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Spring 2018

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enowned club fitter Randy McGinnis has moved locations and has taken over I-85 Range in Haw River. McGinnis had leased a driving range and club fitting business for 15 years about 7 miles away, but the property had been cut in half a few years ago

by one of the range’s owners, prompting the move to the new location off of Interstate 40-85 near The Challenge Golf Club. “The old range was too small to hit drivers anymore,” McGinnis said. “I had my best year in club sales in 2017, but we lost $50,000 in range ball business. I tried to convince patrons there were 14 clubs in their bag and that they needed to practice them all, telling them they needed to work on their golf swing and not their driver. That didn’t work.” McGinnis, 65, has kept the same name – Randy’s Golf Center Range – and has signed a long-term lease at his

Remembering Ed Dupree

(NOTE: Ed Dupree is a former columnist for Triad Golf Today and Triangle Golf Today who wrote about his adventures of playing as many North Carolina golf courses as he could. Former newspaper colleague Tim Peeler reflects on Ed’s life.)


d Dupree couldn’t just tell you which of the 565 golf courses he had played in North Carolina. In most cases, he could tell you the date, the weather, the fairways hit, the greens-in-regulation and the number of putts he had on the day he played. So specific were his scorecards and spreadsheets he could also tell you how much he paid each time he played, though in later years as a member of the North Carolina Golf Panel that rates the state’s golf courses, greens fees were waived.

Dupree, a former sportswriter and sports editor for UNC’s Daily Tar Heel and The Salisbury Post (and others), whose goal was to play each of the 552 currently operating courses in the state of North Carolina, came up 30 rounds short. He died on Nov. 21 at Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury of leukemia. He was 76. Few people would ever have the chance to match Dupree’s impressive career total, since 43 courses he played in the state are now closed. Not all of the ones he identified on his spreadsheet are listed in state golf course guides. Some were small ninehole executive courses, like the one at NC State’s Faculty Club in Raleigh. And some were privately operated or family-owned

new location from owner Joe Vincent. McGinnis said he knows a large portion of his customer base, many of whom would come to the I-85 Range to hit balls once his previous range was condensed. If you’re looking for some clubs McGinnis has a hefty inventory, while also offering his award-winning clubhitting expertise. “And we specialize in re-gripping and club repair, along with loft and lie adjustment,” he said. “We’re definitely a one-stop shop. If you are looking for a driver I am not branded. I try to keep golfers open-minded. I’ll send you out to fields or once-manicured courses he talked his way into playing. Just so he could say he did. Golf was hardly Dupree’s only passion. He collected baseball cards [more than a million] and fantasy baseball championships [nearly 100 in his the three leagues he helped start in the 1980s]. He was a longtime track coach in his adopted hometown of Faith, teaching hundreds of kids in his Faith Flyers AAU running club a lifelong devotion to fitness. True to his personality, Dupree began a streak of running on June 23, 1993, that ended because of a torn hamstring just a few weeks before he died. He ran a minimum of one mile – almost always more – for 8,847 consecutive days, rain or shine, wind or snow, indoors or out. He catalogued every mile that he ran throughout his entire life, including the 13 marathons. All told, he ran 41,093.5 miles. He, of course, had a spreadsheet.

the range with six different manufacturer drivers and say ‘let’s try them all and see which one actually fits you.’ I like to let the customer make the choice.” In addition to the range, the I-85 location has an 18-hole miniature golf course that draws customers from as far away as Chapel Hill and Durham, and one that McGinnis plans to renovate by April 1.

By David Droschak


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ON THE COVER: Former Salem Baptist Christian School golfer Josh Nichols was the runner-up at the 2017 U.S. Mid Amateur Championship. Photo by David Droschak.


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Nichols chooses “steady and reliable” over roller coaster golf career By KURT DUSTERBERG Josh Nichols had a plan. From the time he was in high school he wanted to fine-tune his golf game in college, qualify for the PGA Tour and make some noise with the top players in the world. “I wanted to be like all the guys you see on TV, they’re 21 years old and they’re lighting up the world with their golf,” says the 26-year-old Nichols. “But every year (after college at Appalachian State), I thought, ‘well, I’m not good enough this year, maybe next year.’ But I never gave up, even when I didn’t meet my original goal right out of college. I kept going, and it led to last summer.” At the end of July 2017, Nichols won the Triad Amateur and the Carolinas Open in the same week before placing third in the Forsyth Invitational the following weekend. Two months later, he reached the title match of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in Atlanta, playing for an exemption into the 2018 Masters and U.S. Open. He lost in the final match, but he was playing the best golf of his life. “I’m realizing, ‘wow, I’m a great player. But at the same, I’m not enjoying this like I thought I would,”’ he says. “It’s a realization I had in the middle of the week and then after it was over. Every night I was exhausted and nervous about the next day.” In those moments of success, he had doubts. If playing for a paycheck meant beginning every day with a pit in his stomach, he wondered if he had the makeup for it. “Maybe I could get used to that eventually if I did that for two, three, four years of constant high-pressure tournaments,” he says. “I thought I would love that stage, but it wasn’t all I had worked it up to be. If I had to turn it around and do it again like a minitour player would, week-after-week, I realized I don’t think I could do it.” 6


It isn’t easy taking stock of one’s own dreams. There are times to follow without hesitation, and times to change course. Nichols had seen caution signs even in the early days of his competitive golf career. After playing high school golf at Salem Baptist Christian School in WinstonSalem, his years at Appalachian State didn’t progress like he had imagined. “I had a couple wins at smaller tournaments, but for me personally, my college career left a lot to be desired,” he says. “I wanted my stroke average to be lower; I wanted to win every tournament I played in. I felt like l worked really, really hard, but there’s always more you could do.” Four years of college golf gave way to four years of grinding through the regional ranks. And despite strong finishes year after year Nichols was left staring at a daunting number: 2,690. That was his national ranking as an amateur. “Looking at that number was a factor in my decision,” he says. “As good of a year as I had (in 2017), at the end of it I’m not even in the top 2,000 amateurs, let alone pros.” That’s one of the main reasons he has decided to push golf to the fringe of his life. He wants to find a job in the Triangle area, maybe in insurance sales or banking. Until now, he’s been helping out with his aunt’s wedding catering business, chasing a golf dream that no longer reflected his own values. “I started realizing what a selfish pursuit it was, too,” he says. “That started to rub me wrong. I’m spending basically eight hours a day looking in a mirror: ‘How can I improve? How can I make Josh happier?’ It

just started feeling wrong, like I was doing the wrong thing. I need to get a little perspective and start paying attention to other people. How can I best spend my time with my girlfriend and with my Christian faith and a church?” Make no mistake, Nichols has not fallen out of love with golf. The game has not beaten him. It’s just time for other priorities. He canceled his membership at High Point Country Club and he’s put away the clubs for the past few months. But he isn’t finished with golf. He earned some 2018 tournament exemptions with his runner-up finish in the Mid-Amateur, so he plans to take full advantage. And when he finally pulls out the

clubs and knocks off the rust, he will continue a career that has already reached great heights – without worrying about what else he could have accomplished. “It will probably be a little more peaceful,” he says. “I will still have the competitive fire to do as good as I can, but the ultimate result will matter less and less the further I go in life. That usually ends up helping me play better. Golf is frustrating that way. “I’m going to love playing in every tournament now. I’m going to cherish it even more.” It is a sign of maturity to recognize when hopes must give way to responsibilities. Nichols is comfortable having made that transition. Now he eagerly imagines a future that includes his girlfriend, a 9-to-5 job and just a little bit of the game he loves. “I want something that is steady and reliable,” he says with a laugh. “Golf is not that.”

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he numbers associated these days with junior golf are mindboggling for parents and the game’s rising talents. If there is any question that this portion of the game has reached the “big time” check out these numbers: • There are more than 600 tours and associations scattered across the U.S. • A staggering 12,000 events are staged each year. • An estimated 450,000 players tee it up at the nation’s various high school golf programs. Trying to make sense of it all while weighing the financial ramifications of trying to get your teenager a college golf scholarship is taxing, and had become equivalent to throwing darts blindfolded for many … and a scheduling nightmare to say the least. Former LPGA star Maggie Will, who won three times on tour as the pride of Whiteville, N.C., and Furman University, had seen it all first-hand when she retired and went into college coaching at places such as Virginia Commonwealth, N.C. State, UNC-Wilmington and Richmond. “Through all of my college coaching experiences I started a poster board and started writing down all the questions fellow coaches had, that I had, that parents had, that kids had … and to me something was wrong here,” Will said. “When I filled up four or five poster boards with all these questions I thought to myself, ‘There is a business here.’ The No. 1 question that was asked over and over and over again when they would come and visit campus is ‘where are you recruiting?’ The No. 1 question a coach had for a junior golfer was ‘where are they going to play next.”’ But the more and more Will examined the process it became apparent that a large portion of college coaches and potential college players were fishing in different 8


ponds, so to speak. There was a major disconnect between who coaches were recruiting and at what level, while many of the teenage players and parents were just as impressionable and lost at the same time. “As college coaches, you often don’t get to know players well enough by just watching them play once,” Will said. “And many times you use these rankings that are out there and go looking for No. 107 and you find No. 1107 playing with No. 107. And you ask, ‘Why are they ranked No. 1107?’ You can’t tell their skill level apart. “Every coach is looking for something different. It’s seen and being seen, that’s the No. 1 thing, but there was no way to organize it,” she said. So Will created a national data base website for college coaches and junior players to cross reference tournaments each will be recruiting at or playing in. Will2Golf tournament finder is billed as the world’s largest junior golf tournament directory, which uses a proprietary rating system to help guide players to the next level. Will2Golf now has more than 2,100 college golf programs listing their recruiting schedules. “While there are many sites out there where you can find a couple thousand events in one place, you can’t find all of them,” Will said. “For example, if you want to play the Forsyth County Junior Amateur but also want to play a Hurricane event and also want to play a CGA event, and also want to get recruited by let’s say Georgetown, how does all of that come into play? Just mailing in numbers isn’t going to get it done. If I want to get recruited by Georgetown and live in the Carolinas I need to know where the Georgetown coach is recruiting. Maybe he’s coming to the Carolinas, great, it could save me a few dollars, but if he’s not I need to go play where Photo by David Droschak

that coach is recruiting. So, it’s the connection part that is attractive.” Will2Golf is free for college coaches, and it’s a one-time $75 membership fee and $10 per month for golfers to join – a nominal fee considering the price of a college golf scholarship.

