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ona Lerner of the Dona Lerner Golf Academy at Brier Creek Country Club has been named the 2017 National LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Junior Golf Leader of the Year. Lerner, who began teaching in 2000, was a three-time Southeast section winner before being tabbed the national winner this year. “When I began my LPGA teaching career I knew I wanted to focus on youth golf,” Lerner said. “I worked tirelessly to carve a niche for myself as the “go to” teacher for kids golf instruction.” Lerner began her teaching career at The Golf Center in Durham from 2000-2002, and then moved on to The Preserve at Jordan Lake Golf Club in March of 2002 to begin what she called “a really amazing journey.” “We opened a brand new course on a spectacular piece of land in an out of the way place,” she said. “I worked really hard to get folks to come

out for a lesson. I am proud of what I built at The Preserve and much of the success I enjoy today came from relationships I built back then.” In January 2014, Lerner and fellow teacher Kathy Bounds opened the Dona Lerner Golf Academy at Brier Creek. “I can comfortably say it is far easier to get folks to come to Brier Creek than it was to The Preserve, but the message is still the same -- quality instruction, a safe learning environment, fun, and a passionate delivery of a game we hold in the highest of regards,” Lerner said. “We now see approximately 140 kids each week in our various group programming. “To be awarded this national honor is humbling for me,” Lerner added. “It’s not something I have set my sights on for sure. I just come to work, try to be creative every day and always keep the goal of ‘Touching Lives One Swing at A Time’ in the forefront of everything we do and share. I love what I do, I am sincere in my efforts and I have strong philosophies about developing a player for the future.”

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five presidents, celebrities from Mickey Mantle to Michael Jordan and many of golf’s greatest players, including Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen and Sam Snead. Along with American player Jack Burke Jr., McRae is one of just two living participants of the 1951 Ryder Cup, and he remembers looping for Donald Ross on Ross’s crown jewel, Pinehurst No. 2. McRae has caddied in several of golf’s greatest championships, ranging from that Ryder Cup to multiple U.S. Opens and U.S Women’s Opens. A great player in his own time – McRae won the annual caddie tournament at Pinehurst three times – in the 1950s the U.S. Army stationed McRae at Fort Dix instead of shipping him overseas, installing him as the captain of the golf team.

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Is Chang North Carolina’s greatest prep golfer ever? Athens Drive senior wins fourth straight 4-A championship

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By DAVID DROSCHAK Jennifer Chang chuckles when she looks back at her freshmen photos as a young teenage golfer at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh. “It’s hard to imagine that was me,” she said. At the time, Chang was a talented junior player, but few knew what a remarkable future awaited the 15-yearold. Four years have passed and Chang will soon be heading off to the West Coast for a college golf career at powerhouse Southern Cal after graduating early from high school. She leaves behind arguably the greatest feat in North Carolina prep sports history

– winning four straight 4-A golf titles. Chang capped off her four-peat in dominating fashion in late October at Pinehurst No. 1, winning this year’s championship by seven shots. Her firstround 69 was the only sub-70 round in the field of 78 golfers. “In the back of my mind there was that thought that I was trying to win four straight, but I didn’t want to put myself in an uncomfortable situation, so I just treated it like any other tournament. I relaxed and did some homework,” Chang said of her overnight stay at Pine Needles Resort between rounds one and two. She woke up the next day and carded a 70 – three shots better than any other golfer that day – to finish at 5-under. Her goal of carding a birdie on her final high school hole didn’t come to pass, but it was an emotional setting as she approached the green, which was

ringed with her competitors to help her celebrate a feat that will likely never be matched. “The most memorable thing of all of my wins was the last hole this year, seeing everyone I’ve played with since my freshmen year and all the new players and seeing my team up there,” she said. “There was nobody around her at the end and I just walked up to her and said, ‘You are just overly impressive and everything you do moving forward is almost like icing on the cake,”’ said rival coach Greg Greksa, whose Cardinal Gibbons team captured the state title. “She is very approachable, just a good young lady. And I believe a lot of people are going to look up to her for more than just her impressive golf play.” Cardinal Gibbons captured its second state 4-A title in the last three years, beating out Pinecrest by seven shots after holding a five-shot lead after the first round. The victory was accomplished without the team’s No. 1 player – University of Virginia signee Riley Smyth – who sat out the season with a hip injury. Megan Kanaby led the way for the Crusaders, finishing at 5-over to tie for third place, but she was not alone as all four golfers

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had scores count during the two-day event. “It’s a pretty awesome feeling, winning it again,” Greksa said. “One of the coolest things for us is the girls feel like this is the time they really work together as a team. People always say golf is an individual sport, but at the end of the day it’s the three best scores that count, so among themselves they have a fun, fair competition. They say, ‘We’re all good players so let’s see whose scores are going to count toward our total.’ Everybody’s score counted at least one of the days so that’s pretty cool, that everybody contributed.” Meanwhile, Chang’s final three prep tournaments were truly remarkable – a combined 19 under par. She shot a state record-breaking 61 at the conference finals at Pine Hollow in Clayton, where the pace of play was so slow that she Continued on page 7

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was able to read three chapters of homework on the back nine and still set the course record. That was followed by a 68 at the East Regional in New Bern, and then her fourth state crown in runaway fashion. “This season has probably been my most solid season ever,” Chang said. “In today’s junior golf environment and with it being so competitive it takes a very special person to accomplish what Jenny has accomplished,” said Ben Hynson, Chang’s golf instructor at Lochmere Golf Club in Cary. “Her unwavering desire to improve her all around game has made her a joy to coach. Her ability to stay in the present and play one shot at a time and not get ahead of herself has allowed her to become more consistent and not make as many mistakes. In years past, she would let a bad shot or bad hole stay with her and have an affect on her ability to play better.”

Hynson said a big part of Chang’s success has been a physical conditioning program she started last October and the addition of a mental coach to her team. “Those things have made her a more complete player,” he said. Chang has won her state titles in varying fashion – as a young, innocent freshman in 2014, coming from three shots back in horrible weather conditions in 2015, by the narrow margin of one shot in 2016, and then this year’s romp. “Coming into high school golf my goal was to win one state championship,” she said. “When I won my first one I said, ‘OK, next year let’s go for another one.’ And then once I won three I wanted to end on a good note, winning a fourth one. Sure, this year there was a cushion, but golf isn’t over until it’s over. Once I signed my scorecard that’s when I knew it was official. “My mental game has contributed

a huge part, that’s that part that really drove me to shoot what I can and be capable of shooting what I can,” Chang added. “Just being able to overcome the negative thoughts and kind of set myself into neutral because it’s hard for a golfer to go from a negative to a positive, so try to keep it in neutral.” Chang said she is more excited than nervous to head to Southern Cal. “It’s a new chapter in my life that I’m looking forward to. I know high school golf is totally different from college golf. There is more competition, people playing at your level so it’s definitely exciting.” Few have been able to play at Chang’s level so far. “It has been a lot of fun to watch her,” Greksa said. “She has proven to be a marquee player. I always say people don’t understand that golf is the most difficult sport there is, and for her to do what she did four years in absolutely amazing, it’s not really plausible.”

