Golf Bag: Weather Bad, But Scores Good
The weather was bad, but everything considered, the scores were pretty good in the fourth Winternational Junior Series event.
Austin Dunlap, of Pinehurst, posted a solid 37-34--71 on Pinehurst Resort's No. 6 Course to win the Junior/Senior Division. The inclement weather forced the cancellation of the first round scheduled for Saturday.
Dunlap scored a lone birdie on the front nine but picked up two on the back to finish two strokes ahead of Bryan Stewart, of Pinehurst, and Lee Ramsey, of Charlotte, who tied for second with 73.
Andrew Fowler, of Cary, was fourth with 74, followed by Marshall Richie, of Concord, with 76.
Kyle Kochevar, of Glen Ellyn, Ill., put together a round of 37-33--70 to win the Freshman/Sophomore Division. Chris Hickman, of Centerville, Md., and Erik Benson, of Norwood, tied for second with 76.
Benjamin Dietrich, of Conover, was fourth with 82, followed by Sean Chang, of Aberdeen, with 87.
Summer Barmore, of Pinehurst, picked up her first victory in the Girls' Division with 81, placing three strokes in front of Brooke Kochevar, of Glen Ellyn, Ill. Elizabeth Hall, of Pinehurst, was third with 88.
The fifth event in the Winternational Junior Series is scheduled for Jan. 15-17. This event will be held on the Tom Fazio-designed Pinehurst No. 4 Course.
For information, call Peter deYoung at 295-5661, or visit the Web site at www.juniorgolfpinehurst.com.
Carolinas' Best: McKenzie Talbert, of North Augusta, S.C., and Andy Knox, of Cary, are the 2009 Carolinas Golf Association Junior Golfers of the Year.
Joining Talbert on the All Carolinas Girls' Team are Maureen Dunnagan, of Lexington, and Collins Bradshaw, of Columbia, S.C.
Damon Postal, of Blythewood, S.C., and Payne McLeod, of Reidsville, made the boys' elite threesome.
Talbert, a 14-year-old freshman at Strom Thurmond High School, earned the Girls' Player of the Year award by winning the CPGA Charles Tilghman Junior along with finishing as runner-up in the S.C. Girls' Junior, the Blade Junior and the Joe Cheves Junior.
Talbert was a member of the winning South Carolina team in the South Carolina-Georgia Junior Challenge Matches. She has also been named the Beth Daniels South Carolina Junior Player of the Year by the South Carolina Junior Golf Association.
Knox, a 17-year-old high school senior at Apex High School, earned the Boys' Player of the Year honor by winning the N.C. Junior and the Joe Cheves Junior.He also finished second in the Charles Tilghman Junior and fourth in the CGA Carolinas Junior.
Knox qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur, where he reached match play before losing a close first-round match.He has represented the Carolinas in the Carolinas-Virginias Junior Team Matches for the past three years, tying the record for the most appearances, and will play collegiate golf for the Spartans of UNC-Greensboro.
Dunnagan, an 18-year-old senior at Lexington High School, won the Carolinas Girls' Junior, tied for third in the Charles Tilghman Junior and finished in fourth place in the S.C. Girls' Junior and the CPGA Junior along with four other top 10 finishes.She plans to play college golf for N.C. State.
Bradshaw, a 16-year-old sophomore at A.C. Flora High School, won the the Blade Junior, finished third in the S.C. Girls' Junior and tied for third in the Charles Tilghman Junior.
Postal, a 17-year-old senior at Blythewood High School, was third in both the CPGA Junior and the Joe Cheves Junior, reached the semifinals in the S.C. Junior Match Play and finished in seventh place in the S.C. Boys' Junior.
He has signed to play college golf for Winthrop University.
McLeod, an 18-year-old senior at Reidsville High School, was runner-up in the N.C. Junior and the N.C. Trusted Choice Big I Junior Classic and third in the Bobby Chapman Junior.McLeod also finished tied for 13th in the National Trusted Choice Big I Junior Classic. He has signed to play collegiate golf at UNC-Wilmington.
The three leading points recipients in each division will be recognized at the Carolinas Golf Association's Annual Meeting and Golf Night Feb. 12 at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines.
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