Golf Bag: Buck Adams Event Monday
The eighth annual Buck Adams Charitable Foundation Pro-Am Golf Tournament will be held at the Country Club of North Carolina Monday.
Former PGA Tour and Champions Tour stars Jim Ferree, Miller Barber and Doug Sanders are participating in the event, which has an 11 a.m. shotgun start.
The tournament has drawn players from the Champions Tour in the past, but the Seniors tournament in Cary is holding a Monday pro-am, limiting participation, according to CCNC Director of Golf Jeff Dotson.
Senior Women: Melissa Sage of Charlotte has finally won her first Carolinas Golf Association title, using a final-round 72 to claim the North Carolina Women's Senior Amateur Championship at Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek Wednesday.
Sage's 36-hole total of 147 was two strokes ahead of runner-up Kathy Bounds of Cary, a former Deercroft Golf Club resident, who shot 77-72 -- 149.
Defending champion Dianne Yelovich of Pinehurst came in third with 75-76 -- 151. Patty Moore of Charlotte and Pat Brogden of Garner tied for fourth. Karen Wheeler of Whispering Pines, who led after the first round with 74, shot 80 and finished sixth.
Isabelle Daley of Whispering Pines tied for first in the First Flight with 167. Jean Grieshaber of Pinehurst tied for fourth at 168. Vicki DiSantis of Pinehurst tied for ninth with 172, while Carol Pitzer of Pinehurst was at 176.
Sue Kress of Southern Pines tied for second in the Second Flight with 178, while Barbara Kuhn of Aberdeen was fourth with 182, and Peggy Clark of Pinehurst was fifth with 184.
Mary McLamb of Lillington won the Super Seniors Flight with 169 in a playoff with Peggy Hall of Belmont. Betty MacDonald of Whispering Pines was sixth with 177, and Dot Bounds of Wagram tied for eighth with 181.
Sedgefield Restoration: Sedge-field Country Club, designed by Donald Ross and made famous by Sam Snead, will undergo an extensive restoration project by noted golf course architect Kris Spence.
Spence breaks ground on the famed layout Nov. 1. The restoration is expected to wrap up by late June, 2007, with the course re-opening in early fall after a grow-in period.
Sedgefield has a storied history. Ross sculpted the classic design in 1925, and it went on to host the PGA Tour's Greater Greensboro Classic over a span of five decades (alternating some years with Starmount Forest). During that time, the GGO was the personal playground of Snead, who won the event a PGA Tour-record eight times.
"Sedgefield features an outstanding and very unique routing for this area," Spence said. "The land is very graceful and intriguing with subtle twists and turns. Mr. Ross had a knack for creating great golf courses in such settings and we intend to fully preserve that."
Sedgefield General Manager Bob Chrushch said it was very important to the club and its membership to reclaim a Donald Ross course that has been lost over the years to the forces of nature, as well as a renovation about 15 years ago.
"We saw the work Kris has done with a lot of other Ross courses," Chrushch said. "He seems to have the passion to want to preserve what Donald Ross did and not just bulldoze it and start again new. We want this to be a true Donald Ross golf course, and that's what Kris Spence brings to the table."
In addition to Spence doing the design work, his company Spence Golf Inc. will handle the construction aspect. The project will include restoration of the original Ross greens and bunkers, renovation of the tee complexes, a new Toro OSMAC irrigation system, new cart paths where needed, and a re-grassing from common Bermuda grass to Tif-Sport hybrid Bermuda. Total cost for the restoration is $2.7 million.
For further information on Spence Golf Inc., call (336) 207-0183.
Amateur Seniors: Ken Eichele of Pinehurst tied Jim Eskridge of Greensboro for first place with 70 in the Championship Flight of the Harris Teeter Senior Tour event held at Bryan Park's Players Course in Greensboro, but was edged for the title in a scorecard playoff.
Chuck Taubersmith of Pinehurst tied for fourth with 74.
Dammann Wins: Gary Haugh of Greensboro shot 77 and survived a three-way card playoff to claim the Championship Flight title in the Amateur Golf Tour event held at Bryan Park.
Katja Dammann of Pinehurst won Flight A with a 72, moving past James Dockery of Southern Pines for first place in the Pinehurst Tour's season-long Flight A points race.
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