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ennifer Kupcho is returning to Wake Forest for her senior season with some nice hardware. She has won the 2018 Mark H. McCormack Medal as the top-ranked player in the World Amateur Golf Rankings after the final elite event of the year. She is the first American woman to receive the honor since the female award was established in 2011. “It’s a really big honor to get this medal,” Kupcho said. “Obviously it’s been a long stretch of hard work, and it’s great to see it pay off and to have the pride of coming out on top. I’m looking forward to the college season.” The honor caps a stellar 2017-18 season for Kupcho, who became Wake Forest’s first women’s golfer to receive national player of the year honors when she won the Honda Award.

mance to win the NCAA Tallahassee Regional, which included a school-record 64 in the second round. This summer she has helped the United States to victories at the Curtis Cup and Palmer Cup. After receiving an exemption into the LPGA Marathon Classic in July, she posted a tie for 16th while competing as an amateur. The USGA and the R&A co-award the McCormack Medal annually. It is named after Mark H. McCormack, who founded sports marketing company IMG and was a great supporter of amateur golf. With the honor, Kupcho was awarded exemptions into the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open and Women’s British Open, if she remains an amateur.

Her historic year was highlighted with her victory at the 2018 NCAA Championship. Her junior season featured four victories and two other top-5 finishes as she finished under par in a school-record eight events. Her scoring average of 70.60 set a school record, breaking the previous mark of 70.61 that she set during her sophomore season. Kupcho tied her own school 54-hole scoring record with a 15-under perfor-

ebb Simpson will soon be joining the likes of fellow golfing greats Arnold Palmer, Curtis Strange and Lanny Wadkins in the Wake Forest Sports Hall of Fame as part of the 2018-19 class. Simpson, a Raleigh native, was the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year in 2008 as a member of the Demon Deacon men’s golf team. The ACC freshman of the year in 2005, he Photo by David Droschak earned second team All-America honors in 2006 and 2007 before earning first team honors as a senior in 2008. Simpson was the ACC individual champion in 2008 and led the conference with a 70.38 stroke average. He posted 16 top 10 wins during his collegiate career, including four wins. As a touring pro, Simpson won the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic Club in San Francisco and the 2018 Players Championship among his five PGA Tour victories.

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Architect Spotlight Kris Spence so much more than a Ross restorer

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By BRAD KING olf course architect Kris Spence faced a standing room only crowd of 400-plus gathered in Providence Country Club’s Grand Ballroom in early January for a presentation of the club’s upcoming golf course renovation. Tall and broad-shouldered with auburn hair and a chiseled countenance, Spence was dressed in a dark suit and a stylish white dress shirt with a cutaway collar — far from his typical field attire. When a technical glitch forced Spence to present 12 holes to the membership from memory, he never missed a beat. Speaking in a soft-spoken, Midwestern drawl, Spence is astutely loquacious and the members loved what they heard. “The excitement level was through the roof,” said Providence CC director of golf Kevin Reardon.

Spence, 56, lives and works in Greensboro in a relatively nondescript office on West Friendly Avenue near PTI airport. Despite the unpretentious surrounds, he has earned a reputation as one of the country’s top restorers of Donald Ross courses and other classically designed layouts. His firm, Spence Golf Design, which he opened in 2000, now boasts nearly two-dozen employees and has carved out a productive niche around the Southeast. Spence has renovated, restored or worked on about 30 courses in North Carolina, most notably Sedgefield CC, site of the PGA Tour’s annual Wyndham Championship, Roaring Gap Club — ranked No. 82 in Golfweek’s Top 100 Classic Courses — Country Club of North Carolina’s Dogwood Course, Forsyth CC, Mimosa Hills, Grove Park, Blowing Rock, Cape Fear and Myers Park. “I’ve worked on around 20 Ross courses,

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with several being his best work in North Carolina,” Spence said. “I’d like to think I’ve played a significant role in improving the quality of golf architecture throughout the state.” Raleigh-based McConnell Golf purchased Providence CC in early 2016 and immediately announced it would spend the next few years providing substantial improvements around the club and renovating Providence’s golf course. Spence was hired to function dually as the architect for the project as well as the construction manager. “Kris is a visionary in implementing new features and modernization when he updates an existing course,” said McConnell Golf CEO John McConnell. Spence previously worked with McConnell Golf on the restoration of the Ellis Maples-designed Brook Valley Country Club in Greenville, N.C. At Providence, things have come full circle as Spence renovated the design work of Maples’ son, Dan. “People pigeonhole me as a ‘Ross guy,’” Spence said. “But I’ve done plenty of restorations that don’t look like a Ross course.”

Like Ross and Maples, Spence comes at architecture from the perspective of a golf course superintendent. He grew up in Steele, Mo., in the state's southeast corner — the “boot heel,” Spence says, where “nobody in town played the game but me.” Spence says he learned golf watching Nicklaus, Trevino and Watson on TV. Despite not having a high school golf team, Spence was good enough to earn a college scholarship to Arkansas State. Following graduation in 1985, Spence was working for the legendary golf course superintendent Jim Ganley at the Atlanta Athletic Club, when John Hughes — then the owner of Greensboro’s Forest Oaks CC — reached out to Ganley looking for a young new superintendent. Ganley suggested he look no further than Spence. “I oversaw my first GGO at the age of 23, in 1986, and haven’t looked back,” Spence said. Following Forest Oaks, Spence moved on to direct the construction of the Governors Club in Chapel Hill, before coming back to Greensboro Country Club for a decade. His design career was jump Continued on page 7

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the greens from bentgrass to Champion bermudagrass, and a complete redesign and reconstruction of the bunkering using the started following his work on the Irving Capillary Concrete liner system. The new Park course in 1998. bunkers feature a combination of high sand “I’m married to a Greensboro girl and flashed faces and slightly irregular rolled proudly call North Carolina my home,” grass edges. Spence said. “Being located in North “These are some of the most beautiful Carolina has played a huge roll in my career, mainly because Ross was so prolific and functional bunkers I’ve done in my career,” Spence said. “Every bunker serves in the state designing 50 courses. “Another unique aspect of being based a strategic purpose or sets an angle moving the hole from side-to-side. Providence in North Carolina is I’ve worked on cool was somewhat flat and straight before, now and warm season grass courses, and clay the holes sashay from side-to-side around and sandy sites. Having that diversity in through the bunkering creating tons of my DNA has come in very handy. North options.” Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia are With Spence and the club’s maintegolf rich states with plenty of work to keep nance staff working through challenging me busy, but not to far from home – which weather conditions in the spring and sumI liked when my three daughters were mer, Providence reopened slightly ahead of young.” schedule at the end of August. A large, neighborhood club with a “The Providence project was a unique younger membership established in southopportunity for me in that I was able to east Charlotte in 1989, Providence has express a wider range of creativity versus earned a reputation as one of the Queen most of my restoration efforts,” Spence said. City’s premier family country clubs. “Mr. McConnell wanted a golf course that Providence’s avid golfing membership was fun to play, aesthetically pleasing, straplayed more than 28,000 rounds last year. “I would describe our membership as very tegic, interesting with variety, difficult when it needs to be — but first and foremost one active,” Reardon said. “They don’t miss that the membership could be proud of. I many opportunities to play.” Spence’s renovation focused on rework- certainly feel we delivered on that front. “I want Providence to be unique unto ing the green complexes without rebuilding them, especially the surrounds, converting itself, have a style and character all its own.

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CCNC Dogwood Course I think the members will find that they have a course that they can be proud to show their friends and guests that is significantly different than their neighbors in the Charlotte market.” Spence typically spends two or three days a week on site. “Actually, going onto the site is the part that people like to see, where I’m out throwing pin flags, I’m painting lines and I’m conferring with shapers,” he said. “I’m very hands-on and I’m in the field a lot. I approve every feature on every project. There’s a lot going on when I’m on site.”

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During the Providence renovation, Spence drove back and forth to Charlotte when he was able, but after long days he spent the night at his place on High Rock Lake, about 45 minutes from the club. Meanwhile, Spence was also flying down to Florida to oversee a major Ross restoration at Sara Bay CC in Sarasota, which was a winter hangout for Bobby Jones where he played exhibition matches against Walter Hagen and other wellknown professionals of the day. Jones was even hired to help sell real estate for the original owner and development when the club was formed. “Sara Bay will have the most authentic Ross greens in the state of Florida,” Spence said. “We utilized his drawings in laying them out during the shaping process.” Closer to home in the North Carolina mountains, Spence is finishing a bunker, tee and fairway remodel project at Jefferson Landing, about 20 miles northeast of Boone. “We’re also designing a new nine-hole par-3 course near the clubhouse area as an added amenity for members and guests,” he said. When Spence needs to refuel his creative juices, he occasionally travels across the pond to the game’s birthplace. In early June, Spence made his third trip to Scotland, this time with his brother-inlaw and two nephews, playing a strong rotation of classic golf courses including Lundin Links, Carnoustie, the Old Course, Jubiliee, North Berwick, Gullane, Dunbar and Old Musselburgh — which they played with hickory clubs. “This was my first time visiting the East Lothian area,” Spence said. “We saw a lot of great stuff. My focus was to improve my use of undulation and variety in the approaches of my work. I learned so much from my visit and can’t wait to return in a year or two.” TRIAD GOLF TODAY • SEPTEMBER 2018





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Coach shows the kids he can still play Haas wins Carolinas Open, cards top 20 Champions Tour finish this summer


By DAVID DROSCHAK erry Haas was sitting by himself in the clubhouse watching the rain fall on a grey New York day as he was preparing to compete in a Champions Tour event, a lonely moment that just reinforced his decision to pursue college coaching in the latter part of his life rather than professional golf. The competitive rounds for the long-time Wake Forest men’s coach are sporadic these days, but Haas drove up to Endicott, N.Y., after winning the 94th Carolinas Open this summer to see if he could Monday qualify for the DICK’S Sporting Goods Open on a course where he played his first PGA Tour tournament. He did, and then shot impressive rounds of 69-68-71 to tie for 19th, and with several golfers, among those his brother Jay Haas, who has won 33 professional events, including 18 on the Champions Tour. The 54-year-old Jerry Haas is at peace with his golfing arc, so much so that he scratched some course management plans on the back of a Biscuitville place mat from former Wake Forest player Chad Wilfong prior to his opening-round 63 at the Carolinas Open at Starmount Forest in Greensboro. “I followed everything Chad told me, and everything he told me was perfect,” Haas said of his execution that enabled him to shoot 11-under over 54 holes for a three-shot victory in July. “It’s funny how the mind works when you want to play well somewhere,” Haas said. “I knew my uncle won the Greensboro Open on that course 60 years ago and I had heard the stories from him many times about how he birdied the last two holes to win.” The uncle Haas talks about is Bob Goalby, who held off the likes of Sam Snead, Art Wall Jr., Don January and Tony Lema to win the 1958 Greater Greensboro Open at Starmount. 10


To say Jerry Haas comes from a golfing family may be the understatement of the century. There is Goalby, older brother Jay, and nephew Bill Hass, who won the Tour Championship in 2011 after being coached by Jerry at Wake Forest. Even Jerry’s son Kyle has made the varsity golf team at Forsyth Country Day School as a 7th grader. And Jerry Haas was… and still is a very good player. In 1985, Haas was named second team AllAmerican in his final year at Wake Forest and was also selected to the American Walker Cup team. He finished an impressive tied for 31st at the 1985 Masters Tournament as an amateur and turned professional in 1986. Haas played on the European Tour in 1988 and 1989. He finished 57th on the money list in 1989 and third at qualifying school, earning him his 1990 PGA Tour card. He played on the PGA Tour full-time in 1990 and 1991 and split time between the Nationwide Tour and the PGA Tour in 1992. He won three Nationwide Tour events in 1994 to help him gain PGA Tour card again for 1995 but he would have to go back to the Nationwide Tour the following year.