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By EDDIE SOUTHARDS atharina Floyd has knocked on the door two years in a row with a chance to win the 3-A state golf championship. But the sophomore from Pittsboro Northwood tied for second place for the second straight year in the tournament held at Foxfire Resort and Golf Club in Jackson Springs. Floyd shot 73-75 for a 4-over total of 148 to finish three shots behind winner Hailey Joy of Rockingham County. Floyd tied with Kayla Smith of Burlington Williams for the second straight year. Last year, they finished nine shots behind Chapel Hill’s Gina Kim, one of the nation’s top junior players, who did not compete in the high school tournament this year. Floyd admitted she got ahead of herself on the back nine in the final round. “I started thinking about the end of the round and winning … and I just fell apart,” she said. “I was playing good until about 13, but I’m happy with the way I finished in the tournament.” Floyd started the final round four shots behind Joy but she was 2-under for the day after 12 holes and right in contenwww.trianglegolf.com

tion. However, Floyd played the last six holes in 5-over. The big blow came on the par-5 14th hole when she hit a shot out of bounds and made double bogey. Northwood coach Jason Amy said about Floyd: “I’m very proud of how she handled herself. I was really impressed with her game and she staying focused throughout the whole two-day ordeal. She understands the game more so than most people do because she has put in a lot of time and effort. She appreciates the game and how it’s played and respects everything about it.” Floyd competed as an individual, but Amy hopes to have his entire team at next year’s state tournament. The Chargers won the Big Eight Conference and tournament titles but fell short of qualifying for the state tournament this year.

“I’m proud of the leadership Katharina showed as a young sophomore,” he said. “We had some seniors on the team but she is such a higher level player, she learned how to work with everybody and make everybody better, which as a coach, I respect that. “We just had a bad day at the regional and they are hungry. They’re ready to get back after it and make it here next year. Katharina is already refocused and thinking about next year, and will not be shortchanged again.” Floyd is confident of her chances of finally winning that elusive title next year. “I’m going to come here and win next year,” she predicted. Kim’s absence opened the door for a new champion this year. She had won the 3-A title two years in a row.

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Her coach, Ed Ibarguen, the director of golf at Duke University Golf Club, said Kim decided to take off the high school season because of the busy summer schedule she played. She competed in AJGA tournaments, the Junior Ryder Cup and even qualified for an LPGA tournament. “Her summer schedule was insane,” he said. “Coming into the high school season, she was tired. Her parents and I discussed if she was going to be able to do her school work and still play golf. We and Gina decided she should not play high school golf. “If you play on a team, you have to show up for practice, not just matches. That’s a lot of time that could be spent doing homework. It’s a delicate balancing act.” Kim, a senior at Chapel Hill, has committed to play college golf at Duke. It was a difficult decision for Kim because her coach is at Duke but her parents are professors at the University of North Carolina. “I think the deciding factor was Duke’s women’s team is more competitive in challenging for national championships,” Ibarguen said. “It was a tough decision for Gina because she was recruited by all the West Coast schools … and Duke, Carolina and Wake Forest. She loved the academics at Wake and Duke and I think she wanted to stay locally.” TRIANGLE GOLF TODAY • HOLIDAY 2018

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Hanse joins list of prestigious Pinehurst golf course architects

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By BRAD KING olf course architect Gil Hanse and partner Jim Wagner are performing design work at Pinehurst No. 4, along with the resort’s new short course, which opened Sept. 30. Hanse’s firm was selected in 2011 to design the golf course in Brazil that hosted the return of golf in last summer’s Olympic Games. Since then, the duo has built Mossy Oak in West Point, Miss., and Streamsong Black in Bowling Green, Fla., among others. They've made restorations to Los Angeles Country Club, Merion Golf Club in Philadelphia and Winged Foot Golf Club in New York. A native New Yorker, the 53-year-old Hanse has lived for most of his professional career in the Philadelphia area, where he and his wife, Tracey, raised three children. Triangle Golf Today sat down with Hanse to talk about his work at Pinehurst and some of the other highlights of his career. TGT: I’m guessing that when a place known as the “Home of American Golf” asks you to perform a significant task that will bear your name, that’s got to be pretty exciting … and maybe a little daunting as well?

HANSE: Probably a little bit of both. It’s first and foremost an honor. We look at it that way. Whenever your name is mentioned alongside a place where Donald Ross obviously set the stage in such a great way and more recently the work Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw did to restore course No. 2 and then to be given the opportunity to put our work right next door to course No. 2 on that beautiful piece of ground — it’s a great opportunity. TGT: How does it feel to be added to the list of legendary golf course architects who have made names for themselves at Pinehurst?

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to the best we can do and certainly hopefully that’s good enough to be up to the high standard that’s already been set by Pinehurst. TGT: How much time have you spent around Pinehurst during the years? Has it been a place you visited regularly? HANSE: I had been there a couple of times obviously to study and look, and once with the American Society of Golf Course Architects, and I’ve come to the Tufts Archives a handful of times to do research for other Donald Ross projects. It’s a place where I’ve spent a decent amount of time but not a dramatic amount. I have a general feeling and understanding of the area. I’m looking forward to becoming more educated by spending quite a bit of time there as we’re building No. 4.

TGT: What did it mean to you and your firm to be selected ahead of many of the world’s most legendary golf course architects to design the Olympic Course in Rio? How did that rate among your most important career milestones?

HANSE: It has to be right up there, if not the most important. Within the golf industry I think we were a known commodity but I think to the general public our name didn’t come to the tip of your tongue when you talked about modern golf course architects. I think now when people mention architects who are busy and have done good work, our name gets mentioned along with all the others. But I think ultimately it gave us a chance to put on display on a pretty big stage our thoughts about golf course architecture and how we feel a golf course should be presented,

being very natural and very rustic, with character, lot of strategy, lot of thought.

TGT: You’ve had some other plum assignments during the years … Brookline, Winged Foot, LA Country Club, Merion Golf Club and Oakland Hills all come to mind. Where does the Pinehurst project rank among the most important assignments thus far in your career?

HANSE:It’s giving us a chance to put our work alongside the works of arguably the greatest golf course architect of all time in Donald Ross and the guys that we respect the most in the business -- Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw -- and to hopefully forever have our name associated with the great resort at Pinehurst. We take a restorative view. And if, at the end of the day, that’s successful, we’re really excited about it. www.trianglegolf.com


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Hadley returns to PGA Tour with new attitude

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

Tour. If it was only that easy for the former Raleigh prep star and 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference champion. The 6-foot-4 Hadley seemingly had it all after winning PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors in 2014, having won the Puerto Rico Open along with $1.7 million in earnings. Then the rising star from North Raleigh Christian Academy suddenly became a shooting star. By 2016, Hadley missed 14 of 27 cuts on Tour and had lost his card. With a stellar all-around game, Hadley’s numbers were abysmal. He fell to 147th in driving accuracy, 156th in greens in regulation and 168th in scoring average. It was back to the minors – the Web.com Tour – to try to recapture his game, and his confidence. “I completely deserved to lose my card -- there was no question about that,” the 30-year-old Hadley said in an interview with Triangle Golf Today. “If you play poorly for long enough you start wondering … even though previous history would tell you different. It’s just natural for you to think that way, and I certainly did. I thought to myself, ‘Man, am I ever going to make it back to the Tour?’ It’s human nature to think that way.” Hadley admits he was in a dark place, despite his deep religious roots. “It’s embarrassing, it’s on display for the whole world to see,” Hadley said. “Everybody knows what you’re doing, everybody knows how much money you make. It’s not awesome, I can promise you that. It’s everything that you think it would be. It’s horrible. “As a Christian you try and rely on God. And I had to tell myself that God wasn’t doing this to me, or that he didn’t have his thumb on me, suppressing my golf game, it’s not like that at all. I have free will; I had the ability to do or not to do. It’s certainly easier said than done staying faithful (to God) during those times. There are times that you get mad at God and question God and ask ‘what’s going on.’ I

