Sam Packard Claims Winternational Title
Sam Packard proved he still has the winning touch, shooting 72-70—142 and claiming victory in the Junior/Senior Division of the Winternational Junior Series event held on Pinehurst Country Club’s No. 1 course last weekend.
Packard, a former Winternational All-American from Pinehurst, rallied from a two-stroke deficit after the first round to take the title. Trevor Cone, of Concord, had opened with a first-round 70 on Saturday but skied to 78 on Sunday to finish tied for third.
Bryan Stewart, of Pinehurst, used a strong finish on Sunday to take second place. Stewart opened with a 78 but fired a tournament-low 5-under-par 67 on Sunday to climb all the way to second.
Alex Wise, of Greensboro, tied for third with 148. Austin Dunlap, of Pinehurst, the series points leader, finished fifth, shooting rounds of 77-72.
Summer Barmore, of Pinehurst, and Elizabeth Hall, of Southern Pines, continued their season-long struggle for supremacy in the Girls’ Division. Barmore came out on top this time, shooting 85-78—163, six strokes better than Hall.
Both girls shot impressive 37s on the final nine on Sunday and are now tied in the season-long points race heading into the final event. Barmore has won three times in seven appearances this winter.
The battle for first in the Freshman/Sophomore Division hinged on a late birdie by Ben O’Geary, of Trinity, who hung on to take a two-stroke win over runners-up Stanhope Johnson, of Greensboro, and Peter Harrill, of Hickory.
O’Geary made a rare birdie on the 427-yard 17th hole on Sunday and managed to hang on by shooting back-to-back rounds of 73.
Harrill rallied with a strong 70 on Sunday but was too far back after an opening 78.
Benjamin Dietrich, of Conover, held a two-shot lead after a round of 71 on Saturday but slumped to 79 on Sunday to finish fourth.
The final Winternational event will be held on Pinehurst No. 8 March 19-20. For information, call Peter deYoung at (910) 295-5661, or visit the Web site at www.juniorgolfpinehurst.com.
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