Golf Bag: Azzarellis Father-Son Champs
Pinehurst teams claimed top honors in the Professional Division of the Father-Son Championship held at Longleaf Country Club.
Scott Azzarelli, of Fayetteville, and his son, John, an assistant professional at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, won the event with a 69.
Dean and Anderson Allgeyer, of Pinehurst, tied for third place with Gus and Kristofer Ulrich, of Carthage.
Steve and Neil Wilkinson, of Wilmington, shot 35-33—68 to win their division in the event at Seven Lakes Country Club last weekend.
It was their second Father-Son Championship title. They previously won the title in 2006.
Mark Wagner and Tyler Clodfelter, of Statesville, were second with 70 on the Peter Tufts-designed layout.
Bob and Mark Klug, of Pinehurst, tied for seventh with 72; Keith and Dylan Harris, of Southern Pines, tied for 27th with 76; Joe Poole Sr. and Joe Poole Jr., of Raeford, tied for 53rd with Mack and Chris Etheridge, of West End, at 80.
Parent-Child: It took three playoff holes to decide it, but the team of William and Katie Garahan, of Rock Hill, S.C., made birdie on the final hole to win the Parent-Child Championship held at Longleaf Country Club last weekend. They had tied with defending champions Gig and Stacy Hilton and first-time competitors L.D. and Gracie Simmons, of Charlotte, and now hold the record for most wins in the event with four.
Steve and Haley Harwell, of Mooresville, won the net title with 60. Tom and Abby Parsons, of Pinehurst, were eighth with 67, and Michaela Meisel, of Pinehurst, and Philip Starke, of Berlin, Germany, tied for 31st with 75.
Farren Honored: Bob Farren, who oversees Pinehurst Resort and Country Club’s eight courses as director of golf course and grounds management, has been named one of the most admired operators by Golf Inc. Magazine.
Farren has been with Pinehurst for 25 years and manages a staff of up to 240, depending on the season.
S.C. Open: Charles Frost, of Charlotte, shot 11-under-par 70-66-69—205 to win the Carolinas’ PGA South Carolina Open Championship at May River Golf Club in Bluffton, earning $4,000. Cory Schneider, of Powell’s Point, Jeff Avant, of Monroe, Paul Dickens, of Wallace, and Ivan Schronce, of Wilmington, tied for second with 210.
Matt Vick, of Southern Pines, tied for seventh with 213; Patrick Barrett, of Pinehurst, tied for 20th with 220, and Russell Burke, of Pinehurst, shot 226.
Jacobo Pastor, of North Charleston, was low amateur with 214.
CPGA Senior: David Thore, of Wilmington, shot 67-71—138 to win the Carolinas PGA Senior Championship on the Parkland Course at Legends Golf and Resort in Myrtle Beach.
Throe earned $1,220 for the win, helping to soothe the pain of a recent back injury. He closed with birdie on the 10th hole and eight straight pars.
Chris Tucker, of Fort Mill, S.C., Todd Smith, of Matthews, and Mike Lawrence, of Easley, S.C., tied for second with 141.
Thore had already qualified for the National Senior Championship due to a sixth-place finish there last year. But others who qualified were the four runners-up, Ronnie Parker, Clem King, Rick Lewallen and Robert Linville.
Lennie Younce, of Lenoir, won the Amateur Division in a six-hole playoff with Mark Wagner, of Statesville, after they had tied at 144.
John Green, of Wallace, won the Super Senior Division with 42.
Girls’ Challenge: The Carolinas team closed strong in singles to post a 9-3 win over the Virginia-Maryland team in the ninth annual Mid-Atlantic Girls’ Challenge at Independence Golf Club in Midlothian, Va.
Reigning VSGA Junior Amateur and Junior Girls’ champion Amanda Steinhagen (Oak Hill, Va.) got Virginia-Maryland started on the right note, posting a 3 and 2 victory to open singles encounters. But Carolinas responded by taking three straight matches from Nos. 2-4, as Anne Marie Covar (Edgefield, S.C.), North Carolinas Junior Girls’ champion Katherine Perry (Cary, N.C.) and Lori Beth Adams (Burlington, N.C.) each posted victories. Perry posted a narrow 1-up victory over Chesapeake’s Lauren Coughlin in a tightly-contested match.
It was the sixth win in the past seven meetings for the Carolinas.
Twin States Girls: Taelor Rubin, of Raleigh, shot 143 to win the Twins States Junior Girls Championship at The Windermere Club in Blythewood, S.C.
Collins Bradshaw, of Columbia, S.C., was second with 146.
Sturdivant Hot: It’s been a nice ride for Craig Sturdivant, of Sanford, in recent Senior Amateur Tour events and the eGolf Tour.
Sturdivant won a playoff in the Championship Flight of the Senior Amateur Tour event held at National Golf Club after tying at 73 with Lawrence Hicks, of Greensboro.
James Dockery, of Southern Pines, was fifth in Flight B with 82.
Sturdivant won the Championship Flight in the eGolf tournament held at Longleaf Country Club with a 70. David Randall, of Pinehurst, tied for third in Flight B with 76, while Eric Hunt, of Pinehurst, tied for third in Flight C with 81.
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