“I am considered a recruiting site and I wish I wasn’t because I don’t want to pigeonhole myself that way,” Will said. “I really am a junior golf database. I felt for parents that would have papers scattered all over their dining room table, having to print out every schedule and highlight all these tournaments. It was maddening for them.” Will’s site began in January 2017 and is catching on. “I had an ACC coach see me at the end of the summer that initially was a hard sell,” Will said. “All of the sudden I noticed he logged in and was adding this event and changing his schedule. I ran into him again and I said, ‘Hey, I saw you logged into my site?’ He said, ‘Yah, I get it now. They show up where I am; you were right.’ “I’ve done all the work for the schools … the links to their websites, links to their teams. They can log into the site and jazz it up some, some have, some put in they have a golf camp. They can also build their calendars, choose events and add them to their recruiting calendars, and kids go in and choose events and add them to their calendar. They can see where each other are going to be.” Will has also ranked tournaments on a sliding 1-10 scale. She found through the years that many junior golfers were playing “out of their league” and needed to focus on realistic college goals. In other words, every junior golfer isn’t a Division I prospect, and that’s OK. A ranking of 1 on the scale is a nine-hole tournament and the U.S. Open is a 10. “When you throw in this many events, crossing state borders, it’s all different,” she said. “A state junior tournament is a 5, while a 36-hole event that anyone Continued on page 10

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Maggie Will from page 8 can just sign up and play is a 3. “An important thing the site can do is help folks intercept more often,” Will added. “You don’t always see something on a first date, right? Many times college coaches make random decisions because they are desperate and they haven’t had enough time to get to know that young person. And that young person makes that random decision because somebody fell in love with them because they shot a 69 out of nowhere – and it was a bad match.” The Will2Golf website has helped parents save money, time and reduce the anxiety level if they have one kid playing soccer, one kid playing lacrosse and then another golfing. “A lot of today’s parents don’t play golf and some of them haven’t ever played golf, but their kids play because of these wonderful programs out there like the PGA Junior League and the First Tee,” Will said. “Then they may get paired with the ‘perfect parent’ who knows everything, but do they really? And just because it worked for their kid does it mean it

will work for your child? That’s the pitfall people fall into. And then they start spending money like crazy.” “Last year, I literally spent 20 plus hours going site-to-site to find the needed information to help my son build his playing schedule. This year, I did it in 20 minutes. The site was so easy to use and also great for helping us adjust the schedule as the season unfolded,” said Elizabeth Johnson, the mother of a 2018 Virginia Tech signee. Will admits she’s still tinkering with the website’s design. “There are lots of things out there that may look brilliant or flashier but nobody has the heart I have and nobody has the relationships I have.” Will is also stimulating parents and junior golfers like never before. “I am asking people to change their habits and you know breaking habits can be hard,” Will said. “I had one parent early on say ‘why would I pay, I can just go on the Internet and find all of this?’ I said, ‘you certainly can and if you have the time to do it -- go for it.’ I’ve tried to make is as economical as possible. Nobody out there is doing it this cheap and providing the information I’m providing.

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Matt Nelson, the defending champion, will be back and he’ll head up a foursome from Pine Knolls Golf Club. Nelson, who oursomes are back in the mix in the won his third straight Pine Knolls club Interclub Challenge and individuals championship in 2017, led the Kernersville will have something extra to shoot club to last year’s team title, the second for for in the Tournament of Champions when Pine Knolls in the last three years. Triad Golf Today and Greensboro National Nelson will be trying to accomplish Golf Club host the 22nd annual events something that hasn’t been done since 1999 April 21-22. when Chris Logan won the third of his After using five- and three-man teams three consecutive championships -- win the the last six years, clubs will now be comtitle multiple times. Logan has three T of C peting as foursomes, the standard that titles and 18 players are tied with one each. was used the first 15 years of the interclub Meanwhile, Pine Knolls will try to join event. Scoring will be similar to the previSedgefield as the only three-time team ous six years as the best front nine scores champion. Pennrose Park, Forest Oaks and and the best back nine scores will be tabuBrookwood are other two-time winners. lated each day in the 36-hole competition. In the senior division, which was added Three individual divisions are played in 2012, Mike Roland became the first playin conjunction with the team event: the er to win twice when he edged Arlis Pike Tournament of Champions (open only to and Jim Kemerling by two shots last year. club champions or other tournament winRoland also won in 2012. ners from the previous year), the Interclub Clubs or associations are allowed to division (members of teams not eligible for Defending T of C champion Matt Nelson enter multiple teams of regulars and/or . Photo by Steve Williams the T of C) and the Senior Division (team seniors. A foursome can be made up of all members aged 55-and-over along with leaderboard from the T of C and Interclub regulars or all seniors or a mixture. The individual age 55-over qualifiers). individual divisions, the top five finishseniors (age 55-over) play a shorter set of The added incentive for the individuers will receive points based on the CGA’s tees. als competing in the non-senior division is state/regional 1-multiplier criteria. Entry forms are available at that the Carolinas Golf Association -- for Tournament officials are hoping the CGA or by calling Steve Williams the first time -- will award ranking points recognition, the return to foursomes and the at 336-280-3722. in this championship. Using a combined later April date will help bolster the field.


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Senior Champions Dave Davis, Holly Ridge Charity Classic Randy Ector, Alamance County Senior Richard Giles, Davidson County Amateur Keith Decker, David King Invitational Perry Lowe, Bulldog Invitational, Brookwood Amateur, B.S. Open Gary Pugh, Steve Welch Fall Classic, Asheboro City Amateur Mike Roland, Forsyth Seniors, Triad Golf Today Tournament of Champions Steve Sharpe, Triad Amateur

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Hadley returns to PGA Tour with new attitude



ith the snap of his fingers – his trademark celebration after a birdie -Chesson Hadley is back on the PGA

Tour. If it was only that easy for the former Raleigh prep star and 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference champion. The 6-foot-4 Hadley seemingly had it all after winning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors in 2014. Then the rising star from North Raleigh Christian Academy suddenly became a shooting star. By 2016, Hadley missed 14 of 27 cuts on Tour and had lost his card. With a stellar all-around game, Hadley’s numbers were abysmal. He fell to 147th in driving accuracy, 156th in greens in regulation and 168th in scoring average. It was back to the minors – the Tour – to try to recapture his game, and his confidence. “I completely deserved to lose my card -- there was no question about that,” the 30-year-old Hadley said in an interview with Triad Golf Today. “If you play poorly for long enough you starting wondering. I thought to myself, ‘Man, am I ever going to make it back to the Tour?’ It’s human nature to think that way.” Hadley admits he was in a dark place, despite his deep religious roots. “It’s embarrassing, it’s on display for the whole world to see,” Hadley said. “Everybody knows what you’re doing, everybody knows how much money you make. It’s not awesome, I can promise you that. It’s everything that you think it would be. It’s horrible. “As a Christian you try and rely on God. And I had to tell myself that God wasn’t doing this to me, or that he didn’t have his thumb on me, suppressing my golf game, it’s not like that at all. I have free will; I had the ability to do or not to do. It’s certainly easier said than done staying faithful (to God) during those times. There are times that you get mad at God and question God and ask ‘what’s going on.’ I certainly maintained my belief in God during those times, even though it was tough.” Hadley had the support of his wife Amanda and Georgia Tech golf coach Bruce Heppler, who Hadley

called early last season when he missed three of his first five cuts on the Tour to start the 2017 season. “We had a very honest conversation,” said Hadley, who last summer fell to a ranking of 456th in the world. “We talked about getting back with my old swing coach and just an attitude change. Coach Heppler is very honest and he’s going to tell you where you stand. I really respect that in coach. He’s crazy like me and over the top sometimes, but I really respect coach and enjoy his wisdom.” “Whether my guys like it or not I watch them from afar and he has always fought overdrawing the ball, and that’s a tendency that’s not ideal,” Heppler said. “I really don’t want to interject because it’s really none of my business but Chesson called me and said, ‘Coach, I think I might be done. I have just lost my love for the game and I’m not having any fun.’ I said, ‘No, you have not lost the love for the game, you are just tired of hitting the ball left.’ Since he called me I was going to say what I wanted to say. I said, ‘Why don’t you come back to town (Atlanta) and let’s just see what’s going on and let’s have a chat.” Hadley hung the phone up and contacted his old swing coach – Jeff Paton. The two began to go to work. “We started to piece it back together again,” Hadley said. “Mechanically, you can fix things like that. Yes, it might take a tournament or two, or a month to get to where you start playing good golf again, but you can’t be at your best mechanically unless you are at your best mentally. So, it took me probably four months to get my mind right. Confidence can come and go quickly, but when it has been gone for awhile it’s not going to come back overnight – period. But I hung in there and I figured it out.” Hadley more than figured it out. He won twice, finished second twice and third once from June through late September on the Tour to capture the tour’s top ranking and earn his way back to where he feels he belongs – on the PGA Tour. “It’s better than the first time,” Hadley said. “I am a much wiser man now. I would like to think

I’m more seasoned and I’m less inclined to panic or freak out and handle these situations that we’re going to get in. The nice thing is I don’t have to re-learn anything this time. When you get on Tour it’s a learning curve and it’s hard. You have to learn these courses, and you’re trying to beat guys who have played these courses for 12 years and your back is against the wall. I bet the turnover rate of rookies on Tour is 70-80 percent. It’s just the nature of the beast. It has been a great ride and I’m certainly not going to take it for granted.” Hadley is emotional on the course, and admits he was trying to change that aspect of his personality during his struggles. That was likely the wrong path to take. “While you’re on the golf course you have to be your own best friend, you have to be confident and believe in yourself,” Hadley said. “You have to be nice to yourself. Everybody who plays golf knows how hard it Continued on page 15



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is; you can’t be perfect. You need to relax.” So where did the finger snap come from? “I used to chew tobacco, so you need to pack the tobacco and that’s kind of how you do it,” Hadley said. Hadley’s return to the PGA Tour has been nothing short of spectacular. He finished second and tied for third in his two October events to capture more than $800,000. That’s a nice start to the season, and he headed into mid February with $1.45 million under his belt in just eight starts. He made a career-best $1.7 million in 29 events in his rookie season of 2014. It was like he had never left when Hadley stepped on the tee at Napa for his first round on the PGA Tour in early October. “I thought I would be really, really nervous but you get there and it’s just another golf tournament,” he said. “I’m in a very unique position and I understand that,” Hadley said. “If you play well you have the ability to make a lot of money. That comes with a lot of responsibility, so I take that seriously. I have a pretty cool lifestyle and job, but it’s all relative. It’s not rainbows and butterflies all the time.” “All we asked Chesson to do was go back to who he was in college,” added Heppler. “His game was good enough in college, it was good enough to get him out there on Tour -- he just had to be better at what he does. I tease him all the time about the Lion King and to remember who he is, remind himself that he is the king. He just needed to remind the way he did it and to remember that, that he could conquer anything just being Chesson.”


