hills Golf Course superintendent Alan Burnette. “Champion Hills is very memberfriendly, and we’ve made so many renovations with

the help of Tom and his crew that we’ve been able to keep up with the times.” With son Logan now doing a lot of the heavy lifting, Tom said he will continue working. With his six children grown and 15 grandchildren, he spends April through October in Hendersonville and winters in Florida. Fazio Designs has three new projects in the works, in Nashville, Tenn., Austin Texas and the New York area. “I would never retire,” he said. “What I do is too easy and it’s a lot of fun.”

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After several close calls Cassetta breaks through at Tournament of Champions

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f anybody in the Triad Golf Today Tournament of Champions field was waiting for Chris Cassetta to make a mistake in the final round, they are still waiting. Cassetta, a 44-year-old lefty from High Point, began the final round on April 22 at Greensboro National with a three-shot lead and never took a step backward. He nearly holed his second shot on the par-4 first hole for a tap-in birdie and then reeled off 17 straight pars. His 73-71 effort produced a six-shot margin over defending champ Matt Nelson. “I kept telling myself if I didn’t give any shots back, I would be hard to catch,” Cassetta said. Nelson was also steady and birdies at the ninth and 12th kept him within range but he took a couple bogeys coming in to eliminate any chance of putting heat on the front-runner. “My putting is just not there right now,” Nelson said. “I was trying to catch him but I didn’t have enough. He’s a good player, real solid. He was pretty much hitting every green.” Tony Byerly, a former champ, had the T of C’s best score with a second-round 70 but he was too far off the pace after struggling with a soon-to-bediscarded putter that left him at the bottom of the 12-man field with an opening 84. Mark Nieters also posted a red number on day two with a 71 and Matt Gdovin, club champ at the host course, matched par. But like Byerly, they started too far off the pace to make a dent. The victory was a long time coming in the 22nd annual event where Cassetta has been on the verge several times before. “I’m certainly glad to have done it,” he said. “I’ve played eight to 10 times and had many close calls.” There were three seconds, two thirds and a fourth before this year’s breakthrough. A couple were especially memorable. Back in 2002 he and Todd Chadwick were involved in the longest playoff in the tournament’s history. It went six holes and wasn’t decided until a day later after darkness stopped the playoff after five holes. Cassetta was looking good on the fourth extra hole, staring at a 20-foot birdie putt while Chadwick was buried in a greenside bunker. Somehow Chadwick escaped the trouble with a par and two holes and a day later, he claimed the victory. Then in 2012 at Forest Oaks Country Club, Cassetta birdied the final two holes and had the clubhouse lead with one group still on the course. But little-known Ben Pinkleton rolled in a 35-foot downhill putt for an eagle on the par-5 18th to

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Chris Cassetta putts on the eighth green at Greensboro National. Photo by Steve Williams cap an incredible back-nine 30 that left Cassetta as a runner-up again. But not this time. He became the 18th consecutive first-time winner of the tournament and the first lefthander. His scorecard indicated some pretty uneventful two days of play in near-perfect weather as he had just two birdies and two bogeys to go along with 32 pars. But that wasn’t exactly the case. “The end result was very similar, but the path in which it took to make all those pars was kind of different from Saturday to Sunday.” The first 18 was full of scrambles and par saves after he got off to a slow start. “I had bogeyed the second hole with a three-putt and then I knocked my tee shot in the water on the

par-5, so I’m one over and taking a penalty shot and I’m not even through three holes.” But he managed to get up and down for par from 60 yards on the par-5 third and followed with a series of saves. His only birdie came with a short putt at the par-4 ninth and he took his only other bogey at the par-3 16th. “I made a lot of six- to eight-footers on the first day,” he said. “I was proud of the way I hung in there. “The second day was the complete opposite. I had a lot of 12-to-20 footers (for birdie) throughout the day and I couldn’t make any of them.” Nelson’s hope to make it a game was highlighted by a long birdie putt on the 12th while Cassetta was facing a difficult par-save. “I had to make a four-footer for par so that could have been a two-shot swing there,” he said. “That was kind of the turning point where I gave only one shot back there.” The tournament offered CGA ranking points for the first time in its history and Cassetta was a bit disappointed that he settled for second overall as Davis Womble, playing in the Interclub division, shot 70-68. The top five in the combined divisions were awarded points. “My goal was to try to beat everybody in the field, including the Interclub guys,” he said. “I knew I was going to have to shoot a round under par to catch Davis.” Cassetta has been part of two winning teams in the Interclub Challenge that is played alongside the T of C. He was on the 2001 Cardinal foursome and on the 2012 Tanglewood fivesome. He now plays out of High Point Country Club, where he was the 2017 club champion, his qualifier for the T of C. The win capped a busy month for Cassetta. He was a key player for the CGA team that beat the Carolinas professionals in the Tar Heel Cup matches earlier in April. A week before the T of C, he notched a top-25 in the Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship. He plans to stay busy the rest of the year with CGA and national level tournaments, especially in the mid-amateur age group. “I’ve been fortunate in the last five or six years to play in a lot of the team matches,” he said, noting the Carolinas vs. Virginias matches and the Tar Heel Cup. “Getting invited to play in those team events is always a goal. And hopefully, one day I can break through and win a CGA event. “It’s great to win the Tournament of Champions,” he said. “I looked at the list of all the winners and I’ve competed against every one of them in a lot of tournaments. Many of them are close friends of mine so it’s pretty cool to win it.” www.triadgolf.com


Maple Chase dominates Interclub event

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By STEVE WILLIAMS aple Chase Golf & Country Club’s team was formed piece by piece but the end result was a dominating foursome in the 22nd annual Triad Golf Today Interclub Challenge at Greensboro National. Great play by senior champ Harrison Rutter and Interclub medalist Davis Womble left the rest of the 10-team field playing for second. In a format where the top two scores were counted on each nine, Maple Chase counted nothing higher than an evenpar 36 over two days while shooting 70-68-67-69. Pennrose Park finished second, 18 shots back, and had the only other under par nine in the field, a 69 on the front nine in the second round. Three teams tied for third, three back of Pennrose: Tanglewood, Southwick and defending champ Pine Knolls. The Maple Chase team also included club champ Drew Davis and senior club champ Tom Fagerli, who shot 73 the first day but was overshadowed by Rutter’s 68 and Womble’s 70. “Tom’s the one who got it going,” Rutter said.

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“Then we rounded up Davis. It’s a neat concept and it’s fun to go with your club. “Maple Chase is doing just a phenomenal job with all they’ve done with their golf course. They’ve transformed that place and it’s attracting a lot of good players.” The Winston-Salem club, a 1954 Ellis Maples design, was known as Pine Brook before new management took over in 2014 and brought in a new vision. In his earlier years, Rutter, now 57, was a solid amateur player and was on the golf team at Wake Forest. But he turned his full attention to his family during his children’s youth sports years. He coached and watched them play basketball, football and baseball. It wasn’t until his youngest son, Jake, showed interest in golf that he started playing again. “I didn’t touch a club for 20 years,” he said. “I started playing with my son and I decided to go compete a little bit. I’ve really enjoyed it but it’s very humbling.” He’s now among the top-10 ranked seniors (age 55-plus) in the state and emerged on the national level by making match play at the U.S. Senior Am last summer. He notched a fifth-place finish in the Carolinas Senior last September and he and Jake, now a college student, lost in a playoff for the Carolinas Father-Son championship. In the Senior Division at Greensboro National, Rutter birdied six of the eight par-5s and had only two bogeys over two days while posting 68-68 on a course he had never played before the tournament. Gary Pugh of Asheboro was a solid second with 71-73 but ended eight shots off the pace. “Practice rounds can never hurt but most of the golf course there is right in front of you so it worked out,” Rutter said. Womble was also playing at Greensboro National for the first time. “It was little tricky the first day and I got some roll-offs (from the dormant fairways) but I did a good job keeping it in play. I really hit it well both days,” he said, noting a better result with his putter would have improved his 70-68 scorecard. “I missed some short putts that I should have made but I also made a couple long ones I probably shouldn’t have made. But that’s how it goes.” Womble putted on all 18 holes (a couple from the fringe) on day two. “I put myself in some good spots and gave myself a chance on about every hole,” he said. He’s new to Maple Chase, joining last August, and didn’t know the senior members of the team. “I had played with Drew but I hadn’t met Harrison or Tom in person,” Womble said. “I knew who they were and I knew they were really good players obviously. It was fun to be out there with those guys.”

Senior champion Harrison Rutter In the Interclub individual competition – a division for team members not qualified for the Tournament of Champions – Womble finished seven shots ahead of Pennrose player Matt Younts, who carded 75-70. In the overall standings for CGA ranking points, he took first by six shots over T of C winner Chris Cassetta. Womble was a standout player at Wake Forest out of High Point Wesleyan but took a break after graduating in 2016. “I played golf every day of my life, basically, for 12 years, so I enjoyed taking a break from the game. I probably played four or five times from November to early March so it was nice to get out there. I love to compete and play competitive golf and it’s still a lot of fun that I’m able to do that. It was fun to play in something like that (the Interclub).” He’ll stay reasonably busy in tournaments this year, beginning May 19-23 when he and Chad Wilfong, another former Wake Forest player, team up in the U.S. Amateur Four-Ball at Jupiter Hills Club near Palm Beach, Fla. TRIAD GOLF TODAY • MAY 2018

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Wyndham savior headed to CGA Hall of Fame