In 1997, Haas stopped playing professionally without a PGA Tour victory under his belt and spent a year as a commentator for The Golf Channel before taking over the Wake Forest program in September of that year. “I quit playing when I was 33,” Haas said. “I didn’t want the game of golf to beat me up mentally. I am pretty fresh for 54 golf-wise. I was just saying the other day to Jay how lonely this life must be and he has done it for 45 years. It takes a special person to do that. Listen, 35 of us were playing for a Monday qualifying spot in New York and 31 didn’t get one. That’s not fun for these guys, but I love the game and I don’t get frustrated with it anymore. It is what it is.” Heading into his 22nd season at Wake Forest’s men’s coach, these occasional competitive rounds give Haas some perspective he likely wouldn’t have had had he chosen to keep grinding on Tour. “I just love to play. I was taught well and I’m a golf fan,” said Haas, who has coached 19 All-Americans at Wake Forest. “I played the second and third rounds of the Carolinas Open with college kids. And they had questions for me and we talked about golf on the course between shots, what my philosophy was and what was I thinking. I try to pass on as much knowledge as I have. The thing I try to stress to the players on my Wake Forest team is I didn’t just walk out to the Carolinas Open and play, I stretch every morning, I stretch every night. “I’ll tell you I hardly ever hit a ball or play a practice round, but I think back to something my brother Jay told me once that when he goes out and plays. His goal on the first hole is to get the ball in the fairway – that’s his only goal – and the goal from there is to get it on the green, and then the goal from there is to try to get a decent look at it and try to make the putt. Don’t go out and say ‘I’m going to shoot 65 today.’’’ Carding a top 20 finish at a Champions Tour event despite few competitive rounds per year -- finishing ahead of dozens of accomplished pros -- doesn’t necessarily give Haas the itch to play more pro events. “Some people say ‘Well, take more

batting practice.’ Well, that has nothing to do with it most times,” he says. “I practiced plenty, trust me, it just didn’t work out. Now, I can help the players, telling them what works and what doesn’t work, but at the end of the day it is their journey and they have to figure out their path.” Take it from a guy who marched to his own beat. “I have gotten to be a way better player since I’ve been coaching,” he added. “Just sitting there and watching from the outside you realize how difficult we tend to make it as a player, just simple stuff. I’ve always said ‘it’s a great game of ‘what if’s.’ As a player you make decisions and you have to live with them because everybody always second guesses everything, like saying a kid doesn’t have good course management. They do have good course management they just don’t have good ball control. I feel good and I still feel pretty young, and I hope I still have a lot to give these kids.”



Future bright for Wyndham Championship


By BRAD KING round the Piedmont Triad, they don’t call it the “ol’ GGO” quite as much as they

used to. No, the Wyndham Championship has charted a course all its own during the past decade. In the late 1980s the Greater Greensboro Open — the GGO — was kick started by a couple of sponsors, Kmart and Chrysler. But the most dynamic branding change took place in 2007, when Wyndham Rewards took over sponsorship and removed “Greensboro” from the tournament title — largely in recognition of the Piedmont Triad’s evolution into a single market for economic development. The tournament’s 2008 move back to Sedgefield Country Club and its central Triad position furthered the regionalism concept. The proximity to Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point and Burlington has lured residents to take a greater ownership stake in the tournament’s success. Sedgefield owner McConnell Golf has been a huge supporter and in 2015, Wyndham and Winston-Salem-based BB&T agreed to a 10-year extension to keep both associated through 2026. No matter what its name, however, the PGA Tour’s sixth oldest tournament and Greensboro’s flagship sporting event is steeped in history. Three of the first four and seven of the first 11 GGOs were won by Sam Snead, Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson. Snead captured the inaugural event in 1938 and would go on to win a PGA Tour record eight GGOs, including his last in 1965 at the age of 52. Charlie Sifford became the first African American to play a PGA Tournament in the South when he was invited to the 1961 GGO. Seve Ballesteros won his first tournament on American soil in Greensboro in 1978. Davis Love III has won titles



Brandt Snedeker with all sponsors, including in 2015 as a 51-year-old grandfather over a field that included Tiger Woods. Meanwhile, the Wyndham Championship has served as a philanthropic engine for the Triad and beyond. The Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation board that runs the tournament has used foundation proceeds to fund not only charities, but economic development as well. Every year, the Wyndham Championship donates thousands of dollars to non-profits ranging from Habitat for Humanity to area backpack programs — among many others. The entire family feel came full circle in August, when Brandt Snedeker made history at Sedgefield and went wire-to-wire in winning the 2018 Wyndham title. In Thursday’s opening round, Snedeker found himself 1 over after

three holes, yet went on to fire a course- and tournament-record 59, the 10th sub-60 round in PGA Tour history. Snedeker became the fifth golfer to win an event after shooting a score below 60. He backed up his first round with a 67-68-65 finish (-21) to take home the Sam Snead Cup by three shots over C.T. Pan and 2011 Wyndham champion Webb Simpson, who closed with a 62. At one point on Sunday, all three were tied for the lead. The victory was Snedeker’s ninth on the PGA Tour, but his first in 2 ½ years. With a handful of family members on hand including his wife and two young children, Snedeker added an exclamation point by draining a 20-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole, becoming the 10th player to win multiple times in Greensboro. His victory as a rookie — at Forest Oaks in 2007 — was the first of Snedeker’s career and he signed with Wyndham as a sponsor, a relationship that has remained strong in the decadeplus since. Snedeker was emotional in describing what his victory meant. “I guess I’m turning into Bubba Watson and wanting to cry every two seconds out here,” Snedeker said. “But being my first Tour win, having Wyndham believe in me in 2007 when I was a 26-year-old kid and being my longest term corporate sponsor out here and a family really … to do it here, to shoot 59 on Thursday, to be in the lead all week, to deal with that pressure every night, to be able to step up to the plate and shoot 65 when I had to means the world to me. “Coming out here with Wyndham on my chest — Greensboro’s adopted son I feel like — and to be able to deliver like I did this afternoon ... I feel like so many people were enjoying this with me. It’s not just my win, it’s a community win.” For much of its history, the GGO was a spring event held in April or May. A schedule change in 2003 moved it toward the end of the season, where it will remain for the foreseeable future. But change is on the horizon in 2019. Next year, the PGA Championship transitions from August, the week Continued on page 13

Wyndham from page 12 before the Wyndham, to mid-May. This major move highlighted July’s highly anticipated release of the 2019 PGA Tour schedule. The tour has moved up its entire schedule — away from the opening week of college football season and wrapping up before the NFL season kicks off. As a result, next year’s 80th Wyndham Championship will be bumped up two weeks — two weeks after the British Open, with a World Golf Championship tournament and an adjacent minor tournament the week before. Tournament director Mark Brazil said after 2019, the order will be the British Open followed by another tournament — likely a tournament in Minneapolis — then the WGC and then the Wyndham. However, the Wyndham Championship will remain the PGA Tour’s final regular-season event and the last opportunity for players to move in — or out — of the postseason. All of which translates into a nerve-racking finish for those on the bubble. The top 125 after the Wyndham not only advance to the lucrative playoffs, but they retain PGA Tour cards for the following year. Brazil, who has been tournament director since 2001 and served as chairman of the PGA Tour’s Tournament

Advisory Council, described the Wyndham as “the playoff play-in event.” “Whoever wins here gets to move on,” he said. The Tour also announced a condensed, three-week playoff after the Wyndham versus the current four tournaments over five weeks. Next year, only the top 70 players in the FedEx Cup standings will advance after the first playoff event, the Northern Trust, and only 30 will advance from the sec-

ond event, the BMW Championship, to qualify for the Tour Championship. Brazil pointed out that fewer events translate into increased significance for the remaining three. “There’s a lot more emphasis on being in the right spot because you don’t have four more tournaments,” Brazil said. “I think that brings more importance to us.” While players near the top of the rankings may still take the week off to get ready for the playoffs, more big names could show up in Greensboro

to enhance their position on the points list. With three playoff tournaments instead of four, those hoping to have a legitimate shot at winning the Tour Championship will have one less week to do it and a greater sense of urgency, making the last stop on the regular-season schedule an even more important opportunity. “Your position going into the playoffs dictates a lot of your chances of winning the FedExCup Playoffs, dictates how you can think and play, your realistic chances of winning or not winning,” Snedeker said. “As somebody who's been fortunate enough to win before, I realize how important it is to be in a good position going into the playoffs and also to play well when you're there.” In addition, every other year the Ryder Cup will be looming at Wyndham time — another advantage, as captain’s picks will be made immediately after the tournament ends, so bubble players will be trying to impress. Through it all, the Wyndham Championship’s future appears bright. “To be perfectly frank, I didn't have any chance at all of winning the FedExCup Playoffs when I showed up (at the Wyndham Championship) and there's just no way, as far back as I was, I didn't see it happening,” Snedeker said. “(Now) I feel like I have a chance, I feel like I kind of put myself in position where three good weeks going to East Lake, you never know what's going to happen.” TRIAD GOLF TODAY • SEPTEMBER 2018


Self-proclaimed “Country Girl” chasing LPGA dream


It’s a scenario repeated week-afterweek for Adams and other Symetra hopefuls who travel long distances for hink the life of a touring golf profes- little money, chasing the dream of one day making it sional is glamorous? to the LPGA Tour. Then, please, step back and consider a “There are times you’re week in the life of Lori Beth Adams. lonely, but that’s a part In early August, the 26-year-old Adams, of it,” Adams said. a graduate of Western Alamance High “Golf’s a process; School and UNC Wilmington, competed you have to in the Firekeepers Casino Challenge, a Symetra Tour event played in Battle Creek, enjoy the upsand-downs. Mich. I’m just out It was one of the few Symetra tournaments where Adams didn’t fare well, miss- here doing ing the cut. The Monday following the tour- my best. And I’ve made nament, she flew home to North Carolina. a lot of friends along the way.” For a couple of days, she took a break The Symetra Tour is the LPGA from golf, putting her clubs aside and Futures Tour, a stepping stone to the spending time with family members and LPGA. The top 10 money winners on the friends. Symetra Tour earn their LPGA playing Then it was back to the grind, Adams cards. Adams is presently 26th on that list, heading to nearby Indian Valley Golf still optimistic she can advance and earn Course to work on her game. The followher LPGA accreditation before the Symetra ing Saturday, Adams climbed in her aged Honda Element, the one with 227,000 miles Tour ends in mid-October. Such a move isn’t impossible, Adams on its odometer, and set off alone on a insists. The annual tour includes 22 tour20-hour drive to Sioux Falls, S.D., site of the naments, but the upcoming six offer the next tournament on the Symetra Tour.




tour’s largest purses. If she does well from here out, Adams said, she could be playing on the LPGA Tour next spring. “To win a tournament would definitely do it,” she said of a way she might move into a top 10 slot. “A couple of top five or top two finishes would put me right there.” Adams has done especially well in several tournaments, finishing second in the Island Resort Championship in Harris, Mich., in June and finishing as high as sixth on other occasions. This is the second year Adams has competed full time on the Symetra Tour. She said her improvements from a

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year ago have been considerable. “Last year, it was more like I was getting my feet wet,” she said. “There’s so much to learn.” If a top 10 finish isn’t realized this year, Adams plans to attempt to make it to the LPGA next spring through qualifying school. Adams got her start in golf when she was just 7 when her father, Steve, introduced her to the sport at Indian Valley, close to the family’s home in northern Alamance County. She played golf and several other sports until reaching high school when her father told her she needed to select one on which to concentrate. For Adams, it was golf. Asked if she ever wishes she’d chosen soccer instead, Adams laughed. “No,” she said. “Golf’s been good to me. I’ve enjoyed it.” Adams suffered with mononucleosis as a sophomore in high school, for six weeks not able to so much as putt a ball, much less drive one. The illness affected the attention she received from college coaches. But UNC Wilmington’s Cindy Ho eventually saw Adams play in a tournament in

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From Pebble Beach to Pinehurst

The U.S. Amateur torch has been passed from one famous resort to another in August



t’s a great time to be among the world’s best amateur players, considering the recent venues for the U.S. Amateur Championship. The proverbial torch was passed in mid August from Pebble Beach to Pinehurst as the Sandhills area will now take a firm grip and spotlight on several high-profile USGA championships over a five-year period, starting with the 2019 U.S. Amateur at Pinehurst Resort. A team of eight from Pinehurst Resort – from golf maintenance to golf operations to media relations to volunteer leaders – have returned from an August fact-finding trip to the West Coast as the 2018 U.S. Amateur was staged at rival resort Pebble Beach. “It has been since 2008 that we last hosted the U.S. Amateur and a lot of people have changed on our team and on the USGA team, so the trip was to make sure we’re all on the same page,” said Pinehurst Resort president Tom Pashley. “And it helps us get a shot in the arm because we’ve got a lot going on here and have been running in a bunch of different 2017 U.S. Amateur champion Viktor Hovland

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directions. It’s a great opportunity to get people focused and realize it’s less than 365 days before it’s going to be here.” It will be the third time Pinehurst has hosted the U.S. Amateur and 10th overall USGA championship at the iconic resort. Pinehurst was the stage of Labron Harris’ triumph in 1962, and in 2008 Danny Lee romped to victory, becoming the youngest player to win the U.S. Amateur at the time. Pinehurst has been home to amateur golf since the early years of its founding, serving as the home to the longest consecutively running amateur championships in the United States, the North & South Amateur. It is at Pinehurst where Richard Tufts penned the “Creed of the Amateur,” wherein he writes, “Amateurism, after all, must be the backbone of all sport– golf or otherwise.” In addition to the U.S. Amateur, the USGA will stage the U.S. Senior