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

where he feels he belongs – on the PGA Tour. “It’s better than the first time,” Hadley said. “I am a much wiser man now. I would like to think I’m more seasoned and I’m less inclined to panic or freak out and handle these situations that we’re going to get in. The nice thing is I don’t have to re-learn anything this time. When you get on Tour it’s a learning curve and it’s hard. You have to learn these courses, and you’re trying to beat guys who have played these courses for 12 years and your back is against the wall. I bet the turnover rate of rookies on Tour is 70-80 percent. It’s just the nature of the beast. It has been a great ride and I’m certainly not going to take it for granted.” Hadley is emotional on the course, and admits he was trying to change that aspect of his personality during his struggles. That was likely the wrong path to take. “While you’re on the golf course you have to Continued on page 11

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McPhaul gearing up for success as new N.C. State coach By TIM PEELER

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ress McPhaul remembers the end of his freshman season at North Carolina State, and not fondly. His confidence was shot. His golf game was crap. He just wanted to go home to Sanford and not come back. A bit disconsolate, McPhaul stopped by head coach Richard Sykes’ office late in the spring of 1991, not completely convinced he would come back to Raleigh that next fall. Before he ever got those words out of his mouth, however, Sykes pulled out a closet full of Wolfpack golf gear. Back then, it was rare for starters in the program to receive more than a couple of logoed golf shirts and some matching pants. If you weren’t among the top five players -- and McPhaul hadn’t been all year -- you generally got nothing. Sykes was trying to subtly let McPhaul know that he was in the program’s plans. “I wanted to give him a signal that he was going to be a part of my team,” Sykes says. “I gave him some gear hoping he would realize I thought he had a future. He read it exactly the way I intended it. It made him feel like he was going to be a big part of what we did while he was here.” And, as it turns out, not just the immediate future as a player in the program: This summer, following Sykes’ retirement after 46 years as the Wolfpack men’s golf coach, McPhaul was hired as his replacement following seven years as head coach at Vanderbilt (2000-06) and 11 years as the head coach at East Carolina (2007-17). For McPhaul, 44, it’s hard not to think of that as the seminal moment of his playing career and professional life. “You know, he gave me a big pile of stuff,” McPhaul says. “It was just clothes, but I got the feeling that he was trying to tell me that he still believed in me, that I was still part of it all. 14 TRIANGLE GOLF TODAY • HOLIDAY 2018

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“I can tangibly and vividly remember, ‘I want to produce for that man.’ My confidence started to shift that day.” The decision by athletic director Debbie Yow and deputy athletics director for external relations Chris Boyer to hire McPhaul couldn’t have made Sykes happier, even though he was purposely not involved in the process. It was a move that was overwhelmingly well-received in the Wolfpack community. “Press will do a great job,” says former teammate and fellow cocaptain Mark Slawter. “These young men will have a tremendous leader and role model for years to come. The men’s golf program is in good hands.” Why, though? Sykes says it’s not just because he’s a product of the school and the program. “The thing about Press is that he is a player’s coach,” Sykes says. “He cares about people. He takes a

special interest in each person, which is not something that’s easy to do. He has a gift for it. He inspires other people. That was pretty easy to spot in him.” It’s something that Sykes saw long before McPhaul did. As a player for the Wolfpack, McPhaul helped the team advance to three NCAA Championship appearances, including an 8th place finish in 1995, matching the highest in school history. As a senior, he was named team co-captain and helped the Wolfpack win the 1996 NCAA East Regional. “After I graduated, he encouraged me to enter the profession, which is not something I thought I wanted to do,” McPhaul says. “I was just biding time to turn pro. Then I really started to sense that my skills were more suited to relationships than they were getting the ball in the hole. “Richard was a big part of encouraging me at each step. I tell him that most days of the year I have him to thank for this.”

Sykes hired McPhaul as an assistant coach in 1998, and McPhaul helped re-start the Wolfpack’s women’s program with head coach Page Marsh in 1999. In 2000, former N.C. State athletic director Todd Turner hired McPhaul at Vanderbilt at the tender age of 27, beginning his head coaching career. He took the Commodores to their first NCAA Championship appearance in 2003 and three regional appearances. He took East Carolina to the NCAA regionals four times and their first NCAA championship appearance in 2012. After two previous head coaching jobs, he believes he’s matured as a coach, especially in his abilities to develop talent. And he couldn’t be more thrilled to have the facilities of Lonnie Poole Golf Course, the Carol Johnson Poole Clubhouse and the Short-Game Practice Facility near the University Club, none of which was at N.C. State when he was a player. “The only place we had to hit balls was in the parking lots of Carter-Finley Stadium,” McPhaul says. “And then we had to go pick up our own balls. To be honest, that was a good thing. It made us be more concise with the targets we were selecting and then when you were picking them up, you could see your dispersion pattern. “What we have to do now is make sure with all of the great facilities we have that we don’t stifle creativity or focus. We have to find ways to create competitiveness and make each other better.” McPhaul has already won a tournament at his new home, coaching East Carolina to the Wolfpack Fall Intercollegiate championship there last October. He also started his Wolfpack career with a bang, taking the team title at the Golfweek Conference Challenge in Iowa in late September in just his second tournament as the Wolfpack coach. Sykes has no doubts that his protégé will bring home more titles in the future. “He’ll take the program further than it’s ever been,” Sykes says. www.trianglegolf.com


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UNC’s Griffin, State’s Franken go low at home

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By STEVE WILLIAMS en Griffin has had a superb career at North Carolina with 14 top-10 finishes and a 72.1 average to rank second in school history. The senior, who played his high school golf at East Chapel Hill, was already a common name in the North Carolina record book before he took it a step further with his performance at the Tar Heel Intercollegiate in early October. Playing on home turf at Finley Golf Course, Griffin fired rounds of 67, 63 and 67 to set a school standard at 19-under par. He won the event by five shots, leading the Tar Heels to a 23-shot victory in the 12-team event. The Tar Heels posted 815 as a team, breaking the school record by 16 shots. Griffin’s 197 total was two better than senior classmate William Register’s mark for 54 holes, set at the Primland Intercollegiate in 2014. The second-round 63 tied a UNC record. Griffin’s tournament highlights included an eagle and 19 birdies. He held a two-shot lead after two rounds, but pulled away with birdies on his first three holes of the final round. He got it to 6-under on the day before a bogey at the 15th, only his second of the tournament. It was Griffin’s third win and first since his freshman year when he won twice. N.C. State also went low in their home tournament in October. The Wolfpack shot 848 at Lonnie Poole Golf Course and edged the Tar Heels by two shots. Stephen Franken, a junior from Raleigh Millbrook, captured his first collegiate title while leading N.C. State. He shot 66-65 on the 36-hole first day and followed up with a 70 to end at 15-under par. The score in relation to par tied the school record held by three others. In four fall events, the Wolfpack placed no worse than fifth and also won the Golfweek Conference Challenge. Individually, Franken had three finishes of fourth or better. Brigham Young’s Kendra Dalton, a senior from Heritage High School, claimed her second career victory when she shot 70-66-76 at Sahalee Country Club in Washington and won the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in early October. As a junior, Dalton won the Juli Inkster Invitational. She now has 12 career top-10s. 16 TRIANGLE GOLF TODAY • HOLIDAY 2018

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Natalie Petersen Georgia Southern

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Kendra Dalton Brigham Young

Meghan Symonds Sewanee

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Emilia Migliaccio, Cary

Wake Forest

1st

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Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate (Sept. 18-19)

Kendra Dalton, Wake Forest

Brigham Young

1st

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UW Edean Ihlanfeldt Invite (Oct. 10-11)

Meghan Symonds, Cary

Sewanee

1st

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75-73

MCC Women’s Intercollegiate (Oct. 1-2)

