Golf Bag: Harris Makes Junior Finals
Dylan Harris, of Southern Pines, made a valiant run at the North Carolina Junior Championship before being knocked out in the final round by Stanhope Johnson Jr., of Greensboro, 6 and 4.
Sarah Bae, of Cary, topped Kayla Sciupider, of Etowah, 4 and 3 to claim the girls’ title.
Johnson jumped out to an early lead in the finals match, winning holes three through six to go four up. Harris was only three down at the turn, but lost the 11th hole with a bogey and was closed out when Johnson made a birdie on the 14th.
Harris made it to the finals by defeating Victor Wiggins, of Gastonia, 2 and 1 in the semifinals. He had defeated Christian Cichan, of Charlotte, 3 and 2 in the round of 16, then topped Davis Bateman, of Charlotte, 3 and 2 in the quarterfinals.
Carolinas Am: John Gillespie and Patrick Barrett, of Pinehurst, were among 29 players who earned berths in the Carolina Amateur Championship in a qualifier held at The Hasentree Club in Wake Forest.
Gillespie shot 70 to tie for seventh, while Barrett shot 71 and tied for 10th. Michael Marshburn, of Cary, was medalist with 67.
The Amateur Championship will be held July 14-17 at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club in Myrtle Beach.
AJGA: Eaton Corpor-ation’s Golf Pride Grips, headquartered in Southern Pines, is hosting the American Junior Golf Association Golf Pride Classic at Forest Creek Golf Club Monday-Thursday.
The tournament is 54 holes of stroke play, which is kicked off by the Junior-Am Fundraising event on Monday with an 8 a.m. shotgun start with amateurs playing alongside future stars of the game.
Invitational: The Gates Four Golf & Country Club Invitational championship will be held at the recently renovated Willard Byrd course Aug. 13-14.
The tournament was not held in 2010 as the course was closed for a restoration project by noted architect Kris Spence. It reopened May 28 and is drawing rave reviews with all new greens, bunkers and tee areas.
The entry fee is $125 and includes two days of tournament play, a practice round and range balls. There will be a cookout following the first round on Saturday and prizes will be awarded following play on Sunday.
Practice rounds may be played the week of Aug. 8-12. There will be flights for the Men’s Open Division (blue tees), the Senior Division (white tees for ages 50-65) and the Super Senior Division (gold tees for ages 66-and over.). The field will be flighted following play on Saturday.
The J.P. Riddle Cup will be awarded to the overall champion and gift certificates to the first four places in each flight.
For information or to enter call (910) 425-2176.
CPGA Senior: Charlie Moore, of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., shot a final-round 69 to make up a five-shot deficit against Champions Tour member Walter Hall and win the Carolinas PGA Senior Open held at Cabarrus Country Club in Concord.
Dave Robinson, of Burlington, won the Super Senior Amateur Division with 141. Chuck Latham, of Whispering Pines, was second with 145. Latham was 20th overall.
Herb Conway, of Whispering Pines, tied for sixth among the Super Seniors with 150. Murray Stern, of Pinehurst, was 10th with 152, Deane Hundley, of Southern Pines, tied for 13th with 158, and John Gerwig, of Whispering Pines, was 17th with 165.
Golfweek Am: Dan Holland, of High Point, shot 74 to win the Championship Division of the Golfweek Amateur Tour major championship held at Mill Creek Golf Club in Mebane. Anthony Mann, of Pinehurst, shot 82 to finish fifth.
Henry Lister, of Chapel Hill, shot even-par 72 to win Flight A. Nick Mooneyham, of Elon, shot 75 to win Flight B with Aberdeen’s Todd Crabtree taking third with 77.
Senior Am: David Williams, of Cary, recorded seven birdies to shoot 69 and win the Senior Amateur Golf Tour major championship held at Mill Creek Golf Club in Mebane. Terry Collins, of Pinehurst, tied for second with 72. Chuck Taubersmith, of Pinehurst, shot 73.
Roger Joyce, of Winston-Salem, won Flight A with 70. Wiley Barrett, of Southern Pines, was tied for third with John DeJong, of Whispering Pines, at 77.
Gus Alford, of Zebulon, won Flight B with 72. Wayne Ricks, of Pinehurst, was second with 75, James Herndon, of Hamlet, was third with 76, and James Dockery, of Southern Pines, was fourth with 77.
Brian Costine, of Durham, won Flight C with 81 as Dane McCaffrey, of Pinehurst, took second with 82.
All four flight winners receive an automatic invitation to the National Tour Finals that will be held in Pinehurst in mid-November.
In addition, double points will be awarded to every participant for the year-long Points Standings Competition.
The Senior Tour resumes play July 7 at Seven Lakes Country Club in West End.
Any amateur golfer over 50 interested in playing in that event can contact Bruce Hallenbeck at (336) 495-6556.
Little River: A Preferred Golfer Special is being held at Little River Golf & Resort. Golfers get a round of golf with cart, practice balls and lunch for $45 through Aug. 31.
For information or tee times call (910) 949-5010.
Contact Howard Ward at email@example.com.
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