Golf Bag: Four Locals In Carolina Senior
They will compete in the tournament at Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington Sept. 12 through 14.
Denny Adkins of North Myrtle Beach was medalist in the qualifier held at the Davis Love III-designed course in Spring Lake with a 4-under-par 68. Bill Burling of Greensboro and George Leight of Durham finished a shot back with 69s.
Ron Moore of Pinehurst tied for fourth with even-par 72. Joining him in Wilmington will be Steve Hinshaw of Pinehurst who shot 74, Chuck Latham of Vass with 75 and Hal Dugenske of Whispering Pines with 75.
A total of 25 players qualified for the Carolinas Golf Association event.
Bob Klug of Pinehurst shot 76 to miss qualifying by a stroke, while Steve Smith of Pinehurst was at 79.
Carolinas-Virginias: A strong finish in the singles matches led the Carolinas team to a 10-6 win over the Virginias in the Carolinas-Virginias Junior Team Matches held at Chapel Hill Country Club last week.
Entering singles play, the Carolinas held only a one-point lead, but they outscored the Virginias 5.5-2.5 on the final day.
Robert Hoadley of Southern Pines was edged 2 and 1 in his match with Michael Taylor of Ashland, Va. The win was sealed when Will Collins of Salisbury defeated Lanto Griffin of Blacksburg, Va., 3 and 2.
The Carolinas Golf Association will keep the trophy until next summer when the matches observe their 25th anniversary at Boonsboro Country Club in Lynchburg, Va.
Senior Amateurs: Chuck Ingram hadn't had much time or opportunity to play competitive golf during the last year.
The Carolina Trace (Sanford) resident just recently was able to pick up a club after a bout with Rocky Mountain spotted fever. To make matters worse, the initial medicine prescribed to combat the problem caused a severe allergic reaction which resulted in his being hospitalized in serious condition.
After an absence from Tour play for over a year and a half, Ingram showed his recovery is just about complete as he fired a 2-under-par 70 to win the Championship Flight of the Harris Teeter Senior Amateur Tour at Carolina Trace (Lakes Course).
He didn't do anything particularly flashy -- just three birdies against a single bogey -- which allowed him to cruise to a three-shot win over Chuck Latham of Vass.
Ken Eichele of Pinehurst rounded out the top three with a 74.
Alan Dirk of Sanford, also a Carolina Trace resident, had the shot of the day in the flight. For the second time in a row, Dirk eagled his opening hole of the tournament, this time holing a sand wedge second shot on the 336-yard par-4 first hole.
The A, B, and C Flight winners all posted great scores for their flights. In all three cases their winning scores bumped their tour handicaps into a higher competitive bracket.
Emmett Wiggins of Hillsborough had a 75 in the A Flight, and will compete in the Championship Flight for future events. Lexington's Bill Couick had a 78 in the B Flight, which moved his handicap into A Flight territory.
George Shadwick of Pinehurst tied Wiggins with 75, but lost in a card playoff. James Dockery of Southern Pines was fourth with 79.
Hillsville, Va., resident Bill Russ, a C Flight mainstay all year, had an 81 which topped the flight by a whopping 8 strokes and will compete in B Flight in future events.
"We played a tough golf course in great shape today," said Tour Director Bruce Hallenbeck. "When you play a tough track, you expect the cream to rise to the top. It certainly did at this event.
"The three guys who won the lower flights all have been particularly hot at times this season, and have shown that they are ready for a little stiffer competition. Chuck's effort in the Championship Flight was nothing short of remarkable considering what he's been through and the short time he's had to get ready for tournament play."
For information about playing in a Harris Teeter Tour event, which is open to any amateur golfer over 50, call Hallenbeck at (919) 499-9749, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tarheel Tour: Jay McLuen described his play in the final round of the Tarheel Tour's Eagle Chase Classic in Marshville as "ugly."
But ugly was good enough for him to earn an $11,000 first-place check in the Stableford scoring system event.
McLuen, of Charleston, S.C., edged Jonathan Hill of Greenville, S.C., in a playoff after they had tied for the lead in regulation with 33 points each.
"We went back and forth all day," McLuen said. "It was pretty ugly out there."
Hill made bogey from a bunker on the first playoff hole and pocketed $6,000 for second.
Frank Adams III of Laurinburg finished sixth with 26 points and earned $2,500.
William McGirt, formerly of Fairmont, had 25 points and won $2,000.
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