Women’s Open at Pine Needles Resort in 2019, while the U.S. Women’s Open will be played there in 2022 and the U.S. Open at Pinehurst Course No. 2 in 2024. “It is a special place to be in a very special time, to have this much going on,” Pashley said of the area. “What a great vote of confidence from the USGA in entrusting the Sandhills with so many of their national championships. It does speak to their faith and our ability to conduct the championship and the volunteer’s commitment to step up time and time again to help run them, and it talks about the quality of golf in the area. So many places would consider it a highlight to get any one of 2008 U.S. Amateur champion Danny Lee these and for us to have so in Pinehurst seems to have interested many of them coming in a people.” five-year span -- well it’s an embar“Recovering from some of these rassment of riches.” sand areas on No. 4 is going to be Stroke play for the U.S. Amateur, more difficult than No. 2,” added just as in 2008, will be split between longtime Pinehurst Resort director of No. 2 and No. 4, giving the new Gil golf course maintenance and grounds Hanse-designed No. 4 course its first Bob Farren. “It is always going to be spotlight championship. Match play compared to No. 2 but No. 2 is flat will then return to the Ross-designed and more hardpan. This course is famed No. 2 layout. going to be harder to manage.” “It is going to be a great test early More information about how to on to see how it holds up under volunteer log on to www.pinehurst. championship conditions, and com/2019-u-s-amateur/. with the best players in the world “Any national championship is having an opportunity to challenge an honor to have the opportunity to it,” Pashley said. “It’s a feather in the host so we take it very seriously,” cap of Pinehurst No. 4 to be able to said Pashley, whose resort hosted the be a co-host of this championship. first-ever back-to-back Opens in 2014. Being less than a year old; it will be a “And our volunteer team takes it very real neat opportunity. seriously, and they have been workThe new No. 4 design will offiing behind the scenes for a year leadcially open on Sept. 20. ing up to this point. So the amount of “We have seen a tremendous time and work and effort that goes in amount of interest from golfers all to it from the volunteer’s perspective over the country and the world is incredible. who are going to be coming here “That’s one of the many reasons this fall to check it out,” Pashley the USGA keeps coming back here, said. “We’ve been very pleased with they know we have a volunteer base the response. Just the prospect of that can conduct these championships being able to play a new course because it is a challenge and a lot of work – yet a ton of fun.”

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Quail Ridge:

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o just how did Quail Ridge Golf Club return to form after the previously dilapidated course had zero takers at auction? A call from the Coca-Cola man, of course. But this success story really has nothing to do with soda pop at all, other than a phone call between friends that set off a chain of events that has now placed Quail Ridge Golf Club back in the rotation for snowbirds heading south on U.S. 1 to Pinehurst, along with Triad and Triangle golfers. “The golf club was in very, very poor shape,” said Mike Hendley, now one of three principal owners who have helped revive an Ellis Maples design that once hosted an ACC men’s golf championship and U.S. Open qualifier. “We bought it in January 2017. It was not closed but it was getting ready to be. They tried to auction it off and it didn’t work. There just wasn’t 20


any grass out here at all, and the greens weren’t good. The fairways were nothing – they were actually sand.” “It’s pretty bad when you can’t auction a place off,” added Joe Gay, the former director of golf at nearby Tobacco Road who left golf 2 ½ years ago to go into the restaurant business. Gay, born and raised in Sanford, has briefly returned to the golf business to help promote Quail Ridge. “I really wasn’t ready to jump back in (to golf) but I’m just stepping my toe in the water because I had a personal interest in this place being a hometown boy and my family’s roots run deep here,” Gay said. “You just want a place like this to thrive and now that it’s in great shape you want people to know about it.”

How far had Quail Ridge fallen since Wake Forest won the 1968 ACC title here by 31 strokes? Well, the snack bar/grill had been closed since 2004 and rounds were selling online for as cheap as $10. In the course’s heyday it logged close to 30,000 rounds, but that number had dipped to around 8,000. “And that’s being generous,” said Randy Dallas, a consultant and course superintendent. “I would say on a sale of 1-10 the course was a 2 when we sprayed it out,” Dallas added about the turf retooling effort that has taken place. “It was basically weeds. There wasn’t any grass here… I don’t know how people were playing.” Well, they weren’t, and rumors pointed to apartments being planned for the 156-acre property. And that’s where the

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Coca-Cola man comes into play. Hendley, one of the first two golf professionals here in 1967, received a phone call out of the blue in 2017 about Quail Ridge. “The Coca-Cola guy was just a church friend,” he said. “(Current partner) Lib Kelly Smith had approached him because he’s very wealthy and they were friends. He said ‘Mike I have this friend that is looking at Quail Ridge and what do you think?’ I said, ‘it’s a good idea’ and Lib called me that night and wanted to know if I wanted to invest in it. I thought about it and thought about it and I felt it would be smart to do. I have done this because of the history. I didn’t know if I would make any money or not, but I knew if I didn’t then I could afford the investment part. This was in October 2017 and we closed it in January and went to work.” Smith was in charge of redoing the clubhouse and opening the grill, while Dallas began the turf portion of the course’s $1.2 million investment.

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The results have been staggering, with some of the nicest fairways and greens in the Sandhills area. “I was a Sanford Golf Course guy back in the day and it was a treat to come over here and play,� Gay said. “This was like a country club with bent grass greens. Between this place and the Palomino Motel in the 1970s and ‘80s they were getting package play up and down the East Coast. Little ole Sanford, North Carolina, was hopping. “This course was on the rotation for all of the golfers who played in Pinehurst,� he added. “That is what excited me for Mike, Lib and Jack Maxwell (the course’s third partner) because all these snowbirds have to drive right by this place to get to Pinehurst and Southern Pines. I think there is some untapped potential here now that they have it in great shape. There is a bright future here.� Gay’s marketing ideas include a striking new entrance in plain view of travelers heading both directions on U.S. 1, and tee plaques that provide interesting factoids about the course and Sandhills golf. “Just like any restaurant or golf course or anybody who serves the public if you

have a bad reputation you can lose people within six months,â€? Gay said. “Once you correct all those things it might take 6 years to get them all back, especially around here because of the competition. We are the Home of American Golf and it’s true. Step one was to get the place in great shape. Randy has done that on the physical end, the 156 acres of grass are awesome.â€? Now, Gay will spend the next 6-12 months getting the word out that “The Gateway to The Sandhillsâ€? layout is back ‌ and open for business. “In the golf business it’s always good to tie yourself to the Sandhills of North Carolina and at Tobacco Road we did that, and Quail Ridge sits geographically on the northern edge of the Sandhills,â€? Gay said. “If you dig down six feet you are hitting sand the whole way. This ancient beach when it receded left a sand deposit called the Sandhills and you are on the shoreline right here.â€? “We have so many golfers that haven’t played here in 4-5 years that swore they would never set foot on this property again,â€? added head pro Traye Cooke. “They play it one time and they are hooked and now they play it 3-4 times a week.â€?






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TYGA TYGA One Day Cedarbrook Country Club, State Road, NC August 13, 2018 Boys 16-18 Division - 6873 1 Stone Dyson, Statesville 74 1 Hayden Estes, Mooresville 74 3 William Alexander Felts, Mount Airy 76 Selected Others 5 Evan Marion, Mount Airy 79 5 Dylan Simpson, Elkin 79 7 Jais Norman, State Road 80 10 Jason Moore, Pilot Mountain 83 11 Austin Smith, Mount Airy 85 14 Huston Hall, Elkin 90 15 Connor McCann, Mount Airy 92 Boys 14-15 Division - 6873 1 Luke Crouse, Reidsville 73 2 Alex Gould, Greensboro 78 3 Alex Dean Boone, Clyde 83 Selected Others 4 Mason Absher, North Wilkesboro 94 5 Michael Gaines, Greensboro 109 6 William Morris, Kernersville 112 Boys 12-13 Division - 5966 1 Albert Kang, Kernersville 72 2 Matthew McDougall, Waxhaw 74 3 Connor Warren, Spruce Pine 76 Selected Others 5 James Jefferson Owings, State Road 81 6 Anderson Badgett, Pilot Mountain 87 7 Tucker Settle, Elkin 96 8 Brady Hall, Elkin 104 9 Jack Fischer, Greensboro 115 10 Hayden Craver, Winston-Salem 117 Girls 13-17 Division - 5966 1 Caroline Wright, Greensboro 92 2 Mary-Paige King, Clemmons 101 3 Mallory Nicole Farmer, Marion 120 11 and Under - (9 holes) 1 Pennson Badgett, Pilot Mountain 4 2 Ryan Schreck, Cornelius 9 3 Jackson Farmer, Pfafftown 16 4 Colby Badgett, Pilot Mountain 20

TYGA One Day Greensboro National Golf Club Summerfield, NC August 6, 2018 Boys 16-18 Division - 6261 1 Nick Henderson, Archdale 2 Jackson Neal, Concord 3 James Potter, Reidsville Selected Others 4 Luke Michael, Trinity 7 Clay Price, Mebane 9 Noah Hooper, Burlington 11 Will Farrell, Greensboro 12 Sean Bryant, Greensboro 13 Hogan Kohl, Greensboro 13 Nick Hughes, Thomasville 16 Hunter Crump, Winston-Salem 17 Ben Madden, Greensboro 17 Brincent Allen Mitchell, Kernersville 19 Nick McNeill, High Point 20 William Craver, Greensboro Boys 14-15 Division - 6261 1 Daniel Jones, Greensboro 2 Jake Conklin, Cary 3 Davis DeLille, High Point Selected Others 5 John Shepperson III, Greensboro 6 Alex Gould, Greensboro 7 Hunt Jardina, High Point 9 Blaine Cayton, Summerfield 10 William Morris, Kernersville Boys 12-13 Division - 5609 1 Ethan Wooten, High Point 2 Kyle Haas, Winston-Salem 3 Freddy Ortmann, Greensboro 3 Colby Moore, Advance Selected Others 5 Landon Merrell, Salisbury


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7 Chase McLaughlin, Kernersville 7 Cole Rouse, Kernersville 7 Ayden Jersey, Greensboro 10 Colby Gunter, Reidsville 10 Cody Stephens, Summerfield 10 Jex Harrison, Burlington 13 Connor Carter, Asheboro 14 Albert Kang, Kernersville 15 Owen Brown, Greensboro 16 Hunter Master, Oak Ridge 17 Aden Castor, Salisbury 19 Henry Andrews, Kernersville 20 Scott Schofield, Salisbury 21 Mason Mosier, Colfax Girls 14-18 Division - 5609 1 Evin Flinchum, Summerfield 2 Elli Flinchum, Summerfield 3 Lauren Hackler, Thomasville Selected Others 4 Karli Jump, Winston-Salem 5 Rayne Trent, Pleasant Garden 6 Camilla M Rivas, Summerfield 7 Riley Williams, Kernersville 10 Naomi Murray, Fayetteville 11 and Under - (9 holes) 1 Lincoln Newton, Wallburg 2 Luke Tisdale, Winston-Salem 3 Jackson Farmer, Pfafftown Selected Others 4 Jackson Freeman, Greensboro 5 Seth Cayton, Summerfield

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Triad One-Day Starmount Forest Country Club, Greensboro, NC July 31, 2018 Boys 16-18 Division - 6492 1 Harrison Hilliard, McLeansville 72 1 Andrew Wood, Greensboro 72 3 Bo Bolick, High Point 74 3 Stone Dyson, Statesville 74 Selected Others 5 Nick Henderson, Archdale 75 5 Grady Newton, Winston-Salem 75 5 Jake Clodfelter, Trinity 75 8 Jacob Pendry, Lexington 76 9 Nicholas Janetta, Greensboro 77 10 Jack Slomkowski, Colfax 78 12 Sean Bryant, Greensboro 80 13 Bobby Gold, High Point 83 13 Ben Madden, Greensboro 83 17 Kieren Smith, Kernersville 84 18 Noah Hooper, Burlington 88 18 Nick Hughes, Thomasville 88 20 Alex Pardue, Burlington 91 Boys 14-15 Division - 6492 (9 holes) 1 Carter Stainback, Greensboro 1 2 Sean Finan, Winston-Salem 2 3 Jack Burris, Greensboro 3 3 Garrett Hauk, Burlington 3 3 Myles Patterson, Durham 3 Selected Others 6 Jonathan Rich, Rockingham 5 6 Calvin Hawkins, Lexington 5 6 Cayden Bryner, Winston-Salem 5 9 Blaine Cayton, Summerfield 7 9 Luke Nelson, High Point 7 9 Wesley Page, Gibsonville 7 12 Davis DeLille, High Point 8 13 Arman Azlan, Greensboro 11 13 Michael Skeen, High Point 11 16 Spencer Hodges, Stokesdale 13 17 Hunt Jardina, High Point 14 18 David Howard, Clemmons 16 19 Andrew Craig Lane, Winston-Salem 33 20 Michael Gaines, Greensboro 41 Boys 12-13 Division - 5651 (9 holes) 1 Aedan Barnes, Charlotte 0 2 Albert Kang, Kernersville 3 3 Ethan Wooten, High Point 5 3 Hunter Master, Oak Ridge 5 3 Cody Stephens, Summerfield 5 Selected Others 6 Rhodes M Baker, Winston-Salem 7 7 Zachary Kupiec, Greensboro 8 8 Ayden Jersey, Greensboro 10 10 Colby Gunter, Reidsville 11 11 Scott Schofield, Salisbury 14 12 Aden Castor, Salisbury 15 Girls 14-18 Division - 5651 (9 holes) 1 Elli Flinchum, Summerfield 4 2 Evin Flinchum, Summerfield 5 3 Becca Connolly, Winston-Salem 7 Selected Others 4 Olivia Peterson, Summerfield 12 5 Rayne Trent, Pleasant Garden 13 6 Riley Williams, Kernersville 15