Natalie Petersen, Holly Springs

Georgia Southern

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71-73

Terrier Intercollegiate (Oct. 23-24)

Emilia Migliaccio, Cary

Wake Forest

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69-70-67

Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invite (Oct. 13-15)

Kaley Barts, Apex

Catawba

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Kaley Barts, Apex

Catawba

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95

71-75

Battle at Old South (Sept. 23-24)

Tylor Whitley, Raleigh

Missouri S&T

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Jessica Kittelberger, Raleigh

Dartmouth

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Parker Watson, Smithfield

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Emilia Migliaccio, Cary

Wake Forest

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72-74-73

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Meghan Symonds, Cary

Sewanee

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Parker Watson, Smithfield

Sandhills CC

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St. Andrews Fall Invitational (Oct. 23-24)

Kendra Dalton, Wake Forest

Brigham Young

T-14

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74-66-73

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Lauren Ceyrolles, Fuquay-Varina

Methodist

T-14

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73-88

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Marisa Daquil Kawabe, Fayetteville

Converse

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Maggienella Basile, Morrisville

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Catherine Ashworth, Fuquay-Varina East Carolina

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90

75-69-79

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Kaley Barts, Apex

Catawba

T-15

86

79-76

Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate (Oct. 2-3)

Jessica Spicer, Bahama

Virginia Tech

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71-74-75

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Kaley Barts, Apex

Catawba

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77-76

LeeAnn Noble Memorial (Oct. 16-17)

Jenna Nagy, Apex

Belmont Abbey

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78-78

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Natalie Petersen, Holly Springs

Georgia Southern

T-18

81

79-74-75

Jacksonville Classic (Oct. 2-3)

Natalie Petersen, Holly Springs

Georgia Southern

T-20

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77-78-77

Idle Hour Collegiate (Oct. 30-31)

Meghan Symonds, Cary

Sewanee

T-21

79

82-77-80

Golfweek Division III Fall Invitational  (Oct. 15-17)

Leigha Holt, Holly Springs

Marshall

T-22

66

79-76-75

Starmount Forest Fall Classic (Oct. 2-3)

Abby Parsons, Pinehurst

Boston University

T-22

66

76-81-73

Starmount Forest Fall Classic (Oct. 2-3)

Tylor Whitley, Raleigh

Missouri S&T

T-23

53

90-82

Lady Panther Fall Tournament (Oct. 15-16)

Savannah Thompson, Seven Lakes UNC Pembroke

T-23

86

77-80

Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate (Oct. 2-3)

Kendra Dalton, Wake Forest

Brigham Young

T-26

78

73-72-72

Minnesota Invitational (Sept. 11-12)

Abby Parsons, Pinehurst

Boston University

27th

71

80-80-78

Navy Fall Invitational (Sept. 16-17)

Siranon Shoomee, Sanford

East Carolina

28th

90

74-78-75

Pirate Collegiate Classic (Sept. 25-26)

Abby Parsons, Pinehurst

Boston University

T-30

63

82-74

Dartmouth Invitational (Sept. 23-24)

Savannah Thompson, Seven Lakes UNC Pembroke

T-31

95

75-77

Battle at Old South (Sept. 23-24)

Kendra Dalton, Wake Forest

Brigham Young

T-34

69

75-77-80

SMU Trinity Forest Invitational (Oct. 30-31)

Leigha Holt, Holly Springs

Marshall

T-35

81

77-78-82

Bill Berg Invitational (Oct. 16-17)

Lauren Ceyrolles, Fuquay-Varina

Methodist

T-35

75

80-85

Chick-fil-A Collegiate (Oct. 23-24)

Abby Parsons, Pinehurst

Boston University

T-36

85

77-76

Yale Fall Intercollegiate (Oct. 6-8)

Parker Watson, Smithfield

Sandhills CC

T-39

86

82-79

Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate (Oct. 2-3)

Jessica Spicer, Bahama

Virginia Tech

T-39

78

74-73-73

Minnesota Invitational (Sept. 11-12)

Jenna Nagy, Apex

Belmont Abbey

T-42

90

75-82

Patsy Rendleman Invitational (Oct. 9-10)

Jessica Spicer, Bahama

Virginia Tech

T-43

96

76-72-71

Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invite (Oct. 13-15)

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Women Lauren Ceyrolles, Fuquay-Varina Methodist Kendra Dalton, Wake Forest Brigham Young Leigha Holt, Holly Springs Marshall Jessica Kittelberger, Raleigh Dartmouth Amanda Levy, Wake Forest UNC Pembroke Savannah Thompson, Seven Lakes UNC Pembroke Madeleine Vonnegut, Fayetteville Methodist Gabrielle Weiss, Pinehurst James Madison Alaina Yeatts, Durham UNC Wilmington

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Tim Conover East Carolina

Preston Ball Loyola Maryland

MEN Stephen Franken, Raleigh Ben Griffin, Chapel Hill Kaleb Lester, Carrboro Grady Anderson, Camp Lejeune Ben Griffin, Chapel Hill Jared Chinn, Fayetteville Quade Lukes, Chapel Hill Blake McShea, Zebulon Alex Smalley, Wake Forest Stephen Franken, Raleigh Zane Lewis, Sanford Kaleb Lester, Carrboro Luke Farley, Durham Tim Conover, Holly Springs Stephen Franken, Raleigh Alex Smalley, Wake Forest Chris Brown, Sanford Kaleb Lester, Carrboro Alex Smalley, Wake Forest Thomas Eldridge, Raleigh Doc Redman, Raleigh Kaleb Lester, Carrboro Hunter Oxendine, Fayetteville Hunter Oxendine, Fayetteville Grady Anderson, Camp Lejeune Brett McLamb, Coats Preston Ball, Raleigh Samuel Bradley, Sanford Jared Chinn, Fayetteville Thomas Eldridge, Raleigh Blake McShea, Zebulon Preyer Fountain, Raleigh Scott Pechacek, Cary Parker Gillam, Cary Eric Bae, Pinehurst Patrick Schweitz, Clayton Trey Capps, Garner Patrick Stephenson, Four Oaks Ryan Gerard, Raleigh Blake McShea, Zebulon Thomas Eldridge, Raleigh Thomas Eldridge, Raleigh Grady Anderson, Camp Lejeune Harrison Rhoades, Raleigh Quade Lukes, Chapel Hill Parker Gillam, Cary Patrick Stephenson, Four Oaks Jared Chinn, Fayetteville Ben Griffin, Chapel Hill Patrick Stephenson, Four Oaks Scott Pechacek, Cary Preyer Fountain, Raleigh Eric Bae, Pinehurst Stephen Franken, Raleigh Grady Anderson, Camp Lejeune Scott Pechacek, Cary Quade Lukes, Chapel Hill Ryan Gerard, Raleigh Justin Poole, Wendell Jackson Spires, Fayetteville Joshua Martin, Pinehurst Blake McShea, Zebulon Joshua Martin, Pinehurst Trey Capps, Garner Trey Capps, Garner Josh Stockwell, Aberdeen Ben Griffin, Chapel Hill

School N.C. State North Carolina Georgetown College N.C. Wesleyan North Carolina Methodist Elon UNC Wilmington Duke N.C. State N.C. Central Georgetown College Washington & Lee East Carolina N.C. State Duke Central Carolina CC Georgetown College Duke UNC Wilmington Clemson Georgetown College Sandhills CC Sandhills CC N.C. Wesleyan Campbell Loyola Maryland N.C. Central Methodist UNC Wilmington UNC Wilmington North Carolina Barton Wake Forest Wake Forest Mt. Olive William Peace East Carolina North Carolina UNC Wilmington UNC Wilmington UNC Wilmington N.C. Wesleyan N.C. State Elon Wake Forest East Carolina Methodist North Carolina East Carolina Barton North Carolina Wake Forest N.C. State N.C. Wesleyan Barton Elon North Carolina Barton East Carolina North Carolina UNC Wilmington North Carolina William Peace William Peace UNC Greensboro North Carolina

