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The one that got away

ACC schools passed on Wyndham Championship winner


By BRAD KING uring an illustrious career at Hickory High School, 2019 Wyndham Championship winner J.T. Poston earned all-state honors three times and was conference player of the year all four seasons. Poston was a key member of the 2009 state champion golf team as a sophomore and captured the state individual title twice. He also owns a couple of North Carolina High School Athletic Association records that include shooting a 63 at Foxfire Golf Resort in Pinehurst — the lowest 18-hole round ever shot in a state championship. For many, the question is: after an historic high school career, how did Poston end up at Western Carolina in Cullowhee — a small town situated between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge mountains, where the students outnumber the regular population? During his high school years, Poston competed in mostly state and regional tournaments, and he wasn’t heavily recruited by any big-time collegiate golf programs. His efforts to play his way onto a few Atlantic Coast Conference schools never panned out. “Western wasn’t my first choice early on in the recruiting process,” Poston admits. “N.C. State recruited me, but it just didn’t work out. I didn’t have the greatest junior resume so a lot of the scholarship spots were already taken. I would have been a walk-on and I was looking for a scholarship.” A visit to Cullowhee led to a scholarship and a place Poston could call home. “I enjoyed the atmosphere around Western,” Poston said. “It was so laid back. The coach at the time (Carter Cheves, currently the associate head coach at James Madison) was somebody that I had known for a little while. I liked the guys on the team a lot. It was a good fit, and it was somewhere that I knew if I kept playing like I had been, I would get a lot of playing time and be able to build off it.” Around Cullowhee, Poston was fond of wearing fancy socks, mostly of the Western Carolina purple and gold variety. His Catamount teammates called him “Jimbo.” Using the college snubbing as internal motivation, Poston rewrote the WCU record books. Former WCU coach Bryant Odom describes Poston as “a late-bloomer.” He said his top player relished the opportunity to match up against top programs — ACC and SEC schools that overlooked him in the recruiting process — to put on a show. “Since then, he’s always wanted to prove to these guys: ‘You know what? You missed out on me,’” Odom said. A two-time All-American and three-time PING AllRegion selection at Western Carolina, Poston claimed six individual medalist honors from 2011-2015 and finished as the school’s all-time leader in career stroke average at 71.73 over 135 career rounds. He finished inside 4


Hickory prep star wins big at Wyndham championship the individual top 10 all four years at the Southern Conference golf championship, twice finishing first. In 2013, Poston became just the second WCU men’s golfer to top the GolfStat individual rankings at No. 1, joining his predecessor Matt Cook with that honor. Poston competed in the NCAA postseason regional field three times and became the first Catamount men’s golfer to ever advance to the NCAA Championship field in 2015. “Carter Cheves was my first coach at Western; he’s the one who recruited me and gave me a shot. I’ve always been thankful for him giving me that opportunity,” Poston said. “And (former WCU coach) Bryant

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Odom was a big influence, more so for helping prepare me to play in the pros. He kind of helped me narrow my focus down and just let it happen.” A lean 6-foot-2, 165 pounds, with a long and languid swing that generates plenty of power, Poston’s game is not flashy. He does the majority of his damage from 130 yards and in, dialing in wedges and draining clutch putts. When he flirted between top 20s and missed cuts earlier in the PGA Tour season, Poston’s confidence never faltered. “He just has that flowing swing and acts like nothing bothers him,” Odom said. “Next thing you know he’s shooting 67, wearing you out.”

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NEXT ISSUE: November 7 On the Cover: Raleigh Country Club, the last design of Donald Ross, will be getting a facelift in 2020. Photo courtesy Raleigh Country Club



Revisiting Ross Last design of legendary architect getting facelift By David Droschak

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onald Ross personally handpicked the property that would become Raleigh Country Club, but the legendary architect wasn’t around to see the course’s completion, passing away in April 1948. His two most trusted “generals” – Ellis Maples and J.B. McGovern – finished off the work at the private club that is considered one of the most challenging layouts in the Triangle area. Now, the brass at McConnell Golf is turning to another trusted Ross disciple who has done some remarkable renovation and restoration work in the North Carolina Sandhills to rekindle some of the original touches Ross envisioned at Raleigh Country Club. Upstart architect Kyle Franz had a hand in the waste areas and bunkers when Coore and Crenshaw worked on Pinehurst No. 2 a decade ago, and has since renovated iconic Ross resorts Pine Needles and Mid Pines to much acclaim. Franz also assisted Gil Hanse on the building of the 2016 Olympics Course in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He’s excited about “heading north” an hour or so from his Southern Pines headquarters to tackle yet another Ross gem. “It’s a very challenging golf course as it stands today with the green complexes being so small, and that’s not something we’re going to change,” Franz said. “Mid Pines is sort of the same way with smaller greens. That has really made the work timeless on both golf courses. Our goal at Raleigh Country Club is not to make the course any easier or any harder, but just to make it as interesting as we can and really get it to reflect what Ross and his team were trying to accomplish. “When we’re finished I don’t want golfers to feel like it’s an out-of-body experience. We are just going to trust the history on the course and not try to reinvent the wheel.” An estimated 300 to 400 trees will be removed from the property starting this fall, and some length will be added to eight holes so the course will measure around 7,200 yards from the championship tees – an increase of more than 300 yards. “Some of the trees Kyle has coming out are going to open up and give some distance across the property,” said McConnell Golf vice president Michael Shoun. “It’s a very small, compact piece of property so when we remove some of these trees you’ll be able to see across certain areas of the golf course. From an aesthetic standpoint it’s going to make the course look so much better.” “You will be able to have a pack of big

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hitting guys from NC State show up and they’re not going to feel like they’re playing anything that is remotely short,” Franz added about the increased length of the course. RCC will be closed sometime in February as the Franz team will begin shaping various holes, restoring some of the course’s original brooks and streams, and adding a new irrigation system. McConnell officials said they expect the course to reopen in the fall of 2020. “Part of the reason I was so intrigued when (McConnell Golf founder) John McConnell reached out to me is Raleigh Country Club is certainly not like anything I’ve done in Pinehurst,” Franz said. “We’ll rely more on brooks and little ditches and native grasses, and a bunker style that really plays off of and really celebrates the best that the three guys (Ross, McGovern and Maples) did together in their careers. It is really a totally different challenge. “We’ll try to get harmonious with the North Carolina landscape and not rely on sand. There will be more native plant materials to give it its own kind of cool vibe. I wanted to really find a concept that will work for the course considering things have changed over time. It’s no longer a thick forest, or has native grasses. I came up with a way to make those things seamless and the way Ross originally intended.” Many of the creeks and brooks that crossed the property in the 1940s have been piped, but Franz plans to re-visit

many of them to see what interesting concepts he can restore. “A lot of creeks, brooks and ditches touched multiple holes in one run, so I’m trying to find ways to restore them in whatever format they originally were,” Franz said. “They could have been water or just grassy ditches with maintained rough or native grasses. They will cut through the fairways with cool little contours or ripples that you could get stuck in and have a tough lie.” Raleigh Country Club has a rich history with it being the last design of Ross. The course was saved in 2003 from extinction by McConnell in what would be the first of a dozen iconic courses in the McConnell Golf portfolio. The creative work Franz has performed over the last decade speaks for itself, as does his passion for saving bits and pieces of the Ross legacy. Add RCC to the growing list. “I have been through a lot of projects and to see his excitement with this project makes me thrilled to know that it means as much to him as it does to us,” Shoun said of Franz. “That’s what we’re looking for. From the get-go he has shown that emotion and excitement for this whole project. I think he’s very knowledgeable and I really like that he does a lot of his own shaping. A lot of times you see a designer design something and then a shaper actually moves the dirt and it gets lost in translation. Kyle will be the one moving the dirt on the dozer so he can put it exactly where he wants it.”