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Girls 12-13 Division - 5185 (9 holes) 1 Caroline Wright, Greensboro 2 Eliza Ofsanko, Greensboro 3 Mary-Paige King, Clemmons 11 and Under Division - (8 holes) 1 Madison Dial, High Point 2 Jackson Farmer, Pfafftown 2 Seth Cayton, Summerfield Selected Others 4 Jackson Freeman, Greensboro 5 Jackson Gillispie, Greensboro 6 Noah Yeary, Greensboro 7 Peyton J Wyatt, Kernersville

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TYGA One Day Jamestown Park GC, Jamestown, NC July 23, 2018 Boys 16-18 Division - 6665 1 Grady Newton, Winston-Salem 2 Andrew Wood, Greensboro 2 Ethan Alexander Nicholls, Clemmons Selected Others 4 Luke Michael, Trinity 5 Bo Bolick, High Point 6 Grayson Kirkman, Winston-Salem 7 Noah Hooper, Burlington 7 Bobby Gold, High Point 7 Sean Bryant, Greensboro 10 Nick Hughes, Thomasville 11 Matthew Sanchez, Stokesdale 12 Bryce Pickard, Whitsett 13 Nick Henderson, Archdale 14 Deagon Chandler, Winston-Salem 15 Nick McNeill, High Point 16 Clay Price, Mebane Boys 14-15 Division - 6665 1 Jack Burris, Greensboro 2 Hogan Kohl, Greensboro 3 Alex Gould, Greensboro Selected Others 4 Sean Finan, Winston-Salem 4 Cayden Bryner, Winston-Salem 4 Calvin Hawkins, Lexington 4 Andrew Poole, Greensboro 8 Brodie Perry, Trinity 9 Mason Beshears, Lewisville 9 Michael Skeen, High Point 12 Luke Nelson, High Point 12 Connor Lineberry, Randleman 14 Davis DeLille, High Point 14 Carter Stainback, Greensboro 16 Coleman Falk, Greensboro 16 Joshua Garner, Greensboro 18 Benjamin Peters, Winston-Salem 19 Michael A Kramer, Kernersville 20 Sukhman Singh Sandhu, Greensboro 21 Spencer Layton Smithback, Jamestown 23 James Viola, Winston-Salem 24 William Morris, Kernersville Boys 12-13 Division - 5600 1 Ethan Wooten, High Point 2 Gunn Ruangrat, Winston-Salem 3 Connor Carter, Asheboro 3 Albert Kang, Kernersville Selected Others 5 Henry Andrews, Kernersville 6 Hunter Master, Oak Ridge 7 Charlie Plate, Greensboro 9 Jex Harrison, Burlington 10 Cameron Malboeuf, Kernersville 11 Mason Mosier, Colfax Girls 13-18 Division - 5600 1 Lauren Hackler, Thomasville 1 Sabrina Martin, Jamestown 3 Karli Jump, Winston-Salem 3 Caroline Wright, Greensboro Selected Others 5 Rayne Trent, Pleasant Garden 6 Riley Williams, Kernersville 7 Monica Solis, Mocksville 8 Elizabeth Holland, Rural Hall 11 and Under Division 1 Luke Tisdale, Winston-Salem 2 Lincoln Newton, Wallburg 3 Jackson Gillispie, Greensboro Selected Others 4 Drew Gearren, Winston-Salem 6 Reece Hart, Winston-Salem

3 Bronson Myers, Columbia, SC 66-70-69--205 4 Luke Hackworth, Charlotte 69-72-66--207 Selected Others 18 Dawson Daniels, Greensboro 78-73-69--220 20 Garrett Clark, Burlington 70-74-77--221 25 Nicholas Mathews, Mebane 83-69-73--225 41 Zach Brown, Bermuda Run 72-78-81--231 43 Landon Barnes, Pilot Mountain 74-80-79--233 47 Blake Brantley, Winston-Salem 80-79-78--237 Girls Division - 6,220 1 Katherine Schuster, Kill Devil Hills 71-68-71--210 2 Julia McLaughlin, Princeton, NJ 75-71-72--218 3 Emily Dunlap, Greenville, SC 70-74-75--219 4 Kayla Smith, Burlington 70-77-73--220 Selected Others 13 Kayla Dowell, Mebane 81-89-82--252

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Prestonwood CC (Meadows), Cary, NC August 13, 2018 Pro-Junior Division 1 Christopher Wooten/John Faidley, Winston-Salem 62 2 Steve Isley Jr/Walker Isley, Oak Island 65 2 Donna Andrews/Nicole Adam, Southern Pines 65 4 Grady Newton/Marcy Newton, Winston-Salem 66 Selected Others 5 Rob Salisbury/Tommy Gibson, Winston-Salem 67 5 Caden Baker/Jonathan Dudley, Whitsett 67 9 Brad Luebchow/Mallory Fobes Winston-Salem 68 17 Ben Miller/Matthew Fary, Thomasville 71 17 Brandon Mawyer/Sam Terry, High Point 71 30 Brandon Turner/David Elliott, Randleman 74 33 Luke Payne/Mitch Adams, Asheboro 75 48 Brett Williams/Kevin Martin, Greensboro 80

14th Dogwood State Junior Championship Duke University GC, Durham, NC August 7-9, 2018 Boys Division - 7,000 1 Kenan Poole, Raleigh 71-68-69--208 2 Peter Fountain, Raleigh 70-72-72--214 3 Michael Childress, Salisbury 74-69-73--216 4 Eston Lee, Four Oaks 72-73-73--218 Selected Others 13 Charlie Barr, Salisbury 75-74-74--223 21 Nicholas Mathews, Mebane 76-74-76--226 24 Andrew Plate, Greensboro 78-73-76--227 27 Blake Brantley, Winston-Salem 77-73-78--228 54 Tyler Partee, Thomasville 81-76-81--238 54 Rob Salisbury, Winston-Salem 78-80-80--238 62 Garrett Dawson, Wilkesboro 79-78-82--239 66 Caden Baker, Mebane 80-77-85--242

14th Dogwood State Girls’ Championship Chapel Hill Country Club, Chapel Hill, NC August 7-9, 2018 Girls Division - 5,971 1 Nicole Adam, Pinehurst 72-73-74--219 2 Rachel Kuehn, Asheville 76-72-72--220 3 Ana Tsiros, Asheville 77-74-76--227 4 Sophie Holland, Cornelius 75-78-76--229 Selected Others 5 Sasha Hayes, Winston-Salem 77-75-79--231 7 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 81-75-78--234

13 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 78-83-82--243 14 Victoria Cook, Reidsville 82-80-82--244 19 Morgan Ketchum, Winston-Salem 86-82-81--249 23 Becca Connolly, Winston-Salem 88-85-81--254 23 Kayla Dowell, Mebane 88-84-82--254 30 Trinity Muthomi, Kernersville 83-86-90--259 33 Emily Mathews, Mebane 95-93-86--274 34 Ainslee Conrad, Lexington 87-94-97--278 40 Rayne Trent, Pleasant Garden 109-109-115--333

52nd Twin States Junior Girls’ Championship Spring Valley Country Club, Columbia, SC July 31 - August 1, 2018 Girls Division - 6,001 1 Emily Hawkins, Lexington 68-74--142 2 Elle Johnson, Inman, SC 75-72--147 2 Abigail Schimpf, Daniel Island, SC 77-70--147 4 Molly Hardwick, Lexington, SC 75-76--151 Selected Others 26 Macie Burcham, Greensboro 81-81--162 38 Victoria Cook, Reidsville 79-88--167

Peggy Kirk Bell Tour Tour Championship Salem Glen CC, Clemmons, NC August 3-5, 2018 Bell National - 6052 1 Danielle Suh, Herndon VA 71-73-74--218 2 Alyssa Cong, Germantown MD 77-72-72--221 3 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 76-75-71--222 Selected Others 5 Olivia John, Summerfield 74-78-73--225 11 Victoria Cook, Reidsville 78-79-76--233 12 Alyssa Cox, Mount Airy 79-75-81--235 Futures National - 5289 1 Averi Cline, Suwanee GA 71-72-72--215 2 Reagan Southerland, Atlanta GA 72-75-74--221 3 Liza Lapeyre, New Orleans LA 77-73-73--223 Selected Others 8 Becca Connolly, Winston-Salem 80-77-73--230

ProQuip Girls Classic Raleigh, NC, Lonnie Poole GC July 21-22, 2018 Bell National - 5831 1 Haley Quickel, Middletown DE 79-68--147 2 Grayson Warren, Washington 73-74--147 3 Paris Fieldings, Suffolk VA 74-75--149 3 Maria Atwood, Holly Springs 79-70--149 Selected Others 10 Olivia John, Summerfield 77-77--154 14 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 81-76--157 22 Kayla Dowell, Mebane 79-84--163 27 Victoria Cook, Reidsville 92-79--171 Futures National - 5020 1 Macy Pate, Boone 74-70--144 2 Amber Mackiewicz, Virginia Beach 76-70--146 3 McKenzie Daffin, Fort Bragg 75-74--149 Selected Others 6 Emily Mathews, Mebane 81-73--154 17 Kyleigh Harnsberger, Advance 87-82--169 19 Gabriela Cruz, High Point 92-80--172 23 Lauren Denhard, Salisbury 85-91--176 26 Elli Flinchum, Summerfield 94-88--182 29 Kennedy Vest, Winston-Salem 120-100--220

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CGA Hope Valley Junior Invitational Hope Valley CC, Durham, NC August 14-16, 2018 Boys Division - 6,720 1 Spencer Oxendine, Fayetteville 68-70-64--202 2 Peter Fountain, Raleigh 72-65-67--204

Boys (High School, graduation year) 1 Brandon Einstein, Clemmons (Forsyth Country Day, 2018) 2 Michael Childress, Salisbury (Cannon School, 2018) 3 Noah Connor (Rockingham County HS, 2019) 4 Charlie Barr, Salisbury (Cannon School, 2021) 5 Landon Barnes, Pilot Mountain (East Surry, 2020) 6 Charlie Tate, Greensboro (Grimsley HS, 2018) 7 Garrett Clark, Burlington (Williams HS, 2020) 8 Blake Brantley, Winston-Salem (RJ Reynolds HS, 2020) 9 Sam Davidson, Asheboro (Asheboro HS, 2020) 10 Nicholas Mathews, Mebane (Eastern Alamance HS, 2020) Source: Tarheel Youth Golf Association as of 8/1/18

Girls (High School, graduation year) 1 Emily Hawkins, Lexington (Home School, 2018) 2 Kayla Smith, Burlington (Williams, 2019) 3 Hailey Joy, Reidsville (Rockingham County, 2018) 4 Sasha Hayes, Winston-Salem (Reagan HS, 2019) 5 Madison Isaacson, Greensboro (Ragsdale, 2018) 6 Riley Hamilton, Reidsville (Rockingham County, 2020) 7 Emelia Pack, Greensboro (Page, 2019) 8 Olivia John, Summerfield (Rockingham County, 2018) 9 Mallory Fobes, East Bend (Forbush, 2019) 10 Macie Burcham, Greensboro (Wesleyan Christian Academy, 2021)



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f you don’t have a hole-in-one at least it’s nice to watch one. Craig Cox knows that as well as anyone and you might want him as a good luck charm in your foursome the next time you play at Holly Ridge Golf Links. Cox was in the group when Justin Rickard scored his first ace on the 16th hole in the second round of the Holly Ridge Golf Classic on Aug. 5. Three days later – on the same hole – he watched Jake Clodfelter make his first ace. Maybe one day it will be Craig joining the hole-in-one club, although witnessing is an easy way to get some notoriety in Triad Golf Today. Details of the Rickard and Clodfelter aces and others reported to the paper since the August issue are as follows: James Webster of Mebane, Aug. 23, Mill Creek GC. No. 8, 135 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: Mike Calley, Donald Hall, Dwight Phillips. His first ace. Brent Coleman of Reidsville, Aug. 16, Monroeton GC. No. 12, 84 yards, pitching wedge. Playing partners: Brano Coleman, Steve Pierce. His second ace.

