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riangle Golf Today, the sister publication of Triad Golf Today, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2019. Readers can go online to to enter to win foursomes at some of the Triangle’s best golf courses as part of the publication’s anniversary celebration. Known as North Carolina’s No. 1 Source for Golf News, Triangle Golf Today publishes seven issues a year and serves Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties, as well as the Pinehurst/Sandhills area. It remains a FREE publication and can be picked up at more than 250 locations across the Triangle area. Triad Golf Today enters its 26th year. “We’re proud to continue to bring the best golf has to offer to the area in the form of informative profiles, equipment and golf business trends, travel features, along with professional, amateur and junior golf highlights,” said longtime publisher Jay Allred. “We encourage the readers of each publication to sign up to win golf at some of the best courses across North Carolina, which are located right here in the Triangle and beyond,” said editor David Droschak. “I would like to personally thank all of our advertisers, readers and golf course personnel for supporting this great game we all love.”


inehurst Resort has created a unique hospitality experience for the staging of the 119th U.S. Amateur Championship this coming August. A Deuce Club weekly ticket costs $850 and will get a fan exclusive access to The Deuce, arguably the best 19th hole in golf, Wednesday through Sunday of the championship, which will be contested on Pinehurst No. 2 and No. 4 courses. The hospitality package includes breakfast, lunch, snacks and open bar for five days of the championship, along with one preferred parking pass. A fan will also receive a round of golf at Pinehurst No. 4 (to be played on a date following the championship) and a round at The Cradle, the resort’s award-winning short course. Overlooking the historic 18th hole at Pinehurst No. 2, The Deuce features indoor/outdoor dining in a relaxed atmosphere. “Pinehurst is excited to host the world’s best amateur golfers and welcome golf enthusiasts from across the state and region to experience the legendary Pinehurst No 2 and the newly renovated Pinehurst No. 4,” said Pinehurst Resort president Tom Pashley. “Pinehurst has hosted more national championships than any other golf course in the United States, and we look forward to crowning our next champion this August. Pinehurst is rich in tradition and amateur golf is in our DNA.” For additional U.S. Amateur ticket information:

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Carving out quite a career Bob Farren latest hall of fame inductee from Pinehurst Resort By David Droschak

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ob Farren has never won a championship, never hoisted a trophy for a global photo op or sank a clutch putt for hundreds of thousands of dollars. In fact, many causal golfers may have never even heard of his name, let alone know his title at one of golf’s most glorious venues. However, it’s an understatement to say Farren has virtually touched every piece of lush fairway grass, smooth putting surface, native grass or narrow blade of pine straw across the sprawling, iconic golfing destination known as Pinehurst Resort. In one form or another for 37 years Farren has been the steward of the resort’s agronomy program and USGA golf championships, beginning as an assistant superintendant on courses No. 1 and 4 in the early 1980s to his current position for a decade as of director of golf course maintenance, earning him induction into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame in 2019. “I say this tongue-and-cheek but to a certain extent it is true that my department at Pinehurst Resort is responsible for everything green but the money, pretty much everything that grows and flows, everything from a tree falling on a green to our nutrition programs,” Farren says. Farren, 61, has worked on eight USGA Championships at Pinehurst, including three U.S. Opens and the U.S. Women’s Open. In 2014, the men’s and women’s Opens were played on consecutive weeks on Pinehurst No. 2 – a first in golf history, and a huge accomplishment in the field

of agronomy. Farren was honored with the President’s Award for Environmental Stewardship from the Golf Course Superintendents of America in 2007 and Golf Digest magazine’s Green Star Award for outstanding environmental practices in 2014. Farren grew up the son of a greens keeper in rural West Virginia, the golf course a half mile from his house. He graduated from Marshall University in 1979 and found his way to the Tar Heel State. “I never considered another career,” he says. “From middle school through high school people would ask what I wanted to do and I would tell them I wanted to be a golf course superintendent. Ironically I would say -- and still to this day it puzzles me -- that I wanted to be a golf course superintendent in North Carolina, and I had never even been to North Carolina. That’s weird.” Farren’s expertise in balancing the science and “feel” of modern-day golf course agronomy is key, but his bigpicture outlook at such a massive resort like Pinehurst is also a major component to his success. “It is never all perfect. It is interesting, and that drives me,” Farren says. “You can kind of put people in my profession into silos. Some want to work at a championship venue and not all are fortunate enough to be able to do that; some want to work at a really high end private club and not to be bothered with championship noise and some want to work at a public venue. Some, especially in the early 1970s and 1980s, wanted to build a

Farren talks to the media prior to the 2014 U.S. Opens.

golf course, and then move on and do another one. I have been very fortunate and blessed to be here and do all of that and not have to move my family around, relocate and have to keep establishing different relationships in different communities. And I’ve been able to execute major championships at the highest level and construction as well.” More recently at the resort, Farren has been credited with helping bring the Thistle Dhu putting course and The Cradle par-3 short course to life. He also worked alongside Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw during the restoration of Pinehurst No. 2, and with Gil Hanse this past year on redo of Course No. 4. He also helped legendary architect Tom Fazio clear the land for Pinehurst No. 8 more than two decades ago. Farren has been committed to minimizing over-seeding through the cooler months while investing in efficient turfgrass cultivars that reduce the use of water and nutrients over the long term of the golf courses at Pinehurst. “And through Bob’s vision, the Pinehurst Resort property continues to serve as a turfgrass testing site to the benefit of all golf courses globally,” says Mike Davis, the CEO of the USGA. “We can only continue to watch and see what comes next from his greenhouse and committed staff.” Farren laughs when asked about golfers mostly noticing when a golf course is in need of some TLC and taking for granted when conditions are pristine.

“I guess I really haven’t known it any differently,” Farren says. “It’s acceptable to me because I’ve been doing it for 40 years. But I do have an appreciation for and I acknowledge how course conditions affect the golf shop people. I get it, I understand what we do, and they are the ones that hear it from members or resort guests if it’s bad. I can see that connection and acknowledge that. What we enjoy as a staff when we leave at the end of the day is we have tangible results, regardless of what it may be. And it changes every day, sometimes we never know from one day to the next what we may be faced with. This past summer was an example with storms and hurricanes, and in the winter ice storms.” Fellow inductee Jim Hyler has had the pleasure of working alongside Farren during several USGA championships at the resort. “I think the world of Bob and am so honored to be in the same Hall of Fame class as he is,” Hyler says. “You talk about salt of the earth; that is Bob. He is a humble guy and he is very knowledgeable and is an incredible golf course guy. He’s a can-do guy; a what do we need to do to get this right type of guy. I just have the utmost respect for him in every way – just a high character guy, high integrity and the consummate professional.” Maybe the biggest compliment came from Coore and Crenshaw. “We learned a great deal from Bob, and he has been such an important and integral part of protecting and nurturing Pinehurst’s legacy,” the two architects said.

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Artistically Gifted Architect George Cobb honored for work across Carolinas By David Droschak 10



he owner of Linville Ridge Country Club talked to anyone who would listen about the great job architect George Cobb had done in creating the 16th hole, a dramatic par-3 that showcases an elevation drop equivalent to an 11-story building and a 50-mile view of the glorious Blue Ridge Mountains off in the distance. One day Cobb interrupted the owner, saying “I can’t take all the credit; I have to credit God for this.” Cobb then hesitated for a second or two before saying “but we worked closely with him.” Cobb’s sense of humor, among many other talents, served the golf course architect well over a magnificent career, which saw him design or revamp more than 200 courses, many in the Carolinas, earning him induction into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Cobb passed away in 1986, but most of his golf architectural works live on, capturing the imagination of millions upon millions of golfers since his career began in 1945 with the first golf course at Camp Lejeune. He joins other such architectural legends such as Donald Ross, Tom Fazio and Ellis Maples in the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame. Cobb, a World War II Marine, would go on to design numerous other military courses, as well as maybe his most famous work – The Par 3 Course at Augusta National. “Mr. Cobb used to say the Par 3 Course at Augusta National was his best golf course when critics would ask him about his favorite design,” said John LaFoy, who as a teenager was best friends with Cobb’s son and would later go on to team up with the elder Cobb on golf course design work. “He was proud of working at Augusta National but he also knew it would not offend any of the other clients he had ever worked for. I’ve always thought that was a good answer.” Despite growing up in Savannah, Ga., a majority of Cobb’s designs stretch from the coast to the mountains of both the Carolinas. “My father was a Georgia native but a Carolinian by choice,” Cobb Jr. said. A few of Cobb’s early designs were instrumental in helping Hilton Head become a national golfing Mecca.

“Dad always thought that the design of his first two Hilton Head courses was the main reason for the continued success and overall popularity of the region,” Cobb Jr. said. “If those inaugural courses – The Ocean and Sea Marsh at Sea Pines – had turned out to be mediocre maybe Hilton Head wouldn’t be the popular destination it is today.” Cobb’s designs serviced a diverse section of the nation’s golfers, from those on the Armed Forces who have played on his military designs to students at colleges in North Carolina, Maryland and New York. “I can only imagine how many University of North Carolina students have played Finley Golf Course while they should have been studying,” Cobb Jr. said. Cobb helped mentor LaFoy, who he worked with at Linville Ridge, and fellow Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame member Tom Jackson. “I learned so much from watching what he did and just being around him,” LaFoy says. “One of the biggest things I learned was his interaction with clients. He was such a personable guy, had a good sense of humor and he just knew how to not only treat clients but he knew how to get new work. I tell people this all the time that the only criteria of becoming a golf course architect is to get somebody to hire you. “He was able to do that. He just had a way with clients. He was old school. He knew as much about golf architecture as he did course construction, which is really, really important.”

Cobb was a member of the first graduating class in the school of landscape architecture at University of Georgia, and was one of a very few golf course architects in his time to hold memberships in both the American Society of Golf Course Architects as well as the American Society of Landscape Architects. LaFoy laughs about one encounter he and Cobb had with a golf course owner, who had been divorced six times. There was a slight disagreement over a portion of the course construction and the owner told Cobb, “You know George, I can divorce you, too.” Cobb, like he had done so many times in his four-decade career, smoothed it over and rolled on to complete yet another golfing masterpiece. “Mr. Cobb never disagreed with his clients, but he was firm when he felt they were not right,” LaFoy said. “I learned another great lesson from Mr. Cobb that I still use today. He was always extremely fair to the golf course contractors. Even though he was working for the course owner Mr. Cobb new how hard a job golf course contractors have. He was tough on them but always fair.” Golf course architecture is a unique blend of artistic ability, science and engineering – a combination of several different diverse disciplines, all of which Cobb had an abundance of. “Mr. Cobb was so very gifted artistically; everything he did just kind of meshed together,” LaFoy says.



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By David Droschak ayne Stewart’s dramatic winning putt on the final hole of the 1999 U.S. Open galvanized the world of golf 20 years ago this summer and to this day remains one of the game’s most iconic moments. Stewart’s clutch putt played out in front of tens of thousands of fans huddled around the 18th green at Pinehurst No. 2, and many millions more glued to their TV sets. But there was also a behind-the-scenes hero of that Open who played a vital role in the success of the championship and the USGA’s now long-standing relationship with one of golf’s historic resorts. Jim Hyler Jr., the former president of First Citizens Bank and one of the state’s most influential businessman of his generation, was called upon more than two decades ago to serve as chairman of the 1999 U.S. Open President’s Council – a monumental task of gathering support for one of golf’s majors in a location that was anything but a slam dunk for the USGA. It was Hyler’s role in that Open and his unlikely 12-year stint in the USGA ranks that eventually saw him rise to USGA president that helped get him elected to the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Hyler also spearheaded countless charitable efforts associated with golf over the years across the state, including serving as chairman of the First Tee of Wake County in 2005. “Perhaps Jim’s greatest achievement was his leadership of a group that administered the U.S. Open at the legendary Pinehurst Resort,” says John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of championships for the USGA. “While the USGA had always recognized Pinehurst No. 2 as one of the world’s finest, it never thought it could host a U.S. Open because of the agronomic limitations and because of its remote location to which fans and corporate dollars would not travel. Jim put together a group that overcame these challenges and by all measures staged one of the most successful U.S. Opens of all time, bringing notoriety to the USGA, the state of North Carolina and Pinehurst Resort.” Hyler grew up on a tobacco farm in rural southside Virginia, with no access to golf. “I had kind of beat some golf balls around in our yard at home but never really played to speak of until I went to Virginia Tech, and at the time there was a golf course on the edge of campus. I started playing golf on that little 9-hole course.” Hyler says he also fell in love with Arnold Palmer in the early 1960s as he headed into his teenage years. “Arnold Palmer really was a crucial part of my developing an interest in golf,” Hyler says. “I just found him to be an incredible personality and player, and really followed him. He’s my all-time sports hero. That had a whole lot to do with me falling in love with the game.” After serving on the President’s Council for the U.S.



Open in 1999 Hyler says was unexpectedly tabbed to serve as a member of the USGA executive committee from 2004-2011, rising to the position of USGA President in 2010-2011. “Working with the business community across North Carolina to support the 1999 Open was my first expo-

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sure to the USGA,” Hyler recalls. “I developed some friendships there with Mike Davis and David Fay and so on, but then I got a call out of the blue in 2003 – totally out of the blue – asking me if I was interested in interviewing to go on the executive committee. I honestly

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asked the guy if he had the right number. He assured me he did. Being on the USGA executive committee, and spending four of those years chairing the championship committee and two years as president, was really was an incredible eight years. I’m sure thousands of people would have loved the opportunity to do that. My wife and I were able to meet a lot of wonderful people, make a lot of lifelong friends and travel to some fabulous places around the world. It was very cool.” Hyler was also a founding board member of Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham County, serving as club president from 2005-2006. His business vision helped usher the club through a difficult beginning after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the Twin Towers. “And probably one of Jim’s lasting legacies is his commitment to amateur golf, which has led Old Chatham to adopt a goal of hosting one major amateur championship or qualifying tournament each year which will culminate with the club hosting the 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur Championship,” said Old Chatham club president Allen Wilson. “It is such an incredible game; there is no other game like it,” Hyler says when asked about selfless contributions to golf. “The game itself you are outside, you have a chance to be with your friends; you call penalties on yourself and there is really no other sport that does that. It is just an incredible game. If we can reach one kid and make a change in their life it’s worth it. I just love the game and what it’s about and just want to impart all the traditions and values of the game. Allowing others to be exposed to golf is very important to me.” Hyler remains a solid 6.2 handicap between a few back surgeries and a recent rotator cuff operation. “I kind of scrape it around now and have a decent short game,” Hyler says, chuckling. A humble steward to the game of golf says he was humbled when informed he was heading into select company of the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame on Feb. 9 at a banquet in Columbia, S.C. “It really was disbelief, just very surprised,” Hyler says. “It’s just like everything in my golf journey here the past 20 years I had no idea that something like this would happen. At the same time gratitude because it’s a great honor and something I never expected or considered.”