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ly deferred to her and when I was a little kid,” Long said. “My parents said ‘He’s never going to think he’s ever any good at illions of golfers who tee it anything because she excels so much, so up each year across North we’re going to encourage her to play tennis Carolina have likely never and have him go play golf. No matter how heard of Bobby Long, or know his connecbad he is we’re going to tell him he’s great tion to golf. Even those in the Triad area and maybe that will be contagious to other may have heard his name in passing, but stuff so he’ll have some confidence.”’ can’t connect the dots. Long grew up with current two-time The good deeds that no one ever hears defending CGA Senior Four-Ball champion about are endless for Long, a Greensboro Jim Grainger at Alamance Country Club. businessman who is credited with helping “We were best friends growing up and save the PGA Tour stop in Greensboro a he and I played virtually every day that decade ago. golf was in season, so to speak,” Long said. “Bobby is an incredible person who Some of Long’s fondest golfing memounderstands how golf can play a pivotal ries aren’t sharing photos of stars such as role in life for all of us,” said Eagle Point Sergio Garcia or Davis Love, but of quiet, Golf Club director of golf Billy Anderson. meaningful moments on the golf course “I don’t believe there is anyone that uses with his wife Kathryn and son Robert. the game of golf as a conduit to help people “I had so much fun playing golf as a any better than Bobby.” kid, so I was hoping that my kids would Long and David Strawn, a champion of like to play, but I didn’t want to push them junior, college, amateur and senior golf for to play,” Long said. “Our son took to it more than five decades, will be officially pretty well, in fact Gary Williams was an enshrined into the Carolinas Golf Hall of assistant at Greensboro Country Club and Fame in May at Quail Hollow County Club he would take Robert out and play two Wyndham Champion Webb Simpson, Bobby Long and Tournament Director Mark Brazil. holes with him one day a week. He was in Charlotte. They join a Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame Championship tournament director Mark such a cheerleader that my son would beg about these kids who don’t necessarily that includes such names as Arnold Palmer, Brazil. “As the regionalism effort began to have the same access and opportunity like me to take him to the practice tee so he Peggy Kirk Bell, Donald Ross, Billy Joe could get ready for that next week. He got gain footing, companies that would never I did,” Long said. “It’s a wonderful thing Patton and Harvie Ward. to be a pretty good player.” have done so if it remained a Greensboro to try to enable them to have the same Long, chairman of the Piedmont And when I asked Long about a best event began joining as tournament partchance I did. I was sort of born on third Triad Charitable Foundation, convinced career round, he once again deferred to ners.” base by comparison. Why not try to give Wyndham to sponsor the PGA Tour event a family tournament he played at famed The CBS Sports broadcast of the them a shot?” in Greensboro with a $25 million letter of Seminole Golf Club. Wyndham Championship now reaches Long even stepped up more than credit. The Wyndham Championship has “A round that sticks out was we were nearly a billion people in 225 countries in a year ago when the Wells Fargo since been transformed in a move back to 32 different languages. Championship was in need of a temporary playing as a parent-child team that has a Sedgefield Country Club in large part to the lot of good players,” he said. “It was a “Mark (Brazil) and his team are incred- location outside of Charlotte as the PGA vision of Long. ible, and have been relentless in everyChampionship was going to be conducted tournament where you both tee off and “When I heard the news that I was being thing,” said Long, who grew up playing he hits my drive and I hit his drive and at Quail Hollow in the summer of 2017. inducted into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame golf at Alamance Country Club. “They we pick the best one and we alternate the Long helped broker a deal at Eagle I felt completely unworthy because basically really do all the work, but then look at the best shot in. My wife wanted to play with Point outside of Wilmington, where he is my deal has been to be a cheerleader, and all community leaders, because the old GGO Robert, too, and so did I, so they let us play one of 20 founding members. The “new” these other people do the work, and do it in as a threesome. was predominately Greensboro and now Wells Fargo Championship was a rousing such a wonderful way,” Long said. “I am in The threesome tied for second in what the vast majority of the money comes from success along the coast. awe of them, certainly not of me.” outside of Greensboro. I can’t sing their “Bobby saw the importance of keeping Long calls his golfing “magic moment.” Long, 62, stepped in to help one of Timothy Neher, the president of praises enough.” the Wells Fargo Championship in the state the nation’s oldest PGA Tour events Seminole Golf Club, may have summed up “The world gets a look into the of North Carolina,” Anderson said. when no sponsor arose in 2007, helping Long’s contribution to golf best: “Bobby’s Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, Anderson has been at Eagle Point for form a regional coalition of business leadhumanity, coupled with his low-key and and that kind of exposure of golf in the 17 years and seen the club grow to 55 ers that included support from not only inclusive manner enable him to accomCarolinas is truly priceless,” added Brazil. employees and 45 caddies. the Greensboro area, but High Point and plish so much but also encourage others to “When Bobby saved our PGA Tour event, “I personally feel all of us are family,” Winston-Salem. engage and contribute – truly special gifts.” he also saved many charitable organizaAnderson said. “This culture has single “While the tournament name included Founded in 1981, the Carolinas Golf tions that benefit from it each year. Had handedly and is a second image of Bobby, the word ‘Greensboro’ since it was creAssociation Hall of Fame recognizes the tournament gone away, their donations his beliefs and his character.” individuals who have contributed to the ated in 1938, Bobby saw a bigger picture would have followed.” Long is one of three children and game of golf and have a connection to the – an opportunity to use the Wyndham One such organization is The First Tee. began playing golf at the age of 5. He is Carolinas. The plaques commemorating all Championship to promote Piedmont Triad Long is one of the top donors for The First now a 5-handicap. regionalism and market the metropolitan Tee of the Triad and is perhaps THE major “I’m a middle child and my older sister of the inductees are housed in the convention hall of the Carolina Hotel of Pinehurst statistical area as a great place to live, work, donor of the First Tee of Wilmington. is just a year and a half older, and she is expand or start a business,” said Wyndham “I’ve been pretty fortunate, so think extraordinary at everything and I complete- Resorts.

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By BRAD KING erhaps the biggest buzz at this year’s PGA Merchandise Show was generated by Carybased Stitch Golf. Of course, to even be mentioned in the PGA Show’s “best of” category in Orlando is impressive, considering that more than 1,000 exhibiting companies and brands display their wares to 40,000-plus industry professionals from some 90 countries on the Orange County Convention Center’s interactive floor. A golf accessory company with an original focus on stylish leather and knit head covers, along with accessories under the “Dress Your Game” hash tag, Stitch Golf arrived in Florida in late January having recently expanded into handsome, lightweight and detail-laden golf bags, innovative travel bags and equally stylish apparel. The company’s name came from founder Charlie Burgwyn’s precise attention to detail, “down to the last stitch.” Indeed, Stitch uses only highquality material, including durable waterproof fabric, to pair with fashionable color schemes, design and personalization. In November, Stitch announced the acquisition of Fennec Golf, an upscale line of golf clothing built around tech and performance fabrics, tasteful color and a level of attention to detail. The design styles for Stitch’s head covers, bags and accessories meshed seamlessly with Fennec’s soft goods. Stitch’s first splash at the PGA Show came through sheer presence. Stitch and Fennec unveiled adjacent display booths of 2,100 square feet, accented by Stitch’s signature colors of blue, white and orange. Their booths remained among the busiest on the floor during the PGA Show’s three days. In addition, Stitch announced a partnership with Arnold Palmer Enterprises to introduce an exclusive line of products that pay tribute to the legendary golfer. Palmer’s family business selected Stitch to develop this exclusive line of tribute prod-

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ucts because they felt Stitch shared Palmer’s attention to detail and commitment to quality. Late last year, Stitch began offering white leather head covers featuring The King’s iconic, multicolored umbrella logo and racing stripes. Soon thereafter, the company released a set of black head covers, three colors of knit head covers, and special putter covers for blade and mallet models — designed for the millions of golfers worldwide who consider themselves members of “Arnie’s Army.” Throughout 2018, Stitch will introduce additional products featuring Palmer’s umbrella logo, includ-

ing umbrellas, gloves and travel bags. “Our idea is to pay tribute to a man who lived a quality life and had a major global impact on a major sport,” said Stitch Golf CEO Brad King. “The company (Arnold Palmer Enterprises) picked Stitch to partner with. Everything launched will convey a level of quality appropriate to a man of Arnold Palmer’s stature.” King, who decades earlier coached Burgwyn’s high school golf team, originally came on board two years ago to help Stitch Golf achieve its goal of becoming known as more than a “leather head cover” company. A CEO who had sold an office products business to Staples and was seeking a new challenge, King started doing some consulting work — “donating time,” he says, “to see if there was a play” — which led to the formation of a group of golf-savvy partners and investors that helped Stitch recapitalize in late 2016. One of the partners, Chris Knott, founded the Peter Millar clothing brand in 2001. King and Knott, along with two other partners — Alex Sossaman and Rick Hopkins — have taken the business side of the company off Burgwyn’s plate and set in motion an ambitious plan. Stitch has established a connected sales team and has also made its mark on numerous professional tours worldwide. PGA Tour pros Brendon Todd, Carl Pettersson and Dylan Frittelli are carrying Stitch products, along with Scottish U.S. Continued on page 15 www.triadgolf.com


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Amateur champion Richie Ramsay — while many college teams are using Stitch products as well. Currently, VP of Marketing Katherine Collins said Stitch Golf is focused on a trio of themes. “At Stitch we aim to help our customers ‘Dress Your Game’ by merchandising our line of products so you can easily put together items that not only match your bag and what is in it, but also match your style and personality. “We recently launched two new luxury travel bags that play off our motto ‘Arrive in Style’ and with our new apparel we are showing customers that we provide items that are suitable from ‘Work to Play,’” she said. Meanwhile, Burgwyn has been freed up to do what he has done best since launching his dream six years ago: Create. A former Class A PGA club professional and “a design, style and details wonk if there ever was one” according to one publication, Burgwyn regularly travels around Asia to discover new ideas. He recently demoed the Ultimate Garment Bag during an 18-day Asian voyage, visiting eight countries aboard 11 flights. “That’s Charlie,” Hopkins said. “He gets a bee in his bonnet for a look or a style or a fabric and just goes after it. He’s an animal — super detail oriented. It’s really impressive.” King said Stitch grew 200 percent in 2017 over 2016 and expects to expand by another 600 percent in 2018. “We’ve got momentum now,” he said. “We just need to push the gas pedal down.” www.triadgolf.com

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Golf’s needs, wants and desires

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in-one doesn’t even come close to my golf- By BETSEY MITCHELL ing wants, needs and desires. My first “need” is a putting stroke. I h, the illusive hole-in one. My One down … many more to go. well-known skill for pulling As we’ve occasionally crossed paths on don’t know what’s happened to my vision, nerves or sense of alignment, but it has disapproach shots left makes my the links over the last few years Bets, you track record understandable. Close calls may have noticed I’ve been walking a little appeared faster than a speeding comet as I head toward 60. I can’t remember when are frustrating for everybody, but I live hunched over. I had been carrying some with a guy with four. heavy baggage so to speak with my fading I‘ve had a meaningful round where I’ve canned 4-5 putts. Now that putting guru It can be grating to hold a convergolf game. David Orr is at Pine Needles it may be time sation in Hubby’s home office and be After 45 years of hacking it around I to take my first ever putassaulted by the four had still not recorded a hole-in-one. And ting lesson in 2018. commemorative plaques it’s not that I stink either, although you may My “want” would be a with his cherished golf beg to differ. In fact, I even got down to a balls attached. He hardly 6.6 handicap in my heyday as a member of great golf vacation to a location such as the Monterey ever rubs it in. Prestonwood Country Club in Cary. Peninsula, Ireland or the He is less kind to his Now, at age 57, I was beginning to Pacific Rim. Each would road trip golf buddies of think that elusive ace was never going to happen. Then out of nowhere -- and on my likely require a loan from DUELING DIVOTS 25 years. For those guys you Bets, but you know I’m he brings out his monobirthday of Oct. 4 none the less -- I found good for it, right? Golf travel was a passion grammed ball-markers, gloves, golf the bottom of the hole at The Cradle at of mine, just like draining key putts in a balls, hat, and even a cup liner all saying Pinehurst Resort. Hell, I didn’t even know scramble. I need to get back to both. the obvious. how to act. I had dreamed of this momenFinally, there is my “desire.” The game My angst ended on a sunny morning tous golf feat hundreds of times, but I guess at St. James Plantation on the 8th hole of I never plotted out a greenside celebration. of golf is romantic by nature, sentimental I couldn’t even buy a round of drinks, since and reflective. As Father’s Day approaches the Members Club. She stepped to the tee with her trusty driver to execute her it was a media day and drinks were already I would just like ONE more round of golf with my dad, who passed away in 2010, shot to the flag 112 yards away. “on the house.” and maybe, just maybe, see him walk onto Her mighty swing topped the ball. But that hole-in-one got me thinking the green and pick the ball out of the cup It advanced at a squirrel’s pace, barely over the last few months about my new after carding his first hole in one. leaving the earth, rolling onto the green golfing bucket list. A second or third hole-

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and into the hole. The cheer went up. She shrugged and said in a flat tone, “Oh, that’s my seventh.” She walked to the cart and sat down, no big deal. That was the day I understood that a hole-in-hole is about luck, frequency of play and little else. Many years later I had my own. The elevated green made it impossible to see how the ball finished. A lengthy search in the azaleas behind the green ended when somebody decided to look in the hole. The anti-climax improved when I was gifted a course pennant signed by my fellow competitors. My luck extended even further. The post-round grill room was empty and my gang wanted only one beer. My dad never had an ace. Then again, he didn’t play often in the Rotary Club outings. I didn’t play golf then and he didn’t talk about it much except to say it was a good day and laugh about his awful game. On my perfect golf course days, I remember Daddy and wish that he could see where I am. I wish harder still that he could share the day with me.

