Golf Bag: Chandler Going to Disney World
Bradley Chandler is the latest First Tee of the Sandhills member to debut on the national scene.
Chandler, whose sister Lisa played with Arnold Palmer in the Wal-Mart Pro-Am at Pebble Beach a few years ago, is packing his bags and heading to Walt Disney World Resort for the second annual Future Leaders Forum.
Lisa, who is playing for High Point College these days, also won the Moore County Women's Amateur championship in 2006 and also works with The First Tee of the Sandhills when she's home.
In a partnership between the Toro Co., Walt Disney World Resort and The First Tee, this innovative educational program helps strengthen leadership skills, prepare for college, and explore the many career disciplines in and outside the game of golf.
During a three-day immersion in the sport, business and science of golf, 50 outstanding students from The First Tee facilities around the world will attend this year's Future Leaders Forum, Nov. 6-9, and receive practical training to become productive leaders in their classrooms, communities and careers.
The Future Leaders Forum is being held in conjunction with the Children's Miracle Network Classic presented by Wal-Mart, the final stop on the 2008 PGA Tour Fall Series. The forum came to life when the Toro Co., Walt Disney World Resort and The First Tee teamed together last year to provide a unique learning experience for 50 students from worldwide Chapters of The First Tee.
EJGA: John Connors of Apex shot 74-71 -- 145 to claim a two-stroke win in the boys' 16-18 division of the Eastern Junior Golf Association tournament held at the Country Club of Whispering Pines last weekend.
Connors was two shots better than Jack Keefe, of Fayetteville, and Josh Nichols, of Winston-Salem. Nichols had opened with a 72, the low round of the tournament.
Austin Dunlap, of Pinehurst, tied for 16th with 159. Sam Packard, of Pinehurst, was at 161. Brian Stewart, of Pinehurst, at 164. Colin Jameson, of Pinehurst, at 167, and Daniel Tucker, of Carthage, at 171.
Grant Houser, of Holly Springs, won the boys' 14-15 division with 147, a stroke better than Alex Elhert, of Raleigh.
Dylan Harris, of Southern Pines, was fourth with 153, while Nicholas Thompson, of Southern Pines was at 161. Brandon Mawyer, of Whispering Pines, was at 173. Alex Meade, of Southern Pines, and Conner Reilly, of Whispering Pines, were at 175. Ethan Harris, of Whispering Pines, at 190, and Christian McDonald, of Pinebluff, was at 201.
Josh Stockwell, of Aberdeen, won the 12-13 boys' division with 164.
Eric Bae, of Raleigh, shot 159 to win the boys' 10-11 division, with A.J. Beechler and James Sugg, of Pinehurst, tying for second with 171. Brian D'Ostroph, of Whispering Pines, shot 201. Brian Subin, of Pinehurst, shot 203, and Drew Viney, of Pinehurst, had 203.
Sarah Bae, of Raleigh, shot 155 to win the girls' division, followed by Marjorie Whitney, of Wilmington, at 169. Caitlyn Morrone, of Aberdeen, was fifth with 177, while Kristyn Morrone, of Aberdeen, was at 180.
The deadline for entries into the EJGA event to be held at Hyland Hills Golf Club next weekend is Monday. For information, call Stuart Taylor at 695-6073.
Jim Ferree: Long-time professional Jim Ferree, the poster-boy for the PGA Champions Tour logo, will be inducted into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in December.
Ferree, a member of four other halls of fame, will become the 56th inductee into the South Carolina shrine on Dec. 6 in ceremonies at Columbia Country Club.
In addition to winning tournaments on both the PGA Tour and the PGA Champions Tour, Ferree served as director of golf at Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island, but he endures in golf lore as the knicker-clad player on the Champions Tour logo.
Ferree, 77, is a native of Pinebluff, who grew up in Winston-Salem and learned the game from his father, Purvis, a club professional. He twice qualified for the USGA junior championship and won the Southern Conference championship playing for the University of North Carolina.
His PGA Tour title came in the 1958 Vancouver Open, and he added Champions Tour wins to his resume in 1986 and 1991. He won the Champions Tour's comeback player of the year award in 1993 and earned 23 super seniors wins.
At the advent of the Champions Tour (then called the PGA Senior Tour), several players wore knickers to emphasize nostalgia and also to contrast with the PGA Tour. In searching for a distinctive logo, then-commissioner Deane Beman decided on a knicker-clad golfer and chose Ferree for his model.
Other honors include induction into the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame, Carolinas Golf Reporters Hall of Fame, Tri-State PGA Hall of Fame, University of North Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame and a place on the Southern Conference's 75th Anniversary Golf Team.
For ticket information, call the South Carolina Golf Association at (803) 732-9311.
Patriot Ace: The Patriot Foundation Pro-Am means a lot of thing to a lot of people, especially military dependents who have lost loved ones in combat. But for Charley Wallace of St. Louis, it also holds a special memory.
Wallace, who plays to an 11 handicap, made a hole-in-one on Saturday at National Golf Club. He holed a 5-iron on the second hole, a par-3 with all carry over water. According to witnesses, it was "a perfect shot that never left the flag."
Think maybe Wallace will be back next year for another shot?
The tournament, in its sixth year, raised $100,000 for its charities.
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