Golf Bag: Mitchum Palmer Winner
Kelly Mitchum didn’t win a Carolinas PGA Section major championship this year, but he has been honored with one of its top awards.
Mitchum, a lead instructor at Pinehurst Resort’s Golf Academy, has been named recipient of the coveted Johnny Palmer Trophy.
The Palmer Trophy goes to the player with the lowest scoring average in the four CPGA major events. Mitchum, who finished in the top 10 in all four majors, had a scoring average of 68.22. His best finish was third in the South Carolina Open.
Mitchum’s low round in a major was a 66 in the North Carolina Open at The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis.
The 40-year-old Mitchum, a Southern Pines native and a former All-American at N.C. State, won the inaugural Johnny Palmer Award in 2007.
“After the way I played last year, it was nice to come back and play solid golf again,” Mitchum said. “It was a combination of things; I was making some swing changes and I had some distractions from golf. What turned it around this year was consistency and an improved short game.”
Winternational: Trey Guy, a junior at Terry Sanford High in Fayetteville, survived a windy final round to win the Junior-Senior Division of the season’s inaugural event of the Winternational Junior Series on Pinehurst Resort’s No. 8 Course.
Guy shot 76-76—152 to come from behind and nip first-round leader Reggie Crews of Jacksonville by a stroke.
Greg Mauldin of Archdale was third with 159. Don Sweeting III of Pinehurst was 10th with 176.
Alex Smalley of Wake Forest shot 75-77—152 to win the Freshman-Sophomore Division by five strokes over runner-up Timothy Conover of Holly Springs. Court Settle of Raleigh was third with 158, and Ethan Mead of Charlotte was fourth with 159. James Sugg of Pinehurst, Alex Ruley of Winston-Salem and James Mishoe of Cary tied for fifth with 162. Griffin Cryan of Pinehurst shot 185.
Gabby Weiss of Pinehurst, a sophomore at Pinecrest High School, shot 83-78—161 to win the Girls’ Division. Camilla Vik of Greenwich, Conn., was runner-up with 174.
The second event in the series will be held Nov. 26-27 on the No. 4 Course.
For information or to register for an event, contact Peter deYoung at 295-5661, or visit the website www. juniorgolfpinehurst.com.
Pinehurst Special: Pinehurst Resort is offering its best deal of the year through Feb. 22.
The Evergreen Golf or Spa Special is available for $199 and includes two rounds of golf or two spa treatments or one of each, resort accommodations and the famed Pinehurst breakfast buffet. A surcharge is required for playing the famed No. 2 Course.
Children 12 and under stay and eat free with a paying adult. For information or to make a reservation, call (800) 487-4653, or visit the website www.pinehurst. com.
11 Rounds: Mark Chapman, a 21-year Air Force veteran, played 11 rounds of golf in 10 hours, 19 minutes in honor of Veterans Day.
Chapman pulled off the marathon at Waterway Hills Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with proceeds going to support the Wounded Warrior Project and Salute Military Golf Association.
“I’m exhausted but exhilarated,” Chapman said after being doused in champagne.
Chapman began play at 6:28 a.m. and completed the 11th round at 4:47. His scores were 86, 91, 96, 99, 98, 92, 93, 86, 81, 90 and 82.
Interclub: Fort Mill (S.C.) Golf Club won the Carolinas Golf Association’s Interclub Championship last weekend at Mid Pines Inn & Golf Club in Southern Pines.
Fort Mill outscored Bentwinds Country Club in Fuquay-Varina 26-22 to claim the Ben Payne Trophy.
Mike Grainger of Fort Mill birdied the 17th hole in the final match as he and teammate Rick Fricke closed out the four-ball match 2&1.
The Interclub Champion-ship is the culmination of a 32-team single-elimination playoff process following regular-season qualifying. The final four clubs earn their way to compete in the semifinal and finals at Mid Pines.
CPGA Move: The Carolinas PGA Section Headquarters has moved from Myrtle Beach, S.C., to Greensboro.
The CPGA staff will be operating from a temporary office until the new building at Bryan Park Golf Club and Conference is completed.
The section offices have been operating out of facilities at Grande Dunes for the past three years.
Carolinas Net: The inaugural Carolinas Net Amateur Championship is being played this weekend at Myrtlewood Golf Club in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
The field is broken into five divisions of men, senior men (age 55 and older) and women (all ages). North Carolina and South Carolina champions will be crowned in each division. A field of 86 players is competing.
Hospice Goal: The benefit tournament for Moore County Hospice and Palliative Care in memory of Bruce Medlin and Mark Westbrook accomplished its goal of raising $5,000, according to Bob Drum, one of the event’s organizers.
“The goal was to give back to the fine local staff at hospice who helped with Bruce and his family during his last years,” Drum said. “We thought it would be nice to include Mark as well. Bruce and Mark were both local bar owners and good friends.”
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