Golf Bag: Robinette, Griffin Top Players
Reeves Zaytoun, of Raleigh, headed for the University of North Carolina on a golf scholarship, shot 71-72—143 to win the Junior-Senior Division of the season’s final Winternationals Junior Series held at Pinehurst Resorts. The tournament was played on the recently restored Pinehurst No. 2 Course with the final round held on the No. 5 Course.
Charles Valuzzo, of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., who is headed for High Point University in the fall, shot 73-71 to finish a stroke back. Third place went to Trevor Cone, of Concord.
Benjamin Griffin, of Chapel Hill, shot 72-73—145 to win his fourth event of the season in the Freshman-Sophomore Division. Will Rainey, of Charlotte, was three strokes back, while Justin Curis, of Chapel Hill, took third with 152.
More than 100 high school players competed during the season, and Mitch Robinette, of Charlotte, claimed Player of the Year honors in the Junior-Senior Division with 340 points. Jeffrey Jackman, of Summerfield, was runner-up with 315 points.
Griffin used his win to propel him to Player of the Year in the Freshman-Sophomore Division with 400 points to 330 for second-place Greg Mauldin, of Archdale. Austin Harrill, of Pinehurst, was third with 320, and Peter Harrill, of Pinehurst, was fourth with 290.
Ten players were named to the All-American Team. They were Jamie Canaday, of Summerfield, Nick Dorton, of Anderson, S.C., Griffin, Austin and Peter Harrill, Jackman, Mauldin, Ritchie, Robinette and William Whitacre, of Greensboro.
The 18th Winternationals will begin in November for another nine-event season. For information, contact Peter deYoung at www.juniorgolfpinehurst.com.
Tar Heel Cup: Two eight-man teams of North Carolina professionals and amateurs will square off in the 17th annual Tar Heel Cup Matches to be played at the Dormie Club Monday and Tuesday.
The professionals have dominated the event over the years with a 13-2-1 record and retained the title in last year’s 6-6 tie in the Ryder Cup-style competition at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club.
The amateurs have won only twice — in the inaugural event held at Pinewild Country Club in 1995, and at Tobacco Road Golf Club in Sanford in 2000.
The matches are jointly conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association and the Carolinas PGA Section.
The Tar Heel Cup format consists of one day of four-ball matches and one day of singles matches, with one point awarded to the winner in each match and 6.5 points needed to secure the cup.
The Dormie Club, the first North Carolina course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, is located minutes north of Pinehurst on Beulah Hill Church Road and is a single membership private club.
Amateurs competing are Will Bowman, of Greensboro, Sherrill Britt, of West End, Uly Grissette Clemmons, Scott Harvey, of Greensboro, Ryan Heisey, of Greensboro, Brian Westveer, of Charlotte, Skip Taylor, of Flat Rock, and Pat Thompson, of Asheville.
Professionals are Mike Cain, of Greenville, Paul Dickens, of Wallace, John Faidley, of Winston-Salem, Charles Frost, of Charlotte, Steve Isley, of Oak Island, Oliver Peacock, of Banner Elk, Cory Schneider, of Powells Point, and James Stewart, of New London.
McCulloch Classic: The inaugural McCulloch Masters Classic will be played at Quail Ridge Golf Course in Sanford on April 9.
The tournament is in memory of Todd McCulloch, who died recently of a heart attack. Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association through research and several educational and awareness components.
The entry fee for the captain’s choice event is only $50 and includes golf, cart and lunch. Sponsorships are available for $100 each. Players may enter individually or as a team.
For information or to register, call (919) 776-6623.
N.C.’s Best: Golfweek Magazine has rated the top 10 courses in North Carolina that the public can play in its March 11 issue.
The results: 1. Pinehurst No. 2; 2. Pine Needles; 3. Linville Golf Club; 4. Tobacco Road; 5. Mid Pines; 6. Ocean Ridge (Leopard's Chase); 7. Pinehurst No. 4; 8. Pinehurst No. 8; 9. Southern Pines Golf Club; 10. Cape Fear National.
CPGA Sr.-Jr.: John Carney, head professional at Pine Valley Country Club in Wilmington, and assistant professional Paul Dickens, of River Landing Country Club in Wallace, teamed to win the Carolinas PGA Senior-Junior Champion-ship held at the Reserve Club in Pawleys Island, S.C.
Carney and Dickens opened with a 66 and followed with 70 for a 136 total that topped Brad Anderson, of Charlotte, and Brian Talley, of Fort Mill, S.C., by a shot.
Sunbelt Sr.: Kim Young, of Oviedo, Fla., shot a 54-hole total of 205 to win the Sunbelt Senior Tour’s Space Coast Senior Open held at Duran Golf Club by three strokes over runners-up Terry Burke and Jim Chancey.
August Beechler, of Pinehurst, tied for 16th with 219.
Bob Flanagan shot 213 to win the Super Senior Division.
Zess Willis, of Montgomery, Ala., posted 208 to win the North Florida Senior Open at the Golf Club of Hampton in St. Augustine, Fla. Lee Chill was second with 209. Beechler was seventh with 218.
Danny Yoon shot 225 to win the Super Senior Division.
Sr. Am. Tour: Gary Strickfaden, of Southern Pines, used a 4-under-par 33 on the back nine to shoot 72 and win the Championship Division of the Senior Amateur Tour event held at Willow Creek Country Club, in High Point.
Kim Mansfield, of High Point, and Mike Smith, of Lewisville, tied for second with 74. Rick Luzar, of Pinehurst, tied for fifth with 78.
James McMillan, of Laurinburg, shot 77 to win Flight A, Jim Alford, of Zebulon, won Flight B with 82, and Jerry Tilley, of Greensboro, shot 88 to win Flight C. John Henely, of Pinehurst, tied for second with 89.
Golfweek Tour: Dan Hyland, of High Point, won the Championship Flight of the Golfweek Amateur Tour event held at Hyland Golf Club with a 1-over-par 73.
Ed Villanueva, of Fayetteville, won Flight A with 69. Brian Anderson, of Willow Springs, shot 74 to win Flight B, with David Randall, of Pinehurst, taking fourth with 80 and Tom Kubla, of Pinehurst, fifth with 81,
Mike Hawkins, of Pittsboro, won Flight C with 81. Ben Martin, of Pinehurst, was third with 85.
Tin Whistles: Rich Warters shot a net 64 to win the Tin Whistles Club Parsons Tournament held on the Pinehurst No. 5 Course.
Frank Corcoran took second in a card playoff with Murray Williamson and Bill Noggle after they had tied with 66.
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