“If he likes what he sees he moves on, and if not he gets back on the tractor and starts reshaping,” added McConnell Golf director of golf Brian Kittler. Franz chuckled when asked about his unbridled passion for Ross and why he has become a “hot item” among golf course architects. “Based on some information I got there were some pretty wild ideas thrown against the wall for this project, but we came in with a very respectful sort of approach to the whole thing,” Franz said. “We came in with the mindset that we were going to improve the course in a lot of cool ways that celebrated the work of all three architects. Sure, we’ve taken some poetic license in some places, but we’ve tried to maintain and stick with what Ross had on the property. We wanted to add some details to the greens here and there, but for the most part we wanted to keep the concepts the same for most of them. We had a great record of the original plan. We came in with more of a restoration approach than a renovation approach, which probably gave us the winner.” The RCC membership, which consists of many of the area’s low handicap golfers, can’t wait for the latest McConnell Golf upgrade. “While none of us like having our golf course out of play, I am highly confident the ‘new look’ at RCC will have Donald Ross smiling down on his last creation,” McConnell said. TRIANGLE GOLF TODAY • FALL 2019


Competitive Connection

North Carolina boasts three female amateurs in world’s top 25


By KURT DUSTERBERG or as far back as Emilia Migliaccio can remember, Jennifer Chang and Gina Kim were part of her own golf story. “I was still slicing my drives and sculling my chips at the time,” Migliaccio says with a laugh. “I had just started golf and they were a lot better than I was at 10. As we got better, we were kind of the top three girls. I knew I had to beat both of them to win the tournament.” For nearly a decade, the three girls were the brightest lights on the North Carolina junior golf scene, making names for themselves in ever-broadening circles. Today, the three young women are still linked by their success on the course, but their impact on the game has reached new heights. Each is a 2018-19 NCAA All-America selection and ranked among the top 25 amateur golfers in the world. Migliaccio, a junior at Wake Forest University, is ranked 8th; Chang, a junior at University of Southern California is 13th; Kim, a sophomore at Duke University, is 22nd. “It’s kind of crazy to me, actually, three girls in the Triangle area,” Chang says. “It’s not that common.” In fact, they are the only threesome from the same metropolitan area among the 15 Americans ranked in the top 50 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking. And while all three are top-rated rivals, they have something even better in common -- they’re friends. For the past decade, they have played friendly rounds, fought for tournament titles and represented their country. Through it all, they’ve had each other’s backs. "I’m fortunate to have

people like Jennifer and Emilia,” Kim says. “It’s hard enough to find real good competition in your area, but also to have them as your friends. Being able to relate to them on the difficulties of having to travel, having to manage your life as college student-athletes, it’s just a blessing I’ve been given. I get to see them and how they handle pressure and learn from them.” Migliaccio and Chang both graduated from Athens Drive High School and live in Cary, while Kim lives in Chapel Hill. Now, between college commitments and summer tournament schedules, the friendships are mostly fostered on the road, where all three women share a clear priority. “Everyone is out there to win,” Chang says. “You’re friends off the golf course, but you’re not friends on the golf course. But we always support each other. When someone wins a tournament, we’re always like, ‘Great playing, you deserve it.’ So obviously, full-on support for both girls.” Even during tournaments, walking the line between competitors and friends isn’t difficult. “When you’re on the course, you want to win the tournament,” Migliaccio says. “But at the end of the day, if someone plays better, you’re just happy for them. We’re all supporting each other, while also being very competitive. But it’s not like a personal thing. Just play good golf and see what happens.” Sometimes that creates some heartpounding drama. At the NCAA Women's Team Championship in May, Wake Forest and Duke met in the final, where Migliaccio faced Kim in match play. With their match tied after 17 holes, Migliaccio put her 156-yard approach shot within a foot of the cup to win the match 1-up. “I’ve played against Emilia before, so I knew how good she was,” Kim says. “Emilia played her

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Emilia Migliaccio heart out for her team. Even though I lost and felt disappointed because I couldn’t get the point for my team, I still had positive feelings because I knew we still had a chance to win as a team. I told told Emilia, ‘Great, great match. It was really fun playing with you.’” A few weeks after Duke earned a national championship with a 3-2 win, Migliaccio signed up for a no-stress round at Duke University Golf Club. When Kim saw her name, she joined her.

“It’s not like there was still tension because Duke beat Wake,” Migliaccio says. “It’s just completely normal.” So is the reality that the young women are rivals. They climbed past one another on tournament leaderboards over the summer, and their highly-ranked schools will meet again, too. As Migliaccio and Kim learned in the NCAA final, team competition only raises the stakes. “As much as I love Emilia and the

Chang, Kim and Migliaccio know each other's game well. So we asked them, “What do you admire about the other two players when they are on the golf course?” Jennifer’s take on … On Emilia: “Definitely her demeanor. She’s the one that everyone gets along with. She’s very outgoing. You look forward to playing with Emilia anytime you’re paired with her in a tournament. She has a lot of respect for the game and she works really hard to be where she’s at right now.” On Gina: ‘She’s one of the hardest-working players I’ve ever met. When I’m out practicing, she's probably practicing even longer. She’s such a great putter. When I see her putt, I think, I want to putt like Gina.” Gina's take on ... Jennifer: “Her course management is amazing. It blows my mind how consistent she can play. Even if she is having a bad day, you won’t be able

close bonds we’ve created, I consider my team as part of my family at this point,” Kim said. The three women share one dream that may not be too far in the future. All three hope to play professionally on the LPGA Tour. Chang has taken the first steps, playing in the first stage of qualifying school in August. “We’ve known each other so long,” Chang says. “If we could continue our dream and play on the LPGA Tour with

each other ... that would be a really neat experience.” In the meantime, they’ve made it all the way to adulthood, supplying a blend of competition and friendship that has paid off for each of them. “I’m proud of them, and we’re all proud of each other,” Migliaccio says. “It’s great to have people so close. We can all push each other to get to the top. It’s pretty awesome.”

to tell because she controls herself so well. She knows how to reduce mistakes and stay calm and keep fighting.” Emilia: “I love her distance control with any shot inside 100 yards. For pitch shots and wedge shots, she’s so consistent and deadly accurate. For match play, when you need those wedge shots to put some pressure on your opponent, she’s very, very good at that. It’s one of the reasons she’s so good in match play.” Emilia's take on ... Jennifer: “She has really good ball striking. She always has a one-yard draw. It’s a perfect, straight shot every time and she’s very consistent. Also, her wedges are very good.” Gina: “When we played partners at Junior Ryder Cup, she was so locked in the zone. She was like, ‘Emilia, we’ve got this!’ I feel like her mental strength is really, really good.”



