Golf Bag: Tin Whistles-First Tee Winners
The second of the six-event tour being conducted by The Tin Whistles in conjunction with The First Tee of the Sandhills was held at Whispering Woods Golf Club June 25, featuring good weather and good scores.
Bradley Chandler, of Pinehurst, won the boys' 14-17 age flight with a 36-hole total of 152, beating out Will Rittenhouse, of Carthage, by four strokes.
Hailey Crider, of Pinehurst, won the 14-17 girls' division with 73-76 -- 149, edging Grace Stallings, of Raleigh.
Cody Roberts, of Whispering Pines, used a 73 in the second round for a 151 total that nipped Josh Stockwell of Aberdeen in the 12-13 bracket.
The 11-and-younger flights were won by Benjamin Crow and John Rea, both of Pinehurst. Caroline Rea and Ben Chrystler finished second.
Players are awarded points according to their order of finish in each age group and the player with the most points at the end of the year will receive the Tour Championship Trophy, much like the professional Fed-Ex Cup.
John Robert Dunlap, of Hamlet, and Chandler tied for first with 168 in the 15-17 age bracket of the tournament held at the Country Club of Whispering Pines last week. Daniel Tucker, of Carthage, was at 171.
Josh Stockwell, of Aberdeen, won the 12-14 bracket with 182. Corey Fitzgerald was at 184, with Corey Whitten at 186.
Noa Bullough, of Vass, won the boys 11 and under Orange Flight, beating out Dalton Wheeless of Carthage. Chrystler won the boys under 11 division, besting John Rea of Pinehurst.
Rea of Pinehurst edged Savannah Thompson, of Seven Lakes, in the under-12 girls' division.
Future events are scheduled for July 16-17 at Foxfire Resort and Aug. 19-20 at Pinewild. This tournament will also decide the Moore County Junior amateur Championship.
Entry forms for all the events are available at area golf courses and can be downloaded at www.thefirstteesandhills.org, or by calling 281-0299.
Junior Girls: Haley Stephens, of Green, S.C., won her first Carolinas Junior Girls' Championship, defeating high school teammate Vanessa Koechli, of Greer, 3 and 2 at Southern Pines Golf Club.
Stephens, who will attend the University of Texas in fall 2009, won on the 16th hole when Koechli missed a short birdie putt to stay alive in the Carolinas Golf Association event.
Courtney Taylor, of Gastonia, won the consolation match, defeating Lauren Smith, of Salisbury, 5 and 4.
Carolinas Amateur: The 94th Carolinas Amateur Championship concludes at Cape Fear Country Club in Wilmington today, marking the third time that the Donald Ross-designed course has hosted the Carolinas Golf Association match play event.
The Carolinas Amateur was first played at Sans Souci Country Club (now Greenville Country Club) in Greenville, S.C., in 1910, with Berrien Brooks of Columbia defeating F.M. Laxton, of Charlotte, 2 and 1 in the title match.
A new champion will be crowned this year since neither 2007 champion Patrick Rada, of Anderson, S.C., nor runner-up Warren Thomas, of Columbia, S.C., are entered. The previous two champions, 2006 winner Scott McClellan of Cary, and 2005 champ Paul Simson of Raleigh, are in this year's field.
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