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Jim Trivette of Clemmons, Aug. 16, Oak Valley GC. No. 8, 117 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Ron Hunt, Bill Minkley. Alex Shearer, Aug. 14, Salem Glen CC. No. 12, 132 yards, 8-iron. His first ace. A.J. Rose, Aug. 13, Country Hills GC. No. 16, 112 yards, sand wedge. Playing partners: Don Feagans, Raeford Heath, Jerry Simmons. Steve Vuncannon of Asheboro, Aug. 13, Asheboro Municipal GC. No. 7, 105 yards, pitching wedge. Playing partners: Martin Smith, Wilson Alexander, Julian McIntosh. His second ace. Andy Brown of Eden, Aug. 12, Oak Hills GC. No. 6, 138 yards, 8-iron. Playing partner: Justin Grogan. His first ace. Don Fitzgerald of Clemmons, Aug. 11, Oak Valley GC. No. 6, 120 yards. Playing partners: Laura Fitzgerald, Penny Hawkins. Jimmy Hendrix of Reidsville, Aug. 9, Pennrose Park CC. No. 4, 145 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Todd Madren, Jay Donecker, Layfayette Judkins. His second ace.

Tom Hull of Winston-Salem, Aug. 8, Maple Chase G&CC. No. 2, 200 yards, hybrid. Playing partners: Rich Messenkopf, Adam Messenkopf, Zach Lynch. His third ace. Jake Clodfelter of Trinity, Aug. 8, Holly Ridge GL. No. 16, 160 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Craig Cox, Colton Sapp, Zack Lax. His first ace. James Ortman of Winston-Salem, Aug. 7, Reynolds Park GC. No. 5, 140 yards, 6-iron. Playing partners: Bruce Greummer, Tom Hardin. His second ace. Justin Rickard of Archdale, Aug. 5, Holly Ridge GL. No. 16, 108 yards, wedge. Playing partners: Craig Cox, Zach Johnson, Dave Dillon. His first ace came in the Holly Ridge Charity Classic. Terry Coats of Clemmons, Aug. 1, Myrtlewood GC, Myrtle Beach. No. 4, 138 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Allan Coats, Steve Grubbs. Third career ace for Coats, age 78. Mark Guetller of Winston-Salem, July 31, Salem Glen CC. No. 12, 124 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Junior Smith, David Vest. His first ace. Gary Ransey, July 31, Wolf Creek GC. No. 11, 130 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: Frank Newman, Roger Southard, Marty Lugar. Evelyn Ridenour of Reidsville, July 29, Wolf Creek GC. No. 18, driver. Her third ace. Lee Hollay, July 29, Country Hills GC. No. 16, 135 yards, 9-iron. Playing partner: Hannes Venter.

John Tyson of Greensboro, July 26, Bryan Park Players Course. No. 3, 139 yards, 4-hybrid. Playing partners: Matt Kelly, Sid Kale, Frank Palmieri. His third ace. Mum Chum, July 24, Country Hills GC. No. 12, 118 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Harold Newsome, David Reese, Dave Highfill. Charlie Wilson of Smith Mountain Lake, July 19, Deep Springs CC. No. 7, 156 yards, 5-iron. Playing partners: Bill Cassidy, Danny Moore, Mac McMichael. Mike “Cotton” Conroy of Ontario, July 15, Forest Oaks GC. No. 13, 164 yards, 6-iron. Playing partners: Larry Heath, Eddie Forward and Jamie Strickland. His first ace. Steve Cranford of Winston-Salem, July 14, Meadowlands GC. No. 17, 132 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: Phil Fitzgerald, Sid Jordan, Keith Sink. Age 65, has been playing 40 years. First ace helped him post career best score 73. Jonathan Hundley of Madison, June 29, Tot Hill Farm GC. No. 3, 163 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: Alan Westmoreland, Kenneth Westmoreland, Tommy Mabe. His first ace. Spencer Chamberlin of Greensboro, June 21, Iron Play Par-3 Links. No. 12. 95 yards, pitching wedge. Playing partner: Merrit Chamberlin. His first ace. Burton Matherly of Oak Ridge, May 28, Deep Springs CC. No. 4, 165 yards, 6-iron. Playing partners: Will Matherly, Andrew Matherly. His seventh ace.

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ohn McConnell has certainly packed a lot of golf into the last 15 years. What began as the historical preservation of Donald Ross’s last design in east Raleigh in 2003 has blossomed into a portfolio of championship golf courses stretching from the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee to the Carolina coast. “I can’t believe it has gone this fast,” says McConnell, the CEO of one of the nation’s most unique golfing portfolios and membership opportunities. “You know, we had our best year ever last year; our golf rounds were up 15 percent against the national average that was 1-2 percent up, so I feel very good about what our company is doing as far as growing the game of golf,” he says. Raleigh-based McConnell Golf has emerged as an industry leader by offering its members access to a collection of pristine golf courses designed by legendary architects such as such Donald Ross, Pete Dye, and Arnold Palmer. “We have by far the best membership value on the East Coast, and it may be broader than that,” McConnell says. “We’ve got 12 championship golf courses, and board rooms and tennis courts that you are a member of, and

each course is different and they are in pristine condition throughout the year. So, if you like to play golf I can’t think of a better value than we offer. When I play at Pinehurst and I want to play more than 18 holes I pay a second fee, with our product you can go out and play all day for cart fee if you’re a member.” What has fostered the success? “I have no idea, other than it seemed like people liked what they saw and I kept getting calls from people who wanted to be a part of our organization. It was unplanned,” McConnell says of the collection of golf courses his team has assembled that includes Raleigh Country Club, Treyburn and TPC Wakefield Plantation in the Triangle. “It seemed like it was hard to turn away some of these golf courses like a Musgrove Mill (in South Carolina) or Holston Hills (in Tennessee) when you know these are layouts you just can’t build again.” Now well into his 60s, McConnell hints that he may not be done just yet, saying he’s looking at one or two additional courses in North Carolina that he may add in the near future that would benefit “our overall brand.” “But it’s harder and harder to find courses that fit our model now because we’ve got some pretty highend products, and usually if it’s a quality product now the clubs are doing OK,” he says.



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CGA Men Majors/Qualifiers Four-Ball Championships Sept. 28-30 – 23nd N.C. Four-Ball Championship, 12 Oaks, Holly Springs N.C. Mid-Amateur Championship Sept. 7-9 – 25th N. C. Mid-Amateur, Ballantyne CC, Charlotte Sept. 12-14 – 57th Carolinas Senior Amateur Championship, GC at Briar’s Creek, Johns Island, SC Sept. 25-26 - 11th North Carolina Super Senior Championship, Alamance CC, Burlington Oct. 8-9 – 7th Carolinas Super Senior FourBall Championship, CC of South Carolina, Florence TBA – 3rd Carolinas Senior Interclub Final Four

CGA Women Majors Sept. 26-27 – 20th Carolinas Senior Women’s Amateur, Members Club at Wildewood, Columbia, SC Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 – 2nd Carolinas Women’s Club Team, Mid Pines, Southern Pines Nov. 10-11 – 8th Carolinas Net Amateur Championship, Prestwick CC, Myrtle Beach, SC

CGA Other Oct. 19-20 – 73rd Captain’s Putter Team Matches, Spring Creek GC, Gordonsville

Nov. 10-11 – 8th Carolinas Net Amateur Championship, Prestwick CC, Myrtle Beach, SC. Nov. 10-11 – 21st Carolinas Interclub Final Four, Pinehurst #5, Pinehurst TBA – 10th Carolinas Young Amateur

Captain’s Choice/Charity Sept. 7 – Trauma Services Open, Bryan Park, Brown Summit, Sept. 15 – Hooter’s Fall Tournament, Plantation G.C. 336-342-6191. Sept. 15 – First Christian Church of Walnut Cove Inaugural Golf tournament at Hemlock Golf Club in Walnut Cove. Contact Brent Fleetwood for additional information 901-335-7511. Sept. 20 – VHVH Golf Tournament benefiting Help our Homeless Veterans Restore Home, Health and Spirit, Reynolds Park GC, Winston-Salem. Robert Nixon 336-486-4393. Sept. 21 – The 12th Annual Stongner Scholarship, Pudding Ridge, Mocksville, visit . Sept. 28 – 27th annual Ed Steffey Memorial Education Open to support educational projects in Danville and Pittsylvania County, Goodyear GC, Danville, Va. 434-797-1909. Sept 28 – Lefty for Life – CBG Memorial Tournament aka The Brad, benefiting the Mental Health Association in Greensboro, Bryan Park Champions, Brown Summit. Info . Sept. 29 – Reidsville Christian Church, Plantation G.C. 336-342-6191. Sept. 29 – 4th Annual Chameleon Classic benefiting children with autism and intellectual

disabilities, Country Hills, Gibsonville. Contact Sue Harvey 336-333-7065. Oct. 5 – 11th – Annual Hope for the Warriors Golf Tournament, Grandover Resort, Greensboro, contact Jack F. Masarie . Oct. 5-6 – Christian Outreach for Youth, Plantation G.C. 336-342-6191. Oct. 6 – 4th Annual Friends of Eden Animal Rescue, Oak Hills GC, Eden, Contact 336-912-1178. Oct. 12 – Camel City Classic benefitting Combat Warriors, Maple Chase, WinstonSalem, Contact Sean at Maple Chase Golf Shop 336-767-0034 or Oct. 13 – Annie Penn Cancer Tournament, Plantation G.C. 336-342-6191. Oct. 18 – 16th Clemmons Masonic Lodge Charity Tournament, Tanglewood Reynolds, Clemmons, Contact Richard Brewer 336-399-2278.

Laid-Back Golfers Tour 434-792-3728 • Men/Women All-Ages Flights pre-determined by handicap Tees determined by hdc/age formula Sept. 4 – Caswell Pines GC, Yanceyville Sept. 18 – Deep Springs CC, Stoneville Oct. 1 – Greensboro National, Summerfield Oct. 16 – Forest Park CC, Martinsville Oct. 30 – Bryan Park GC (Players), Brown Summit Nov. 12 – Danville GC, Danville Nov. 27 – Goodyear GC, Danville

For the latest tournament schedule, now updated daily, go to then click on Tournaments Golfweek Amateur Tour 252-864-9161 Sept. 1 – Barefoot Resort (Dye), North Myrtle Beach, SC Sept. 2 – Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, SC Sept. 29-30 – Local Finals, Bryan Park (both courses), Brown Summit Oct. 19-21 – National Championship at Hilton Head Island, SC

Senior Individual Oct. 9-11 – World Super Senior Championship. Tanglewood Championship, Clemmons. Ages 70-over, Kitty Visintine 336-703-6420. Senior Amateur Tour (ages 50-over) 910-964-1547 Sept. 6 – Umstead Pines, Durham Sept. 13 – Challenge GC, Graham Sept. 20 – Bryan Park (Champions), Brown Summit Sept. 27 – Beacon Ridge CC, West End Oct. 24-25 – National Championship at Hilton Head Island, SC

Amateur Team Sept. 29-30 – Tuscarora Two-Man Invitational, Tuscarora CC, Danville. Medal play in flights. 434-724-4191. Oct. 6-7 – Greensboro National Fall Classic, Greensboro National GC, Summerfield. 2-man bestball. 336-342-1113.

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Oct. 20-21 – 35th annual Lexington BBQ Festival 2-person teams, Lexington GC. 336-248-3950. Oct. 20-21 – Chatmoss Two-Man Invitational, Chatmoss CC, Martinsville. Medal play in flights. Also senior division. 276-638-7648.

Parent-Child Sept. 21-23 – Alamance County Parent-Child, Shamrock GC, Burlington. Contact 336-350-8002.

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 Sept. 8-9 – PKBGT IOA Golf Classic LPGA Symetra Tour Junior Qualifier, Alaqua CC, Jacksonville, FL Girls Invitational only. Sept. 15 – TYGA Tots, Northgreen CC, Rocky Mount, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-11. Sept. 15-16 – PKBGT N.C. Series Final, Colonial CC, Thomasville. Girls. Sept. 15-16 – HJGT - Charlotte Junior Open, Red Bridge Golf & Country Club, Locust, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18. Sept. 22-23 – CGA Junior Collegiate, Keith Hills CC, Buies Creek, Boys only, Invitation only. Sept. 29 – TYGA NC Middle School Championship, Longleaf GC, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls, Middle School.