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hree years ago, Scott Petinga — a cancer survivor and, at the time, a divorced father of three young girls — decided to take up golf as a healthy outlet to spend quality time with his family. “I wanted to make sure the time I spent with my daughters was well served, so we all decided to take golf lessons,” Petinga said. “I love the aspect where, when you're on the course, we abandon technology and just live for the now. It’s a great time to stimulate conversation and get to know each other.” Petinga said one of the biggest obstacles he faced immediately was finding clothes that fit his daughters’ individual personalities, plus were appropriate for the links. “There’s a certain way that golfers need to dress and look,” he said. “When you walk into the big box (stores) of the world, they truly abandoned the young adult category — that junior category from 4 to 12 years old,” he said. “We struggled to find clothes.” Being an entrepreneur — or a “serialpreneur” as Petinga describes himself, having launched more than a dozen companies and three charitable foundations — he decided with his daughters’ assistance to create an entire, affordable line of clothes. The company would also include a philanthropic element to help Petinga impart some life lessons on his children. For four months, the family designed and redesigned an entire collection of junior golf clothing in hundreds of styles and colors. More time was devoted to fittings, all with an end goal of achieving a hip, fun and colorful assortment of apparel for boys and girls ages 4-12 that would make a “bold but subtle statement out on the course.” “I would sneak into school at lunch time so the girls could try on samples,” Petinga said with a chuckle. The brand they came up with is called “wynnr” (, which features a unique, moisture wicking and thermo control, along with noticeably soft clothing for optimal performance in all temperatures. Prices range from polos ($24.99) as well as shorts and skirts ($24.99), hoodies ($39.99), vest options ($59.99) and a dress option ($49.99). Fifty percent of wynnr’s profits are 10 TRIANGLE GOLF TODAY • FALL 2019

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donated towards providing young people from underserved and underrepresented communities with access to superior educational opportunities. In addition, wynnr is a gold partner of The First Tee and will donate a minimum of $25,000 in the next several years to help the organization fund its youth-focused programs at golf courses, elementary schools and other education centers. “It’s a children’s brand, it should help other children,” Petinga said. “Right now, we’re only on-line. It is a global, e-commerce solution, so we can ship anywhere in the world.” The wynnr mantra is a powerful, positive message to send to young people: ‘You have the heart of a warrior. Nothing about you is ordinary. You celebrate victories and learn from losses. You ask no favors and strive to be the very best. Wear the clothes that do the same.” “To me, it’s not about us making money because we essentially are just breaking even,” Petinga said. “It’s about the monumental impact we can have on society.” Now 46, Petinga was diagnosed with stage 1 testicular cancer in 2004, when he

was a 31-year-old newlywed. He found himself in the operating room within a week and eventually underwent nearly a dozen rounds of radiation. The U.S. Marine turned into a 120-pound skeleton of his former self. “Everyone said (testicular cancer) was the best kind of cancer you can get, since it had a survivor rate of 99 percent. But I wound up with every possible side effect known as well as a few ailments that are not,” said Petinga. “My world came crashing down.” Testicular is the most common cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 40. Almost 10,000 men get diagnosed every year. “I am trying to promote monthly self exams,” Petinga said. “Every woman, once she reaches puberty knows she needs to conduct a self exam, yet we’re not teaching our young men that it’s equally important.” After radiation left him unable to have children, Petinga’s intent was to use his annual bonus to fund invitro fertilization. Yet, his company decided not to give bonuses that year. “The only thing I ever wanted to be was a dad, so I was devastated that the opportunity

quickly slipped through my fingers like sand,” he said. “We desperately needed the $25,000 to at least begin the invitro process.” Deep in medical debt and despondent about his circumstance, Petinga quit his job and launched his flagship marketing agency — the data-driven communications agency AKQURACY — to solve marketing problems that he felt desperately needed solutions. “I found a void that other agencies weren’t doing and it just took off and did really, really well,” he said. Within five years, AKQURACY earned a spot on Inc. Magazine’s prestigious list of “Fastest-Growing Private Companies.” Petinga went on to be selected to join the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) – an invite comprised of the world's most successful young entrepreneurs – plus he was a semi-finalist for Entrepreneur magazine’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award. During the past decade, Petinga has engaged in ventures that have changed the world for the better and redefined the meaning of success for all businesses.

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“I have, and take pride in disrupting every industry I enter,” he said. “Every one of these start-ups benefits some form of charity or greater social change.” Through his humanitarian organization called, “TH!NK DIFFERENT Foundation,” Petinga recently donated $500,000 to the University of Minnesota for men’s cancer survivorship research. In addition, he has collaborated on and funded several clinical trials with the University of Southern California’s Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of which is to better understand testicular cancer’s impact on male testosterone levels after treatment. Passionate about serving the community, Petinga has also founded the Fairy Foundation, the Center of Advocacy for Cancer of the Testes International (CACTI), and serves as a volunteer mentor with Imerman Angels of Chicago. Petinga gives motivational speeches and has written a book titled: “No One Ever Drowned in Sweat: G.R.I.T. — The Stuff of Leaders and Champions” “My book is about G.R.I.T. — guts, resilience, initiative and tenacity,” he said. “People like myself, Scott Hamilton, Elon Musk, Sir Richard Branson — we all have it. The main reason I decided to write the book was that if I'm not here to tell my story to my daughters, I want them to understand that you can achieve anything in life. It's all about working hard, persevering and never giving up.” “We take our health for granted,” he added. “Essentially battling cancer and the aftermath the last 15 years, I’m grateful to wake up every day. People forget that. Be happy that you get to experience the day, because so many people don't have that opportunity. So, for the ability to kiss my wife good morning and hold my kids, I mean, that's all I ask for. In remission from cancer for 13 years now, Petinga said his health issues transformed him into a new man with a vibrant, renewed appreciation for his family and loved ones. “I’m in and out of medical facilities every eight to 10 weeks for treatment,” he said. “It’s hard not to think about your legacy. A lot of the drive that I have, it’s so my kids can be proud of me when I’m no longer here. That’s what drives me to always put in 110 percent, no matter how horrible I feel.”

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Falling into place

Falls Village celebrates 20th anniversary with significant upgrades By DAVID DROSCHAK

Photos by David Droschak



ore than 90,000 cars a week now cruise past the entrance to Falls Village Golf Club north of Raleigh-Durham International Airport, something that is not lost on head professional John Montgomery. “Our locale is just incredible,” Montgomery said as the public course carved out of prime Durham County forest along Highway 98 celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. It may have taken two decades, but the club is now starting to take root with golfers across the Triangle, which coincides with the arrival of Arnold Palmer Golf Management in March 2018. Montgomery was hired at that time, and he has witnessed first-hand a totally new vibe at the course. “Our members really feel over the last year and a half that the place as really taken on a different culture and a different attitude,” said Montgomery, who worked at a private Virginia club for almost two decades before moving South to be close to his ill mother in Pinehurst. “We have a lot of staff members now that really have that ‘can-do’ attitude. It’s not just from the club level; it’s a little bit higher, too. And that has infiltrated to the members to where they can really see some good things down the road.”

Just this year alone, Falls Village has added a new cart fleet, unveiled its new Bermuda greens in late August, and purchased new golf course maintenance equipment to help with finer points of golfcourse grooming. “We feel very strongly about the quality of the golf course in general, and the great success it can have in the future,” said Ken Crow, regional vice president for Arnold Palmer Golf Management. “With the ownership team we’ve made significant investments in the course this year. Those are three major items we’ve stepped forward with right now.” Rounds at Falls Village prior to the course going to temporary greens for two months during its new greens project were up 12 percent. A similar number is being seen at Chapel Ridge and The Preserve, two other Triangle-area courses managed by Arnold Palmer Golf Management. “When we took over last year we saw the need for some better maintenance practices on a daily basis, and then worked on revenue management. Those were the two major things that we saw that needed to be improved and we feel like we’ve made significant steps in those areas,” Crow said. Crow and Montgomery agreed that having Heritage Club developer Andy Ammons as part of the ownership team is a major plus for a course like Falls Village.

