Golf Bag: Martin Grabs Ross Victory
Joshua Martin used a hot first-round 66 to grab a four-stroke lead, then shot 69 in the final round to hold off a charging Victor Wiggins and win the 12-14 Age Division of the 62nd annual Donald Ross Junior Championship held at Pinehurst Resort Dec. 29-30.
Martin, a seventh grader from Pinehurst, led Trey Guy, of Fayetteville, by four shots entering the final round, but Guy faltered with eight bogeys in the second round and fell into a tie for seventh with Zachary Bauchou, of Forest, Va.
Wiggins matched Martin's opening 66 on the second day, but a first-round 73 had left him with too much ground to make up. Martin finished with 5-under-par 135 on the No. 1 Course, while Wiggins was at 139.
Griffin Cryan, of Pinehurst, shot 89-95--184.
Davis Womble, of High Point, out-dueled Sepp Straka of Valdosta, Ga., to win the 15-17 Age Division with 70-71--141 on courses 2 and 4. Sepp shot 71-71--142.
Womble's father had placed second in the event in 1980.
Stephen Behr Jr., of Florence, S.C., and Joo-Young Lee, of Hilliard, Ohio, tied for third with 143.
Zachary Martin, of Pinehurst, shot 75-78--153 and tied for 34th. Austin Dunlap, of Pinehurst, was at 156, Sam Kosich, of Pinehurst, shot 158, and Sam Packard and Bryan Stewart, of Pinehurst, were at 159.
Eric Bae, of Cary, won the 11-and-under Division with 71-70--141 on the No. 1 Course. Nathan Chuwait, of Herndon, Va., was nine strokes back in second with 150.
August Beechler, of Pinehurst, finished in a tie with Wesley Simmons, of Goldsboro, for third at 154.
Jason Suggs, of Pinehurst, was fifth with 155, Sean Chang, of Aberdeen, was seventh with 158, and Anderson Allgeyer, of Pinehurst, was 11th with 175.
A field of 296 players competed in the three divisions with players from 20 states and one from Italy.
Pinehurst 2010: Pinehurst Resort was flooded with young golfers last weekend as the Donald Ross Junior Championship brought in almost 300 players from around the country. But tournament golf is pretty much taking a vacation from the resort until March.
A list of events scheduled for the resort shows the next tournament as the Pinehurst Intercollegiate to be held March 12-14 on the No. 8 Course.
Also scheduled that month is the College of Charleston Golf Classic on No. 6 Mar. 22-23.
The Oakley Sunglasses Pro-Am will be held on the No. 6 Course May 10 and then things start really humming in June.
June is Women's Golf Month at the Resort and the 32nd North and South Junior Championship is scheduled for June 14-17.
The U.S. Kids Golf Parent-Child Tournament is June 25-27, with the playing of the 110th North and South Men's Amateur Championship scheduled June 28-July 3.
The 108th North and South Women's Amateur Championship is to be played July 19-24, with the U.S. Kids Golf Teen World Championship being held July 28-31.
August is a busy month with the U.S. Kids Golf Teen World Cup on the first, and the U.S. Kids Golf World Parent-Child event being played on Aug. 1-2.
The U.S. Kids Golf World Championship, featuring more than 1,000 youngsters, is Aug. 4-7, and the U.S. Kids World Cup finishes off the week Aug. 8.
The 59th North and South Senior Men's Championship and the 53rd North and South Senior Women's Championship are scheduled for Aug. 24-26.
There aren't any tournaments scheduled for September, but there is a massage special available at the spa. Golfers are given a 25 percent discount during the month.
Rounding out the tournament agenda is the 63rd annual Donald Ross Junior Championship, which is scheduled for Dec. 28-30. Approximately 300 players are again expected for this event.
Picard Junior: Taylor Ingle, of Winnsboro, S.C., won the Boys' 15-18 Age Division of the prestigious Ford-Picard Junior Championship held on the Links Course of Wild Dunes at the Isle of Palms, S.C.
Ingle shot a 75 to edge Hayden Garrett, of Easley, S.C., and Josh Hinson, of Blythewood, S.C., by a stroke.
Elizabeth Thompson, of Charleston, won the 14-18 Girls' Division and the over-all title with a 1-over-par 73, two strokes better than Katelyn Dambaugh, of Goose Creek, and Samantha Buchanan, of Bluffton.
Julian Keur won the Boys' 13-14 title, with Kelli Murphy taking the Girls' 13-and-under title.
Coleman Self, of Greenwood, S.C., won the Boys' 12-and-under title, giving him wins in the last four SCJGA Championship in which he has played.
Grayson and Todd Hiott, of Anderson, shot a 3-over-par 75 to win the over-all Parent-Child Championship in the alternate shot competition.
Coleman and Furman Self won the Parent-Child Division I title with 75.
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