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A large contingent of Shamrock’s neighbors attended the Planning and Zoning Commission’s meetembers of the Burlington ing. Several voiced opposition to the City Council are expect- rezoning, complaining about the dened to decide May 15 the sity of the proposed 241-home tract fate of a developer’s plans to turn and expressing concerns about what Shamrock Golf Club into a develop- a subdivision would do to the value ment of houses. of their properties. Paul Milam, owner of Milam said only, “I have no comGreensboro’s Henson Realty LLC, ment for you,� regarding his curhas stated plans to purchase the tract rent plans, and his attorney, Lawson and convert it to a 241-home subdiBrown, didn’t return phone calls folvision, providing the city first grants lowing the Planning & Zoning meethis requests to have the property ing. The 92-acre tract is still listed annexed and rezoned. for sale on the website of Schulman The matter is scheduled to go & Beard Commercial Real Estate before the City Council despite of Greensboro. The asking price is members of the Planning and $1,025,000. Zoning Commission voting to deny Joey Lea, Burlington’s zoning the rezoning request when they met administrator, said Milam and Brown April 23. The Planning and Zoning’s are expected to ask that a public hearvote is only a recommendation while ing on the matter be held when the the City Council’s vote decides the City Council meets in mid May. A vote matter. on the matter would likely follow.

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Lea said he expects large numbers of Shamrock’s neighbors to attend the May 15 meeting. “We expect the same crowd,� he said. “There’s strong opposition.� The Shamrock property is currently part of Burlington’s extra-territorial zoning district and is zoned R-15, meaning the minimum lot size for a residence is 15,000 square feet and the minimum lot width is 90 feet. Milam is asking for conditional residential zoning, with a minimum lot size of 7,000 square feet and a minimum lot width of 60 feet. He has stated that his plans are for houses in the subdivision to be an attribute to the area, not a liability, with walking paths and other amenities throughout. Prices would range from $190,000 to $250,000. Shamrock has long been an Alamance County landmark. The 18-hole course, off N.C. 49 about

two miles south of Interstate 40/85, was designed and built by Calvin Walker. It opened in 1957 and flourished for decades before closing in 2011. It was reopened in 2013 under the direction of the Shamrock Golf Alliance, a group made up of neighbors whose properties surround the course. Scott Robertson lives on part of that bordering property and is vice president of the Golf Alliance. He said he opposes the density of the proposed development and thinks if a subdivision is approved it should adhere to the zoning restrictions already in place. Robertson also noted that much work has been done to the course in recent years and it’s in better shape than it’s been in a long while. “In the best of all worlds, it would remain a golf course,� he said.

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to provide the clinching point for the amateur team. Jeremy Ray of Pfafftown also had a key win for the amateurs in singles. The CGA team has now won the Tar Heel Cup five times since 2012 and has held the Cup for six of the last seven years, although the pros still lead the all-time series 14-7-3.

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50th Carolinas Senior Four-Ball Championship Mimosa Hills CC, Morganton (par 72) April 25-27 1. Mike Gravley, Greer, SC! 61-68-66--195 and Stan Sill, Spartanburg, SC 2. Keith Waters, Raleigh! 66-62-70--198 and Pat Thompson, Asheville 2. Brian Reep, Morganton! 66-64-68--198 and Jim Johnson, Newton Selected others from field of 78 9. Harrison Rutter, Winston-Salem! 67-65-70--202 and John Michael, Durham 13. Ernie Newton, Winston-Salem! 69-67-68--204 and Kim Mansfield, High Point 13. Russ Perry, Winston-Salem! 68-70-66--204 and John Salerno, Charlotte 23. Kevin King, Bluffton, SC! 66-70-71--207 and Johnny Elam, Charlotte 26. Keith Hiller, Clemmons! 68-72-68--208 and Trip Boinest, Shelby 38th Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship Treyburn CC, Durham (par 72) April 13-15 1. John Pitt, Raleigh! 72-70-69--211 2. Sherrill Britt, West End! 72-74-66--212 2. Justin Tereshko, Greensboro! 69-71-72--212 4. David Gies, Charlotte! 70-75-70--215 4. Kevin O’Connell, Cary! 72-71-72--215 4. Brad Mangum, Granite Falls! 69-73-73--215 7. Joe Kastelic, Hickory! 68-77-71--216 7. Trey Broome, Hickory! 71-75-70--216 9. James Lightsey, Fort Mill, SC! 72-72-73--217 9. J.D. McNeil, Raleigh! 69-76-72--217 9. John Eates, Charlotte! 73-72-72--217 Selected others from field of 117 24. Paul Slomkowski, Colfax! 69-78-76--223 24. Chris Cassetta, High Point! 75-76-72--223 30. Patrick McConville, Winston-Salem! 77-73-74--224 49. Clay Watkins, Mebane! 75-77-77--229 51. John Nieters, Clemmons! 75-79-76--230 54. Simon Boteler, Mebane! 77-75-79--231 57. Billy Andrews, Advance! 77-77-78--232 57. Brandon Miller, Winston-Salem! 78-75-79--232 Notes: John Pitt fired a 3-under-par 33 on the back nine to claim the title by one shot over Sherrill Britt and Justin Tereshko. Pitt birdied the 14th and 15th holes to spark his rally. There was a three-shot swing at the 15th when Tereshko, the second-day leader, suffered a double bogey. Britt had an eagle and four birdies on his way to the low round of the tournament but he couldn’t get a needed birdie over the final three holes. It was Pitt’s second CGA title, the first coming in the 2001 Carolinas Amateur. 2nd North Carolina Super Senior Four-Ball Championship Maple Chase G&CC, Winston-Salem (par 72) March 27-28 Age 65+ Division 1. Russ Perry, W-S-Mark Stephens, Troutman! 66-61--127 2. Bill Boles, Wilson-Robert Desjardins, Mathews! 67-65--132 3. Ron Carpenter, Creedmoor-Gary Brown, Char.! 68-67--135 4. Brad Burris, High Point-Logan Jackson, W-S! 71-65--136 4. Paul Simson-Don Detweiler, Raleigh! 67-69--136 6. Todd Turner, West End-Dickie Brewer, W-S! 70-67--137 7. Lawrence Hicks, Greensboro-Alan Dirk, Pittsboro! 70-68--138 Selected others from field of 33 10. Charlie Parks,Asheboro-Arlis Pike,Kernersville! 69-72--141 13. Gene Grubb, Greensboro-Rick Wesley, W-S! 73-69--142 13. Robert Klug, Pinehurst-Vance Whicker,Summ.! 72-70--142 13. Kim Mansfield-David Millis, High Point! 71-71--142 19. Brad Dorsett-George Snyder, Mt. Airy! 75-70--145 19. Hugh Quinn, Lewisville-Mike Judkins, W-S! 72-73--145 19. Butch English, Cornelius-Wayne Pyrtle, Burl.! 69-76--145 Age 70+ Division 1. Gam Bates Jr.-Jim Blaylock, Winston-Salem! 66-69--135 2. Dave Moser-Steve Spiegler, Charlotte! 70-66--136 3. Jim Pridgen-Larry Boswell, Jamestown! 71-66--137 4. Rob Beasley, So.Pines-Wiley Barrett, Gboro! 69-69--138 4. Dennis McNames-Frank Morris, W-S! 69-69--138 Selected others from field of 14 10. Larry Southern, King-Mike Bell, W-S! 70-77--147 Notes: Russ Perry and Mark Stephens made it two in a row in the second North Carolina Super Senior Four-Ball after winning the inaugural event at Greensboro Country Club in 2017. Leading by one shot after the first round, Perry took charge by rolling in birdies on the first four holes of the second round. Stephens added three birdies of his own and the winners broke it open with a 29 going out. In the 70+ division, a birdie on he 17th hole enabled Jim Blaylock and Gam Bates to emerge with a one-shot win. It was their fourth birdie on the back nine after struggling to a 1-over-par 36 on the front nine. In the first round, they had five birdies on a 33-33 scorecard.

CGA One-Day Four-Ball

Selected finishers from Triad (top half of division) SENIOR ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL TOURNAMENTS Mimosa Hills CC, Morganton • April 11 Tournament Flight B (11 entries) 5. Tim Lazenby, Ararat-John Treadaway, King! 78 Super Senior 65+ A (8 entries) 1. Charlie Parks, Asheboro-Arlis Pike, Kernersville! 66 Super Senior 65+ B (8 entries) 4. Bryce Beard- C. B. Mickle, Salisbury! 78

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Catawba CC, Newton • April 9 Tournament Flight A (10 entries) 5. Mike Fogleman, Summerfield-Phillip Huffman, Grboro! Super Senior 65+ B (9 entries) 1. Doug Luckett, Advance-Gregg Cregan, Lewisville! Pinewood CC, Asheboro • April 3 Tournament Flight A (9 entries) 1. Charlie Parks, Asheboro-Doug Owens, Albemarle! 4. Stephen Harris-Rick Hogan, Denton! Tournament Flight B (9 entries) 1. Danny Joyce, Madison-Gregory Joyce, Madison! 2. Richard Krapfel, W-S-Howell Nelson, Greensboro! 3. Eddie Streetman-Greeley Hilton, Lexington! 4. Mark Marion-Larry Kiger, Winston Salem! Super Senior 65+ A (8 entries) 1. Don Smith-Gene Grubb, Greensboro! Super Senior 65+ B (9 entries) 1. Richard Lyle, Pfafftown-David Frye, Winston-Salem! Super Senior 70+ (14 entries) 6. David Williams, Cary- Larry Willett, High Point! Old North State Club, New London • April 2 Tournament Flight A (12 entries) 2. Michael Mayer, Pinehurst-John Stratton, Greensboro! 4. Steve Mullen, N.London-Benjamin Yeager, Clemmons! 6. Stan Honeycutt, Salisbury-Troy Payne, Mt. Airy! Tournament Flight B (11 entries) 2. Richard Krapfel, W-S-Howell Nelson, Greensboro! Super Senior 65+ A (10 entries) 4. Charlie Parks, Asheboro-Arlis Pike, Kernersville! Super Senior 65+ B (10 entries) 1. Richard Lyle, Pfafftown-David Frye, Winston-Salem! 4. Steve Manley-Steve Willliams, Reidsville!

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ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL TOURNAMENTS Greensboro CC (Irving Park) • April 16 Men A - Flight 1 (12 entries) 3. Lans Slack, Matthews-Korky Kemp, Greensboro! 72 3. Jeffrey Bruce, Greensboro,-Jeffrey Petry, Elon! 72 3. William Mitchell, Creedmoor-Boomer Morast, Roxboro! 72 3. Matthew Blood, Durham-Scott Bankhead, Asheboro! 72 Men A - Flight 2 (12 entries) 4. Elijah Williams,Greensboro-Aaron Babson,Holly Springs! 76 4. Ronald Gburek, Saluda-Rob Geilhausen,Winston-Salem! 76 6. Franklin Wilkerson, Julian-James Bryant, Greensboro! 77 6. Tom Dembowiak, Summerfield-B. Dembowiak, Leland! 77 Men A - Flight 3 (11 entries) 1. Dexter Barbee-Myron Prevatte, Burlington! 74 2. Larry Jutovsky, Whitsett-Dave Guerra, Raleigh! 77 2. Bobby Jarrett, Greensboro-Eddie Streetman, Lexington! 77 4. Vincent Avera, Greensboro-Ronald Ramos,Kernersville! 80 5. Gary Applewhite, Salisbury-Bob Oswald, Spencer! 82 Men B - Flight 3 (9 entries) 3. Dave Baker-Mike Conroy, Greensboro! 79 Governor’s Club, Chapel Hill • April 9 Men A - Flight 1 (8 entries) 1. Mark Nieters, Clemmons-Mark Absher, Winston Salem! 2. Logan Thornton, Burlington-Scott Newnam, Gibsonville! Men B - Flight 2 (11 entries) 1. Doug Keltner, Cary-Henry Garcia, Burlington! 1. Michael Guo, Clemmons-David Wei, Raleigh! 4. Dexter Barbee-Myron Prevatte, Burlington! Men C (11 entries) 3. Gary Eubanks-Robert Pace, Greensboro! 4. David Williams, Cary-Larry Willett, High Point! 5. Larry Shaver, Sanford-Steve Judge, Siler City! Mixed and Women (8 entries) 1. Vincent Avera, Grboro-Bonnie Montgomery, Jamestown! Hasentree Club, Wake Forest • March 26 Men A - Flight 2 (7 entries) 2. Brad Fogleman, Liberty-Rob White, Colfax! Men B - Flight 2 (12 entries) 2. Dexter Barbee-Myron Prevatte, Burlington! 5. Henry Garcia, Burlington-Doug Keltner, Cary! 6. Tim Snow, Dobson-Tim Peele, Pilot Mountain! Men C (8 entries) 1. Don Moore, Raleigh-Steven Snow, Mt. Airy!

