Tournaments Reign: United Way, AJGA, Moore Buddies on Tap
It’s golf, golf everywhere and kids filling the air with Titleists and Callaways and Nikes.
You can’t venture out into Moore County these days without running into a golf tournament. At Pinehurst Resort, it’s been a summer full of North and South competition as usual, with everything from juniors to seniors and those in between. And that doesn’t even begin to cover the one-day charity events that the club has hosted.
The Country Club of North Carolina held the U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship last week and the competition wowed everyone who was fortunate enough to catch any of it.
But while the glamour events stole the moment, tournament life as it’s known in the Sandhills is still thriving. Check out the crowded fast-food restaurants and you’ll know that the U.S. Kids Foundation is holding its 11th annual World Championship this week.
That’s 1,300 kids ages 12 and under who are all planning on being the next Tiger Woods or Michelle Wie.
The American Junior Golf Association has 99 kids coming in to play National Golf Club Aug. 9-12 in the Golf Pride Junior Classic.
A “biggie” on the scene is the United Way of Moore County Tee Off Classic, scheduled for The Country Club of North Carolina Aug. 19. Proceeds from this event go to support youth, family, emergency and medical service programs in Moore County provided by United Way Partners.
And then there’s the Moore Buddies Aug 21. It’s Bob Rigsby’s baby, and he’s been nursing it along for 14 years, watching it grow into one of Moore County’s most successful and popular charity golf events.
This tournament is played annually at The Pit Golf Links and it’s now known as the Rigsby-Clark Cup Golf Tournament. It’s the chief fundraiser for Moore Buddies, and if you’re not familiar with that program, you should broaden your horizons.
United Way: This tournament is a modified captain’s choice event where everyone drives their own ball, selects the best drive and then plays their own ball for the remainder of the hole.
The host course is the renowned Dogwood, a classic Ellis Maples design that is ranked among the top five in the state by the North Carolina Golf Panel.
There will be awards for the winning teams in both gross and net divisions, and Biscuitville is sponsoring breakfast for all participants. Lunch will be served by Outback Steakhouse and refreshments provided by Aberdeen Coca-Cola and Harris Wholesale.
There will be a silent auction that includes pottery from area potteries.
For persons interested in becoming hole sponsors, call United Way at (910) 692-2413. Individuals and teams wishing to sign up for the event may call that number or visit the website at unitedweaymoore.com.
AJGA: The 54-hole event at National features kids 12-18 from all over the nation.
There will be a practice round using a 1:30 shotgun start on Monday, Aug. 9, and tournament play runs Tuesday through Thursday. Tee times will run from 7:30 to 12:50 each day. An awards ceremony will follow the final round.
A K12 qualifier will be held on Sunday, Aug. 8, to finalize the field of 99. The Golf Pride Junior Classic will be held on Monday, featuring some of the top AJGA players in a Junior-Am fundraising event. This is scheduled for an 8 a.m. start.
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Justin Leonard, Charles Howell III, Paula Creamer, Morgan Pressel and Grace Park are just a few of the past players to participate in the Junior-Am.
Moore Buddies: This one is a real jewel and The Pit is the perfect setting. Bob Rigsby has put his heart and soul into this event and it shows. Bob doesn’t play much anymore because of bad knees and other problems, but there’s nothing wrong with where his heart is.
The event gives players and sponsors the opportunity to meet and mingle with some of the kids the program has and is helping. There are some heart-warming stories revealed every year.
The tournament, whose main sponsor is Mac’s Food Stores, features a captain’s choice format with seniors, age 65 and over, playing from shorter tees.
Due to the popularity of the event, a double shotgun start will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. The entry fee is $85 for the morning shift and $75 for the afternoon, and mulligans are included.
Rigsby claims that it’s a documented fact that husbands have no problem getting in the house when they return from this event lugging a gift box overflowing with enough stuff to make them seem to be Santa Claus in August.
But not to worry, there are enough enthusiastic young people helping out with the tournament to give you a hand in getting the goodies to your car.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, for long drive and close to the pin winners. There are major prizes being offered for a hole-in-one on any par-3.
Sponsorships available are Starfish $1,000, Patron $750, Major $500 and Hole Sponsor $100.
Moore Buddies is a nonprofit agency in Moore County that works directly with the community to serve youth in need. It gives adults the opportunity to spend time with a youth during the year and play a role in that young person’s development.
For information e-mail moorebuddies@earthlink, visit the website at moorebuddies.org, or call 400-5236.
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