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hree holes were enough to make it a great day for Ronald Norton when he teed it up at the Golf Club at Chapel Ridge on Feb. 6. The highlights were jammed into a threehole stretch to close the front nine where he scored an eagle, ace and birdie for a 31. Playing in a foursome with Bob Clukey, Fred Brent and Nels Lawrence, the Graham resident opened with six straight pars before the fireworks began. A 3-wood set up a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 seventh hole and he followed with a 5-iron that found the cup from 189 yards on the par-3 eighth. It was his ninth career hole-in-one. After nearly holing his approach on the par-4 ninth, Norton tapped in a birdie to keep it going. But the magic didn’t continue on the back and he settled for a 3-under-par 69. The 65-year-old Norton has played a lot of golf over the years and still carries a 1.5 handicap. He counts five of his aces on courses that are no longer on the map; the first came at Shillelagh in the early 1970s. He had two at Quarry Hills and one at Black Bear in Myrtle Beach – courses that have closed. Another came at Confederate Acres, now known at Southwick. He has others at Shamrock and Indian Valley and one at a course in Tennessee. Norton didn’t hit all the great shots reported to Triad Golf Today since our winter edition. Others are listed here:

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Chris Stamatakos of Whitney Point, N.Y., Dec. 22, Mill Creek GC. No. 8, 135 yards. Playing partner: Brandon Cole. His first ace. Richard Roemer of Mebane, Dec. 18, Mill Creek GC. No. 13, 143 yards, 6-hybrid. Playing partner: E.V. Guest. His first ace. Darrell Albright of Burlington, Dec. 18, Mill Creek GC. No. 13, 143 yards, 7-iron. Playing partner: Tim Mahon. His second ace. Phil Vercaemert of Greensboro, Dec. 18, Country Hills GC. No. 16, 132 yards, 9-iron. Playing partner: Stanely Tyndall. His first ace. John Chellew of Greensboro, Dec. 14, Country Hills GC. No. 9, 160 yards, 4-iron. Playing partners: Bob Arnold, Paul Morien. His second ace. Derek Forrest of Greenville, N.C., Dec. 5, Gillespie GC. No. 17, 145 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: Alonzo Webster, R.G. Webster, Tim Milton. His first ace. Robert Spann of Greensboro, Dec. 7, Bryan Park Players Course. No. 11, 187 yards, 4-iron. His first ace. David Boger of Greensboro, Dec. 4, Gillespie GC. No. 4, 178 yards, 7-wood. Playing partner: Mike Coung. His first ace. Mark Thrower of Winston-Salem, Dec. 4, Greensboro National GC. No. 16, 149 yards, 9-iron. His first ace. Dickie Brewer of Winston-Salem, Dec. 4, Tanglewood Championship Course. No. 16, 139 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Hugh Quinn, Hayes Smith, Larry Wise. His seventh ace helped him shoot his age of 65. Allen Stewart of Salisbury, Nov. 24, Lexington Steve Manley of Reidsville, Feb. 21, Fripp Island, GC. No. 12, 137 yards, 8-iron. Playing S.C. (Ocean Creek course). No. 12, 138 yards, partners: Larry Newsom, Tony Hartley, Barney 8-iron. Playing partners: Charlie Garrison, Barnhardt. His fourth ace. Junior Loye, Donnie Lawson. His fifth ace. Tom Tennison of Asheboro, Nov. 22, Asheboro Ed Mayfield of Winston-Salem, Feb. 15, Municipal GC. No. 5, 110 yards, pitching Crescent GC. No. 8, 102 yards, 9-iron. Playing wedge. Playing partners: Jack Brechtel, Eddie partner: Jim Bergenski. His first ace. Wright. His third ace. Ron Schott of Oak Ridge, Feb. 14, Crooked Matthew Younts of Greensboro, Nov. 19, Tree GC. No. 7, 155 yards, 5-iron. Playing Alamance CC. No. 8, 161 yards, 7-iron. partners: Dave Highfill, Worth Wilson, Mike Playing partners: Andy Younts, Drew Younts, Walker. His first ace. Jessica Neese. His third ace. Freddie Moore of Greensboro, Feb. 9, Pleasant Jody Ward, Dec. 3, Mill Creek Golf Club. No. Ridge GC. No. 6, 128 yards, 9-iron. Playing 4, 128 yards, 8-iron. Playing partner: Thierry partners: Donnie Jeffries, Zeke Harriston, Murad. Gerald Hairriston. His first ace. Joe Belton, Nov. 19, Mill Creek GC. No. 4, 140 Mark Byrd of Raleigh, Feb. 3, Mill Creek GC. yards, 7-wood. No. 8, 118 yards, 9-iron. Playing partners: Rick Stacey Dobson of Lewisville, Nov. 18, Slagle, Todd Slagle. His second ace. Tanglewood Championship Course. No. 3, 168 John Budwine of Stoneville, Jan. 29, Deep yards, 6-iron. Playing partners: David Propst, Springs CC. No. 16, 168 yards, 5-hybrid. Playing Adam Radspinner. His third ace. partners: Dalton McMichael, Danny Moore, Phil Joe Hodge of Mebane, Nov. 17, Mill Creek GC. Harger, Calvin Wyrick. His ninth ace. No. 13, 87 yards, wedge. Playing partners: Jonathan Kiser of Advance, Jan. 27, Oak Bob Wall, Mike Harris. His third ace. Valley GC. No. 11, 185 yards, 5-iron. Playing T.R. Richards of Winston-Salem, Nov. 14, partners: Patrick Hynes, Ron Rosenburg, Tanglewood Championship Course. No. 7, 142 Derry Barnhardt, Jr. yards, 6-iron. Playing partner: Fred Youngman. Paul Camp of Greensboro, Jan. 12, Southwick His first ace. GC. No. 8, 115 yards, 9-iron. Playing partners: Joe Torain of Danville, Nov. 1, Caswell Pines George Roach, Milton Tapp, John Blackburn. GC. No. 4, 151 yards, 9-iron. Playing partners: His fifth ace. Rex Blackwell, Sam Gunn, James Keene, Tom Gilmer Hinshaw of Burlington, Dec. 30, Waller. His sixth ace. Southwick GC. No. 8, 125 yards, pitching Harrison Evatt of Greensboro, Oct. 25, Bryan wedge. Playing partners: Butch Gates, Monte Park Players Course. No. 11, 154 yards, Isley, Jimmy Foster. His second ace. 6-iron. His second ace.



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9th Carolinas Young Amateur Pinewild CC (Magnolia), Pinehurst (par 72) • Dec. 28-29 Men • 6925 yards 1. Eric Bae, Pinehurst! 71-71--142 2. Jonathan Brightwell, Mint Hill! 77-68--145 3. Tim Bunten, Concord! 75-71--146 4. Tanner Gross, Archdale! 71-77--148 Selected others in top 35 from field of 61 6. Grant Powell, Colfax! 75-75-150 8. Nicholas Lyerly Salisbury! 76-75--151 22. Clayton Holland, Greensboro! 79-76--155 22. Jordan Smith, Summerfield! 75-80--155 22. Logan Shuping, Salisbury! 77-78--155 34. Aaron Purviance, Winston-Salem! 80-80--160 Women • 5796 yards 1. Reona Hiral, Summerville, SC! 70-67--137 2. Jodee Tindal, Rock Hill, SC! 75-71--146 2. Kelli Murphy, Elgin, SC! 74-72--146 Selected others in top 10 from field of 16 8. Kendall Dobbins, Summerfield! 80-81--161 Mid-Amateur/Senior/Super Senior Tournament Pine Needles - Feb. 20 (par 71) / Mid Pines - Feb. 21 (par 72) Listing Triad players in top half of age groups Age 40-49 (11 entries) 1. Chris Cassetta, High Point! 75-73--148 Age 55-58 (12 entries) 4. David Larmour, Winston-Salem! 83-87--170 Age 59-62 (12 entries) 6. Tom Fagerli, Yadkinville! 80-85--165 Age 63-64 (9 entries) 2. Rick Hogan, Denton! 76-77--153 Age 65-67 (13 entries) 3. Hugh Quinn, Lewisville! 77-79--156 5. Michael Burdick, McLeansville! 77-82--159 Age 71-74 (9 entries) 2. Stephen Harris, Denton! 76-80--156 Age 75-80 (12 entries) 3. George Kennon, Greensboro! 79-81--160 Super Senior Four-Ball One-Day Tournament of Champions Pine Needles and Mid Pines, Southern Pines • Dec. 6-7 Selected finishers from Triad (top half of division) 65+ A Flight (9 entries) 2. Charlie Parks, Asheboro-Dickie Brewer, W-S! 71-69--140 65+ B Flight (9 entries) 2. Gene Grubb-Don Smith, Greensboro! 75-72--147 65+ E Flight (9 entries) 3. Jim Kinney-Darrell Parker, High Point! 80-78--158 70+ A Flight (13 entries) 2. Lee Kiger-Arlis Pike, Kernersville! 71-65--136 5. Jim Pridgen-Larry Boswell, Jamestown! 74-69--143 70+ B Flight (13 entries) 2. David Williams, Cary-Larry Willett, High Point! 75-73--148 6. Bo Clary-Butch Clark, Winston-Salem! 79-75--154 70+ C Flight (13 entries) 2. Harvard Turnbull-Ron Muir, Greensboro! 78-78--156 4. Ben Payne-Travis Jones, Greensboro! 82-80--162 Senior Four-Ball One-Day Tournament of Champions Barefoot Resort, North Myrtle Beach, SC • Nov. 28-29 A Flight (12 entries) 1. Tom Fagerli, Yadkinville-Bill Long, Apex! 67-67--134 3. Arlis Pike, Kernersville-Randy Beeson, Colfax! 69-69--138 3. Donnie Owens, Stoneville-Doug Owens,Albem.! 72-66--138 6. Joesph Gardner, HighPoint-Rick Marion, Mt.Airy!67-72--139 B Flight (12 entries) 2. Jim Christy-Jimmy Hubbard, China Grove! 69-72--141 6. Jim Kemerling-Thomas Rasmussen, Lewisville! 73-71--144 C Flight (11 entries) 2. Steve Southern, Hickory-Van Pernell, Advance! 68-73--141 D Flight (12 entries) 2. John Derhodes, ChGrove-M.McDaniel,Knnpolis! 70-74--144 4. Howell Nelson, W-S-Richard Krapfel, Gboro! 73-72--145 E Flight (12 entries) 3. Larry Kiger-Mark Marion, Winston-Salem! 75-73--148 F Flight (12 entries) 2. Dexter Barbee-Myron Prevatte, Burlington! 82-71--153 2. Dale Slate, Advance-Herb Whitesell, Gran.Falls! 77-76--153


