Golf Bag: Carr, Collins Qualify
Three local golfers have earned their way into prestigious events.
Corinne Carr and Eleana Collins, of Pinehurst, are among nine players to earn berths in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship in a sectional qualifier held at Sapona Country Club in Lexington July 12.
Both Carr and Collins shot even-par 72 to advance to the national championship, which will be held at Charlotte Country Club Aug. 9-15. Carr attends the University of South Carolina, while Collins plays for the University of Virginia team.
Katherine Perry, of Cary, Calle Nielson, of Nashville, Tenn., and Catherine O’Donnell, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., led the qualifying with 68s. Mia Piccio, of the Philippines, shot 71, while Marissa Steen, of West Chester, Ohio, Taelor Rubin, of Raleigh, and Sarah Elliot, of Dove Canyon, Calif., shot 72.
Katja Dammann, of Pinehurst, shot 74 and failed to advance. Patty Moore, of Charlotte and Pinehurst, shot 78. Kristyn Morrone, of Aberdeen, shot 86, Caitlyn Morrone, 87, Amanda D’Ostroph, of Whispering Pines, 90, and Samantha Gilder, of Pinehurst, 91.
N.C. Match Play: Kelly Miller, of Southern Pines, president and CEO of Pine Needles and Mid Pines Resorts, was among 39 players to advance through sectional qualifying to the inaugural North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship.
Miller tied for 25th with a 4-over-par 75. Ryan Solan, of Charlotte, was medalist with a 69 on the Pine Island Country Club course. The cut line fell at 76.
Martin Huff, of Pinehurst, shot 80.
Sam Packard and Daniel Neavu, of Pinehurst, were among 30 players to advance from the qualifier held at Walnut Creek in Goldsboro. Packard shot 75 and Neavu 76. Barden Berry, of Kinston, was medalist with 65.
Reigning Moore County Amateur Champion William Carter, of Laurinburg, shot 71 to earn a berth in the N.C. Match Play Championship Aug. 4-8 at the Country Club of Salisbury. Also advancing was Hunter Howell, of Raeford, who shot 74.
Junior-Am: The American Junior Golf Association will hold its annual Junior-Amateur Tournament at National Golf Club Aug. 9, followed by the AJGA Golf Pride Classic Aug. 10-11-12.
Proceeds from the Junior-Am, which pairs a team of amateurs with a junior player, will benefit the AJGA Foundation and The First Tee of the Sandhills. Over the past decade, AJGA Junior-Ams have raised more than $1 million for grassroots junior golf programs.
Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Davis Love III, Jim Furyk, Charles Howell III, Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel are a few of the players who participated in this event as juniors.
Zach Edmondson, of Morrisville, won the event last year, defeating Michael McGowan, of Southern Pines, and Grayson Murray, of Raleigh, in a one-hole playoff.
Ri Hyang Park, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., defeated Allison Emrey, of Charlotte, and Elizabeth Breed, of Waynesboro, Pa., by two strokes to win the Girls’ Division.
The Junior-Am will have a shotgun start at 8 a.m. at National with registration and breakfast beginning at 6:30. Lunch and awards presentations will follow play.
For information regarding the tournament, call Kelli Holloway at (678) 425-1713.
Pro-Assistant: Head professional Oliver Peacock and assistant John Carter of the Elk River Club in Banner Elk are champions of the Titleist/Footjoy Carolinas PGA Pro-Assistant Tournament held at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club in Myrtle Beach.
The winning team got off to an impressive start, carding 9-under-par 63 in the opening round, and despite a second round that included only four birdies, held on to earn a playoff with Steve Isley and Jon Fritz, of Oak Island.
The playoff ended on the first hole when both Isley and Fritz missed the green with approach shots, while Carter stuck his approach two feet from the hole and made the putt to claim the Jerry Purdy Trophy and the first-place check of $4,000.
Former Pinehurst assistant Nate Olivo and Sean Kennedy, of The Cliffs at Glassy, tied for third with 134, earning $2,100. Todd Camplin and Will Morgan, of Pinehurst No. 7, tied for fifth at 135 and won $1,700. Jeff Johnson and Ian Milne, of Fort Bragg’s Ryder Course, tied for 11th with 137, and Don Sweeting and John Azzarelli, of Pinehurst Resort, tied for 31st with 141.
Senior Am Tour: Alan Dirk, of Sanford, shot even-par 72 to win the Championship Flight of the Senior Amateur Tour event held at Seven Lakes Country Club by five shots over runner-up Lawrence Hicks, of Greensboro. Ken Eichele, of Pinehurst, was third with 78, Terry Collins, of Pinehurst, fourth with 80, and Chuck Wilkins, of Pinehurst, tied for fifth with 81.
George Paris, of Durham, won Flight A with 75. Wiley Barrett, of Southern Pines, tied for fourth with 77. Vic Robertson, of Greensboro, won Flight B with 78. Mike Bradley, of Pinehurst, was fourth with 81.
Senior-Junior: Raymond Davis, of Apex, and Justin Marcinkiewicz, of Chapel Hill, teamed to shoot 67 and win the Carolinas Senior-Junior Championship held at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh. John Deluise and Grayson Murray, of Raleigh, were second with 68. There was a five-way tie for third at 69.
Susan Miller, of Pinehurst, and Thomas Miller, of Lumberton, tied for 15th with 78 and tied for second to win the Second Flight. Horace Russell, of West End, and Joshua Stockwell, of Aberdeen, were 19th with 81.
Egolf Amateur: Rob Clarke, of Chicago, made the most of his visit to the area last week, winning the Championship Flight of the Egolf Amateur event held at Seven Lakes Country Club with a 73. Mark Macejko, of Vass, tied for fifth with 78.
Eric Hunt, of Pinehurst, shot 86 to tie for third in Flight C.
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