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Randy’s Golf Center & Range finds new home
enowned club fitter Randy McGinnis has moved locations and has taken over I-85 Range in Haw River. McGinnis had leased a driving range and club fitting business for 15 years about 7 miles away, but the
property had been cut in half a few years ago by one of the range’s owners, prompting the move to the new location off of Interstate 40-85 near The Challenge Golf Club. “The old range was too small to hit drivers anymore,” McGinnis said. “I had my best year in club sales in 2017, but we lost $50,000 in range ball business. I tried to convince patrons there were 14 clubs in their bag and that they needed to practice them all, telling them they needed to work on their golf swing and not their driver. That didn’t work.”
Remembering Ed Dupree
(NOTE: Ed Dupree is a former columnist for Triad Golf Today and Triangle Golf Today who wrote about his adventures of playing as many North Carolina golf courses as he could. Former newspaper colleague Tim Peeler reflects on Ed’s life.)
d Dupree couldn’t just tell you which of the 565 golf courses he had played in North Carolina. In most cases, he could tell you the date, the weather, the fairways hit, the greens-in-regulation and the number of putts he had on the day he played. So specific were his scorecards and spreadsheets he could also tell you how much he paid each time he played, though in later years as a member of the North Carolina Golf Panel that rates the state’s golf courses, greens fees were waived. Dupree, a former sportswriter and sports editor for UNC’s Daily Tar Heel and The Salisbury Post (and others), whose goal was to play each of the 552 currently operating courses in the state of North Carolina, came up 30 rounds short. He died on Nov. 21 at Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House in Salisbury of leukemia. He was 76. Few people would ever have the chance to match Dupree’s impressive career total, since 43 courses he
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played in the state are now closed. Not all of the ones he identified on his spreadsheet are listed in state golf course guides. Some were small ninehole executive courses, like the one at NC State’s Faculty Club in Raleigh. And some were privately operated or family-owned fields or oncemanicured courses he talked his way into playing. Just so he could say he did. Golf was hardly Dupree’s only passion. He collected baseball cards [more than a million] and fantasy baseball championships [nearly 100 in his the three leagues he helped start in the 1980s]. He was a long-time track coach in his adopted hometown of Faith, teaching hundreds of kids in his Faith Flyers AAU running club a lifelong devotion to fitness. True to his personality, Dupree began a streak of running on June 23, 1993, that ended because of a torn hamstring just a few weeks before he died. He ran a minimum of one mile – almost always more – for 8,847 consecutive days, rain or shine, wind or snow, indoors or out. He catalogued every mile that he ran throughout his entire life, including the 13 marathons. All told, he ran 41,093.5 miles. He, of course, had a spreadsheet.
McGinnis, 65, has kept the same name – Randy’s Golf Center Range – and has signed a long-term lease at his new location from owner Joe Vincent. McGinnis said he knows a large portion of his customer base, many of whom would come to the I-85 Range to hit balls once his previous range was condensed. If you’re looking for some clubs McGinnis has a hefty inventory, while also offering his award-winning clubhitting expertise. “And we specialize in re-gripping and club repair, along with loft and lie
adjustment,” he said. “We’re definitely a one-stop shop. If you are looking for a driver I am not branded. I try to keep golfers open-minded. I’ll send you out to the range with six different manufacturer drivers and say ‘let’s try them all and see which one actually fits you.’ I like to let the customer make the choice.” In addition to the range, the I-85 location has an 18-hole miniature golf course that draws customers from as far away as Chapel Hill and Durham, and one that McGinnis plans to renovate by April 1.
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Club Champion set to open new store in Cary lub Champion, a premium golf club fitting and building company, will be opening a fitting studio in Cary. The new store will be opening in April, company officials said. Club Champion fits, sells, and builds custom golf clubs constructed from clubheads, shafts, and grips from the best brands in golf including Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping, Titleist, PXG, Fujikura, Golf Pride and many more. The new location at 419 Crossroads Blvd. features approximately 3,000 square feet of space and has been designed to showcase Club Champion’s premium fitting experience and 35,000 hittable clubhead and shaft combinations. The studio includes two indoor hitting bays with Trackman launch monitors for analyzing performance, a SAM PuttLab’s fitting system to find the per-
fect putter, and a build shop for repairing and assembling golf clubs by hand. “We are excited to bring the finest club fitting and building to the Raleigh area,” said Joe Lee, CEO and president of Club Champion. “Our approach is unbiased, with no promotion of any specific vendors. Our only goal is to find the best combination of components to help customers hit longer, more accurate shots, and lower their scores and enjoy the game more.”
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NEXT ISSUE: April 12, 2018 On the Cover: Pine Needles Resort will host a record fourth U.S. Women’s Open in 2022. Photo courtesy USGA. www.trianglegolf.com
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Open Season U.S. Women’s Open returns to Southern Pines resort in 2022
yle Franz remembers skipping high school study hall to watch the 1996 U.S. Women’s Open at Pine Needles. Fast forward more than two decades later and the rising star in the golf course architecture world will once again be focusing on the Southern Pines resort course. This time, however, Franz will be getting his hands dirty so to speak on the Donald Ross layout as the United States Golf Association announced recently it would once again stage a U.S. Women’s Open at the resort made famous by the late Peggy Kirk Bell. Franz moved his offices to town and began work at Pine Needles in 2016 with major bunker restoration on the famed course. His work has extended to the greens and tees, and could expand further if the USGA decides it would like a few more additional or changes when the best female golfers in the world converge on the Sandhills in four years. “It’s going to be a blast,” Franz said. “The ladies hit it basically as far as the men did when Ross was designing the course, so I actually get to design things for what the course is actually supposed to do out there.” Continued on page 7
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Open season from page 6 Franz has worked on some high profile jobs over the last five years, helping with the renovation of Pinehurst No. 2, the building of the Olympic Club in Rio and his first solo project across Midland Road at Mid Pines Resort. The U.S. Women’s Open will return to the Sandhills for the fifth time over a 26-year span, with Pine Needles hosting in 1996, 2001 and 2007, and Pinehurst No. 2 welcoming the ladies after the men in the historic back-to-back Opens in 2014. The second national championship for women was also staged in North Carolina, at Starmount Forest in Greensboro in 1947. “Hosting championship golf events plays a big role in how our community is defined and perceived,” said Caleb Miles, the CEO of the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Pinehurst, Southern Pines, Aberdeen Area. “Pine Needles and Southern Pines have proven to be an ideal venue for a Women’s Open Championship that will be contested on one of the great Donald Ross courses anywhere. “They also understand how impactful the event is for the area as a whole from both a brand and economic impact perspective. Combined with the announcement of 2024 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, there is no denying the moniker ‘Home of American Golf’ fits perfectly.” Mrs. Bell passed away in November 2016, but longtime Pine Needles president and CEO Kelly Miller remains, which is a comfort to USGA when it comes to awarding bids and then staging a major championship here. “I think it does matter,” said U.S. Women’s Open championship director Shannon Rouillard. “Kelly Miller and the Bell Family have been involved with Pine Needles for a really long time and we’ve had a long-standing relationship with them. It’s always great to be able to come back and feel welcomed and “at home” in hosting another USGA Championship. “We still have our normal future Open site process, which is we don’t go anywhere where we’re not invited,” she added. “So, a lot of times clubs will let us www.trianglegolf.com
know that we’re interested and we go through our normal process to vet those clubs and obviously a lot of them have been previous sites and we’re familiar with them. However, we still go through a vetting process to make sure we’re at the best place possible for each respective championship.” Rouillard said patrons who attended the U.S. Opens at Pine Needles will see a different kind of championship in 2022. “What we are seeing in competitive women’s golf is the average age is going down,” she said. “You look at the LPGA there are a lot of young, great golfers out there. You don’t see quite as many older players out there. We’re seeing it in all of our women’s championships, and we’re continuing to aspire to grow the game through our junior championships and through our LPGA and Girls Golf, the First Tee. So, there are a lot of efforts going on to have these young girls aspire to play the game for a lifetime, whether it’s at the amateur level or going on to play professionally.”
Some of the “older players” will have a chance to tee it up at Pine Needles in 2019 when the USGA brings its U.S. Senior Women’s Open Championship to town. “Classic Donald Ross golf courses are always a treat to play and his golf courses have continued to stand the test of time,” Rouillard said. “The opportunity for these great players to come back and play a classic golf course is always neat for them. This group has fond memories of being at Pine Needles and I think they are going to embrace the opportunity to be at a location and community that embraces and loves women’s golf.” “It’s kind of neat,” added Miller. “It will be fun having some of these girls back who played in 1996. They are at Chicago Golf Club for this year’s inaugural championship, which is a neat kickoff for them, and then they’ll be headed our way in 2019. It’s right around the corner.” Part of the U.S. Women’s Open history in North Carolina Sandhills has been the top champions crowned, from Annika Sörenstam, Karrie Webb, Cristie Kerr and Michelle Wie.
“Pine Needles is, if not my favorite U.S. Women’s Open venue, it’s in the top three,” said Webb, whose 2001 victory was her second straight Women’s Open title. “Pine Needles [in 1996] was my very first U.S. Open I ever played in, and then when we went back in 2001, I was so excited to be there as a defending champion. Obviously, it was a special week where I played fantastic golf at a tremendous golf course. I’ll always have special memories of Pine Needles.” “The Donald Ross-designed course has already crowned three memorable Women’s Open champions, and we’re confident it will again be a welcoming yet challenging host for the world’s best players,” Miller added. “I can only imagine how happy Mrs. Bell would have been to host another Women’s Open.”
