Golf Bag: Dunlap Beats Weather, Field
What bad weather?
Austin Dunlap, a junior at Pinecrest High School, doesn't let a little rain interrupt his journey to All-America status in the Winternational Junior Series being held at Pinehurst Resort.
Dunlap won the Junior/Senior Division for the third time in five events Jan. 16-17, despite rainy conditions that forced several withdrawals and a change in the playing schedule.
Tournament officials heeded a bad weather forecast and scheduled 27 holes for the first round on Saturday, leaving only nine to be played on Sunday.
Undaunted, Dunlap shot rounds of 68-77-145, posting four birdies and 14 pars in the bogey-free first 18 on Saturday.
Kane Wilkerson, of Winston-Salem, was runner-up, finishing five strokes behind Dunlap with 150. Alex Ehlert, of Raleigh, was third with 152.
A sensational rally by Weston Bell, a sophomore from Piedmont, S.C., saw him rally from a five-stroke deficit after the first 18 to nudge past two-time winner Joshua Martin in the Freshman/Sophomore Division.
Martin, of Pinehurst, and Minchung Kim, of Cary, had shared the first-round lead with 73s. Bell used six birdies in the final round to overtake the leaders with a 70 for a total of 148. Michael Hocker, of Chapel Hill, was third with 151.
Summer Barmore, of Pinehurst, picked up her second Girls' Division win in the series, shooting 91-95-186 and finishing six strokes ahead of runner-up Elizabeth Hall, also of Pinehurst.
The Winternational Junior Series is holding its sixth event this weekend on the Pinehurst No. 1 Course. For information, call (910) 295-5661 or visit the Web site at www.juniorgolfpinehurst.com.
EJGA: Dunlap also won the 16-18 age division title in the Eastern Junior Golf Association event held at Talamore with 69-72-142.
Zachary Martin, of Pinehurst, shot 74-71-146 to win the 14-15 division and Nicholas Thompson, of Southern Pines, was second with 147.
Tin Whistles: The team of Joe Koontz, Jan Ludwig, Jack Wells and Murray Williamson posted a score of 130 to win the 1-2-3 Tin Whistles tournament held on Pinehurst Country Club's No. 3 Course.
Finishing second at 131 were Tony Embrey, Bruce Monteith, Scott Forehand and Bob White, while the foursome of David Brown, John Regler, Bill Noggle and Peter Wilkinson finished third with 132.
In the two-better-ball event held on Pinehurst No. 6, the team of Peyton Cook, Ray Fletcher, Gene Danneberg and Sam Sayers shot 125 to win. Bob Bilideau, Pete Kremer, Jim Peterson and Bob White were second with 131, and Bob Campbell, Scott Forehand, Bruce Monteith and Bob White were at 137.
Robbins Named: Rick Robbins has been named to the executive committee of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, a national association with headquarters in Milwaukee. If tradition is followed, the Cary resident will become president of the organization in 2013.
During the next three years, Robbins will serve one-year terms as secretary, treasurer and president-elect before taking over the top position. He follows such illustrious golf course architects as Donald Ross, Robert Trent Jones, Perry Maxwell, Robert White and Pete Dye who have served the professional organization as president.
A native of Blowing Rock, Robbins joined the architectural firm of vonHagge and Devlin after graduating from North Carolina State University in 1973 with a degree in Environmental Design. Later, he worked for Jack Nicklaus and served as Senior Design Associate of his firm's office in Hong Kong.
To date he has designed more than 100 golf courses around the nation - including 10 in the Carolinas - and currently is working on 12 projects in the Republic of China totaling 477 holes.
"Obviously I'm honored," Robbins said, "and I look forward to serving this great organization. Working with so many talented, creative designers in an exciting industry is a rewarding experience ... one that I cherish."
Wyndham: The Wyndham Championship is making a $50,000 donation to The First Tee of the Triad. >The donation makes the PGA Tour event the presenting sponsor for this youth golf organization.
The First Tee of the Triad currently operates at Tanglewood Park and Winston Lake Golf Course in Winston-Salem. >It is also expanding into Guilford County, adding programming at Gillespie Golf Course in Greensboro.
"I've watched The First Tee program grow nationally since its inception in 1996, and I have been thoroughly impressed with the impact it has had on millions of children around the world," said Wyndham Championship tournament director and The First Tee of the Triad board member Mark Brazil. "To have a successful and vibrant chapter here in the Piedmont Triad is both a goal and a responsibility of the Wyndham Championship. >As The First Tee of the Triad grows on a regional basis, more kids will be introduced to golf and learn important life skills along the way. >That's vital for our sport, but more importantly, our Piedmont Triad community."
The Wyndham Championship is set for Aug. 16-22 at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro.
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