Golf Bag: Parents, Kids Teeing It Up
Actually, the answer to that question may be no, unless you have a schedule to show you where who's teeing off when in the Carolinas Golf Association's 40th annual Father-Son Championship here on Friday.
More than 300 teams of dads and sons are competing on five area golf courses July 28. Courses involved are the Country Club of Whispering Pines, Legacy Golf Links, Foxfire Resort's Red Course, Seven Lakes Country Club and the Club at Longleaf.
The mammoth tournament features 12 divisions, with assignments based on composite team handicaps.
There are also two special divisions -- one for teams with sons ages 11 and under and another in which one of the team members is a professional golfer.
Banks Woods Sr. of Charlotte and Banks Woods Jr. of Raleigh won the title a year ago at Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club and are scheduled to defend the championship.
The Woods' combined for a 68 at Mid Pines and won by two strokes over three other teams.
Longleaf will be the site of the ninth annual Parent-Child Championship on Friday.
The field for this modified alternate shot event is an interesting mix of mother-son, father-daughter and grandparent-grandchild.
Practically any combination of competitors is allowed, just so there aren't two male golfers on the same team.
Tom and Sydney Crane of Jamestown won this title a year ago by shooting a 71 at the Country Club of Whispering Pines. They are back to defend their win.
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Carolinas Amateur: Scott McClellan of Cary had to go 37 holes in the finals, but he won the Carolinas Amateur Championship against Whit Massey of Kiawah Island, S.C., on Kiawah's Turtle Point Course.
McClellan, a national sales representative for Premier Warehousing Services, had to fight from behind all day, but won the title with a par on the first hole of the sudden-death playoff.
Massey got off to a fast start with birdies on the first two holes and was leading by two holes at the end of the first nine. McClellan fought back and the match was level after the morning 18.
Massey again grabbed a two-hole lead after nine and was still hanging onto a 1-up lead going into the final hole. He pulled his tee shot into a water hazard, however, and McClellan was able to even the match, setting the stage for the winning par on the 37th hole.
"This is unbelievable," said the elated McClellan. "What do you think the odds of me winning this championship were?"
"I was exhausted after the first round this morning and I was just hoping I wouldn't fizzle out."
Among former champions, McClellan joins such notables as Billy Joe Patton and Chip Beck.
Defending champion Paul Simson of Raleigh lost in his quarterfinal match.
Hunt Wins: Lauren Hunt beat a friend in the semifinals, then stood off a perennial bridesmaid in the finals to claim the ninth Carolinas Women's Amateur Match Play Championship at Cowans Ford Country Club in Shelby.
Hunt, of Little River, S.C., and a co-medalist in the recent U.S. Women's Amateur Qualifier, will compete in the national championship in Oregon in August.
She took care of business in the championship match by handily disposing of three-time runner-up Michelle Jarman of Wilmington 5 and 4.
To get to the finals, Hunt had to defeat close friend Sydney Crane in the semis. She made a clutch par-saving putt on the 18th hole to beat Crane 1-up.
Riding the momentum from that match, Hunt was four under par through 12 holes before ending the match against Jarman on the13th.
"I made a lot of great putts in the final match," Hunt said. "I had heard that Michelle had a hot putter so I really focused on making some putts. I was lucky that they fell for me."
Jarman, who defeated Blythe Worley 3 and 2 in the semifinals match, was able to smile despite losing in the finals for the third time.
"I was feeling really good about the finals, and I'm disappointed I didn't win," she said, "but Lauren made some great putts and there's not much I can do about that."
Mary Kate Bowman of Winston-Salem defeated Patty Moore of Charlotte and Pinehurst 2 and 1 in the Championship First Flight, while Emily Simpson of Rutherfordtown defeated Julie Streng of Greensboro 5 and 3 in the Second Flight.
Carolyn Clemons of Pinehurst defeated Trudy Shuford of Gastonia 5 and 3 in Tournament Flight 4.
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