GOLF BAG: Ulrich, Ford Vie for Title
Defending champion Gus Ulrich and Steve Ford meet on Pinehurst Resort's No. 2 Course Monday for the Pine Crest Cup Match play Championship.
Ulrich defeated Doug Baker in the semifinals, while Ford ousted Will Morgan. Ulrich is seeking his third title, also having won in 2001.
Chuck Wunsch, who topped Dick Wilson in the semifinals, will meet the winner of the Dr. Glenn Subin-Chip Wells match, which was being played at the Country Club of North Carolina.
Play begins on No. 2 Monday at 12:30, and the public is invited.
Moore Defends: Patty Moore does not stay out of the winner's circle for very long.
Moore, the Charlotte resident who also owns a home in Pinehurst and has netted five Moore County Women's Amateur titles, defended her title in the 11th Carolinas Women's Match Play Championship at Cowans Ford Country Club in Stanley last week.
Moore was upset by Dianne Yelovich in the recent Moore County event, but regained her winning form with a victory in the Carolinas Golf Association championship.
She played no favorites as to age, knocking off 17-year-old Laura Wearn of Charlotte 4 and 2 in the semifinals, then topping 50-year-old Maggie Weder of Greenville 2-up in the title match.
In the tournament division, Lu Hauser, of Conover, won over Gwen Gore of Denver 7 and 6.
HT Seniors: Terry Collins, of Pinehurst, holed a 170-yard approach shot for eagle on the 14th hole at Mid Pines Golf Club and went on to shoot 73 and win the championship flight of the Harris Teeter Senior Amateur Tour by a stroke over Willie Hendricks, of Durham.
Ken Eichele, of Pinehurst, tied for fourth with 76.
Gil Ro, of Pinehurst, tied for fourth in flight A with 77. Dick Skobo, of Seven Lakes, won flight B with 78.
CPGA: Vic Lipscomb, of Spartanburg, S.C., and Donald Clement, of Pawley's Island, S.C., won the Carolinas PGA Senior-Junior Championship by surviving a three-way card playoff after they had tied with 65 on the Wachesaw Plantation Club course.
Scott Davenport and Charles Frost, of Charlotte, claimed second, while Larry George, of Wallace, and Bern Coulter, of Wilmington, were third.
Former Foxfire professional Tom Graber and partner Keith Goodaker tied for 10th with 68, while Rich Wainwright and Don Sweeting, of Pinehurst, tied for 14th with 70.
Tarheel Tour: Roberto Castro used a final-round 68 to stave off Scotland's Joel Hendry by four shots and win the River Hills Open in Lake Wylie, S.C., with a 54-hole total of 13-under-par 203. He earned $17,000.
Former N.C. State All-American David Sanchez tied for third place at 8-under.
McGladrey: A field of 156, featuring foursomes led by a PGA professional, will compete at Pinehurst. No. 8 Tuesday in a bid to land a berth in the 2008 PGA McGladrey National Team Championship.
The Carolinas Section Team Championship is one of 41 being conducted from April through early September nationwide and will form the field in the second PGA McGladrey Team Championship, Oct. 20-22, at Pinehurst.
Conducted by the PGA of America, the PGA McGladrey Team Championship is the first grass-roots amateur best-ball championship managed by the PGA of America. PGA professionals and amateurs compete for a minimum combined purse of $15,000 at each section championship and $200,000 at the national championship. Amateurs win gift certificates.
The164-player National Team Championship field will compete on three of Pinehurst's premier layouts, Nos. 2, 4 and 8.
Mandell Web Site: Golf course architect Richard Mandell and Prexis Studios have created a comprehensive Web site in response to market demands and the need to stay in front of the curve in a competitive business.
The site focuses on what makes Mandell a primary competitor in the world of course design and development, whether new projects or renovations.
"Since I was 15 years old, I've been captivated by the playing fields of golf," Mandell said. "Those golf courses of my earliest memories have two concepts in common: Simplicity in design and the inspiration of the land. These are the cornerstones of my thought process each time I put pencil to paper or develop a solution in the field."
The site, www.golf-architecture.com, chronicles the almost two-decade professional career of Mandell and focuses on his commitment to the golf industry as a writer, historian and teacher in incorporating the lost concept of strategy into course design, whether on a new site or by transforming a tight golf hole where no one else recognized the potential.
Mandell's Web site addresses many of the questions and concerns one may have about hiring the best architect for the project. Not only does he share his design theories and methodology, he shares testimonials from past and current clients as well as some of the leading golf architecture critics.
BackPack Pals: Foxfire Country Club members Brian Manley and Dale Andress conducted a recent fundraiser during the recent member-guest tournament for BackPack Pals.
Members of the Foxfire Women's Association also conducted a raffle during their member-guest.
Linda Hubbard, volunteer coordinator for the Moore County school system, accepted the check from the members.?
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