Golf Bag: Martin Scores Another Win
Zachary Martin, of Pinehurst, grabbed a two-shot lead with a first-round 71 and matched that in the final round to claim victory in the boys' 14-15 age division of the Tarheel Junior Championship in the Eastern Junior Golf Association tournament held at Whispering Woods Golf Club last weekend.
Martin's 142 total was eight shots clear of runner-up Taylor Coalson, of Mount Airy.
Alexander Meade, of Southern Pines, tied for eighth with 164. Ethan Harris, of Whispering Pines, was 11th with 171. Brandon Mawyer, of Whispering Pines, and Nicholas Thompson, of Southern Pines, tied for 14th with 172. Jake Bauer, of Carthage, was at 188, and Christian McDonald, of West End, at 193.
Christian Hawley, of Kernersville, used a final-round 68 to overcome a three-stroke deficit and win the boys' 16-18 division by a shot over Robert Hoadley, of Southern Pines. Hoadley opened with a 70.
Sam Packard, of Pinehurst, was third with 145, with Bryan Stewart, of Pinehurst, at 156. Philip Riggsbee, of Pinehurst, shot 158, and Colin Jameson, of Pinehurst 159. Daniel Tucker, of Carthage, shot 161.
Will Bundy, of Bennettsville, S.C., posted 154 to win the boys' 12-13 division, with J.P. Derkson, of Laurinburg, at 157. Sean Chang, of Southern Pines, was fifth with 168.
Ben Chrystler, of Whispering Pines, shot 159 to win the boys' 11 and under division.
Sarah Bae, of Raleigh, shot 159 to win the girls' 15-18 division. Taelor Rubin, of Raleigh, was second with 163. Samantha Gilder, of Pinehurst, was fifth with 172, while Laura Kinsman, of Whispering Pines, was at 186.
Amy Wooten shot 165 to win the girls' 11 and under division.
Boys & Girls: The deadline for entry into the annual Boys and Girls Homes charity golf tournament being held at Pinehurst's No. 8 Course on March 30 is only a week away.
The tournament is a Pinehurst scramble event open to men and women. The entry fee is $200 per player or $750 for a team of four.
For information, call Chairman Ron Jones at 295-1819 or at 638-9965.
Registration begins at 11:30, with a 1 p.m. shotgun start scheduled. An awards dinner, with steaks provided by The Barn Restaurant, of Southern Pines, and an auction will follow play.
The tournament raised $28,000 for the Boys and Girls Homes last year.
CPGA Directors: Three new members of the Carolinas PGA Board of Directors have begun two-year terms in the Carolinas PGA Section.
They are Chad Newton, of Pinewood Country Club, in Asheboro; Craig Sandstrum, of Echo Farms Golf and Country Club in Wilmington; and Woody Allen, of Ballantyne Resort in Charlotte.
Newton is serving Area IV, which encompasses the greater Greensboro area. He graduated in 1997 from Eastern Carolina University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He has previously been selected as the 2006 Carolinas PGA Merchandiser of the Year in the private category and has served on the Tournament and Special Awards and Honors committees.
Allen is serving Area VI, which encompasses Charlotte and the surrounding areas. He earned a marketing degree from Mississippi State University in the mid-1990s and from there went on to his first job as a PGA Member at Highland Creek in 1996.
Sandstrum will be serving Area VIII, which encompasses the area surrounding Wilmington and inland to the far edge of Sampson County. He graduated in 1992 from Methodist University with a business degree emphasizing professional golf management.
Play Golf: Methodist University Golf Club in Fayetteville will host a day of free golf activities during PGA Play Golf America Day from 10-4 March 28.
Created to showcase the game of golf in a fun and relaxed atmosphere, PGA Play Golf America Day is presented by the PGA of America, with presenting sponsors American Express and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
The day is designed to provide free expert instruction to golfers of all ages and skill levels, introduce new golfers to the game and provide equipment testing from the best brands in golf today. Highlighted will be free instruction and golf clinics conducted by more than 20 PGA professionals from throughout the Carolinas. Instruction will include 10-minute tuneups and demonstrations on all facets of the game for people of every skill level.
The first 500 people arriving at Methodist University Golf Club will receive a free goody bag and will be entered into raffle contests, which will be spread throughout the day. There will also be site-specific activities available, such as the "Putt-for-a-Car" contest. Registered participants will be given the opportunity to qualify throughout the day to putt for the grand prize car near the end of the event. There will also be long drive contests and Titleist ball-fitting available.
Several of the golf industry's leading equipment manufacturers, including Titleist, Callaway, Cobra and others, will be onsite to provide testing of the hottest products on the market.
Attendees will be able to test drivers on the range, wedges at the chipping area and putters on the practice green.
Representatives from each participating manufacturer will also be on hand to provide club fitting and product insight.
The event will also feature representatives from the PGA Trade-In Network.
This is a structured system in which golfers can trade in golf clubs for credit toward the purchase of new equipment from the Methodist University golf shop.
For a full schedule of events, or to pre-register for the event, visit the Web site at www.carolinas.pga.com or www.playgolfamericaday.com.
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