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LADIES ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL PLAY DAYS Selected finishers from Triad (top half of division) Rumbling Bald Resort (Bald Mountain) • April 19 First Flight (11 entries) 1. Linda Daniel,Huntersville-Leigh Armentrout, Greensboro! 71 3. Katherine DeVore, HiPoint-Robin Gallagher,Hillsborough! 77 5. Cynthia Shetter, Graham-Nancy Cooper, Burlington! 80

6. Kim Jones-Tess Kirkman, Greensboro! 6. Linda Arnaud, Kernersville-Kelly Whitley, Greensboro! Third Flight (12 entries) 4. Joan Moore, Eden-Martha Ore, Madison!

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Rumbling Bald Resort (Apple Valley) • April 18 First Flight (13 entries) 1. Cynthia Shetter, Graham-Nancy Cooper, Burlington! 71 3. Linda Daniel,Huntersville-Leigh Armentrout, Greensboro! 75 5. Katherine DeVore, HiPoint-Robin Gallagher,Hillsborough! 76 6. Kim Jones-Tess Kirkman, Greensboro! 78 Third Flight (13 entries) 1. Joan Moore, Eden-Martha Ore, Madison! 81

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2. Pam Ripsom-Chris Nickerson, Winston Salem! 88 Pine Needles GC, Southern Pines • March 27 First Flight (12 entries) 4. Lynn Roloff, Greensboro-Sook Hee Yang, Jamestown! 73 5.UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU Betty Zvarich, Fayetteville-Katherine DeVore, High Point! 74 UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU Second Flight (10 entries) UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU 3.UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU Roberta DeSevo-Lisa Milligan, Greensboro! 81 UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

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Carolinas PGA

Spring Senior Classic Greensboro CC (Irving Park) • April 9-10 Professional Division (13 entries) 1. Mike Hutcheon, High Point, $620! 72-69--141 2. Gus Ulrich, Whispering Pines, $480! 73-69--142 3. Mitch Adams, Troy, $360! 71-73--144 Selected others 6. Todd Smith, Burlington! 75-76--151 8. John Budwine, Stoneville! 75-78--153 Champions Division (27 entries) 1. Ed Hargett, Blythewood, SC (a)! 71-69--140 Selected others 3. Steven Kidd, Liberty (a)! 69-76--145 5. Tony Nichols, Reidsville (a)! 72-79--151 12. Patrick Brady, Reidsville (a)! 79-79--158 12. Mike Crawford, Summerfield (a)! 74-84--158 Notes: (a) indicates amateur; Kidd won age 50-56 division Super Seniors Division (22 entries) 1. Ron Carpenter, Creedmoor (a)! 74-74--148 2. Bill Burling, Greensboro (a)! 73-79--152 Selected others 5. Lawrence Hicks, Greensboro (a)! 77-76--153 7. Russ Perry, Winston-Salem (a)! 76-78--154 9. Dickie Brewer, Winston-Salem (a)! 79-76--155 11. John Stratton, Greensboro (a)! 77-79--156 Legends Division (14 entries) 1. Ron Kline, Pinehurst (a)! 70-70--140 Selected others 5. Mike Sprouts, Winston-Salem (a)! 75-78--153 7. George Kennon, Greensboro (a)! 81-80--161

GPro Tour

Columbia CC, Blythewood, SC • April 17-19 1. Matthew NeSmith, N. Augusta, SC, $7,300! 69-66-70--205 Selected others from field of 76 No Triad-area players made cut Cabarrus CC, Concord • April 10-12 1. Jake Scott, Strongsville, Ohio, $9,000! 67-68-64--199 2. Joey Lane, Great Falls, Va., $6,285! 65-70-64--199 Selected others from field of 105 4. Frank Adams, Salisbury, $3,435! 71-67-65--203 7. Drew Weaver, Atlanta, $2,165! 66-72-66--204 Colonial CC, Thomasville • April 3-5 1. Daniel Obremski, Myrtle Beach, SC, $6,200! 71-66-66--203 Selected others from field of 45 8. Drew Weaver, Atlanta, $1,250! 68-71-72--211 11. Adam Webb, Ridgeway, Va., $894! 67-72-75--214 River Hills CC, Lake Wylie, SC • March 28-29 1. Matthew NeSmith, N. Augusta, SC, $4,200! 69-70--139 Selected others from field of 48 6. Drew Weaver, Atlanta, $1,006! 72-71--143

Swing Thought Tour

Tanglewood GC, Clemmons • April 23-24 1. Charlie Kern, Mercer Island, Wash., $5,500! 65-69--134 2. Ryan Sullivan, Winston-Salem, $1,650! 69-65--134 Note: Sullivan shot a 5-under-par 30 on the back nine to force a playoff but Charlie Kern prevailed on the fourth extra hole.

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Assistants Association Stableford Raleigh CC • April 17 1. Ray Franz, Daniel Island! 38 pts. 2. Tommy Gibson, Old Town! 38 pts. 3. Jordan Walor, Raleigh CC! 37 pts. 4. Josh Webb, Sedgefield CC! 35 pts. 4. Nate Eaton, Carolina CC! 35 pts. Franz won playoff

CGA

N.C. Senior Amateur Qualifying Heritage GC, Wake Forest • April 18 1. Mark Kozel, Chapel Hill! 72 2. Kim Mansfield, High Point! 73 2. Gray Tuttle, Pinehurst! 73 Selected others 17. Charlie Parks, Asheboro! 78 Gates Four GC, Fayetteville • April 25 1. Penn Compton, Wilmington! 75 Selected others 9. Elton Trent, Reidsville! 84 Notes: Top 24 players from Heritage and the top 10 from Gates Four advance to the 33rd North Carolina Senior Amateur Championship at Starmount Forest CC in Greensboro May 14-16 ... These were two of four qualifiers. The final qualifier was scheduled at Stoney Creek GC in Whitsett on April 30 ... Previously exempt Triad players include Russ Perry of Winston-Salem, Harrison Rutter of Winston-Salem and Stephen Sharpe of Greensboro.

CGA One-Day

Listing Triad finishers in the top half Bermuda Run (West) • April 15 Men A (26 entries) 4. Scott Newnam, Gibsonville! 78 4. Logan Thornton, Burlington! 78 6. Troy Blamer, Rural Hall! 79 7. Richard Youden, Winston-Salem! 80 11. Casey Booth, King! 84 11. Zach Braswell, Stokesdale! 84 11. Michael Hawkins, Advance! 84 Men B (19 entries) 1. Jim Williams, Kernersville! 81 6. Eric Minter, Ruffin! 89 6. William Cheek, Asheboro! 89 Senior A (6 entries) 1. Buck Hall, Thomasville! 72 2. Tom Fagerli, Yadkinville! 74 Senior B (13 entries) 2. James Uhl, Pfafftown! 84 3. Ray Copeland, Gibsonville! 86 4. Bob Ring, Mebane! 89 Super Senior (18 entries) 1. Michael Burdick, McLeansville! 72 2. Linwood Wall, Elon! 81 4. Sam Crawley, Yadkinville! 82 8. Mark Hartson, Winston-Salem! 89 9. Huston Shaw, Winston-Salem! 91 Lonnie Poole GC, Raleigh • March 24 Men A (19 entries) 6. Richard Youden, Winston-Salem! 79 9. Seth Hall, Greensboro! 82 Men B (15 entries) 2. Henry Garcia, Burlington! 85

Amateur Individual

42nd Annual Bud Kivett Memorial Blair Park GC, High Point • April 28 Oak Hollow GC, High Point • April 29 Championship/First Flights Anthony Baker! 68-68--136 Carey Bina! 67-72--139 Matthew Younts*! 72-67--139 Brandon Einstein! 72-68--140 Curtis Brotherton! 67-74--141 Bryan Colquit! 71-71--142 Marco Nieto! 67-75--142 Darin Bell! 70-73--143 Scot Tarcy! 71-73--144 Brian Hayes! 72-72--144 Steven Mabry! 73-71--144 Caleb Keck! 71-74--145 Darren Swain! 72-73--145 * Matthew Younts won first flight Second Flight Nick Welshon! 77-72--149 David Reagan! 76-75--151 D.J. Johnson! 75-76--151 Jordan Fritts ! 78-74--152 Richard Youden! 75-77--152 Brooks Roberts! 78-75--153

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Third Flight

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Fourth Flight Tracy Debusk! 86-78--164 Brady Gregor! 84-83--167 Antonio Berry! 84-85--169 Fifth Flight Wes Loman ! 88-87--175 David Zito ! 90-86--176 Stephen Barns ! 91-89--180 Senior Championship Flight Buck Hall ! 72-73--145 Marc Cox ! 72-77--149 Senior First Flight Reid Cox ! 77-77--154 Bobby Elder ! 78-79--157 Senior Second Flight Tim Crites ! 82-84--166 Charles Mackintosh ! 84-86--170 Senior Third Flight Denny Moore ! 86-96--182 Steve Crawford ! 87-98--185 Senior Fourth Flight Hugh Mespelt ! 88-86--174 Steve Nowack ! 88-89--177

30th Annual Southwick Amateur Southwick GC, Graham • April 14-15 Championship Flight Tanner Gross""" """ ! 65-68--133 Tony Byerly""" """ ! 70-66--136 Kyle Moffitt""" """! 69-68--137 Jason Garrett""" """! 71-70--141 Steven Trent""" """ ! 71-70--141 Wayne Moore""" """! 73-72--145 Scott Trent""" """ ! 73-74--147 Chester Thorpe""" ! 74-75--149 Note: Tanner Gross won for the second straight year. First Flight Robert Trent""" """! 77-67--144 Robbie Conklin""" ! 77-72--149 Bryce Barnes""" """! 76-73--149 Randy Clayton""" ! 77-73--150 Brad Helms""" """! 75-75--150 Donnie Trent""" """! 75-75--150 Michael Isley""" """ ! 76-74--150 Second Flight Dewayne Blakely""" ! 81-74--155 Russ Patterson""" ! 80-76--156 Kenny Wilson""" """ ! 81-75--156 Mike Ward""" """! 82-74--156 Third Flight Shane Hamlett""" ! 84-77--161 Kensi Hall""" """ ! 84-80--164 87-78--165 Joey Small""" """ ! Fourth Flight 92-85--177 Mike McGuire""" """ ! Dale Price""" """! 93-84--177 Chuck Varner""" """ ! 93-86--179 McGuire won playoff