Position 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 3rd T-3 T-3 3rd T-3 3rd T-3 T-4 T-4 4th T-4 4th T-5 5th T-5 T-5 T-5 5th T-5 T-6 T-6 T-6 T-6 T-7 T-8 T-8 T-7 T-8 9th T-9 T-10 T-10 11th T-11 T-11 T-12 T-12 T-12 T-11 T-13 T-14 14th T-15 T-15 T-15 T-15 T-15 T-15 T-18 T-18 T-19 T-20 T-20 T-20 T-21 T-22 T-22 T-23 T-23 T-24 T-24 T-25

Field 81 75 64 46 76 114 95 87 78 76 43 39 114 81 75 72 26 100 76 75 75 61 37 26 101 93 81 26 60 87 75 75 44 87 71 44 37 84 76 66 84 75 69 89 87 96 75 90 81 81 81 81 75 89 83 91 90 75 44 89 81 75 75 67 80 76 77

Scores 66-65-70 67-63-67 72-77 69-67 71-71-71 72-71 72-69-74 76-71-68 67-65-73 73-72-70 70-71-71 74-73 73-72 73-70-68 66-73-71 70-72-66 77-78 69-78 71-70-75 75-71-65 67-69-68 70-75 78-69 81-75 66-75 69-66-73 69-71-72 73-72-78 70-71-75 79-73-69 71-67-70 70-68-70 72-75 69-71-72 72-71-71 77-72 78-73 75-67-68 76-76-70 77-80-73 69-69-73 74-67-69 75-76-70 71-75-75 75-72-68 77-69-67 69-71-73 69-77-75 70-71-75 72-73-71 72-72-74 78-71-67 72-71-71 71-76-76 76-72 70-70-77 72-72-72 71-74-67 74-79 70-74-80 72-72-73 68-75-76 68-74-71 81-74 79-79 75-73-77 70-74-72

Tournament (Date) Wolfpack Intercollegiate (Oct. 2-3) Tar Heel Intercollegiate (Oct. 7-8) Flyer Intercollegiate (Oct. 2-3) NCWC Don Scalf Invitational (Sept. 24-25) UNCG/Grandover Collegiate (Oct. 28-29) The O’Briant-Jensen (Oct. 23-24) Patriot Intercollegiate (Sept. 25-26) Turning Stone Tiger Collegiate (Sept. 2-4) Golf Club of Georgia Collegiate (Oct. 20-22) UNCG/Grandover Collegiate (Oct. 28-29) SSU Tiger Fall Invitational (Oct. 30-31) Alice Lloyd Invitational (Sept. 11-12) The O’Briant-Jensen (Oct. 23-24) Wolfpack Intercollegiate (Oct. 2-3) Golfweek Conference Challenge (Sept. 17-19) Rod Myers Invitational (Sept. 16-17) FTCC Trojan Invitational (Oct. 14-15) Whistling Straits Intercollegiate (Oct. 23-24) UNCG/Grandover Collegiate (Oct. 28-29) Golfweek Conference Challenge (Sept. 17-19) Nike Elite Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 1-3) Bluegrass Mid South Classic (Sept. 18-19) St. Andrews Fall Invitational (Oct. 23-24) FTCC Trojan Invitational (Oct. 14-15) Royal Lakes/Oglethorpe Fall Invitational (Oct. 7-8) Old Dominion/OBX Collegiate (Oct. 22-24) Wolfpack Intercollegiate (Oct. 2-3) UMES Collegiate Golf Challenge (Oct. 17-18) Gordin Classic (Oct. 1-2) Turning Stone Tiger Collegiate (Sept. 2-4) Tar Heel Intercollegiate (Oct. 7-8) Tar Heel Intercollegiate (Oct. 7-8) Cutter Creek Invitational (Sept. 4-5) The Hummingbird Intercollegiate (Oct. 2-3) Shoal Creek Intercollegiate (Sept. 25-26) Cutter Creek Invitational (Sept. 4-5) St. Andrews Fall Invitational (Oct. 23-24) Bank of Tennessee @ Blackthorn (Oct. 13-15) UNCG/Grandover Collegiate (Oct. 28-29) Duck Commander Intercollegiate (Oct. 29-31) Bank of Tennessee @ Blackthorn (Oct. 13-15) Tar Heel Intercollegiate (Oct. 7-8) Chick-fil-A Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 23-24) Wolf Run Intercollegiate (Sept. 8-10) The Hummingbird Intercollegiate (Oct. 2-3) Elon Phoenix Invitational (Oct. 16-17) Rod Myers Invitational (Sept. 16-17) Tournament Town Preview (Sept. 24-25) Wolfpack Intercollegiate (Oct. 2-3) Wolfpack Intercollegiate (Oct. 2-3) Donald Ross Intercollegiate (Oct. 16-17) Wolfpack Intercollegiate (Oct. 2-3) Rod Myers Invitational (Sept. 16-17) Wolf Run Intercollegiate (Sept. 8-10) Tom Kinder Memorial (Sept. 11) Queens Invitational (Sept. 18-19) Camden Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 21-22) Tar Heel Intercollegiate (Oct. 7-8) Cutter Creek Invitational (Sept. 4-5) Wolf Run Intercollegiate (Sept. 8-10) Wolfpack Intercollegiate (Oct. 2-3) Golfweek Conference Challenge (Sept. 17-19) Tar Heel Intercollegiate (Oct. 7-8) Ted Keller Memorial (Oct. 9-10) Piedmont Fall Invitational (Oct. 2-3) UNCG/Grandover Collegiate (Oct. 28-29) Fightling Illini Invite (Sept. 15-17)

This chart lists players from the Triangle Golf Today coverage area who finished in the top 25 of a field in collegiate events of at least two rounds played Sept. 1-Oct. 31.

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Kaleb Lester Georgetown College

Jared Chinn Methodist

Stephen Franken N.C. State

Zane Lewis N.C. Central

Blake McShea UNC Wilmington

Brett McLamb Campbell

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UNC coach Andrew DiBitetto: Attaching the learning curve

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By KURT DUSTERBERG

ndrew DiBitetto is in an unlikely situation, coaching a major Division I golf program at the age of 31. He's on the young side, but he's well prepared to be the head coach at University of North Carolina, a position he earned in July after the dismissal of Andrew Sapp. He may not have all the coaching boxes checked yet, but he's working on the list. “With anything in life, there's a learning curve,” DiBitetto said. “You're out recruiting with and against so many of the other top coaches. Coaches across the country are fantastic. You can walk down the cart path or be on the tee box with another coach and you can pick their brains: ‘What is your philosophy? How do you do qualifying?’ I try to be a sponge and learn from anyone who is willing to share information.” DiBitetto has a leg up on that learning curve. He spent the previous six years as the Tar Heels' assistant coach, the final three as associate head coach. “To be at a place like this, you're able to provide these young people with a first-class education and combine that with a first-class athletic experience,” he said. “There are only so many schools in the country that can truly say that, and it's something I do not take lightly.”