“Andy is a golfer and he enjoys the game of golf, and he enjoys the business side of golf,” Crow said. “He sees the need for capital investment where other investment groups may not for the long-term conditioning of a facility.” “Andy Ammons is very passionate about golf,” added Montgomery. Believe it or not, Montgomery had sort of sales job with the Falls Village members when the bent greens were being killed off to make way for Bermuda greens since they were in great shape at the time. “Once they understood some turf agronomics technical stuff we were able to explain to them that this is much needed for the long term,” Montgomery said. “We have a closely knit group of people and they really care about the place. They have seen the good, the bad and the ugly here.” The members even continued their Wednesday evening league during the $200,000 greens project, playing one-club tournaments. Montgomery also said the project inadvertently produced more kids and families coming out and playing golf since prices were reduced to $15 on weekdays and $20 on the weekends. “People were just coming out and having fun with the temporary greens,” he said when asked about keeping the course open during the greens project. “And we wanted the members and guests to have an

opportunity to see what was going on with the project on a daily and weekly basis.” Falls Village put in its sprigs June 25 and began play on the new greens a little more than two months later. “It was just crazy to see the photos after 48 hours, then after a week and then 10 days and two weeks – it’s just amazing what happens,” Montgomery said. In addition to a better playing surface most of the prime golfing season, the greens project at Falls Village had a second objective. “We wanted to get back to the original shape of the greens,” Montgomery said. “These greens had really shrunk. For example, on the No. 14 green the difference between our sprinkler heads and the edge of the green was almost 15 feet. They should only be about 3 feet. That was pretty much all around the whole golf course.” Not much other than increasing the size changed with the greens. “We did look at some greens to add some variety, and we did a little soil testing but in the end we pretty much kept to the contours the same,” he said. “There were some minor areas on some greens with the Bermuda green speed that were going to be unplayable so we smoothed them out some. “People are very excited about the greens, but then the second half of that conversation is: ‘Does that mean you’re doing the bunkers, too?’” Montgomery said. Falls Village has 49 bunkers, and that construction funding would cost about 2 ½ times the price tag of the greens work. “We have pinpointed approximately 20 bunkers that we’re going to bulldoze and flatten,” Montgomery said. “We’re not going to fill them in with grass, we’re just going to flatten them and make them into sort of mowed-down chipping areas. “We are on clay here and we have flash faces in our bunkers so we need a spray liner. That is what costs so much,” he added. “But we’ve come up with the pretty good plan for the bunkers in a few stages. I would say as late as late October and early November we might see some action on that front.” For now, green fees are $32 during the week and $45 on weekends, extremely competitive pricing for the area. “We may be able to get a little more aggressive on that front once the bunkers are redone,” Montgomery said. “I’m often asked what time of year should you really come on out and golf in this area of North Carolina and I say August through mid November – that’s when the Bermuda is flourishing,” he said. TRIANGLE GOLF TODAY • FALL 2019




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Yu: A kid to keep an eye on By STEVE HUFFMAN


t the still-tender age of 11, Ellen Yu has participated in and won more tournaments than most golfers accomplish in a lifetime. But it doesn’t take her but a moment to rank the importance of her win in the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation’s World Championship, played the first week of August at Pinehurst No. 6. Ellen fired rounds of 69, 77 and 70 to claim a four-stroke victory in the tournament’s Girls 11 division. “It’s probably the biggest (tournament) I’ve won,” said Ellen, a High Point resident. “There was lots of competition, from all over.” Ellen is the daughter of Julia and Kale Yu. She got her start playing golf about four years ago when her father took her to a driving range to hit a few balls.

Kale, a religion professor at High Point University, had observed his daughter’s strength and hand-eye coordination, and thought it might transfer to excellence at the game of golf. “He thought I’d be good at it,” Ellen said. Her father was right. Nowadays, despite standing just 4-foot-10 and weighing only 95 pounds, Ellen is capable of hitting a drive better than 200 yards. Her chipping and putting games are equally impressive. Ellen competes regularly in area Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Tour junior tournaments and this past April participated in the Chip, Drive and Putt national finals at Augusta National Country Club as a prelude to the Masters. Ellen’s goal is to qualify for the LPGA Tour. Her favorite player currently on that tour is Lydia Ko, a Korean-born New Zealand golfer. Continued on page 19

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Yu from page 18 Ellen is also a fan of Tiger Woods. Ellen said her favorite course is Pine Needles Golf Club in Southern Pines. Closer to home, she spends much of her time at Colonial Country Club in Thomasville where she has a youth membership. Julia said it’s not unusual for her to drop her daughter off at Colonial, confident the golf staff and other members will help keep an eye on her. “She has lots of supporters, obviously,” said Julia, a family medicine specialist with Novant Health. Julia and her husband home school Ellen, a decision that came at the request of their daughter who wanted to be able to spend more time playing golf. “Ellen asked so she could be more dedicated (to the sport),” Julia said. She and her husband obliged, though they make sure Ellen keeps her priorities in order, completing her school work in addition to spending as much as seven hours a

day at the golf course. “She is very, very motivated,” Julia said. “We never have to tell her she needs to practice more.” The possibility of burnout doesn’t seem to be an issue, as Ellen maintains that golf for her remains nothing but fun. She’s made many acquaintances through golf and is quick to note, “Most of my friends are golf friends.” Julia said she and her husband strive to see that their daughter (she has three older siblings) remains well-rounded, involved in activities other than sports. She’s active at Trinity United Methodist Church where her father is an associate pastor, and volunteers with The Pathways Center, a shelter program that provides temporary housing for the homeless. It’s part of Greensboro Urban Ministry. Since June, Ellen has been receiving golf lessons from Robert Linville at Precision Golf School at Bryan Park. Before that, Mike O’Briant, retired director of golf at Colonial Country, had been teaching her.

Julia said O’Briant recommended that she and her husband sign Ellen up for lessons at Precision Golf, that Linville might be able to help take her game to the next level. Linville said that in the brief time he’s been working with Ellen, he’s been nothing but impressed. “She’s obviously a really good player,” he said. “She has a tremendous determination and mindset. She’s very focused.” Linville agreed with Julia that Ellen’s desire to one day rank among the world’s golf elite doesn’t come from her parents egging her on. This isn’t a case of a child pursuing a sport out of parental pressure, he said. “It’s not her parents pushing her,” Linville said. “This is what Ellen wants. That’s the reason it’s fun for her.” He said he could see her dream of qualifying for the LPGA Tour one day being realized. “She doesn’t back away from the moment,” Linville said.

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Junior Golf Scoreboard TYGA Sandhills One Day

Pinehurst #6, Pinehurst, NC Aug. 19, 2019 Boys 16-18 Division - 6200 1 Josh Buxbaum, Wake Forest 1 Cullen Cox, Chapel Hill 3 Spencer Barbour, Fayetteville Selected Others 5 Watcharakan Chankarn, Pinehurst 11 Justin Nagy, Apex Boys 14-15 Division - 6200 1 Samuel Mace, Connelly Springs 2 Jack Wieler, Waxhaw 2 Nick Goellner, Apex Selected Others 22 Caleb McKeller-Smith, Fayetteville 23 Supanat Rujiranan, Southern Pines Boys 12-13 Division - 5800 1 R.Cooper Diaz, Winston-Salem 2 Alex Bock, Morganton 3 William Webb, Raleigh 3 Andrew Bartlett, Greensboro Selected Others 13 Cooper Molloy, Pinehurst Girls 16-18 Division - 5800 1 Abbie Daquila, Mount Pleasant 2 Livy Tran, Wilmington 3 Caroline Bliss, Advance Selected Others 5 Gabrielle Pace, Raleigh Girls 12-15 Division - 5800 1 Anna Cate Badin, Raleigh

2 Sarah Stewart, Kernersville

76 76 77 80 89 75 77 77 94 95 70 75 76 76 100 85 90 96 111 103

Down East Junior

Emerald Golf Club, New Bern, NC AUG 10 - 11, 2019 Boys Division - 6483 1 Randall Hudson, New Bern 74-67--141 2 Kristopher Jackson, Greenville 72-70--142 3 Casey Osiecki, New Bern 72-72--144 3 Jack Dockrill, Elon 73-71--144 Selected Others 8 Nick Goellner, Apex 76-73--149 12 Jacob Girouard, Raleigh 80-72--152 15 Jennings Glenn, Raleigh 83-72--155 23 Aidan Harrington, Garner 77-84--161 26 Jack Webster, Raleigh 85-81--166 31 Cade Russell, Raleigh 83-88--171