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Nichols chooses “steady and reliable” over roller coaster golf career By KURT DUSTERBERG Josh Nichols had a plan. From the time he was in high school he wanted to fine-tune his golf game in college, qualify for the PGA Tour and make some noise with the top players in the world. “I wanted to be like all the guys you see on TV, they’re 21 years old and they’re lighting up the world with their golf,” says the 26-year-old Nichols. “But every year (after college at Appalachian State), I thought, ‘well, I’m not good enough this year, maybe next year.’ But I never gave up, even when I didn’t meet my original goal right out of college. I kept going, and it led to last summer.” At the end of July 2017, Nichols won the Triad Amateur and the Carolinas Open in the same week before placing third in the Forsyth Invitational the following weekend. Two months later, he reached the title match of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship in Atlanta, playing for an exemption into the 2018 Masters and U.S. Open. He lost in the final match, but he was playing the best golf of his life. “I’m realizing, ‘wow, I’m a great player. But at the same, I’m not enjoying this like I thought I would,”’ he says. “It’s a realization I had in the middle of the week and then after it was over. Every night I was exhausted and nervous about the next day.” In those moments of success, he had doubts. If playing for a paycheck meant beginning every day with a pit in his stomach, he wondered if he had the makeup for it. “Maybe I could get used to that eventually if I did that for two, three, four years of constant high-pressure tournaments,” he says. “I thought I would love that stage, but it wasn’t all I had worked it up to be. If I had to turn it around and do it again like a minitour player would, week-after-week, I realized I don’t think I could do it.” 8
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It isn’t easy taking stock of one’s own dreams. There are times to follow without hesitation, and times to change course. Nichols had seen caution signs even in the early days of his competitive golf career. After playing high school golf at Salem Baptist Christian School in WinstonSalem, his years at Appalachian State didn’t progress like he had imagined. “I had a couple wins at smaller tournaments, but for me personally, my college career left a lot to be desired,” he says. “I wanted my stroke average to be lower; I wanted to win every tournament I played in. I felt like l worked really, really hard, but there’s always more you could do.” Four years of college golf gave way to four years of grinding through the regional ranks. And despite strong finishes year after year Nichols was left staring at a daunting number: 2,690. That was his national ranking as an amateur. “Looking at that number was a factor in my decision,” he says. “As good of a year as I had (in 2017), at the end of it I’m not even in the top 2,000 amateurs, let alone pros.” That’s one of the main reasons he has decided to push golf to the fringe of his life. He wants to find a job in the Triangle area, maybe in insurance sales or banking. Until now, he’s been helping out with his aunt’s wedding catering business, chasing a golf dream that no longer reflected his own values. “I started realizing what a selfish pursuit it was, too,” he says. “That started to rub me wrong. I’m spending basically eight hours a day looking in a mirror: ‘How can I improve? How can I make Josh happier?’ It
just started feeling wrong, like I was doing the wrong thing. I need to get a little perspective and start paying attention to other people. How can I best spend my time with my girlfriend and with my Christian faith and a church?” Make no mistake, Nichols has not fallen out of love with golf. The game has not beaten him. It’s just time for other priorities. He canceled his membership at High Point Country Club and he’s put away the clubs for the past few months. But he isn’t finished with golf. He earned some 2018 tournament exemptions with his runner-up finish in the Mid-Amateur, so he plans to take full advantage. And when he finally pulls out the
clubs and knocks off the rust, he will continue a career that has already reached great heights – without worrying about what else he could have accomplished. “It will probably be a little more peaceful,” he says. “I will still have the competitive fire to do as good as I can, but the ultimate result will matter less and less the further I go in life. That usually ends up helping me play better. Golf is frustrating that way. “I’m going to love playing in every tournament now. I’m going to cherish it even more.” It is a sign of maturity to recognize when hopes must give way to responsibilities. Nichols is comfortable having made that transition. Now he eagerly imagines a future that includes his girlfriend, a 9-to-5 job and just a little bit of the game he loves. “I want something that is steady and reliable,” he says with a laugh. “Golf is not that.”
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Patten, 37, says he “fell in love with the outdoors” while playing golf throughout his childhood in Apex. He graduated from N.C. State in 2003 with degrees in Horticultural and Business, and started running a landscape design company called Plantenders. Tyner, 43, grew up on the coast around Wilmington. Following graduation from UNCW, Tyner spent years in New York and Los Angeles working in film and television, while simultaneously developing his entrepreneurial chops by creating a successful line of decorative light diffuser called Skypanels. Tyner and his wife, Niki, then decided to return to North Carolina to raise their family in Apex. During the past 15 years, Patten and Tyner both launched several other successful products and businesses through Amazon and Ecommerce. “We finally found a product where both of our expertise and skills could coincide nicely to get this innovative product to market,” Tyner said Patten calls himself the “idea guy,” while Tyner is more marketing and business-oriented. “We both think alike and we’re both very enthusiastic,” Patten said. “We like to make stuff happen. We’re trying to create unique products that aren’t gimmicky, that actually do what they’re supposed to do and fix a problem.” The Range Gripper’s MSRP is $29.99 and there is a pre-order price of $24.99 (www.rangegripper.com). Logos and custom branding are available for a slightly higher price. “It’s a reasonable price point for what you’re getting,” Patten said. “The product is high quality and once you get one you’ll have it for years. It’s not going to go away.” www.trianglegolf.com
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Bald Head Blues – selling a comfort story By STUART HALL Claude Pope III has a story to tell. Instead of using written or spoken words, though, he has chosen clothing. And the story is one that many in this region are likely familiar with — Bald Head Island. As a kid growing up in Raleigh, Pope routinely visited Bald Head during the summer months. “And if you’ve ever talked to someone whose been to Bald Head, one of the first things they’ll say is ‘Oh yeah, we rode around in golf carts all week. It was great,’” he said. “Golf carts don’t have trunks, obviously, so you stack all your beach chairs, boogie boards, umbrellas, surf boards and stand-up paddle boards on top of the golf cart. Then you strap all that stuff down with bungee cords.” That image of a golf cart with a surfboard on top serves as the logo for the Bald Head Blues apparel brand (BaldHeadBlues.com) that
Pope introduced to the marketplace in April 2014. Bald Head Blues, though, is more than a brand, it’s a lifestyle. “We say in our company, ‘You’re not just buying apparel, you’re buying a vacation,’” he said. “We want people to feel like they are on vacation each time they wear our clothes. We want them to smile and be happy and be comfortable. We sell a comfort story.” The comfort plays out by logging a round at Bald Head Island Club, enjoying 14 miles of coastal shoreline or climbing Old Baldy Lighthouse. The comfort is being on Turtle Time, which the locals call the slow, relaxed pace. Pope began with an 800-foot boutique retail store selling polos, T-shirts and shorts that first spring and summer. With no prior background in the apparel industry, Pope was unsure of what to expect. “We crushed it,” he said. “A lot of people who came to the island embraced the brand, loved the prod-
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uct and supported us. After that first summer it was a lot easier to justify diving a little deeper, so we did.” Bald Head Blues made its third appearance at the PGA Merchandise Show in January 2018. The first two years, the company exhibited in a 10-foot by 10-foot booth on the exhibition floor’s outer edge, an area where nickel-and-dime, momand-pop ventures search for traction and staying power. A large number never see it to the second year. The Bald Head story resonated. Slowly, the brand began finding its way into green grass and boutique shops throughout the southern coastal states and Alabama. Today, the brand can now be found in locales such as Cape Cod, the Hamptons and Upper Michigan. PGA Tour players Martin Piller and Joel Dahmen are brand ambassadors. The product line consists mainly of polo and button-down shirts, and quarter-zip jackets, but there are also T-shirts, hats, flip-flops, boxer shorts, belts, key fobs and dog collars. “The logo and brand translate to anywhere that has a beach and a golf course,” Pope said. “We have a really good story. So many brands don’t have a story of who they are, where are they from. It’s just a brand. “With Bald Head Blues we’re able to communicate that story of the island and the lifestyle, show people where it’s located on the map. Then I think people begin to buy in. They want that lifestyle. It sounds like paradise.” Claude Pope III, the son of former North Carolina Republican Party chairman Claude Pope Jr., has long considered himself an “apparel junkie.” He’s also been passionate about golf for as long as he can remember. He just never really thought the two interests would collide like they have. Pope graduated from College of Charleston with a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing in 2006, an “awkward time,” he laments, given the impending stock market crash in 2008. “People were being laid off left and right, so having
a bachelor’s degree wasn’t doing much for me,” he said. To make ends meet, Pope relied on his caddying gig at The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, S.C. After several years of caddying, Pope stayed in the golf industry by transitioning to Tee-Links, a firm that specializes in golf travel packages, and moving back to North Carolina. At night, though, Pope was plotting his next move. “I began emailing manufacturers overseas and getting samples, just for the fun of it,” he said. “Once I was able to find the right sourcing and fabrics, I decided to leave my day job and start Bald Head Blues full time.” For the first couple of years, Pope bootstrapped his operation. Today, in addition to Pope, Bald Head Blues has two full-time employees who handle e-commerce, graphic design, inventory and accounts receivable. There are also eight independent sales representatives and hopes of the brand expanding to the west coast. “If you like going to the beach and playing golf, then you are our No. 1 customer,” Pope said. www.trianglegolf.com
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Will2Golf website connecting the dots for junior golfers and their parents
By DAVID DROSCHAK he numbers associated these days with junior golf are mindboggling for parents and the game’s rising
talents. If there is any question that this portion of the game has reached the “big time” check out these numbers: • There are more than 600 tours and associations scattered across the U.S. • A staggering 12,000 events are staged each year. • An estimated 450,000 players tee it up at the nation’s various high school golf programs. Trying to make sense of it all while weighing the financial ramifications of trying to get your teenager a college golf scholarship is taxing, and had become equivalent to throwing darts blindfolded for many … and a scheduling nightmare to say the least. Former LPGA star Maggie Will, who won three times on tour as the pride of Whiteville, N.C., and Furman University, had seen it all first-hand when she retired and went into college coaching at places such as Virginia Commonwealth, N.C. State, UNC-Wilmington and Richmond. “Through all of my college coaching experiences I started a poster board and started writing down all the questions fellow coaches had, that I had, that parents had, that kids had … and to me something was wrong here,” Will said. “When I filled up four or five poster boards with all these questions I thought to myself, ‘There is a business here.’ The No. 1 question that was asked over and over and over again when they would come and visit campus is ‘where are you recruiting?’ The No. 1 question a coach had for a junior golfer was ‘where are they going to play next.”’ But the more and more Will examined the process it became apparent that a large portion of college coaches and potential college players were fishing in different ponds, so to speak. There was a major disconnect between who coaches were recruiting and at what level, while many of the teenage players and parents were just as impressionable and lost at the same time. “As college coaches, you often don’t get to know players well enough by just watching them play once,” Will said. “And many 14 TRIANGLE GOLF TODAY • SPRING 2018
