Golf Bag: Sweeting, Azzarelli Runners-Up
Don Sweeting and John Azzarelli, of Pinehurst Resort and Country Club, didn’t quite pull off a victory in the Titleist/Footjoy Carolinas PGA Pro-Assistant Championship, but they went down swinging.
Sweeting, executive vice president of club and golf operations at the resort, and Azzarelli, an assistant at the main clubhouse, posted rounds of 66-67 for an 11-under-par 133 that fell two strokes short. They picked up a check for $2,420.
Patrick Dunston, of The Tillery Tradition, and Lance Reid, of Cowans Ford Country Club, took the title with rounds of 65-66—131 in the event, played on the Ralston Creek Course at the Daniels Island Club in Charleston, S.C. They earned $3,300 for the victory.
Pinehurst No. 7 head professional Todd Camplin and assistant Will Morgan shot 66-69—135 and tied for fifth, earning $1,276.
Nick Jacobi, of Badin Inn Resort, and Matt Vick, of Pinehurst, shot 71-65—136 to tie for eighth. Kevin Lavertu and Scooter Buhrman, of Gates Four Golf and Country Club in Fayetteville, tied for 31st with 72-71—143.
Dunlap 13th: John Dunlap’s experience in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links proved to be a positive one.
Dunlap, a Hamlet native and a member of the Sandhills Chapter of The First Tee, was paired with PGA Champions Tour professional Bobby Clampett, of Cary, and they made it to the finals, finishing 13th in the team event, pairing for a 65 in the second round.
The Champions Tour tournament pairs 78 junior golfers with 78 professionals, and Dunlap earned the right to represent the Sandhills Chapter through his exemplary play and conduct over the past year.
WCGA Girls: Sarah Spicer, of Bahama, shot 74-73—147 to claim a one-stroke victory over Gina Hill, of Chapel Hill, in the WCGA Junior Girls’ Championship, held at the Country Club of Whispering Pines.
Lindsy Dakin, of West End, was at 211.
Amy Wooten, of Clinton, shot 75-73—148 to win the Junior Division by four shots over Jennifer Chang, of Morrisville.
Preeya Shah, of Fayetteville, defeated Caroline Cahill, of Wilmington, in a playoff to take the Sub-Junior Division after they had tied with 85.
The championship is conducted by the Women’s Carolinas Golf Association for girls who live in the Carolinas and are rising sophomores in high school or younger.
Woodward Wins: Dawn Woodward, of Greer, S.C., defeated Courtney Taylor, of Lincolnton, 3 and 1 to win the Carolinas Women’s Match Play Championship, played at Cowans Ford Country Club, in Stanley.
Staci Creech, who won the Moore County Women’s Amateur a couple of weeks ago, made it the quarterfinals before losing. She defeated Tiffany Robbins, of Fort Mill, S.C., 3 and 2 in the round of 16, but lost to Taylor 2-up.
Six-time Moore Women’s champion Patty Moore lost in the round of 16, falling on the 19th hole to Peg Brady, of Stanley.
Golf Deals: If you’re a golfer looking for some sweet deals in green fees, it’s the right time of year to play a really good golf course at rates you can afford.
A great source for bargains is the website Golf2day.com. Here’s one just gleaned from there:
Foxfire Resort and Golf Club offers two Gene Hamm-designed courses that offer anything a golfer could want in the way of challenge or playability. From now through Sept. 5, golfers can play either the East or West course for $27, including cart. According to Golf2Day, that’s a savings of 40 percent from the normal rate of $45.
Another bargain is the special being offered by Deercroft Golf Club, located just a short ride from Aberdeen down U.S. 15-501.
Deercroft, under the new management of Ted Robinson, is offering a special of $99 per foursome, which includes a round of drinks following the round.
So don’t complain about the price of golf. There are several real bargains available at many area courses. Just check them out.
Contact Howard Ward at email@example.com.
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