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ew states offer more golfing diversity than North Carolina. And there are few places the United States Golf Association favor more than here … and in particular the Sandhills area. Pinehurst Resort hosted U.S. Opens in 1999 and 2005, then an historic men’s and women’s Open doubleheader in 2014. Meanwhile, Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club touts the three U.S. Women’s Opens it hosted between 1996-2007, while the U.S. Amateur along with various other USGA events have been hosted in the Tar Heel state over the past two decades. And there is plenty more on the way starting in 2019 with the second U.S. Senior Women’s Open slated for Pine Needles in mid May, while the U.S. Amateur returns to Pinehurst courses No. 2 and No. 4 in August. Later that month, the U.S. Senior Amateur will be hosted by Trianglearea club Old Chatham. “We were with Fox Sports filming recently and they see lots and lots of golf courses all around the country and we walked out the back door at Pine Needles and went down the first hole and the director said, ‘This place is gorgeous,”’ said Matt Sawicki, director of U.S. Women’s and Senior Women’s Open Championships. “You could easily call (Pine Needles) the epicenter of women’s golf and make a strong case that (the Sandhills) is the epicenter of golf in this country for either gender. It’s a remarkable place. From a USGA standpoint we’re so appreciative to be included in the history down here with our Open Championships and amateur championships. You could use 100 difference adjectives but the one that resonates with me the most is the word ‘special.”’ Unlike many USGA championships the U.S. Senior Women’s Championship is in its infancy, heading into just its second event after the inaugural championship won by Laura Davies in Chicago in 2018. The USGA is heading from a large city to a quaint area of the country 18


Pine Needles Resort noted for its towering pines and sandy soil. “What we’ve heard from the players is that everyone had a fond memory of either this golf course or some interaction with Peggy Kirk Bell at the previous USGA events, and it just re-affirmed our decision to come here. In Chicago, we received good coverage and we had good crowds, but at the end of the day we were competing with the Cubs and White Sox and everything else that Chicago has to offer,” Sawicki said. Bell will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in June under the Lifetime Achievement category. Bell, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 95, was the longtime owner of Pine Needles and Mid Pines resorts. She received the PGA of America’s First Lady of Golf Award in 2007 and was an avid supporter of the game as a top 100 golf instructor for decades. With a volunteer backbone second to none in golf, a unique fan experience on tap and an historic Donald Ross design recently renovated by architect Kyle Franz, the USGA is confident the Pine Needles location will once again be a hit with the female

golfers we all remember from the past. “When we are in a market like this it feels like the entire community rallies around the championship,” Sawicki said. “It’s not just the USGA that feels that but it is the players and they are the most important staple. At the end of the day, when the players feel that support, when they go out to dinner and everyone is talking about the championship they are playing in that week it makes it that much more special to them. That’s why we love coming to this region, everybody gets behind it – city and county governments, even the state – and that’s a great feeling to have.” Nancy Lopez was a top target of the USGA heading into year two, but a second knee replacement surgery will have the former LPGA star still sidelined from competition. However, the USGA is making a conscious effort to lure more good and “name” golfers to this event. “Last year’s event was so wildly successful, and the players said from the moment they arrived in the area it brought back memories of playing in an Open Championship,” said Shannon Rouillard, USGA senior director of championships. “When

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you think about it so many of them are removed from playing in a USGA championship, so it was a great feeling for them. We’re working on building upon that momentum into this year’s championship. So many players have come up to us and told us how special they felt at Chicago to the point that some players are writing letters for us to hopefully reach players who decided not to play, or to put them over the edge to enter into this year’s championship. There is no better voice for us than the players and if they are behind it … it will continue to grow.” The course is expected to play tougher than it did for the U.S. Women’s Opens previously staged at Pine Needles, with Franz adding subtle mounding to the greens, impressive native areas that pop, tight mowed down approach areas around the putting surfaces and a course that no longer has rough. “The goal was to try to make the golf course feel more like the 1940s style of Donald Ross than his mid 1930s style, which is a little bit different,” Franz said. “He became much Continued on page 19

USGA from page 18 more mellow; and how that relates to the USGA is that golf course is going to play really big and wide. If you get off into the native areas and the pine trees you are going to get into trouble pretty quickly. We’ve actually made the fairways harder by making them wider; you get balls running into trouble much quicker this way.” “When I look at pictures from back at the other Opens at Pine Needles and you look at the course now it is very, very different,” added Rouillard. “It was much more of a parkland style then, a lot more rough and now it’s more closely mowed areas, a lack of rough and more natural grasses out there that really lend to the architecture in a very positive way. The players know what they’re getting into. They are going to see a lot different golf course from previous Opens to what they are going to see here in May.” The fan experience at the women’s event May 13-19 will be unique to say the least, with the ability of fans to walk along with players in the fairway. Unlike major USGA Championships, only the tee and green areas will be roped off from spectators. “We’ve made a concerted effort to spend time with the players and ask what the players want to see out here,” Sawicki said. “That’s how we came up with the concept of allowing fans to walk inside the ropes with the players, who said they wanted to interact with the fans, they wanted that experience.” The frequent flyer miles from New Jersey to North Carolina have already started adding up for USGA officials … with a host of championships here leading up to the U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 in five years. “There will be a lot of talk about 2022,” Sawicki said of the upcoming U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles. “And what that championship is going to mean, and I don’t think it’s too early to start talking about the 2024 U.S. Open and what that’s going to mean to this community. We are certainly going to operate in the present but there will be references to those as well. In this community our effort and our goal is to try to use some of the things we do here at this championship as preparation for 2022.”

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ames Walsh isn’t ready for the entrepreneurial realty TV show Shark Tank just yet, but the 12-year-old is gaining on it with a monster of an idea. After making the golf team at Calvary Baptist in Winston-Salem, the middle school student fell in love with the game with father Patrick, who had never played before his son encouraged him to pick up a club. “I was proud of him so I started practicing with him,” the elder Walsh said. “My former business partner in Florida played the pro circuit and she always wanted me to play but I had no interest in golf. I fished rather than golfed, but when James took it up I took it up with him.” How bad did they catch the golf bug? Well, the two purchased a hitting bay and took over mom’s parking spot in the garage. “She came home one day and said, ‘What is that? Where am I going to put my car?’” Patrick Walsh said. “I told her to park in the hitting cage. Needless to say that didn’t go over so well. Mom was not very happy.” Around the same time the basement of a building Patrick Walsh owns on Main Street in Mocksville became vacant and his son floated the idea of starting an indoor driving range in that space. One thing lead to another and this February the 12-year-old went into the golf business for himself with Golfzilla Indoor Golf Practice Center. “I did all of the construction and we funded his business to start, but



it’s all his, he’s learning about profit and loss, he has the snack bar so he’s learning about inventory control, and insurance and we set up the corporation name,” Patrick Walsh said. The start-up “business loan” from dad of around $7,000 helped get the business off the ground with a 10-foot simulator screen with 14 courses to play and a driving range, another driving and chipping bay, a putting green area, and of course, JW’s Snack Shop.

“I’ve always wanted to have a snack bar,” said James, who sells sodas, snacks and other golf items such as tees, gloves and Golfzilla logo balls out of the area in the back of the practice center. “A few years ago I worked an auction and I always went behind the counter to help them out. I loved it.” The two kicked around about a dozen names for the practice center before settling on Golfzilla, a logo which features an “old-school” Godzilla holding a golf club with a large golf ball in the background. The elder Walsh is giving his son one-year rent free to build up the business. “He wanted to take his own money because he invests in the stock market, too. I said ‘no, leave your money in there, I’ll front you the money,”’ Patrick Walsh said. “And he’s tough. The other day his

mother and I each took a Kit-Kat because we were in here painting and he said, ‘You know, mom, dad, you guys are eating into my profits, split one.’ We had to split the Kit-Kat and I gave him a dollar. He doesn’t give me a break. He came up with his own pricing and own programs and what he wants to do. He makes the call on how he wants things.” An hour in the simulator bay costs a reasonable $25, while a 30-minute session in the hitting bay $10, which includes use of the putting area. Logo golf balls cost a buck each. Patrick Walsh owns a commercial disinfecting firm in the same building, so his son has grown up witnessing the pros and cons of owning your own business. “He has seen that we’re self employed so he can learn his own way of business, and if he fails it’s a lesson and if he succeeds it’s a lesson,” Patrick Walsh said. For now, the two have started some grass roots marketing to get the word out, passing out business cards recently at their home course, Pudding Ridge. The practice center is open all day Wednesday and by appointment. The space can also be rented out for private functions. “We picked Wednesday for now because that is my office day and I use this as my office,” Patrick Walsh said. “But I don’t get any work done because I sit here and play on the simulator. My arms are killing me by the end of the day. I played for about 9 hours the other day. “James really started this practice range for him and his teammates to practice this past winter. He’s getting better and better and done really well with it and is really hooked on golf. He’s got a sweet little swing.” And some big business dreams. “Getting the ball into the hole is the hardest part of golf,” James Walsh said, laughing. “And the hardest thing about business is getting a lot of customers.” For more information on Golfzilla log on to

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Hensley’s Highlights

Former state travel and tourism director shares seven decades of golfing experiences Editor’s Note: Bill Hensley, now 92 years young, is the former head the state's Travel and Tourism Division and a longtime public relations executive from Charlotte whose specialty is golf and travel. During his career he handled a number of major accounts including Pinehurst Resort and Pebble Beach. In 1995, he created the North Carolina golf course rating panel which each year selects the state’s top 100 golf courses. Hensley is a member of the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame, the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Journalism/Public Relations Hall of Fame. Below are Hensley’s golfing highlights from a seven-decade love affair with the sport.


became interested in golf when I was a junior at Wake Forest University and a Demon Deacon golfer named Arnold Palmer was fast becoming one of the game’s most noted amateurs. I wrote often about his victories, and he encouraged me to learn to play. After I graduated and started working as a sports writer for the Asheville Citizen, I heeded his advice. And I have been an avid golfer for the past 68 years. The game has been good to me, and I have spent a lifetime writing and promoting the sport. My exciting moments have been numerous -- almost too many to remember. I was asked recently to name my top 10 thrills. That’s a tough assignment, but I will do my best. In no particular order, my biggest thrills are: • The many friends I made in the game, including golf professionals, owners, staff members and players. One of my first clients was the Robbins brothers of Boone who developed both Hound Ears and Elk River. I count Spencer Robbins and his late brother Harry as two of my closest friends, and I know dozens of golf pros who I admire and respect and see frequently. I have learned much from my close association with these people. • Playing Augusta National Golf Club. Playing that course is on all golfers’ bucket list of things to do, and I was lucky, having played that great course on three occasions. Driving up Magnolia Lane and teeing it up at the 24


National was the answer to a dream. And to this day, I have never putted on greens that fast. Playing one day with an assistant pro, I came within two inches of making a hole in one. Had the ball gone in, I would have put a flashing neon sign on top of my home announcing my accomplishment. • Speaking of aces, one of my top thrills was making five over my long career. They came at Myers Park CC, Pinehurst No. 6, Blowing Rock CC and two at Hound Ears on the same hole (number 7) 20 years apart. I may be one of the few golfers in the world who

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has made more aces than he has eagles. I have made only four, including three hole-outs from the fairway, and only one on a par five. • Playing Pebble Beach. In the late 1980s I was fortunate enough to land the Pebble Beach public relations account. Over the next two years, I played the course many times but each time was always a thrill. What a beautiful and challenging layout. And I still think that the 8th hole is the hardest par four I ever played. And in the early 1990s I worked the U.S. Open there and got to meet nearly all the participants.

• Having a friendship of over 60 years with Arnold Palmer. I knew him as a student and as one of the world’s foremost golfers. And he never changed. He was the most enthusiastic people-person I ever knew, and I had the utmost respect and admiration for him. He was a winner throughand-through, both on-and-off the golf course. Friends like Arnold weren’t easy to come by, and his death left me with an empty feeling. • Working with Jack Nicklaus. Being an avid Palmer fan I was afraid I might not like Nicklaus when I first met him at Elk River (he designed the course). But he was great to work with and easy to get along with. I put on exhibition matches on six occasions, putting him up against other golfers. The most fun was when I paired Jack with UNC coach Dean Smith against two ACC collegiate stars. Folks at Elk River will never forget the fun created by that twosome. I worked with him again when he designed the Club at Longview course near Charlotte. Again, he was a piece of cake. • Playing golf in 22 states and 18 foreign countries. My job—and vacations—took me around the world, and I was fortunate enough to see a lot of the world’s best courses, including those in England, Scotland and Ireland. I took two golf cruises through Europe playing in several countries along the way. I even played in Australia and Thailand. In a Golf Digest article recently, the top 100 courses in the world were named and I had played 22 of them. • Playing the Mountaintop course in Cashiers, N.C. Never heard of that course? Well, don’t be embarrassed because it is little known. But it is one of the best courses I have ever played. I played it the day after most of the N.C. Golf Panel and couldn’t believe what I heard at dinner that night. “Best course I ever played,” “better than Pinehurst No. 2,” “I am putting it No. 1 in North Carolina,” and the praise went on. After I played, I had to agree that it was in a class by itself. Put it on your bucket list. And while you are in Cashiers, see if

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Hensley’s Highlights from page 24 you can find a member to host you at Wade Hampton, another of the state’s finest. • Having the Pine Needles Resort account for 35 years and working with the likes of Peggy Kirk Bell, Kelly Miller and Pat McGowan. If I weren’t too old, I would write a book on Mrs. Bell. She was a jewel, and I learned a lot just from hearing her talk. She was one of the founders of the Ladies PGA tour and her friends in the game were numerous. And they all came to Pine Needles to see her. Also, I worked three U.S. Women’s Open there which was most enjoyable and educational. • Being a member of the Charlotte Country Club for 40 years. This is another Ross classic that is one of the state’s best courses. I enjoyed every round I ever played there because of the course and the many fine folks I played with. Obviously golf has meant much to me and has been a big part of my life, even though I was a mediocre player. But my playing skills had little to do with the enjoyment I encountered at every turn. I’m often asked about my favorite courses in North Carolina. They are Charlotte CC, Old North State Club, Pine Needles, Mid Pines, Country Club of NC (Dogwood), Pinehurst No. 2, Hound Ears, Biltmore Forest, Mountaintop and Linville. Six of those courses were designed by Donald Ross, so it’s no secret who my favorite architect is. Geographically, two courses are in the Piedmont, four in the Sandhills area, and four in the mountains But frankly, I never met a golf course I didn’t like, and every time I teed it up has been a thrill.