Oct. 6-7 – PKBGT-CGA Jimmy Anderson Girls' Invitational, Jacksonville CC, Jacksonville, Girls only, Ages 12-18. Oct. 6-7 – HJGT - Wilmington Junior Open, Course TBD, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18, 407-614-2962. Oct. 13-14 – TYGA State Championship, Colonial CC, Thomasville, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. Oct. 13 – TYGA Tots State Championship, Longleaf GC, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-11. Oct. 15--NCHSAA Girls' HS regionals, NC only. Oct. 22-23 – NCHSAA Girls' State Championships, NC only. Oct. 22-23 – NCISAA Girls' State Championship, NC only. Oct. 27-28 – NJGT College Prep Series Fall Classic, Rock Barn, Claremont, Ages 6-18. Oct. 27-28 – TYGA Triad Bill Harvey Memorial Junior, Bryan Park GC, Greensboro, Boys/ Girls, Ages 12-18. Oct. 28 – PKBGT Invitational Last Chance Qualifier, Girls, TBA. Nov. 10-12 – PKBGT Invitational, Grandover, Greensboro, Girls Invitational Only. Nov. 21 – TYGA One Day, Longleaf GC, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18. Dec. 1-2 – PKBGT Tournament of Champions, Pinehurst #8, Pinehurst, Girls Invitational Only. Dec. 28-29 – PKBGT Peggy Kirk Bell Junior, Pine Needles, Southern Pines, Girls. Dec. 28-29 – Donald Ross Junior Championship, Pinehurst No. 1, No. 4 No. 5, No. 8, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18, 910235-8140. Jan. 20-21 – PKBGT Linville Cup, Mid Pines, Southern Pines, Girls Invitational Only.

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North Carolina Golf: A Perfect 10



n case you haven’t been keeping count, North Carolina now has more than 10 million residents and is the 10th most populous state. I will also argue Bets that the Tar Heel state is a perfect 10 when it comes to golf experiences. Having lived in the Triangle area for 35 years and enjoyed the heyday of the golfing boom when as many as 20 new courses opened across North Carolina in a year, it’s easy to assume all of our new golfing friends are conscious of all the ins-and-outs of where to play and what to see. That’s not necessarily the case as I often run across golfers who are in need of some muchneeded guidance. So, here are my top five “must do� golfing experiences if you live here. Take a trip to Pinehurst Resort. Known around the world for the famed No. 2 course, the resort located in the Sandhills area is so much more these days. Just a walk through the clubhouse hallway will inspire you to pick up a club. Attend a professional golf tournament, or better yet, splurge and play in a pro-am. So many states don’t have a single event. We are lucky here to have four profes-

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sional championships. You can see Tiger By BETSEY MITCHELL Woods at the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte or check out the Wyndham ell, Dro, I can’t argue with the Championship in Greensboro, the SAS fact that North Carolina has an Championship in Cary or the amazing offering of quality golf. Tour event in Raleigh. You have included some beauties, but Tee it up on a Donald Ross-designed they are sure hard to come by and can be golf course. With more than three dozen very pricey. scattered across our state my recommendaI know a good way to get inside tion would be Linville Golf Club. Opened these gates without taking out a home in 1924, the mountain course is private equity loan; keep your handicap with the but you can gain playing Carolinas Golf Association. privileges by staying at the Many of these courses are historic Eseeola Lodge. on their tournament schedPlay a round at Bald ule. You don’t have to be Head Island. There’s just a low handicapper to play. something cool about loadYou just need to pay close ing your clubs onto a boat attention to registration and cruising to your golf DUELING DIVOTS dates because they fill up destination. With a slope fast. of 143 I do suggest not keeping score -- just Pro-ams are a blast but can be also pricenjoy the layout as it winds its way over ey. You don’t need to play to gain access to dunes, around lagoons, through a maritime a championship. You can be a spectator and forest and along the Atlantic Ocean. still have money left over for dinner. Somehow, some way find your way to Championship volunteers are regularly one of the top-ranked courses. Old North up close to the players and can see the State Club, Grandfather Mountain or The entire golf course. For the price of a hat and Country Club of North Carolina are all pri- shirt you could be the one in the tee box vate but get creative and pull off a dream with that paddle you see on TV‌ mere feet round. from the greatest players of our time.

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13th Carolinas Mixed Team Championship Kiawah Island Resort (Oak Point) • Aug. 18-19 1. Alex Burris, Gboro-Patricia Thompson, Hickory! 67-67--134 2. Angela Altice-Jeff Altice, Wake Forest! 67-68--135 Selected others 8. Brant Hensley, Gboro-Michaela Cox, Whitsett! 74-75--149 13th Carolinas Pro-Junior Prestonwood Country Club (Meadows), Cary • Aug. 13 1. John Faidley-Christopher Wooten, W-S! 62 2. Steve Isley Jr.-Walker Isley, Oak Island! 65 2. Donna Andrews, S. Pines-Nicole Adam, Pinehurst! 65 4. Marcy Newton-Grady Newton, Winston-Salem! 66 Selected others from field of 54 5. Tommy Gibson, Mt. Airy-Rob Salisbury, Winston-Salem! 67 5. Jonathan Dudley, Mebane-Caden Baker, Whitsett! 67 9. Brad Luebchow, Win-Salem-Mallory Fobes, East Bend! 68 11. Clark Rose, Goldsboro-Dawson Daniels, Greensboro! 69 17. Ben Miller-Matthew Fary, Thomasville! 71 17. Brandon Mawyer, High Point-Sam Terry, Thomasville! 71 41st Carolinas Women's Four-Ball Championship Prestwick CC, Myrtle Beach, SC • Aug. 4-5 Championship Division (11 entries) 1. Jaelyn Tindal-Jodee Tindal, Rock Hill, SC! 74-68--142 2. Kennedy Gooding-Gracyn Burgess,Lexngtn,SC! 73-71--144 3. Madison Isaacson, Gboro-Caroline Cahill, Wilm! 72-73--145 Senior Division (12 entries) 1. Kim Briele, New Bern-Patty Moore, Charlotte! 70-68--138 2. Angela Stewart,Grnville-Susan Beaupied,Pttsbro! 72-72--143 3. Lisa Mooneyham, Graham-Kathy Binkley, Corn.! 74-71--145 4. Leigh Armentrout, Gboro-Linda Daniel, Hntrville! 77-74--151 67th Carolinas Four-Ball Championship Camden Country Club, Camden, S.C. Championship Match - Aug. 13 Carson Ownbey, Candler-Ben Woodruff, Huntersville, def. Alex Ellis-Logan Harrell, Charleston, SC, 4 and 3 Semifinals - Aug. 13 Ownbey-Woodruff def. Bobby Dean, Matthews-Robert Preston, Charlotte, 6 and 5 Ellis-Logan def. John Asay, Camden, SC-Rob Butler, Columbia, SC, 1 up Notes: Clay Watkins of Mebane, teaming with Stephen Lavenets of Apex, tied for seventh in medal play qualifying with 65-66 ... Logan Shuping of Salisbury, teaming with Blake Taylor of Atkinson tied for 10th in qualifying with 66-67. In the round of 16, Watkins-Lavenets were eliminated as Bert Atkinson and Sammy Truett won 1-up ... Shuping-Taylor fell to Ellis-Harrell, also by the 1 up margin. 8th North Carolina Amateur Match Play Treyburn CC, Durham Championship Match - Aug. 5 Brandon Einstein,Clemmons, def. Carson Ownbey,Candler, 2 and 1 Semifinal Matches - Aug. 4 Einstein def. Nick Lyerly, Salisbury, 3 and 2 Ownbey def. Brett McLamb, Coats, 5 and 4 Quarterfinal Matches - Aug. 4 Einstein def. Jonathan Brightwell, Mint Hill, 2 and 1 Lyerly def. Joe Kastelic, Hickory, 6 and 5 Ownbey def. Sam Wimbrow, Concord, 6 and 4 McLamb def. Todd Stafford, Belmont, 2 and 1 Notes: Nick Lyerly tied for second in stroke play qualifying with 68-66 ... Christopher Wooten of Winston-Salem tied for 6th with 68-69 ... Wooten, Alex Burris of Greensboro, Bradley Calloway of Asheboro, Parker Chavis of China Grove and Davis Richards of China Grove all qualified for match play but were eliminated in the round of 32. 21st Carolinas Women’s Match Play Camden Country Club, Camden, S.C. Championship Match - July 26 Anna Redding, Concord, def. Jessica Spicer, Bahama, 22 holes Semifinal Matches - July 26 Redding def. Jodee Tindal of Rock Hill, S.C., 1 up Spicer def. Kathleen Sumner of Charleston, S.C., 2 and 1 Selected other results Second Flight Finals Michaela Cox, Gboro,def. Angela Stewart, Greenville, 2 and 1 Championship Consolation Finals Madison Corley, Charltte, def. Kayla Smith, Burlington, 19 holes Championship Consolation Semifinals Kayla Smith, Burlington, def. Bailee Twiford, Coinjock, 3 and 2 Carolinas Father-Son Championship July 20 Championship Division - Whispering Pines CC 1. Stan Adams-Nicholas Adams, Goldsboro! 2. Mitchell Tanis-Russ Tanis, Pineville! 3. Chuck Wilfong, Thomasville-Chad Wilfong, Charlotte! Selected others from field of 59 7. Josh Daniels-Dawson Daniels, Greensboro! 7. Harrison Rutter-Jacob Rutter, Winston-Salem! 11. Robert Wooten-Christoper Wooten, Winston-Salem! 11. Grady Newton-Scott Newton, Winston-Salem! 18. Nicholas Poole-Kenneth Poole II, Greensboro! 18. Greg Einstein-Brandon Einstein, Clemmons! 28. Lee Robinette, Charlotte-Mitch Robinette, Greensboro! 33. Robbie Fox-Chris Fox, Winston-Salem!



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36. Charlie Tate-Chuck Tate, Greensboro! 78 36. Drew Davis, Pfafftown-Andy Davis, Fletcher! 78 Adams team won on first playoff hole Division D - Longleaf GC, Southern Pines (16 entries) 10. Eric Taylor, Greensboro-Matthew Taylor, Raleigh! 78 Division E - Longleaf GC, Southern Pines (14 entries) 4. Harry Leonard, Winston-Salem-Kyle Leonard, Mt. Airy ! 75 6. Steve Crouse-Luke Crouse, Reidsville! 76 7. Kenneth Shelton-Parker Shelton, Advance! 77 Division F - Longleaf GC, Southern Pines (15 entries) 10. Charlie Stack, Oak Ridge-Steve Stack, Stokesdale! 85 Division G - Foxfire GC, Foxfire Village (20 entries) 9. Tim Neal, Winston-Salem-Seth Cox, Booneville! 79 Child Age 13-Under A Division, Pinewild CC (13 entries) 1. Colby Moore-Michael Moore, Advance! 69 5. Andrew Bartlett-Wes Bartlett, Greensboro! 74 10. Kelly Magnussen-Hayden Magnussen, Greensboro! 79 Child Age 13-Under B Division, Pinewild CC (14 entries) 3. Ernie Newton-Lincoln Newton, Winston-Salem! 77 7. Jason Cogdill-Hampton Cogdill, Pfafftown! 86 8. Adam Key-Connor Key, Pilot Mountain! 87 Pro Division, Pinewild CC, Pinehurst (12 entries) 1. Jerry Haas-Kyle Haas, Winston-Salem! 67 4. Andy Younts, Reidsville-Drew Younts, Greensboro! 71 Super Senior A Division, Mid Pines GC (20 entries) 4. Jim Pridgen, Jamestown-Brent Pridgen, Lewisville! 72 7. David Frye, Winston-Salem-Chad Frye, Davidson! 75 Super Senior B Division, Mid Pines GC (22 entries) 1. Arnie Harpe, Mocksville-Joe Harpe, Winston-Salem! 72 2. Arlis Pike-Dalton Pike, Kernersville! 73 2. Donald Hill, Whitsett-Sprunt Hill, Mount Olive! 73 7. Sean O’Neal, Greensboro-James O’Neal, Southport! 80 8. Eddie Streetman,Lexington-Colby Mavropoulos,Knnplis! 81 Super Senior B Division, Mid Pines GC (19 entries) 3. Scott Mankins-Wake Forest-Larry Mankins, King! 85 8. Bryan Valentine, Greensboro-Jim Valentine, Burlington! 88 9. Jonathan Hines,Greensboro-Bill Wade,Whispering Pines!89 11. Don Scott III, Elon-Don Scott, Kernersville! 90 Carolinas Parent-Child Championship Legacy Golf Links, Aberdeen • July 20 Overall Amateur Division 1. Madison Isaacson-Jon Isaacson, Greensboro! 2. Macie Burcham-Jeff Burcham, Greensboro! 2. Michael Mayer, Pinehurst-Virginia Mayer, New London! Selected others from field of 39 7. Mallory Fobes-Ron Fobes, East Bend! 7. Jeff Mast-Rachel Mast, Lexington! 10. Annika Winebarger-Scott Winebarger, State Road! 16. Emily Hawkins-Thomas Hawkins, Lexington! 16. Jeff Craver-Hannah Craver, Winston-Salem! 19. Wes Stanley, Greensboro-Sherry Marsh, Southport! 19. Robert Hunter-Kate Hunter, Greensboro! 22. Nattie Noonkester-Tadd Noonkester, Ararat! 26. Gig Hilton-Stacy Vanzant, Lexington! 26. Kayla Dowell-Robert Dowell, Mebane! 29. Kevin King-Mary Paige King, Clemmons! Pro Division (3 entries) 2. Garrett Hauk-Heather Hauk, Burlington !

