Golf Bag: No. 2 Ranked 14th in World
Pinehurst Resort’s renowned No. 2 Course has made a strong statement in the LINKS Magazine 100, debuting at No. 14 in the world.
This new golf course rankings system harnesses the power and scope of the Internet to allow every golfer to have a voice. Anyone can participate and the results are updated continuously. The LINKS100 includes both U.S. and world “Top 100” lists.
Golfers are invited to log onto LINKSMagazine.com to create their own personal rankings of the best courses they’ve played, which may be added to or refined whenever a new course is played. And every time an individual list is changed, it will be tabulated into the LINKS100, with the results updated and reported on the LINKS site.
LINKS100 is the brainchild of George Peper, who created the first true list of “Top 100 Golf Courses in the World.” In 1979, while editor of Golf Magazine, Peper unveiled the first ranking of the globe’s greatest. But like all such lists at the time, it was the product of a limited few voices and rarely changed.
This new system provides living, breathing rankings that have the capacity to recalculate in real time. Not only will the LINKS100 be constantly updating, it will also show the 10 Hottest and Coldest courses, the courses moving up and down the lists most rapidly at any given moment.
With more than 500 real golfers already voting for their favorite courses, there have been some changes in the list. For example, courses in danger of falling off the lists include Prairie Club (100 US) and Chambers Bay (100 World). Royal Lytham & St. Annes is just hanging on.
Mid-Am Qualifier: Sherrill Britt and Frank McBrayer of West End shot 71s to tie for third in the Carolinas Mid-Amateur Sectional Qualifier held on Pinewild Country Club’s Holly Course.
Lionel Sutton of LaGrange was medalist with 68, followed by Kevin Kemp of Greensboro. Twenty-four players advanced, including Marcus Larose of Pinehurst with 76 and Greg Hall of West End with 77.
Sandhills Talk: The radio talk show Sandhills Golf Talk has begun its seventh year on the airwaves in the Sandhills and Piedmont of North Carolina. The 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. show airs on Thursday nights on radio WFJA 105.5 FM in Sanford.
The show will air for the next 18 weeks as the season runs from the Masters through the PGA Championship.
The show features a call-in format with discussions with some of the top names in the golf industry as well as local golf news and the latest in national golf news.
There is also a segment of the show allocated for the latest discussions in golf equipment with an on-air lesson given each night.
Anderson Creek Golf Club Director of Golf Jon Hockaday and Southern Pines Golf Club Director of Golf Doug Thompson are again behind the microphones talking golf and taking call-ins from listeners.
WFJA has a long tradition of airing local and regional sports and is a carrier of UNC and N.C. State football and basketball, NASCAR and high school sports.
The WFJA coverage area includes Lee, Harnett, Moore, Chatham, Cumberland and Wake counties.
CPGA Senior: Rick Lewallen, a professional from Kannapolis, posted back-to-back rounds of 69 for a 138 total to win the overall title in the Carolinas PGA Senior Open held at Old North State Club. Rick Norton of Jacksonville was runner-up with 140.
Don Sweeting of Pinehurst shot 145 to tie for seventh. Amateurs Gary Strickfaden of Southern Pines and Spike Smith of Pinehurst tied for 15th with 150. Strickfaden won the Amateurs 63 & up Division.
Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame member Larry Boswell of Jamestown shot 67-71—138 to win the Super Senior title.
eGolf: Seamus Power of Ireland shot 16-under-par 200 to earn his first win and a $15,000 check in the eGolf Tour event held at River Run Golf Club in Davidson.
Cam Burke of Canada was second at14 under.
Dunes Club: The Dunes Golf and Beach Club has been voted the top golf course in the Grand Strand region for 2012 by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel. The Dunes also earned the top honor for the region from the panel for the last rankings period in 2010.
CGA One-Day: Jim and Dee McMahon of Pinehurst shot 86 (net 69) to finish seventh in the mixed/women’s division of Carolinas Golf Association’s One-Day Four-Ball event held at The Hasentree Club in Wake Forest. Katherine Devore of High Point and Betty Zvarich of Fayetteville won the division with 73 (net 67).
Hugh Beckwith and Tim Copper of West End shot 72 to tie for fifth in the men’s A division. Dupont Kirven and Greg Greeson of Greensboro won the flight with 68. Tony Robinson of Southern Pines and Steve Campbell of Campbell shot 84.
Senior Am Tour: Bill Long of Ahoskie shot 72 to win the Championship flight of the Senior Amateur Tour event held at Brier Creek Country Club in Raleigh. Rick Luzar of Pinehurst tied for second with 75.
Ron Hockensmith of Southern Pines shot 74 to win Flight A and John Henely of Pinehurst shot 82 to tie for fourth in Flight B.
Tony Robinson of Southern Pines won Flight C with 84 and Curtis Gunnarson of Pinehurst tied for fourth with 88.
Golfweek Tour: Five flight winners in the first major of the season held at Bryan Park Golf Club in Greensboro earned berths in the National Finals of the Golfweek Tour to be held in Hilton Head in October. They were Dan Holland of High Point, Mike Meadows of Advance, Terry Newsome of Winston-Salem, Johnny Sears of Fayetteville and Ken White of Greensboro.
Tony Robinson finished tied for fifth in flight C with 90.
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