Boyd Wins Second CPGA Senior Event
The courageous story of cancer survivor Bob Boyd continues as he has posted his second Carolinas PGA Section Senior event with a 36-hole score of 8-under-par 136 at Old North State Club in New London.
Old North State, the No. 2-ranked course in North Carolina, played to 6,521 yards for the tournament.
Drayton Stott of Greensboro was the winning amateur of the E-Z-Go Old North State Senior Open with a 2-under-par 142.
Boyd opened with a 67 and followed that up with a bogey-free 69 to win by six shots. He won the Crowfield Senior Open in South Carolina in December after receiving a bone marrow transplant a few months earlier that enabled him to recover from life-threatening leukemia. He was runner-up in the Garland C. Norris Mid Pines Senior Open in February.
Boyd, a former PGA Tour player and winner of the National Club Professional Championship, earned his European Senior Tour playing card in 2005 and won one tournament before being diagnosed with the disease.
Stott was the picture of consistency with a pair of 71s that earned him runner-up honors in the overall competition as well as the amateur title.
Ron Carpenter, a two-time CPGA Senior Associate Player of the Year from Durham, was in a four-way tie for third with fellow amateurs Mark Wagner of Statesville and Bob Yow of Salemburg and professional Don Trahan of Inman, S.C.
David Thore, a former PGA Tour professional from Reidsville was second in the Pro Division with 145, followed by Tom Ducey of Old North State and Reid Schronce of Wilmington with 151.
Spike Smith of Pinehurst tied for 10th with 146. Bob Klug of Pinehurst was at 152. Hal Dugenske of Whispering Pines and William Medlin of West End were at 153, Kenneth Eichele of Pinehurst at 155, William Hiner of Pinehurst at 156, Ron Moore and Anthony Smarrelli of Pinehurst at 157, and Herb Conway of Whispering Pines at 158.
Bob Bales of Lexington won the Super Senior Division with 145, with Pinehurst residents Russell French and Murray Stern tying for second with 151. Dick Wilson of Whispering Pines was fifth at 155, while Paul Gay of Sanford shot 157 to tie for seventh with Ron Saylor of Whispering Pines.
John Gerwig of Whispering Pines was at 158, while Deane Hundley of Southern Pines shot 160. George Watterworth of Pinehurst had 164, and Luke Scesa of Pinehurst was at 185.
Carpenter was runner-up in the Overall Amateur Division with 143, followed by Mark Wagner of Statesville, Larry Boswell of Jamestown and Yow at 143.
Little River Golf and Resort, which has cracked the state's Top 100 Courses at No. 89 as rated by the North Carolina Golf Panel, will host the next CPGA senior event May 14-15.
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