Golf Bag: Stewart Wins EJGA Event
Bryan Stewart continues to take care of business on the golf course.
The 17-year-old Pinecrest High School senior racked up another Eastern Junior Golf Association (EJGA) Tour win in the event held at National Golf Club last weekend. Stewart shot 72-73--145 to tie with Micha Lawrence of Sanford in the boys' 16-18 age division, then won in a playoff.
Austin Dunlap of Pinehurst and Charlie Kilzer of Charlotte tied for third with 150.
Joshua Martin of Pinehurst shot 73-71 -- 144 to win the 12-13 division by eight strokes over second place Eric Bae of Raleigh. Josh Stockwell of Aberdeen and Forest Putnam of Fayetteville tied for third with 154.
Jackson Moore of Isle of Palms, S.C., won the 14-15 division with 147, with Cody Roberts of Whispering Pines taking second at 153.
Zachary Martin of Pinehurst was fourth with 157.
Brian Chen of Cary shot 165 to win the 10-11 division, with Brian Subin of Pinehurst second at 177. Chris Kim of Raleigh won the 8-9 division with 154, followed by Symon Balbin of Pinehurst with 178.
Samantha Gilder of Pinehurst shot 80-79--159 to win the Girls' 13-18 division by 14 strokes over runner-up Morgan Cranford of Greensboro.
The EJGA's next event is scheduled for Gates Four Golf and Country Club in Fayetteville the weekend of Oct. 10-11.
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Mid-Amateur: Paul Tucker of Waxhaw used a final-round 67 to hang on and win the North Carolina Mid-Amateur Champ-ionship held at Pinewood Country Club in Asheville last weekend.
Tucker, who shot 70-69-67 -- 206, two shots better than Sherrill Britt of West End and Paul Simson of Raleigh, surged into the lead with a blistering 32 on the front nine Sunday but brought the others into contention when he made bogey on the 17th hole.
Simson, who needed only a par on the final hole to tie Tucker, made double bogey from a greenside bunker. Britt was consistent with nine pars on the final nine, but couldn't make the needed birdies.
Uly Grissette, the defending champion, needed a birdie on the final hole but also made double bogey from the same bunker and finished fourth.
Paul Jett, the course superintendent for Pinehurst No. 2, tied for 10th with 214, shooting rounds of 72-71-71. Frank McBrayer of Pinehurst tied for 36th with 224, and Glen Subin of Pinehurst was at 225.
The top 30 scores and ties are exempt into the 2010 championship.
Packard Rallies: Sam Packard didn't win the Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational held at The country Club of Spartanburg last weekend, but he did show some strong finishing power.
The Pinehurst native found himself well out of contention after an opening 80, but rallied with a strong 71 to finish at 151.
M.J. Maguire of St. Petersburg, Fla., won the event in a playoff against Austin Cody of North Charleston after they had tied at 135.
Women's Senior: Patty Moore of Charlotte will be shooting for her fourth straight title and her sixth victory in the last eight years when the 11th Carolinas Women's Senior Championship is played Tuesday and Wednesday at Forest Lake Club in Columbia.
Moore, a six-time winner of the Moore County Women's Amateur Championship who was inducted into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame last month, heads a field of 62 players who will be competing on the Maurice McCarthy-designed course that opened in 1926.
The par-72 layout will be set up at 5,645 yards for the 28 players competing in the Championship Division.
The Carolinas Senior Woman Player of the Year the last five years, Moore previously won this title in 2001, 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2008. She established the all-time scoring record in the 36-hole event by shooting 72-72--144 on the North Course at Raintree CC in Charlotte in 2006.
eGolf Tour: Dustin Bray, a former University of North Carolina star, shot 60-67-68 -- 195 to win the eGolf Tour event held at Walnut Creek Country Club in Goldsboro.
Bray, an Asheboro native, is a conditional player on the Nationwide Tour. He earned $30,000 for the victory, his first professional title since 2006. He opened up a huge lead with course-record 60 in the second round but had to hang on for a two-shot win over Chris Rogers of Nashville, Tenn., and Aaron Goldberg of San Diego.
Andy Bare of West End finished fifth with 200 and earned $9,000. David Sanchez of Pinehurst shot 208, tied for 35th and won $1,725.
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