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Grandover Resort:

Honoring the past, embracing the future By David Droschak


t can be argued that Grandover Resort took the path of least resistance when it opened in February 1999. Despite its rightful place as a trendy boutique hotel with an Old World décor to match, Grandover focused on capturing the business traveler and conventions. To the naked eye, it was a natural fit since Grandover developer Joe Koury had built a successful model across town at the nearly 1,000-room Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons/Koury Convention Center. “We were definitely going after the groups that had been going to Pinehurst or the Grove Park Inn and telling them they now have a third option in North Carolina that is more centrally located,” said Photos courtesy of Grandover Resort.



Christina York, longtime Grandover director of sales and marketing. “Yes, we did weddings and social events, but it was all about the mid week business, our weekends were soft,” she added. “We didn’t do much of anything to attract leisure business because we were like, ‘we know conferences, and we know how to do conferences.’” Fast forward two decades and not only has Grandover invested $10 million in its 244-room hotel, surrounding amenities and 36 holes of golf, it has totally rebranded and started an effort to attract guests nearby as it celebrated its 20th anniversary in February.

“It is now more leisure, people wanting to come for a getaway, not necessarily the business traveler. It is weekend getaways, one-night getaways, special occasions,” York said. “We have this really fantastic product with world-class amenities in Greensboro, so I think that naturally lends itself for people to think it’s too expensive for them, and they never even checked us out,” she added. “Really, the story is: ‘Yes, we have the world-class amenities, but guess what, because it’s in Greensboro, N.C., we offer a great value and you can afford it; it’s surprisingly affordable.’ I’ve used that tag line for weddings. We could be charging two or three times the rates we do – all around – for the golf, spa and rooms – if we were in a firstContinued on page 29

Grandover from page 28 tier city, so why not take advantage of it. It’s here. You can’t get this value anywhere else.” Grandover Resort’s rebranding efforts have centered on re-connecting with the local community on numerous fronts, including on the golf course with a program called the Griffin Club, which gives North Carolina residents some nice perks. “The golf staff got together and we tried to come up with some programs what would help mirror our re-branding and we pitched some ideas,” said Jonathan York, the resort’s director of golf and husband of Christina. “We thought about what other golf courses in the area were charging, and we needed to get more in line with that. Our weekend rates are $75, and other courses in the area are more in the $50 range, so we came up with a program that gives the local players from North Carolina a local rate. “A lot of clubs do it,” he added. “You come to the shop and we ask you where you are from and if you are from North Carolina we ask for your driver’s license and we hand them something to fill out. We then we give you a hat, a card for the program, a bag tag and a complimentary beverage in our new 19 & Timber bar to showcase that area. As people say, ‘it’s a no brainer.”’ And while Koury’s worn leather golf bag and old Wilson irons are still prominently displayed in a shadow box near the golf shop, most of the rest of the hotel’s décor has received a major makeover. “When the resort was originally being designed the theme was Old World European, and a lot of people have

referred to us as ‘the castle’ as they drive by on I-85,” Christina York said. “The décor was very Renaissance and that was intentional. So we decided that with the renovation that it wasn’t really making a connection with our guests anymore. So we shifted and wanted to connect to the community with a theme to really honor our roots in the Piedmont Triad, the arts and the history of the Piedmont Triad. Everywhere you go in the resort now you see local representation, from the front desk art piece to the art gallery with all North Carolina artists, to a 100-year-old loom that Cone Mills gave us. People love that.” The next phase of the rebranding is all new carpeting throughout the resort. “The biggest change since this time last year is about offering the local community a reason to come out to Grandover,” she added. “They may not spend the night but we are offering entertainment on the weekends, which we never had before, golf clinics, and socials and golf tournaments, an art gallery, open houses, Carolina Panthers watch parties and wine tastings … and the list goes on. These are the things that get the community to come in and use us as a regular place, so when they do need accommodations then they will think of us. With the renovation it wasn’t just about the hard changes it was about the rebranding of the resort as a whole.” York said even the resort’s luxury suites have been rebranded with North Carolina- and local-based themes, such as the Seagrove Pottery Suite and Market Suite to honor the area’s furniture market. “We want to let people know ‘it’s for you, come on out,’’’ she said.

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Consistent contender Cassetta attempts rare repeat at Triad Golf Today Tournament of Champions


eagled the final hole to cap a back-nine 30 that left Cassetta a runner-up. “It was good for me to finally win this tournament after so many narrow losses,” hris Cassetta fought off some Cassetta said. past demons when he won the The T of C win was the beginning of Triad Golf Today Tournament of a solid year for the High Point resident Champions last April and now he’s hopthat also was highlighted by a strong run ing to claw his way to becoming the first in the North Carolina Mid-Amateur last back-to-back winner in 19 years. September. The 23rd annual T of C is set for “I played OK most of the summer but Greensboro National Golf Club on April I had a really good fall,” he said. “Things 27-28 – the latest date ever – and will started clicking and I was in the mix for the be played in conjunction with the Triad State Mid-Am.” Golf Today Interclub Later in Challenge, which is CGA Ranking Points Awarded September, he returning to its origiMen’s Division teamed with John nal scoring format. (combined leaderboard of Major of WinstonCassetta had been T of C & Interclub Individual) First – 75 Points Salem for a runneran almost annual Second – 50 Points Senior Division up finish in the contender in the T Third – 45 Points First – 75 Points North Carolina of C before finally Fourth – 40 Points Second – 50 Points Four-Ball. Rounds emerging victoriFifth – 36 Points Third – 45 Points of 68-66-68 left the ous last year as his Cassetta-Major duo 73-71 performance three shots back of Dustin Moore and Greg produced a six-shot margin over 2017 Earnhardt. champ Matt Nelson. Cassetta counted Then in October, he was a member of three second-place finishes, two thirds and the Carolinas team that claimed victory a fourth in previous T of C appearances. In 2002, he lost to Todd Chadwick in a six- over the Virginias in the Captain’s Putter hole playoff that was forced into a second Matches. He also captured the club championday by darkness. Ten years later, when the ship at High Point Country Club. event made a stop at Forest Oaks, he had Cassetta pointed to a change to the claw the clubhouse lead before Ben Pinkleton


putting grip as a key to his strong fall play. “In June, July and August, I really struggled with my putting,” he said. “I felt I was basically putting with the yips. I started using the claw for the fall and starting seeing some results. Last year could have been a really good year. I hit the ball well but the putting wasn’t very good.” He has taken the claw grip into 2019 and already has had some tournament success – teaming up with David Neveu for a second-place finish in the Mid-Pines Invitational Four-Ball in early February. If Cassetta wins a second straight T of C it would end a long streak. Nobody has repeated since Chris Logan of Winston-Salem won three straight from 1998-2000. Cassetta, who is now playing out of Sedgefield Country Club, hopes to be part of a foursome in the Interclub Challenge this year. He entered individually a year ago.

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Tournament Champions

Anthony Baker, Bud Kivett Memorial Curtis Brotherton, High Point Memorial Tony Byerly, Whitsett City Amateur; Graham City Amateur; Bulldog Invitational; Brookwood Amateur Chris Cassetta, Triad Golf Today Tournament of Champions Blake Childers, Joe Wood Memorial Tanner Gross, Southwick Amateur Scott Harvey, George C. Thomas Invitational Kevin Hipp, Tech Authority Reidsville Invitational

2018 Club Champions

Ryan Lambeth, Crooked Tree Amateur Nick Lyerly, Eastern Amateur Mike Roshelli, Alamance County Amateur Harrison Rutter, Danville Invitational Clint Smith, Asheboro City Amateur Michael Swaringen, Dugan Aycock Davidson County Amateur Thomas Walsh, Porter Cup Dan Walters, Forsyth Invitational Davis Womble, Triad Golf Today Interclub Challenge Matt Younts, Triad Amateur

Senior Champions Mike Bayes, Danville Invitational Robin Benson, Joe Wood Memorial Randy Ector, Alamance County Senior Am Buck Hall, Dugan Aycock Davidson County Amateur John Nieters, Forsyth Senior Amateur Harrison Rutter, Triad Golf Today T of C Steve Sharpe, Holly Ridge Charity Classic

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Troy Blamer, Oak Hollow; Mark Brooks, Pilot Knob; Stephen Bullock, CC of Salisbury; Tony Byerly, Brookwood and Southwick; Chris Cassetta, High Point CC; Jamie Caudill, Cedarbrook; Brad Coleman, Jamestown Park; Bryan Colquitt, Holly Ridge; Luke Crouse, Pennrose Park CC; Mark Foster, Danville GC; Brandon Einstein, Bermuda Run CC; David Fowler, Forsyth CC; Ridge Gibson, Tuscarora; Kameron Jones, Mill Creek; Jim Kemerling, Reynolds Park; Bret Kinney, Greensboro National; Kris Kiser, Hemlock; Dave Koster, Salem Glen; Stephen Kovacs, Occoneechee; Richard Krapfel, Meadowlands; Paul Miller, Olde Homeplace; Dustin Moore, Alamance CC; Scott Newnam, Challenge; Mark Nieters, Tanglewood; Marco Nieto, Stoney Creek; Dean Norman Jr., Greensboro CC; Ken Nurse, Oak Valley; Doug Owens, Pinewood; Arlis Pike, Pine Knolls; Jeremy Rudock, Maple Chase; Steve Sharpe, Forest Oaks; Paul Slomkowski, Bryan Park; Michael Spillman, Pudding Ridge; Charles Spry, Old Town Club; Kaleb Staker, Lexington GC; Charlie Tate III, Starmount Forest; Adam Taylor, Caswell Pines; Mick Terry, Colonial; Todd Topolka, Sedgefield; Scott Trent, Wolf Creek; James Williams, Cross Creek; Park Williams, Deep Springs; Craig Wood, Siler City CC.



Maple Chase Golf & Country Club dominated the team event last spring but will be without the two players who led the charge. T of C senior champ Harrison Rutter has a schedule conflict on the tournament weekend and Interclub medalist Davis Womble has relocated. Rutter shot a pair of 68s and Womble posted 70-68 as the Winston-Salem club ran away to an 18-shot margin over Pennrose Park Country Club of Reidsville. But there’s a deep roster of tournamenttested players at Maple Chase. Club champ Jeremy Rudock, former champ Drew Davis, senior champ Lance Link and Chris Logan are just some of the possibilities. The Interclub scoring format, which has been varied over the last eight years, will return to the original method of counting the best two balls of four on each hole. The last eight years, the best two nine-hole scores were tallied for the team score. The best two-ball format, which was used during the first 14-year run at Greensboro National, makes it more likely for total team involvement. Even if one player might be having an off day, a couple of birdies could be key. Three individual divisions are played in conjunction with the team event. In addition to the Tournament of Champions (open only to club champions or other tournament winners from the previous year), there’s the Interclub division (members of teams not eligible for the T of C) and the Senior Division (team members aged 55-and-over along with individual age 55-over qualifiers). For the second straight year the Carolinas Golf Association will be awarding ranking points to the top-five finishers on the combined leaderboard of T of C and Interclub entries. And this year, for the first time, the top three senior finishers will earn points in the CGA’s senior rankings. Clubs or associations are allowed to enter multiple teams of regulars and/or seniors. A foursome can be made up of all regulars or all seniors or a mixture. The seniors (age 55-over) play a shorter set of tees. Entry forms are available at www. or by calling Tournament Director Steve Williams at 336-280-3722.

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Why not address excessive practice swings?



