Golf Bag: Dormie Hosts Hickory Grail
If you’re into the history of golf and enjoy playing or watching others play with the equipment of yesteryear, you might want to visit the Dormie Club Tuesday and Wednesday, where the Hickory Grail is being held.
The Hickory Grail was initiated by the British Golf Collectors Society in 2000 and pits an international team and the United States in two days of Walker/Ryder Cup-style competition with hickory-shafted clubs.
The U.S. team, which was soundly defeated at Falsterbo Golf Club in Sweden in 2009, will be seeking revenge. The Americans hold a 3-2 edge in the event with one tie.
William Farmer of Dallas is the American captain, and Bobby Hansen of Pinehurst is an honorary member of the U.S. squad. North Carolinians Jay Harris and Chris Deinlen are competing for the U.S. team.
The teams assemble at the Dormie Club on Monday for an opening ceremony complete with flag raisings and national anthems. Pinehurst Mayor Virginia Fallon is scheduled to attend.
Competition takes place Tuesday and Wednesday, with six morning matches and six foursome matches in the afternoon. The event concludes on Wednesday with 12 singles matches.
Competition will be followed by a convivial dinner at the Holly Inn.
The Dormie Club, designed by the renowned architectural team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, will present a test for the teams with a combination of difficult bunkering and lightning-fast greens.
Members of the U.S. team are from Michigan, Washington, Ohio, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, New York, Virginia, New Jersey, Arkansas and Texas.
Players on the international team are from England, Scotland, France, Poland, Sweden and Finland.
Players compete with authentic equipment from the early 20th century and will be dressed in plus-fours, ties and jackets.
Moore Junior: Sixteen-year-old Tanner Gross of Archdale won the Boys Championship Flight and 12-year-old Amy Wooten of Clinton won the Girls Flight in the Moore County Junior Amateur event, held at Talamore Golf Club.
Gross shot 74-69—143 with Bryce Howell of Columbia, S.C., second at 145. Timothy Conover of Holly Springs and Josh Stockwell of Aberdeen tied for third with 150.
Logan Specht of Clayton shot 159 to win the Boys Open Division A Flight, followed by Kaleb Lester of Chapel Hill and Scott Peracek of Cary with 16.
Austin Scarboro of Pinebluff shot 168 to win Flight B, two shots better than Carey Whiten of Bennett at 170. Kendal Eanes of Reidsville and David Sanford of Kannapolis tied for third with 178.
Ten-year-old Chris Kim of Cary shot 75-74—149 for a two-stroke win over 13-year-old Brandon Harrell of Pinehurst in the Super Juniors Division. Walter Brinker of Sanford was third with 153.
Senior Tour: Steve Linton of Cary shot 79 to win the Championship Flight of the Senior Amateur Tour event held at Crooked Creek Golf Cub in Fuquay-Varina. Johnny Adams of Cary was second with 80, followed by Jose Vigil of Raeford with 83.
Randy Bunn of Zebulon won Flight A with 73. John East of Rockingham was runner-up with 76.
Tom Handy of Fuquay-Varina won Flight B with 80. John Henely of Pinehurst was fifth with 85. Bill Heasley of Denton shot 86 to win Flight C, with Dane McCaffrey of Pinehurst fourth with 91.
Tin Whistles: Bob Hepner and Floyd Herndon teamed for 125 to win the overall title in the Tin Whistles President’s Cup major championship on the Pinehurst No. 3 Course.
Roger Johnson and Murray Stern won Flight A with 130, followed by Joe Raguso and Bruce Weir with 132. Terry Daly and Don Torgeson won Flight B with 126, followed by Murray Williamson and Jack McCarthy with 128.
Ralph Cole, Bob White, Bruce Monteith and Tony Embrey won first place in the Tin Whistles better-ball of four in a scorecard playoff in an event held on the Pinehurst No. 3 Course.
They had tied at 60 with the team of Charlie Eichhorn, Ski Kinelski, Bob Graham and Tom Race. The team of Murray Williamson, Kirk Lynch, Don Lynch and Walt Maurer was third with 61.
Charlie Eichhorn, Terry Daly, Don Staley and Bill Sheehan combined for a 130 to tie Pat Henry, Jack McCarthy, Dick Johnston and John Breslin, then won the better-ball of four event held on the Pinehurst No. 7 course in a card playoff.
Embrey, Joe Sterett, Don Raider and Don Torgenson posted 131, then won a three-team card playoff to finish third.
Taking fourth were Mike Sanders, Jim Plankar and Floyd Herndon, with the team of Bill Christina, Dave Cook, Charles Kachel and Al Barbero fourth.
Dave Kilpatrick, Ian Ludwig and Joe Raguso posted 102 to win the best-ball on par-3s and 5s and two best-balls on par-4s event held on Pinehurst No. 3.
Jack Wells, Peter Hill, Ron Sunstrom and Pete Kremer won a card playoff for second after tying with Murray Stern, Dick Berkshire, Gary Butler and Ken Hepner with 106.
Clergy Tourney: Sammy Gilmore, Spencer Roberts and Ron Centner teamed to win the annual Clergy Appreciation Golf Tournament sponsored by Boles Funeral Home and held at Legacy Golf Links.
The Trinity Christian Fellowship team prevailed in a field of 23 teams.
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