DiBitetto has practiced what he preaches when it comes to excelling in both academics and athletics. At UNCCharlotte, he graduated cum laude with a degree in business management. On the course, DiBitetto was an honorable mention All-American, leading the 49ers

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to a tie for third place at the NCAA Championships his junior year. As a senior, he led the team to a consensus No. 1 ranking during the season before they won a third straight Atlantic 10 title. “The guys know I've been there and done that,” said DiBitetto, who was an assistant at Charlotte after he graduated. “Now, I didn't win a national championship, but to take a program like UNCCharlotte that far it's something that's special to me, and I get to learn from that. It's not about what I did and what my teammates did, but it's an understanding that we all need to realize what it takes to get to a certain level.” DiBitetto is now focused on the kind of coach he wants to be. The dynamics of leading a golf program are different from team sports, where coaches evaluate how players’ skills work with teammates. In golf, a coach relies on a unique set of tools. During tournaments, for example, he follows his players around the course to provide support – while trying not to be a distraction or a burden. “I love to be with one of our guys for 18 complete holes,” he says. “I believe in rhythm and flow. Sometimes when you’re bouncing in and out, it can positively affect it. But if a guy is 5 or 6 under par, and you jump in, you can rattle him a little bit.

“It depends on the situation. I try to take my coaching hat off and put my caddie hat on. You really have to know your guys. You know you can say something in a moment and it’s going to help him. One guy you might need to make a joke to kind of lighten the mood. Another guy, you might need to get in his face a little bit. Each guy is different.” Like most high-level coaches, DiBitetto has a firm grip on what it takes to be successful. He takes over a North Carolina squad that finished 18th at the NCAA Championships in 2017 following a 10-year absence for the program. But even with three returning seniors, the coach cautions that success will not come easily. “Every team in the country, in their first team meeting, is going to talk about winning a national championship, but only a select few are going to do the things it takes to win a national championship,” he said. “We need to make sure we are one of those teams that are willing to do the work day in and day out.” North Carolina expects to be a strong squad this year with seniors Ben Griffin and William Register, who begin their senior seasons tied for second in UNC career stroke average. “We’re deep and we’re talented, but I don’t think that’s enough,” DiBitetto said. “To be one of the best teams in the country there’s a whole lot of small details that will mean a lot to us: having high golf IQs, having proper attitudes, being resilient. We have to be competitive at practice and in qualifying on a daily basis. We’re going to go to work on the small details every day that are going to make a difference.” And DiBitetto will work on his own finer points, the ones that will determine his success as the leader of UNC’s golf program. He knows he’s in the right setting, working with a team. The only time he ever felt like an individual athlete was after college when he played on a pro development tour and at PGA qualifying school. “My entire life, I’ve been a team guy,” he said. “I grew up playing hockey. I was always the captain on those teams. For the first time in my life, I was out there (competing) on my own. I was still motivated and driven, but I felt different, almost selfish in a way. I just got more joy and satisfaction being around young people and helping them.” www.trianglegolf.com


A tough year spells goodbye

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By HOWARD WARD

his has been a tough year, Bets. We’ve lost Arnold Palmer, a national treasure that golf will never be able to replace. My career in journalism goes far enough back that I actually covered some of the tournaments in which Arnold played. He was pure magic on the golf course or in the media room. There is no way Palmer will ever be forgotten, but the game goes on. Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and a dozen other players give the game plenty of excitement. It’s not quite the Arnie magic but there is drama and excitement every week. I predict that some player will win two majors in the 2018 season. Winning all four majors is just a pipe dream. There are simply too many great players for one to dominate in that manner. I’d love to see it happen but it ain’t going to. It’s amazing how many really good golfers are on the Tour now. You can pick a dozen players each week who are capable of winning and you probably still wouldn’t pick the winner. Spieth, Thomas and Johnson are remi-

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

CGA Other Nov. 12-13 – 7th Carolinas Net Amateur Championship, Pinehurst No. 3, Pinehurst. Nov 18-19 – 20th Carolinas Interclub Final Four, Dormie Club, Pinehurst, Pinehurst. TBA – Carolinas Young Amateur

Laid-Back Golfers Tour 434-792-3728 • Men/Women All-Ages Flights pre-determined by handicap Tees determined by hdc/age formula Nov. 8 – Bryan Park GC, Brown Summit Nov. 13 – Danville GC, Danville Nov. 29 – Goodyear GC, Danville

Amateur Team Nov. 11-12 -- Greensboro National Fall Classic, Greensboro National GC, Summerfield. 2-man bestball. 336-342-1113. Nov. 18-19 — Wolf Creek Fall Shoot-Out. Wolf Creek GC, Reidsville. Two-man bestball flighted after first round. 336-349-7660.

Captain’s Choice Nov 18 Clif Kilby Annual tournament, Pine Knolls GC Kernersville. Contact Rocky Joyner (336) 345-5469.

Junior Golf Schedule CGA 910-673-1000 * TYGA 910-673-1000 * PKBGT 336-347-8537 * NCJGF 919-858-6400 * TGF 919-291-5813 * NJGT 704-824-6548 * AJGA

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A fond farewell prompts memories

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niscent of Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary By BETSEY MITCHELL Player when that threesome was battling it out. The difference is that now there are 20 itch, I have relished these duels other guys battling along with them. Golf as I flipped wicked divots at you on the PGA Tour has never been more comfor all of these years. I hated to petitive. see Jim Pettit go, but felt fortunate when On a personal level, golf is basically a you gave me a shot. For all the cruel and memory for me. I still love the game as much accurate blows, you know I have loved you as ever but I’ll never swing another golf club. from the start. Over the past few years I have lost a lot of Way back when in my early days on the dear friends such as Dr. Putt, Ol’ Harv, Jim North Carolina Golf Panel, I was saddled Pettit, Craze, J-Dog, the with you and some other amazing Leo, John Derr and guys at Farmstead. Peggy Kirk Bell. I could not resist that I’ve met a lot of people sly smile under the gawdwho have become good awful hat. When you wisefriends through golf and I cracked about my pathetic certainly count you among chip shot (and you hardly them, Bets. I can’t come DUELING DIVOTS knew me), I knew we were close to naming all of them fast friends. but one of my favorites is Jim “Kool-Aid” Those professionals past and present Jones. I just wish we could have had a few like Palmer and Spieth have been fun to more rounds together. watch, but it is the up-close professional It’s probably obvious what I have been that I hold dear. leading up to here. But just in case it isn’t You have always been a professional in clear, this will be my last Dueling Divots. I my eyes. In your writing, editing, genuine can no longer work a keyboard and the BW kindness and how you excelled at terrible is tired of taking dictation, so I’m writing golf to the very end. 30 to my journalistic career. It’s been a pleaOkay, I confess. You took my money sure but it’s time to go. more than once. It was worth every penny

to see those putts drop from out of state. It kills me to say, but there were days when you were on fire. Your love of the game infused your truest accomplishments, the words of golf. Your contributions will be long remembered in the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame. Bill Hensley said it best, “The quality of Howard Ward’s writing and his longevity as a golf reporter for newspapers and golf publications put him in elite company in the Carolinas. “Ward’s honest appraisal of the game and the people who play it has greatly benefited the sport. When circumstances called, he has shown the toughness required of a good reporter, but he was never one to take cheap shots for the sake of spicing up stories.” You, Ron Green, Sr. and Irwin Smallwood are the only golf writers to be so honored. I would say that is good company. My personal sojourn into the published word is entirely your fault. I will never be able to thank you enough. Mr. Ward, the pleasure of sharing this block of paper and ink has been all mine. We will all miss you, friend.

