Golf Bag: Pinehurst Goes Platinum
Pinehurst Resort has done better than striking gold, landing on Golf Magazine's Platinum Medals list.
The April issue of the magazine contains the 20th anniversary of its "Best Resorts Awards," which honors the 75 greatest golf destinations in North America.
Pinehurst is among the 10 resorts named in the new Platinum list, which includes the upper echelon of golf properties that excel in course design and playability while providing luxurious accommodations.
The other Platinum resorts are The American Club, Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Four Seasons Resort Lana'i at Manele Bay, the Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa, The Greenbrier, The Broadmoor, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Pebble Beach Resorts and Sea Island Resort.
Pinehurst also made the Green Awards list, an honor given to the 10 most eco-friendly destinations that have placed a serious emphasis on resource conservation and protection. The other resorts included on this list are Kiawah Island, Mauna Lani Resort, Turning Stone Resort & Casino, Barton Creek Resort & Spa, Pebble Beach Resorts, The Broadmoor, Amelia Island Plantation, Reynolds Plantation and Kapalua Resort.
Pine Needles Lodge and Mid Pines Inn were listed among the Silver resorts.
CGA Awards: The Carolinas Golf Association executive committee has awarded $102,000 for 2008 Carolinas Golf Foundation projects.
The CGA administers the CGF, absorbs CGF administrative costs and approves CGF activities.
Monies are donated to various junior golf, women's golf and turfgrass scholarships and turfgrass projects in the Carolinas.
Since its inception in 1977, the CGF has donated more than $1,000,000 to support golf in the Carolinas.
Donations have been awarded to six Carolinas community colleges to help defray costs for turfgrass students; Clemson University turfgrass student scholarships; North Carolina State University turfgrass student scholarships; South Carolina Junior Golf Association; assistance with USGA Junior Amateur/USGA Girls' Junior travel expenses and with junior girls' tournament administrative costs;
First Tee of Greater Charleston, S.C.; Women's Carolinas Golf Association; North Carolina Women's Golf Association; Pinehurst Country Club for the 2008 U.S. Amateur Championship; First Tee of Wilmington, Carolinas PGA Section; LPGA/USGA Junior Girls' golf programs; First Tee of Spartanburg, S.C.; First Tee of the Sandhills; Central Piedmont Community College for Turfgrass Research Project; First Tee of Triad; and First Tee of Brunswick County.
Tarheel Tour: David Robinson, of Sandersonville, Ga., shot 73-70-68 -- 211 to win the Tarheel Tour's season-opening event held at RiverTowne Golf Club in Mount Pleasant, S.C.
His 5-under-par total was one stroke better than Michael Valicenti of West Palm Beach, Fla., and earned him $18,500. Valicenti won $10,000.
Finishing third at 213 was Will McGirt, of Boiling Springs, S.C. McGirt, a native of Fairmont, won $7,500. Frank Adams III, of Laurinburg, tied for 37th with 222.
Harris Teeter: Pinehurst golfers dominated the first regular event of the season on the Harris Teeter Senior Tour at Sapona Country Club in Lexington.
Ken Eichele, a two-time national champion survived a scorecard playoff to win the championship flight after tying in regulation with Mike Smith, of Lewisville, at 75. David Williams of Raleigh was third with 78.
Jim Rachels and William Hiner of Pinehurst took first and second places in flight A. Rachels shot 73, while Hiner had a 74. Eddie Trent of Greensboro was third with 75.
Bill Couick, of Lexington, defeated Tim Lovill of Mount Airy for the flight B title in a card playoff after they had deadlocked at 81.
Dale Rucker, of Galax, Va., won flight C with 87.
"This was great start for the regular season," said Tour Director Bruce Hallenbeck. "We filled every cart they had."
Egolf Tour: Swirling winds took their toll on scores in the Egolf Amateur Tour event held at Sapona Country Club in Lexington as only one player in the field was able to break 80.
Winds gusting to more than 45 miles per hour made it a difficult day for scoring as James Goin of Winston-Salem won the championship flight with 79.
Tod Dauler, of Greensboro, took second with 80, while Bryan Sepcih, of Winston-Salem, shot 81.
Chris Hensley, of Wake Forest, who had won flight B in the first two events of the season and had been bumped up to flight A by Tour Director Bruce Hallenbeck, proved he had earned the promotion by shooting 81 to win by a stroke over Greg Grabus of Raleigh.
Lewis Wilson, of Greensboro, made his season debut successful by shooting an 85 and winning flight B by three shots over Lucas McDonald of Hamlet.
Danny Keever, of High Point, still recovering from major surgery, braved the cold, windy conditions to shoot 96 and win flight C. Jason Smith, of Winston-Salem, was a shot back.
Golfers interested in joining either the Egolf Tour or the Harris Teeter Senior Tour can contact Hallenbeck at (919) 499-9749, or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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