Golf Bag: Riesen, Chauncey Champs
It took the worst shot of the tournament to give them a wake-up call, but Robert Riesen, of Pinehurst, and Phillip Chauncey, of Durham, are the North Carolina Four-Ball champions.
Riesen and Chauncey, teammates on the University of North Carolina golf team, rode a sensational 11-under-par second round to the win, shooting 67-61-67 -- 195 to claim a two-stroke victory over the runner-up duo of Paul Daniel and Uly Grisette.
The Tar Heel teammates used the second-round 61 to forge a seven-stroke lead going into the final round at Ocean Ridge Plantation in Sunset Beach. And they needed it to stave off the charging Daniel and Grisette.
"We were having a kind of mediocre round, kind of cruising along and hadn't made a bogey until the 14th hole," Riesen told reporters. "Phillip was in trouble and then I shanked my second shot from the fairway. It woke us up a little bit."
The wake-up call bogey, their first of the championship, came just in time as Daniel, of Winston-Salem, and Grisette, of Clemmons, birdied the final four holes of the event to close with a 61 and only two shots back.
Riesen, a senior, and Chauncey, a sophomore, proceeded to go birdie-eagle to close on a tear.
"We played really well Saturday and just well enough today to win," Chauncey said. The players earned $1,000 in gift certificates.
Chris Eaves of Burgaw and Brent Parrish of Clinton took third place with 66-201,15 under par.
Frank McBrayer and Sherrill Britt, of West End, tied for fourth with 203. Dyrck Fanning, the general manger of Bayonet at Puppy Creek Golf Club, and Scott Benton, of Lumberton, tied for seventh with 205. Wynn Solle, of Pinehurst, and Skip Taylor, of Flat Rock, tied for 16th with 211.
The Carolinas Golf Association championship, which was held on Ocean Ridge's Panther's Run and Lion's Paw courses, is open to male amateur golfers in North Carolina and attracted a starting field of 72 two-man teams.
TYGA: Robert Hoadley, of Southern Pines, and Zach Edmondson of Morrisville teamed to their match in the Tarheel Youth Golf Association East-West matches at Seven Lakes Country Club.
Hoadley and Edmondson won 4 and 3 as the Eats nipped the West 11-9.
Cody Roberts, of Whispering Pines, and Joshua Martin, of Pinehurst, won their match 6 and 5, while Zachary Martin and Kendrick Vinar won 3 and 2.
Gates Four Pro-Am: Carolinas PGA Hall of Famer Bob Boyd, of Wilmington, shot a 4-under-par 68 to win the Gates Four Pro-Am.
Rob Pilewski, of King's Grant in Fayetteville, tied for second with Jeff Avant at 69.
Boyd's team, with amateurs Randy Bancroft, Jeff Bailey and Gary Janney and Pilewski, with amateurs Dave Savage, Don Hodgen and George Holden shared the team title with 13-under-par 59s.
Veterans Day: The Carolina and Woodlake Resort are offering special discounts to active, retired, reservist or National Guard personnel who would like to play on Tuesday, Veterans Day.
These golfers can play for $25 with a valid ID. Call Woodlake at 245-7137 or The Carolina at 949-2811 for tee times.
Tour Qualifiers: Frank Adams III tied for sixth in the PGA Tour First Stage Qualifier held in Florence, S.C. David Sanchez of Pinehurst tied for 11th as 23 golfers earned berths in the second stage.
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