Golf Bag: Strickfaden Does It Again
Gary Strickfaden, of Southern Pines, didn’t waste an opportunity to play at “home” in the Senior Amateur Golf Tour event held at Hyland Golf Club, winning the Championship Flight with a solid 68.
It was Strickfaden’s third win in his last four tour events.
Mike Gaisbauer, of Davidson, shot 71 to win Flight A. James McMillan, of Laurinburg, was second with 72 and Steve Smith, of Pinehurst, tied for third with 75.
Edward Burton, of Durham, won Flight B with 76 and Benny Miller of Raleigh won Flight C with 83.
Legacy: It’s golf as usual at Legacy Golf Links and the Jack Nicklaus II-designed course is drawing praise from the first wave of golfers to enjoy the layout in just more than three months.
The changeover of the greens from bentgrass to Mini Verde Ultradwarf Bermuda completes a renovation project that has been on-going for four years.
During that period, with most of the work being handled in-house under the guidance of course superintendent Mike Norton and assistant Shawn Kerr, there has been situational tree removal, green surround improvements, test green research, new tee areas and the installation of the new grass.
Three new bunkers have been installed and sand in all bunkers has been replaced by a whiter variety that creates a brilliant contrast with the green grass.
During the greens replacement, more putting surface was added by restoring areas where fairway grass had encroached over the past 20 years.
Legacy, which opened in 1991, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with some special fees to re-introduce local golfers to the course. It will also host a Media Day Oct. 4. Brian Katrek from the PGA Tour Network is scheduled to stage a broadcast prior to the event.
Legacy, rated a 4-5 star course by Golf Digest, has hosted the 2000 USGA’s national Women’s Public Golf Championship, several Carolinas PGA events and numerous Carolinas Golf Association championships.
For information or for tee times, call (910) 476-2733.
Live Scoring: Grow The Game (GTG) Golf, a revolutionary smart phone application and event management system that enables live scoring in a variety of formats, has claimed success after providing live scoring during the championship round at the 28th Annual Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship.
The live event scoring marked the first time that the technology was available for competitors, spectators and fans at the World Am. GTG scored the championship round in a gross/net format.
Live scoring was accessed via a Web-connected computer and through a cross-platform smart phone application using mobile devices (iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry) and via non-mobile devices including iPad, iTouch and Samsung Galaxy Tab.
“The World Am was a huge success for us and this technology,” said Bob Selby, co-founder and CEO of Grow The Game Golf. “We were able to provide live scoring for all 76 players and it made following the final round much easier for everyone who logged onto our system with their smart phones while walking the course at TPC Myrtle Beach.
“Plus, we designed a Masters-style scoreboard via closed circuit television in the clubhouse, so people could watch the scores populate live.”
Grow The Game Golf plans to provide live event scoring for future golf tournaments including the Carolinas Pro Tour at Northstone Country Club in Huntersville Oct. 4-6.
For more information about Grow The Game Golf, go to www.GTGGolf.com.
Contact Howard Ward by email at howardward@att. net.
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