Lyerly, UNCG win in Florida


Golf was last done in 1984, so I get in By BETSEY MITCHELL line to say “what took so long?” And while I accept most of the new rules as nyone questioning why a comince I put on my customary 10 somewhat necessary, they seem to help mittee made up of two other pounds during yet another winter the hacks like me, those of us who tend committees took so long to get golf hibernation I figured I would to hit into bunkers, bodies of water or the new rules done has never sat in a “weigh in” on golf’s new rules of the penalty areas. I used to laugh at my meeting trying to pick a theme for the game. dad, God rest his soul, when he would member-guest. I’m confused Bets, is my foot wedge find his ball in the woods behind some I’m amazed they got anything done still not allowed? pine cones and on top of pine straw and and even more amazed by some of the All kidding aside, golfers this season then complain about “a compromises. will be faced with the biggest change to bad lie.” What’s next, Oh, to have been a fly the Rules of Golf in some time. The progrounding our clubs in on the wall as they strugcess to modernize the Rules of Golf by bunkers? gled through dropping the USGA and R&A actually started in Most of the new rules a ball from the shoulder 2012. Geez, what took so long to come up were aimed at speedto just above the ground with these new offerings? I’m sure you ing up the game. That’s to the knee. Watching a and I Bets could have figured this out a noble desire, but isn’t trying to figure during a round at Old North State Club DUELING DIVOTS player golf supposed to be a out where knee-height is since I’ve often been accused of playing makes me giggle. at “lightning speed” and I’m sure by now relaxing and peaceful diversion to the hustle the bustle of About that “Howard Ward Rules” you’ve adopted some of the “Howard everyday life? Why are we in such a crack… you are remembering it all Ward Rules” of putting. hurry? I have enough pressure on me, wrong. Look to his partner in criminal These golf rules that include a new now I only have 3 minutes to look for golf, “Adam Bomb.” That guy never dropping procedure and removing the my lost ball instead of 5 minutes? missed a 5-foot putt and we all know penalty for a double hit, among others, This is going to add some significant why. were adopted after feedback from golftime to my stay at the 19th hole, and They missed a big chance to address ers like you and I Bets, and PGA profesthe true culprit in ruining pace of play; sionals. I must have missed my feedback allows me enough time to ask you the really important question Bets: “You the practice swing. I say that every player form in the mail. want the flag in or out?” gets one full practice swing. Every full A complete review of the Rules of



swing after should count as a stroke. Some college players would be shooting 213. The bunker rule makes no sense. The rules committee is OK with a player taking a practice swing on perfect turf gouging out a chunk of grass that will take a week to grow back. Meanwhile, they have a fit if you take a practice swing in a bunker that can be restored to perfection in less than 30 seconds. Stupid. The flagstick rule is proving to be an exercise in local politics. Some like it in, some like it out. Each round includes negotiating a compromise to satisfy all. It’s trending toward keeping it in for outside 15 feet and out for close putting. With an 18 mph wind and the flag rattling in the hole, I vote for out. Even a tap-in is distracting. Removing penalty strokes for accidental movement is generous and appreciated. Player intent is a staple in golf. The cruelest penalty I ever applied was when a player was startled by a bird flying past her nose causing her to flinch and move her ball. I’m glad I never have to do that again. Foot wedge? Sure, but if I see you…..


or the first time since 2014-15, UNC Greensboro’s men’s golf team has two tournament titles in the same season. After closing the fall slate of the schedule with a victory in the Grandover Collegiate, the Spartans opened the spring portion with a first-place finish in the Martin Downs Collegiate at the Osprey Course in Palm City, Fla. Nick Lyerly, a sophomore from Salisbury, led UNCG with a 68-69-70 scorecard that earned medalist honors by one shot. Three birdies in his final eight holes helped Lyerly rally past VCU’s Tannum Donaldson, the 36-hole leader. Bryce Hendrix and Jonathan Brightwell also had top-10s for UNCG, who finished six shots clear of Mercer in the 13-team event. Grant Powell, a junior from Greensboro, posted the team’s best 18-hole score in the tournament with a secondround 67. The Spartans’ 850 (293-273-284) was the

Mark Johnston UNC Greensboro

Nathan Hawkins Covenant

Alexandria Bare UNC Pembroke

Michael Childress Richmond

Hailey Barajas Catawba

Rachel Mast UNC Wilmington



Position Field


Tournament (Date)

Nicholas Lyerly, Salisbury Michael Childress, Salisbury Mark Johnston, Lewisville Brandon Einstein, Clemmons Grant Powell, Colfax Nicholas Lyerly, Salisbury

UNC Greensboro Richmond UNC Greensboro High Point UNC Greensboro UNC Greensboro

1st T-13 T-21 T-22 T-24 T-26

92 79 92 75 92 75

68-69-70 72-69 73-77-68 77-76-69 76-67-76 74-74-72

UNCG Martin Downs Collegiate (Feb. 10-12) Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate (Feb. 11-12) UNCG Martin Downs Collegiate (Feb. 10-12) Georgia Southern Individual Collegiate (Feb. 3-4) UNCG Martin Downs Collegiate (Feb. 10-12) Puerto Rico Classic (Feb. 17-19)

Nathan Hawkins, Lexington





Coastal Georgia Winter Invitational (Feb. 11-12)






Tournament (Date)

Sarah Coltrane, Asheboro Emily Hawkins, Lexington Alexandria Bare, Kannapolis Hailey Barajas, Winston-Salem Rachel Mast, Lexington

Catawba Campbell UNC Pembroke Catawba UNC Wilmington

T-2 T-17 T-18 T-25 T-32

59 90 103 59 105

77-81 73-70-71 74-78-73 86-89 71-78-81

Converse Spring Invitational (Feb. 18-19) Moon Golf Invitational (Feb. 18-19) Lady Moc Golf Classic (Feb. 18-19) Converse Spring Invitational (Feb. 18-19) Reynolds Lake Oconee Invitational (Feb. 16-17)

Carley Cox, China Grove

East Carolina




UCF Challenge (Feb. 3-5)

This chart lists players from the Triad Golf Today coverage area who finished in the top half of a field in collegiate events of at least two rounds played Feb. 1-21.

sixth best score in school history. Lyerly, who won the North Carolina Amateur in 2016, now has two collegiate titles – his previous win coming in the

Southern Conference Championship last April. The competition grew tougher when UNCG traveled to Puerto Rico later in

February for a 15-team event featuring some of the top-ranked teams in the country. Georgia and Georgia Tech tied for first with 848 while UNCG was 10th at 878. TRIAD GOLF TODAY • SPRING 2019


Junior Golf Scoreboard TYGA TYGA One Day Pinewood CC, Asheboro, NC Feb. 16. 2019 Boys 16-18 Division - 6,316 1 Zach Green, Asheboro 2 Jackson Maynor, Concord 3 Noah Hooper, Burlington Selected Others 5 Nick Hughes, Thomasville 5 Bobby Gold, High Point 8 Jonathan Peters, Winston-Salem 10 Isaiah Trollinger, Winston-Salem 12 Jason Moore, Pilot Mountain Boys 14-15 Division - 6,316 1 Quinlan Polin, Cary 2 Will Dalton, Cornelius 3 Calvin Hawkins, Lexington 3 Sean Finan, Winston-Salem Selected Others 8 David Elliott, Asheboro Boys 12-13 Division - 5,450 1 Alex Bock, Morganton 2 Will Tharin, Rocky Mount 3 Luke Payne, Asheboro Selected Others 4 Albert Kang, Kernersville Girls Division - 5,450 1 Karli Jump, Winston-Salem 2 Becca Connolly, Winston-Salem 3 Heather Appelson, Wake Forest

TYGA One Day

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TYGA One Day Pinehurst #6, Pinehurst, NC Feb. 10, 2019 Boys 16-18 Division - 6,634 1 Casey Osiecki, New Bern 2 Kris Jackson, Greenville 3 Ayush Bodhale, Huntersville Selected Others 15 Jacob Pendry, Lexington Boys 14-15 Division - 6,634 1 Brian Wei, Raleigh 2 Davis Adams, Raleigh 3 Cole Wright, Wake Forest Selected Others 6 Bradley Davis Jr., Pilot Mountain 7 Jaxson Morgan, Thomasville 9 Mark Smith III, Thomasville 11 Colby Moore, Advance 11 Michael Kramer, Kernersville 13 Chase McLaughlin, Kernersville 14 Henry Andrews, Winston-Salem Boys 12-13 Division - 5,645 1 Bryan Fang, Raleigh 2 Rhodes Baker, Winston-Salem 3 Alex Bock, Morganton Girls 16-18 Division - 5,645 1 Olivia Renville, Cary 2 Natalie Martinho-Stansbury, Raleigh 3 Lauren Martin, Mooresville Selected Others 4 Lauren Hackler, Thomasville 8 Ashley Longbottom, Winston-Salem Girls 12-15 Division - 5,645 1 Boonyanant Rujiranan, Southern Pines 2 Lily Kate Watson, Wake Forest 3 Sidney Renville, Cary Selected Others 6 Ashlyn Strickland, Greensboro

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TYGA One Day Longleaf G&FC, Southern Pines, NC Nov. 21, 2019 Boys 16-18 Division - 6,602 1 Dylan Smith, Cornelius 76 2 Adam Hathaway, Greenville 79 2 Ben Collins, Holly Springs 79 2 Nicholas Mathews, Mebane 79 Selected Others 5 Jack Dockrill, Elon 81 7 Bobby Gold, High Point 83 8 Noah Hooper, Burlington 87 12 Nick Henderson, Archdale 90 24 Bryce Pickard, Whitsett 103 Boys 14-15 Division - 6,602 1 Ryan Macri, Wake Forest 76 2 Andrew Gallagher, Grimesland 77 3 Brodie McFadden, Holly Springs 78 Selected Others 7 Bradley Davis, Pilot Mountain 82 24 Mark Smith III, Thomasville 107



Pinehurst #1, Pinehurst, NC Nov. 21, 2019 Boys 12-13 Division - 5,466 1 Alex Bock, Morganton 2 Daniel Boone, Fuquay Varina 3 Parker Denning, Benson Selected Others 7 Chase McLaughlin, Kernersville 7 Patrick Daly, Summerfield 12 Horace Pennix III, Greensboro 20 Andrew Bartlett, Greensboro 25 Mitchell Smith, Thomasville Girls 16-18 Division - 5,466 1 Toni Blackwell, Fayetteville 2 Caroline Isaacson, Greensboro 3 Siana Wong, Summerfield Selected Others 4 Lauren Hackler, Thomasville 6 Chloe Crane, Greensboro 8 Ashley Longbottom, Winston-Salem Girls 14-15 Division - 5,466 1 Morgan Ketchum, Winston-Salem 2 Madison Srinivasa, Raleigh 3 Halynn Lee, Cary 3 Kayla Dowell, Mebane Selected Others 5 Gabriela Cruz, High Point 10 Camilla Rivas, Summerfield 14 Kyleigh Whittemore, Graham 19 Sarah Stewart, Kernersville Girls 11 and Under Division - 1,949 1 Ellen Yu, High Point 1 Ella June Hannant, Pikeville 3 Nadeen Elkassem, Raleigh Selected Others 4 Riley Grimm, High Point 6 Leah Edwards, Greensboro 8 Leslie Pennix, Greensboro 9 Sreya Sudarshan, Greensboro

78 79 80 85 85 87 93 108 77 81 82 88 90 97 79 80 83 83 85 93 96 104 32 32 27 26 22 18 9

Winternational Series Event 7 Pinehurst, NC , Pinehurst #2/#1 Feb. 16-17, 2019 Junior/Senior Division - 6,307/6,089 1 Sam Westwood, Dirleton, Scotland 79-73--152 2 Owen Swavely, Mooresville 80-72--152 3 Harrison Wierse, Wilmington 77-77--154 Selected Others 7 Kameron Jones, Mebane 81-78--159 16 Andrew Wood, Greensboro 91-76--167 17 Phillip Clifton, Winston-Salem 85-83--168 Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,307/6,089 1 Alan Van Asch, Raleigh 77-75--152 2 David Oliver IV, Pageland, SC 74-81--155 3 Scott Hanna, Pinehurst 76-84--160 3 Chris Ha, Fayetteville 85-75--160 Selected Others 7 Cayden Bryner, Winston-Salem 85-77--162 10 Jonathan Rich, Rockingham 86-80--166 11 Sam Haggas, Winston-Salem 91-76--167 Girls Division - 5,257/5,806 1 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 79-75--154 2 Mara Hirtle, Pinehurst 82-77--159 3 Jaclyn Kenzel, Southern Pines 82-80--162

Event 6 Pinehurst, NC, Pinehurst #4 Feb. 9-10, 2019 Boys Junior/Senior Division - 6,428 1 Chase Clayton, Locust 74-74--148 2 Thomas Maye, Weddington 75-77--152 3 Harrison Wierse, Wilmington 80-75--155 3 Malachy Hayward, Scotland 79-76--155 Selected Others 7 Phillip Clifton, Winston-Salem 81-77--158 26 Kieren Smith, Kernersville 90-90--180 Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,428 1 Daniel Adkins, Holly Springs 84-74--158 2 Ryan Macri, Wake Forest 80-79--159 3 Jennings Glenn, Raleigh 82-78--160 Selected Others 6 Sam Haggas, Winston-Salem 83-84--167 7 Jonathan Rich, Rockingham 82-88--170 9 Jack Dockrill, Elon 80-91--171 12 Alex Gould, Greensboro 99-81--180 Girls Division - 5,864 1 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 82-73--155 2 Mara Hirtle, Pinehurst 84-77--161 3 Katelyn Kenthack, Southern Pines 86-80--166 3 Jaclyn Kenzel, Southern Pines 87-79--166

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Jan. 19-20, 2019 Junior/Senior Division - 6,634 1 Chase Clayton, Locust 69-83--152 2 Harrison Wierse, Wilmington 78-76--154 3 Jake Clodfelter, Trinity 75-81--156 3 Nicholas Song, Waxhaw 75-81--156 Selected Others 8 Kameron Jones, Mebane 79-89--168 9 Andrew Wood, Greensboro 82-87--169 15 Matthew Luke Sanchez, 95-86--181 Stokesdale Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,634 1 Colin Dutton, Foxfire 79-79--158 2 Cullen Campbell, Virginia Beach 77-81--158 3 Daniel Adkins, Holly Springs 85-76--161 Selected Others 5 Jonathan Rich, Rockingham 76-91--167 8 Alex Gould, Greensboro 91-91--182 9 Jack Dockrill, Elon 90-93--183

Event 4 Pinehurst, NC, Pinehurst #9 & #4 Jan. 5-6, 2018 Junior/Senior Division - 6,314/6,428 1 Andrew Wood, Greensboro 75-75--150 2 Owen Swavely, Mooresville 75-77--152 3 Robert Dudeck III, Williamsburg, VA 81-74--155 Selected Others 8 Kieren Smith, Kernersville 91-80--171 Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,314/6,428 1 Ryan Macri, Wake Forest 69-75--144 2 Colin Dutton, Foxfire 72-75--147 3 David Oliver IV, Pageland, SC 78-77--155 Selected Others 4 Jack Dockrill, Elon 77-79--156 8 Jonathan Rich, Rockingham 86-78--164 10 Alex Gould, Greensboro 86-83--169 13 Sam Haggas, Winston-Salem 82-90--172 Girls Division - 5,473/5,864 1 Megan Kanaby, Chapel Hill 76-79--155 2 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 78-79--157 3 Angelique Seymour, Fayetteville 80-79--159 Selected Others 7 Harper Shepherd, Greensboro 84-87--171

Event 3 Pinehurst, NC, Pinehurst #2 & #1 Dec. 15-16, 2018 Junior/Senior Division 6,307/6,089 1 Owen Swavely, Mooresville 75-78--153 2 Owen Woods, Maxton 79-79--158 3 Harrison Wierse, Wilmington 84-77--161 Selected Others 4 Jake Clodfelter, Trinity 82-80--162 7 Phillip Clifton, Winston-Salem 83-82--165 13 Matthew Luke Sanchez, 109-84--193 Stokesdale 16 Spencer Leonard, Thomasville 115-97--212 Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,307/6089 1 Daniel Adkins, Holly Springs 78-73--151 2 David Oliver IV, Pageland, SC 75-76--151 3 Colin Dutton, Foxfire 81-72--153 Selected Others 11 Fisher Kennedy, Winston-Salem 86-82--168 13 Alex Gould, Greensboro 93-79--172 16 William Fowler, Salisbury 91-92--183