TYGA One Day

River Ridge GC, Raleigh, NC Aug. 7, 2019 Boys 16-18 Division - 6206 1 Aidan Harrington, Raleigh 2 Davis Spradling, Clayton 3 Trevor Gregory, Wake Forest Selected Others 4 Will Carpenter, Wake Forest 5 Ben Wilborn, Zebulon 5 Ethan Yu, Chapel Hill 7 Blake Pooley, Clayton 10 Bryce Davis, Wendell 10 Harrison Kuehl, Raleigh 10 Tyler Christensen, Wake Forest Boys 14-15 Division - 6206 1 Nick Goellner, Apex 2 Logan Atkins, Dunn 3 Liam Harris, Wake Forest Selected Others 4 Leo Chen, Clayton 6 Zachary Davis, Clayton 7 Grant Webb, Fuquay Varina 8 Kyle Gregory, Cary 10 John Morgan Bates, Aberdeen 11 Sam Foxworth, Holly Springs 12 Conan Bateman, Southern Pines Boys 12-13 Division - 5354 1 Jack Wiley, Wake Forest 2 Connor Williams, Sanford 3 Dylan Smith, Raleigh Selected Others 4 Davis Flynn, Raleigh Girls 14-18 Division - 5354 1 Grace Greene, Apex 2 Olivia Renville, Cary 3 Sidney Renville, Cary Selected Others 4 Madison Srinivasa, Raleigh 6 Allison Robinson, Pinehurst


SAS Junior Championship

72 73 75 80 82 82 83 91 91 91 74 75 77 79 80 83 84 90 91 93 79 86 93 107

Triad One Day

83 88 91 93 98

Jamestown Park GC, Jamestown, NC Aug. 5, 2019 Boys 12-13 Division - 5800 1 Hunter Justice, Cornelius 76 2 Freddy Ortmann, Greensboro 79 3 Hunter Master, Oak Ridge 80 Selected Others 10 Max Anderson, Aberdeen 103 Girls 14-18 Division - 5800 1 Karli Jump, Winston-Salem 79


Prestonwood CC, Cary, NC Aug. 5, 2019 Boys 16-18 Division - 6448 1 Langdon Aronson, Raleigh 2 Michael Vick, Raleigh 2 Ryan Bradley, Cary 2 Branden Boyce, Spring Lake Selected Others 5 Billy Jansto, Cary 5 Ryan Macri, Wake Forest 5 Matthew Messenger, Raleigh 8 Devon Murphy, Fuquay Varina 9 Carter Massengill, Cary 9 Ryder Massey, Wake Forest 11 Devin Phillips, Raleigh 11 Tommy Lamb, Cary 11 Josh Buxbaum, Wake Forest 14 Heyward George, Raleigh 17 Bennett Barnes, Chapel Hill 18 Aidan Harrington, Raleigh 19 Nick Kleu, Cary 20 Ethan Yu, Chapel Hill 20 Glenn Smeal, Raleigh 20 Trevor Gregory, Wake Forest 23 Jacob Burgess, Wake Forest 23 Will Carpenter, Wake Forest Boys 14-15 Division - 6448 1 Jake Conklin, Cary 2 Nick Goellner, Apex 2 Quinlan Polin, Cary Selected Others 4 Bryan Fang, Raleigh 4 Ryan McCarthy, Cary 6 Daniel Boone, Fuquay Varina 6 Tyler Strickland, Holly Springs 8 Alan Van Asch, Raleigh 9 Will Woodard, Cary 11 Benjamin Hays, Cary 12 Kyle Gregory, Cary 12 Myles Patterson, Durham 12 Liam Harris, Wake Forest 15 Cameron Hall, Cary 16 Zachary Davis, Clayton 17 Leo Chen, Clayton 17 Drew Eggers, Cary 19 Ko Bostrom, Cary 20 Andrew Medberry, Cary 21 Will Kizer, Cary 22 Ethan Carter, Raleigh Boys 12-13 Division - 5550 1 Morgan Riley, Raleigh 2 Smith Summerlin, Raleigh 3 Mathew McCarthy, Cary Selected Others 4 CJ Peterson, Wake Forest 5 Chase Nieshalla, Raleigh 7 Luke Mueller, Wake Forest 8 Charlie Price, Raleigh 9 Zach Barnette, Cary 10 Will Pohlman, Chapel Hill 11 JP Wagner, Cary 12 Evan Suddreth, Morrisville 13 Braeden Gillen, Holly Springs 13 Adley Calhoun, Apex 15 William Mitchell, Cary 16 Anderson Levine, Wake Forest 16 Bennett Brewer, Raleigh 18 Chase Uhorchak, Cary 19 Parker Lane, Cary Girls 14-18 Division - 5550 1 Erin Singleton, Apex 2 Anna Claire Bridge, Raleigh 2 Kaitlyn Rand, Raleigh Selected Others 4 Grace Greene, Apex 4 Ella Perna, Durham 6 Mary Sears Brown, Wake Forest 7 Brooke Smith, Morrisville 8 Catherine Vivongsy, Wake Forest 8 Anika Bhatnagar, Cary 8 Heather Appelson, Wake Forest 11 Sophia Martone, Holly Springs 12 Terra Schmitt, Raleigh 12 Jessica Martinho-Stansbury, Raleigh 12 Tyler Spriggs, Cary Girls 12-13 Division - 5093 1 Justine Pennycooke, Cary 2 Madison Myers, Cary 3 Caroline Walsh, Raleigh Selected Others 4 Madelyn Linares, Cary

Roy Jones Junior

72 73 73 73 74 74 74 75 76 76 77 77 77 78 79 80 81 82 82 82 84 84 70 72 72 73 73 74 74 75 78 79 82 82 82 83 85 86 86 87 92 94 97 70 74 75 77 78 79 80 81 82 84 89 90 90 91 92 92 93 94 74 77 77 80 80 82 84 85 85 85 87 88 88 88 83 92 96 100

Kinston CC, Kinston, NC July 30-31, 2019 Boys 14-15 Division - 6373 1 Michael Vick, Raleigh 69-68--137 2 Bryan Fang, Raleigh 68-69--137 3 Cameron Hardison, Greenville 70-68--138

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4 Jackson Crocker, Kinston 69-72--141 Selected Others 12 Nick Kleu, Cary 79-73--152 18 Michael Schaal, Chapel Hill 79-80--159 26 Finn Jarrell, Wake Forest 78-87--165 31 Ashwath Kapilavai, Cary 84-86--170 Boys 12-13 Division - 5328 1 Ethan Boyette, Wilson 70-72--142 2 Bizzell Pate, Elizabethtown 77-72--149 2 Ford Amerson, Greenville 74-75--149 2 Max Martin, Pinehurst 78-71--149 5 Hudson Schulze, Charlotte 75-75--150 Selected Others 6 Baxter Poe, Raleigh 75-77--152 7 Jack Wiley, Wake Forest 76-77--153 Girls Division - 5328 1 Trinity Ahing, New Bern 72-75--147 2 Toni Blackwell, Fayetteville 82-79--161 3 Julie Fiedler, New Bern 84-79--163

TRIANGLE’S TOP 10 JUNIOR GOLFERS Boys (High School, graduation year) 1 Peter Fountain, Raleigh (Broughton HS, 2020) 2 Zach Roberts, Holly Springs (Holly Springs HS, 2020) 3 Tyler Dechellis, Clayton (Clayton HS, 2021) 4 Garrett Risner, Holly Springs (Apex Friendship HS, 2020) 5 Jackson Van Paris, Pinehurst (O’Neal School, 2021) 6 Clayson Good, Durham (Broughton HS, 2020) 7 Matias La Grutta, Raleigh (Panter Creek HS, 2020) 8 Josh Lendach, Raleigh (Raleigh Christian, 2021) 9 Tommy Lamb, Apex (JPGA, 2020) 10 Jackson Brimfield, Chapel Hill (Durham Academy, 2021)

