On a Roll
Robert Hoadley of Southern Pines is building himself quite a resum as one of the top junior golfers in the area. And the ultra-exclusive Forest Creek Club continues to impress national golf publications.
Hoadley, who has been a standout in the Sandhills First Tee Program since its founding, added another trophy to his collection when he won the recent Moore County Junior Amateur Association Championship held at Whispering Woods Golf Club.
Competing in the boys' 16-18 age division, Hoadley shot 73-72 -- 145 to claim a five-stroke advantage over runner-up David Watkins.
Larry Adams was third at 156, followed by Sam Tucker at 157, Alex Bryan at 172, Jason Myrick at 174, Ryan Howard with 184 and Kevin Gallagher at 188.
Laura Kinsman prevailed in a scorecard playoff against Katie Roberts to win the girls' 11-18 title. Kinsman posted rounds of 95-89, and Roberts shot 85-99 as they deadlocked at 184 in regulation.
They were unable to return to the course because of darkness.
Samantha Gilder was third with 195 and Lauren Carter fifth with 231.
Lewis Adams won the boys' 14-15 age bracket with 76-77 -- 153. Bert Subin was second, three strokes back at 156 after rounds of 82-74.
Pete Lineberger took third place with 16, while Phillip Riggsbee was at 170, followed by Mark Russell and Bradley Chandler at 173, Douglas Johnson at 174 and Sam Peterson at 236.
Billy McDougald birdied the first hole in a sudden-death playoff to top Ben Chrystler in the boys' 11 and under division. They were tied at 76 after McDougald shot 38-38 and Chrystler had 37-39 in regulation.
John Rea claimed third place with 82, while Josh Stockwell was at 83, Corey Whitten at 85, Andrew Harmody and Matthew Harmody at 92, Ethan Coker with 97 and Christopher Leonard at 99.
In the boys' 11 and under first flight, Cody Fitzgerald won with 52-39 -- 91. Cal Parsons was runner-up with 96, followed by Brian Subin, 97; Jackson Smith, 99; Will Pearson, 103; Noah Bullough, 104; B.J. Harrison, 108; Patrick Gallagher, 110; Austin Scarboro, 120; Emery Valentine, 127; Michael Gallagher, 131; and Rocky Goff, 146.
Carolina Rea won the girls' 11 and under division with 54-62 -- 116. Following were Christa King, 117; Chris Boals, 120; and Callahan McNeill, 144.
"Every age group division had its share of excitement," said Bob Burwell, one of the tournament organizers and a staunch supporter of the First Tee of the Sandhills, "and even though the weather was perfect, the course showed its teeth as the greens were extremely fast. The theme of the tournament was patience, and the players who persevered were the most patient."
Forest Creek: The accolades continue to roll in for Forest Creek Golf Club.
Golf Digest has named the North Course at Forest Creek as one of the best new courses in the country for 2006, according to an article by Architecture Editor Ron Whitten. It placed second in the private course category behind only The Concession Golf Club near Sarasota, Fla.
Whitten heads up the magazine's nationwide panel of voters who select America's top 100 courses biennially, in addition to the best new courses opened annually. A widely recognized expert on golf architecture and design, he has written several books on the subject, including two authoritative reference volumes co-authored with Geoffrey Cornish -- The Golf Course and The Architects of Golf.
Whitten described the North Course as one "whose fairways, edged by pine scrubs, sandy roughs and pine straw, capture the essence of Pinehurst, N.C."
The Golf Digest ranking comes on the heels of several similar honors from another national publication.
Earlier this year, Golfweek named the North Course one of best new courses in the country and the highest ranked new course in the Southeast. And both the North and South Courses were named to Golfweek's 2006 list of top 100 modern courses, making Forest Creek the only private club in America with two courses ranked in that elite list.
Then, in November, Golfweek again honored Forest Creek Golf Club, ranking both of its courses in the top 30 of "America's 100 Best Residential Courses." No other club in the country placed two courses as high.
"Again, we are honored and very proud of the recognition Forest Creek is receiving from such respected publications," said N. Barton Tuck, Jr., developer and managing partner of the private residential club community just three miles from the village of Pinehurst. "To be selected as one of the very best new courses in the country by Golf Digest further underscores the quality of the overall club and especially the golf facilities we have here at Forest Creek."
Like the original South Course, the North Course was designed by Tom Fazio. The par-72 layout measures 7,139 yards from the championship tees, but can play as short as 5,170 yards from the most forward of five sets of markers.
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