Golf Bag: Liebler Mid-Amateur Champ
Steve Liebler, of Irmo, S.C., ended 20 years of frustration Sunday by winning the Carolinas Mid-Amateur Championship. It was the first Carolinas Golf Association individual title for Liebler after two decades of competition.
The championship didn’t come easily for Liebler, who had to stave off a determined final-round bid from Paul Simson, of Raleigh, a hall of fame competitor who has won 20 CGA titles during his storied career.
Both Liebler and Simson shot 69 in the final round with the champion winning by a stroke on the Furman University Golf Club course. Liebler shot 71-76-69—216, while Simson posted 74-74-69—217.
Scott Harvey, of Greensboro, made a strong bid with a front-nine 30 but three-putted the final hole for a 69 to finish at 218 and solo third.
Sherrill Britt, of West End, shot 225, while Daniel Neveu, of Pinehurst, was at 227. Frank McBrayer, of West End, shot 233 and Wynn Solle, of Pinehurst, was at 234. William Carter, of Laurinburg, the reigning Moore County Amateur champion, shot 235. Jason Cox, of West End, was at 236.
Women’s Senior: Melissa Sage is among the 58 players competing Tuesday and Wednesday in the seventh annual Women’s Senior Championship being held at Cedarwood Country Club in Charlotte.
This will be the third CGA major championship hosted by Cedarwood, an Ellis Maples-designed course that opened in 1964 and was renovated by Kris Spence in 2005. The club previously was the site of the 2007 N.C. Junior and the 2008 N.C. Senior.
Also in the field of 50-and-over competitors are Patty Moore, of Charlotte, Diane Yelovich, of Pinehurst, and Pat Brogden, of Garner. Moore, the CGA Senior Player of the Year in 2009, won the title in 2004 and 2008. Yelovich won in 2005 and Garner in 2007.
Tin Whistles: Lawrence Lowe posted a net 62 to win the Tin Whistles’ Kenworth Memorial Tournament held April 17 on Pinehurst No. 5.
Kris Lynch and Sam Sayers tied for second at 64 with Lynch winning a card playoff. Murray Stern was fourth with 66.
Senior-Junior: The inaugural Carolinas Senior-Junior Championship will be held at North Ridge Country Club’s Lakes Course in Raleigh July 1.
The new event on the Carolinas Golf Association’s schedule features 18 holes of the Pinehurst/Chapman format where both team members tee off, play the partner’s ball, then select one ball which is played alternately until holed.
Junior players must be between the ages of 8 and 18 and not have started college, while senior males must be at least 55 and females at least 50. A field of 100 is expected for the 9 a.m. shotgun start. Trophies will be awarded to the overall winning team based on the gross score and to each flight winner and runner-up.
For information, visit the website at www.carolinasgolf.org.
Junior Tour: The rapidly growing Hurricane Junior Golf Tour will officially launch events in the state of North Carolina this summer. These events will take place in areas such as Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Raleigh and Greensboro. The inaugural North Carolina series will begin on June 5-6 at the Bermuda Run Golf Club.
In the past three seasons, the tour has had increases in tournaments from 20 to nearly 50. The boys’ competition consists of three age divisions, 10-12, 13-15 and 16-19. The girls compete in two divisions, which are 10-14 and 15-19.
“Everyone at the HJGT looks forward to hosting events in North Carolina and giving juniors a better experience on a bigger stage,” said Mario Conte, executive director of the HJGT. “Our goal is to bring a tour to North Carolina that juniors will love to play on and ultimately help them achieve their goal of playing college golf.”
The tour currently carries exemptions for the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA), and junior golfers will have the opportunity to earn Tarheel Junior Golf Association (TYGA) and National Junior Golf Scoreboard (NJGS) rankings at all Carolina events.
For more information about the tour, visit the website at www.hjgt.org or call (904) 379-2697.
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