Event 2 Pinehurst, NC, Pinehurst No. 5 Dec. 22-23, 2018 Junior/Senior Division - 6,617 1 Owen Woods, Maxton 77-76--153 2 Brendan Kelly, Raleigh 80-75--155 3 Nate Diemer, Raleigh 86-72--158 Selected Others 6 Phillip Clifton, Winston-Salem 91-83--174 7 Kieren Smith, Kernersville 91-89--180 8 Bobby Gold, High Point 93-96--189 Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,617 1 Colin Dutton, Foxfire 84-71--155 2 Kunakorn Tang, Raleigh 84-74--158 3 David Oliver IV, Pageland, SC 80-80--160 Selected Others 4 Alex Gould, Greensboro 81-80--161 6 Jonathan Rich, Rockingham 84-83--167 Girls Division - 5,685 1 Mara Hirtle, Pinehurst 76-71--147 2 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 83-72--155 3 Jaclyn Kenzel, Southern Pines 81-76--157

Event 1 Pinehurst, NC, Pinehurst No. 8 Nov. 24-25, 2018 Junior/Senior Division - 6,694 1 Chase Clayton, Locust 74-73--147 2 Nate Diemer, Raleigh 79-80--159

TRIAD’S TOP 10 JUNIOR GOLFERS Boys (High School, graduation year) 1 Charlie Barr, Salisbury (Cannon School, 2021) 2 Garrett Clark, Burlington (Williams HS, 2020) 3 Nicholas Mathews, Mebane (Eastern Alamance HS, 2020) 4 Landon Barnes, Pilot Mountain (East Surry, 2020) 5 Noah Connor (Rockingham County HS, 2019) 6 Sam Davidson, Asheboro (Asheboro HS, 2020) 7 Blake Brantley, Winston-Salem (RJ Reynolds HS, 2020) 8 Andrew Plate, Greensboro (Page HS ,2021) 9 Christopher Wooten, Winston-Salem (Mt. Tabor, 2019) 10 Caden Baker, Mebane (Eastern Alamance HS, 2021) 2 Brendan Kelly, Raleigh 75-84--159 Selected Others 6 Luke Michael, Trinity 89-75--164 7 Sean Bryant, Greensboro 82-83--165 7 Phillip Clifton, Winston-Salem 85-80--165 9 Andrew Wood, Greensboro 81-85--166 12 Bobby Gold, High Point 83-88--171 15 Matthew Luke Sanchez, 87-91--178 Stokesdale Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,694 1 Jacob Conklin, Cary 76-84--160 2 Chris Ha, Fayetteville 80-84--164 3 Peter Nusbaum, Pittsboro 82-84--166 Selected Others 9 Jonathan Rich, Rockingham 84-89--173 Girls Division - 5,805 1 Bailee Twiford, Coinjock 78-78--156 2 Mallory Fobes, Pinehurst 81-77--158 3 Kelley Topiwala, Matthews 80-79--159 Selected Others 7 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 87-84--171 10 Hailey Miller, Rockingham 85-96--181

Orange Whip Classic Clemson, SC, Walker Course at Clemson Feb 9-10, 2019 Bell National - 5934 1 Kimberly Shen, Johns Creek GA 73-74--147 2 Sara Im, Duluth GA 75-73--148 2 Chloe Holder, Williamston SC 73-75--148 Selected Others 8 Macie Burcham, Greensboro 76-76--152 13 Morgan Ketchum, Winston-Salem 80-79--159 17 Kayla Dowell, Mebane 83-78--161 Prep Preview - 5751 1 Kallie Pavlish, Charlotte 77-78--155 2 Macy Pate, Boone 75-81--156 3 Abby Franks, Roebuck SC 79-80--159 Selected Others 12 Kyleigh Harnsberger, Advance 87-83--170 16 Gabriela Cruz, High Point 92-85--177 Futures National - 5134 1 Abigail Cheney, Guyton GA 81-78--159 2 Sophie Lauture, Raleigh 84-81--165 3 Bethany Welch, Matthews 84-86--170 Selected Others 12 Annika McDaniel, Advance 98-105--203 15 Monica R Solis, Mocksville 107-105--212

PKB Foundation Classic Pinehurst, NC, CCNC (Cardinal) Jan 26-27, 2019 Bell National - 5756 1 Kristin Jamieson, Hillsboro OH 76-77--153 2 Yeon Joo Kim, Seoul 79-75--154 3 Angelique Seymour, Fayetteville 79-78--157 Selected Others 5 Macie Burcham, Greensboro 82-78--160 14 Morgan Ketchum, Winston-Salem 91-80--171 18 Victoria Cook, Reidsville 85-88--173 Futures National - 5114 1 Lauren Denhard, Salisbury 76-82--158 2 Grace Ridenour, Cary 83-80--163 3 Emma Landis, Virginia Beach VA 84-82--166 3 Madison Messimer, 84-82--166 Myrtle Beach SC Selected Others 9 Ellen Yu, High Point 90-83--173 28 Kylee Wenmoth, Clemmons 108-107--215 32 Riley Trout, Pfafftown 102-131--233 33 Monica R Solis, Mocksville 136-130--266

Girls (High School, graduation year) 1 Kayla Smith, Burlington (Williams, 2019) 2 Sasha Hayes, Winston-Salem (Reagan HS, 2019) 3 Riley Hamilton, Reidsville (Rockingham County, 2020) 4 Mallory Fobes, East Bend (Forbush, 2019) 5 Macie Burcham, Greensboro (Wesleyan Christian Academy, 2021) 6 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro (Northern Guilford HS, 2019) 7 Morgan Ketchum, Winston-Salem (Reagan HS, 2022) 8 Emelia Pack, Greensboro (Page, 2019) 9 Victoria Cook, Reidsville (Rockingham HS, 2020) 10 Kayla Dowell, Mebane (Alamance Christian, 2021)

PKBGT Tournament of Champions Pinehurst, NC, Pinehurst #8 Jan 5-6, 2019 Bell National - 6001 1 Melanie Green, Medina NY 74-72--146 2 Anna Morgan, Spartanburg SC 74-73--147 3 Amanda Sambach, Davidson 76-72--148 Selected Others 24 Macie Burcham, Greensboro 84-84--168 29 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 91-82--173 Prep Preview - 5700 1 Grace Holcomb, Wilmington 78-79--157 2 Autumn Carey, Manning SC 81-78--159 2 Amber Mackiewicz, 82-77--159 Virginia Beach VA Selected Others 18 Gabriela Cruz, High Point 84-89--173 18 Anna Howerton, Kernersville 88-85--173

Peggy Kirk Bell Junior Southern Pines, NC, Pine Needles Dec 28-29, 2018 Bell National - 5800 1 Nicole Adam, Pinehurst 70-72--142 2 Maria Atwood, Holly Springs 75-73--148 2 Muskan Uppal, Cornelius 78-70--148 Selected Others 17 Kayla Dowell, Mebane 81-77--158 23 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 83-80--163 29 Victoria Cook, Reidsville 87-83--170 31 Caroline Isaacson, Greensboro 89-82--171 Futures National - 5100 1 Abby Hunter, Blacksburg VA 87-76--163 2 Megan Morris, Cary 83-81--164 2 Claire Lu, Edison NJ 82-82--164 Selected Others 8 Ellen Yu, High Point 86-81--167 13 Kyleigh Harnsberger, Advance 87-84--171 27 Lauren Hackler, Thomasville 92-91--183 33 Annika McDaniel, Advance 103-97--200 34 Kylee Wenmoth, Clemmons 105-96--201 37 Caroline Bliss, Advance 106-103--209

Palmetto Dunes Resort Classic Hilton Head Island, SC, Palmettor Dunes GC Nov 17-18, 2018 Futures National - 5227 1 Grace Ridenour, Cary 79-87--166 2 Izzy Stone, Beaufort SC 85-81--166 3 Anna Claire Bridge, Raleigh 89-80--169 Selected Others 14 Riley Trout, Pfafftown 105-103--208 Discovery - 5000 1 Kanchana Duangsam, 81-86--167 Haymarket VA 2 Madison Lehr, Mechanicsville VA 85-88--173 2 Emerson Dever, Durham 80-93--173 Selected Others 7 Leah Edwards, Greensboro 98-95--193 9 Madison Dial, High Point 92-104--196 10 Brooke Tyler, Summerfield 92-107--199

PKB Invitational Bermuda Run CC, Bermuda Run, NC Nov 10-12, 2018 Bell National - 6200 1 Anna Morgan, Spartanburg SC 71-69-76--216 2 Amanda Sambach, Davidson 74-73-72--219 3 Faith Choi, Frederick MD 75-73-72--220 3 Katherine Schuster, Kill Devil Hills 71-75-74--220 Selected Others 14 Sasha Hayes, Winston-Salem 74-76-83--233 16 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 75-81-79--235

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

Carolinas PGA Selected events; complete schedule at March 25-26 – Players Championship, Berkeley Hall Club, Bluffton, SC. April 8-9 – Senior Spring Classic, Greensboro CC (Farm and Irving Park). June 4-6 – 55th North Carolina Open, Trump National GC, Mooresville. June 24-25 – Pro-Assistant Championship, River Landing (Landing), Wallace. July 9-11 – 68th South Carolina Open, Grande Dunes Resort, Myrtle Beach. July 16-17 – Senior Sandhills Open, Mid Pines GC, Southern Pines. July 22-23 – Senior Professional Championship, Camden CC, SC. Aug. 13-15 – 95th Carolinas Open, Greensboro CC (Farm). Aug. 19-20 – Senior Challenge, Chapel Hill CC. Aug. 26-27 – Assistants Championship, Surf Club, North Myrtle Beach. Sept. 24-26 – Professional Championship, Treyburn CCC, Durham. Oct. 30-31 – Senior Fall Finals, The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis. Dec. 3-5 – Pro-Pro Championship, Talamore, Mid South, Forest Creek and Pinehurst No. 4.

Carolinas Golf Association Selected events; complete schedule at • 910-673-1000

Men/Women USGA Qualifying April 24 – U.S. Senior Women’s Open, CC of Salisbury. April 29 – U.S. Women’s Open, Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro. May 1 – U.S. Open Local, River Landing, Wallace. May 8 – U.S. Open Local, Duke University GC, Durham. May 13 – U.S. Open Local, Pinewild CC (Magnolia), Pinehurst. July 2 – U.S. Women’s Amateur, Bermuda Run CC. July 16 – U.S. Amateur Sectional, UNC Finley GC, Chapel Hill. July 17 – U.S Senior Women’s Amateur, Maple Chase G&CC, Winston-Salem. Aug. 15 – U.S. Mid-Amateur Sectional, High Point CC (Willow Creek). Sept. 28 – U.S. Women’s Four-Ball for 2020, Pinewood CC, Asheboro. Oct. 10 – U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Sectional for 2020, Cardinal by Pete Dye.

CGA Seniors March 25-26 – 3rd North Carolina Super Senior Four-Ball, Pinewild CC, Pinehurst. April 15-17 – Carolinas Senior Four-Ball, Dataw

Island Club (Cotton Dike), Dataw Island, SC. May 7-9 – 34th North Carolina Senior Amateur, Bermuda Run CC. Selected qualifying sites: Salem Glen CC, Clemmons (April 23); Lochmere GC, Cary (April 29). June 7-8 – 11th Carolinas Super Senior, Green Vally CC, Greenville, SC. Aug. 8-10 – 19th North Carolina Senior FourBall, Mill Creek GC, Mebane. Sept. 9-10 – 12th North Carolina Super Senior, Croasdaile CC, Durham. Sept. 30-Oct. 2 – 58th Carolinas Senior Amateur, Mimosa Hills G&CC, Morganton. Selected qualifying sites: Tanglewood Park, Clemmons (Aug. 29); Umtead Pines GC, Durham. Oct. 8-9 – 8th Carolinas Super Senior Four-Ball, TPC Wakefield, Raleigh.

CGA Men April 1-2 –25th Tar Heel Cup Matches, River Landing, Wallace. April 5-7 – 39th Carolinas Mid-Amateur, The Reserve Club, Pawleys Island, SC. Selected qualifying sites: Bendtwinds G&CC, FuquayVarina (March 11); Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett (March 18). May 3-6 – 68th Carolinas Four-Ball, Camden CC, SC. May 17-19 – 4th Carolinian Amateur, Keith Hills Club, Buies Creek. June 13-16 – 59th North Carolina Amateur, Gaston CC, Gastonia. Selected qualifying sites: High Point CC Willow Creek (May 23); Mimosa Hills G&CC (May 29); GC at Chapel Ridge, Pittsboro (June 4); Keith Hills Club, Buies Creek (June 12). July 11-14 – 105th Carolinas Amateur, Governors Club, Chapel Hill. Selected qualifying sites: Selected qualifying sites: Pinewood CC, Asheboro (June 20); Brier Creek CC, Raleigh (July 1). July 31-Aug. 4 – 10th North Carolina Amateur Match Play, Catawba CC, Newton. Selected qualifying sites: Pinewood CC, Asheboro (June 20); Brier Creek CC, Raleigh (July 1). Sept. 20-22 – North Carolina Mid-Amateur, The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis. Selected qualifying sites: Tanglewood Park, Clemmons (Aug. 28); Heritage GC, Wake Forest (Sept. 4); Deercroft GC, Aberdeen. Oct. 4-6 – 25th North Carolina Four-Ball, CC of Landfall, Wilmington. Oct. 14 – 42nd Carolinas Club Championship, Sedgefield CC (Ross course), Greensboro. Oct, 18-19 – 74th Captain’s Putter Team Matches, Greensboro CC (Farm course).