Senior Am Tour

Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro • April 26 Championship Flight (5 entries) 1. Dirk Fennie, Greensboro! 70 2. Craig Sturdivant, Sanford! 71 3. Dan Anthony, Thomasville! 73 A Flight 16 entries) 1. Mike Crawford, Summerfield! 75 4. Gerald Lewis, Greensboro! 77 4. Chuck Smith, Sanford! 77 4. Ron Brady, McLeansville! 77 7. Michael Kindley, Winston-Salem! 78 7. Jack Stanley, Summerfield! 78 B Flight (21 entries) 1. Jerry Thorne, Greensboro! 75 2. Dexter Barbee, Burlington! 76 3. Zebulon Lewis, Clemmons! 77 4. Jim Shermer, Lewisville! 79 6. John Lindsay, Lexington! 81 8. Rus Rilling, Madison! 82 8. Ron Tapscott, Walkertown! 82 C Flight (21 entries) 1. Ed McNally, Graham! 79 2. Mike Reid, Greensboro! 81 4. Richard Hartley, High Point! 84 5. Bobby Hutchison, Walnut Cove! 86 9. Don Michaux, Greensboro! 88 10. Mike Hunter, Greensboro! 89 10. Barry Whitesell, Greensboro! 89 High Point CC (Willow Creek) • April 19 Championship Flight (7 entries) 1. Tom Fagerli, Yadkinville! 76 2. Craig Cathey, Burlington! 78 2. Craig Sturdivant, Sanford! 78

A Flight (24 entries) 1. Chuck Smith, Sanford! 75 2. Wilson Shelton, Madison! 78 3. David Frye, Winston-Salem! 79 4. Mark Robinson, Winston-Salem! 80 4. Paul Nance, Graham! 80 7. Jack Stanley, Summerfield! 82 Tr i a d 7. Michael Kindley, Winston-Salem! 82 9. Frank Bunn, Burlington! 83 9. Gerald Lewis, Greensboro! 83 B Flight (19 entries) 1. Parker Whitt, Winston-Salem! 78 2. Fred Dodge, Randleman! 84 3. Zebulon Lewis, Clemmons! 85 3. Ron Tapscott, Walkertown! 85 6. Mark Hagerty, Sophia! 87 6. Huston Shaw, Winston-Salem! 87 9. Jerry Thorne, Greensboro! 88 9. Tim Ward, Greensboro! 88 C Flight (16 entries) 1. Lee Bullock, Pittsboro! 92 2. James Partee, China Grove! 93 2. A.C. Guarino, Pfafftown! 93 4. Mike Reid, Greensboro! 94 5. Bobby Hutchison, Walnut Cove! 95 5. Don Michaux, Greensboro! 95 Meadowlands, Winston-Salem • April 12 Championship Flight (5 entries) 1. Craig Sturdivant, Sanford! 77 2. Greg Mabe, High Point! 79 A Flight (14 entries) 1. Chuck Smith, Sanford! 75 2. Gerald Lewis, Greensboro! 76 3. Michael Kindley, Winston-Salem! 79 3. Frank Bunn, Burlington! 79 B Flight (13 entries) 1. Fred Dodge, Randleman! 76 2. Zebulon Lewis, Clemmons! 78 4. Huston Shaw, Winston-Salem! 81 5. Ken White, High Point! 83 5. Ron Tapscott, Walkertown! 83 5. Jim Shermer, Lewisville! 83 C Flight (16 entries) 3. Lewis Burgman, Greensboro! 87 4. A.C. Guarino, Pfafftown! 88 8, Mike Hunter, Greensboro! 93

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Former Burlington Williams and UNC star Mike West managing at High Meadows

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By KURT DUSTERBERG

ike West is still getting the feel for High Meadows Golf and Country Club. Since he took over as general manager last fall, West has overseen projects big and small at the club in tiny Roaring Gap, about an hour northwest of Winston-Salem. The main floor and the dining areas are getting a face lift, but it’s the new fitness center that has him talking. “Go back 20 or 25 years ago and look for a club with a fitness center.” he says. “Today, if a club doesn’t have some kind of fitness center, they’re behind the times. The country club life, it’s not your father’s country club anymore.” West knows as well as anyone. For nearly three decades, he has made the rounds through the mid-Atlantic region, first as a teaching pro and later as general manager at several prestigious clubs. High Meadows, located along the eastern part of the Blue Ridge Parkway, caters to a unique clientele. The membership is divided almost equally among year-rounders, May-to-October residents and weekenders. The Fridayto-Sunday crowd comes from Charlotte, the Triad and the Triangle. “There’s a lot of people that say, ‘hey, it’s too hot off the mountain, let’s go up for the weekend,’” West says. “Most of the members have second homes. The club has been in a lot of families. It’s a way of life to them, to come up to the mountains in the summer. And they say, ‘someday our kids will do the same.’” Part of West’s role is to join the members on the course from time to time, getting to know their concerns about the golf course and club. For anyone who finds himself sharing a cart with West, there are some golf stories worth pursuing. After he finished a four-year golf career at University of North Carolina in 1982, West toiled on the mini tours of Florida before earning full-time status on the PGA Tour for the 1986 season. He played 31 events that year, including a 15th-place finish at the St. Jude Classic and a 14th at the Deposit Guaranty Golf Classic. 24

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“It’s overwhelming at first,” West says. “You’re warming up between guys you’ve been watching for 15 years. “I was on the range in New Orleans, warming up and minding my own business. Calvin Peete came up beside me and started hitting shots. I’m watching and thinking, ‘oh my gosh, he’s hitting drivers that aren’t moving two feet left or right every time he hits it.’ About 15 minutes later, here comes Tom Watson on the other side of me and I’m watching him thinking, ‘holy cow, what am I doing out here?”’ Life at the top of the golf world was fleeting for West. He did not earn enough money to keep his Tour card, and he played in a only a handful of tournaments the next two years as he tried to make his way back on the PGA Tour. “I figured there were plenty of other ways to stay in golf,” West says. “It’s a difficult lifestyle. You’re travelling 30-some weeks per year.” He took a job as a teaching professional at Farmington Country Club in Charlottesville, Va., where he still had enough game to grab some headlines. He won the PGA Assistant Championship in 1989 and played well in other national tournament for club professionals. “I was probably a better player in my late 20s and early 30s than I was when I played the Tour,” he says. “I didn’t practice as much. I just went out

there and enjoyed it. Whether I was mentally more mature, or physically more mature, it’s hard to say.” Those memories make great stories now, but West has built an impressive resume on the business side of the game ever since. Prior to High Meadows, he was the general manager at The Golf Club at Indigo Run on Hilton Head Island. At Independence Golf Club near Richmond, Va., he launched a program that brought 3,500 kids to the course each year. “The golf business has changed over the last 10-15 years,” he says. “You’re running a business. Your golf course at most clubs is your largest, most expensive asset and it draws most of your members. It’s nice to have my background and knowledge to roll into running a club. “The thing I’ve learned most in this business is that not every club is the same. Whether it’s the demographics or age or interests of the members, you have to develop programs that cater to why your members joined the club.” With so many of the High Meadows members viewing the club as a getaway destination, West wants the club feel special. “You want the club to feel like their second home,” he says. “There’s always something going on, something interesting – for children, for all ages. As we know, the game of golf is not necessarily growing in this country anymore. Every year, we’re basically losing the same number of people we’re bringing in. You better come up with some programs that are attractive and keep your members coming to the club.” Each morning, West makes the drive to Roaring Gap from Mount Airy, where he lives with his wife, Kathy. There is an overlook along the last stretch of US 21 just before he reaches the club, a view that reminds him of what is special about High Meadows. “Once you get to the overlook, all your stresses and all your worries just leave,” he says. “It’s very peaceful, very quiet on top of the mountain. It’s a great spot to kick back, enjoy a little golf and enjoy being around friends.”

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Expansive golf shop in Yadkin County a golfer’s paradise

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By DAVID DROSCHAK

he oldest town in Yadkin County features quite a golfing throwback. Barry Byrd, the owner of Tee Time Golf & Repair Shop in Jonesville, has amassed what can best be described as a “picker’s paradise,” with more than 400 sets of used irons, 500 putters, and 1,000 woods and hybrids to fit your swing, game and budget. Golfers – some of them well-known like Wake Forest men’s coach Jerry Haas, LPGA player Marcy Hart and long driver competitor Justin Young -- come from miles around to the 6,000 square foot space to spend hours sifting through used clubs, and to chat up a good game with Byrd and the locals. “It’s like antiquing with golf clubs,” Byrd said. “I do feel like a throwback in a way because whenever I first started playing golf on a rainy Saturday morning we tried to find a place like this to go to, to meet a couple of buddies. Seems like these kinds of places aren’t there anymore. You can say it is part of the times or whatever, but it’s sad that the small golf businesses have a tough time making it. But I will hear it a dozens of times every year with people saying, ‘I wish we had a shop like yours back home.’” Byrd is able to more than make it – sort of thriving amongst the big box stores because of location. His Jonesville shop is centrally located, about 45 minutes from Winston-Salem, Hickory, and Galax, Va. To the west is rural North Carolina and mountains. Byrd’s start in the golf business was about as unconventional as his present store. He never played competitive golf, just took up the game his senior year of high school with a friend. He then began mak-

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ing clubs on his own while working for his parent’s wholesale plumbing business. Byrd, also the golf coach at East Wilkes High School, opened his first golf shop down the road from his current location in 2002, a 600 square foot building that he quickly outgrew. He’s now on his third location that features retail, repair work and launch monitor studio for fittings. He also has plenty of storage for all his used clubs, which he hauls up to the massive Hillsville, Va., flea market every Labor Day. “Yes, I do keep a large selection of used clubs at my shop,” Byrd says sheepishly. “That’s something that your Dick’s Sporting Goods or Golf Galaxy isn’t going to do. They are mostly trade in clubs. It’s a big business with the cost of golf clubs going up each year; somebody getting into the game is not going to spend $500 on a driver.” An average set of used irons costs around $100$150 in Byrd’s shop. If you are picking out a used club or two you can tee it up in the back of the store or walk to the local driving range right behind Tee Time Golf, owned by one of Byrd’s friends. “The best part of the business is meeting people from different areas,” he said. “When we go to the Labor Day flea market I will see somebody up there that I’ve never met and then they come down to the shop. The relationship part of it is so good.” And recently, Hart was in the shop in the morning looking through some clubs, Haas was in that afternoon and Byrd’s staff also built a club for Young that same day. “I went home that night and told my wife that it’s kind of funny that I had an LPGA player, a PGA Tour player and a Long Drive guy in my shop all in an 8-hour day in Jonesville, N.C.,” Byrd said. “It’s funny because somebody is always asking: ‘Is that Marcy Hart? Is that not Jerry Haas?’ Jerry comes up to look at golf clubs and he loves talking to the people. He comes in like any other customer, to look at golf clubs.” Haas shops at Tee Time Golf on a variety of levels, including buying range finders, head covers and shirts for himself and his Wake Forest men’s golf team. “Yeah man, that’s one of my favorite places,” Haas said. “My son is 13 and plays on the high school team as a 7th grader and I’ve bought three sets of clubs from Barry. I just trade in and trade out. I often go with my friend Doug Bland, who has worked at Wake Forest for 40 years, and he’s a club machine, so I told him I have to take him to this place. Now we go about once a month.” Haas said Tee Time Golf reminds him of his childhood, of growing up in a small town in Illinois and visiting a similar golf shop, where you could put your hand in a big jar and grab as many tees as you could hold for $1. “Going to a place like Tee Time Golf is just fabulous,” Haas said. www.triadgolf.com