CGA 11th Jimmy Anderson Boys’ Invitational

Jacksonville Country Club Jacksonville, NC US AUG 17 - 18, 2019 Boys Division - 6629 1 Mason Tucker, Lancaster, SC 68-70--138 2 Calahan Keever, Greenville, SC 71-69--140 3 Caden Baker, Mebane 70-73--143 3 Casey Osiecki, New Bern 70-73--143 3 Tyler Dechellis, Clayton 72-71--143 Selected Others 9 Joey Pritchard, Aberdeen 71-75--146 12 Kyle Kushnir, Raleigh 73-77--150 18 Owen Kose, Holly Springs 77-74--151 18 Parker Cumbea, Fuquay-Varina 76-75--151 24 Ryan Macri, Wake Forest 74-78--152 27 Bryan Fang, Raleigh 77-76--153 30 Jace Butcher, Wake Forest 81-73--154 30 Jennings Glenn, Raleigh 79-75--154 47 Chris Ha, Fayetteville 81-78--159 50 Ben Collins, Holly Springs 81-79--160 51 Michael LaSasso, Raleigh 82-79--161 57 Nick Kleu, Cary 79-86--165

Hope Valley Junior Invitational

Hope Valley CC, Durham, NC Aug. 13-15, 2019 Boys Division - 6720 1 Jackson Van Paris, Pinehurst 71-67-71--209 2 Josh Lendach, Raleigh 70-73-67--210 3 Nicholas Mathews, Mebane 67-67-77--211 4 Adam Hunt, Columbia, SC 68-72-72--212 5 Peter Fountain, Raleigh 76-71-67--214 Selected Others 8 Tyler DeChellis, Clayton 69-73-75--217 8 Zach Roberts, Holly Springs 75-71-71--217 14 Daniel Adkins, Holly Springs 74-69-75--218 14 Garrett Risner, Apex 69-75-74--218 21 Clayson Good, Durham 73-70-78--221 21 Joey Pritchard, Aberdeen 74-74-73--221 27 Hampton Roberts, Cary 75-74-74--223 27 Kareem Elkassem, Raleigh 75-74-74--223 39 Jackson Bode, Pinehurst 78-69-79--226 39 Jackson Brimfield, Chapel Hill 79-72-75--226 42 Ryan Macri, Wake Forest 78-77-73--228 46 Columb Knight, Raleigh 71-81-79--231 53 Jace Butcher, Wake Forest 78-76-79--233 54 James Carlin, Raleigh 72-80-82--234 59 Daniel Boone, Fuquay-Varina 82-78-75--235 59 Jennings Glenn, Raleigh 83-76-76--235 62 Brady Hooks, Clayton 83-70-83--236 63 Ethan Lukes, Chapel Hill 72-87-80--239 Girls Division - 5844 1 Katherine Schuster, Kill Devil Hills 69-71-77--217 2 Natalii Gupta, Dubai 68-77-78--223 3 Adrian Anderson, Murrells Inlet, SC 73-75-76--224 4 Ella Perna, Durham 77-73-76--226 5 Alexia Siehl, Fort Mill, SC 76-76-76--228 Selected Others 6 Mara Hirtle, Pinehurst 76-79-74--229 10 Maria Atwood, Holly Springs 73-78-80--231 16 Anna Claire Bridge, Raleigh 80-83-83--246 18 Anika Bhatnagar, Cary 82-83-86--251

15th Dogwood State Junior Boys’ Championship

River Run CC, Davidson, NC July 30-August 1, 2019 Boys Division - 7155 1 Kenan Poole, Raleigh 73-66-70--209 2 Ike Joy, Denver 72-71-72--215 3 Christopher Sperrazza, Raleigh 75-72-69--216 4 Spencer Oxendine, Fayetteville 75-72-70--217 Selected Others 10 Columb Knight, Raleigh 74-72-76--222 13 Clayson Good, Durham 75-76-74--225 13 Jackson Bode, Pinehurst 73-76-76--225 15 Jackson Brimfield, Chapel Hill 73-79-74--226 15 Kareem Elkassem, Raleigh 72-78-76--226 22 Garrett Risner, Apex 78-73-77--228 29 James Carlin, Raleigh 81-70-79--230 29 Joey Pritchard, Aberdeen 79-79-72--230

Girls (High School, graduation year) 1 Nicole Adam, Pinehurst (O’Neal School, 2020) 2 Maria Atwood, Holly Springs (Holly Springs HS, 2022) 3 Halynn Lee, Cary (Green Hope HS, 2021) 4 Deborah Spair, Raleigh (Ravenscroft HS, 2020) 5 Mara Hirtle, Pinehurst (Pinecrest HS, 2020) 6 Megan Morris, Cary (Panther Creek HS, 2021) 7 Jaclyn Kenzel, Southern Pines (Pinecrest HS, 2020) 8 Anna Claire Bridge, Raleigh (Leesville Road HS, 2021) 9 Erin Singleton, Apex (Cary Academy, 2020) 10 McKenzie Daffin, Fort Bragg (Jack Britt HS, 2021)

Source: Tarheel Youth Golf Association as 9/1/19 29 29 29 36 48 53

Josh Lendach, Raleigh Quinlan Polin, Cary Tyler DeChellis, Clayton Michael LaSasso, Raleigh Noah Butler, Raleigh Daniel Adkins, Holly Springs

76-76-78--230 74-77-79--230 74-78-78--230 78-76-78--232 77-80-78--235 76-82-78--236

70th Carolines Junior Boys’ Championship

River Landing GC - River, Wallace, NC July 23-25, 2019 Boys Division - 6885 1 Pierce Robinson, Kings Mountain 71-65-72--208 2 Matthew Hutto, Blythewood, SC 74-68-68--210 3 Zach Roberts, Holly Springs 72-68-74--214 4 Randall Hudson, New Bern 76-70-69--215 5 Blake Brantley, Winston-Salem 72-73-71--216 5 Jake Herring, Wilson 70-68-78--216 5 Matias La Grutta, Cary 70-75-71--216 5 Tyler DeChellis, Clayton 69-75-72--216 Selected Others 9 Tommy Lamb, Cary 72-72-73--217 10 Christopher Sperrazza, Raleigh 74-69-75--218 18 Jackson Bode, Pinehurst 77-70-74--221 18 Josh Lendach, Raleigh 74-72-75--221 32 Jennings Glenn, Raleigh 77-74-74--225 36 Clayson Good, Durham 73-73-80--226 42 Jackson Brimfield, Chapel Hill 76-76-75--227 42 Owen Kose, Holly Springs 77-76-74--227 46 Columb Knight, Raleigh 76-76-76--228 53 James Carlin, Raleigh 80-72-77--229 64 Joey Pritchard, Aberdeen 79-70-83--232 64 Kyle Kushnir, Raleigh 77-75-80--232

13th Carolinas Girls’ 15 and Under Championship

CC of Whispering Pines - Pines Whispering Pines, NC July 15-16, 2019 Girls Division - 5703 1 Morgan Ketchum, Winston-Salem 77-71--148 2 Ella Kue, Kings Mountain 78-77--155 3 Macy Pate, Boone 82-74--156 4 McKenzie Daffin, Fort Bragg 75-83--158 5 Ella Stalvey, Blythewood, SC 80-79--159 Selected Others 5 Heather Appelson, Wake Forest 74-85--159 8 Grace Ridenour, Cary 79-82--161 20 Kinsley Smith, Raleigh 89-81--170 21 Boonyanan Rujiranan, 85-86--171 Southern Pines 21 Mckayla Daffin, Fayetteville 88-83--171

