Golf Bag: Collins Defending
Eleana Collins, of Pinehurst, is seeded No. 1 in the Carolinas Women’s Match Play Championship as she begins defense of her title Tuesday at Cowans Ford Country Club in Stanley.
Collins, a member of the University of Virginia golf team, scord a 6 and 5 win over 55-year-old Pat Brogden to win the title last year.
Also competing is Carolinas Hall of Fame member Patty Moore, of Charlotte, a six-time Moore County Amateur winner whose many CGA titles include the 2007 and 2008 Women’s Match Play championships.
When the championship was played at Cowans Ford for the first time in 2006, Lauren Hunt, of Little River, S.C., scored a 5 and 4 victory in the 18-hole title match. Moore won the next two, scoring a 3 and 2 victory over Taylor Barrett, of York, S.C., in the final match in 2007 and a 2-up victory over Maggie Weder, of Greenville, in 2008.
Senior Two-Man: Amateur Gary Strickfaden, of Pinehurst, teamed up with professional Rick Lewallen, of Kannapolis, to earn a four-way tie at 12-under-par 60 in the Carolinas PGA Firethorne Senior Two-Man event in Marvin.
Ernie Newton, of High Point, and Larry Boswell, of Jamestown, Joey Herbert, of Pendleton, S.C., and Mike Lawrence, of Easley, S.C., and Walter Hall, of Advance, and Joe Dillon, of Winston-Salem, were also tied at 60.
Glen Subin and Rick Luzar, of Pinehurst, tied for fifth with 62. Glenn Gallagher, of Emerald Isle, and Cackie Jones, of Pinehurst, tied for 18th with 67.
Herb Conway and Hal Dugenske, of Whispering Pines, shot 64 to tie for the lead in the Super Senior Division with Chuck Daley, of Whispering Pines, and Don Wright, of Durham. John Stokley, of Longs, S.C., and Dick Wilson, of Whispering Pines, tied for seventh with 71.
Senior Open: Mitch Adams, of Cary, a touring professional and former PGA Champions Tour member, shot 67 to earn medalist honors in the U.S. Senior Open Championship sectional qualifying event hosted by Greensboro Country Club Tuesday.
Amateur Pat Thompson, of Asheville, and professional Rick Lewallen, of Kannapolis, claimed the other two qualifying spots with 68s.
Adams’ round was highlighted by a 31 on the front nine.
Bill Clodfelter, of Pinehurst, and Rick Cloninger, of Fort Mill, S.C., earned alternate spots with 69s.
Kelly Miller, of Southern Pines, and Gary Strickfaden, of Pinehurst, tied for 12th with 72 along with recent North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame inductee Paul Simson, Craig Sturdivant, of Sanford, and Gary Robinson, of Fayetteville.
Rick Luzar, of Pinehurst, tied for 31st with 74, Spike Smith, of Pinehurst, shot 75, Glen Subin, of Pinehurst 80, Phillip Fecteau, of Pinehurst, 81, Tim Hunter, of Pinehurst, 85 and Carter Parry, of Pinehurst, 86.
The 31st United States Senior Open Championship will be played at Sahalee Country Club in Sammamish, Wash., July 29-Aug.1.
Publinx: Two area golfers, David Watkins, of Hamlet, and Jonathan McCurry, of Sanford, were among the three players to make the field of the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship in a sectional qualifier held at Hyland Golf Club.
Watkins shot 139, one stroke behind medalist Rob Simmons, of Beaufort, S.C., while McCurry shot 140 and won a playoff for the third spot over first alternate Addison Lambeth, of Browns Summit.
The championship will be held at Bryan Park in Greensboro July 12-17.
N.C. Juniors: Katherine Perry, of Cary, defeated Andrea Robbins, of Pleasant Garden, 2-up to win the North Carolina Junior Girls Championship held at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro.
Perry reached the final match by defeating Madison Kennedy, of Salisbury, 5 and 4, while Robbins ousted Evelyn Dole, of Cary, 6 and 5.
Carter Page, of Waynesville, won the boys’ title, defeating Will Long, of Gastonia, 1-up.
U.S. Junior Boys: Grayson Murray, of Raleigh, shot 68-66—134 to lead sectional qualifying for the U.S. Boys’ Junior Championship at Bradford Creek Golf Club in Greenville.
Jonathan Diianni, of Kernersville, shot 135 to claim the other berth, while Chad Cox, of Charlotte, shot 140, and Grant Houser, of Holly Springs, shot 142. Both earned alternate spots.
Zachary Martin, of Pinehurst, tied for 15th with 148.
Tin Whistles: The team of Charles Eichhorn, Bob Kinelski, Tom Race and Mike Sanders posted 119 to take first place in the Tin Whistles two best balls of four event held on Pinehurst Resort’s No. 3 course.
Larry Harter, Ken Hepner, Ed Renner and Don Torgenson were second with 121, followed by Francis Corcoran, Joe Koontz, Jan Ludwig and Jack McCarthy with 122.
Senior Am Tour: Chuck Taubersmith, of Pinehurst, played the final four holes at 2-under-par and shot 71 to win the Championship Flight of the Senior Amateur Tour event held on Sapona Country Club in Lexington.
Terry Collins, of Pinehurst, and Craig Sturdivant, of Sanford, tied for second.
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