CGA Mixed Events July 19 – 53rd Carolinas Father-Son, Pinehurst area courses. July 19 – 21st Carolinas Parent-Child, Pinehurst area courses. Aug. 17-19 – 14th Carolinas Mixed Team Championship, Kiawah Island Resort Cougar Point. Nov. 9-10 – 9th Carolinas Net Amateur, CC of

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CGA Women April 29-30 – 16th North Carolina Senior Women’s Amatuer, Chapel Hill CC. June 19-21 – 93rd Carolinas Women’s Amateur, Ballantyne CC, Charlotte. July 8-10 – 64th Virginias-Carolinas Women’s Team Matches, The Resort at Glade Springs, Daniels, WV. July 23-25 – 22nd Carolinas Women’s Match Play, Furman University GC, Greenville, SC. Aug. 5-6 – 42nd Carolinas Women’s Four-Ball, Carolina CC, Spartanburg, SC. Oct. 1-2 – 21st Carolinas Senior Women’s Amateur, Gaston CC, Gastonia. Oct. 29-31 – 3rd Carolinas Women’s Club Team, Starmount Forest CC, Greensboro.

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Captain’s Choice Mar. 19 and/or Mar. 21 – Chili Open, 4-person captain’s choice, play one day or both. Goodyear GC, Danville. 434-797-1909. Mar. 23-24 – Battle at the Chase Two Person Captains Choice, Maple Chase, WinstonSalem Men/Women/Seniors. Golf Shop 336-767-2941. Apr. 11 – The Carlisle Cup, Chatmoss Country Club, Martinsville, Virginia, 12pm shotgun start. or call 276-632-7288 ext. 231. May 5 --7th – Annual Golf Day for MDA, Zebulon Country Club, Zebulon, $60 per player. Contact Ron 919-333-6442. May 25 – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Scholarship Golf Tournament, Oak Hills Golf Club, Eden, 8am start. Contact Anthony Pass 336-589-0492 or Wayne Moore 276-732-2379.

Amateur Individual April 6-7 – 32nd annual Southwick Amateur, Southwick GC, Graham. Medal play in flights. Also senior division. 336-227-2582. April 27-28 – 23rd annual Triad Golf Today Tournament of Champions, Greensboro National GC, Summerfield. By invitation only to 2018 club champions and other tournament winners. Also, senior division for champions of events for ages 55-over. Steve Williams 336-280-3722. April 27-28 – Bud Kivett Memorial, Blair Park & Oak Hollow GC, High Point. Medal play in flights. 336-883-3260. May 18-19 – High Point Memorial, Blair Park GC, High Point. Medal play in flights. 336883-3497. May 25-26 – Durham Amateur, Hillandale GC, Durham. Medal play in flights. 919-286-4211. May 31-June 1-2 – Asheboro City Amateur, Asheboro Municipal, Holly Ridge GL, Pinewood CC. (Randolph County residents only). 336-625-4158.

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March 12 at Tuscarora CC in Danville March 27 at Wolf Creek GC in Reidsville Courses include Olde Mill Golf Resort, Danville GC, Chatmoss CC, Deep Springs CC, Greensboro National, Bryan Park, Goodyear, Forest Oaks & 13 others. for More information Kenny Powell, Tour Director – 434-792-3728 email: TRIAD GOLF TODAY • SPRING 2019


CALENDAR June 7-9 – Alamance County Open Amateur, Indian Valley GC, Brookwood GC and Southwick GC. Medal play in flights. Not restricted to Alamance residents. 336-584-7871 or 336-227-2582. June 8-9 – Bob Howerton Invitational, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822. June 22-23 – Chair City Open, Winding Creek GC, Thomasville. Medal play in flights. 336-475-5580. June 22-23 – Wake County Amateur, Pine Hollow GC, Clayton. Medal play in flights. Not restricted to Wake County residents. 919-553-4554. July 6-7 – Joe Wood Memorial, Cedarbrook CC, Elkin. Medal play in flights. 336-835-2320. July 13-14 – Danville Invitational, Danville GC, Va.. Medal play in flights. 434-792-7225. July 20-21 – N.C. Players Championship, Tanglewood (Championship). Kitty Visintine 336-703-6420. July 27-28 – 33rd Dugan Aycock Davidson County Amateur, Lexington GC. Medal play in flights. 336-248-3950. July 27-28 – The Triad Amateur Golf Classic, 36 holes stroke play. Ages 16-over. High Point CC Willow Creek course. 336-869-2416. July 27-28 – 58th annual Chatmoss Invitational, Chatmoss CC, Martinsville. Medal play in flights. Also senior division. 276-638-7648. Aug. 9-11 – 72nd Forsyth County Amateur Invitational, Reynolds Park GC, Pine Knolls GC, Tanglewood (Championship). Medal play in flights. Bobby Hege 336-416-3289. Aug. 3-4 – 51st annual Tech Authority Invitational, Pennrose Park CC, Reidsville. Medal play in flights. 336-349-5163. Aug. 3-4 – 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. 10-11 – Crooked Tree Amateur, Crooked Tree GC, Brown Summit. Medal play in flights. 336-656-3211. Sept. 28-29 – Steve Welch Fall Classic, Asheboro Municipal GC. Medal play in flights. Also super senior division for ages 65-over. 336-625-4158.

Senior Individual April 22 – 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 15-16 – Alamance Senior Amateur (not restricted to Alamance residents), Indian Valley GC, Burlington. Flights and age divisions beginning at age 50. 336-584-7871. May 20-21 – 10th annual Sport Durst Durham Senior Amateur Championship (Seniors 55-over, Super Seniors 65-over and Legends 70-over), Croasdaile CC, Durham. 919-383-2517 or 919-699-9681.



May 30-31 – 58th Forsyth Seniors, Winston Lake GC and Reynolds Park GC. Limited to Forsyth County residents 50-over with play in age divisions. Bobby Hege 336-416-3289. July 6-7 – Joe Wood Memorial, Cedarbrook CC, Elkin. Medal play in flights ages 55-over. 336-835-2320. July 13-14 – Danville Invitational, Danville GC, Va.. Medal play in flights. Super Senior division also, depending on entries. 434-792-7225. July 27-28 – 8th annual Davidson County Senior Amateur, Lexington GC. Ages 55-over. Medal play in flights. 336-248-3950. July 27-28 – The Triad Amateur Golf Classic, 36 holes stroke play. Ages 55-over. High Point CC Willow Creek course. 336-869-2416. Oct. 8-10 – World Super Senior Championship. Tanglewood Championship, Clemmons. Ages 70-over, Kitty Visintine 336-703-6420.

Ladies Individual/Team May 22 – 30th annual Kathleen Bryan Championship, Bryan Park, Browns Summit. 336-375-2200. June 13 – Crooked Tree Ladies Invitational, Crooked Tree GC, Brown Summit. 336-6563211. June 15 – Kinderton Ladies Invitational, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822. Aug. 24-25 – 53rd annual Colonial Country Club Ladies Invitational, Colonial CC, Thomasville. Pre-flighted CGA ranking event. Beth Smith 336-442-7589.

Oct. 19-20 – 36th annual Lexington BBQ Festival 2-person teams, Lexington GC. 336-248-3950. Oct. 19-20 – Chatmoss Two-Man Invitational, Chatmoss CC, Martinsville. Medal play in flights. Also senior division. 276-638-7648. Nov. 2-3 – Greensboro National Fall Classic, Greensboro National GC, Summerfield. 2-man bestball. 336-342-1113.

Laid-Back Golfers Tour 434-792-3728 • Men/Women All-Ages Flights pre-determined by handicap Tees determined by hdc/age formula March 12 – Tuscarora CC, Danville March 27 – Wolf Creek GC, Reidsville April 8 – Crooked Tree GC, Brown Summit April 23 – Ivy Hills GC, Lynchburg May 8 – Oak Hills GC, Eden May 15 – London Downs GC, Forest, Va. May 30 – Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett June 11 – Southern Hills GC, Danville June 25 – Olde Mill Resort, Laurel Fork, Va. July 9 – Plantation GC, Reidsville July 23 – Country Hills, Gibsonville Aug. 6 – Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. Aug. 21 – Forest Oaks GC, Gibsonville Sept. 10 – Chatmoss CC, Martinsville Sept. 24 – Deep Springs CC, Stoneville Oct. 8 – Greensboro National, Summerfield Oct. 22 – Caswell Pines GC, Yanceyville Nov. 4 – Bryan Park GC (Players), Brown Summit

Nov. 18 – Danville GC, Danville Nov. 27 – Goodyear GC, Danville

Golfweek Amateur Tour 252-864-9161 March 9 -- Bryan Park (Players), Brown Summit March 16 -- Bermuda Run CC (West) March 23 -- Pinewood CC, Asheboro April 6 -- Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett April 13 - Greensboro National, Summerfield April 27 – Little River, Carthage May 4 – Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro May 11 -- Grandover Resort (East), Greensboro May 18 -- Anderson Creek, Spring Lake June 8 -- Colonial CC, Thomasville June 15 – The Preserve at Jordan Lake, Chapel Hill June 29 -- Mill Creek GC, Mebane July 6 – Meadowlands GC, Winston-Salem July 13 – Carolina Trace (Lake), Sanford July 20-21 – Southern Regional at Kiawah Island Cougar Point and Ocean Course July 27 – Bryan Park (Champions), Brown Summit Aug. 3 -- Pinewild (Holly), Pinehurst Aug. 10 -- Chapel Ridge, Pittsboro Aug. 17 -- Quail Ridge, Sanford Aug. 24 -- Holly Ridge GL, Archdale Aug. 30-31 -- Grand Strand Classic at Myrtle Beach National and Grande Dunes

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Amateur Team March 23-24 – 5th annual Battle at the Chase, Maple Chase CC, Winston-Salem. Two-man captain’s choice. 336-767-2941. April 13-14 – Lexington Spring Two Ball, Lexington Golf Club, Lexington. 336-248-3950. April 27-28 – 23rd annual 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 hole. Steve Williams 336-280-3722. June 1-2 – Oak Hollow 2-Man Open, Oak Hollow GC, High Point. 336-883-3260. June 8-9 – Goodyear Invitational Two-Man, Goodyear GC, Danville. 434-797-1909. June 22-23 – Lynrock Memorial Two-Man, Lynrock GC, Eden. 336-623-6110. July 6-7 – Tuscarora Two-Man Invitational, Tuscarora CC, Danville. Medal play in flights. 434-724-4191. July 20-21 – Indian Valley Classic 2-man bestball. Indian Valley GC, Burlington. Flighted medal play. 336-584-7871. Aug. 10-11 – Madison-Mayodan Rotary FourBall Invitational, Deep Springs CC, Madison. 336-427-0950. Aug. 17-18 – Danville Two-Man Invitational, Danville GC, Va. Medal play in flights. 434-792-7225. Aug. 24-25 – Marvin Crowder 2-Ball, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822.

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Amateur winners of 2018 club championships and other tournaments are invited to enter the 36-hole medal play tournament. Print Advertising Digital are Marketing Also senior|champions invited to enter the age 55-over division. CGA Ranking Points awarded to the top finishers in both the men and senior divisions. 2013 Triad Media Kit.indd 1 Entries must be members of clubs on the Triad Golf Today map or reside in that area. T of C Winners

2018 Chris Cassetta 2017 Matt Nelson 2016 Jeremy Ray 2015 Caleb Keck 2014 Brant Stovall 2013 Ryan Sharpe 2012 Ben Pinkleton 2011 Ryan Sullivan 2010 Casey Wilmoth 2009 Scott Harvey

2008 Rocky Manning 2007 Tony Byerly 2006 Bret Kinney 2005 Andrew Smith 2004 Dustin Hussey 2003 Garland Yates 2002 Todd Chadwick 2001 Richard Shackleford 2000 Chris Logan 1999 Chris Logan 1998 Chris Logan 1997 Mike Roshelli

Senior Champions (Added in 2012)

2018 Harrison Rutter 2017 Mike Roland 2016 Tom Fagerli 2015 Marc Cox 2014 Arlis Pike 2013 Ken Chester 2012 Mike Roland


Every club or association on the Triad Golf Today map is invited a assemble a foursome of members to compete in the team championship. The format is bestball, counting the best two of four scores on each hole. Team members – including seniors – not eligible for the Tournament of Champions in their 10/24/12 play 10:06 AM own separate individual divisions. Team Champions

2018 Maple Chase 2017 Pine Knolls 2016 Greensboro National 2015 Pine Knolls 2014 Deep Springs 2013 Sedgefield 2012 Tanglewood 2011 Cross Creek 2010 Sedgefield 2009 Southwick 2008 Sedgefield

2007 Brookwood 2006 Pennrose Park 2005 Pennrose Park 2004 Alamance CC 2003 Forest Oaks 2002 Forest Oaks 2001 Cardinal 2000 High Point CC 1999 Brookwood 1998 Grandview 1997 Colonial

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CALENDAR Sept. 14 -- Longleaf GC, Southern Pines Sept. 28-29 -- Local Finals, Bryan Park (both courses), Brown Summit

Senior Amateur Tour (ages 50-over) 910-964-1547 March 14 – Devils Ridge, Holly Springs March 21 – Pinewood CC, Asheboro March 28 – High Point CC (Willow Creek) April 11 – Wildwood Green, Raleigh April 18 – Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro April 25 – Chapel Ridge, Pittsboro May 9 -- Bryan Park (Players), Brown Summit May 16 -- Anderson Creek GC, Spring Lake May 30 -- Colonial CC, Thomasville June 6 – Quaker Cree GC, Mebane June 13 – Umstead Pines GC, Durham June 27 – Mill Creek, Mebane July 11 -- Carolina Trace (Creek), Sanford July 18 -- Challenge GC, Graham July 25 -- River Ridge GC, Raleigh Aug. 1 – Quail Ridge, Sanford Aug. 5-6 – Senior Open at Peninsula Club and Northstone CC, Charlotte Aug. 15 – Holly Ridge GL, Archdale Aug. 22 – Keith Hills CC, Buies Creek Sept. 5 – Pinewild (Holly), Pinehurst Sept. 12 – Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett Sept. 19 – Bryan Park (Champions), Brown Summit

Junior Golf Schedule CGA 910-673-1000 * TYGA 910-673-1000 * PKBGT 336-347-8537 * NCJGF 919-8586400 * TGF 919-291-5813 * NJGT 704-8246548 * AJGA 770-868-4200 * USGA 908-2342300 * USKIDS Raleigh Tour 919-206-4666 * Winternational 847-204-9888 * HJGT 904-379-2697

USGA Junior Qualifying June 17 – U.S. Junior Sectional, CC of Salisbury.

