Golf Bag: Moore Women, Men at SPGC
The Women of Moore County decide their annual amateur championship Tuesday and Wednesday at Southern Pines Golf Club.
Now the men of Moore have announced that their championship will be held on the same resurrected Donald Ross course Aug. 30-31.
The 67th Moore County Men's Amateur, sponsored by The First Tee of the Sandhills, is open to all male amateur golfers 16 and older. There is no county residency requirement, assuring that some of the states' better amateur golfers will be seeking the title.
Sherrill Britt came from behind last year to win the championship which was held at the Country Club of Whispering Pines. He is expected to be strongly challenged by 2006 champion Ryan Fox, of West End.
Entry and sponsor forms are available at Robert's Golf Shop.
N.C. Amateur: A couple of historical milestones will be marked when the 48th North Carolina Amateur Championship is played at Raleigh Country Club beginning Thursday.
Not only is this the first time the 72-hole stroke-play event will be contested on the Donald Ross-designed course, but also it is the first time it has been held in the state's capital city.
Raleigh Country Club, which recently underwent an extensive restoration, is claimed to be the last course designed by Ross before his death in 1948.
A new champion is guaranteed because last year's winner, Jerry Richardson Jr., is not entered.
Paul Simson, of Raleigh, a four-time winner, is among the favorites. Simson, who is now claiming his share of senior amateur championships, won in 1991 at Alamance CC in Burlington, in 1996 at Mimosa Hills in Morganton, in 2000 at River Run in Davidson and in 2004 at Croasdaile in Durham.
A total of 571 golfers with handicap indexes of 5.4 or less submitted entries. The starting field of 140 players came from those who earned exemptions based on past performance and those who survived 18-hole qualifying tests that were held at six sites during the past month. The field will be cut to the low-60 scorers and ties after 36 holes.
For more information, visit the Carolinas Golf Association's Championship Home Page online at www.carolinas golf.org.
Lance Two-Man: The Lance Two-Man Team Championship, a staple on the Charlotte golf calendar that draws some of the state's top amateurs, moves to a new venue this summer.
The July 12-13 event takes place at Olde Sycamore Golf Plantation. This is the seventh year for the tournament, which had previously been played at Stonebridge Golf Club.
Tournament Director Dennis McCormac believes the change of venue will add to the event's luster.
"Olde Sycamore is well-known among better players for its excellent course conditions," McCormac said. "The club also provides us with more amenities and a convenient location just off I-485. This should be a great venue for 2008, and hopefully years to come."
The Lance Two-Man has established itself as one of the premier best-ball championships in the greater Charlotte region and expects to draw a field of 55-60 teams.
Competition is in two divisions -- gross and net -- with a minimum purse of $5,000 in gift certificates from Edwin Watts Golf. All golfers with verifiable handicaps of 0-16 are eligible to enter.
The format is 36 holes of best ball, with gift certificates awarded to the top 10 teams in both the gross and divisions.
The entry fee is $175 per person or $350 per team. The fee includes cart and green fees, range balls, Lance snacks, Saturday lunch and prizes. Practice rounds are available that week at a special rate.
Applications are available at Olde Sycamore and all Edwin Watts locations in Charlotte. Registration is also available online at www.amateurgolftour.net. For information, call Dennis McCormac at (704) 844-8264.
Hickory Classic: The Greater Hickory Classic has extended its presenting sponsorship agreement with Kia Motors America through the 2008 tournament.
The sixth edition of the PGA Tour's Champions Tour event is Sept. 8-14, at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover.
Kia has served as the tournament's presenting sponsor since 2006.
"We have been fortunate to collaborate with Kia over the past several years," said Don Beaver, CEO and president, Rock Barn Golf & Spa and chairman of the Greater Hickory Classic Foundation. "We look forward to enhancing the mutual success we've each experienced as this tournament continues to grow."
HT Seniors: Alan Dirk didn't have to do much more than roll out of bed to get to the first tee in the Harris Teeter Senior Amateur Tour event held at Carolina Trace.
Dirk lives in the golf community and plays there regularly. That may help explain how he covered the 6,283-yard, par-72 Lakes course without carding a bogey en route to a 67 and an 8-shot margin of victory in the championship flight.
Chuck Latham, of Vass, was fifth with 77.
Neil Bleau, of Durham, won flight B with an 81 in playoff against Wayne Ricks, of Pinehurst.
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