For the latest tournament schedule, now updated daily, go to www.trianglegolf.com then click on Tournaments 770-868-4200 * USGA 908-234-2300 * USKIDS Raleigh Tour 919-206-4666 * Winternational 847-204-9888 * HJGT 904-379-2697 Nov. 11-13 - PKBGT INVITATIONAL (*) @ Grandover Resort, Greensboro, NC, Girls, Ages 11-18. Nov. 11-12 - TGF UNC Tarheel Junior Championship, Finley GC, Chapel Hill, NC, Boys, Ages 9-18 Nov. 11-12 - Winternational Junior Series, Pinehurst C.C. #5, Pinehurst, NC, Boys/Girls, Freshman-Senior Nov. 22 - TYGA One Day at Longleaf Golf & Family Club, Southern Pines, NC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 Nov. 25-26 - TGF Bell Holiday Classic, Mid Pines & Pine Needles Golf Resort, Southern Pines, NC, Boys Nov. 25-26 - Winternational Junior Series, Pinehurst C.C. #6 Pinehurst, NC, Boys/Girls, Freshman-Senior Dec. 2-3 - PKBGT TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS @ Pinehurst #8, Pinehurst, NC, Girls, Ages 11-18. Dec. 9-10 - 28th Charles Tilghman Carolinas PGA Junior Championship, Surf Club, N. Myrtle Beach, SC, Boys/Girls, Ages 13-18, 336-398-2742 Dec. 9-10 - Winternational Junior Series, Pinehurst C.C. #2 & #1 Pinehurst, NC, Boys/Girls, Freshman-Senior Dec. 28-29 - Peggy Kirk Bell Junior @ Pine Needles, Southern Pines, NC, Girls, Ages 11-18.

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Junior Golf Scoreboard NCHSAA

Women’s 4A Golf State Championship Pinehurst No. 1, Pinehurst, NC Oct. 23-24, 2017 Team Championship 1 Cardinal Gibbons HS 228-226--454 2 Pinecrest HS 233-228--461 3 Athens Drive HS 246-242--488 4 Reagan HS 252-242--494 HS Girls Division - 5592 1 Jennifer Chang, Athens Drive 69-70--139 2 Kayla Ward, Garner 73-73--146 3 Megan Kanaby, Cardinal Gibbons 76-73--149 3 Jaclyn Kenzel, Pinecrest 76-73--149 Selected Others 5 Hannah Rose Bruxvoort, 74-76--150 Cardinal Gibbons 10 Mackenzie Battle, Pinecrest 78-78--156 10 Hailey Freeman, Cardinal Gibbons 78-78--156 10 Lotte Fox, Wakefield 76-80--156 13 Emily Brubaker, Cardinal Gibbons 80-77--157 14 McKenzie Daffin, Jack Britt 78-80--158 18 Mara Hirtle, Pinecrest 84-77--161 18 Randi Vedeld, Rolesville 80-81--161 18 Lorin Wagler, Pinecrest 79-82--161

Women’s 3A Golf State Championship

Foxfire Resort, Foxfire Village, NC Oct. 23-24, 2017 Team Championship 1 Rockingham County 227-228--455 2 Northern Guilford 249-242--491 3 Cox Mill 262-251--513 4 Marvin Ridge 269-259--528 HS Girls Division - 5645 1 Hailey Joy, Rockingham County 69-76--145 2 Kayle Smith, Williams 75-73--148 2 Katharina Floyd, Northwood 73-75--148 Selected Others 10 Grace Olmstead, West Johnston 82-79--161 11 Kathryn Elliott, Triton 89-74--163 12 Toni Blackwell, Cape Fear 83-81--164 18 Darby Reeder, Cleveland 85-85--170 22 Morgan McRae, Lee County 90-83--173 35 Jasmine Donaghue, Enka 92-91--183 35 Camryn Corrier, East Rowan 88-95--183 38 Allyson Von Cannon, Lee County 94-91--185 44 Mary Catherine Hales, Cape Fear 94-94--188 45 Carolyn Hsu, East Chapel Hill 99-90--189

Women’s 1A Golf State Championship Longleaf CC, Southern Pines, NC Oct. 23-24, 2017

Team Championship Currituck County 273-278--551 Mount Airy 283-297--580 West Davidson 292-289--581 East Wilkes 302-292--592 HS Girls Division - 5566 1 Katherine Schuster, First Flight 70-74--144 2 Mallory Fobes, Forbush 78-76--154 3 Bailee Twiford, Currituck County 75-82--157 Selected Others 6 Claire Patrick, South Granville 83-84--167 15 Mackensi Vincent, 84-90--174 River Mill Academy 16 Evin Flinchum, NCSSM 87-90--177 36 Anna Teer Barringer, 100-97--197 Voyager Academy 47 Taylor Longmire, Bunn 100-106--206 56 Grace Tobias, Carrboro 102-110--212 58 Beth Vaught, Falls Lake Academy 112-101--213 73 Sara Vaught, Falls Lake Academy 125-109--234 78 Morgan Oakley, 134-149--283 Falls Lake Academy 1 2 3 4

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2017 TYGA Triad Bill Harvey Memorial Junior Bryan Park GC, Brown Summit, NC Oct. 28-29, 2017 Boys 16-18 - 6580 1 Carson Castelli , Greensboro 70-73--143 2 Ethan Hall, Morehead City 73-75--148 2 Grayson Wotnosky, Wake Forest 73-75--148 2 Chandler Perry, Clinton 73-75--148 2 Jack Towarnicky, New Bern 72-76--148 Selected Others 10 Attie Giles, Pinehurst 77-75--152 15 Ryan Bradley, Cary 76-81--157 19 Coston Fogleman, Hillsborough 77-84--161 23 Luke Young, Raleigh 87-83--170 Boys 14-15 - 6580 1 Walker Isley, Oak Island 73-73--146 2 Nick Mathews, Mebane 72-77--149 2 Luke Perrino, Mooresville 72-77--149 Selected Others 12 Luke Edwards, Chapel Hill 81-75--156 14 Daniel Adkins II, Holly Springs 80-77--157 15 Caden Baker, Mebane 79-80--159 18 Bennett Barnes, Chapel Hill 80-81--161 22 Luke Smith, Knightdale 86-85--171 Boys 11-13 5600 1 Alex Gould, Greensboro 76-72--148 2 Holland Giles, Pinehurst 71-80--151 3 Ford Gordon, Greensboro 75-77--152 Girls 14-18 - 5600

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1 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 2 Kyleigh Harnsberger, Advance 3 Jithaya Lothakoun, Greensboro Selected Others 5 Sara Vaught, Creedmoor 8 Sydnie Averette, Franklinton Girls 11-13 5600 1 Emily Mathews, Mebane 1 Anna Howerton, Kernersville 3 Heather Appelson, Wake Forest

73-85--158 92-96--188 92-97--189 98-112--210 139-135--274 81-87--168 81-87--168 94-87--181

2017 TYGA Tots State Championship

Longleaf Golf & Family Club, Southern Pines, NC Oct. 14, 2017 Boys 10-11 2000 1 Cole Rouse, Kernersville 34 1 Morgan Riley, Raleigh 34 3 Bizzell Pate, Elizabethtown 33 3 Luke Tisdale, Winston-Salem 33 Selected Others 6 Andre Follmer, Durham 32 9 Liam Mann Dutton, Foxfire 31 9 Conner Freedman, Chapel Hill 31 11 Evan Cowell, Pinehurst 28 Boys 8-9 - 1600 1 Davis Wotnosky, Wake Forest 36 2 Luciano Follmer, Durham 35 3 Griffin Williams, Summerfield 33 Selected Others 5 Sebastian Balbin, Pinehurst 27 6 Clint Bailey, Cary 26 8 James Macgregor Morrison, PInehurst 24 10 Mark DeVault, Cary 22 11 Jack DeVault, Cary 19

2017 Pinecrest Girls’ High School Invitational

Pinehurst CC No. 6, Pinehurst, NC Oct. 11, 2017 HS Girls - 5696 1 Nina Kouchi, Providence H.S. 2 Trinity Ahing, New Bern H.S. 2 Nicole Kramer, Ardrey Kell HS 2 Mackenzie Battle, Pinecrest H.S. Selected Others 7 Mara Hirtle, Pinecrest H.S. 15 Karen Coen, Pinecrest H.S. 17 Madison Srinivasa, Leesville Road H.S. 18 Katie Ochoa, Pinecrest H.S. 22 Courtney Jingle, Pinecrest H.S.

