Golf Bag: Hoadley, Martin EJGA Winners
Robert Hoadley of Southern Pines and Joshua Martin of Pinehurst scored wins in their age divisions in the Eastern Junior Golf Association event held at Whispering Woods Golf Club last weekend.
Hoadley roared to a six-stroke lead in the opening round, with a tournament-low 67. He finished it off with a solid 73 on Sunday to win the 14-15 division by four shots over second place Logan Harrell of Huntersville, who shot 73-71 -- 140.
Bert Subin of Pinehurst was at 160, with rounds of 79-81, while Sam Packard of Pinehurst shot 163 and Pete Lineberger of Pinehurst had 166.
Martin also used a fast start to earn his win in the 10-11 age bracket, opening with a 68 and following with 74. His 142 total was three shots better than William Register of Burlington.
Cody Roberts of Whispering Pines was fifth with rounds of 86-80.
In other divisions, Lee Bedford of Cary shot 70-68 -- 136 to win the 16-18 division by nine strokes over Cameron Bell of Charlotte.
Michael Gulledge of Southern Pines was at 162, with Kevin Gallagher of Southern Pines at 165 and Alex Bryan of Pinehurst at 172.
Reeves Zayton of Raleigh shot 78-72 to win the 12-13 division, with Dylan Harris of Southern Pines taking third with 153. Zachary Martin of Pinehurst was fourth with 155. Jack Dalrymple of Pinehurst was at 191.
Montgomery Fields of Raleigh shot 72-82 to win the 8-9 division. Travis Jackson of Laurinburg was at 155, with Patrick Gallagher at 222.
Meghan Moore of Bahama shot 71-76 -- 147 to win the girls 12-18 division by eight shots. Desire Blaauw of Pinehurst was third with 157. Laura Kinsman of Whispering Pines was at 184, Katie Roberts of Whispering Pines at 196, and Samantha Gilder of Pinehurst at 212.
"We had 130 kids in the field and I was the biggest kid of all," said Whispering Woods General Manager Stuart Taylor. "I had a lot of fun as a junior golfer and I never quite grew up. I was kind of like Peter Pan."
Palumbo Cup: With play nearing conclusion in the annual Palumbo Cup, a competition between employees of Pinehurst Resort, the semifinals were pitting Pinehurst President Don Padgett II against perennial winner Kelly Mitchum and Justin Meyers versus Chad Gilligan.
Padgett defeated Jeff Crabbe, Scott Ellender and Nate Olivo to reach the semis. Mitchum, who had a first-round bye as defending champion forever, ousted Michael Bulger and Paul McRae.
In the other bracket, Meyers defeated Geoff Lynch, Eric Alpenfels and Todd Campion, while Gilligan, who also had a first-round bye, topped Kelly McCall and Ehren Link.
Winternational: The Winternational Junior Series is back in Pinehurst for the 13th consecutive year.
The series, one of the oldest of its kind in the country, has a new look this season as tournament organizer Peter deYoung gives it a different twist.
Consisting of nine championships for high-school age boys and girls, the series got under way last weekend at Pinehurst Country Club. This year, three of the nine championships will be contested over 54 holes, marking the first time that any Winternational event has extended beyond two rounds.
As in past years, the boys are divided into two divisions -- one for juniors and seniors and the other fore freshmen and sophomores. More than 1,200 young men and women have participated in the event since its inception in 1993.
Newcomer Andy Prascak of Carnegie, Pa., used an even-par 72 on the Pinehurst No. 5 Course on Saturday to forge a four-stroke lead, then hung on Sunday with a windblown 83 to claim the victory with a 36-hole total of 155.
Dana Spitz of Chapel Hill shot 76-83 to finish second. Joe Castle of Pikeville, Ky., was third at 163.
Drew Thompson of Charlotte won the Freshman/Sophomore Division Championship, coasting to a relatively easy 12-shot win. Thompson, a student at Charlotte Christian High School, took command of the 36-hole stroke play event by posting a 77 in Saturday's first round.
Runner-up in the division was Geneva, N.Y., resident Matt DeJohn. In third place was Pinehurst resident Douglass Johnson.
The Series will hold its second event Friday through Sunday (54-holes of stroke play) on Pinehurst Resort's No. 3 and No. 4 Courses. Contact Peter deYoung, Inc. at (910) 295-5661 for further information.
East-West Juniors: The West Team won the Tarheel Youth Golf Association's East-West Challenge at Seven Lakes Country Club in West End last weekend, surviving a strong rally by the East squad to claim a 25-22 win.
Russell Burke of Pinehurst claimed a 3 and 2 decision over Curtis Brotherton of High Point. Evan Chappell of West End was defeated 4 and 3 by Cory Sciupider of Etowah.
The competition was between teams of 31 junior golfers from Eastern North Carolina and 31 from Western North Carolina over two days of match play.
The TYGA is the N.C. junior association of the Carolinas Golf Association.
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