times you use these rankings that are out there and go looking for No. 107 and you find No. 1107 playing with No. 107. And you ask, ‘Why are they ranked No. 1107?’ You can’t tell their skill level apart. “Every coach is looking for something different. It’s seen and being seen, that’s the No. 1 thing, but there was no way to organize it,” she said. So Will created a national data base website for college coaches and junior players to cross reference tournaments each will be recruiting at or playing in. Will2Golf tournament finder is billed as the world’s largest junior golf tournament directory, which uses a proprietary rating system to help guide players to the next level. Will2Golf now has more than 2,100 college golf programs listing their recruiting schedules. “While there are many sites out there where you can find a couple thousand events in one place, you can’t find all of them,” Will said. “For example, if you want to play the Forsyth County Junior Amateur but also want to play a Hurricane event and also want to play a CGA event, and also want to get recruited by let’s say Georgetown, how does all of that come into play? Just mailing in numbers isn’t going to get it done. If I want to get recruited by Georgetown and live in the Carolinas I need to know where the Georgetown coach is recruiting. Maybe he’s coming to the Carolinas, great, it could save me a few dollars, but if he’s not I need to go play where that coach is recruiting. So, it’s the connection part that is attractive.” Will2Golf is free for college coaches, and it’s a one-time $75 membership fee and $10 per month for golfers to join – a nominal fee considering the price of a college golf scholarship. “I am considered a recruiting site and I wish I wasn’t because I don’t want to pigeonhole myself that way,” Will said. “I really am a junior golf database. I felt for parents that would have papers scattered all over their dining room table, having to print out every schedule and highlight all these tournaPhoto by David Droschak
ments. It was maddening for them.” Will’s site began in January 2017 and is catching on. “I had an ACC coach see me at the end of the summer that initially was a hard sell,” Will said. “All of the sudden I noticed he logged in and was adding this event and changing his schedule. I ran into him again and I said, ‘Hey, I saw you logged
into my site?’ He said, ‘Yah, I get it now. They show up where I am; you were right.’ “I’ve done all the work for the schools … the links to their websites, links to their teams. They can log into the site and jazz it up some, some have, some put in they have a golf camp. They can also build their calendars, choose events and add them to their recruiting calendars, and kids go in and choose events and add them to their calendar. They can see where each other are going to be.” Will has also ranked tournaments on a sliding 1-10 scale. She found through the years that many junior golfers were playing “out of their league” and needed to focus on realistic college goals. In other words, every junior golfer isn’t a Division I prospect, and that’s OK. A ranking of 1 on the scale is a ninehole tournament and the U.S. Open is a 10. “When you throw in this many events, crossing state borders, it’s all different,” she said. “A state junior tournament is a 5, while a 36-hole event that anyone can just sign up and play is a 3. “An important thing the site can do is help folks intercept more often,” Will added. “You don’t always see something on a first date, right? Many times college coaches make random decisions because they are desperate and they haven’t had enough time to get to know that young person. And that young person makes that random decision because somebody fell in love with them because they shot a 69 out of nowhere – and it was a bad match.” The Will2Golf website has helped parents save money, time and reduce the anxiety level if they have one kid playing soccer, one kid playing lacrosse and then another golfing. “A lot of today’s parents don’t play golf and some of them haven’t ever played golf, but their kids play because of these wonderful programs out there like the PGA Junior League and the First Tee,” Will said. “Then they may get paired with the ‘perfect parent’ who knows Continued on page 15 www.trianglegolf.com
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everything, but do they really? And just because it worked for their kid does it mean it will work for your child? That’s the pitfall people fall into. And then they start spending money like crazy.” “Last year, I literally spent 20 plus hours going site-to-site to find the needed information to help my son build his playing schedule. This year, I did it in 20 minutes. The site was so easy to use and also great for helping us adjust the schedule as the season unfolded,” said Elizabeth Johnson, the mother of a 2018 Virginia Tech signee. Will admits she’s still tinkering with the website’s design. “There are lots of things out there that may look brilliant or flashier but nobody has the heart I have and nobody has the relationships I have.” Will is also stimulating parents and junior golfers like never before. “I am asking people to change their habits and you know breaking habits can be hard,” Will said. “I had one parent early on say ‘why would I pay, I can just go on the Internet and find all of this?’ I said, ‘you certainly can and if you have the time to do it -- go for it.’ I’ve tried to make is as economical as possible. Nobody out there is doing it this cheap and providing the information I’m providing. It took 3-4 months and that parent kept emailing me and they finally joined and now they are my No. 1 fan. “These kids now get inspired and when you get inspired suddenly your practices mean more and you start connecting the dots,” she added. “Before you were just making 10 3-footers in a row because that’s what the coach told you to do. Now, those 10 3-footers mean I can break par, and those schools that I got 15 minutes on a visit now they are starting to reach out to me. When the dots connect it gets more engaging.” One Division I men’s golf coach summed it up this way: “Maggie is a tenacious competitor and leaves no stone unturned in her quest to be the best,” the coach said. “I have seen it in her play and in coaching, and now seeing the amount of effort and the level of quality in this website, she proves it again. Her information is excellent and she has captured the ease of use for both college coaches and prospective student athletes. If you want to be a winner, she can help.”
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A Hall worth visiting in Southern Pines
By BETSEY MITCHELL he rich history of golf in the Carolinas now has a home. The Xan Law Jr. Hall of History opened for the first time at Carolinas Golf House on Feb. 10. The grand opening preceded the Carolinas Golf Association’s annual meeting and Carolinas Golf Night where the year’s champions and Players of the Year were celebrated. “Now CGA members and visitors have another ‘must stop’ on their itinerary when in the area on business or teeing it up on the courses,” said Southern Pines mayor David McNeil prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony. The hall features an interesting collection of clubs, scorecards, pictures and trophies honoring the people who have made the Carolinas one of the 18 TRIANGLE GOLF TODAY • SPRING 2018
most historic golf areas in the country. “It has taken us about three years to get the funding together and then to develop the Hall,” said CGA President Lawrence Hicks. “The big boost we got was from the Xan Law dinner we held at Quail Hollow in 2016. It raised $250,000, and this would not have been possible without that contribution.” At that dinner honoring him, Law said, “Golf, like life, is a puzzle to be worked on but never solved.” Law was a Charlotte businessman whose life revolved around his faith, his family and his love of golf. Law unfortunately passed away shortly after the dinner, but his memory as a friend of golf in the Carolinas is well represented at the new museum, which is now dedicated to him. At the dedication, Law’s nephew Raleigh Shoemaker Jr. said, “I’m glad
we have a monument from the CGA. He had a lifelong love of the game and unfailing generosity.” The official opening ceremony included a dedication card with a remembrance written Ron Green Jr. from Charlotte that included, “Xan Law, Jr. loved golf the way mothers love their children and among his many gifts Xan showed everyone he came in contact with that golf is about more than the course we play and the shots we hit.” Golfers from all over the Carolinas contributed items to the hall. In fact, the space for the display not only fills the Hall, but most of the halls in the Carolinas Golf Association headquarters in Southern Pines. The Havemeyer Trophy, awarded to the U.S. Amateur champion, is currently on display courtesy of 2017 winner Doc Redman of Raleigh.
In addition to the many trophies, there are descriptions of events, players, and milestones. Learn about our amateurs like Bill Joe Patton and Bill Harvey, along with PGA professionals like Webb Simpson, Dustin Johnson, Jay Haas and Lucas Glover – all of whom have Carolina roots. CGA Executive Director Jack Nance said, “Since beginning this project a couple of years ago we uncovered so much about golf in the Carolinas that it was akin to discovering one’s genealogy. We learned many aspects as to why this association is so great today.” The Hall of History is open to the public during business hours of the Carolinas Golf Association (8:30 a.m.5 p.m. Monday-Friday) located at 140 Ridge Road in Southern Pines, across the street from Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club. www.trianglegolf.com
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We keep “tracking” trudging along Welcome to the show, Dro
By DAVID DROSCHAK
eplacing the incomparable Howard Ward as the male point of view in Dueling Divots will be a challenge I humbly accept as Triad Golf Today/Triangle Golf Today heads into its Silver Anniversary year. Howard and I go back a ways, to my days as sports editor of The Associated Press in Raleigh and the many media golf outings we both attended on a regular basis. To see Howard “age out” so to speak just reinforces that none of us are getting any younger, but there are greener pastures out there – trust me old buddy. Howard was one of a kind, however I trust that Betsey and I will have many spirited debates and be sparring partners on golf’s pros and cons. I have hacked it around a time or two over the years with Bets so I think I know her game oh so well. Now let’s get into the meat of our first issue. I’ve played golf for more than 40 years with some players who needed a “ball tracker” like the networks have used for several years, tracing ball flight with a red line on your TV screen. You guys know who you are, the ones who spend more time in the woods than in the short grass.
But do we really need such a ball By BETSEY MITCHELL tracker for PGA Tour players, who generally hit the ball straight? The red line ball ell Dro, you think you have tracker was sort of annoying, but I could what it takes? Aitch was my live with it during golf telecasts. training ground and he had the What I can’t come to terms with is the advantage of sparing with that word warlatest piece of TV technology. Have you rior, Jim Pettit before he put me to the test. seen now there is a ball tracker for putts? We will see if you rise to be me my next And it’s not just one line into the hole, but mighty faux foe. two. The lines are supposed to replicate a Ball tracking? I can take it or leave it. firm putt and one for lagI’m more interested in why ging speed. How much the ball looks like the Snitch time, money and effort in a game of Quidditch on were wasted on this little my television. Is it just me? piece of technology? Has it got something to do I don’t know about with my astigmatism? The you Bets, but my putting ball looks like it has wings. has gotten worse as I head DUELING DIVOTS Weird. into my mid 50s and my The tracker I need is vision has waned, so I certainly don’t need the one that will find my membership card, to be on the course thinking about lines my sand wedge and my 8-iron. All have on a TV screen when I stand over my own been left in places unknown. I have fingered putts. What line would I take if I were on through every pocket in the house to find TV -- the black one or the yellow one? the card. The clubs have taken me on daily I would just like to see the ball go onto missions to the club house lost & found. the hole, please, with an occasional player I say to my fellow planet riders… those fist pump or shout of “you da man” from clubs have my name and phone number the crowd. That should be thrilling and on them. Good citizens of Earth, return my interesting enough. 8-iron. She’s my best friend of the bag, used for all sorts of confounding problems on the
course. Here’s hoping eBay will fill the hole. I have a theory about the lines on the putting green. A geek who hasn’t seen the light of day for 10 years was given that book of green contours. He programmed the graphics added to the broadcast. Some booth guy clicks the hole and ball position. Bingo, lines on the screen. What many don’t know is that a microchip with this software was also plugged into Bubba’s head at the Genesis Open. I’m thinking he was the lab rat for this new product – and Leadbetter is the marketing agent. Just a theory. The important question is why the PGA Tour still doesn’t allow rangefinders when there isn’t a feel golfer left. They all play on the Senior Tour now. The caddies are scribbling arithmetic formulas to get the yardages from point A to B to C to infinity and beyond! Poor Dro, you have 50s vision. Try 60s and rapidly approaching 70s eyes, knees, hips and feet. And may I say, don’t encourage anyone for any reason to ever again say “You da man.” “Mashed Potatoes” is cause for ejection. Congrats on the 25 years -- quite an accomplishment. Let’s keep it going.