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Looking Back

The amazing career of Dale Morey

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By DAVE WILLIAMS

o list all of Dale Morey’s accomplishments and awards in golf is a huge task. Dale’s son, Doug, has done a tremendous amount of research and compiling the list which takes up six pages. Hopefully, one day Doug will be able to write an entire book about this Dad. For this article, I will try and highlight a few of his honors. Morey is listed second on the list of amateur golfers with the most wins in the two Carolinas. He won over 300 tournaments during his lifetime. He won the national Seniors Amateur twice and British Senior Amateur in 1986. He was recognized by Golf Digest as the “Most Outstanding Senior Amateur Golfer” six times and placed second or third in the first 10 years of senior competition. He was also honored as “The Senior Amateur Golfer of the Decade.” Morey played on the winning Walker Cup teams in 1955 and 1965, the Americas Cup team in 1954 and 1955, and won the Eisenhower Trophy in 1964. He lost to Gene Littler on the last hole at the U.S. Amateur in Oklahoma City in 1953. The list goes on and on. I think one of Dale’s proudest accomplishments was to be one of the original founding members of the Society of Seniors organization that he helped establish in 1983 with his friends, Ed Tutweiler, Ralph Bogart, Eddie Johnston, Dick Stackhouse, John Owens and Glenn Johnston. The organization now has 958 members who are an elite group of golfers with handicaps of three or below. Morey was a teacher and mentor to many young golfers around the United States and here in North Carolina. One of his closest friends was Tommy Langley, who is a wellknown golfer from High Point. He was the first high school student to receive a golf scholarship to the University of North Carolina. Over the years, Morey and Langley were both friends and competitors, having traded the course record at High Point Country Club’s Willow Creek course a few times. “Dale Morey was my good friend and the man who had confidence in me, before I had confidence in

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myself,” Langley said. “An example of his support for me came when he nominated me to become the member of group of four amateur golfers to compete in the Senior Amateur Challenge in Birmingham, Ala., right after I turned 55 and could compete as a senior. I came in second in that event and helped our team win the team competition. It was then I knew that I had future in Senior Amateur Golf and that was because my friend Dale believed in me. “Dale was not a great long ball hitter, but was an incredible chipper and putter. Also, one of his secrets was that he never cussed, drank very little if at all, kept his body fit, and was constantly focused on his game.” One of Langley’s favorite stories took place at Willow Creek after a very competitive round of golf. Morey was in the club telling someone about the time that Bennie Goodes of Reidsville had beaten Bo Winninger on the 21st hole in a playoff in Pinehurst. Langley interrupted Morey to tell him that it was not the 21st hole, the 22nd hole that Goodes won. Morey was convinced he was right, so Langley bet him $500 that he was wrong. Morey took the bet. When Langley got home he called Pinehurst to confirm he was right. And he was. A few days later, Langley got a note from Morey in the mail along with a $500

Dale Morey with fellow star amateur Billy Joe Patton. check. The note read “Tommy boy, Tommy boy. I knew my golf game was going, but I didn’t know my memory was, too. Regards, Dale.” One day when Morey and I were traveling I noticed a book in the back seat entitled “Famous Gamblers.” I picked it up and noticed that there was chapter about this gambler/golfer Titanic Thompson. The following is the story that Morey related to me about his encounter with the legendary Titanic Thompson. “I had just won the Indiana state high school golf championship and was still living with my family in Martinsville. I got a call from the local golf pro telling me that there was a guy who had come into town with his partner and was looking for some action. The pro wanted me to be his partner in the game that he was setting up. We played the two and we won. One of the guys wanted to play a second game for double or nothing. It was then that my pro friend told him ‘I know who you are, you’re Titanic Thompson and want to be able to say that I took some money off you.’ So we didn’t play another game. While we were at a café at the course, Titanic wanted to bet that he could take a golf ball bounce it one time and have it land in a golf shoe about 6 feet away. Again the pro wouldn’t take to bet. So as we were leaving, Titanic threw the ball over his shoulder, it bounced three times and landed in the shoe.”

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When Morey bought anything it had to be blue (blue car, blue clothes, blue golf bag) and according to wife Martha, he loved hot fudge sundaes. He is in the Indiana and North Carolina sports and golf halls of fame, N.C. Sportswriters Hall of Fame, along with the Willow Creek CC and Quail Ridge CC halls of fame and many more. In 1986, Morey decided to sell his house in the Willow Creek Country Club community and move to a townhouse in High Point. As the moving date came closer, he said to me “Get rid of all of this stuff.” The stuff he was referring too was about 50 photos of people who he had met during his golfing career (Sam Snead, Bing Crosby, Ben Hogan, etc), along with his college annuals from LSU, and some of his awards. At the time, I knew that I was holding history in my hands, so I collected all of the photos and put them in my attic. This is where they have been for the last 30 years. So, as everyone who gets older knows, there comes a time when it is time to “downsize and get rid of stuff.” For me, this meant, I would finally be going through and finding a home for these photos that tells the story of one of the greatest amateur golfers in U.S. history. The last time I saw Morey he was at the Pennbyrn Retirement Home. He was still lean and athletic looking, but his mental skills had diminished and looked a bit lost. He died at Pennbyrn in 2002. “I remember the way he walked, his stride, and I remember him always saying ‘How ya hittin’ them!” www.triadgolf.com


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A watershed victory Former High Point prep star wins ACC title in record-setting fashion

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By DAVID DROSCHAK

rowing up a few miles from Willow Creek Country Club in High Point, Thomas Walsh was always the biggest kid on the block. “On the golf course, I was able to overpower people,” says Walsh, who made the varsity golf team at Westchester Country Day School for coach Adam Schwartz as a 7th grader. “It was a big advantage when it came to sports.” But as golfers mature heading into college, Walsh soon found out his 6-foot-5, 230-pound frame wasn’t as much of a factor as swing speed or golf course management. The University of Virginia junior headed into the 2018 ACC Championship in mid April at Old North State Club without a collegiate victory under his belt. That all changed in dramatic fashion as Walsh posted the best 54-score in the 65-year history of the ACC Championships to win the league’s individual title at 16-un-

der par, shooting a final round 68 to hold off reigning U.S. Amateur champion, Clemson star and Raleigh native Doc Redman. “I’ve felt very confident about my game for a long time, but I had always had that white elephant on my back of not getting a win,” Walsh says. “This win proved to myself that I can get it done, even with all the pressure of being out in front and having the tournament in my home state, and having all these guys come after me. It solidified what I already knew -- that I was good enough to win and that I could perform under pressure. This gives me no doubt that I can win.” Others, including prep coach Schwartz, knew this day would come for a player of Walsh’s ability and mental makeup. “I always knew that Thomas was going to be big time,” Schwartz says. “Honestly, I think this is just the beginning for him. He is definitely going to be a pro golfer and he has the mind, and the skill, the drive and the work ethic to be very successful.”

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“It’s a different level out here; these guys are out here for business.” Walsh carded rounds of 67, 65, 68 to edge Redman by two shots. “I have been coming to Old North State for about 10 years watching my friends and one of my idols, Drew Weaver, play golf,” Walsh says. “I have probably walked that golf course 20 times.” “I am not surprised by this … and trust me Thomas is going to win some big-time tournaments in the next 15-20 years,” added Schwartz.

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Walsh played six years of high school golf, winning five state championships and two consecutive individual state titles at the private school in High Point. “I’ve been coaching at Westchester for 18 years and I remember him in kindergarten, he was always bigger and just stood out,” Schwartz says. “When we would be over at the course practicing Thomas would come up and want to challenge the older guys, take them on in putting contests, things like that. He has always been very confident, always been extremely skilled. “He’s like a cartoon character, with his big, red cheeks and being hilarious all the time. He’s got a big personality. No matter where he is he’s not afraid to talk to people, and honestly, I think talking and communicating is one of his ways of dealing with nervousness. I would compare him to a Lee Trevino.” Walsh laughs at the comparison, since his golfing life has changed during a transition from high school star to trying to keep up with the growing talent base in college golf. “It is a little different now, I used to do that in high school because golf was more of a leisure activity,” Walsh says.

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ed by a pair of freshmen, UNC Greensboro and Guilford are heading to the NCAA golf championships. Nicholas Lyerly of Salisbury was medalist in the Southern Conference Championship at Pinehurst No. 9, pacing the Spartans to their first-ever league title. And Guilford’s Addison Manring, who played his prep golf at McMichael High, included a double eagle in his scoring that produced the individual championship of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament at Bryan Park’s Champions Course. The Quakers ran away to their 17th ODAC team title. With an automatic NCAA bid on the line, UNCG has left the conference tournament with quite a few letdowns over the years. “This is the ninth top-three finish we’ve had in conference during my years here as coach, so for the team

to finally get over the top it was a great week,” said Terrance Stewart, who took over the program in 2001. It will be the Spartans’ second NCAA appearance (regional assignments will be announced May 2) and first as an automatic qualifier. They received an at-large bid in 2014 when they were ranked in the top 60. There would have been no at-large bid this year as a slow start in the fall portion of the schedule hurt their chances. That meant it was do-or-die at Pinehurst to advance to one of the six regionals May 14-16. “We’ve been playing a lot better this spring compared to the way we played last fall,” Stewart said.”

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In posting his seventh top25 of the season, Lyerly shot 73-70-69 over the three-day tournament and ended with a four-shot cushion over Western Carolina’s Dylan MacQueen and Mercer’s Stanton Schorr. “Nick has been a coach’s dream,” Stewart said. “He’s got a 4.0 GPA majoring in biology and is a really good player who is always prepared. What he did was no surprise.” Although it was his first collegiate win, the former high school state champ at East Rowan has posted six other top-25s, including a T-8 in an early February event where he closed with a 66. He also closed strong at the SoCon, firing a 69 despite miserable wet conditions.

Josh Stockwell, the Spartans’ lone senior, tied for fourth with 74-69-76 at a course near his old stomping grounds at Pinecrest High. “I’m really happy for all the players, but especially Josh,” Stewart said. “He’s been a member of three runner-up teams. For him to play well at home with all that pressure and finally do it was a very special moment.” The Spartans’ other starters were Bryce Hendrix (T-11), Jonathan Brightwell (T-18) and Grant Powell (34th). While UNCG was forced to wait for its post-season destination, Guilford knows its next stop. The Quakers are co-host (with the Greensboro Sports Commission) of the Division III national championship to be played at Grandover Resort May 15-18. A few weeks ago, Manring didn’t figure into the Guilford plans. He Continued on page 38

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Matt McDonagh Randolph-Macon

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MEN Thomas Walsh, High Point Addison Manring, Stoneville Nicholas Lyerly, Salisbury Tripp Summerlin, Summerfield Dylan Ray, East Bend Koby Markham, Asheboro Gray Townsend, Winston-Salem Scott Campbell, Kernersville Thomas Walsh, High Point Thomas Walsh, High Point Aaron Purviance, Winston-Salem Alex Burris, Greensboro Ben Schlottman, Advance Gray Townsend, Winston-Salem Aaron Purviance, Winston-Salem Michael Allen, Greensboro Matt McDonagh, Winston-Salem Eric Edwards, Salisbury Scott Campbell, Kernersville Alex Burris, Greensboro Jordan Vogler, Pilot Mountain Aaron Purviance, Winston-Salem Brantley Phillips, Greensboro Alex Burris, Greensboro Matt McDonagh, Winston-Salem Nicholas Lyerly, Salisbury Chris Dorsett, Mount Airy Harrison Frye, High Point Dustin Blank, Elon Ben Schlottman, Advance Tripp Summerlin, Summerfield William Register, Burlington William Register, Burlington Jordan Vogler, Pilot Mountain Chris Dorsett, Mount Airy Tanner Bibey, Walnut Cove Jordan Vogler, Pilot Mountain Eric Edwards, Salisbury Damien Beasley, Stuart, Va. Dylan Ray, East Bend Jacob Neal, Brown Summit Tripp Summerlin, Summerfield Matt McDonagh, Winston-Salem Brock Jessup, Pilot Mountain