One-Day Tournament of Champions Pinehurst No. 6 (par 72) Dec. 2 Men A (23 entries) 3. Scott Newnam, Gibsonville! 77"" 7. Seth Hall, Greensboro! 80" Men B (15 entries) 1. Henry Garcia, Burlington! 78 3. Jim Williams, Kernersville! 85" 4. Bob Ring, Mebane! 86" 5. John Hudson, Madison! 87" 6. William Cheek, Asheboro! 88"" Senior Men A (21 entries) 3. Mark Henline, Whitsett! 79" 5. Rick Hogan, Denton! 79

G Flight (12 entries) 1. Steven Snow, Mt. Airy-Tim Peele, Pilot Mtn.! 3. Huston Shaw-Parker Whitt, W-S! 6. David Larmour, W-S-Jim Williams, Kernersville! H Flight (12 entries) 2. Billy Sawyers, Ararat-Tim Lazenby, Pilot Mtn.!

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E-Z-GO/Ahead Pro-Pro Championship Talamore Golf Resort, Southern Pines Mid South Club, Southern Pines Pinehurst No. 8, Pinewild CC (Holly), Pinehurst Nov. 28-30 Regular Division (115 entries) 1. Holden Abrams-Peter Skirpstas, $5,300! 67-60-60--187 2. Gus Ulrich-Kelly Mitchum, $3,500! 65-59-65--189 3. Jerry Haas-Tim Straub, $2,900! 61-62-69--192 4. John Carter-John Thompson, $2,500! 63-66-64--193 5. John Faidley-Steve Isley, $2,025! 71-60-63--194 Selected others in top 50 9. Tommy Gibson-Charles Frost, $1,330! 69-65-62--196 9. Chris Haarlow-Todd Camplin, $1,330! 70-65-61--196 14. Brad Luebchow-Joe Cochran, $965! 65-68-64--197 28. Robert Hoadley-Drew Younts, $530! 63-70-67--200 42. Brandon Turner-Mitch Adams! 69-64-72--205 47. Nick Wilhelm-John Feeny! 70-67-69--206 47. Kyle Kolls-John Kolls! 70-64-72--206 Senior Division (16 entries) 1. Joey Herbert-Mike Lawrence, $1,545! 66-72-60--198 2. Karl Kimball-Ron Schmid, $1,157! 69-69-60--198 2. Ed Sabo-Donald Padgett, $1,157! 66-67-65--198 4. David Thore-Daniel Thore, $925! 70-70-67--207 5. Randall James-Brady Pinner, $462! 73-72-63--208 5. Todd Smith-John Budwine, $462! 72-74-62--208 Note: Joey Herbert birdied the fourth playoff hole.

CGA One-Day Four-Ball

Selected finishers from Triad (top half of division) SENIOR ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL TOURNAMENTS Pinehurst No. 5 • Jan. 25 Tournament Flight A (6 entries) 2. Tom Fagerli, Yadkinville-Bill Long, Apex! 72 Tournament Flight B (6 entries) 1. Mark Henline, Whitsett-Michael Burdick, McLeansville ! 76 Super Senior 70+ (9 entries) 1. George Kennon, Greensboro-Larry Boswell, Jamestown! 71 4. David Williams, Cary-Larry Willett, High Point! 77 Pinehurst No. 1 • Jan. 24 Tournament Flight B (6 entries) 1. Mark Henline, Whitsett-Michael Burdick, McLeansville! 74 Super Senior 70+ (8 entries) 2. George Kennon, Greensboro-Larry Boswell, Jamestown! 70 3. David Williams, Cary-Larry Willett, High Point! 72 Members Club at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, SC • Jan 15 Tournament Flight B (11 entries) 1. Jim Williams, Kernersville-David Larmour, W-S! 74 LADIES ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL PLAY DAYS Selected finishers from Triad (top half of division) Caledonia GC, Pawleys Island, SC • Feb. 1 First Flight (13 entries) 4. Jackie Edmunds-Maria Malone, Greensboro! 78 True Blue GC, Pawleys Island, SC • Jan. 31 First Flight (13 entries) 5. Jackie Edmunds-Maria Malone, Greensboro! 82 Pinehurst No. 1 • Jan. 27 First Flight (10 entries) 4. Lynn Roloff, Greensboro-Sook Hee Yang, Jamestown! 74 5. Katherine DeVore, High Point-June Lee, Durham! 76 5. Carmen Andia, Whitsett-Bonnie Montgomery, Jamestown! 76 Second Flight (11 entries) 1. Bonnie Oakes-Vickie Oakes, Blairs, Va.! 79 2. Linda Arnaud, Kernersville-Kelly Whitley, Greensboro! 80 Third Flight (11 entries) 4. Chris Tolve, Cary-Kay Reardon, Greensboro! 86 Fourth Flight (11 entries) 5. Joanne Symborsky-Barbara Berry, Kernersville! 88 Fifth Flight (10 entries) 5. Betty Musser-Jean Sasser, Whitsett! 91

Senior Men B (13 entries) 3. Ray Copeland, Brown Summit! 87" 5. Steven Snow, Mt. Airy! 90" Super Senior Men (13 entries) 2. Michael Burdick, McLeansville! 79

Super Senior Flight Jerry Joyce! 75-74--149 Walt Byerly! 75-77--152

Amateur Individual

Stonewall GC • Sept. 16-17 A.J. Boyd! 67-65--132 Bo Birkholz! 72-71--143

John Harris Memorial Tournament Southwick GC, Graham Dec. 2-3 Championship Flight Tony Byerly! 67-68--135 Willie Noah! 68-70--138 Senior Flight Perry Lowe! 70-70--140 Mike Noah! 69-72--141

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We keep “tracking� trudging along Welcome to the show, Dro



eplacing the incomparable Howard Ward as the male point of view in Dueling Divots will be a challenge I humbly accept as Triad Golf Today/Triangle Golf Today heads into its Silver Anniversary year. Howard and I go back a ways, to my days as sports editor of The Associated Press in Raleigh and the many media golf outings we both attended on a regular basis. To see Howard “age out� so to speak just reinforces that none of us are getting any younger, but there are greener pastures out there – trust me old buddy. Howard was one of a kind, however I trust that Betsey and I will have many spirited debates and be sparring partners on golf’s pros and cons. I have hacked it around a time or two over the years with Bets so I think I know her game oh so well. Now let’s get into the meat of our first issue. I’ve played golf for more than 40 years with some players who needed a “ball tracker� like the networks have used for several years, tracing ball flight with a red line on your TV screen. You guys know who you are, the ones who spend more time in the woods than in the short grass.


But do we really need such a ball By BETSEY MITCHELL tracker for PGA Tour players, who generally hit the ball straight? The red line ball ell Dro, you think you have tracker was sort of annoying, but I could what it takes? Aitch was my live with it during golf telecasts. training ground and he had the What I can’t come to terms with is the advantage of sparing with that word warlatest piece of TV technology. Have you rior, Jim Pettit before he put me to the test. seen now there is a ball tracker for putts? We will see if you rise to be me my next And it’s not just one line into the hole, but mighty faux foe. two. The lines are supposed to replicate a Ball tracking? I can take it or leave it. firm putt and one for lagI’m more interested in why ging speed. How much the ball looks like the Snitch time, money and effort in a game of Quidditch on were wasted on this little my television. Is it just me? piece of technology? Has it got something to do I don’t know about with my astigmatism? The you Bets, but my putting ball looks like it has wings. has gotten worse as I head DUELING DIVOTS Weird. into my mid 50s and my The tracker I need is vision has waned, so I certainly don’t need the one that will find my membership card, to be on the course thinking about lines my sand wedge and my 8-iron. All have on a TV screen when I stand over my own been left in places unknown. I have fingered putts. What line would I take if I were on through every pocket in the house to find TV -- the black one or the yellow one? the card. The clubs have taken me on daily I would just like to see the ball go onto missions to the club house lost & found. the hole, please, with an occasional player I say to my fellow planet riders‌ those fist pump or shout of “you da manâ€? from clubs have my name and phone number the crowd. That should be thrilling and on them. Good citizens of Earth, return my interesting enough. 8-iron. She’s my best friend of the bag, used for all sorts of confounding problems on the

course. Here’s hoping eBay will fill the hole. I have a theory about the lines on the putting green. A geek who hasn’t seen the light of day for 10 years was given that book of green contours. He programmed the graphics added to the broadcast. Some booth guy clicks the hole and ball position. Bingo, lines on the screen. What many don’t know is that a microchip with this software was also plugged into Bubba’s head at the Genesis Open. I’m thinking he was the lab rat for this new product – and Leadbetter is the marketing agent. Just a theory. The important question is why the PGA Tour still doesn’t allow rangefinders when there isn’t a feel golfer left. They all play on the Senior Tour now. The caddies are scribbling arithmetic formulas to get the yardages from point A to B to C to infinity and beyond! Poor Dro, you have 50s vision. Try 60s and rapidly approaching 70s eyes, knees, hips and feet. And may I say, don’t encourage anyone for any reason to ever again say “You da man.� “Mashed Potatoes� is cause for ejection. Congrats on the 25 years -- quite an accomplishment. Let’s keep it going.