A CGA rules icon has left us
eral years ago. Fellow rules official would tease and call them “The Bud and Ellen Show” because they always traveled together. Rules radio traffic is usually light, except when those two were together. The amusing chatter went on all day. By BETSEY MITCHELL “I think the highlight for Ellen was when she was named annual captain of CGA junior girls team,” said CGA executive llen Shulby is at rest. For 92 years director Jack Nance. she didn’t seem to know how to Tiffany Priest, a former CGA staff quit and for thousands of golfmember says: “Ellen loved people ers that was a good thing. and helping people. The girls team Ellen gave back to the game she matches brought her so much joy. We loved for over 50 years with intelligence, both would cry together every year on humor, knowledge -- and always with a Sunday afternoon when it was over, smile. sad to see it end. She was honored and Last season the Carolinas Golf humbled as her paper crown was passed Association recognized Ellen’s years from year to year by the girls. Her face lit up of service with the Charles E. Lynch, Jr. the year the girls went to the dollar store and Distinguished Service Award. Ellen accepted in Photo by CGA found a new foam crown and decorated it with her usual humble way. jewels. Those girls, now women, still call her Queen She knew she was appreciated. I know she is Ellen. Ellen was a generous and graceful lady who only annoyed that she couldn’t keep it up for another hunhad one thing to tell the girls every year -- ‘Play well dred years. and have fun.’ I know Ellen and Bud are playing well Ellen’s volunteer service included USGA Course and having fun now. And, you know, she never went Rating, serving as a handicap chair, but she loved volanywhere without her camera in one hand and her lipunteering for rules the best. She was on the field of play stick in the other. a few months ago, giving of her time and talent. You will read mentions of her husband Bud who died sev-
Ellen Shulby passes away at 92
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“What a loss. She was so supportive of junior golf,’ said junior golfer Abby Fobes. “We loved having her at the Pinehurst Junior Winternational events. So grateful to have known her and that she was able to do what she loved to the end. She spoke of her husband Bud often; love to think of their reunion. Paul Simson, one of North Carolina’s best-ever amateur golfers may have put it best. “A CGA rules icon has left us. Ellen always stood for everything good about golf. I will especially miss the licorice Twizzlers she always saved for me. God Bless Ellen.” Brian Fahey, Pinehurst Resort director of tournament operations said he lost count of how many events Ellen officiated. “You could always count on Ellen. The rules of golf were a passion for her and you could tell. It kept her going for 92 years strong. I think what she enjoyed most though was the people/players. Her stories were never about interesting rulings but about the people she officiated for. She loved getting to know them and watching them grow and develop.” As for me, Bud and Ellen were my first mentors on the golf course as I tried to find my way towards being a better rules official. Many years ago Ellen gave me one of the little metal Putterboy statues. I can’t remember why anymore, but that doesn’t matter. That Putterboy sits on my office shelf. Every time I look at it, I think of my friend Ellen Shulby. www.trianglegolf.com
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Chang chewing up competition in college
By STEVE WILLIAMS ess than three months after winning a record fourth state high school championship while playing for Raleigh Athens Drive, Jennifer Chang is playing on college golf’s biggest stage. When Southern Cal, a perennial NCAA title contender, lost two players to the professional ranks after the fall semester, the door opened for Chang, who was a December high school graduate. She stepped right in and already has a pair of
top-three finishes. Chang led the Trojans to a victory in the 16-team Bruin Wave Invitational in late February, placing third individually as USC knocked off top-ranked UCLA by eight shots. It was Southern Cal’s third win of the season, but first since the lineup was totally revamped. Chang is one of three freshmen who began classes in January and immediately jumped into prominent roles on the golf team. “We are such a young team and we’ve put in a lot of hard work, so it’s great to
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pending a few days in Hawaii in February is always nice. It was especially sweet for the UNC Tar Heels and a member of the UNC Wilmington Seahawks. Playing in the 42nd annual John A. Burns Intercollegiate at the Wailua Golf Course, North Carolina got a strong performance by Ryan Gerard, a freshman in the lineup for the first time, and surged to a tie for second behind third-ranked Texas A&M in the 20-team event. Gerard, who played his prep golf at Raleigh Ravenscroft, tied for seventh individually with 72-68-72. He had played as an individual in four previous tournaments with three top-20 finishes. Seniors William Register (69) and Jose Montaño (70) led the Tar Heels in the final round as they climbed from fourth place after 36 holes. North Carolina has finished no worse than ninth in its seven tournaments, including a win in their own Tar Heel Intercollegiate last fall. There are now four runner-up efforts. Meanwhile, UNC Wilmington’s Blake McShea, a sophomore from Zebulon, closed with 66-68 to claim second place on the individual leaderboard, three shots behind Texas A&M standout Chandler Phillips. A pair of eagles sparked McShea’s final round as he moved up from a tie for fourth. His second-round 66 – featuring seven birdies – was his career low. In the fall, McShea had a pair of top10 finishes when he posted six under-par scores in 15 rounds. He’s now averaging a team-best 72.6. 24 TRIANGLE GOLF TODAY • SPRING 2018
see it pay off,” Chang told Triangle Golf Today. In her first career tournament, Chang tied for 54th in the Grumman Challenge, a 17-team event that featured many of the nation’s best programs. USC placed 10th. “I didn’t exactly have the greatest start in my first college event, but the experience I gained helped me to become more prepared for my next events,” she said. She followed a week later with a tie for second in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate in New Orleans, shooting her first two under-par rounds in a 70-69-
74 tally. She was USC’s top scorer in a second-place finish among 17 teams. Chang kept it going a week later at San Luis Obispo, Calif., posting 76-71-75 to take solo third in an 84-player field as the Trojans claimed the Bruin Wave title. As one of the best junior recruits in the country, Chang’s college success is no surprise -- just maybe not this soon. “A lot has changed for me these last couple of months,” Chang said. “Going from high school to college is an adjustment that I adapted to rather quickly. Luckily knowing my teammates and having a good relationship with my coaches before I came to school is something that provided me more comfort.”
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73-71-72 70-69-74 76-71-75 73-78-73 90-90 77-83 74-75-73 80-82 82-73-76 83-81 75-74-77
Rebel Beach Intercollegiate (Feb. 26-27) Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate (Feb. 18-20) Bruin Wave Invitational (Feb. 26-27) The Gold Rush (Feb. 12-13) Mars Hill University Spring Invitational (Feb. 26-27) Barton Invite at Kiawah (Feb. 3-4) NorthropGrumman Reg. Challenge (Feb. 11-13) Barton Invite at Kiawah (Feb. 3-4) Lady Moc Golf Classic (Feb. 19-20) Barton Invite at Kiawah (Feb. 3-4) Moon Golf Invitational (Feb. 19-20)
Kendra Dalton, Wake Forest Brigham Young Jennifer Chang, Raleigh Southern Cal Jennifer Chang, Raleigh Southern Cal Kendra Dalton, Wake Forest Brigham Young Caroline Rea, Pinehurst Pfeiffer Kaley Barts, Apex Catawba Emilia Migliaccio, Cary Wake Forest Casey Burroughs, Wake Forest UNC Pembroke Megan Munroe, Raeford UNC Pembroke Savannah Thompson, Seven Lakes UNC Pembroke Jessica Spicer, Bahama Virginia Tech
*Trey Capps won on 6th hole of playoff with Sandhills’ Brady Childers; Kendra Dalton shared medalists honors with Julia Johnson of Ole Miss at even par 216. This chart lists players from the Triangle Golf Today coverage area who finished in the top 35 of a field in collegiate events of at least two rounds played Feb. 1-28.
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USGA Qualifiers Selected events (full list at Carolinasgolf.org) May 9 U.S. Open Championship Local Qualifier, Duke University, Durham May 11 U.S. Open Championship Local Qualifier, River Landing, Wallace May 14 – U.S. Open Championship Local Qualifier, Pinewild, Pinehurst May 15 – U.S. Women’s Open Championship Qualifying, Bermuda Run (East), Bermuda Run June 4 – U.S. Senior Open Sectional Qualifier, Highland, Fayetteville June 6 – U.S. Senior Women’s Open Sectional Qualifier, Pine Needles, Southern Pines June 11 – U.S. Junior Boys’ Qualifying, CC of Salisbury, Salisbury June 19 – U.S. Junior Girls’ Qualifying, Colonial CC, Thomasville June 25 - U.S. Junior Boys’ Qualifying, Carolina CC, Raleigh July 17-18 – U.S. Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, Oak Valley, Advance July 23 – U.S. Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, Benvenue CC, Rocky Mount July 24-25 – U.S. Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, Scotch Hall Preserve, Merry Hill July 26 – U.S. Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, High Point CC, High Point Aug. 16 – U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, Cutter Creek, Snow Hill Aug. 20 – U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, Colonial CC, Thomasville Aug. 24 – U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, Monroe CC, Monroe Aug. 30 – U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifier, Pinewood, Asheboro Sept. 13 – U.S. Women’s Amateur FourBall Sectional Qualifier, Members Club at Woodcreek, Elgin, SC
CGA Men Majors/Qualifiers Carolinas Mid-Amateur March 12 - Qualifier, Chapel Ridge, Pittsboro March 19 - Qualifier, Raintree CC(North), Charlotte March 24 - Qualifier, Timberlake GC, Clinton April 5 - Qualifier, Oak Valley, Advance April 13-15 – 38th Carolinas Mid-Am, Treyburn CC, Durham Four-Ball Championships May 3-6 - 67th Carolinas Four-Ball Championship, Camden, Camden, SC Sept. 28-30 – 23nd N.C. Four-Ball Championship, 12 Oaks, Holly Springs N.C. Amateur May 18 - Qualifier, Keith Hills, Buies Creek May 22 - Qualifier, Ocean Ridge Plantation, Ocean Isle May 24 - Qualifier, The Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis May 30 - Qualifier, Mimosa Hills, Morganton May 31 - Qualifier, Pine Hollow GC, Clayton June 1 - Qualifier, Pinewood CC, Asheboro June 14-17 – 58th N.C. Amateur Championship, River Landing, Wallace Carolinas Amateur June 21 - Qualifier, Mill Creek, Mebane June 22 - Qualifier, Cedar Rock, Lenoir June 25 - Qualifier, Verdict Ridge, Denver June 29 - Qualifier, Compass Point, Leland
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July 2 - Qualifier, 12 Oaks, Holly Springs July 12-15 – 104th Carolinas Amateur Championship, CC of North Carolina (Dogwood) Pinehurst N.C. Amateur Match Play Championship June 21 - Qualifier, Mill Creek, Mebane June 22 - Qualifier, Cedar Rock, Lenoir June 25 - Qualifier, Verdict Ridge, Denver June 29 - Qualifier, Compass Point, Leland July 2 - Qualifier, 12 Oaks, Holly Springs Aug. 1-5 – 9th N.C. Amateur Match Play Championship, Gaston CC, Gastonia N.C. Mid-Amateur Championship Aug. 22 – Qualifier, Monroe CC, Monroe Aug. 25 – Qualifier, Beechwood CC, Ahoskie Aug. 27 – Qualifier, Cabarrus CC, Concord Aug. 29 – Qualifier, Carolina Trace, Sanford Sept. 7-9 – 25th N. C. Mid-Amateur, Ballantyne CC, Charlotte
CGA Senior Men Majors/Qualifiers March 27-28 – 2nd N.C. Super Senior Four-Ball Championship, Maple Chase, Winston-Salem April 9 – 41st Carolinas Club Championship, Sedgefield CC, Greensboro April 25-27 – 50th Carolinas Senior Four-Ball Championship, Mimosa Hills, Morganton May 9-10 – 10th Carolinas Super Senior Championship, Gastonia CC, Gastonia April 17 – N.C. Senior Amateur Qualifier, Firethorn CC, Charlotte April 18 – N.C. Senior Amateur Qualifier, Heritage GC, Wake Forest April 24 – N.C. Senior Amateur Qualifier, Gates Four CC, Fayetteville April 30 – N.C. Senior Amateur Qualifier, Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett May 14-16 – N.C. Senior Amateur Championship, Starmount CC, Greensboro Aug. 9-11 – 18th North Carolina Senior Four-Ball Championship, Old Chatham GC, Durham Aug. 21 - Cobblestone Park, Blythewood, SC Aug. 23 - Holly Ridge GL, Archdale, NC Aug. 25 - Beechwood CC, Ahoskie, NC Aug. 28 - Cabarrus CC, Concord, NC Aug. 30 - Carolina Trace (Lake), Sanford, NC Sept. 12-14 – 57th Carolinas Senior Amateur Championship, GC at Briar’s Creek, Johns Island, SC Sept. 25-26 - 11th North Carolina Super Senior Championship, Alamance CC, Burlington Oct. 8-9 – 7th Carolinas Super Senior Four-Ball Championship, CC of South Carolina, Florence TBA – 3rd Carolinas Senior Interclub Final Four CGA Women Majors April 30 - May 1 – 15th N.C. Senior Women’s Amateur, CC of Salisbury, Salisbury June 3-5 – 92nd Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship, Green Valley CC, Greenville, SC June 22-24 – NCWGA Amateur Championship, Ironwood G&CC, Greenville July 24-26 – 21st Carolinas Women’s Match Play, North Ridge CC, Raleigh July 16-18 – 62nd Carolinas-Virginia Women’s Team Matches, Sea Pines, Hilton Head, SC July 20 – 21st Carolinas Parent-Child, Pinehurst Area Courses Aug. 4-5 – 41st Carolinas Women’s Four-Ball, Prestwick CC, Myrtle Beach Aug. 18-19 – 13th Carolinas Mixed Team Championship, Pinehurst TBA, Pinehurst. Sept. 26-27 – 20th Carolinas Senior Women’s Amateur, Members Club at Wildewood, Columbia, SC
CGA Other April 2-3 – 24th Tar Heel Cup Matches, River Landing (River), Wallace
April 9 – 41st Carolinas Club Championship, Sedgefield (Ross), Greensboro May 18-20 – 3rd Carolinian Amateur, Keith Hills Country Club, Buies Creek July 20 – 52st Carolinas Father-Son Championship, Pinehurst Area Courses, Pinehurst. July 20 – 21st Carolinas Parent-Child Championship, Pinehurst Area Courses, Pinehurst. Aug. 18-19 – 13th Carolinas Mixed-Team Championship, Pinehurst TBA, Pinehurst.
