Golf Bag: Simson Earns Sr. Am Berth
Paul Simson and John Bunn, of Raleigh, and Joe Robinson, of Rock Hill, S.C., shot 68 to share medalist honors in the U.S. Senior Amateur Championship sectional qualifying event held at Carolina Country Club in Raleigh Monday.
The fourth berth available was won by Bubba Judy, of Greensboro, with 69. There was a five-way playoff for the two alternate positions with Jim Van Ooteghen, of Seneca, S.C., claiming first alternate while Mike Jackson, of Canada, claimed the second spot. Gary Strickfaden, of Pinehurst, was among those who shot 72 and participated in the playoff.
Timothy Hunter, of Pinehurst, tied for 14th with 74. Ken Eichele and Charles Wilkins, of Pinehurst, tied for 41st with 79. Bob Klug, of Pinehurst, shot 81, and Allen Davidson, of Pinehurst, shot 85.
The U.S. Senior Amateur Championship will be played Sept. 12-17 at Beverly Country Club in Chicago.
Merren Aces: Pat Merren scored a hole-in-one on the par-3 ninth hole at Southern Pines Golf Club Wednesday. He used a 3-iron from 164 yards while playing with Bobby Desandy, George Hermann and Ed Bryan.
Virginias Win: The eight-golfer Virginias team won four final-day singles matches and halved two others to post a three-point win against the Carolinas and claim the 27th Virginias-Carolinas Junior Matches held at Boonsboro Country Club in Lynchburg.
The Virginias outscored the Carolinas 5-3 in singles for a 9-6 victory. Virginias notched its third straight win in the series.
Virginias' juniors went unbeaten in the first five matches to help the team build a 4-1 lead and retain the Vinny Giles Trophy.
Central Virginian Matthew Ball Jr., scored a win in the first match, getting past Caulder Moore (Isle of Palms, S.C.), 1-up. The Virginias also registered victories in matches three and four as Ji Soo Park, of Centreville, Va., bested Sam Packard, of Pinehurst, 2 and 1, while Daniel Walker (Earlysville, Va.) posted a 5 and 4 win over John Conners, of Apex.
Packard and partner Parker Allen, of Blythewood, S.C., won their earlier four-ball match against Ji Soo Park and Aaron Barna 1-up.
The Carolinas lead the all-time series, 14-12-1, but the Virginias own an 8-3-1 advantage in the last 12 meetings dating back to 1998.
Cardinal Amateur: Clayton Rotz, of Chambersburg, Pa., posted a 54-hole score of 208 to claim a three-stroke win over seven other players in the Cardinal Amateur Championship held Cardinal Golf Club in Greensboro.
Tying for second at 214 were Drew Younts, Will Bowman, Dustin Groves, Jin Jeong, Zack Byrd, Lee Bedford, Brent Blaum and Brian Westveer. David Chung, of Fayetteville, was at 215.
Jack Fields and Michael McGowan, of Southern Pines, shot 217 and Robert Hoadley, of Southern Pines shot 228.
HT Seniors: Brent Massey, of Zebulon, shot 76 to win the championship flight in the Harris Teeter Senior Amateur Tour event held at Longleaf Country Club.
Tommy Yamashita, of Pittsboro, was second with 79.
Jim Gregory, of Lexington, won flight A with 72. David Teal, of Fayetteville, and Wiley Barrett, of Southern Pines, tied for second with 78.
Joe Prairie, of Asheboro, won flight B with 77, while Charlie Williams, of Autryville, won flight C with 87 in a playoff against Ron Alligood, of Advance.
Egolf Tour: Bob Christenson, of Fuquay-Varina, shot 74 to win the championship flight of the Egolf Amateur Tour event held at Longleaf Country Club.
Tim Thilo, of Greensboro, won flight A in a playoff with Kenny Smith, of Randleman, and David Teal, of Fayetteville, after they had tied at 76.
Tim Ward, of Greensboro, won flight B with 76, while Austin Craven, of Winston-Salem, won Flight C with 79.
Dobbs Wins: Kyle Dobbs, of Tequesta, Fla., posted a 54-hole score of 198 to win the eGolf Professional Tour event held at River Run Country Club in Davidson and NorthStone Golf Club in Huntersville. He earned $30,000.
Scott Weatherly, of Fort Payne, Ala., and Matt Davidson, of Chapel Hill, tied for second with 203, earning $16,000 each. David Sanchez, of Pinehurst, shot 206 and picked up $4,500. Andy Bare, of West End, shot 208, earning $2,783.
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