Golf Bag: Donald Ross Junior Dec. 28-29
The 64th Donald Ross Junior Championship will be held at Pinehurst Resort Dec. 28-29 with more than 200 players competing over 36 holes.
The championship, established in 1948 as a memorial to the legendary golf course architect Donald Ross, features competition in three age divisions as well as a father-son tournament to be held on Friday, Dec. 30.
Open to male golfers who are 18 and under and have not completed high school, the championship features an 11-and-under division, 12-14 division and 15-18 division.
Only players who have competed in the championship are eligible for the alternate shot father-son event.
Local and area golfers competing in the 15-18 division include brothers Joshua and Zachary Martin of Pinehurst, Joshua Stockwell of Aberdeen, Edward Thomas III of Cameron, Trey Sweeting and Christian McDonald of Pinehurst, and Jackson Spires and Trey Guy of Fayetteville.
Competing in the 12-14 division are Blake Martin, Brian Subin, James Sugg, Anderson Allgeyer and Griffin Cryan, all of Pinehurst.
AJ Beechler and Fulton Smith of Pinehurst are entered in the 11-and-under field.
Players in the 15-18 division will compete on the Pinehurst No. 4 and No. 5 courses with the other two divisions playing on the Pinehurst No. 1 Course.
CGA Winners: The Carolinas Golf Association proved a fertile training ground for recent graduates of the PGA Tour Qualifying School as four former CGA champions earned their playing cards for 2012.
Brendon Todd of Raleigh and the University of Georgia set the pace with a 17-under-par 415 for the six rounds to earn medalist honors.
William McGirt of Fairmont and Wofford College, a three-time CGA champion, Tommy Biershank of Boiling Springs, S.C., a three-time CGA champion, and Mark Anderson of Beaufort, S.C., the 2009 CGA Player of the Year, also advanced.
Holliday Memorial: Jonathan Hardee of Greer, S.C., and Jessica Provasnik of Hinckley, Ohio, won the boys’ and girls’ titles, respectively, at the 43rd annual George Holliday Memorial Junior Golf Tournament held at the Myrtle Beach National courses Nov. 24-26.
Hardee, a 15-year-old sophomore at Riverside High School, opened the tournament with a 5-under-par 67 on National’s King’s North Course and followed with rounds of 70-73 for 210. That was three strokes better than the runner-up, 17-year-old Bryan Carter of Yorktown, Va.
Provasnik, a 16-year-old high school junior, claimed the girls’ title with a 4-over-par 220 that included an opening round of 70. Eden Howard of Lamar, S.C., was second, three shots back.
The Holliday Memorial is the third oldest junior tournament in South Carolina and has been named one of the top junior events in America.
The tournament is held in memory of George Judson Holliday III, of Galivants Ferry, S.C., a renowned junior and college player before dying in 1967 at the age of 22.
Rules Seminars: The Carolinas Golf Association has announced the schedule for its annual series of USGA Rules of Golf Education Seminars.
This is the 36th year the CGA has served the Carolinas with Rules of Golf education and rules presentations.
The scheduled 21 seminars are free of charge to attendees, who will view a narrated computer presentation on the 2012 Rules of Golf changes, Rules of Golf definitions and basic rules procedures, followed by a question and answer session.
Seminars typically last between 1½ to 2 hours. A free 2012-13 Rules of Golf book will be distributed to all participants, and information on the Carolinas Golf Association will be available.
Seminars are open to golfers of all ages and abilities, including members of CGA member clubs, college and high school golf teams, and the general public.
Carolinas PGA members and LPGA members receive two MSR education credits for attending a seminar.
Attendees are encouraged to preregister online at www.carolinasgolf.org.
For further information, contact the CGA, P.O. Box 319, West End, N.C. 27376, call (910) 673-1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The first seminar on the schedule is at Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, Feb. 27, from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.
Highland Country Club in Fayetteville will host one Feb. 29 with the same time frame.
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