Captain’s Choice/Charity April 14 The Team Drea Foundation for ALS, Hole In One Contest at Knight’s Play, Apex, Doug Hararings 919-227-5694. April 23 AJROTC Cougar Battalion Golf Shootout, Hasentree CC, Wake Forest, Maribeth Delfs 919-802-0803 May 5 Inaugural Mustang Masters Golf Tournament, Pleasant Ridge GC, Greensboro, Shaun O’Connor 980-253-1337
Amateur Individual April 14-15 – Southwick Amateur, Southwick GC, Graham. Medal play in flights. Also senior division. 336-227-2582. April 21-22 – 22nd annual Triad Golf Today Tournament of Champions, Greensboro National GC, Summerfield. By invitation only to 2017 club champions and other tournament winners. Also, senior division for champions of events for ages 55-over. Steve Williams 336-280-3722. April 28-29 – Bud Kivett Memorial, Blair Park & Oak Hollow GC, High Point. Medal play in flights. 336-883-3260. May 4-6 – Halifax Country Golf Tournament, Ironwood, Emerald, Carolina Colours GC, Greenville and New Bern. Flighted men, seniors and women, Bristol Martin Jr. 434-471-1212. May 19-20 – Brookwood Amateur, Brookwood GC, Whitsett. Medal play in flights. Also senior division. 336-449-5544. May 26-27 – High Point Memorial, Blair Park GC, High Point. Medal play in flights. 336-883-3497. May 26-27 – Durham Amateur, Hillandale GC, Durham. Medal play in flights. 919-286-4211. June 1-3 – Asheboro City Amateur, Asheboro Municipal, Holly Ridge GL, Pinewood CC. (Randolph County residents only). 336-625-4158. June 1-3 – Alamance County Open Amateur, Indian Valley GC. Medal play in flights. Not restricted to Alamance residents. 336-584-7871. June 9-10 – Bob Howerton Invitational, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822. June 18-24 – Herald-Sun Classic, Hillandale GC, Durham. Medal play qualifier, then match play in flights. 919-286-4211. June 23-24 – Chair City Open, Winding Creek GC, Thomasville. Medal play in flights. 336-475-5580. June 23-24 – Wake County Amateur, Pine Hollow GC, Clayton. Medal play in flights. Not restricted to Wake County residents. 919-553-4554. July 7-8 – Joe Wood Memorial, Cedarbrook CC, Elkin. Medal play in flights. 336-835-2320. July 14-15 – Danville Invitational, Danville GC, Va.. Medal play in flights. 434-792-7225. July 21-22 – Max Thore Memorial, Wolf Creek GC, Reidsville. Individual tournament (championship flight only) combined with two-man flighted bestball. 336-349-7660. July 27-29 – Cardinal Amateur, Sedgefield CC (Pete Dye Course), Greensboro. July 28-29 – 32nd Dugan Aycock Davidson County Amateur, Lexington GC. Medal play in flights. 336-248-3950. July 28-29 – The Triad Amateur Golf Classic, 36 holes stroke play. Ages 16-over. High Point CC Willow Creek course. 336-869-2416.
For the latest tournament schedule, now updated daily, go to www.trianglegolf.com then click on Tournaments July 28-29 – 57th annual Chatmoss Invitational, Chatmoss CC, Martinsville. Medal play in flights. Also senior division. 276-638-7648. Aug. 3-5 – 71st Forsyth County Amateur Invitational, Reynolds Park GC, Pine Knolls GC, Tanglewood (Reynolds). Medal play in flights. Todd Barr 336-734-1212. Aug. 4-5 – Holly Ridge Charity Classic in memory of John Ridge and Jerry Davis, Holly Ridge GL, Archdale. Medal play in flights. Optional shootout on Aug. 3. 336-861-4653. Aug. 11-12 – Crooked Tree Amateur, Crooked Tree GC, Brown Summit. Medal play in flights. 336-656-3211. Aug. 25-26 – 50th annual Reidsville Invitational, Pennrose Park CC, Reidsville. Medal play in flights. 336-349-5163.
Laid-Back Golfers Tour 434-792-3728 • Men/Women All-Ages Flights pre-determined by handicap Tees determined by hdc/age formula March 14 – Crooked Tree GC, Brown Summit March 27 – Tuscarora CC, Danville April 11 – Wolf Creek GC, Reidsville April 25 – London Downs GC, Forest, Va. May 8 – Oak Hills GC, Eden May 22 – Plantation GC, Reidsville May 29 – Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett June 26 – Olde Mill Resort, Laurel Fork, Va. July 10 – Southern Hills GC, Danville July 24 – Ivy Hills GC, Lynchburg Aug. 7 – The Willows, Altavista, Va. Aug. 21 – Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. Sept. 4 – Caswell Pines GC, Yanceyville Sept. 18 – Deep Springs CC, Stoneville
Golfweek Amateur Tour 252-864-9161 March 10 – Bryan Park (Players), Brown Summit March 17 – Sapona Ridge CC, Lexington March 24 – Pinewood CC, Asheboro April 2 – Greensboro CC (Irving Park) April 7 – Chapel Ridge, Pittsboro March 21 – Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett March 28 – Meadowlands GC, Winston-Salem May 12 – Anderson Creek, Spring Lake May 19 – Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro June 2 – The Preserve at Jordan Lake, Chapel Hill June 9 – Greensboro National, Summerfield June 30 -- Little River, Carthage July 7 – Carolina Trace (Lake), Sanford July 14 – Reedy Creek, Four Oaks July 28 – Grandover Resort (East), Greensboro Aug. 4 – Pinewild (Holly), Pinehurst Aug. 11 – Mill Creek GC, Mebane Aug. 18 – Bryan Park (Championship), Brown Summit Aug. 31 – Barefoot Resort (Fazio), North Myrtle Beach, SC Sept. 1 – Barefoot Resort (Dye), North Myrtle Beach, SC Sept. 2 – Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, SC Sept. 29-30 – Local Finals, Bryan Park (both courses), Brown Summit
Senior Individual April 9 – Greater Greensboro Senior Games, Country Hills GC, Gibsonville. Age divisions for men and women, beginning at age 50. For Guilford, Rockingham, Forsyth, Alamance and Randolph County residents. Qualifiers advance to State Senior Games. 336-373-7567.
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CALENDAR May 16-17 – Alamance Senior Amateur (not restricted to Alamance residents), Indian Valley GC, Burlington. Flights and age divisions beginning at age 50. 336-584-7871. May 21-22 – 9th annual Sport Durst Durham Senior Amateur Championship (Seniors 55-over, Super Seniors 65-over and Legends 70-over), Croasdaile CC, Durham. 919-383-2517 or 919-699-9681. June 7-8 – 57th Forsyth Seniors, Olde Homeplace GC and Maple Chase G&CC. Limited to Forsyth County residents 50-over with play in age divisions. Todd Barr 336-734-1212. July 7-8 – Joe Wood Memorial, Cedarbrook CC, Elkin. Medal play in flights ages 55-over. 336-835-2320. July 28-29 – 7th annual Davidson County Senior Amateur, Lexington GC. Ages 55-over. Medal play in flights. 336-248-3950. July 28-29 – The Triad Amateur Golf Classic, 36 holes stroke play. Ages 55-over. High Point CC Willow Creek course. 336-869-2416.
Senior Amateur Tour (ages 50-over) 910-964-1547 March 15 – Devils Ridge, Holly Springs March 22 – Pinewood CC, Asheboro March 29 – Greensboro CC (Farm) April 5 – Lochmere GC, Cary April 12 – Meadowlands GC, Winston-Salem April 26 – Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro May 3 – Stoney Creek GC, Whitsett May 10 – Anderson Creek GC, Spring Lake May 17 – Bryan Park (Players), Brown Summit May 24 – Carolina Trace (Lake), Sanford June 7 – Wildwood Green, Raleigh June 14 – Colonial CC, Thomasville June 21 – River Ridge GC, Raleigh June 28 – Little River GC, Carthage July 12 – Foxfire (Red), Foxfire Village July 19 – Sapona Ridge CC, Lexington July 26 – Mill Creek GC, Mebane Aug. 9 – Keith Hills CC, Buies Creek Aug. 16 – Legacy GL, Aberdeen Aug. 23 – Elks Club, Southern Pines Sept. 6 – Umstead Pines, Durham Sept. 13 – Challenge GC, Graham Sept. 20 – Bryan Park (Champions), Brown Summit Sept. 27 – Beacon Ridge CC, West End
Ladies Individual/Team May 23 – 29th annual Kathleen Bryan Championship, Bryan Park, Browns Summit. 336-375-2200. June 21 – Crooked Tree Ladies Invitational, Crooked Tree GC, Brown Summit. 336-656-3211. June 16 – Kinderton Ladies Invitational, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822. Aug. 25-26 – 52nd annual Colonial Country Club Ladies Invitational, Colonial CC, Thomasville. Pre-flighted CGA ranking event. Elaine Schuermann 336-454-6360.