PKBGT Tour Championship

Pine Needles Lodge & GC, Southern Pines, NC August 17-18, 2019 Bell National - 6500 1 Amanda Sambach, Davidson 72-70--142 2 Catie Craig, Sautee, Nacoochee GA 70-73--143 3 Rory Weinfurther, Midlothian VA 68-76--144 Selected Others 18 Halynn Lee, Cary 79-77--156 22 Jaclyn Kenzel, Southern Pines 75-82--157 34 Anna Claire Bridge, Raleigh 84-87--171 36 Megan Morris, Cary 86-86--172 Futures National - 5472 1 Sophie Lauture, Raleigh 76-77--153 2 Ellen Yu, High Point 76-78--154 3 Emily Wang, Mclean, VA 78-77--155 Selected Others 4 Grace Ridenour, Cary 79-79--158 4 Tyla McAffity, Raleigh 80-78--158 6 Justine Pennycooke, Cary 80-79--159 16 Emerson Dever, Durham 87-82--169 17 Tyler Spriggs, Cary 90-82--172 18 Catherine Vivongsy, Wake Forest 91-85--176

Chapel Hill Classic

UNC Finley GC, Chapel Hill, NC

August 10-11, 2019 Prep North Carolina - 5650 1 Morgan Ellison, Peachtree City GA 73-69--142 2 Nicole Nash, Charlotte 72-74--146 3 Megan Kanaby, Chapel Hill 76-72--148 3 Olivia Renville, Cary 74-74--148 3 Halynn Lee, Cary 74-74--148 Selected Others 9 Sophie Lauture, Raleigh 75-78--153 10 Ava Lucas, Raleigh 78-76--154 11 Katelyn Kenthack, Southern Pines 79-76--155 12 Erin Singleton, Apex 75-81--156 16 McKenzie Daffin, Fayetteville 82-76--158 20 McKayla Daffin, Fayetteville 85-76--161 79-86--165 22 Anika Bhatnagar, Cary 22 Tyler Spriggs, Cary 83-82--165 Futures North Carolina - 5100 1 Kathryn Ha, Roanoke VA 77-76--153 2 Katelyn Griggs, Lexington 82-77--159 3 Mary Kathryn Hederick, Wake Forest 80-81--161 Selected Others 6 Brooke Smith, Morrisville 81-83--164 6 Sadler Miller, Clayton 84-80--164 9 Lily Rowe, Raleigh 80-85--165 11 Katherine Brictson, Raleigh 87-81--168 16 Haylie George, Cary 86-85--171 17 Sophia Martone, Holly Springs 90-82--172 18 Mackenzie Crossman, Pittsboro 87-89--176 18 Ava Zellman, Raleigh 88-88--176 18 Vivian Shillingsburg, Wake Forest 85-91--176 23 Madison Srinivasa, Raleigh 85-99--184

Wolfpack Classic

Lonnie Poole GC, Raleigh, NC July 27-28, 2019 Bell National - 5831 1 Grayson Warren, Washington 75-73--148 2 Nicole Nash, Charlotte 72-79--151 2 Macy Pate, Boone 75-76--151 Selected Others 4 Megan Morris, Cary 78-74--152 7 Erin Singleton, Apex 80-75--155 13 McKenzie Daffin, Fayetteville 81-81--162 15 Lotte Fox, Raleigh 79-84--163 15 Mary Sears Brown, Wake Forest 79-84--163 18 Anna Claire Bridge, Raleigh 85-80--165 \Futures National - 5020 1 Ellen Yu, High Point 71-72--143 2 Grace Ridenour, Cary 71-72--143 3 Anna Howerton, Kernersville 74-74--148 Selected Others 4 Sophie Lauture, Raleigh 73-76--149 5 Anika Bhatnagar, Cary 76-78--154 9 Catherine Vivongsy, Wake Forest 81-77--158 10 Lily Rowe, Raleigh 85-78--163 13 Brooke Smith, Morrisville 86-80--166 18 McKayla Daffin, Fayetteville 89-82--171 20 Katherine Brictson, Raleigh  90-83--173 22 Haylie George, Cary 84-90--174

Precision JR Girls Championship

Brown Summit, NC, Bryan Park GC July 19-20, 2019 Bell National - 6065 1 Molly Hardwick, Lexington SC 72-70--142 2 Kiera Bartholomew, Westampton NJ 72-75--147 3 Maria Atwood, Holly Springs 73-75--148 Selected Others 5 Jaclyn Kenzel, Southern Pines 70-80--150 12 McKenzie Daffin, Fayetteville 77-78--155 Futures National - 5395 1 Sophie Lauture, Raleigh 79-73--152 2 Ellen Yu, High Point 78-76--154 3 Grace Ridenour, Cary 77-79--156 Selected Others 5 McKayla Daffin, Fayetteville 75-83--158 8 Kinsley Smith, Raleigh 80-80--160 13 Brooke Smith, Morrisville 85-88--173

The tortoise or the hare?


By DAVID DROSCHAK hen the subject of pace of play surfaces I always tell the story of my round at Linville

Golf Club. Anyone who has ever golfed with me Bets, including you this spring, can attest to my legendary swiftness around the course. We can argue in this column whether golf is supposed to be a leisurely stroll or a fast-paced exercise in precision. I prefer the latter and I’m sticking to my style. I walk fast, and swing faster. Many of those paired with me for the first time chatter in my backswing. Not a problem, I tell them. As a former pitcher who had to throw strikes on penny beer night in the minors, outside noise isn’t an issue to me. The “Hush Y’all” placards are over-rated Bets. Now let me get back to my mountain round with fellow golf writer John Dell as we set off for some fellowship on the historic Donald Ross layout. A little more than two hours later we entered the pro shop and were greeted with “How did you guys enjoy the front nine?” I proudly blurted out, ‘Hell, the front nine, we’re

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Pokey players must be poked


done.” The pro’s jaw dropped in disbelief. By BETSEY MITCHELL Now, I’m not advocating for 2-hour rounds by any means Bets, but the recent ace has been in the light for so criticism of rising PGA Tour star Bryson many seasons that the viewing DeChambeau’s slow play during the firstpublic has achieved eye-roll stage. stage of the FedEx Cup playoffs brings Everybody talks about it and nobody the issue of pace of play to light yet again. does anything. There are many fears from those takThis leaves us in the quandary of ing up the game, one of which is “holdwhy? ing up” the group behind them. One of With most investigations that the lessons I preach to stumped the panel, the new golfers is it’s Ok to solution will often come be lousy, just be awful to the cliché “follow the quickly and you’ll get money.” along just fine with most There are rumors golfers. afloat that TV producers DeChambeau is far want the tournaments to from a beginner, but it DUELING DIVOTS run long to guarantee all all goes back to one focal of the sold commercial point with all golfers – the game’s etispots get aired. Who knows? Sounds quette. Somewhere along the way, probright. ably many, many times as a junior player This theory does not apply for the and beyond, DeChambeau has been majority of competitive golf. Club chamallowed to stretch golf’s pace of play propionships are a slog. The member-guest tocol without consequences. befuddles the kitchen staff trying to time I learned quickly the longer I stood the post-game lunch. over the ball or analyzed a shot the worse What to do? Pace penalties make the result. The golf ball isn’t moving, just everybody angry. It’s the only penalty in hit it, I like to proclaim. Take note all. golf that can come as a result of the entire pairings performance.

