Golf Bag: Gill Concert Benefits First Tee
Country music superstar Vince Gill makes his first appearance in the area May 29 when he holds a concert for the benefit of The First Tee of the Sandhills.
The family outdoor concert is being presented by Pinehurst Parks and Recreation at the Pinehurst Arboretum beginning at 7:30 p.m.
There will be 12-14 rows of VIP seating set up in front of the stage to accommodate up to 1,000 VIP ticketholders, with seating by section only, not individual seats.
Vendors will be set up to sell water, juice, tea, soft drinks and prepackaged snack food. No alcohol will be sold. Commemorative T-shirts will be for sale.
General admittance tickets are on sale for $22.50 by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, or by visiting the website at www.ticketmaster.com.
TW-First Tee: Six outstanding area golf courses will be featured in the Tin Whistles-First Tee Junior Tour schedule announced this week.
The courses are Country Club of Whispering Pines, Mid Pines, Seven Lakes, Foxfire, Pinewild and Pinehurst Resort’s No. 6 course.
The tour, which is open to both boys and girls, is entering its third year under the guidance of Tin Whistles member Bob Hepner. Play is open to boys and girls 18 years and younger who are still in high school.
The events are two days and are flighted according to age and gender. Youngsters under age 11 play nine holes each day, while the older ones play 18.
There is no fee to join the tour, and individual event fees are $30 for 12 and over and $15 for 11 and under.
A unique feature of the tour is the Race for the Tour championship, designed much like the PGA Tour’s FedEx cup, with players awarded points based on order of finish. The player with the most points at the end of the season is declared Tour Champion.
The schedule: June 15-16, Whispering Pines; June 28-29, Mid Pines; July 15-16, Seven Lakes; July 29-30, Foxfire; Aug 9-10, Pinewild; Aug. 23-24, Pinehurst No. 6.
Application forms may be downloaded from TWFTJRTOUR.com.
Moving: Avestra Golf Management has relocated its corporate headquarters to Southern Pines Golf Club.
Avestra, which owns or manages Foxfire Resort, Country Club of Whispering Pines and Southern Pines Golf Club, had operated out of Whispering Pines for the past few years.
In a letter to members of CCWP, President and CEO Woody Davis wrote: “We would like to address the various rumors which are circulating around the Country Club of Whispering Pines and other facilities. We, like all golf facilities, are dealing with the negative environment over the last two years. We are managing our companies on a day-to-day basis to adjust for the best interest of all our facilities.
“The Country Club of Whispering Pines has not been sold. We are beginning the process of relocating our offices to Southern Pines Golf Club. Since Avestra Golf Management has been formed, we have always moved to each club that we own, manage or lease.
“Moving to Southern Pines Golf Club will give your club the extra space it needs; however, we will still be managing and visiting your club on a scheduled, regular basis.
“We thank you for your participation with us and look forward to providing you the quality club that you so rightly deserve.
“If you have additional questions, please come to us and we will be more than happy to provide accurate information.”
Carolinas Open: Ivan Schronce, of Wilmington, an apprentice at Masonboro Country Club, used a blistering 30 on the front nine for a 66 and posted a five-stroke win in the Carolinas PGA Carolinas Open with 11-under-par 202.
Playing at the Surf Club in North Myrtle Beach, Schronce, whose father, Reid, is a 34-year member of the CPGA, left a trio of second-place players in his wake. Larry George, of Wallace, Rick Lewallen, of Kannapolis, and amateur Andrew Hewitt, of Spartanburg, tied for second with 207.
Nate Olivo, of Pinehurst Resort, finished in a four-way tie for fifth, shooting 71-67-70—208.
Schronce earned a crystal trophy and $5,000 for his first CPGA win.
Sherrill Britt, an amateur from West End, tied for 23rd with 214, Gus Ulrich, of Whispering Pines, was at 215, and Kelly Mitchum, of Southern Pines, was at 217. Frank McBrayer, an amateur from West End, and Doug Thompson, of Southern Pines, shot 228.
DiSantis Champ: Austin Ernst, a high school senior from Seneca, S.C., won the fifth annual Vicki DiSantis Girls Championship by shooting 2-under-par 140 at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte. The first two-time winner of the event also won the title in 2008.
Finishing second was Sarah Bae, a high school freshman from Cary, who finished with 148. McKenzie Talbert, the 2009 Carolinas Junior Player of the Year, finished third at 149. Tied for fourth at 150 was Katherine Perry, of Cary, the 2009 champion, Taelor Rubin, of Raleigh, and Morgan Webber, of Moore, S.C.
This annual junior girls’ championship is conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association in honor of Mrs. Vicki DiSantis, of Pinehurst, for her many years of service and dedication to junior girls’ golf in the Carolinas.
eGolf Am Tour: Mark Macejko, of Vass, who won his eGolf Amateur Tour debut at Mid Pines in February, picked up his second victory last week, winning the Championship Flight in the event held on the Creek Course at Carolina Trace in Sanford. He shot 74, four strokes better than Dan Rodgers, of Raleigh, and Clifford Blanquicet, of Sanford. The round was highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 11th hole.
David Cotton, of Cary, won Flight A with a 74, edging Chuck Latham, of Vass, by two strokes.
Cuong Ton, of Greensboro, won Flight B with 78, while Bill Wilkinson, of Rolesville, shot 85 to win Flight C. Eric Hunt, of Pinehurst, and Steven Bell, of Raleigh, were six shots back.
Any amateur golfer interested in playing tournament golf can contact Bruce Hallenbeck at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (336) 495-6556.
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