Amateur Team March 24-25 – 4th annual Battle at the Chase, Maple Chase CC, Winston-Salem. Two-man captain’s choice. 336-767-2941. March 24-25 – Indian Valley 2-Man Mixed Format, Indian Valley GC, Burlington. 336-584-7871. April 13 – 2nd Annual First Tee of the Triad/ Bermuda Run Charity Golf Tournament, Texas Scramble, Golf Shop 336-998-8155. April 21-22 – Triad Golf Today Interclub Challenge, Greensboro National GC, Summerfield. Teams consist of four players, either regulars or seniors 55-over. Best two scores on each nine. Steve Williams 336-280-3722.
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June 2-3 – Oak Hollow 2-Man Open, Oak Hollow GC, High Point. 336-883-3260. July 7-8 - Tuscarora Two-Man Invitational, Tuscarora C.C., Danville, VA. Medal play in flights. 434-724-4191. June 9-10 – Goodyear Invitational Two-Man Bestball, Goodyear GC, Danville. 434-797-1909. June 23-24 – Lynrock Memorial Two-Man, Lynrock GC, Eden. 336-623-6110. July 7-8 – Tuscarora Two-Man Invitational, Tuscarora CC, Danville. Medal play in flights. 434-724-4191. July 14-15 – Indian Valley Classic 2-man bestball. Indian Valley GC, Burlington. Flighted medal play. 336-584-7871. July 21-22 – Max Thore Memorial, Wolf Creek GC, Reidsville. Two-man flighted bestball combined with optional individual championship flight. 336-349-7660. Aug. 11-12 – Madison Rotary Four-Ball Invitational, Deep Springs CC, Madison. 336-427-4654. Aug. 25-26 – Marvin Crowder 2-Ball, Kinderton CC, Clarksville, Va. 434-374-8822.
Junior Golf Schedule CGA 910-673-1000 * TYGA 910-673-1000 * PKBGT 336-347-8537 * NCJGF 919-858-6400 * TGF 919-291-5813 * NJGT 704-824-6548 * AJGA 770-868-4200 * USGA 908-234-2300 * USKIDS Raleigh Tour 919-206-4666 * Winternational 847-204-9888 * HJGT 904-379-2697 March 2 – Keith Hills High School Kickoff, Keith Hills CC, Buies Creek, 910-893-1371 March 3-4 – PKBGT Palmetto Classic at University of South Carolina,Columbia,SC,Girls,Ages 11-19 March 3-4 – TGF UNC A.E. Finley GC, Chapel Hill, Boys 9-18 Only March 3-4 – Winternational Jr. Series Event #8, Pinehurst No. 1, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls Ages 14-18 March 4 – NJGT, Northstone C.C., Huntersville N.C.,Boys/Girls, Ages 6-18 March 10-11 – PKBGT Tar Heel Classic at UNC Chapel Hill Finley,Chapel Hill,Girls,Ages 11-19 March 10 – TYGA Tots, Keith Hills CC, Buies Creek, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-11 March 11 – TYGA Pinewild CC Junior Shootout, Pinewild CC (Holly Course), Pinehurst, Boys/ Girls, Ages 12-18 March 12 – High School Shootout, Carmel CC, Charlotte, 704-945-3300 March 16 – Neuse High School, The Neuse GC, Clayton, 919-550-0550 March 17-18 – NCJGF- IMG Junior World Championships Qualifying, UNC Finley GC, Chapel Hill, Boys MS & HS March 17-18 – NJGT, Rock Barn Spa and Golf, Claremont, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-18 March 17-18 – PKBGT Boars Head Inn Classic at University of Virginia,Charlottesville,VA,Girls,Ag es 11-19 March 17-18 – TYGA Archdale-Trinity Chamber Junior, Holly Ridge GL, Archdale, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 March 23-24 – TYGA North State High School Challenge, Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis, Grades 9-12 March 24-25 – HJGT-Charlotte Junior Challenge , Stoneridge GC, Monroe, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 March 24 – NJGT, Lenoir Golf Club, Lenoir, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-18 March 24-25 – PKBGT Lexington Classic at Sapona Ridge CC,Lexington,Girls,Ages 11-19 March 24-25 – PKBGT Women’s Health Classic Jr. Challenge Symetra Tour Qualifier,Greenwood ,SC,Girls,Ages 11-19 March 28 – Wedgewood HS Shootout, Wedgewood GC, Wilson, HS Boys
March 30-31 – UNC A.E.Finley Golf Course Boys Only 9-18 March 4 – TYGA Triad One Day, The Challenge GC, Graham, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 April 3-4 – Spring Break Championship, Monroe C.C., Monroe, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-18 April 5 – Wilmington HS Invitational, Wilmington Municipal GC, Wilmington, Grades 9-12, 910-742-5072 April 7 – CGA Jimmy Anderson Boys’ Qualifying, Siler City CC, Siler City, Boys only, Ages 12-18 April 7-8 – PKBGT Masters at Greenville CC,Greenville,Girls,Ages 11-19 April 7-8 – Grandover Golf Resort, Greensboro NC. Boys 9-18 April 9 – NC High School Invitational, Treyburn CC, Durham, Grades 9-12, Invitation only April 14-15 – CGA Jimmy Anderson Boys’ Invitational, Jacksonville CC, Jacksonville, Boys only, Ages 12-18 April 14-15 – HJGT-College prep Series at Furman, Furman University GC, Greenville, SC, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 April 14-15 – PKBGT Southeast National, Columbia CC, Columbia,SC,Girls,Ages 11-19 April 19 – TYGA Pinecrest High School Invitational, Pinehurst CC No. 8, Pinehurstr, Grades 9-12 April 21-22 – AJGA Preview, Carolina Trace CC (Lakes), Sanford, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 April 22 – PKBGT North Carolina One-Day Series at Longleaf GC,Pinehurst,Girls,Ages 8-19 April 28-29 – PKBGT Metrolina Classic at Rock Hill CC,Rock Hill,SC,Girls,Ages 11-19 April 28-29 – TGF NCSU Lonnie Poole Golf Course, Raleigh, NC Boys Only 9-18 May 5-6 – PKBGT Carolina’s Classic at Carolina Trace CC,Sanford,Girls,Ages 11-19 May 5 – PKBGT Middle Atlantic One-Day Series at Augustine GC,Stafford,VA,Girls,Ages 8-19 May 7-8 – NCHSAA Boys’ Regionals, various sites May 7-8 – NCISAA Boys’ State Championships, Pinehurst Area courses May 9 – TYGA Tots, High Point CC (Emerywood), High Point, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-11 May 12-13 – CGA Vicki DiSantis Girls’ Championship, Pine Island CC, Charlotte, Girls only, Ages 12-18 May 12-13 – TGF Bryan Park GC (Champions), Greensboro , Boys 9-18 Only May 14-15 – NCHSAA Boys’ State Champioships, Pinehurst Area courses May 18-20 – CGA Carolinian Amateur, Keith Hills CC, Buies Creek, Male only May 19-20 – NJGT IMG Qualifier, Rumbling Bald, Lake Lure, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-18 May 19 – PKBGT North Carolina One-Day Series at Monroe CC,Monroe,Girls,Ages 8-19 May 26-28 – HJGT – 54 Hole Challenge at Colonial, Colonial CC, Thomasville, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 May 26-28 – PKBGT Open Championships at CC of Salisbury,Salisbury,Girls,Ages 11-19 May 27-28 – TGF Pine Needles and Mid Pines Golf Resort, Souther Pines, NC Boys 9-18 June 2-3 – PKBGT Maryland Classic at Laytonsville GC,Gaithersburg,MD,Girls,Ages 11-19 June 2-3 – TYGA Bojangles Junior Open, Cutter Creek GC, Snow Hill, Boys, Ages 12-18 June 2 – TYGA Tots One Day, Midland Country Club, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 6-11 June 3-5 – CGA Carolinas Women’s Amateur, Green Valley CC, Greenville, SC Women only June 9-10 – CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Pinewild CC, Pinehurst June 9-10 – PKBGT Chancicleer Classic at Coastal Carolina Uni.,Myrtle Beach,SC,Girls,Ages 11-19
June 11 – NJGT, Rock Barn Golf & Spa, Conover N.C., Boys/Girls, Ages 6-18 June 11 – USGA Junior Am Qualifying, CC of Salisbury, Salisbury, Ages 18 and under, 908234-2300 June 12-15 – AJGA Haas Family Invitational, Sedgefield CC (Ross), Greensboro, NC Boys only, Invitation only June 12-15 – CGA NC Junior Girls’ Championship, Maple Chase GC, WinstonSalem, Girls only, Ages 18 and under June 12 – TYGA One Day, CC of Whispering Pines, Whispering Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 13 – CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Bryan Park GC, Browns Summit June 13 – TYGA One Day, Whispering Woods CC, Whispering Pines, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 14 – CGA NC Junior Boys’ Qualifying, Catawba Creek GC, Gastonia, Boys onlys, Ages 18 and under June 14 – CGA NC Junior Boys’ Qualifying, Links at Cotton Valley, Tarboro, Boys onlys, Ages 18 and under June 14-17 – CGA NC Men’s Amateur, River Landing (River), Wallce, Male only June 15 – CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Charles Siffford GC, Charlotte June 16-17 – CPGA Junior PGA Championship, Hackler Course, Conway, SC, Boys/Girls, Ages 12-18 336-398-2742 June 18 – TYGA One Day, Reedy Creek GC, Four Oaks, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 19-22 – CGA NC Junior Boys’ Championship, Pine Island CC, Charlotte, Boys only, Ages 18 and under June 19 – CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Ironwood