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USGA Qualifiers Selected events (full list at May 9 U.S. Open Championship Local Qualifier, Duke University, Durham May 11 U.S. Open Championship Local Qualifier, River Landing, Wallace May 14 – U.S. Open Championship Local Qualifier, Pinewild, Pinehurst May 15 – U.S. Women’s Open Championship Qualifying, Bermuda Run (East), Bermuda Run June 4 – U.S. Senior Open Sectional Qualifier, Highland, Fayetteville June 6 – U.S. Senior Women’s Open Sectional Qualifier, Pine Needles, Southern Pines June 11 – U.S. Junior Boys’ Qualifying, CC of Salisbury, Salisbury June 19 – U.S. Junior Girls’ Qualifying, Colonial CC, Thomasville June 25 - U.S. Junior Boys’ Qualifying, Carolina CC, Raleigh July 17-18 – U.S. Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, Oak Valley, Advance July 23 – U.S. Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, Benvenue CC, Rocky Mount July 24-25 – U.S. Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, Scotch Hall Preserve, Merry Hill July 26 – U.S. Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, High Point CC, High Point Aug. 16 – U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, Cutter Creek, Snow Hill Aug. 20 – U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, Colonial CC, Thomasville Aug. 24 – U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, Monroe CC, Monroe Aug. 30 – U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, Pinewood, Asheboro Sept. 13 – U.S. Women’s Amateur FourBall Sectional Qualifier, Members Club at Woodcreek, Elgin, SC Oct. 6 – 2019 U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball Sectional Qualifier, Lonnie Poole GC, Raleigh Oct. 10 – 2019 U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Sectional Qualifier, Lonnie Poole GC, Raleigh

CGA Men Majors/Qualifiers Carolinas Mid-Amateur March 12 - Qualifier, Chapel Ridge, Pittsboro March 19 - Qualifier, Raintree CC(North), Charlotte March 24 - Qualifier, Timberlake GC, Clinton April 5 - Qualifier, Oak Valley, Advance April 13-15 – 38th Carolinas Mid-Am, Treyburn CC, Durham Four-Ball Championships May 3-6 - 67th Carolinas Four-Ball Championship, Camden, Camden, SC Sept. 28-30 – 23nd N.C. Four-Ball Championship, 12 Oaks, Holly Springs N.C. Amateur May 18 - Qualifier, Keith Hills, Buies Creek May 22 - Qualifier, Ocean Ridge Plantation, Ocean Isle May 24 - Qualifier, The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis May 30 - Qualifier, Mimosa Hills, Morganton May 31 - Qualifier, Pine Hollow GC, Clayton June 1 - Qualifier, Pinewood CC, Asheboro June 14-17 – 58th N.C. Amateur Championship, River Landing, Wallace Carolinas Amateur June 21 - Qualifier, Mill Creek, Mebane June 22 - Qualifier, Cedar Rock, Lenoir



June 25 - Qualifier, Verdict Ridge, Denver June 29 - Qualifier, Compass Point, Leland July 2 - Qualifier, 12 Oaks, Holly Springs July 12-15 – 104th Carolinas Amateur Championship, CC of North Carolina (Dogwood) Pinehurst N.C. Amateur Match Play Championship June 21 - Qualifier, Mill Creek, Mebane June 22 - Qualifier, Cedar Rock, Lenoir June 25 - Qualifier, Verdict Ridge, Denver June 29 - Qualifier, Compass Point, Leland July 2 - Qualifier, 12 Oaks, Holly Springs Aug. 1-5 – 9th N.C. Amateur Match Play Championship, Gaston CC, Gastonia N.C. Mid-Amateur Championship Aug. 22 – Qualifier, Monroe CC, Monroe Aug. 25 – Qualifier, Beechwood CC, Ahoskie Aug. 27 – Qualifier, Cabarrus CC, Concord Aug. 29 – Qualifier, Carolina Trace, Sanford Sept. 7-9 – 25th N. C. Mid-Amateur, Ballantyne CC, Charlotte

CGA Senior Men Majors/Qualifiers March 27-28 – 2nd N.C. Super Senior Four-Ball Championship, Maple Chase, Winston-Salem April 9 – 41st Carolinas Club Championship, Sedgefield CC, Greensboro April 25-27 – 50th Carolinas Senior Four-Ball Championship, Mimosa Hills, Morganton May 9-10 – 10th Carolinas Super Senior Championship, Gastonia CC, Gastonia April 17 – N.C. Senior Amateur Qualifier, Firethorn CC, Charlotte April 18 – N.C. Senior Amateur Qualifier, Heritage GC, Wake Forest April 24 – N.C. Senior Amateur Qualifier, Gates Four CC, Fayetteville April 30 – N.C. Senior Amateur Qualifier, Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett May 14-16 – N.C. Senior Amateur Championship, Starmount CC, Greensboro Aug. 9-11 – 18th North Carolina Senior Four-Ball Championship, Old Chatham GC, Durham Aug. 21 - Cobblestone Park, Blythewood, SC Aug. 23 - Holly Ridge GL, Archdale, NC Aug. 25 - Beechwood CC, Ahoskie, NC Aug. 28 - Cabarrus CC, Concord, NC Aug. 30 - Carolina Trace (Lake), Sanford, NC Sept. 12-14 – 57th Carolinas Senior Amateur Championship, GC at Briar’s Creek, Johns Island, SC Sept. 25-26 - 11th North Carolina Super Senior Championship, Alamance CC, Burlington Oct. 8-9 – 7th Carolinas Super Senior Four-Ball Championship, CC of South Carolina, Florence TBA – 3rd Carolinas Senior Interclub Final Four

CGA Women Majors April 30 - May 1 – 15th N.C. Senior Women’s Amateur, CC of Salisbury, Salisbury June 3-5 – 92nd Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship, Green Valley CC, Greenville, SC June 22-24 – NCWGA Amateur Championship, Ironwood G&CC, Greenville July 24-26 – 21st Carolinas Women’s Match Play, North Ridge CC, Raleigh July 16-18 – 62nd Carolinas-Virginia Women’s Team Matches, Sea Pines, Hilton Head, SC July 20 – 21st Carolinas Parent-Child, Pinehurst Area Courses Aug. 4-5 – 41st Carolinas Women’s Four-Ball, Prestwick CC, Myrtle Beach Aug. 18-19 – 13th Carolinas Mixed Team Championship, Pinehurst TBA, Pinehurst. Sept. 26-27 – 20th Carolinas Senior Women’s Amateur, Members Club at Wildewood, Columbia, SC Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 – 2nd Carolinas Women’s Club Team, Mid Pines, Southern Pines

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

CGA Other April 2-3 – 24th Tar Heel Cup Matches, River Landing (River), Wallace April 9 – 41st Carolinas Club Championship, Sedgefield (Ross), Greensboro May 18-20 – 3rd Carolinian Amateur, Keith Hills Country Club, Buies Creek July 20 – 52st Carolinas Father-Son Championship, Pinehurst Area Courses, Pinehurst. July 20 – 21st Carolinas Parent-Child Championship, Pinehurst Area Courses, Pinehurst. Aug. 18-19 – 13th Carolinas Mixed-Team Championship, Pinehurst TBA, Pinehurst. Oct. 19-20 – 73rd Captain’s Putter Team Matches, Spring Creek GC, Gordonsville Nov. 10-11 – 8th Carolinas Net Amateur Championship, Prestwick CC, Myrtle Beach, SC. Nov. 10-11 – 21st Carolinas Interclub Final Four, Pinehurst #5, Pinehurst TBA – 10th Carolinas Young Amateur

Captain’s Choice/Charity April 14 – The Team Drea Foundation for ALS, Hole In One Contest at Knight’s Play, Apex, Doug Harrings 919-227-5694. April 14 – Aaron Plaster Benefit Golf Tournament, Monroeton Golf Course, Ken Pope 336-643-5502. April 23 – AJROTC Cougar Battalion Golf Shootout, Hasentree CC, Wake Forest, Maribeth Delfs 919-802-0803 May 5 – Inaugural Mustang Masters Golf Tournament, Pleasant Ridge GC, Greensboro, Shaun O'Connor 980-253-1337

Amateur Individual April 14-15 – Southwick Amateur, Southwick GC, Graham. Medal play in flights. Also senior division. 336-227-2582. April 21-22 – 22nd annual Triad Golf Today Tournament of Champions, Greensboro National GC, Summerfield. By invitation only to 2017 club champions and other tournament winners. Also, senior division for champions of events for ages 55-over. Steve Williams 336-280-3722. April 28-29 – Bud Kivett Memorial, Blair Park & Oak Hollow GC, High Point. Medal play in flights. 336-883-3260. May 4-6 – Halifax Country Golf Tournament, Ironwood, Emerald, Carolina Colours GC, Greenville and New Bern. Flighted men, seniors and women, Bristol Martin Jr. 434-471-1212. May 19-20 – Brookwood Amateur, Brookwood GC, Whitsett. Medal play in flights. Also senior division. 336-449-5544. May 26-27 – High Point Memorial, Blair Park GC, High Point. Medal play in flights. 336-883-3497. May 26-27 – Durham Amateur, Hillandale GC, Durham. Medal play in flights. 919-286-4211. June 1-3 – Asheboro City Amateur, Asheboro Municipal, Holly Ridge GL, Pinewood CC. (Randolph County residents only). 336-625-4158. June 1-3 – Alamance County Open Amateur, Indian Valley GC. Medal play in flights. Not restricted to Alamance residents. 336-584-7871. June 9-10 – Bob Howerton Invitational, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822. June 18-24 – Herald-Sun Classic, Hillandale GC, Durham. Medal play qualifier, then match play in flights. 919-286-4211. June 23-24 – Chair City Open, Winding Creek GC, Thomasville. Medal play in flights. 336-475-5580. June 23-24 – Wake County Amateur, Pine Hollow GC, Clayton. Medal play in flights. Not restricted to Wake County residents. 919-553-4554.