2017 TYGA NC Middle School Championship

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Longleaf Golf & Family Club, Southern Pines, NC

Sept. 30, 2017 Middle School - 5510 1 Owen Kose, Holly Springs 2 Jackson Bode, Pinehurst 3 Drew Van Dyke, Charlotte 3 Kareem Elkassem, Raleigh 3 Tate Smith, Gastonia Selected Others 6 Daniel Boone Jr, Fuquay Varina 7 Maria Atwood, Holly Springs 7 Hampton Roberts, Cary 7 Kunakorn Kai Wen Tang, Raleigh 10 Logan Shields, Cary 11 Holland Giles, Pinehurst 13 Ryan McCarthy, Cary

70 72 74 74 74 75 78 78 78 80 81 82

2 Jensen Castle, West Columbia 3 Emelia Pack, Browns Summit 3 Kat Floyd, Chapel Hill Selected Others 7 Haeley Wotnosky, Wake Forest 14 Hannah Rose Bruxvoort, Chapel Hill 18 Nicole Adam, Pinehurst 18 Maria Atwood, Holly Springs 23 Deborah Spair, Raleigh 23 Kayla Ward, Raleigh

70-68--138 74-72--146 73-73--146 72-76--148 80-72--152 79-75--154 78-76--154 80-75--155 77-78--155

2017 North State Girls’ High School Challenge

Keith Hills GC, Buies Creek, NC Sept. 27, 2017 HS Girls - 5605 1 Jayla Rogers, Laney H.S. 2 Mackenzie Battle, Pinecrest H.S. 3 Holly McCann, Ravenscroft Selected Others 4 Jaclyn Kenzel, Pinecrest H.S. 7 Bailey Cooper, Pinecrest H.S. 8 Deborah Spair, Ravenscroft 8 Kayla Ward, Garner HS 10 Toni Blackwell, Cape Fear H.S. 10 Carson Jenkins, Ravenscroft 10 Lorin Wagler, Pinecrest H.S. 16 Mara Hirtle, Pinecrest

70 72 74 76 79 80 80 81 81 81 84

Peggy Kirk Bell Tour

Last Chance Invitational Qualifier Colonial CC, Thomasville, NC Oct 29, 2017 Bell Division - 5658 1 Jillian Drinkard, Appomattox VA 2 Hannah Rose Bruxvoort, Chapel Hill 2 Bailee Twiford, Coinjock Selected Others 5 Emily Brubaker, Raleigh 11 Carson Jenkins, Raleigh 11 Deborah Spair, Raleigh 16 Mara Hirtle, Pinehurst 23 Katelyn Kenthack, Pinehurst

77 78 78 80 83 83 85 90

9th Jimmy Anderson Girls’ Junior Invitational

Jacksonville CC, Jacksonville, NC Oct 7-8, 2017 Girls Division 5807 1 Emily Hawkins, Lexington 71-66--137

Boys (High School, graduation year) 1 Peter Foundation, Raleigh (Broughton HS, 2020) 2 Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest (Home School, 2020) 3 Chris Kim, Cary (Green Hope, 2019) 4 Fulton Smith, Pinehurst (O’Neal School, 2019) 5 Quinn Riley, Raleigh (Athens Drive, 2018) 6 Jack Massei, Cary (Green Hope, 2018) 7 A.J. Beechler, Pinehurst (Pinecrest, 2018) 8 Spencer Oxendine, Fayetteville (Jack Britt HS, 2019) 9 Jackson Van Paris (O’Neal School, 2021) 10 Attie Giles, Pinehurst (Pinecrest, 2018) Girls (High School, graduation year) 1 Jennifer Chang, Cary (Athens Drive, 2018) 2 Gina Kim, Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill HS, 2018) 3 Nicole Adam, Pinehurst (O’Neal School, 2020) 4 Holly McCann, Raleigh (Ravenscroft, 2019) 5 Mackenzie Battle, Aberdeen (Pinecrest, 2018) 6 Haeley Wotnosky, Wake Forest (S. Wake Academy, 2018) 7 Hannah Rose Bruxvoort, Chapel Hill (Cardinal Gibbons, 2018) 8 Lotte Fox, Raleigh (Wakefield HS, 2020) 9 Riley Smyth, Cary (Cardinal Gibbons, 2018) 10 Kayla Ward, Raleigh (Garner Magnet HS, 2018) Source: Tarheel Youth Golf Association as of 10/1/17

Golf Pride plans new Pinehurst facility

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olf Pride Grips plans to create a unique facility at Pinehurst Resort to accelerate new product development and manage its global fulfillment of product around the world. In addition to its global management and professional teams, the site will include an R&D lab with rapid prototyping capabilities, as well as a new consumer grip fitting studio, company officials announced in early November. Golf Pride’s new home, which is scheduled to open in early 2019, will be located next to the Tom Faziodesigned Pinehurst No. 8 Course. Golf Pride looked at several sites, but chose Pinehurst Resort because it was a great location and a great brand partnership as well, company officials said. The new facility will give Golf Pride a great platform to test new product ideas with a steady stream of golfers visiting Pinehurst Resort from around the world.  Golf Pride has a rich 70-year history and has been the grip choice for generations of golfers. This exclusive grip fitting studio will replicate the services available to professional golfers on the PGA Tour. It will be an appointment-only experience that offers an “inside the ropes” personalized concierge-quality service that all avid golfers will want to enjoy. 22 TRIANGLE GOLF TODAY • HOLIDAY 2018

Golf Pride also plans to use the fitting studio to test new product concepts and expedite the process of translating consumer insight into new products that provide golfers the confidence to play their best golf. “Golf Pride is a brand with a rich place in the history of golf, one that has continuously demonstrated an appreciation for the game, so we are excited to

align ourselves with them as they continue to grow,” said Pinehurst Resort president Tom Pashley. “We are confident that Golf Pride will bring new and exciting experiences to our members and resort guests as well, while helping us preserve the tradition and heritage for which Pinehurst Resort and the Village are known.” www.trianglegolf.com


Your Friendly Neighborhood Place Place for Golf Your Friendly Neighborhood for Golf MEMBERSHIP SPECIALS

Join Lochmere & receive spe cial gift for joining. Contact Ed Ha nley to discuss membership opportu nities. (919) 851-0611, Ext. 3

“Best Mini-Verde Bermuda Greens in the Triangle... Come see for yourself!� Lochmere is a Must Play for ALL levels of golfers!

Specials Monday - Thursday

$27

Friday

Before 12 pm

$35

Lochmere Golf Shop has lection the best deals and widest se gle of merchandise for the Trian golfers on your Holiday shopping list!! www.trianglegolf.com

Weekends/Holidays After 12 pm

$30

Before 12 pm

$45

After 12 pm

$35

Everyday After 3 pm

$25

Must present coupon upon check in, not valid with any other offer, league play or reserved tee times. Proper dress required at all times and Tee Times can be made up to 3 days in advance. Expires on February 28, 2018.

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