GC, Greenville June 19 – TYGA One Day, Siler City CC, Siler City, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 15 – USGA Junior Girls’ Qualifying, Colonial CC, Thomasville, Girls only , Ages 18 and under, 908-234-2300 June 20-21 – PKBGT Precision Girls’ at Bryan Park,Greensboro,Girls,Ages 11-19 June 20 – Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, Pinehurst CC #6, Pinehurst, NC #6,Boys/Girls Ages 12-18 twftjrtour.com June 21 – TYGA One Day, Sanford CC, Sanford, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 22 – CPGA Drive Chip and Putt Local, Methodist University GC, Fayetteville, NC 336-398-2742 June 22-24 – NCWGA NC Women’s Amateur, Ironwood GC, Greenville, Women only June 25-27 – CGA Carolinas Girls’ Championship, Croasdaile CC, Durham, Girls only, Ages 18 and under June 25 – Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, Midland CC, Pinehurst, Boys/Girls Ages 6-11, twftjrtour.com June 25 – Tin Whistle-First Tee Tour, Talamore CC, Southern Pines, Boys/Girls Ages 12-18 twftjrtour.com June 25 – TYGA One Day, Club at Irish Creek, Kannapolis, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 25 – USGA Junior Am Qualifying, Carolina CC, Raleigh, Ages 18 and under, 908-234-2300 June 26 – CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, Rocky River GC, Concord June 26-27 – PKBGT NOVA Championship at Hidden Creek CC,Reston,VA,Girls,Ages 11-19 June 26 – TYGA One Day, Monroe CC, Monroe, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18 June 28 – CPGA Drive, Chip and Putt Local, UNC Finley GC, Chapel Hill June 28-29 – TYGA Coastal Plains Junior, Greenville CC, Greenville, Boys/Girls, Ages 8-18
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Junior Golf Scoreboard 10th Carolinas-Georgia Junior
2018 Carolinas Georgia Junior Championship Mount Vintage Plantation & GC-Chester/Vintage North Augusta, SC Jan 14-15, 2018 Boys Division - 7012 1 Lorenzo Elbert, East Point, GA 71-68--139 2 Levi Moody, Greenville, SC 75-71--146 3 Tyler Lipscomb, Carrollton, GA 72-75--147 4 Spencer Oxendine, Fayetteville 77-71--148 5 Nicholas Mayfield, Rock Hill, SC 77-72--149 5 Owen Burden, Atlanta, GA 72-77--149 5 Will Hawley, Raleigh 79-70--149 Selected Others 15 Matias La Grutta, Cary 74-77--151 22 Kenan Poole, Raleigh 72-82--154 22 Zach Roberts, Holly Springs 76-78--154 25 Joey Pritchard, Aberdeen 79-76--155 47 Attie Giles, Pinehurst 82-80--162 62 Symon Balbin, Pinehurst 87-85--172 Girls Division - 5,755 1 Caroline Craig, 72-70--142 Sautee Nacoochee, GA 2 Nicole Adam, Pinehurst 77-67--144 3 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 74-73--147 4 Katherine Schuster, Kill Devil Hills 76-74--150 4 Kimberly Shen, Johns Creek, GA 79-71--150 Selected Others 15 Lotte Fox, Raleigh 85-76--161 21 Hannah Rose Bruxvoort, 87-79--166 Chapel Hill
Event 6 - Pinehurst 6 (72) Feb 4, 2018 Pinehurst, NC Junior/Senior - 6,180 1 Davis Fisher, Greenville 77 2 Chase Clayton, Locust 79 3 Brantley Phillips, Locust 79 Selected Others 9 Wesley Aitken, Foxfire Village 88 10 Jacob Steinert, Pittsboro 89 12 Noah Butler, Raleigh 94 Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,180 1 Charlie Barr, Salisbury 75 2 Kunakorn Tang, Raleigh 78 3 Gene Zeigler, Florence, SC 79 Selected Others 6 Heyward George, Raleigh 89 Girls Division - 4,992 1 Angelique Seymour, Fayetteville 81 2 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 83 2 Mara Hirtle, Pinehurst 83 Event 5 - Pinehurst 5 (70) Jan 20, 2018 Pinehurst, NC Junior/Senior Division - 6,256 1 Harrison Wierse, Wilmington 74 2 Jake Newman, Charlotte 76 2 Owen Swavely, Mooresville 76 Selected Others 4 Wells Conway, Raleigh 77 6 Jacob Steinert, Pittsboro 80 8 Noah Butler, Raleigh 84 10 Wesley Aitken, Foxfire Village 86 13 Jackson Paul, Chapel Hill 93 Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,256 1 Charlie Barr, Salisbury 74 2 Tyler Jones, Jacksonville 78 2 Pake June, Florence, SC 78 Selected Others 5 Kunakorn Tang, Raleigh 81 8 Chris Ha, Fayetteville 84 8 Jay Hoshall, Pinehurst 84 12 Tanner Huff, Pinehurst 96 13 Heyward George, Raleigh 100 Girls Division - 5,386 1 Angelique Seymour, Fayetteville 76 2 Mallory Fobes, Pinehurst 77 3 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 78 Event 4 - Pinehurst 8 (72) Jan 13-14, 2018 Pinehurst, NC Junior/Senior Division - 6,694 1 Chase Clayton, Locust 79-38--117 2 Jake Newman, Charlotte 80-43--123 3 Brantley Phillips, Locust 81-44--125 Selected Others 6 Wesley Aitken, Foxfire Village 96-48--144 Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,694 1 Kunakorn Tang, Raleigh 78-40--118 2 Josh Newman, Sunset, SC 82-42--124 3 Jay Hoshall, Pinehurst 81-44--125 Selected Others 4 Chris Ha, Fayetteville 81-45--126 8 Tanner Huff, Pinehurst 99-41--140 8 Heyward George, Raleigh 97-43--140 Girls Division - 5,805 1 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 79-40--119
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2 Bailee Twiford, Coinjock 81-45--126 3 Mara Hirtle, Pinehurst 91-41--132 4 Angelique Seymour, Fayetteville 91-44--135 Event 3 - Pinehurst 2 and 1 (70) Dec. 9-10, 2017 Pinehurst, NC Junior/Senior Division - 6,089 1 Jake Newman, Charlotte 36-77--113 2 Chase Clayton, Locust 41-77--118 2 Davis Fisher, Greenville 40-78--118 2 Tyler Patterson, Tega Cay, SC 45-73--118 Selected Others 10 Tyler Owens, Cary 42-86--128 10 Jacob Steinert, Pittsboro 47-81--128 16 Jackson Paul, Chapel Hill 49-84--133 17 Wesley Aitken, Foxfire Village 46-89--135 Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,089 1 Drew Van Dyke, Charlotte 37-76--113 42-78--120 2 Nate Diemer, Raleigh 2 Michael Wheeler, Fort Mill, SC 42-78--120 Selected Others 5 Chris Ha, Fayetteville 48-77--125 7 Kunakorn Tang, Raleigh 41-85--126 12 Aidan Harrington, Garner 45-82--127 13 Jay Hoshall, Pinehurst 46-82--128 19 Tanner Huff, Pinehurst 46-90--136 22 Billy Jansto, Cary 45-95--140 23 Heyward George, Raleigh 50-96--146 Girl Division - 5,466 1 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 40-81--121 2 Mara Hirtle, Pinehurst 41-86--127 2 Emily Nash, Lunenburg, MA 46-81--127 Selected Others 5 Natalie Hill, Smithfield 46-92--138 6 Katelyn Kenthack, Pinehurst 51-93--144 7 Darby Reeder, Smithfield 66-101--167 Event 2 - Pinehurst 6 (72) Nov. 25-26, 2017 Pinehurst, NC Junior/Senior Division - 6,634 1 Jacob Steinert, Pittsboro 79-77--156 2 Gus Haglund, Chevy Chase, MD 80-77--157 3 Owen Swavely, Mooresville 79-81--160 Selected Others 9 Aaron Haberkorn, Clayton 89-81--170 13 Chad Allison, Cary 95-82--177 14 Jackson Paul, Chapel Hill 90-92--182 Freshman/Sophomore Division - 6,634 1 Chris Ha, Fayetteville 81-80--161 2 Drew Van Dyke, Charlotte 84-80--164 3 Connor Lineberry, Randleman 82-84--166 Selected Others 4 Kunakorn Tang, Raleigh 90-80--170 7 Jay Hoshall, Pinehurst 97-84--181 8 Will Underhill, Holly Springs 96-87--183 9 Tanner Huff, Pinehurst 91-93--184 10 Billy Jansto, Cary 91-97--188 Girls Division - 5,683 1 Mallory Fobes, Pinehurst 80-80--160 2 Channing Garnett, Wake Forest 79-81--160 3 Victoria Ladd, Greensboro 79-83--162 Selected Others 4 Katelyn Kenthack, Pinehurst 90-84--174 Event 1 - Pinehurst 5 (72) Sat-Sun Nov. 11-12, 2017 Pinehurst, NC Junior/Senior Division - 6,174 1 Andrew Wood, Greensboro 78-74--152 2 Jake Newman, Charlotte 77-79--156 3 Bennett Rhame, Chapin, SC 78-79--157 3 Dalton Staley, Liberty 79-78--157 Selected Others 7 Noah Butler, Raleigh 78-81--159 14 Tyler Owens, Cary 81-86--167 20 Jeremy Herndon-Caceres, 105-107--212 Chapel Hill Freshman/Sophomore - 6,174 1 Luke Perrino, Mooresville 75-75--150 2 Henry Muller, Charlotte 78-76--154 3 Drew Van Dyke, Charlotte 79-77--156 Selected Others 4 Nate Diemer, Raleigh 81-77--158 7 Jay Hoshall, Pinehurst 77-86--163 8 Tanner Huff, Pinehurst 80-84--164 11 Chris Ha, Fayetteville 85-81--166 12 Will Underhill, Holly Springs 83-84--167 19 Heyward George, Raleigh 96-97--193 Girls Division 1 Mallory Fobes, East Bend 78-81--159 2 Angelique Seymour, Fayetteville 80-83--163 3 McKenzie Daffin, Fort Bragg 85-82--167 Selected Others 5 Katelyn Kenthack, Pinehurst 87-84--171 6 Kayla Dowell, Mebane 90-82--172
TYGA One Day Longleaf Golf & Family Club, Southern Pines, NC November 22, 2017 Boys’ 16-18 - 6602 1 Joey Pritchard, Whispering Pines 81