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Fast players will over compensate for the slow-poke for fear of getting their own penalty. The slow-poke will shift blame to some outside influence. Pace officials are in the situation of investigation. It is not as cut-and-dry as a ball ending up in the water or rattling down the cart path. Here’s my plan – a shot clock. Start the time the same way rules officials have been taught for years to determine how long the player takes to get the shot away. As soon as the stop watch hits 40 seconds, the penalty is applied. No warning. But there is the reality of golf. A tee shot should not take 40 seconds. Easy approach shots should not take 40 seconds. Every single putt should not take 40 seconds. However, when the player’s stance is one foot in and one out of a bunker with a row of trees in the line of play, this could easily take more time. So, just like it other sports, the player is given a measure of time-outs. Let’s say, five. But, you are right about hanging over a shot. The other truth about golf; ball striking is not reactive. There’s the rub. Pokey players must be poked.

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Carolinas PGA Selected events; complete schedule at 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 Sept. 28 – U.S. Women’s Four-Ball for 2020, Pinewood CC, Asheboro. Oct. 10 – U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Sectional for 2020, Sedgefield CC (Dye).

CGA Seniors 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 FourBall, TPC Wakefield, Raleigh.

CGA Men 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 Nov. 9-10 – 9th Carolinas Net Amateur, CC of Whispering Pines.

CGA Women 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.

Charity and Captain’s Choice Sept. 3 - 5th Annual Camel City Classic Pro-Am benefiting Combat Warriors, Inc., Maple Chase, Winston-Salem, Sean Branagan at 336-767-2941 ext. 2 or via e-mail at


Sept. 12 – 9th Annual Academic Golf Classic, Pilot Knob Park, Pilot Mountain, Ashley Mills-Tournament Director, millsa@surry. or 336-386-8211. Sept. 14 – West Stokes Wildcats Baseball Team, Hemlock, Walnut Cove, Randy Bryant 336-813-7950. Sept. 27 – T.S. Open Golf Tournament benefiting Trauma recovery and injury prevention, Bryan Park, Brown Summit, Sept. 27 – 50th Annual Exchange Family Center’s Benefit Tournament, The Crossings, Durham, Oct. 4 – 12th Annual Military Charity Tournament benefiting veteran-related charities, Grandover Resort, Greensboro. Contact Jack Masarie 336-292-8883 or Oct. 4 – Lefty for Life CBG Memorial Tournament benefiting the Mental Health Association in Greensboro, Bryan Park Champions, Brown Summit, Oct. 7 – First Responders of the Triad ProAm, Greensboro National, Summerfield, Justin Malone 336-342-1113 or www. Oct. 11 –10th Annual Camel City Classic benefiting Combat Warriors, Inc., Maple Chase, Winston-Salem, Captain’s Choice Sean Branagan at 336-767-2941 ext. 2 or via e-mail at

Amateur Individual Sept. 27-29 – Alamance County Amateur, Indian Valley GC, Burlington; Southwick GC, Graham; Brookwood GC, Whitsett. 336-584-7871 or 336-227-2582. 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. Oct. 5-6 – Forest Oaks Amateur, Forest Oaks, Greensboro, flighted after the first round. 336-674-2241. Oct. 5-6 – Meadowlands Open, Meadowlands, Winston-Salem, flighted after the first round. 336-769-1011.

Senior Individual Oct. 8-10 – World Super Senior Championship. Tanglewood Championship, Clemmons. Ages 70-over, Kitty Visintine 336-703-6420.

Amateur Team Sept. 14-15 – Alamance Parent /Child Golf Tournament, Southwick GG, Graham, Boys/Girls/Adults. 336-227-2582. Sept. 27-28 – The Open Men’s Championship, Two person, Mill Creek, Mebane, 919-563-4653. 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 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 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 Sept. 5 – Pinewild (Holly), Pinehurst Sept. 12 – Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett Sept. 19 – Bryan Park (Champions), Brown Summit

Other Junior Events Sept. 1-2 – NJGA National Championship, Hackler Course at CCU, Conway, SC, Boys/ Girls, Ages 8-18 Sept. 1-2 – TGF Mid Pines Junior, Mid Pines Inn & GC, Southern Pines, Ages 9-18, Boys only Sept. 7 – PKBGT Middle Atlantic Series, Greene Hills CC, Standarsville, VA, Girls only, Ages 8-19 Sept. 14-15 – Orange Jacket Junior Classic, Pickens CC, Pickens, SC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18, 864-878-6083 Sept. 14-15 – TGF ACC Southeastern Fall Classic, Lonnie Poole GC, Raleigh, Ages 9-18, Boys only Sept. 14-15 – TYGA State Championship, Southern Waye CC, Mt. Olive, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 Sept. 14-15 – PKBGT Southeast Series Finale, Smithfield CC, Easely, SC, Girls only, Ages 8-19 Sept. 14-15 – Alamance Parent /Child Golf Tournament, Southwick GG, Graham, Boys/ Girls/Adults. 336-227-2582. Sept. 7 – PKBGT NC Series, CC of Whispering Pines, Whispering Pines, Girls only, Ages 8-19 Sept. 18 – TYGA/PKBGT Girls’ North State High School Challenge, Keith Hills GC, Buies Creek, Girls only, Grades 9-12 Sept. 21-22 – PKBGT North Carolina Series Finale, Colonial CC, Thomasville, Girls only, Ages 8-19

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Sept. 28-29 – PKBGT Middle Atlantic Series Finale, Fawn Lake CC, Spotsylvania, VA, Girls only, Ages 8-19 Oct. 5-6 – CGA/PKBGT Jimmy Anderson Girls’ Invitational, Jacksonville CC, Jacksonville, Girls only, Ages 18 & under Oct. 12-13 – TYGA Tournament of Champions, Colonial CC, Thomasville, NC Boys/ Girls, Invitation only Oct. 19-20 – TGF Western Carolinas Junior, CC of Salisbury, Salisbury, Ages 9-18, Boys only Oct. 20 – TYGA Tots State Championship, Longleaf GC, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-11 Oct. 26-27 – TGF Pinewild Fall Junior, Pinewild CC, Pinehurst, Ages 9-18, Boys only Oct. 26-27 – TYGA Triad Bill Harvey Junior, Bryan Park GC, Greensboro, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 Oct. 26-27 – PKBGT Prep & Futures Invitational, TBD, Girls only, Ages 11-19 Oct. 27 – PKBGT Invitational Last Chance Qualifier, Bermuda Run CC, Bermuda Run, Girls only, Ages 11-19 Nov. 9-10 – NJGA Charlotte Junior, Rocky River Club, Concord, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 Nov. 9-10 – TGF Tarheel State Junior, UNC Finley GC, Chapel Hill, Ages 9-18, Boys only Nov. 9-11 – PKBGT Invitational, Bermuda Run CC, Bermuda Run, Girls only, Ages 11-19 Nov. 16-17 – PKBGT Discovery Invitational, Palmetto Dunes Resort, Hilton Head, SC, Girls only, Ages 8-12 Nov. 16-17 – PKBGT Palmetto Dunes Resort Classic, Palmetto Dunes Resort, Hilton Head, SC, Girls only, Ages 11-19 Nov. 27 – TYGA One Day, Longleaf GC, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 Nov. 27 – TYGA One Day, TBD, Pinehurst, Boys only, Ages 12-18 Nov. 28-30 – 51st George Holliday Memorial, Myrtle Beach National (3 courses), Boys/Girls, Ages 10-18, 843-448-2308. Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 – TGF Bullet & Peggy Bell Holiday Classic, Mid Pines & Pine Needles, Southern Pines, Ages 9-18, Boys only Dec. 7-8 – NJGA Atlantic Dunes Junior, Atlantic Dunes GC, Hilton Head, SC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 Dec. 7-8 – PKBGT Tournament of Champions, Pinehurst CC No. 8, Pinehurst, Girls only, Ages 11-19 Dec. 28-29 – Donald Ross Junior, Pinehurst CC, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18, 910295-6811 Dec. 28-29 – PKBGT Peggy Kirk Bell Junior, Pine Needles Lodge, Southern Pines, Girls only, Ages 11-19

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