For the latest tournament schedule, now updated daily, go to then click on Tournaments July 7-8 – Joe Wood Memorial, Cedarbrook CC, Elkin. Medal play in flights. 336-835-2320. July 14-15 – Danville Invitational, Danville GC, Va.. Medal play in flights. 434-792-7225. July 21-22 – Max Thore Memorial, Wolf Creek GC, Reidsville. Individual tournament (championship flight only) combined with two-man flighted bestball. 336-349-7660. July 27-29 – Cardinal Amateur, Sedgefield CC (Pete Dye Course), Greensboro. July 28-29 – 32nd Dugan Aycock Davidson County Amateur, Lexington GC. Medal play in flights. 336-248-3950. July 28-29 – The Triad Amateur Golf Classic, 36 holes stroke play. Ages 16-over. High Point CC Willow Creek course. 336-869-2416. July 28-29 – 57th annual Chatmoss Invitational, Chatmoss CC, Martinsville. Medal play in flights. Also senior division. 276-638-7648. Aug. 3-5 – 71st Forsyth County Amateur Invitational, Reynolds Park GC, Pine Knolls GC, Tanglewood (Reynolds). Medal play in flights. Todd Barr 336-734-1212. Aug. 4-5 – Holly Ridge Charity Classic in memory of John Ridge and Jerry Davis, Holly Ridge GL, Archdale. Medal play in flights. Optional shootout on Aug. 3. 336-861-4653. Aug. 11-12 – Crooked Tree Amateur, Crooked Tree GC, Brown Summit. Medal play in flights. 336-656-3211. Aug. 25-26 – 50th annual Reidsville Invitational, Pennrose Park CC, Reidsville. Medal play in flights. 336-349-5163.

Laid-Back Golfers Tour 434-792-3728 • Men/Women All-Ages Flights pre-determined by handicap Tees determined by hdc/age formula March 14 – Crooked Tree GC, Brown Summit March 27 – Tuscarora CC, Danville April 11 – Wolf Creek GC, Reidsville April 25 – London Downs GC, Forest, Va. May 8 – Oak Hills GC, Eden May 22 – Plantation GC, Reidsville May 29 – Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett June 26 – Olde Mill Resort, Laurel Fork, Va. July 10 – Southern Hills GC, Danville July 24 – Ivy Hills GC, Lynchburg Aug. 7 – The Willows, Altavista, Va. Aug. 21 – Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. Sept. 4 – Caswell Pines GC, Yanceyville Sept. 18 – Deep Springs CC, Stoneville Oct. 1 – Greensboro National, Summerfield Oct. 16 – Forest Park CC, Martinsville Oct. 30 – Bryan Park GC (Players), Brown Summit Nov. 12 – Danville GC, Danville Nov. 27 – Goodyear GC, Danville

Golfweek Amateur Tour 252-864-9161 March 10 -- Bryan Park (Players), Brown Summit March 17 -- Sapona Ridge CC, Lexington March 24 -- Pinewood CC, Asheboro April 2 -- Greensboro CC (Irving Park) April 7 -- Chapel Ridge, Pittsboro March 21 -- Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett March 28 -- Meadowlands GC, Winston-Salem May 12 -- Anderson Creek, Spring Lake May 19 -- Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro June 2 -- The Preserve at Jordan Lake, Chapel Hill

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CALENDAR June 9 -- Greensboro National, Summerfield June 30 -- Little River, Carthage July 7 -- Carolina Trace (Lake), Sanford July 14 -- Reedy Creek, Four Oaks July 28 -- Grandover Resort (East), Greensboro Aug. 4 -- Pinewild (Holly), Pinehurst Aug. 11 -- Mill Creek GC, Mebane Aug. 18 -- Bryan Park (Championship), Brown Summit Aug. 31 -- Barefoot Resort (Fazio), North Myrtle Beach, SC 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 April 9 – Greater Greensboro Senior Games, Country Hills GC, Gibsonville. Age divisions for men and women, beginning at age 50. For Guilford, Rockingham, Forsyth, Alamance and Randolph County residents. Qualifiers advance to State Senior Games. 336-373-7567. May 16-17 – Alamance Senior Amateur (not restricted to Alamance residents), Indian Valley GC, Burlington. Flights and age divisions beginning at age 50. 336-584-7871. May 21-22 – 9th annual Sport Durst Durham Senior Amateur Championship (Seniors 55-over, Super Seniors 65-over and Legends 70-over), Croasdaile CC, Durham. 919-3832517 or 919-699-9681.

June 7-8 – 57th Forsyth Seniors, Olde Homeplace GC and Maple Chase G&CC. Limited to Forsyth County residents 50-over with play in age divisions. Todd Barr 336-734-1212. July 7-8 – Joe Wood Memorial, Cedarbrook CC, Elkin. Medal play in flights ages 55-over. 336-835-2320. July 28-29 – 7th annual Davidson County Senior Amateur, Lexington GC. Ages 55-over. Medal play in flights. 336-248-3950. July 28-29 – The Triad Amateur Golf Classic, 36 holes stroke play. Ages 55-over. High Point CC Willow Creek course. 336-869-2416. 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 March 15 -- Devils Ridge, Holly Springs March 22 -- Pinewood CC, Asheboro March 29 -- Greensboro CC (Farm) April 5 -- Lochmere GC, Cary April 12 -- Meadowlands GC, Winston-Salem April 26 -- Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro May 3 -- Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett May 10 -- Anderson Creek GC, Spring Lake May 17 -- Bryan Park (Players), Brown Summit May 24 -- Carolina Trace (Lake), Sanford June 7 -- Wildwood Green, Raleigh June 14 -- Colonial CC, Thomasville June 21 -- River Ridge GC, Raleigh June 28 -- Little River GC, Carthage July 12 -- Foxfire (Red), Foxfire Village July 19 -- Sapona Ridge CC, Lexington July 26 -- Mill Creek GC, Mebane

Aug. 9 -- Keith Hills CC, Buies Creek Aug. 16 -- Legacy GL, Aberdeen Aug. 23 -- Elks Club, Southern Pines Sept. 6 -- Umstead Pines, Durham Sept. 13 -- Challenge GC, Graham Sept. 20 -- Bryan Park (Champions), Brown Summit Sept. 27 -- Beacon Ridge CC, West End Oct. 24-25 -- National Championship at Hilton Head Island, SC

Ladies Individual/Team May 23 – 29th annual Kathleen Bryan Championship, Bryan Park, Browns Summit. 336-375-2200. June 21 – Crooked Tree Ladies Invitational, Crooked Tree GC, Brown Summit. 336-656-3211. June 16 – Kinderton Ladies Invitational, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822. Aug. 25-26 – 52nd annual Colonial Country Club Ladies Invitational, Colonial CC, Thomasville. Pre-flighted CGA ranking event. Elaine Schuermann 336-454-6360.

Amateur Team March 24-25 – 4th annual Battle at the Chase, Maple Chase CC, Winston-Salem. Two-man captain’s choice. 336-767-2941. March 24-25 – Indian Valley 2-Man Mixed Format, Indian Valley GC, Burlington. 336-584-7871. April 13 – 2nd Annual First Tee of the Triad/ Bermuda Run Charity Golf Tournament, Texas Scramble, Golf Shop 336-998-8155. April 21-22 – Triad Golf Today Interclub Challenge, Greensboro National GC, Summerfield. Teams consist of four players, either regulars or seniors

55-over. Best two scores on each nine. Steve Williams 336-280-3722. June 2-3 – Oak Hollow 2-Man Open, Oak Hollow GC, High Point. 336-883-3260. July 7-8 - Tuscarora Two-Man Invitational, Tuscarora C.C., Danville, VA. Medal play in flights. 434-724-4191. June 9-10 – Goodyear Invitational Two-Man Bestball, Goodyear GC, Danville. 434-797-1909. June 23-24 – Lynrock Memorial Two-Man, Lynrock GC, Eden. 336-623-6110. July 7-8 – Tuscarora Two-Man Invitational, Tuscarora CC, Danville. Medal play in flights. 434-724-4191. July 14-15 – Indian Valley Classic 2-man bestball. Indian Valley GC, Burlington. Flighted medal play. 336-584-7871. July 21-22 – Max Thore Memorial, Wolf Creek GC, Reidsville. Two-man flighted bestball combined with optional individual championship flight. 336-349-7660. Aug. 11-12 – Madison Rotary Four-Ball Invitational, Deep Springs CC, Madison. 336-427-4654. Aug. 25-26 – Marvin Crowder 2-Ball, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822. Oct. 6-7 -- Greensboro National Fall Classic, Greensboro National GC, Summerfield. 2-man bestball. 336-342-1113. Oct. 20-21 – 35th annual Lexington BBQ Festival 2-person teams, Lexington GC. 336-248-3950. Oct. 20-21 – Chatmoss Two-Man Invitational, Chatmoss CC, Martinsville. Medal play in flights. Also senior division. 276-638-7648.

