Golf Bag: Chelsey Couch DiSantis Champ
Chelsey Couch, a high school junior from Ware Shoals, S.C., shot 70-71—141 to claim a two-stroke victory in the sixth annual Vicki DiSantis Girls’ Championship played at Pine Island Country Cub in Charlotte.
McKenzie Talbert, of North Augusta, S.C., was second with 143, followed by Katelyn Dambaugh, of Goose Creek, S.C., with 146. Dambugh was runner-up in the U.S. Junior Girls’ Amateur Championship held at the Country Club of North Carolina last summer.
Catherine Ashworth, of Fuquay-Varina, was fourth at 152, with Allison Emrey, of Charlotte, fifth at 153.
This annual junior championship is conducted by the Carolinas Golf Association in honor of DiSantis, a Pinehurst resident, for her dedication and years of service to girls’ golf in the Carolinas.
Four-Ball: Patrick Brady, of Reidsville, and Scott Harvey, of Greensboro, won the Carolinas Four-Ball Championship held at Camden (S.C.) Country Club with a 4 and 3 victory over Bryan Newton of Gray Court, S.C., and Bret Boulware, of Greenville, S.C.
It was the first Carolinas Golf Association win for both Brady and Harvey.
Nicholas Brown, of Southern Pines, and Chris Horne, of Pinehurst, defeated Steve Sharp, of Greensboro, and Chris Eaves, of Burgaw, 1-up to advance to the final 16, where they lost to Brian Westveer, of Charlotte, and Chris Cassetta, of Winston-Salem, 4 and 3.
Tin Whistles: Chuck Wilkins shot 67 to win the overall title in the Tin Whistles major championship held on the Pinehurst No. 4 Course.
Tony Smarelli won gross in the First Flight with 74, while Pat Mondock was the net winner with 68; John Field won low gross honors in the Second Flight with 76 and Bill Lewis claimed net honors with 68; Leo Ganster was gross winner in the Third Flight with 82 with Don Torsersen low net winner with 70; and Ed Renner won low gross in the Fourth Flight with 87 as Bruce Monteith took net honors with 69.
eGolf: Jerry Richardson, of Raleigh, used a hole-in-one on the par-3 16th at Willow Creek Country Cub in High Point to win the eGolf Tour event held at Willow Creek and Colonial Country Club in Thomasville.
Richardson, a former All-ACC player at N.C. State, closed with a 65 for a 19-under-par 268 for his first tour win and a check for $33,500.
Another former N.C. State player, David Sanchez, of Pinehurst, tied for eighth and won $5,039. Andy Bare, of West End, shot 280 to tie for 16th and win $2,906.
Clay “Birdies”: “If you think Clemson golf coach Larry Penley is an outstanding player and coach, you should see him shoot a shotgun.
The popular Tigers coach, who turns out PGA Tour players by the dozen, has found a new hobby. For the past two years he has been a regular competitor at sporting clays events around the South. In addition, when time permits he gives individual and group instruction.
“I got involved in shooting about three years ago,” he said, “and found that I was pretty good at it. I’ve worked hard to improve and things have turned out well.”
Penley regularly breaks 94-96 clay pigeons out of 100 in competition. “Shooting is a lot like golf,” he said. “It takes a lot of practice and a lot of serious concentration. I thoroughly enjoy being involved.”
Two of Penley’s star players, Lucas Glover and Jonathan Byrd, were in a playoff for the Wells Fargo Championship title in Charlotte last weekend with Glover winning with a par on the first extra hole.
Robison Wins: Tony Robison, of Southern Pines, shot an 84 to win Flight C in the Senior Amateur Golf Tour event held at Bermuda Run West. He edged Al Forte, of Durham, by a stroke.
The tournament was highlighted by a hole-in-one by Gus Alford, who finished second in Flight B with 77.
Johnny Adams, of Cary, shot 74 to win the Championship Flight on his birthday.
Woof-Woof Open: The third annual Woof-Woof Open Golf Tournament benefiting the Pooch Park in the Pines will be held June 18 at Longleaf Golf & Country Club.
The format is best-two-balls of four with teams flighted. Teams may consist of men, women or be mixed.
The entry fee is $80 and includes lunch, carts, and on-course beverages as well as four complimentary greens fees a round at Longleaf for each player.
Pooch Park in the Pines is a fenced dog park owned by Moore Humane Society.
Proceeds this year will be used to build rain shelters.
For information or to enter, call (910) 927-2631.
BackPack Pals: The fifth annual BackPack Pals Benefit Golf Tournament will be held at Beacon Ridge Golf & Country Club May 20.
The captain’s choice event will be flighted by handicaps, giving everyone a chance to be competitive.
The entry fee is $65 and includes carts, lunch and on-course beverages. Hole sponsorships are available for $100.
The tournament benefits the BackPack Pals program, created to meet the needs of children known to have little or nothing to eat on weekends.
The program began five years ago with one school and 25 children. There are now 24 schools and more than 850 children involved weekly.
To register, sponsor a hole or for information, call Ginger Finney at (910) 673-1330 or Jo Nicholas at (910) 673-3604.
Contact Howard Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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