CGA Junior Boys April 13-14 – 11th Jimmy Anderson Invitational, Jacksonville CC, NC. Qualifying Site: Siler City CC (April 6). June 25-28 – 52nd North Carolina Junior, Lonnie Poole GC, Raleigh. July 1-2 – 23rd North Carolina Junior 13-under, Asheboro Municipal GC. July 23-25 – 70th Carolinas Junior, River Landing CC (River), Wallace. July 30-Aug. 1 – 15th Dogwood State Junior, River Run CC, Davidson. Qualifying site: Sapona GC, Lexington. Aug. 10-11 – 37th Carolinas-Virginias Team Matches, Boonesboro CC, Lynchburg, Va. Aug. 13-15 – Hope Valley Invitational, Hope Valley CC, Durham.

CGA Junior Girls May 11-12 – 14th Vicki DiSantis Junior, Pine Island CC, Charlotte.

June 11-14 – North Carolina Junior, Wilson CC. June 26-27 – Twin States Junior, Rolling Hills CC, Monroe. July 9-11 – 15th Dogwood State Junior, Salem Glen CC, Clemmons. July 15-16 – 13th Carolinas Girls 15 & Under, CC of Whispering Pines (Pines). July 30-Aug 1 – 63rd Carolinas Junior, Columbia CC, Blythewood, SC. Aug. 10-11 – 18th Girls Mid-Atlantic Challenge Matches, Brook Valley CC, Greenville, NC. Aug. 13-15 – Hope Valley Invitational, Hope Valley CC, Durham. Oct. 5-6 –10th Jimmy Anderson Invitational, Jacksonville CC, NC.


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TYGA Boys/Girls Selected events; complete schedule at • 910-673-1000 March 9 – Tots One-Day, Keith Hills GC, Buies Creek. March 16-17 – Archdale-Trinity Chamber Junior Open. April 8 – N.C. High School Invitational, Treyburn CC, Durham. April 25 – Pinehurst High School Invitational, Pinehurst No. 8. April 27 – Tots One-Day, TPC Wakefield, Raleigh. April 27-28 – Sapona Junior Open, Sapona GC, Lexington. May 18 – Tots One Day, High Point CC (Emerywood). June 2 – One-Day, Bryan Park (Players). June 11-12 – Maple Chase Junior, Maple Chase G&CC, Winston-Salem. June 12 – One-Day, Talamore GC, Southern Pines. June 20 – One-Day, Foxfire Resort. June 21 – One Day, CC of Whispering Pines (Pines). June 24 – One-Day, Chapel Hill CC. June 24 – One-Day, Gillespie Park, Greensboro. June 24 – One-Day, Gates Four CC, Fayetteville. June 27 – One-Day, Colonial CC, Thomasville. June 28 – One-Day, Wendell CC. July 1 – One-Day, Lexington GC. July 8 – One-Day, Legacy GL, Aberdeen. July 9 – Jack Ratz Jr. Memorial, Wildwood Green GC, Raleigh. July 10-11 – High Point Junior, Blair Park and Oak Hollow. July 16 – One-Day, Cedarbrook CC, Elkin. July 18 – One-Day, Salem Glen CC, Clemmons. July 22 – One-Day, Mid Pines GC, Southern Pines. July 22 – One-Day, Asheboro Municipal. July 25 – One-Day, Sanford GC. July 30-31 – Roy Jones Junior, Kinston CC. Aug. 3 – Tots One-Day, Asheboro Municipal GC. Aug. 5 – SAS Junior, Prestonwood CC, Cary. Aug. 5 – One-Day, Jamestown Park GC, Jamestown.

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CALENDAR Aug. 7 – One-Day, Greensboro National GC, Summerfield. Aug. 19 – One-Day, Pinehurst No. 6. Aug. 24 – Tots One-Day, Gillespie Park GC, Greensboro. Sept. 14-15 – TYGA State Championship, Southern Wayne CC, Mt. Olive. Oct. 12-13 – TYGA Tournament of Champions, Colonial CC, Thomasville. Oct. 20 – Tots State Championship, Longleaf GC, Southern Pines. Oct. 26-27 – Bill Harvey Junior, Bryan Park GC, Brown Summit. Nov. 27 – One-Day Turkey Shoot, Longleaf GC, Southern Pines.

Other Junior Events March 16-17 – NCJGF UNC Spring Championship/Junior World Qualifying, Finley GC, Chapel Hill, Boys/Girls, Grades 6-12. 919-858-6400. April 20-21 – HJGT Raleigh Junior, The Neuse GC, Clayton. Boys/Girls Ages 8-18. 407-614-2962. May 6-7 – NCHSAA Boys Regionals at various sites. May 13-14 – NCHSAA Boys States at various sites. May 13-14 – NCISAA Boys States at various sites. June 18-19 – Surry County Junior Championship, Mt. Airy CC and Cedarbrook CC. Surry County boys and girls only. 336835-2320 July 1-3 – North & South Junior, Pinehurst courses. Ages 15-18. 910-295-6811. July 9-11 – Forsyth Junior, Tanglewood Reynolds, Pine Knolls, Reynolds Park. Forsyth County Residents only Boys/Girls. Bobby Hege 336-416-3289. Aug. 24-25 – HJGT Major Championship, Bryan Park, Brown Summit. Boys/Girls Ages 8-18. 407-614-2962. Dec. 28-29 – Donald Ross Junior, Pinehurst CC. Boys/Girls ages 8-18. 910-295-6811.

Drive, Chip and Putt Boys/Girls ages 7-15 • 336-398-2848. Selected Local Qualifying Sites June 1 – Methodist University GC, Fayetteville. June 8 – Pinewild CC, Pinehurst. June 12 – Bryan Park, Brown Summit. June 17 – Maple Chase G&CC, WinstonSalem. June 19 – Hope Valley CC, Durham. June 27 – Finley GC, Chapel Hill. June 28 – Finley GC, Chapel Hill. Subregionals Aug. 10 – Grandover Resort, Greensboro. Aug. 17 – Duke University GC, Durham.

Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Tour Majors and Selected Triad and Triangle Events Complete listing at • 336-347-8537

March 9-10 – Tar Heel Classic, Finley GC, Chapel Hill. March 16 – Longleaf GC, Southern Pines. April 6-7 – PKBGT Masters, Greenville CC, NC. April 13-14 – Mid-Atlantic Championship, Bulle Rock GC, Harve De Grace, Md. April 27-18 – Carolinas Classic, Carolina Trace CC (Lake), Sanford. May 18-19 – Gate City Classic, Forest Oaks GC, Greensboro. May 25-27 – PKBGT Open Championship, CC of Salisbury. June 8 – Sapona GC, Lexington. June 21 – Bryan Park (Players), Brown Summit. June 24 – Mill Creek GC, Mebane. July 5 – Pinewood CC, Asheboro. July 9-10 – NOVA Championship Hidden Creek CC, Reston, Va. July 19-20 – Precision Championship, Bryan Park (Champions), Brown Summit. July 27-28 – Wolfpack Classic, Lonnie Poole GC, Raleigh. Aug. 3 – Bermuda Run (West). Aug. 10-11 – Chapel Hill Classic, Finley GC, Chapel Hill. Aug. 17-18 – Tour Championship, Pine Needles GC, Southern Pines. Aug. 25 – Pinehurst No. 3. Sept. 21-22 – N.C. Series Finale, Colonial CC, Thomasville.

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Tarheel Golf Foundation Tour Boys Grades 1-12 • 919-291-5813 March 2-3 – UNC Tar Heel Junior, Finley GC, Chapel Hill. April 6-7 – Wolfpack Junior Amateur, Lonnie Poole GC, Raleigh. April 19-20 – ACC Junior Amateur, Finley GC, Chapel Hill. May 11-12 – Players Championship, Bryan Park, Brown Summit. May 26-27 – Golf Pride Championship, Pine Needles GC, Southern Pines. July 15-16 – Cardinal Junior, Cardinal by Pete Dye, Greensboro. Sept. 1-2 – Mid-Pines Junior, Mid Pines GC, Southern Pines. Oct. 19-20 – Western Carolinas Junior, CC of Salisbury. Nov. 9-10 – Tarheel State Junior, Finley GC, Chapel Hill.

Danville Junior Golf Tour 434-793-2582 June 15--Parent/Child Team Golf, Southern Hills Golf Course June 17--Goodyear Golf Club June 24--Ringgold Golf Club June 25-28--Youth Golf Camp July 8--Caswell Pines Golf Club July 14--Tuscarora Country Club July 22--Danville Golf Club July 29--Southern Hills Golf Course Aug. 1--Awards Banquet @Southern Hills, 6pm

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Men’s Mid-Am/Senior/Super Senior Mid Pines GC, Southern Pines • Feb. 12 Pine Needles GC, Southern Pines • Feb. 13 Mid-Am Flight A (10 entries) 1. Doug Ramey, Greer, SC! 75-74--149 Selected others 3. Brian Hayes, High Point! 80-73--153 Mid-Am Flight B (11 entries) 3. Chris Blankenship, Lexington! 78-79--157 Senior Flight A (9 entries) 1. Robert Shoaf, Concord! 71-73--144 Selected others 8. Gregor Howard, Winston-Salem! 78-83--161 Senior Flight C (9 entries) 1. Kris Carlson, Lexington! 81-80--161 5. David Larmour, Winston-Salem! 84-82--166 Senior Flight D (9 entries) 2. William Cheek, Asheboro! 83-88--171 3. Gary Eubanks, Greensboro! 87-86--173 4. Mark Robson, Winston-Salem! 93-85--178 Super Senior Flight A (9 entries) 1. Kim Mansfield, High Point! 68-72--140 2. Russ Perry, Winston-Salem! 73-69--142 Super Senior Flight D (9 entries) 1. Mark Hartson, Winston-Salem! 86-86--172

CGA One-Day Four-Ball

Selected finishers from Triad (top half of division) LADIES ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL PLAY DAYS Carolinas Cup at Kiawah Island (Ocean) • Dec. 4 First Flight (13 entries) 1. Leigh Armentrout, Huntersville-Linda Daniel, Greensboro! 72 SENIOR ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL TOURNAMENTS Berkeley Hall Club (South), Bluffton, SC • Feb. 5 Super Senior 65+ Flight (14 entries) 1. John Dorsett-George Snyder, Mount Airy! 69 3. Steven Johnson, Jefferson-David Lane, Advance! 71 Berkeley Hall Club (North), Bluffton, SC • Feb. 4 Super Senior 65+ Flight (15 entries) 1. John Dorsett-George Snyder, Mount Airy! 69 6. Steven Johnson, Jefferson-David Lane, Advance! 72 Prestwick CC, Myrtle Beach • Jan. 15 Tournament Flight B (7 entries) 3. Bruce McPherson-William Cheek, Asheboro! 84 3. Parker Whitt-Huston Shaw, Winston-Salem! 84 Super Senior 70+ (x entries) 1. James Brown, High Point-Eddie Dyer, Myrtle Beach,SC! 71 Members Club at Grand Dunes, Myrtle Beach • Jan. 14 Tournament Flight B (8 entries) 3. Parker Whitt-Huston Shaw, Winston-Salem! 78 Super Senior 65+ Flight B (8 entries) 3. Terry Glidewell, Greensboro-Van Joyce, Charleston,SC! 83 Super Senior 70+ (13 entries) 2. James Brown, High Point-Eddie Dyer, Myrtle Beach,SC! 72 Senior One-Day Four-Ball Tournament of Champions Pine Needles, Southern Pines • Dec. 5 Mid Pines, Southern Pines • Dec. 6 Flight 1 (12 entries) 2. Doug Owens,Albemarle-Charlie Parks,Asheboro! 70-70--140 Flight 2 (12 entries) 5. Ron Shelton, Oak Ridge-Rick Chapman,GrFalls!76-73--149 Flight 3 (11 entries) 1. Jim Kemerling, Lewisville-Mark Robinson, W-S! 73-73--146 2. Rick Hogan-Stephen Harris, Denton! 80-68--148 Flight 4 (10 entries) 1. Mark Henline,Whitsett-Michael Burdick,McLnsvl! 72-76--148 2. Tommy Jones,Asheboro-Bill Potter,Carolina Bch!73-76--149 Flight 5 (10 entries) 2. David Frye-Rick Taylor, Winston-Salem! 83-74--157 5. Jim Williams, Kernersville-David Larmour, W-S! 79-81--160 Flight 6 (11 entries) 1. Craig Covington, Pinnacle-Steven Snow, Mt. Airy! 81-78--159 3. Dale Slate, Advance-Herb Whitesell, Granite Falls! 78-83--161 5. Gary Eubanks-Danny Nunn, Greensboro! 81-82--163 Flight 7 (10 entries) 1. Parker Whitt-Huston Shaw, Winston-Salem! 81-80--161 Super Senior One-Day Four-Ball Tournament of Champions Barefoot Resort, North Myrtle Beach • Nov. 27-28 65+ Flight B (10 entries) 2. Steve Johnson,Jeffrson-David Brown,Clemmons!72-75--147 65+ Flight C (11 entries) 4. Doug Luckett,Advance-Gregg Cregan,Lewisville! 75-80--155 65+ Flight D (11 entries) 3. David Frye, W-S-Richard Lyle, Pfafftown! 76-82--158 70+ Flight A (8 entries) 2. Gene Grubb-Frank Cheney, Greensboro! 68-73--141 70+ Flight B (8 entries) 2. Frank Morris-Dennis McNames, Winston-Salem! 77-71--148 70+ Flight C (9 entries) 2. David Williams, Cary-Larry Willett, High Point! 79-73--152 70+ Flight D (8 entries) 1. Ben Payne-Travis Jones, Greensboro! 80-73--153



ONE-DAY FOUR-BALL TOURNAMENTS One-Day Tournament of Champions • Dec. 2 Men A at Pinehurst No. 5 (23 entries) 1. Mark Nieters, Lexington-Mark Absher, W-S! 7. Scott Newnam, Gibsonville-Logan Thornton, Burlington! Men B at Pinehurst No. 1 (43 entries) 7. Ryan Patton-Rob Elliott, Asheboro! 13. Bern Gregory, Mooresville-Ed Gregory, Wilkesboro! 13. Jeffrey Bruce, Greensboro-Jeffrey Petry, Elon! 13. Patrick Allred, Whitsett-Brian Johnson, Mcleansville! 19. Don Moore, Raleigh-Steven Snow, Mt. Airy! 21. Dave Guerra, Cary-Larry Jutovsky, Whitsett! Men A at Pinehurst No. 5 (19 entries) 1. David Baity-Sam Crawley, Yadkinville! 5. Lee Noble, Walkertown-Michael Kindley, Winston-Salem! 7. Parker Whitt, Winston-Salem-Jim Shermer, Clemmons! Mixed and Women Pinehurst No. 5 (17 entries) 3. Lisa Milligan, Greensboro-Larry Boswell, High Point! 4. Melissa Smith-Mark Smith, Advance! 6. June Lee, Durham-Sook Hee Yang, Jamestown!