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March 17-18 - NJGT, Rock Barn Spa and Golf, Claremont, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-18 March 17-18 - PKBGT Boars Head Inn Classic at University of Virginia,Charlottesville,VA,Girls,A ges 11-19 March 17-18 - TYGA Archdale-Trinity Chamber Junior, Holly Ridge GL, Archdale, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 March 23-24 - TYGA North State High School Challenge, Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis, Grades 9-12 March 24-25 - HJGT-Charlotte Junior Challenge , Stoneridge GC, Monroe, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 March 24 NJGT, Lenoir Golf Club, Lenoir, Boys/ Girls, Ages 6-18 March 24-25 - PKBGT Lexington Classic at Sapona Ridge CC,Lexington,Girls,Ages 11-19 March 24-25 - PKBGT Women's Health Classic Jr. Challenge Symetra Tour Qualifier,Greenwoo d,SC,Girls,Ages 11-19 March 28 - TYGA Wedgewood HS Shootout, Wedgewood GC, Wilson, HS Boys March 30-31 - TGF UNC A.E.Finley Golf Course Boys Only 9-18 March 4 TYGA Triad One Day, The Challenge GC, Graham, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 April 3-4 - NJGT Spring Break Championship, Monroe C.C., Monroe, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-18 April 5 - Wilmington HS Invitational, Wilmington Municipal GC, Wilmington, Grades 9-12, 910742-5072 April 7 - CGA Jimmy Anderson Boys' Qualifying, Siler City CC, Siler City, Boys only, Ages 12-18 April 7-8 - PKBGT Masters at Greenville CC,Greenville,Girls,Ages 11-19

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April 7-8 - TGF Grandover Golf Resort, Greensboro NC. Boys 9-18 April 9 - TYGA NC High School Invitational, Treyburn CC, Durham, Grades 9-12, Invitation only April 14-15 - CGA Jimmy Anderson Boys' Invitational, Jacksonville CC, Jacksonville, Boys only, Ages 12-18 April 14-15 - HJGT-College prep Series at Furman, Furman University GC, Greenville, SC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 April 14-15 - PKBGT Southeast National, Columbia CC, Columbia,SC,Girls,Ages 11-19 April 19 - TYGA Pinecrest High School Invitational, Pinehurst CC No. 8, Pinehurstr, Grades 9-12 April 21-22 - AJGA Preview, Carolina Trace CC (Lakes), Sanford, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 April 22 - PKBGT North Carolina One-Day Series at Longleaf GC,Pinehurst,Girls,Ages 8-19 April 28-29 - PKBGT Metrolina Classic at Rock Hill CC,Rock Hill,SC,Girls,Ages 11-19 April 28-29 - TGF NCSU Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh, NC Boys Only 9-18 May 5-6 - PKBGT Carolina's Classic at Carolina Trace CC,Sanford,Girls,Ages 11-19 May 5 - PKBGT Middle Atlantic One-Day Series at Augustine GC,Stafford,VA,Girls,Ages 8-19 May 7-8 - NCHSAA Boys' Regionals, various sites May 7-8 - NCISAA Boys' State Championships, Pinehurst Area courses May 9 - TYGA Tots, High Point CC (Emerywood), High Point, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-11 May 12-13 - CGA Vicki DiSantis Girls' Championship, Pine Island CC, Charlotte, Girls only, Ages 12-18 May 12-13 - TGF Bryan Park GC (Champions), Greensboro , Boys 9-18 Only May 14-15 - NCHSAA Boys' State Champioships, Pinehurst Area courses May 18-20 - CGA Carolinian Amateur, Keith Hills CC, Buies Creek, Male only May 19-20 - NJGT IMG Qualifier, Rumbling Bald, Lake Lure, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-18 May 19 - PKBGT North Carolina One-Day Series at Monroe CC,Monroe,Girls,Ages 8-19 May 26-28 - HJGT- 54 Hole Challenge at Colonial, Colonial CC, Thomasville, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 May 26-28 - PKBGT Open Championships at CC of Salisbury,Salisbury,Girls,Ages 11-19 May 27-28 - Pine Needles and Mid Pines Golf Resort, Souther Pines, NC Boys 9-18 June 2-3 - PKBGT Maryland Classic at Laytonsville GC,Gaithersburg,MD,Girls,Ages 11-19 June 2-3 - TYGA Bojangles Junior Open, Cutter Creek GC, Snow Hill, Boys, Ages 12-18 June 2 - TYGA Tots One Day, Midland Country Club, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-11 June 3-5 - CGA Carolinas Women's Amateur, Green Valley CC, Greenville, SC Women only June 9-10 - CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Pinewild CC, Pinehurst June 9-10 - PKBGT Chancicleer Classic at Coastal Carolina Uni.,Myrtle Beach,SC,Girls,Ages 11-19 June 11 - NJGT, Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Conover N.C., Boys/Girls, Ages 6-18 June 11 - USGA Junior Am Qualifying, CC of Salisbury, Salisbury, Ages 18 and under, 908-234-2300

June 12-15 - Haas Family Invitational, Sedgefield CC (Ross), Greensboro, NC Boys only, Invitation only June 12-15 - CGA NC Junior Girls' Championship, Maple Chase GC, WinstonSalem, Girls only, Ages 18 and under June 12 - TYGA One Day, CC of Whispering Pines, Whispering Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 13 - CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Bryan Park GC, Browns Summit June 13 - TYGA One Day, Whispering Woods CC, Whispering Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 14 - CGA NC Junior Boys' Qualifying, Catawba Creek GC, Gastonia, Boys onlys, Ages 18 and under June 14 - CGA NC Junior Boys' Qualifying, Links at Cotton Valley, Tarboro, Boys onlys, Ages 18 and under June 14-17 - CGA NC Men's Amateur, River Landing (River), Wallce, Male only June 15 - CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Charles Siffford GC, Charlotte June 16-17 - CPGA Junior PGA Championship, Hackler Course, Conway, SC, Boys/Girls, Ages12-18 336-398-2742 June 18 - TYGA One Day, Reedy Creek GC, Four Oaks, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 19-22 - CGA NC Junior Boys' Championship, Pine Island CC, Charlotte, Boys only, Ages 18 and under June 19 - CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Ironwood GC, Greenville June 19 - TYGA One Day, Siler City CC, Siler City, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 15 - USGA Junior Girls' Qualifying, Colonial CC, Thomasville, Girls only , Ages 18 and under, 908-234-2300 June 20-21 - PKBGT Precision Girls' at Bryan Park,Greensboro,Girls,Ages 11-19 June 20 - Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, Pinehurst CC #6, Pinehurst, NC #6,Boys/Girls Ages 12-18 June 21 - TYGA One Day, Sanford CC, Sanford, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 22 - CPGA Drive Chip and Putt Local, Methodist University GC, Fayetteville, NC 336398-2742 June 22-24 - NCWGA NC Women's Amateur, Ironwood GC, Greenville, Women only June 25-27 - CGA Carolinas Girls' Championship, Croasdaile CC, Durham, Girls only, Ages 18 and under June 25 - Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, Midland CC, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls Ages 6-11, twftjrtour. com June 25 - Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, Talamore CC, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls Ages 12-18 June 25 - TYGA One Day, Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 25 - USGA Junior Am Qualifying, Carolina CC, Raleigh, Ages 18 and under, 908-234-2300 June 26 - CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Rocky River GC, Concord June 26-27 - PKBGT NOVA Championship at Hidden Creek CC,Reston,VA,Girls,Ages 11-19 June 26 - TYGA One Day, Monroe CC, Monroe, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 28 - CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, UNC Finley GC, Chapel Hill June 28-29 - TYGA Coastal Plains Junior, Greenville CC, Greenville, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18



Junior Golf Scoreboard 10th Carolinas-Georgia Junior

2018 Carolinas Georgia Junior Championship Mount Vintage Plantation & GC-Chester/Vintage North Augusta, SC Jan 14-15, 2018 Boys Division - 7012 1 Lorenzo Elbert, East Point, GA 71-68--139 2 Levi Moody, Greenville, SC 75-71--146 3 Tyler Lipscomb, Carrollton, GA 72-75--147 4 Spencer Oxendine, Fayetteville 77-71--148 5 Nicholas Mayfield, Rock Hill, SC 77-72--149 5 Owen Burden, Atlanta, GA 72-77--149 5 Will Hawley, Raleigh 79-70--149 Selected Others 8 Michael Childress, Salisbury 77-73--150 25 Joey Pritchard, Aberdeen 79-76--155 28 Dawson Daniels, High Point 74-82--156 35 Charlie Tate, Greensboro 78-79--157 51 Noah Connor, Reidsville 86-78--164 Girls Division - 5,755 1 Caroline Craig, Sautee Nacoochee, GA 72-70--142 2 Nicole Adam, Pinehurst 77-67--144 3 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 74-73--147 4 Katherine Schuster, Kill Devil Hills 76-74--150 4 Kimberly Shen, Johns Creek, GA 79-71--150 Selected Others 21 Hannah Rose Bruxvoort, Chapel Hill 87-79--166 24 Ana Tsiros, Asheville 89-78--167

Winternational Junior

Event 6 - Pinehurst 6 (72) 4-Feb-18 Pinehurst, NC Junior/Senior - 6,180 1 Davis Fisher, Greenville 77 2 Chase Clayton, Locust 79 3 Brantley Phillips, Locust 79 Selected Others 11 Andrew Wood, Greensboro 91 Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,180 1 Charlie Barr, Salisbury 75 2 Kunakorn Tang, Raleigh 78 3 Gene Zeigler, Florence, SC 79 Girls Division - 4,992 1 Angelique Seymour, Fayetteville 81 2 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 83

2 Mara Hirtle, Pinehurst Selected Others 4 Katelyn Kenthack, Pinehurst 5 McKenzie Daffin, Fort Bragg

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Event 5 - Pinehurst 5 (70)

Jan 20, 2018 Pinehurst, NC Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,256 1 Charlie Barr, Salisbury 74 2 Tyler Jones, Jacksonville 78 2 Pake June, Florence, SC 78 Selected Others 7 Joseph Tewksbury, Greensboro 82 Girls Division - 5,386 1 Angelique Seymour, Fayetteville 76 2 Mallory Fobes, Pinehurst 77 3 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 78

Event 4 - Pinehurst 8 (72)

Jan 13-14, 2018 Pinehurst, NC Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,694 1 Kunakorn Tang, Raleigh 78-40--118 2 Josh Newman, Sunset, SC 82-42--124 3 Jay Hoshall, Pinehurst 81-44--125 Selected Others 7 Connor Lineberry, Randleman 95-44--139 Girls Division - 5,805 1 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 79-40--119 2 Bailee Twiford, Coinjock 81-45--126 3 Mara Hirtle, Pinehurst 91-41--132 4 Angelique Seymour, Fayetteville 91-44—135

Event 3 - Pinehurst 2 and 1 (70)

