Golf Bag: Moore Two-Man Up for Grabs
The second annual Moore County Two-Man Champion-ship will be held at Little River Golf & Resort this coming weekend, and a new pair of champions is guaranteed.
Last year’s winners, Southern Pines Golf Club professional Doug Thompson and amateur partner Mark Willis, are not entered in the event.
“I just can’t do it this year,” Thompson said. “I’m too busy with things here at the club to be able to make it.”
The field consists of teams of two amateurs or an amateur and a professional. No teams are allowed to field two pros, and all players must be Moore residents.
Although time is running out, Marvin Waters, Little River’s director of golf, will accept entries until the last possible moment this week.
The entry fee is $125 per player or $250 per team. This includes carts and a pig-pickin’ with kegs following play on Saturday. Awards will be made immediately following the final round on Sunday.
The format is two-man-best-ball on Saturday with a two-man scramble on Sunday. There will also be a cash skins game each day. Thompson and Willis posted a pair of 65s to win by a stroke over Sherrill Britt and Brian Lally last year.
“We had 24 players last year and are hoping for more this time,” Waters said. “Ideally, we’d like to have 36 players with two teams on each hole.”
For information or to enter, call (910) 949-4600.
Bruce and Mark: A memorial golf tournament to honor the lives of Bruce Medlin and Mark Westbrook will be held at Hyland Golf Club Nov. 12.
The tournament, with all proceeds being donated to Moore County Hospice and Palliative Care, will have a captain’s choice format with four-person teams. The entry fee is $60 per player or $240 per team, and there will be a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
Medlin, who passed away earlier this year, was owner of Bruce’s Tavern. Westbrook, who owned the Broad Street Grill, died in 2006.
Both suffered with illnesses that required the help of hospice, which provided their families with much-needed support.
Tax-deductible donations can be made directly to Moore County Hospice and Pallative Care in their names, or by sponsoring a hole for $50.
Entry forms are available at Bruce’s Tavern in Southern Pines. For more information, call (910) 692-9974.
Affordable Golf: The second Symposium of Affordable Golf will be held Nov. 7 at the Southern Pines Elks Lodge, adjacent to Southern Pines Golf Club.
“Our first symposium was held here last year and was attended by 75 people with a passion for the game,” said organizer Richard Mandell, whose golf course architectural company is located in Pinehurst.
“The second is another small step in a grass-roots movement to change the attitudes of many within the industry as well as outside. This will be another open forum on how to look at golf in a different light.
“The topics will be blended together to provide a fresh perspective if we just look under the surface a bit. The public is invited to attend, and we hope to double our attendance this year.”
The agenda begins at 8 a.m. and includes topics on needs and desires, evolution of perfection, a case study of Cross Creek Golf Club, a round table discussion on resolving conflicts, management in the U.K. or maintenance in the U.S.; facets of a sustainable golf facility, and enhancing the experience.
Guest speakers include Mark Woodard, former executive director of the GCSAA; course owner Terry Laurent; management consultant Gordon Irvine; course consultant Tom Mead; and Barney Adams, founder of Adams Golf.
Marathon: Air Force veteran Mark Chapman plans a special day on the course for Veteran’s Day.
The 42-year-old Chapman will attempt to play 11 rounds of golf at Waterway Hills Golf Club in Myrtle Beach on Nov. 11, with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project and Salute Military Association.
Chapman, a student at Golf Academy in Myrtle Beach, will begin play at sunrise and hopes to finish the 198 holes by sunset. Chapman is a 21-year Air Force veteran who has participated in several military campaigns and is the recipient of the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge,” Chapman said. “I’ve been preparing for a rigorous day, but I’ll be thinking about the men and women who sacrifice for our country every day and how they wish they could be playing golf with me.”
Donations may be made by dropping them off at Waterway Hills or the GAA campus office. They can also be taken over the phone by calling (843) 236-048, or by visiting the website at www.WoundedWarrior
In order to complete the 11 rounds, Chapman will have to average approximately 58 minutes per 18 holes. In a practice round, he played in 43 minutes, 47 seconds using a cart.
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