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CGA One-Day Four-Ball

Selected finishers from Triad (top half of division) SENIOR ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL TOURNAMENTS Peninsula Club, Cornelius • Aug. 13 Tournament Flight A (13 entries) 1. Stanley Randall-Johnny Miller, Mocksville! 1. Parker Whitt, Winston-Salem-John Helms, Mt. Holly! Tournament Flight B (12 entries) 4. Dale Slate, Advance-Herb Whitesell, Granite Falls! Super Senior 65+ A Flight (8 entries) 1. Eddie Streetman, Lexington-Mike Davis, Mocksville! Country Club of Spartanburg • July 31 Tournament Flight B (9 entries) 1. Larry Blood-Robert Jackson, Mount Airy! Super Senior 70+ (11 entries) 4. Ben Payne-Travis Jones, Greensboro!

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Musgrove Mill Golf Club, Clinton, SC • July 30 Tournament Flight B (9 entries) 2. Larry Blood-Robert Jackson, Mount Airy! 72 Tournament Flight C (8 entries) 1. Billy Sawyers-Tim Peele, Pilot Mountain! 75 3. Steve Neubeiser, Chapin, SC-Bill Schuch, Greensboro! 79 Kiawah Island Golf Resort (Oak Point) • July 24 Super Senior 65+ A Flight (13 entries) 2. David Brown, Clemmons-Steven Johnson, Jefferson! 72 Kiawah Island Golf Resort (Cougar Point) • July 23 Tournament Flight A (13 entries) 3. Stephen Parks, Johns Isl., SC-Mike Twilley, Greensboro! 69 Super Senior 65+ A Flight (14 entries) 4. David Brown, Clemmons-Steven Johnson, Jefferson! 72 ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL TOURNAMENTS 12 Oaks Golf Course, Holly Springs • Aug. 6 Men A (10 entries) 4. Ashley Newsome-Jon Kite, Advance!


NorthStone CC, Huntersville • Aug. 13 Men A (12 entries) 2. Phil Miller, Concord-Andrew Morgan, China Grove! Women (5 entries) 2. Lynn Roloff, Greensboro-Sook Hee Yang, Jamestown!

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Madison Rotary Four-Ball Invitational Deep Springs CC, Stoneville (par 72) Aug. 11-12 Championship Flight Tripp Summerlin-Grant Powell! 63-64--127 Frank Ward-Johnny Kimrey! 137 143 Bill Wade-Jamie Gilley! First Flight Donald Corns-Keith James! 145 Brad Smith-Kevin Godeck! 145 Tim Wilson-Dane Robertson! 146 Second Flight Andy Wilson-Bob Coble! 157 Bob Shelton-Steve Eubanks! 158 Steve Lewis-Russell Stop! 159

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8th annual B.S. Open 2-Man Bestball Brookwood GC, July 28 (par 72) Southwick GC, July 29 (par 70) Championship Flight Randy Clayton-Logan Thornton! 66-59--125 Tanner Gross-Brady Moran! 64-62--126 Perry Lowe-Scott Trent! 65-63--128 Tony Byerly-Adam Hamlett! 63-66--129 Bruce Newsome-Andy Woodsen! 65-65--130 First Flight Kevin Burns-Sean Holt! 68-62--130 Jason Crowe-Ryan Hodges! 68-63--131 Steve Bigham-Chester Thorpe! 69-62--131 Joey Small-Les Small! 68-66--134 Kenny Wilson-Jason Hatley! 68-66--134 Second Flight Robert Trent-Andy Lee! 71-64--135 Derek Cobb-Sam Patterson! 70-67--137 Michael Isley-Rusty Stewart! 72-66--138 Parker Nash-Bryce Barnes! 70-69--139 Adam Lyons-Troxler! 70-69--139 Third Flight Alex George-Bob Fox! 74-72--146 Jeff Wilson-Dewayne Moize! 76-70--146 Craig Abendschein-Freddy V! 75-71--146 Dale Price-Jim Mayfield! 75-74--149 Wayne Beckwith-TJ Beckwith! 78-76--154

Amateur Individual

67th Men's North & South Amateur Pinehurst Resort • Aug. 20-22 Men's Senior Division Course Rotation: No. 5 - No. 6 - No. 2 1. Eddie Hargett, Blythewood, SC! 70-67-74--211 2. Johnny Elam, Charlotte! 71-73-71--215 2. Joe Shaktman, Coral Springs, Fla.! 73-71-71--215 Selected others from field of 78 11. Patrick Brady, Reidsville! 75-72-74--221 36. Buck Hall, Thomasville! 79-76-77--232 38. Grant Hoffman, Asheboro! 72-80-81--233 63. Craig Cathey, Burlington! 77-80-88--245 67. Tom Fagerli, Yadkinville! 78-82-88--248 68. John Kearns, Greensboro! 80-87-85--252 Men's Super Senior Division Course Rotation: No. 2 - No. 5 - No. 6 1. Jerry Ishee II, Nashville, Tenn.! 70-71-76--217 2. John Long, Murrells Inlet, SC! 75-73-70--218 2. Bruce Scamehorn, Winter Haven, Fla.! 73-75-70--218 Selected others from field of 81 6. Kim Mansfield, High Point! 75-73-76--224 15. Lawrence Hicks, Greensboro! 75-75-80--230 61st Women's North & South Amateur Pinehurst Resort • Aug. 20-22 Women's Super Senior Division Course Rotation: No. 6 - No. 2 - No. 5 1. Mimi Hoffman, Springfield, Va.! 77-77-76--230 2. Patty Moore, Pinehurst ! 77-81-75--233 Selected others from field of 30 22. Mary Hill, Winston-Salem! 93-87-83--263 23. Katherine DeVore, High Point! 90-90-90--270 Triad Amateur Golf Classic High Point CC Willow Creek Course (par 72) July 28-29 1. Matt Younts, Greensboro! 76-67--143 2. Connor Sock, High Point! 76-68--144 3. Brandon Einstein, Clemmons! 76-69--145 3. Attie Giles, Pinehurst! 73-72--145 3. Daniel Neveu, Pinehurst! 72-73--145 3. Jacob Colley, Raleigh! 72-73--145 7. Clay Holland, Greensboro! 74-72--146 7. Zach Brown, Bermuda Run! 73-73--146 7. Daniel Welborn, Charlotte! 72-74--146 10. Curtis Brotherton, High Point! 75-72--147 10. Jeremy Ray, Pfafftown! 73-74--147 10. Todd Grear, Mooresville! 74-74--147

Selected others from field of 61 15. Chris Casseta, High Point! 74-75--149 19. Mark Johnston, Lewisville! 81-69--150 19. Brady Gregor, High Point! 77-73--150 19. Paul Slomkowski, Colfax! 74-76--150 22. Jay McGhee, Greensboro! 74-77--151 27. Mark Absher, High Point! 75-78--153 29. Jonathan Wade, Greensboro ! 76-78--154 30. Mike Roshelli, Graham! 78-77--155 33. Ryan Wilson, Greensboro! 77-79--156 33. Matt Head, Summerfield! 75-81--156 Senior Division 1. James Grainger, Charlotte! 68-74--142 1. Moore Council, High Point! 72-70--142 3. Mike Bivins, High Point! 72-71--143 4. Gary Pugh, Asheboro! 73-76--149 5. Steve Sharpe, Greensboro ! 75-79--154 6. Tom Fagerli, Yadkinville! 75-80--155 Selected others from field of 21 8. Kim Mansfield, High Point! 81-77--158 9. James Brown, High Point! 82-78--160 9. Davis Millis, High Point! 77-83--160 UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU 12. Matt Utt, Advance! 84-77--161 UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU



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Senior Sandhills Open Pinewild CC (Holly), Pinehurst (par 72) • July 30-31 1. Gus Ulrich, Whispering Pines, $660! 69-67--136 2. Mitch Adams, Asheboro, $530! 69-71--140 3. Rick Morton, Jacksonville, $460! 68-73--141 4. Ronald Giles, Pinehurst, $400! 74-68--142 5. David Thore, Wilmington, $330! 67-76--143 Champions Division (Amateur) 1. Sherrill Britt, West End! 65-67--132 2. Steve Harwell, Mooresville! 69-73--142 3. Patrick Brady, Reidsville! 70-74--144 Selected others from field of 25 8. Steven Kidd, Liberty! 76-74--150 9. Craig Cathey, Burlington! 76-75--151 Super Seniors Division (Amateur) 1. Dennis Helms, N. Myrtle Beach! 67-74--141 2. Russ Perry, Winston-Salem! 74-70--144 3. Lawrence Hicks, Greensboro! 77-68--145 3. Kim Mansfield, High Point! 73-72--145 Selected others from field of 32 10. Charles Parks, Asheboro! 71-76--147 12. John Stratton, Greensboro! 76-73--149 Legends Division (Amateur) 1. Dennis Adkins, N. Myrtle Beach! 70-74--144 2. Ernie Newton, Winston-Salem! 71-74--145 2. Jerry Grout, Southern Pines! 77-68--145 Selected others from field of 30 6. Mike Sprouts, Winston-Salem! 74-73--147 9. Gene Grubb, Greensboro! 72-78--150 Assistants Association Stroke Play Rolling Hills CC, Monroe (par 72) • July 30 1. Troy Spencer (Myers Park), $420! 2. Tommy Gibson (Old Town Club), $234!

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GPro Tour

Bryan Park Champions Course, Brown Summit • Aug. 15-16 65-66--131 1. Matt Schall, Charlotte, $5,400! 2. Bruce McDonald, Charlotte, $3,225! 65-70--135 Selected others from field of 83 6. Stanhope Johnson, Greensboro, $1,725! 67-70--137 7. Bruce Woodall, Yanceyville, $1,381! 71-67--138 16. Frank Adams, Salisbury, $900! 68-73--141 16. Ryan Sullivan, Winston-Salem, $900! 72-69--141

SwingThought Tour

Bryan Park Champions Course, Brown Summit • Aug. 6-7 1. Michael Roberts, Middletown, Ohio, $7,500! 69-69--138 2. Bruce Woodall, Yanceyville, $1,206! 70-68--138 Selected others from field of 16 6. Ryan Sullivan, Winston-Salem, $375! 72-67--139 Roberts won 6-man playoff with birdie on first extra hole

Presented By USGA Qualifying

United States Mid-Amateur Sectional Colonial CC, Thomasville (par 71) Aug. 20 Qualifiers Jerry Richardson, Jr., Cary! 68 Clay Holland, Greensboro! 68 Chad Wilfong, Charlotte! 69 Sherrill Britt, West End! 70 Alternates Bailey Patrick, Charlotte! 70 Skip Corneliussen, Summerfield! 70 Notes: The qualifiers advance to the 38th U.S. Mid-Amateur Sept. 22-27 at Charlotte Country Club and Carolina Golf Club in Charlotte. Scott Harvey of Kernersville and Josh Nichols, formerly of Kernersville, are among the players exempt from qualifying.

CGA Qualifying

57th Carolinas Senior Qualifier Holly Ridge GL, Archdale (par 72) Aug. 23 1. Tony Nichols, Reidsville! 71 2. Brian Harris, Newton! 74 Selected others from field of 39 4. Eric Taylor, Greensboro! 76 4. James Morgan, Greensboro! 76 4. Scott Neely, Winston-Salem! 76 8. Mike Bivins, High Point! 77 8. Bob Wilson, Archdale! 77 11. Gary Roberson, Burlington! 78 11. James Motsinger, Wilkesboro! 78 11. Benjamin Yeager, Clemmons! 78 15. John Stratton, Greensboro! 79 15. Barry Cheek, High Point! 79 17. Charlie Parks, Asheboro! 80 17. Lawrence Hicks, Greensboro! 80 17. Robert Heavner, Greensboro! 80 17. James Brown, High Point! 80 21. Jack Stanley, Summerfield! 81 Note: Top 24 players advance to 57th Carolinas Senior Amateur Championship at The Golf Club at Briar’s Creek in Johns Island, SC Sept. 13-15. 25th N.C. Mid-Amateur Qualifier Holly Ridge GL, Archdale (par 72) Aug. 22 1. Brandon Shaver, Charlotte! 69 2. Clay Holland, Greensboro! 70 Selected others from field of 69 4. Brad Coleman, Jamestown! 72 7. Park Williams, Kernersville! 73 7. Mark Dill, Pelham! 73 7. Kyle Leonard, Mt. Airy! 73 7. Ryan Wyble, Greensboro! 74 10. Billy Andrews, Advance! 74 10. Brad Raczenski, Kernersville! 74 13. Wes Tyner, High Point! 75 13. Ricky Zachary, Thomasville! 75 18. Dustin Moore, Greensboro! 76 18. Michael Nulty, Greensboro! 76 18. Paul Slomkowski, Colfax! 76 18. Nick Cromer, Trinity! 76 18. Brad Dawson, Mebane! 76 18. Chris Blankenship, Lexington! 76 Note: Top 18 plus ties advance to the 25th North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship at Ballantyne Country Club in Charlotte, Sept. 7-9.

