Golf Bag: Moore Hosting Junior Event
The Moore men and women have their championships, and now the junior golfers of the county are in the spotlight.
The inaugural Moore County Junior Amateur Championship will be held Nov. 18-19 at the Ellis Maples-designed Whispering Woods Golf Club in Whispering Pines.
The tournament is open to all boys and girls junior golfers who are 18-or-younger and are still attending school. There will be four divisions: 16-18, 14-15, 12-13 and 11-and-under. Golfers 11-and-under will play nine-hole matches.
The entry fee is $35, and there will be 12:30 p.m. shotgun starts both Saturday and Sunday. A pizza buffet will be served following the Saturday round and prizes will be awarded in each flight following the final round.
Golfers can sign up at their club or through The First Tee of the Sandhills. For information call 944-3633.
Four-Ball: John Finster of Wake Forest and Danny Gurley of Chapel Hill are attempting to defend their title in the 11th annual North Carolina Four-Ball Championship that concludes today at Foxfire Resort.
Finster, the 2005 Carolina Mid-Amateur champion, and Gurley, winner of the 2005 N.C. Amateur, won by a single stroke last year. They were expecting strong competition from 2002 winners Keith Harris of Concord and Dean Channell of Cary, as well as the father-son team of Paul and Phillip Simson of Raleigh.
A field of 124 teams was scheduled to play one round each on the Gene Hamm-designed East and West courses at Foxfire, with the top 30 teams and ties advancing to the final round today on the West Course.
Some area players entered include Tim Copper and Hugh Beckwith of West End; Jeff Etheridge of Pinehurst and Ray Novicki of Southern Pines; Ryan Fox, current Moore County Amateur champion of West End and Mac Jones of Pinehurst; Ben Goforth of Shelby and Jack Ulrich of Southern Pines; Martin Huff of Pinehurst and Lee Hester of Topsail Beach; Robert Jerabek of Hampstead and Tom Clark of Pinehurst; Paul Jett of Southern Pines and Paul Jett of Pinehurst; Steve Lassiter of Pinehurst and Jeremy Kuhn of Huntersville;
Tradd McCrary of Chapel Hill and Duff Meyer of Southern Pines; Daniel Meggs of Charlotte and Jack Fields of Southern Pines; Kelly Miller of Southern Pines and Chris Dalrymple of Pinehurst; Ron Moore and Thomas Willis of Pinehurst; Lance Oliver of Southern Pines and Skip Corneliussen of Wilmington; Wynn Solle of Pinehurst and Skip Taylor of Flat Rock;
Joe Poole Jr. and Joe Poole Sr. of Raeford; Scott Benton and Dyrck Fanning of Lumberton. (Fanning is the general manager of Bayonet at Puppy Creek); William Carter of Laurinburg and Chip Collins of Fayetteville.
This is the 28th Carolinas Golf Association championship hosted by Foxfire. The resort-area course has previously held the Carolinas Father-Son, the Carolinas Pro-Amateur, the N.C. Junior and the Carolinas Mid-Amateur.
Tarheel Tour: John McAllister of Spartanburg, S.C., broke through to claim his first Tarheel Tour title in the Bermuda Run Classic last week.
McAllister opened with a sensational 61 on the Bermuda Run West Course after the first round had been rained out. He followed with a 71 on the more demanding Main Course, site of the 1986 NCAA Championship.
Chris Hockaday of Mt. Airy had a first-round 65 to trail McAllister by four, but was unable to gain ground with a 71 in the second round. Lee Williamson of Crawfordsville, Ind., made up five shots with a final-round 66 that included an eagle on the 17th hole to take second.
The win was worth $10,500 to McAllister, while Williamson picked up $6,000.
David Sanchez of Pinehurst shot 67-71 to win $1,550, while Frank Adams of Laurinburg was at 141 and won $800.
For more information, visit www.tarheeltour.com.
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