Golf Bag: Martin Youngest Rolex Honoree
Thirteen-year-old Joshua Martin, of Pinehurst, has been named an honorable mention Rolex Junior All-American by the American Junior Golf Association, becoming the youngest member of the teams announced.
An eighth-grader at West Pine Middle School, Martin is currently ranked No. 32 in the Polo Golf Rankings. A win in the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior and a fifth-place finish in the Aldila Junior All-Star highlighted an outstanding season. He also tied for fifth in the Monteverde Academy Junior All-Star Invitational.
The teams are made up of 96 junior golfers, ages 13-18, from 23 states and six foreign countries. The youths will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 21, at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Former Rolex Junior All-Americans make up the top players on both the PGA and LPGA Tours. Of the PGA Tour’s current top-10 money leaders, Matt Kuchar, Jim Furyk, Phil Mickelson and Hunter Mahan were all Rolex Junior All-Americans, while Mickelson (1986-88) and Mahan (1999) were Rolex Junior Players of the Year.
On the LPGA Tour, Paula Creamer, Brittany Lincicome and Cristie Kerr were named Rolex Junior All-Americans before working their way to the top of the pay-for-play ranks. Other notable professional AJGA alumni who help make up the list of past All-Americans include Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Morgan Pressel, In-Bee Park, Angela Park, Brittany Lang and In-Kyung Kim.
First Tee: The First Tee of the Sandhills will hold its third annual Fall Gala at Pine Needles Resort Nov. 12.
The fundraiser will be highlighted by the presence of special guests John Derr, Peggy Kirk Bell and Jim Dodson, who will participate in book signings beginning at 6 p.m. The Thanksgiving-style dinner will be catered by Pine Needles at 7 p.m. with a guest panel, youth awards and “bucket list” winners following at 8.
The bucket list drawings are for a week in Saddlebrook, Fla.; a week in Hilton Head, S.C.; a week in the North Carolina mountains; golf for four at Forest Creek Golf Club; golf for four at the Dormie Club; golf for four at Pinehurst No. 2; golf for three at Royal Troon in Scotland; two special days for two in Georgia; two tickets for U.S. Men’s Open in Pinehurst in 2014; and two tickets for the 2014 Women’s Open in Pinehurst.
“We need your support to continue the expansion of opportunities for local youth,” said First Tee Executive Director Bill Baker. “In 2010 our coaches worked with 348 children in weekly classes. We also introduced the game and its inherent values to another 1,300-plus children through partnerships with local golf clubs, youth organizations and schools.”
For tickets to the dinner and drawing, call (910) 783-8288 or e-mail email@example.com.
Youth Clinic: Lifetime PGA members Bill Johnson and Dick Tremblay will operate a free youth golf program beginning Saturday, Oct. 30. The Kids Sandlot Golf Association is designed for families who can’t afford a club membership.
Pinehurst Parks & Recreation and the Elks Club in Southern Pines are providing areas for 9-hole layouts.
Registration can be made by calling (910) 757-0134.
Tin Whistles: Charles Eichron and John Strickland teamed to shoot a better-ball 128 and win the overall title in the Tin Whistles’ President’s Cup match.
Bill Lewis and Rich Warters shot 129 to win Flight A, with Bob Graham and Jim Voelkel second at 132.
Flight B was won by Larry Harter and Don Torgeson with 131. Bob Kinelski and Tom Case were second with 132.
N.C. Four-Ball: John Larkin Spell and Jonathan Williams, of Coharie Country Club in Clinton, posted a better-ball 60-65-63—197 to win the N.C. Four-Ball Championship held at River Landing in Wallace. They won in a playoff against the defending champions, Brent Parrish and Chirrs Eaves, who are also members of Coharie.
Hot Golfers: Two eGolf Tour members, Scooter Buhrman and Chip Lynn, of Fayetteville, put on a show during a round at Bayonet at Puppy Creek last week.
Buhrman shot an unofficial course record of 60 and Lynn shot a 63 that included eagles on two par-4 holes. The pair also combined for 22 birdies. Burhman’s round stands as unofficial because it was not played during a tournament.
Daly Exhibition: John Daly will play an 18-hole exhibition match with three amateurs on the Jones Course at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover Monday at noon. The exhibition is open to the public.
Contact Howard Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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