CGA One-Day

Listing Triad finishers in the top half Red Bridge G&CC, Locust • Aug. 19 Men A (31 entries) 2. Richard Youden,Winston-Salem! 74 13. Patrick Lundy, Greensboro! 79 Men B (15 entries) 1. William Cheek, Asheboro! 80 Senior B (7 entries) 2. Thomas Lantz, Kernersville! 85 Super Senior (3 entries) 1. Hugh Quinn, Lewisville! 73 Tobacco Road GC, Sanford • Aug. 9 Stableford Scoring Men B (12 entries) 1. Henry Garcia, Burlington! 35 pts. 2. William Cheek, Asheboro! 28 pts. Senior A (8 entries) 4. Gary Eubanks, Greensboro! 29 pts. Senior B (14 entries) 1. Dexter Barbee, Burlington! 29 pts. 4. Bruce McPherson, Asheboro! 22 pts. 7. Donnie Hatcher, Stoneville! 21 pts.

Mill Creek GC, Mebane • Aug. 5 Men A (19 entries) 3. Patrick Lundy, Greensboro! 72 9. Richard Youden,Winston-Salem! 78 Men B (13 entries) 3. Gregory Scott, Burlington! 80 3. Don Scott, Kernersville! 80 Senior A (9 entries) 1. Blake McSherry, Semora! 73 3. Mark Marion, Winston-Salem! 79 Senior B (10 entries) 1. Ray Copeland, Gibsonville! 79 2. Parker Whitt, Winston-Salem! 81 3. Bob Ring, Mebane! 82 4. Bill Jones, Archdale! 85 4. Dexter Barbee, Burlington! 85 Super Senior (16 entries) 1. George Kennon, Greensboro! 71 3. Jim Shermer, Clemmons! 75 6. Michael Burdick, McLeansville! 77 Legacy GL, Aberdeen • July 22 Men B (21 entries) 2. James Bryant, Greensboro! 81 CC of Whispering Pines (Pines) July 21 Men A (38 entries) 3. Richard Youden, Winston-Salem! 76 5. Jason Fulp, Germanton! 77 10. Patrick Lundy, Greensboro! 78 19. Koby Markham, Asheboro! 81 Men B (17 entries) 2. William Cheek, Asheboro! 77 3. Henry Garcia, Burlington! 78 6. Don Scott, Kernersville! 84 Senior A (7 entries) 2. David Larmour, Winston Salem! 74 Women (6 entries) 3. Jordan Young, Winston-Salem! 82

Amateur Individual

71st Forsyth Invitational Aug. 10-12 Reynolds Park GC, Winston-Salem Pine Knolls GC, Kernersville Tanglewood Reynolds, Clemmons (Par 71-72-72) Top 32 of 79 Dan Walters ! 66-62-70--198 Mark Johnston ! 70-67-73--210 Arlis Pike ! 74-64-75--213 Brian Hayes! 72-70-73--215 Scott Campbell ! 71-73-71--215 Davis Gilmore ! 69-75-73--217 Brandon Berrier ! 74-71-72--217 Richard Giles ! 68-77-74--219 Nick Gray ! 72-72-76--220 Kenny Flynn ! 71-74-75--220 John Hodges ! 70-72-79--221 Aaron King ! 72-73-77--222 John Nieters ! 76-73-74--223 Brad Helms ! 72-71-82--225 Tyler Morgan ! 71-75-79--225 Brandon Miller! 76-72-77--225 Stephen Dunn! 75-72-79--226 Brandon Buchanon ! 74-71-82--227 Tom Coleman ! 72-74-81--227 Stevie Blankenship ! 76-78-73--227 Gerald Carter ! 73-75-80--228 Randy Beeson ! 71-79-78--228 Jason Fulp ! 73-79-76--228 Sonny Kiger ! 79-73-77--229 Grayson Compton ! 75-75-80--230 Jordan Ramsey ! 76-78-76--230 Russ Patterson! 77-80-73--230 Sammy Evans ! 74-76-81--231 Shad Chrismon ! 77-74-80--231 Rodney Norman! 75-78-78--231 Hugh Quinn ! 80-74-77--231 Jim Blaylock ! 75-80-76--231 Crooked Tree Amateur Aug. 10-12 Crooked Tree GC, Brown Summit Championship Flight 74-76--150 Ryan Lambeth! Lynn Harris! 69-85--154 First Flight Steve Doss" " ! 76-72--148 Kris Copeland" " ! 76-75--151 Second Flight Eugene Hyjek" " ! 81-73--154 Wayne Troxler" " ! 83-77--160 Third Flight Billy Hutchersen" "! 85-84--169 Ryan Green " "" "! 89-83--172 Fourth Flight ! ! ! ! Tom Cushman" ! " 92-90--182 Travis Levan" " ! 90-96--186

Holly Ridge Charity Classic Holly Ridge GL, Archdale (par 72) Aug. 4-5 Championship Flight (top 10 of 15) Daniel Nuveu ! 72-64--136 Nick Lewis! 70-67--137 Colton Sapp! 68-70--138 Gary Pugh! 72-67--139 Anthony Baker! 67-72--139 Tanner Gross! 72-69--141 Buck Hall! 68-73--141 Mike Bayes! 68-74--142 Sherrill Britt! 72-71--143 Nick Cromer! 71-72--143 First Flight (top 7 of 16) Brock Elder! 73-77--150 Nick Welshons! 73-77--150 Dylan Hoffman! 76-76--152 Austin Stout! 75-77--152 Colson Hoffman! 76-77--153 Jimmy Miller! 76-77--153 Chris Wilson! 77-76--153 Second Flight (top 7 of 19) Adam Fox! 78-74--152 Michael Pierce! 79-73--152 John Lavin! 78-74--152 Nick Johnson! 78-76--154 Korry Rich! 80-77--157 Craig Cox! 80-78--158 Jeff Jensen! 78-80--158 Third Flight (top 6 of 17) Adam Bartlett! 82-73--155 Zach Braswell! 82-77--159 Kieren Smith! 82-77--159 Ricky Zachary! 81-78--159 Lee Everhart! 82-78--160 Steve Citty! 82-79--161 Fourth Flight (top 4 of 20) Jonathan Thomas! 88-79--167 Josh Jenkins! 86-83--169 Derrick Welch! 87-85--172 Zach Lax! 86-86--172 Fifth Flight (top 4 of 20) Pat Cline! 94-83--177 Chuck Riddle! 92-87--179 Lowell Rhodes! 97-84--181 Caleb Hughes! 92-89--181 Senior Championship (top 3 of 4) Steve Sharpe! 70-71--141 Eric Taylor! 70-73--143 Kim Mansfield! 68-76--144 Senior First Flight (top 4 of 13) Barry Briggs! 76-77--153 Garland Yates! 79-75--154 Mike Brown! 79-75--154 Floyd Evans! 79-78--157 Senior Second Flight (top 4 of 9) Carl Varner! 86-81--167 Ray Hundley! 90-85--175 Steve Hill ! 92-83--175 Barry Day! 86-89--175 Dugan Aycock Davidson County Amateur Lexington GC, Lexington (par 71) July 28-29 Championship Flight (top 10 of 15) Michael Swaringen! 67-68--135 Rodney Thomas! 67-69--136 Nicholas Gunnell! 71-65--136 Kerry Cooke! 67-75--142 Chris Blankenship! 71-71--142 Paul Lohr! 72-72--144 Doyle Wyant! 71-73--144 Jordan Fritts! 70-74--144 Kevin Veach! 70-76--146 Chris Gooch! 70-76--146 First Flight (top 6 of 16) Jason Craver! 75-69--144 Brooks Roberts! 74-73--147 Jared Barnette! 75-72--147 Keenan Denny! 74-74--148 Trey Sweeting! 74-75--149 Justin Lefler! 76-73--149 Second Flight (top 5 of 16) Chris Ingram! 78-74--152 Scott Tarcy! 77-79--156 Scott Hughes! 79-77--156 Tony Willard! 77-80--157 Ty Niday! 79-78--157 Third Flight (top 5 of 16) Drew Yarbrough! 80-75--155 Chris Williams! 82-74--156 Stevie Blankenship! 81-75--156 Josh Nelson! 81-79--160 Ben Spell! 82-79--161 Fourth Flight (top 4 of 17) Josh McCullough! 85-82--167 Joe Tippett! 85-82--167 Ken Smith! 86-81--167 Nathanial Smith! 87-82--169

Senior Championship (top 8 of 12) Buck Hall! 66-65--131 Mark Hedrick! 65-67--132 Richard Giles! 68-69--137 Billy Swaringen! 69-72--141 Michael Kindley! 70-72--142 David Camadine! 72-72--144 Garland Yates! 72-72--144 Don Puckett! 66-78--144 Senior First Flight (top 4 of 12) Steve King! 76-77--153 Bill Heasley! 81-74--155 Don Tabat! 78-77--155 Bart Carroll! 81-76--157

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Senior Am Tour

Southern Pines Elks • Aug. 23 Championship Flight (4 entries) 1. Craig Sturdivant, Sanford! 70 3. Dan Anthony, Thomasville! 74 A Flight (12 entries) 1. Gerald Lewis, Greensboro! 72 2. Jim Alford, Zebulon! 72 4. Wilson Shelton, Madison! 77 Lewis won playoff B Flight (15 entries) 1. Jim Shermer, Lewisville! 79 2. Fred Dodge, Randleman! 81 5. Rus Rilling, Madison! 83 6. Mark Hagerty, Sophia! 84 C Flight (11 entries) 87 1. A.C. Guarino, Pfafftown! 2. Mike Charles, Winston-Salem! 88 88 2. Mike Hunter, Greensboro! Legacy GC, Aberdeen • Aug. 16 A Flight (12 entries) 1. Ben Wheaton, Southern Pines! 74 3. Gerald Lewis, Greensboro! 77 4. Dave LeVeque, Greensboro! 79 6. Don Tabat, Lexington! 80 B Flight (18 entries) 1. Sam Robinson, Carthage! 76 2. Fred Dodge, Randleman! 78 4. Jim Shermer, Lewisville! 80 5. Huston Shaw, Winston-Salem! 82

Carolinas Golf Association

18th North Carolina Senior Four-Ball Championship Old Chatham Golf Club, Durham (par 72) • Aug. 14-16 1. Johnny Elam-Kelly Stimart, Charlotte! !! ! 67-65-62--194 2. Randall Sullins, Claremont-Gary Hull, Cornelius! ! ! 63-69-64--196 3. Patrick Brady, Reidsville-Steve Harwell, Mooresville! ! 65-65-67--197 4. Russ Perry, Winston-Salem-Gary Robinson, Fayetteville!! 69-65-66--200 Selected others from field of 80 6. Kim Mansfield, High Point-Ernie Newton, Winston-Salem! 67-72-67--206 8. Donald Moore, Greensboro-Robert Vespa, Summerfield!! 67-69-71--207 14. Michael Mayer, Pinehurst-John Stratton, Greensboro! ! 71-69-69--209 18. Gary Pugh-Charlie Parks, Asheboro!! ! ! ! ! 74-66-71--211 23. David Waggoner, Holly Ridge-Mike Ford, Elon! ! ! 69-72-71--212 25. Gary Roberson-Craig Cathey, Burlington!! ! ! ! 72-70-71--213 25. Bill Long, Southern Pines-Tom Fagerli, Yadkinville!! ! 68-74-71--213 29. Marc Cox, Greensboro-Reid Cox, Lexington! ! ! ! 71-69-74--214 32. Dave Davis-Garland Yates, Asheboro! ! ! ! ! 70-72-77--219


Laidback Tour


3. Wilson Shelton, Madison! 7. Michael Kindley, Winston-Salem! 8. Michael Greene, Lewisville! 8. Jack Stanley, Summerfield! Smith won playoff B Flight (15 entries) 4. Jim Shermer, Lewisville! 7. Kelly Brown, Kernersville! C Flight (16 entries) 3. Ed McNally, Graham! 7. A.C. Guarino, Pfafftown!

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Runk & Pratt Club, Altavista, Va. Aug. 7 A Flight (2 entries) 1. Wayne Thompson, Mebane! 75 B Flight (3 entries) 1. Mike Reynolds, Blairs, Va.! 74 C Flight (4 entries) 1. Randy McCann, Greensboro! 81 2. Willard Vicks, Danville, Va.! 84 D Flight (3 entries) 1. Glenn Hudson, Danville, Va.! 82

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