School Virginia Guilford UNC Greensboro Appalachian Surry CC Sandhills CC SMU Greensboro College Virginia Virginia Methodist Appalachian Auburn SMU Methodist Averett Randolph-Macon George Mason Greensboro College Appalachian Lenoir-Rhyne Methodist Methodist Appalachian Randolph-Macon UNC Greensboro Surry CC Guilford Elon Auburn Appalachian North Carolina North Carolina Lenoir-Rhyne Surry CC Catawba Lenoir-Rhyne George Mason Ferrum Surry CC Greensboro College Appalachian Randolph-Macon Surry CC

WOMEN School Meghan Holbrooks, Winston-Salem Pfeiffer Mary Frances Hall, State Road Washington & Lee Alexandria Bare, Kannapolis UNC Pembroke Joliana Elias, Jamestown Appalachian Mary Frances Hall, State Road Washington & Lee Joliana Elias, Jamestown Appalachian Madison Harriman, High Point N.C. A&T Alexandria Bare, Kannapolis UNC Pembroke Lydia Randell, Walnut Cove St. Andrews Carley Cox, China Grove East Carolina Jocelyn Andrews, Haw River N.C. A&T Cecily Overbey, High Point N.C. State Isabella Rusher, Salisbury Richmond Katie Pritchett, Dry Fork, Va. UVA Wise Cecily Overbey, High Point N.C. State Carley Cox, China Grove East Carolina Grace Yatawara, Salisbury East Carolina Alexandria Bare, Kannapolis UNC Pembroke Annika Winebarger, State Road Appalachian

Position 1st 1st 1st 2nd T-4 T-4 T-5 T-5 T-6 T-7 T-8 T-10 T-10 T-11 T-11 14th T-14 T-15 T-16 16th 17th T-18 T-18 T-18 T-18 T-20 T-20 T-22 T-22 T-22 T-23 T-24 T-26 T-29 T-30 T-32 T-34 T-34 T-37 T-40 T-43 T-57 T-60 T-76

Field 60 54 40 60 81 25 50 48 75 89 148 127 75 63 48 60 81 63 88 60 55 83 60 57 40 87 81 84 54 75 68 60 96 90 148 90 101 75 84 148 88 127 148 148

Scores 67-65-68 73-68-71 73-70-69 70-70-70 74-79 75-78 72-70-71 71-72-79 68-71-71 72-73 72-70 73-71-73 67-72-72 76-72-72 71-77-77 76-78 80-79 70-79-72 75-75 72-74-71 76-77-73 73-74 78-78 77-65-76 87-79 71-76-72 85-76 77-78-76 77-74-75 70-76-69 76-67-73 73-73-67 73-70-69 84-70 77-70 76-79 76-70-76 75-77-76 80-81-74 75-73 78-79 78-75-73 78-73 80-73

Tournament (Date) ACC Championship (April 20-22) ODAC Championship (April 22-23) Southern Conference Championship (April 22-24) Sun Belt Conference Championship (April 22-24) Glenn Heath Memorial (April 9-10) Eagles Spring Cup (April 14-15) Sun Conference Championship (April 22-24) USA South Atlantic Championship (April 12-14) Gary Koch Invitational (April 9-10) Yale Spring Invitational (April 14) Camp Lejeune Gold Intercollegiate (March 22-25) Kingsmill Intercollegiate (March 25-27) Gary Koch Invitational (April 9-10) Clemson Invitational (April 13-15) USA South Atlantic Championship (April 12-14) Lynchburg College Invitational (April 2-3) Glenn Heath Memorial (April 9-10) Clemson Invitational (April 13-15) Wynlakes Intercollegiate (March 26-27) Sun Belt Conference Championship (April 22-24) South Atlantic Conference Championship (April 8-10) Discover Dekalb Emory Invitational (April 7-8) Lynchburg College Invitational (April 2-3) Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational (April 9-10) Marlin Invitational (April 14-15) Irish Creek Intercollegiate (April 7-8) Glenn Heath Memorial (April 9-10) West Cup (March 26-27) ECU Intercollegiate (April 2-3) Hootie @ Bulls Bay Intercollegiate (March 25-27) Stitch Intercollegiate (April 13-15) ACC Championship (April 20-22) 72nd annual Western Intercollegiate (April 7-8) Tennessee River Rumble (April 3-4) Camp Lejeune Gold Intercollegiate (March 22-25) Tennessee River Rumble (April 3-4) Bearcat Golf Classic (March 26-27) Seahawk Intercollegiate (March 25-26) West Cup (March 26-27) Camp Lejeune Gold Intercollegiate (March 22-25) Wynlakes Intercollegiate (March 26-27) Kingsmill Intercollegiate (March 25-27) Camp Lejeune Gold Intercollegiate (March 22-25) Camp Lejeune Gold Intercollegiate (March 22-25)

Position 1st 2nd T-2 T-5 5th 6th 8th 10th 11th 11th 13th T-16 T-16 18th T-21 T-26 T-29 T-26 T-44

Field 26 55 25 54 32 88 35 58 74 49 29 72 34 36 94 90 90 88 88

Scores 81-80 78-74 75-78-79 72-79-73 79-79-79 74-72 83-83 76-78-77 84-77 76-76-70 85-86-79 79-77-75 81-81-83 89-79-85 75-75-76 75-76-72 73-77-74 79-74 81-75

Tournament (Date) Piedmont College Spring Invitational (April 16-17) UCSC Spring invitational (March 30-31) Peach Belt Conference Championship (April 13-15) Sun Belt Conference Championship (April 15-17) ODAC Championship (April 22-24) Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate (April 1-2) National Women’s Collegiate (April 10-11) Sunoco Campbell Oil Classic (March 26-27) AAC Spring Womens Championship (April 9-10) The American Championship (April 15-17) MEAC Showcase (April 19-21) LSU Tiger Golf Classic (March 23-25) Patriot League Championship (April 21-22) Agnes McAmis Memorial (March 26-27) Bryan National Collegiate (April 6-7) Charleston Invitational (April 2-3) Charleston Invitational (April 2-3) Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate (April 1-2) Mimosa Hills Intercollegiate (April 1-2)

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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.

CGA Men Majors/Qualifiers Four-Ball Championships May 3-6 - 67th Carolinas Four-Ball Championship, Camden, Camden, SC Sept. 28-30 – 23nd N.C. Four-Ball Championship, 12 Oaks, Holly Springs N.C. Amateur May 18 - Qualifier, Keith Hills, Buies Creek May 22 - Qualifier, Ocean Ridge Plantation, Ocean Isle May 24 - Qualifier, The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis May 30 - Qualifier, Mimosa Hills, Morganton May 31 - Qualifier, Pine Hollow GC, Clayton June 1 - Qualifier, Pinewood CC, Asheboro 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

CGA Senior Men Majors/Qualifiers May 9-10 – 10th Carolinas Super Senior Championship, Gastonia CC, Gastonia April 17 – N.C. Senior Amateur Qualifier, Firethorn CC, Charlotte April 18 – N.C. Senior Amateur Qualifier, Heritage GC, Wake Forest April 24 – N.C. Senior Amateur Qualifier, Gates Four CC, Fayetteville April 30 – N.C. Senior Amateur Qualifier, Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett May 14-16 – N.C. Senior Amateur Championship, Starmount CC, Greensboro 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

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

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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.

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.

Captain’s Choice/Charity May 4 – 10th Annual Bethel A.M.E. Church Golf Tournament, Crooked Tree Golf Course, Browns Summit, Michael Walker 336-337-0018. May 5 – Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Davidson County, Winding Creek, Thomasville, 336-475-5580. May 5 – Zion Baptist Church Tournament, Plantation G.C. 336-342-6191. May 5 – Inaugural Mustang Masters Golf Tournament, Pleasant Ridge GC, Greensboro, Shaun O'Connor 980-253-1337. May 12 – Shriners tournament, Plantation G.C. 336-342-6191. May 19 – Rockingham County Booster tournament, Plantation G.C. 336-342-6191. May 18 – Annual Archdale-Trinity Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing in memory of Walter Stanley, Holly Ridge, Archdale, 336-861-4653. 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 golf@sitinmovement.org. June 8 – Winston-Salem Scottish Rite Masonic Charity Golf Tournament, Meadowlands, Winston-Salem, Chris Pearman 336-601-5444. June 16 – Hooter's tournament, Plantation G.C. 336-342-6191.

Amateur Individual May 4-6 – Halifax Country Golf Tournament, Ironwood, Emerald, Carolina Colours GC, Greenville and New Bern. Flighted men, seniors and women, Bristol Martin Jr. 434-471-1212. 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 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 May 8 – Oak Hills GC, Eden May 22 – Plantation GC, Reidsville May 29 – Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett 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

Golfweek Amateur Tour 252-864-9161 May 12 -- Anderson Creek, Spring Lake May 19 -- Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro 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 Aug. 31 -- Barefoot Resort (Fazio), North Myrtle Beach, SC

Senior Individual May 16-17 – Alamance Senior Amateur (not restricted to Alamance residents), Indian Valley GC, Burlington. Flights and age divisions beginning at age 50. 336-584-7871.

For the latest tournament schedule, now updated daily, go to www.triadgolf.com then click on Tournaments May 21-22 – 9th annual Sport Durst Durham Senior Amateur Championship (Seniors 55-over, Super Seniors 65-over and Legends 70-over), Croasdaile CC, Durham. 919-3832517 or 919-699-9681. 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.

Senior Amateur Tour (ages 50-over) 910-964-1547 May 3 – Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett May 10 – Anderson Creek GC, Spring Lake May 17 – Bryan Park (Players), Brown Summit May 24 – Carolina Trace (Lake), Sanford 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

Ladies Individual/Team May 16-17 – 45th Annual Pinewood Ladies Invitational, Two Person Team Best Ball Gross and Net, Pinewood CC, Asheboro, contact Karen Brookshire 336-318-9017. May 23 – 29th annual Kathleen Bryan Championship, Bryan Park, Browns Summit. 336-375-2200. June 21 – Crooked Tree Ladies Invitational, Crooked Tree GC, Brown Summit. 336-6563211. 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. July 7-8 - Tuscarora Two-Man Invitational, Tuscarora C.C., Danville, VA. Medal play in flights. 434-724-4191. June 9-10 – Goodyear Invitational Two-Man Bestball, Goodyear GC, Danville. 434-7971909. 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. 336-427-4654. Aug. 25-26 – Marvin Crowder 2-Ball, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822.

