Golf Bag: Women's Am at Carolina Trace
All indications point to a great turnout for the annual North Carolina Women's Amateur Championship to be held at Carolina Trace June 18-21.
Interest in women's golf should be at a peak in this area at that time as the U.S. Women's Open will be played at Pine Needles June 28-July 1.
Carolina Trace, a private, two-course complex located in Sanford, offers an outstanding venue for the Carolinas Golf Association championship. The Robert Trent Jones layout is both scenic and demanding.
The tournament committee is hoping that the event will not only draw players, but spectators, as easy access to the property and parking are being promised.
Gates Four Two-Man: Gates Four Golf and Country Club will host its annual Two-Man Invitational Championship April 21-22.
The popular 36-hole event consists of one round of better-ball and one of modified alternate shop competition over the Willard Byrd-designed course.
Head professional Bobby Cooke is expecting one of the largest and most competitive fields in recent years as new emphasis is being added to make the event more prestigious.
The field is open to all male amateurs, but is limited to the first 48 teams to apply. Entry fees of $220 per team must be received prior to April 18.
Play will be in two divisions, one for golfers ages 16-54 and a Senior Division for golfers 55 and over. There will be no mixed age teams.
The entry fee includes two tournament rounds, a practice round for cart fees only, range balls throughout the event, a steak cookout on Sunday, trophies and gift certificates.
Saturday's round will be better-ball, with all regular division competitors playing the blue tees and the seniors playing from the white tees. Sunday's round will be modified alternate shot with the top two flights in the regular division playing from the gold tees. The overall champions will be determined from one of those two flights.
Gift certificates will be awarded to the first four places in each flight, plus the overall champions, based on a full field of 48 teams.
For information, contact Cooke at (910) 425-2176.
Ellis, Cozart Win: Gary Ellis of Cary shot a 3-under-par 69 to win the Championship Flight in the Harris Teeter Senior Tour event held on the Keith Hills Country Club River Course.
It was a score of distinction for Ellis as it marked the first time this season that a player had broken 70 on the tour.
Ken Eichele of Pinehurst was runner-up with a level-par 72, while Chuck Taubersmith of Pinehurst shot 75 to finish third.
Long time Tour member Matt Hardee of Elizabethtown made his 2007 debut a successful one as his 73 claimed the top spot in the A Flight. Two tour "rookies" -- Raleigh's Ed Cooper and Pittsboro's Tom Yamashita -- both shot 77, with Cooper winning a card playoff for second place. Ed Reese of Pinehurst was fourth with 78.
In B Flight action, Ron Caulder of Rockingham took first with an 82, followed by Lewis Burgman of Greensboro and Cary's Wayne Ackley at 84.
It was graduation day in the C Flight, as the one-two finishers, Fayetteville's Mickey Hair and Winston-Salem's Jim Pritchett moved themselves up into the B Flight for future competition.
Hair fired an 81, seven strokes better than any score he had posted on Tour in his last 20 events. Pritchett also carded an impressive 84. Both scores moved the player's Tour handicaps into the B Flight range where they'll compete in the next event.
Brien Cozart of Lillington shot 77 on the Keith Hills course to win the Championship Flight of the Amateur Golf Tour event for the second straight year. Mike Martin of Fayetteville also shot 77, but lost to Cozart in a card playoff.
Tom Kubla of Pinehurst shot 83 to tie for fifth in Flight B.
For information on how to join and play in an event on either tour visit the Web site at harristeetersrtour.com, call Tour Director Bruce Hallenbeck at (919) 499-9749, or e-mail him at email@example.com.
Tarheel Tour: Kevin Kisner of Aiken, S.C., took a 1-up victory over Reid Edstrom to claim the title in the Tarheel Tour's Match Play Championship held in Bluffton, S.C.
Kisner, a former all-American for the University of Georgia, won $16,000 while Edstrom picked up $8,000.
The match ended on the par-5 18th hole when Kisner two-putted for a birdie.
"I remembered William (McGirt) having roughly the same putt earlier today and it was really slow," Kisner said after running his eagle putt some eight feet past the cup.
Kisner reached the finals by defeating McGirt on the 21st hole with an 18-foot birdie putt. McGirt suffered a costly three-putt bogey on the 17th hole in regulation play.
Edstrom had an easier time, turning back Kenny Coakley 5 and 4. McGirt and Coakley earned $4,500 each.
The Tarheel Tour's next event is in Bluffton again for the Oldfield Open at Oldfield Country Club Mar. 27-29.
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