Tourneys Galore: Martin Scores Route in Carolinas Junior
There were golf tournaments everywhere last week, as everyone from juniors to super seniors competed around the Carolinas.
Joshua Martin, of Pinehurst, scored a runaway victory in the 12-13 age division of the 60th Carolinas Junior Championship, taking a seven-stroke victory over runner-up Trace Crowe, of Easley, S.C., on the Country Club of North Carolina Dogwood Course.
Martin opened with a 67 and added rounds of 76-70 for a 213 total.
Collin Witiak, of Columbia, S.C., started fast with a 5-under-par 67 on Tuesday, then hung on with rounds of 73-74 to win the overall championship with a 2-under-par score of 214.
A rising high school senior, Witiak finished a stroke ahead of a charging Grayson Murray, of Raleigh, who shot 70-74-71--215. Murray, who will be a sophomore this fall, won the 14-15 age division by nine strokes over Matthew Nesmith, of Augusta, Ga.
Samuel Packard, of Pinehurst, took third with 72-71-74 -- 217, a shot better than Andy Knox, of Cary.
Robert Hoadley, of Southern Pines, rode a second-round 70 to a tie for sixth at 221, but was hurt by a final-round 76. Cody Roberts, of Whispering Pines, missed the cut with a 167 for the first two rounds.
Caleb Proveaux, of Leesville, S.C., won the 11 and under division with a 27-hole score of 112, seven strokes clear of second-place James Sugg, of Pinehurst. Sean Chang, of Aberdeen, was fourth with 121.
Golf Pride Junior.: The U.S. Women's Open may be taking a hiatus from Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club, but the junior players of America are doing their best to fill the void.
The American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) is returning to host the Golf Pride Junior Classic Aug. 10-13 at Pine Needles, which held Women's Opens in 1996, 2001 and 2007, will host top junior golfers, ages 12-18.
This 54-hole stroke play event for players 12-18 features 99 players from 19 states.
The boys' division is led by Logan Harrell, of Huntersville, who is ranked No. 23 in the Polo Golf Rankings.
Among the boys is Patrick McGowan, whose grandmother Peggy Kirk Bell and family own and operate Pine Needles as well as neighboring Mid Pines Inn Golf Club.
McGowan, headed for the University of North Carolina; Zachary Bates, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; Ford Fischer, of Dallas; Sam Jandel, of Dayton, Ohio; and David Tepe, of Liberty Township, Ohio, are all 2009 graduates in the field who have signed national letters of intent.
The girls' division is just as competitive, with No. 43-ranked Annie Park, of Levittown, N.Y., looking for her third career AJGA victory. Kelly Drack, of Melbourne, Fla., has signed a national letter of intent with the University of Denver, and looks to add another victory to her 2009 resume, which includes a win at the Burgett H. Mooney Jr. Rome Classic.
CPGA Senior: Bob Boyd, of Wilmington, celebrated his 54th birthday Wednesday by winning the only Carolina PGA Section major championship that had eluded him, shooting 68-68 -- 136 to claim the Senior Championship held at Thistle Golf Club in Sunset Beach by two strokes over Mike Lawrence, of Easley, S.C.
Larry Boswell, of Jamestown, and Mark Wagner, of Statesville, will share the amateur division title, tying with 142. John Green, of Ocean Isle, won the super senior division with 143.
Chick Evans, of Southern Pines, tied for eighth with 146. Don Padgett, of Pinehurst, tied for 12th with 147 after both had opened with 69s. Cott Cain, of Pinehurst, was at 156, and Richard Wainwright, of Pinehurst, wasat 162. Evans also won the $150 professional bonus purse.
Donavan Bachtell, of Southern Pines, was fifth in the amateurs 50-55 division with 154. Ken Eichele, of Pinehurst, tied for third in the 56-58 division with 148. Spike Smith, of Pinehurst, was third in the 59-61 flight with 146. Gary Strickfaden, of Pinehurst, tied for second in the 62 and up flight with 148.
Herb Conway, of Whispering Pines, shot 146 to tie for fourth in the super senior division. William Hiner, of Pinehurst, was 13th with 153. Chuck Daley and Hal Dugenske, of Whispering Pines, tied for 14th with 154. John Gerwig, of Whispering Pines, tied for 16th with 156, and Luke Scesa, of Pinehurst, was 25th with 171.
First Tee: John Dunlap, of Hamlet, and The First Tee of Sandhills has been selected to play in the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach presented by Nature Valley, an official Champions Tour event that will be held Sept. 4-6.
Dunlap is one of 70 junior golfers from 49 Chapters of The First Tee worldwide that was selected into the field. Dunlap attends Richmond Senior High School and has been playing golf for five years.He has a 5.4 handicap.
Twin States: Courtney Taylor, of Gastonia, shot 1-under-par 70 to win the Twin States Junior Girls' Golf Championship held at Bentwinds Country club in Fuquay-Varina Wednesday.
Defending champion Anne Marie Covar, of Edgefield, S.C., was tied for the lead heading into 18 when she missed the green in regulation and was unable to get up and down to force a playoff.
Samantha Gilder, of Pinehurst, shot 166 to finish 41st.
N.C. Juniors: Tanner Owen, of High Point, defeated Will Blalock, of Gastonia, 3 and 2 to win the North Carolina Junior Boys' Championship held at Asheboro Golf Club.
Other flight winners were Elliott Grayson, of Shelby; Jacob Haithcock, of Burlington; David Kocher, of Charlotte; and Benji Schlottman, of Advance.
Sean Chang, of Aberdeen, lost to Kyle Austin 3 and 2 in the first flight quarterfinals. Joshua Stockwell, of Aberdeen, lost 1-up to Harrison Rhoades, of Raleigh, in the second flight quarterfinals.
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