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 May 5-6 – PKBGT Carolina's Classic at Carolina Trace CC,Sanford,Girls,Ages 11-19 May 5 – PKBGT Middle Atlantic One-Day Series at Aug.ine GC,Stafford,VA,Girls,Ages 8-19 May 7-8 – NCHSAA Boys' Regionals, various sites May 7-8 – NCISAA Boys' State Championships, Pinehurst Area courses May 9 – TYGA – Tots, High Point CC (Emerywood), High Point, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-11 May 12-13 – CGA Vicki DiSantis Girls' Championship, Pine Island CC, Charlotte, Girls only, Ages 12-18 May 12-13 – TGF Bryan Park GC (Champions), Greensboro, Boys 9-18 Only May 14-15 – NCHSAA Boys' State Champioships, Pinehurst Area courses May 18-20 – CGA Carolinian Amateur, Keith Hills CC, Buies Creek, Male only May 19-20 – NJGT IMG Qualifier, Rumbling Bald, Lake Lure, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-18

May 19 – PKBGT North Carolina One-Day Series at Monroe CC, Monroe,Girls, Ages 8-19 May 26-28 – HJGT- 54 Hole Challenge at Colonial, Colonial CC, Thomasville, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 May 26-28 – PKBGT Open Championships at CC of Salisbury, Salisbury, Girls, Ages 11-19 May 27-28 – TGF Pine Needles and Mid Pines Golf Resort, Southern Pines, NC Boys 9-18 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 – USGA 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 twftjrtour.com 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 336-3982742 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 CPGA 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 1 – 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

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CALENDAR 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, twftjrtour.com July 9 – Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, Midland CC, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls Ages 6-11, twftjrtour.com July 9 – TYGA Triad One Day, Salem Glen CC, Clemmons, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 July 11-13 – AJGA Amino Vital Junior, Treyburn CC, Durham, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 July 11-12 – TYGA 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 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, twftjrtour.com July 16 – Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, Midland CC, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls Ages 6-11, twftjrtour.com 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

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July 31-Aug 1 – CGA Twin States Girls' Championship, Spring Valley CC, Columbia, SC, Girls only, Ages 18 and under, 910-673-1000 8 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 SubRegional, 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, twftjrtour.com 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, 910-6731000 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

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NC High School Invitational Durham, NC, Treyburn CC April 9, 2018 Team Competition – 6,904 1 St. David's School, Raleigh 299 2 Cannon School, Concord 301 3 The O'Neal School, Pinehurst 309 Selected Others 11 The Burlington School, Burlington 410 Individual Competition 1 Michael Sanders, Davidson 33-36--69 2 Christopher Sperrazza, Raleigh 36-34--70 3 Tommy Morrison, Pinehurst, 37-35--72 3 Will Lewis (2018), Raleigh 36-36—72 Selected Others 5 Michael Childress, Salisbury 38-35--73 10 Carson Castelli, Greensboro 39-36--75 25 Charlie Tate, Greensboro 41-37--78 42 Charlie Barr, Salisbury 39-44--83 62 Will Holt, Burlington, 53-45--98 63 Alex Bullis, Burlington 51-48--99

North State High School Challenge

Kannapolis, NC, The Club at Irish Creek Mar 24, 2018 Team Competition – 6,599 1 Pinecrest HS, Pinehurst 294-291--585 2 Charlotte Catholic HS, Charlotte 298-292--590 3 Myers Park HS, Charlotte 295-304--599 3 Broughton HS, Raleigh 309-290—599 Selected Others 8 RJ Reynolds HS, Winston-Salem 308-303--611 11 East Rowan HS, Salisbury 331-307--638 Individual Competition 1 Attie Giles Pinehurst 68-74--142 1 Clay Nelson Charlotte 71-71--142 3 Thomas Eubanks Charlotte 71-72--143 Selected Others 12 Charlie Barr, Salisbury 75-73--148 14 Blake Brantley, Winston-Salem 75-74--149 14 Davis Gilmore, Winston-Salem 73-76--149 30 Bennett Fant, Winston-Salem 77-78--155 30 Colby Patterson, Salisbury 82-73--155

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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

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Greenwood, SC, The Links at Stoney Point Mar 24-25, 2018 Bell National - 6164 1 Kayla Smith, Burlington 74-76--150 2 Lauren Freyvogel, Gibsonia PA 76-75--151 3 Riley Smyth, Cary 79-73--152 Selected Others 12 Hailey Freedman, Chapel Hill 76-83--159 19 Hannah Rose Bruxvoort, Chapel Hill 77-85--162 23 Emily Hawkins, Lexington 83-81--164

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Sapona Ridge CC, Lexington, NC March 24, 2018 Prep NC - 5,759 1 Sasha Hayes, Winston Salem 2 Maria Atwood, Holly Springs 3 Sophie Holland, Cornelius 3 Kerington Lamb, Easley SC Selected Others 5 Olivia John, Summerfield 13 Kayla Dowell, Mebane 19 Becca Connolly, Winston-Salem 25 Victoria Cook, Reidsville 26 Lauren Denhard, Salisbury Futures National - 5,200 1 Annabelle Millard, Indian Trail 2 Hannah Lydic, Ocean View DE 3 Cori Langford, Blythewood SC Selected Others 12 Kyleigh Harnsberger, Advance 22 Camilla Rivas, Summerfield 22 Katelyn Griggs, Lexington 27 Kennedy Vest, Winston-Salem 28 Monica R Solis, Mocksville

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Boys (High School, graduation year) 1 Michael Childress, Salisbury (Cannon School, 2018) 2 Brandon Einstein, Clemmons (Forsyth Country Day, 2019) 3 Charlie Tate, Greensboro (Grimsley HS,2018) 4 Noah Connor (Rockingham County HS, 2019) 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 Mariano Leyva, Lewisville (Forsyth Country Day, 2018) 9 Davis Gilmore, Winston-Salem (R.J. Reynolds, 2018) 10 Garrett Clark, Burlington (Williams HS,2020) 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 Olivia John, Summerfield (Rockingham County, 2018) 6 Sasha Hayes, Winston-Salem (Reagan HS, 2019) 7 Emelia Pack, Greensboro (Page, 2019) 8 Mallory Fobes, East Bend (Forbush, 2019) 9 Riley Hamilton, Reidsville (Carlisle, 2020) 10 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro (Northern Guilford, 2019) Source: Tarheel Youth Golf Association as of April 1, 2018

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had played just six rounds prior to the ODAC event but earned his way into the line-up with outstanding play during qualifying. Guilford coach Justin Tereshko said he opened up qualifying after Guilford’s spring break trip and Manring’s scores were impressive. “I put six guys in qualifying for two spots and Addison happened to get one of them, and boy I’m glad he did,” Tereshko said. At conference, he stood sixth after opening with 73 but began the second-round shotgun start on the second hole and posted a birdie. He followed immediately with the double eagle on Bryan Park’s third hole, finding the cup from about 200 yards with a 4-iron. That sparked a second-round 68 that moved him up the leaderboard. With the third round moved up a day in advance of a rainy forecast, he came right back with a 71 to complete the 36-hole marathon.

Guilford had the top three finishers in the 54-player field with sophomore Kell Graham taking second, two shots back of Manring, and junior Josh Hill placing third, another two shots off the pace. Graham was a last-minute sub in Guilford’s lineup as freshman standout Louis Lambert was sidelined with a fever. Soph James Mishoe, who has been the Quakers’ hottest player this spring, closed with a 72 and tied for eighth while sophomore Zach Evans opened with a 72 and ended in a tie for 10th. Despite rain and wind in the final round, Guilford posted its secondlowest round of the season, a sixunder 282. There will be 42 teams assembled at Grandover for the nationals and Guilford, the runner-up in 2017, figures to be one of the favorites. “If we keep playing like we’ve been playing the entire spring, I thing we’ve got just as good a chance as anybody else,” Tereshko said.

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First ace makes it a really good Friday for Will Fridy By STEVE WILLIAMS It was a good Friday for Will Fridy on Good Friday. Fridy (pronounced Friday) scored his first hole-in-one while playing on March 30 – Good Friday – at Pudding Ridge Golf Club. Fridy, a senior at Reagan High School who resides in Lewisville, didn’t think of the coincidence at the time. “I was just thinking it was the first day of spring break, not that it was Good Friday,� he said. His shot from 165 yards with a 4-iron on Pudding Ridge’s 12th hole was witnessed by his father, Jim, and older brother, John. “My dad and brother said they saw it go in but I didn’t believe them, so I ran up there to the green. It was really exciting,� he said. Fridy is a recreational golfer and only plays occasionally since taking up the game a year or so ago. “Maybe once a week, but it depends on the weather and what my friends are doing,� he said.

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He said he shoots in the mid-90s when the shots are falling. On the day that at least one shot fell, he posted a 95. Other great shots that were reported to Triad Golf Today since our April issue follow.

Par-4 ace Elijah Lamont Williams of Greensboro, April 1, Country Hills GC. No. 13, 237 yards, driver. Playing partners: Ron Jones, Robert Kelly, Darrell Bolder. His second ace.

Par-3 aces William Harkey, April 21, Tanglewood Championship Course. No. 11, 144 yards, 9-iron. Playing partners: Steve Davis, Dennis Sellers, Roy Hammond, Joe Moore. His first ace. Bill Klepacki of Berlin, Conn., April 17, Mill Creek GC. No. 17, 105 yards, pitching wedge.

Playing partners: Tom Gibson, Ken Klepacki, Kevin Klepacki. His first ace. Mike Cochran of Martinsville, April 14, Caswell Pines GC. No. 17, 150 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: Ken Harding, Ray Taylor. His seventh ace. Howard Smith of Kernersville, April 13, Starmount Forest CC. No. 17, 127 yards, 9-iron. Playing partners: Barry Walker, Brian Walker, Chris Norris. His fourth ace. Kevin Robinson of High Point, April 13, Crooked Tree GC. No. 11, 160 yards, 5-iron. Playing partners: Darnell Brame, Rich Womach. His first ace. Chris Nickerson of Winston-Salem, April 12, Maple Chase GC. No. 5, 115 yards, 4-hybrid. Playing partners: Pam Ripsom, Millie Jones. Her first ace. Carey Pahel of Greensboro, April 11, Bryan Park Players Course. No. 3, 147 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: Tony Haworth, John Lewis, Billy Hodges. His first ace came in a Bryan Park Senior Mens’ Golf Association tournament. Bob Greear of Greensboro, April 10, Crooked Tree GC. No. 7, 141 yards, hybrid. Playing partners: Shane Trent, Austin Trent, Rayne Trent, Eddie Trent. His third ace. Barb Kushubar of Danville, April 6, Southern Hills GC. No. 6, 126 yards, 6-iron. Playing partner: Vickie Oakes. Her first ace. David Summers of Advance, April 4, Pinehurst No. 6. No. 13, 168 yards, 6-iron. Playing

partners: Butch English, Robb Wade, Russ Fenton. His third ace. Wayne Moore of Reidsville, April 4, Monroeton GC. No. 12, 84 yards, pitching wedge. Playing partners: Lufty Stevens, Tom Ross. His first ace. Ann Drawdy of Bermuda Run, April 3, Bermuda Run West. No. 8, 101 yards, 5-hybrid. Playing partners: Diane Guthrie, Gloria Otto, Carolyn Martin. Her first ace. Cayden Bryner of Winston-Salem, April 2, The Cradle at Pinehurst. No. 4, 115 yards, 9-iron. Playing partner: William Bryner. Second career ace. Thomas Allen of Burlington, April 1, Southwick GC. No. 8, 142 yards, 8-iron. His first ace. Ed Martinez of Pfafftown, March 31, Oak Hollow GC. No. 13, 164 yards, 5-iron. Playing partner: Smitty Welborn. His second ace. Clayton Person of Oak Ridge, March 29, Pleasant Ridge GC. No. 11, 184 yards, 6-iron. Playing partner: Lynn Sloan. His fifth ace. Robert Laine of Brown Summit, March 27, Crooked Tree GC. No. 13, 125 yards, pitching wedge. Playing partners: Jerry Bryant, Doug Ferguson, Scott McMillan. His second ace. John Lindebauer of Advance, March 23, Oak Valley GC. No. 11, 168 yards, 4-iron. Playing partners: Cecil Moore, David Lane. George Collins of Ridgeway, Va., Dec. 18, Lynrock GC. No. 10, 125 yards, 9-iron. Playing partners: Kenny Mullins, Bill Frazier, Gary Thompson. His third ace.

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