Dec. 9-10, 2017 Pinehurst, NC Junior/Senior Division - 6,089 1 Jake Newman, Charlotte 36-77--113 2 Chase Clayton, Locust 41-77--118 2 Davis Fisher, Greenville 40-78--118 2 Tyler Patterson, Tega Cay, SC 45-73--118 Selected Others 13 Richard Dull, Winston-Salem 45-86--131 15 Matthew Kelly, Winston-Salem 46-86--132 Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,089 1 Drew Van Dyke, Charlotte 37-76--113

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Event 2 - Pinehurst 6 (72)

Nov. 25-26, 2017 Pinehurst, NC Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,634 1 Chris Ha, Fayetteville 81-80--161 2 Drew Van Dyke, Charlotte 84-80--164 3 Connor Lineberry, Randleman 82-84--166 Girls Division - 5,683 1 Mallory Fobes, Pinehurst 80-80--160 2 Channing Garnett, Wake Forest 79-81--160 3 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 79-83--162 Selected Others 5 Mary White, Winston-Salem 90-85--175 6 Makayla Ward, Lexington 102-109--211

Event 1 - Pinehurst 5 (72)

Sat-Sun Nov. 11-12, 2017 Pinehurst, NC Junior/Senior Division - 6,174 1 Andrew Wood, Greensboro 78-74--152 2 Jake Newman, Charlotte 77-79--156 3 Bennett Rhame, Chapin, SC 78-79--157 3 Dalton Staley, Liberty 79-78--157 Selected Others 5 Travon Willis, Indian Trail 76-82--158 9 Matthew Kelly, Winston Salem 87-74--161 16 Sean Bryant, Greensboro 88-85--173 Freshman/Sophomore - 6,174 1 Luke Perrino, Mooresville 75-75--150 2 Henry Muller, Charlotte 78-76--154 3 Drew Van Dyke, Charlotte 79-77--156 Selected Others 5 Sam Davidson, Asheboro 78-82--160

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6 Connor Lineberry, Randleman 10 Andrew Baker, Greensboro 13 Joseph Tewksbury, Greensboro 13 Luke Michael, Trinity 16 Jeff Kirkpatrick, Greensboro 18 Luke Crouse, Reidsville Girls Division 1 Mallory Fobes, East Bend Selected Others 6 Kayla Dowell, Mebane

81-80--161 87-78--165 82-86--168 88-80--168 82-90--172 91-86--177 78-81--159 90-82--172


TYGA One Day Longleaf Golf & Family Club, Southern Pines, NC November 22, 2017 Boys' 16-18 6602 1 Joey Pritchard, Whispering Pines 81 2 Chase Clayton, Locust 83 3 Nick Henderson, Archdale 85 Selected Others 5 Andrew Wood, Greensboro 86 19 Noah Hooper, Burlington 107 Boys' 14-15 - 6602 1 Sterling Mace, Southern Pines 82 1 Dylan Smith, Cornelius 82 3Selected Others 18 John Shepperson III, Greensboro 103 19 Spencer Hodges, Stokesdale 109 22 Gage Truhe, Thomasville 125 Boys' 12-13 - 5379 1 Cayden Bryner, Winston-Salem 82 2 Noah Snyder, Greensboro 84 3 William Twilla, Eden 92 Selected Others 7 Albert Kang, Kernersville 99 Boys' 11 and under - 1933 1 Preston Howe, Winston-Salem, 41 2 Sam Terry, Thomasville 42 Girls' 16-18 - 5379 1 Hailey Barajas, Winston-Salem 83 Selected Others 4 Aleigha Hodges, Stokesdale 96 5 Caroline Isaacson, Greensboro 99 6 Hailey Miller, Rockingham 100 Girls' 14-15 - 5379 1 McKenzie Daffin, Fort Bragg 78 Selected Others 9 Lauren Hackler, Thomasville 97 12 Monica Solis, Mocksville 144 Girls' 11 and Under - 1933 1 Karsyn Roberts, Pikeville 44 2 Ella June Hannant, Pikeville 45 3 Ava Gutshall, Winston-Salem 54

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Orange Whip Classic, Clemson, SC Walker Course February 10, 2018 Bell National - 5934 1 Katherine Schuster, Kill Devil Hills 2 Riley Smyth, Cary 2 Kimberly Shen, Johns Creek GA Selected Others 13 Kayla Smith, Burlington 23 Hannah Rose Bruxvoort, Chapel Hill NC Prep Preview - 5934 1 Chloe Holder, Williamston 2 Emily Brubaker, Raleigh 3 Molly Hardwick, Lexington SC Selected Others 4 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro

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PKB Foundation Classic

Pinehurst, NC, Country Club of NC Jan 27-28, 2018 Bell National 5414 1 Rory Weinfurther, Midlothian VA 71-38--109 2 Katherine Schuster, Kill Devil Hills 77-33--110 3 Johnna Parlett, Dunkirk MD 74-38--112 3 Nicole Adam, Pinehurst 77-35--112 Selected Others 5 Emelia Pack, Browns Summit 77-36--113 16 Morgan Ketchum, Winston-Salem 80-38--118 25 Hailey Joy, Reidsville 86-36--122 25 Riley Hamilton, Reidsville 81-41--122

Peggy Kirk Bell Junior

Southern Pine, NC, Pine Needles Dec 29, 2017 Bell National - 5800 1 Rebecca DiNunzio, Norfolk VA 2 Nicole Adam, Pinehurst 2 Jensen Castle, West Columbia SC Selected Others 4 Emelia Pack, Browns Summit 13 Trinity Muthomi, Kernersville 22 Siana Wong, Summerfield 26 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 36 Kayla Dowell, Mebane Futures National - 5100 1 Morgan Ellison, Peachtree City GA 2 Amber Capote, Waxhaw 3 Sarah Shao, Green Brook NJ Selected Others 21 Kyleigh Harnsberger, Advance

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Pinehurst, NC, Pinehurst No. 8 Dec 2-3, 2017 Bell National – 6,001 1 Rachel Kuehn, Asheville 69-76--145 2 Amanda Sambach, Davidson 75-71--146 3 Jennifer Cleary, Wilmington DE 72-76--148 Selected Others 8 Sasha Hayes, Winston-Salem 74-81--155 Prep Preview - 5700 1 Hannah Jonely, Ashburn VA 77-80--157 Selected Others 5 Kayla Dowell, Mebane 84-82--166 9 Trinity Muthomi, Kernersville 86-82--168 23 Victoria Cook, Reidsville 89-88--177 27 Emily Mathews, Mebane 93-93--186 27 Lauren Denhard, Salisbury 95-91--186

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Futures National - 5134 1 Annabelle Millard, Indian Trail 2 Macy Pate, Boone 3 Abby Franks, Roebuck SC Selected Others 10 Kyleigh Harnsberger, Advance

accomplishment in itself. “The big picture is that’s what makes you great no matter what sport you’re in,” Clinard said. “You’re going to have guys pushing you both mentally and physically to be at your best. That’s why a lot of kids come to Auburn – they want to be pushed and they want to be great.” Schlottman played in 69 rounds in his first three seasons and had 56 of his scores count in the team total. In two tourna-

Grandover Resort (East Course), Greensboro, NC Nov 11-13, 2017 Bell National - 6200 1 Amanda Sambach, Davidson 76-74-71--221 2 Emily Hawkins, Lexington 77-70-77--224 Selected Others 15 Hailey Joy, Reidsville 77-81-79--237 19 Kayla Smith, Burlington 79-79-82--240 19 Sasha Hayes, Winston-Salem 77-85-78--240 25 Emelia Pack, Browns Summit 80-84-79--243 29 Madison Isaacson, Greensboro 85-80-81--246 29 Olivia John, Summerfield 81-85-80--246

ments this spring he’s posted five under-par scores in six rounds. (He shot 77-71-71 playing as an individual in a tournament in Hawaii in early February). “His emotional control and mental game has vastly improved the last couple of years,” Clinard added. “Sometimes in sports you have ups and downs, but I think his game is as good as it has ever been right now.” It didn’t come without a lot of perseverance. “He’s been voted the hardest worker on the team the last three years,” Clinard said.

First Tee participation trending upward in Triad



irst Tee of the Triad president Mike Barber is being modest when asked about his organization’s participation levels, saying it is “trending upward.� In 2017, the First Tee of the Triad served over 1,500 participants at 19 locations, and also had a presence in 142 elementary schools, including all of those located in Forsyth, Guilford and Stokes counties. “We’re now starting to see kids graduate from our program,� said Barber, the organization’s president since 2011. “Everyone who completes our program is guaranteed a $1,000 college scholarship. With that incentive we went from five years ago to having no graduates to now more than a dozen this year. Our graduation program is akin to accomplishing an eagle scout. Our participants perform community service, they are very proficient in golf, they are very good students.� In April, the First Tee of the Triad will execute a major fundraiser at Bermuda Run in which Barber hopes to raise more than $20,000, while he would like to raise another $5,000 at the High Point Builders Association tournament in May at Oak Hollow. It all adds up to big happenings for the golf group that reaches out to kids from ages seven to

17, teaching core values and a healthy lifestyle. Why the popularity boom for the First Tee of the Triad when kids have so many other alternatives these days? “It is an outdoor sport, it’s a lifelong sport and parents know that life is about character development and developing healthy habits at a young age. And they know the program works,� Barber said. “Sure, we’ve had 4-5 kids of our kids who have gone on to play college golf, but we’re most proud of the hundreds of kids that have been a part of our program that have been successful college students.� Barber said the First Tee of the Triad will be embarking on its most aggressive summer camp program to date, hiring between 8-10 interns to run 22 camps across the area. “That’s twice as many as we’ve ever provided,� he said. “We’ve worked hard to reach the kids that need us the most, and again we’ve had extraordinary benefactors like the Wyndham Championship and the Long Family Foundation, as well as many individual donors in the Triad area who have been very generous,� Barber said. “I’ve been pretty fortunate; think about these kids who don’t necessarily have the same access and opportunity like I did,� Long said. “It’s a wonderful thing to try to enable them to have the same chance I did. I was sort of born on third base by comparison. Why not try to give them a shot?�

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

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