2 Chase Clayton, Locust 3 Nick Henderson, Archdale 3 Tyler Owens, Cary Selected Others 6 Noah Butler, Raleigh 6 Hunter Leclair, Fayetteville 9 Jacob Girouard, Raleigh 12 Zack Currin, Wake Forest 14 Parker Groeschner, Wake Forest Boys’ 14-15 - 6602 1 Sterling Mace, Southern Pines 1 Dylan Smith, Cornelius 3 Stewart Kinlaw, Wilmington 3 Colin Dutton, Foxfire Selected Others 6 Ashwath Kapilavai, Cary 7 Bennett Barnes, Chapel Hill 7 Luke Smith, Knightdale 11 Justin Nagy, Apex 13 Will Underhill, Holly Springs Boys’ 12-13 - 5379 1 Cayden Bryner, Winston-Salem 2 Noah Snyder, Greensboro 3 Matthew Cline, Laurinburg 3 Logan Ching, Chapel Hill 3 William Twilla, Eden Selected Others 8 Will Newton, Apex Boys’ 11 and under - 1933 1 Preston Howe, Winston-Salem, 2 Sam Terry, Thomasville 3 Griffin Ching, Chapel Hill Selected Others 4 Liam Dutton, Foxfire 6 Sebastian Balbin, Pinehurst Girls’ 16-18 - 5379 1 Hailey Barajas, Winston-Salem 2 Alexis Discenza, Indian Trail 2 Grace Olmstead, Four Oaks Selected Others 6 Grace Greene, Apex 8 Georgia Martin, Fayetteville Girls’ 14-15 - 5379 1 McKenzie Daffin, Fort Bragg 2 Katelyn Kenthack, Pinehurst 3 Natalie Martinho-Stansbury, Raleigh Selected Others 4 Toni Blackwell, Fayetteville 6 McKayla Daffin, Fort Bragg 6 Ava Lucas, Raleigh 8 Darby Reeder, Smithfield Girls’ 12-13 - 4875 1 Edithe Lam, Cary 2 Jessica Martinho-Stansbury, Raleigh 3 Heather Appelson, Wake Forest 4 Mackenzie Crossman, Pittsboro 5 Julia Greene, Apex
83 85 85 87 87 88 93 94 82 82 83 83 85 88 88 91 93 82 84 92 92 92 100 41 42 43 45 50 83 94 94 100 125 78 90 91 92 93 93 96 80 91 96 100 106
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Orange Whip Classic Clemson, SC, Walker Course February 10, 2018 Bell National - 5934 1 Katherine Schuster, Kill Devil Hills 2 Riley Smyth, Cary 2 Kimberly Shen, Johns Creek GA Selected Others 23 Hannah Rose Bruxvoort, Chapel Hill NC Prep Preview - 5934 1 Chloe Holder, Williamston 2 Emily Brubaker, Raleigh 3 Molly Hardwick, Lexington SC Selected Others 11 Carson Jenkins, Raleigh Futures National - 5134 1 Annabelle Millard, Indian Trail 2 Macy Pate, Boone 3 Abby Franks, Roebuck SC Selected Others 6 Megan Morris, Cary
PKB Foundation Classic
72 73 73 83 78 79 81 85 75 77 83 86
Pinehurst, NC , Country Club of NC Jan 27-28, 2018 Bell National - 5414 1 Rory Weinfurther, Midlothian VA 71-38--109 2 Katherine Schuster, Kill Devil Hills 77-33--110 3 Johnna Parlett, Dunkirk MD 74-38--112 3 Nicole Adam, Pinehurst 77-35--112 Selected Others 8 Angelique Seymour, Fayetteville 80-35--115 12 Hailey Freedman, Chapel Hill 78-38--116 12 Riley Smyth, Cary 82-34--116 16 Megan Kanaby, Chapel Hill 81-37--118 20 Mara Hirtle, Pinehurst 84-36--120 28 Lotte Fox, Raleigh 89-36--125 31 Mackenzie Battle, Aberdeen 86-40--126 31 Hannah Rose Bruxvoort, 84-82--126 Chapel Hill 31 Maria Atwood, Holly Springs 86-40--126 Futures National - 4813 1 Julie Shin, Brambleton 75-36--111
2 Sydney Yermish, Wynnewood PA 3 Abby Hunter, Blacksburg VA Selected Others 6 McKenzie Daffin, Fort Bragg 11 Megan Morris, Cary 14 Tindra Larsson, Cary 14 Madison Srinivasa, Raleigh 16 Katelyn Kenthack, Pinehurst 18 Natalie Martinho-Stansbury, Raleigh 19 Toni Blackwell, Fayetteville 24 Heather Appelson, Wake Forest
79-41--120 82-39--121 83-40--123 87-44--131 83-49--132 87-45--132 92-41--133 91-43--134 86-49--135 89-50--139
Peggy Kirk Bell Junior
Southern Pine, NC , Pine Needles Dec 29, 2017 Bell National - 5800 1 Rebecca DiNunzio, Norfolk VA 2 Nicole Adam, Pinehurst 2 Jensen Castle, West Columbia SC Selected Others 22 Riley Smyth, Cary 22 Maria Atwood, Holly Springs 31 Mara Hirtle, Pinehurst 32 Hannah Rose Bruxvoort, Chapel Hill 34 Megan Kanaby, Chapel Hill 39 Emily Brubaker, Raleigh Futures National - 5100 1 Morgan Ellison, Peachtree City GA 2 Amber Capote, Waxhaw 3 Sarah Shao, Green Brook NJ Selected Others 5 Toni Blackwell, Fayetteville 7 Grace Greene, Apex 14 Carmen Tucker, Fayetteville 16 Madison Srinivasa, Raleigh 18 Ava Lucas, Raleigh 21 Natalie Martinho-Stansbury, Raleigh 25 Jessica Martinho-Stansbury, Raleigh NC 27 Kinsley Smith, Raleigh
73 74 74 82 82 85 86 88 95 78 79 82 85 88 93 94 95 96 102 105
Tournament of Champions
Pinehurst, NC, Pinehurst No. 8 Dec 2-3, 2017 Bell National – 6,001 1 Rachel Kuehn, Asheville 69-76--145 2 Amanda Sambach, Davidson 75-71--146 3 Jennifer Cleary, Wilmington DE 72-76--148 Selected Others 7 Haeley Wotnosky, Wake Forest 76-75--151 8 Maria Atwood, Holly Springs 80-75--155 10 Nicole Adam, Pinehurst 76-80--156 18 Riley Smyth, Cary 84-74--158 21 Mackenzie Battle, Aberdeen 78-82--160 24 Hailey Freedman, Chapel Hill 85-80--165 27 Lorin Wagler, Seven Lakes 82-86--168 Prep Preview - 5700 1 Hannah Jonely, Ashburn VA 77-80--157 2 Grace Holcomb, Wilmington 81-78--159 3 Erin Singleton, Apex 83-78--161 Selected Others 5 Kayla Dowell, Mebane 84-82--166 9 Halynn Lee, Cary 82-86--168 20 McKenzie Daffin, Fort Bragg 88-85--173 21 Angelique Seymour, Fayetteville 91-83--174 27 Emily Mathews, Mebane 93-93--186
6 Luke Mueller, Wake Forest 8 Tanav Kalidindi, Cary Boys 10 1 Matlew Ocson, Richlands 2 Max Landon, Surry, NH 3 Conner Freedman, Chapel Hill Selected Others 4 Smith Summerlin, Raleigh 5 Tate Duensing, Durham 6 Landen Goumenis, Wake Forest 7 Neil Awasthi, Raleigh Boys 9 1 Luciano Follmer, Durham 2 Ty Willoughby, Chapel Hill 3 Karson Tudor, Coats Selected Others 6 Bryant Ross, Durham Boys 8 1 Slater Meade, North Wilkesboro 2 Clint Bailey, Cary 3 Bodie Snyder, Holly Springs Selected Others 4 Milan Rampersaud, Durham 5 Owen Bray, Clayton 7 Vince Stambaugh, Chapel Hill Boys 7 1 Ryan Baker, Chapel Hill 2 Henry Stiegler, Raleigh 3 Gabe Parkin, Benson Selected Others 4 Luke Sparacio, Cary Boys 6 & Under 1 Owen Ancona, Chesterfield , VA 2 Jaxon Johnson, Richmond, VA 3 Rhodes Williams, Greensboro Girls 12-14 1 Adriana Isabel Balaguer, Dorado Puerto Rico 2 Jessica Martinho-Stansbury, Raleigh 3 Ella Perna, Durham Selected Others 4 Sophie Lauture, Raleigh 5 Tyler Spriggs, Cary 6 Anna Claire Bridge, Raleigh Girls 10-11 1 Emerson Dever, Durham 2 Saia Rampersaud, Durham 3 Karsyn Roberts, Pikeville Selected Others 5 Paige Wilkinson, Raleigh 6 Angelika Wang, Cary 7 Sloane Spessard, Raleigh Girls 8-9 1 Ella June Hannant, Pikeville 2 Ashnoor Kaur, Draper, VA 3 Mariah Brownhill, New York, NY Selected Others 5 Mckenzie Mueller, Wake Forest 6 Aviva Wang, Cary
92 129 37 38 42 45 47 50 53 34 37 39 66 37 40 41 43 46 49 40 42 45 53 47 58 64 82 82 87 88 89 91 36 41 42 53 55 57 33 35 41 52 54
Grandover Resort (East Course), Greensboro, NC Nov 11-13, 2017 Bell National - 6200 1 Amanda Sambach, Davidson 76-74-71--221 2 Emily Hawkins, Lexington 77-70-77--224 3 Kendall Turner, Chesapeake 73-75-79--227 Selected Others 6 Holly McCann, Raleigh 78-76-77--231 13 Riley Smyth, Cary 82-76-78--236 29 Nicole Adam, Pinehurst 86-79-81--246 33 Megan Kanaby, Chapel Hill 82-84-81--247
US Kids One Day Mill Creek GC, Mebane, NC December 2, 2017 Boys 13-14 1 Quinlan Polin, Brighton, UK 2 Jacob Conklin, Raleigh 2 Zachary Davis, Clayton Selected Others 4 Alan van Asch, Raleigh 5 Aidan Harrington, Garner 6 William Biersach, Chapel Hill Boys 12 1 Ethan Boyette, Wilson 2 Baxter Poe, Raleigh 3 Avery Barnes, Raleigh 4 Parker Lane, Cary Boys 11 1 CJ Peterson, Wake Forest 2 Jude Aliah, Wilmington 2 Aryan Punde, Ashburn, VA Selected Others 4 Andre Follmer, Durham 5 Dylan Johnson, Raleigh
74 78 78 80 82 83 82 89 97 101 74 77 77 78 91
Boys (High School, graduation year) 1 Akshay Bhatia, Wake Forest (Home School, 2020) 2 Peter Foundation, Raleigh (Broughton HS, 2020) 3 Quinn Riley, Raleigh (Athens Drive, 2018) 4 Jackson Van Paris (O’Neal School, 2021) 5 Chris Kim, Cary (Green Hope, 2019) 6 Spencer Oxendine, Fayetteville (Jack Britt HS, 2019) 7 Jack Massei, Cary (Green Hope, 2018) 8 A.J. Beechler, Pinehurst (Pinecrest, 2018) 9 Fulton Smith, Pinehurst (O’Neal School, 2019) 10 Attie Giles, Pinehurst (Pinecrest, 2018) Girls (High School, graduation year) 1 Gina Kim, Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill HS, 2018) 2 Nicole Adam, Pinehurst (O’Neal School, 2020) 3 Holly McCann, Raleigh (Ravenscroft, 2019) 4 Haeley Wotnosky, Wake Forest (S. Wake Academy, 2018) 5 Hannah Rose Bruxvoort, Chapel Hill (Cardinal Gibbons, 2018) 6 Mackenzie Battle, Aberdeen (Pinecrest, 2018) 7 Katharina Floyd (Northwood HS, 2020) 8 Lotte Fox, Raleigh (Wakefield HS, 2020) 9 Kayla Ward, Raleigh (Garner Magnet HS, 2018) 10 Riley Smyth, Cary (Cardinal Gibbons, 2018) Source: Tarheel Youth Golf Association as of 3/1/18
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