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Amateur Team

20th Mid Pines Invitational Mid Pines Inn & GC, Southern Pines (par 72) • Feb. 9-10 Mens Division 1. Joe Jaspers, Huntersville-Jim Aughtry, Concord! 67-68--135 2. Chris Cassetta, Hi Point-David Neveu,Pinehurst! 69-68--137 2. Brandon Grogan,Martinsville-Vincent Nadeau,Va.! 68-69--137 2. John Ramsey-Chadd Slutzky, Illinois! 69-68--137 Selected others from field of 34 7. Phil Miller, Concord-Jeremy Hurst, China Grove! 73-68--141 23. Park Williams,Krnrsville-Hank Thompson,Phurst!75-74--149 Senior Division 1. Preston Edmondson, Ral.-Macon Moye, Phurst ! 68-66--134 2. John Elam, Charlotte-Kevin King, Bluffton,SC! 66-68--134 Selected others from field of 25 17. Bill Sibbick, Martinsville-Chris Gibson, Va.! 76-73--149 Edmondson-Moye won on third playoff hole

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E-Z-GO / Ahead CPGA Pro-Pro Championship Three Pinehurst area courses Nov. 27-29 1. Charles Chapman-Nick Jacobi, $5,700! 69-67-57--193 2. Rohan Allwood-Steve Larick, $3,650! 61-68-66--195 3. Matt Vick-Savio Nazareth, $3,000! 62-71-64--197 4. John Faidley-Steve Isley, $2,050! 66-63-69--198 4. Larry George-Jeff Avant, $2,050! 62-63-69--198 4. Barry Pierce-Ty Harris, $2,050! 68-61-69--198 4. Eric Reeves-Elliott Jones, $2,050! 68-60-70--198 8. Jerry Haas-Tim Straub, $1,450! 62-73-64--199 9. Tony Chapman-Derek Sanders, $1,370! 69-71-70--200 10. Justin Malone-Jimmy Flippen, $1,187! 70-71-60--201 10. Kelly Mitchum-Gus Ulrich, $1,187! 66-66-69--201 10. Wesley Jones-Aaron Black, $1,187! 74-68-59--201 Selected others from field of 133 teams 13. Troy Spencer-Alexander Totusek, $1,070! 72-69-61--202 17. Tommy Gibson-Steve Scott! 73-70-61--204 17. John Carter-John Thompson, $808! 73-70-61--204 22. Drew Younts-Robert Hoadley, $684! 64-74-67--205 22. Brandon Nowak-Bud Taylor, $684! 71-65-69--205 35. Chris Haarlow-Jonathan Dudley, $445! 76-69-63--208 35. Brad Luebchow-Joe Cochran, $445! 74-72-62--208 Senior Division (16 entries) 1. Todd Smith-Robert Linville, $1,500! 66-71-64--201 2. Joey Herbert-Mike Lawrence, $1,200! 67-72-67--206 Notes: Teams rotated courses and formats: Dormie Club (Four-Ball), Mid South Club (Captain’s Choice), Pinehurst No. 8 (Modified Alternate Shot) ... A final-round captain’s choice 57 at Mid South Club enabled Charles Chapman of Olde Sycamore GC and Nick Jacobi of Monroe CC to climb 16 spots up the leaderboard and win by two shots ... Robert Linville of Precision Golf School and Todd Smith of Challenge Golf Club birdied holes 14 through 17 at Dormie Club to pull away to a 5-shot win in the senior division.

SwingThought Tour

Brunswick CC, Brunswick, Ga. • Feb. 20-21 1. Anthony Maccaglia, Tampa, Fla., $10,000! 65-66--131 2. Mark Silvers,Thunderbolt, Ga., $5,000! 65-67--132 Selected others from field of 51 15. Doc Redman, Raleigh, $1,035! 72-67--139 16. Bruce Woodall, Yanceyville, $1,020! 69-71--140 21. Ben Schlottman, Advance! 67-74--141 41. Frank Adams, Salisbury! 78-72--150 44. Troy Beaver, Salisbury! 77-74--151 Eagle Creek GC, Orlando, Fla. • Jan. 30-31 1. Zach Seabolt, Raleigh, $10,000! 68-65--133 2. Greyson Sigg, Augusta, Ga., $5,000! 67-68--135 Selected others from field of 29 12. Ryan Sullivan, Winston-Salem, $533! 68-73--141 Barefoot Resort (Dye), North Myrtle Beach • Jan. 17-18 1. Zach Seabolt, Raleigh, $10,000! 71-67--138 2. Tommy Gainey, Bishopville, SC, $4,172! 71-68--139 2. Bruce McDonald, Mount Pleasant, SC, $4,172! 71-68--139 Selected others from field of 13 9. Frank Adams, Salisbury! 75-71--146

10th Carolinas Young Amateur Pinewild (Magnolia), Pinehurst (par 72) Jan. 3 (weather-shortened to 1 round) Men’s Division 1. Caleb Proveaux, Lexington, SC! 68 2. Tyler Gray, Lugoff, SC! 70 3. Evans Lewis, Sumter, SC! 71 3. McClure Thompson, Little River,SC! 71 Selected others from field of 77 5. Michael Childress, Salisbury! 72 18. Bryce Hendrix, Greensboro! 75 18. Jordan Smith, Summerfield! 75 18. Brantley Phillips, Greensboro! 75 34. Mark Johnston, Lewisville! 77 34. Bradley Calloway, Asheboro! 77 Women’s Division 1. Jessica Spicer, Bahama! 70 2. Jodee Tindal, Rock Hill, SC! 71 3. Rachel Mast, Lexington! 73 4. Madison Isaacson, Greensboro! 74 Selected others from field of 21 16. Grace Yatawara, Salisbury! 77

CGA Rankings

As of Feb. 1, 2019 Men (number of events)! Points 1. Kevin O’Connell, Cary (7)! 1913.3 2. Thomas Walsh, High Point (4)! 990.0 Selected others in top 100 6. Brandon Einstein, Clemmons (5)! 919.3 8. Ben Schlottman, Advance (4)! 846.0 10. Nick Lyerly, Salisbury (5)! 760.0 12. Scott Harvey, Kernersville (7)! 753.0 44. Tripp Summerlin, Smmrfield (2)! 362.5 48. Clay Holland, Greensboro (8)! 352.7 62. Chris Cassetta, High Point (5)! 286.5 78. Michael Childress, Salisbury (4)!237.0 80. Davis Womble, Win-Salem (3)! 234.0 91. Dustin Moore, Burlington (3)! 200.0

Senior 50+ Donnie Trent " " "" ! 82-75--157 Barron Walker " "" ! 79-79--158 Ed Carroll " " " " " " ! 79-81--160 Chuck Varner " " "" ! 81-83--164 Super Senior 68+ Walt Byerly " " ""! 81-81--162 Ronnie Kirkman"! 81-81--162 Arthur Benton " ""! 82-81--163 Butch Gates " " " ! "" 84-79--163


CGA One-Day

Listing Triad area players in top half Tournament of Champions Pinehurst No. 6 • Dec. 1 Men A (16entries) 1. Chris Cassetta, High Point! 70 2. Wes Pope, Pineville! 74 Men B (16 entries) 5. William Cheek, Asheboro! 86 7. Henry Garcia, Burlington! 88 Senior A (24 entries) 6. Rick Hogan, Denton! 79 9. Tom Fagerli, Yadkinville! 80 9. Buck Hall, Thomasville! 80 Senior B (18 entries) 2. Ray Copeland, Gibsonville! 84 6. Dexter Barbee, Burlington! 88 Super Senior (28 entries) 6. Richard Hartley, High Point! 80 12. Jim Shermer, Clemmons! 81 13. George Kennon, Greensboro! 82


Amateur Individual

Whitsett City Amateur Brookwood GC • Nov. 24-25 Championship Flight Tony Byerly""" """ ! 72-71--143 Scott Trent " " " " " ! 72-75--147 Robert Trent " " "" ! 80-73--153 Steven Trent " " "" ! 77-77--154 Jason Hinshaw " " ! 75-82--157

SENIORS Southwick GC • Nov. 10-11 Barron Walker""" """! 80-73--153 Bruce Newsome""! " 81-74--155 Tommy Childress""! " 79-81--160 Super Senior 67+: 77-75--152 Art Benton""" """ ! 79-75--154 Butch Gates""" """ ! Walt Byerly""" """ ! 88-90--178

Occoneechee GC • Sept. 29-30 Randy Medlin! 69-72–141 Ken Weeks! 78-73–151

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obody counts aces like Triad Golf Today and the Carolinas Golf Association. Both need the players and golf clubs to report the great shots but there are some missed by both TGT and the CGA. We include only aces made by Triad players or those made by visitors at Triad courses. The CGA counts aces made in both Carolinas with stipulations that the golfer must be a CGA member and carry a USGA/CGA handicap. In the calendar year 2018, Triad Golf Today listed 215 holes-in-one and eight double eagles. Fifteen of those are in this year’s first edition. Two players – Kevin Hipp of Greensboro and Bob Scott of Madison – accounted for two aces each. The CGA had 153 aces in its 2018 hole-in-one club with five players notching two. One of those double-dippers was Bob Porterfield of Elon, who holed perfect shots at Meadowlands in July and The Challenge in August. Neither of those made our print – proof that we don’t get them all. We’ll do better in 2019 and we’ve already got seven despite some unfriendly weather in January and February. Hopefully the weatherman will also do better. Here’s what we’ve heard about so far:

Double Eagle

Jack Harrison of Reidsville, Feb. 5, Monroeton GC. No. 13, 303 yards. Driver, 3-wood. Playing partners: Barry Perdew, Mac Strader. First double eagle for 82-year-old Harrison to go with six aces.

Par-3 Aces

Frank Hill of Kernersville, Feb. 5, Oak Valley GC. No. 8, 140 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: Chris Russell, Hollis Boardman. Kenny Flynn of Winston-Salem, Feb. 3, Reynolds Park GC. No. 2, 145 yards, 9-iron. Playing partners: Tim Whicker, Chris Martin, Rahim Stinnett. His second ace, both on the same hole. Charles E. Hancock Sr. of Greensboro, Jan. 17, Monroeton GC. No. 18, 75 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Rick Wyrick, Raymond Wyrick, Buddy Owens. “Ebb” has been playing 65 of his 89 years and this was his first ace. Dave Becker of Greensboro, Jan. 16, Deep Springs CC. No. 12, 128 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: Pat Cain, Arnold Butner, Jack Lytton. His second ace. Charles Wicker, Jan. 10, Holly Ridge GL. No. 3, 140 yards, 8-iron. Billy Jarrett of Greensboro, Jan. 8, Bryan Park Players Course. No. 5, 145 yards, 7-wood. Playing partners: Mark Mirable, Phil Robertson, William Gravett. His fourth ace.

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Tonny Petersen, Jan. 7, Oak Hollow GC. No. 16. Jeff Petry of Whitsett, Dec. 29, Stoney Creek GC. No. 12, 174 yards, 7-iron. Playing partners: Tommy Martin, Jeff Bruce, Brian Johnson. His second ace. Bob Martin of King, Dec. 28, Cedarbrook GC. No. 13, 167 yards, 5-hybrid. Playing partner: Keith Dezarn. His first ace. Riley Hamilton of Reidsville, Dec. 23, Doral CC (Red Tiger), Miami, Fla. No. 16, 170 yards, 4-hybrid. Playing partners: Daniela Chipchase, Yae Eun Kim, Paula Badino. Her first ace came in the Doral Publix Junior Golf Classic where she tied for fourth among 68 players in the girls 16-18 division. Scott Tanton of Stoneville, Dec. 8, Deep Springs CC. No. 16, 162 yards, 6-iron. Playing partners: Frank Ward, Todd Reddick, Kyle Lawrence, Randy Chandler. His second ace. Sam J. Crawley III of Yadkinville, Nov. 30, Oak Valley GC. No. 16, 97 yards, wedge. Playing partners: Michael Hawkins, Frank Snow. His seventh ace. Mark Russell of East Bend, Nov. 29, Myrtlewood GC (Pinehills). No. 17, 109 yards, 9-iron. Playng partners: Billy Carroll, Gary Chopin, His first ace. Charles “Chick” Clark of Fancy Gap, Va., Nov. 26, Silo Run GC. No. 3, 115 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Susan Lampman, Jim Lampman, Darwin Collins. Age 85, his first ace. Frank Peplowski of Winston-Salem, Nov. 25, Maple Chase GC. No. 2, 172 yards, 4-iron. Playing partners: Scott Yingling, Jim Price, Joe Slayton. His first ace. Eddie Forward of Greensboro, Nov. 20, Forest Oaks CC. No. 3, 138 yards, 8-iron. Playing partner: Dale Sartin. Deb Ruebel of Winston Salem, Nov. 18, Pudding Ridge GC. No. 7, 100 yards, 8-iron. Playing partners: Noel Ruebel, Stanley Randall, Benny Randall. His first ace. Chuck Jenkins of Danville, Va., Nov. 18, Southern Hills GC. No. 18 (temporary), 167 yards, 8-iron. Playing parnters: Ronnie Pegram, Chris Stowe. Don Adamick of Clemmons, Nov. 16, Olde Homeplace GC. No. 3, 122 yards, 8-iron. Playing partner: Mark Adamick. His first ace, has been playing 50 years. Josejuan Micheo of Elon, Nov. 11, Mill Creek GC. No. 4, 139 yards, pitching wedge. Playing partner: Mike Cherry. His first ace. Bill Costello, Oct. 26, Tot Hill Farm GC. No. 13, 141 yards, pitching wedge. Playing partners: Ron Ruegg, Braden Kail. Eric Boerner of Pittsboro, Sept. 3, Challenge GC. No. 4, 122 yards, 9-iron. Playing partners: Rob Bromley, Jim Kunkel. His first ace.

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