Golf Bag: Tar Heel Cup a Draw
Who’s better, North Carolina’s top club professionals or the state’s top amateurs?
If you’re basing that on the outcome of the annual Tar Heel Cup Matches over the past two years, you’re coming out dead even.
For the second straight year, the two eight-man teams battled to a draw, this time on the Dormie Club, the acclaimed new course near West End designed by architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.
The CPGA professionals held an overall lead of 13-2-3 in the matches and appeared to have this one sewn up until the amateurs rallied in singles on the final day for a 6-6 deadlock.
The professionals held a one-point lead going into singles play and were ahead by 2.5 points with three matches remaining on the course.
Sherrill Britt, of West End, a multiple winner of the Moore County Men’s Amateur, led the charge by taking out Mike Cato 4 and 3. Uly Grissette knocked off John Faidley 3 and 2 in the next to last match, and Scott Harvey wrapped it up with a 2-up win over Paul Dickens after rallying from a 2-down deficit.
It was sweet revenge for Britt and Grissette, who had lost 3 and 2 in four-ball the day before to Charles Frost and Oliver Peacock.
CPGA Senior: There was a three-way tie for first in the Old North State CPGA Senior Open as professionals Rick Morton, of Jacksonville, Rick Lewallen, of Kannapolis, and amateur Steven Liebler of Irmo, S.C., shared the title at 141.
Liebler earned his piece of the title with an event-low round of 66 in the second round.
Gary Strickfaden, of Southern Pines, tied for 13th overall with 146. Rick Luzar, of Pinehurst, tied for 35th with 152.
Arch Reed, of Pinehurst, was 12th in the 50-55 amateur division with 159; Ken Eichele, of Pinehurst, was ninth in the 56-59 age division with 163; Spike Smith, of Pinehurst, who was third overall amateur with 144, was second by a stroke in the 60-62 division, where Chuck Latham, of Vass, was tied for seventh with 155; Strickfaden was third in the 63-and-up, and Luzar seventh with 152.
Hal Dugenske, of Whispering Pines, tied for first in the Super Senior Division with 148; Chuck Daley, of Whispering Pines, was third with 151; Herb Conway tied for 10th with 158; Deane Hundley III, of Southern Pines, tied for 14th with 162; Dick Wilson, of Whispering Pines, was 19th with 165; Steve Smith and Murray Stern, of Pinehurst, tied for 20th with 166; Russell French, of Pinehurst, was 22nd with 167; Luke Scesa, of Pinehurst, was 23rd with 171; and Paul Gay, of Sanford, was 24th with 174.
CPGA Event: The second annual Carolinas PGA Head Professional Championship at Berkeley Hall Club in Bluffton, S.C., is being played Monday and Tuesday.
PGA Professionals from all corners of the Carolinas will make their way to the Lowcountry for this combo event, where they’ll vie for the newest Carolinas PGA major championship and/or a single spot in The Heritage, South Carolina’s only PGA Tour stop.
The events were held separately last year with the Head Professional Championship hosted by the DeBordieu Club in Georgetown, S.C., and the qualifier hosted by Wexford Golf Club in Hilton Head Island, S.C. Oliver Peacock, PGA director of golf at Elk River Club in Banner Elk, captured the first Head Professional Championship title.
The Head Professional Championship title may be a little confusing. All Class “A” Members (excluding PGA Tour Members and Assistant Professionals), Life Members and Master Professionals are eligible. Scores from Monday will count for the one-spot qualifier.
Senior Am Tour: Mike Smith, of Lewisville, shot level-par 72 to win the Championship Flight of the Senior Amateur Tour event held at the Challenge Golf Club in Burlington.
Chuck Taubersmith, of Pinehurst, shot 75 to tie for second with Ed Gregory, of Cary.
James McMillan, of Laurinburg, shot 76 to win Flight A; Dexter Barbee, of Burlington, holed a six-foot downhill slider of a putt to win Flight B in a playoff over Jerry Widdowson, of Durham, and Gene Marin, of Apex, after they had tied with 80; and Rob Leggett, of Madison, shot 83 to win Flight C by three strokes over runner-up Tony Robinson, of Southern Pines.
John Henely, of Pinehurst, tied for third with 87.
Golfweek Tour: Sean Pardue shot 75 to win the Championship Flight in the Golfweek Amateur Golf Tour event, also held at the Challenge.
Jim McDowell, of Winston-Salem, won Flight A in a playoff with Ken Carlyle, of Greensboro, after they had tied with 75.
Mark Dill won Flight B with 76; Brett Simon, of Kernersville, won Flight C with 84; and Ken White, of Greensboro, won Flight D with 100.
For information or to join either of the above tours, call Bruce Hallenbeck at (336) 495-6556 or e-mail email@example.com.
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