Golf Bag: Moore Am a Battle Royal
If Sherrill Britt decides to play both rounds this year, the Moore County Men’s Amateur Championship should be a battle royal when it’s played at Seven Lakes Country Club Aug. 14-15.
Britt has won the county title so many times he has trouble remembering just how many. (It’s four.) But he played only the first round last year at Legacy Golf Club before returning to finish a family vacation at Myrtle Beach.
That left the door open for first-round leader William Carter, of Laurinburg, who marched right through and claimed the trophy.
Seven Lakes, which was recently voted the Course of the Year by the Sandhills Golf Association, was designed by the late Peter Tufts and is annually ranked among the best courses in the state by the North Carolina Golf Panel.
The 69th championship is open to all male amateur golfers over the age of 16 with county residency not required. Entry and sponsor forms are available online at golfchamps.thepilot.com, or at Roberts Golf Shop in Aberdeen. The entry fee is $99 and includes prizes, cart, range balls and lunch on Saturday. Proceeds benefit The First Tee of the Sandhills.
Competition is in three divisions: Open for 16 and older; Senior 55 and older; and Super Senior 65 and older.
The format is 36 holes of stroke play with the field flighted following Saturday’s play. There will be 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. shotgun starts on both days.
Practice rounds are available and players may call the Seven Lakes golf shop at 673-1092 and identify themselves as tournament players to arrange for a tee time. The cost for a practice round is $20. The deadline for entries is Aug. 9.
Super Seniors: Edward Thompson, 70, of Kiawah Island, S.C., shot 65-67—132 to win the second annual Super Senior Championship (65 and over) of the Carolinas Golf Association hosted by Carolina Golf Club in Charlotte.
Larry Boswell, of Jamestown, finished eight strokes back in second place.
Gary Strickfaden, of Pinehurst, shot 70-72—142 to tie for third, while Chuck Daley, of Whispering Pines, was at 146 and tied for sixth.
Terry Collins, of Pinehurst, was at 152, Hal Dugenske and Herb Conway, of Whispering Pines, at 153, Edward Ziegler, of Pinehurst, at 159, Steve Smith, of Pinehurst, at 162, Deane Hundley, of Southern Pines, at 163, and Dick Wilson, of Whispering Pines, at 165.
eGolf Tour: Ben Martin, of Greenwood, S.C., birdied the second hole to win a playoff against Brett Munson, of Evans, Ga., and claim the eGolf Professional Tour event held at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro.
Martin shot 20-under-par 65-69-67-67—268 and won $34,900.
Appreciation Day: Southern Pines Golf Club is hosting a Packager Appreciation Day Aug. 11.
“We want to say thank you to all of those who have helped fill up our tee sheets,” said head professional Matt Horvath. “We’re asking our package friends to bring a client, a family member, a co-worker or a friend to come out and check out what we’ve been up to.
“The Donald Ross course in great shape and we’ll be playing a fun, stress-free format with closest to the pin, predict your distance and other contests.”
Persons wishing to participate are asked to sign up by Aug. 9 as limited spots are available. Call (910) 692-6551.
Tin Whistles: Richard Moss won Flight A in the Tin Whistles Match Play Tournament held on the Pinehurst No. 1 Course, defeating Bob Sandler 2 and 1.
Floyd Herndon won Flight B, defeating Jerry Lefton 2 and 1; Kenneth Hepner defeated Jan Ludwig 2 and 1 to win Flight C; William Noggle topped Richard Berkshire 2 and 1 in Flight D; and Luther Hutchinson won Flight E 6 and 5.
In the best-ball of four event held on the No. 5 Course, the team of Luther Hutchinson, John Richmond, Erich Schulz and Malcolm Ware shot 58 to win.
Second went to Charles Eichhorn, Robert Kinelski, Jerry Lefton and Thomas Race with 59. Third was taken by Lawrence Lowe, Walter Maurer, Harold Roberson and Terry Wade with 60.
Amateur Qualifier: Scott Harvey, of Greensboro, shot 6-under-par 138 to lead qualifying for the U.S. Amateur in a sectional event held at Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham as six players advanced.
Jack Fields, of Southern Pines, tied for 10th with even-par 144.
Senior Am Tour: Alan Dirk, of Sanford, shot 71 to win the Championship Flight of the Senior Amateur Tour event held at Bentwinds Country Club in Fuquay-Varina. Terry Collins, of Pinehurst, was fourth with 76.
William Hiner, of Pinehurst, shot 79 to tie for fifth in Flight A. Wayne Ricks, of Pinehurst, shot 82 to tie for fifth in Flight B, and Dane McCaffrey, of Pinehurst, shot 86 to finish fourth in Flight C.
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