Golf Bag: Smarrelli Hickory Shaft Champ
Tony Smarrelli has brought the 2012 U.S. Hickory Open Championship to Pinehurst.
Smarrelli proved he is one of the best hickory-shaft players in the country when he made a par putt on the first hole of a sudden-death playoff to win the title on the Donald Ross course in French Lick, Ind.
Smarrelli, who served notice that his game was sharp when he won an event earlier this year at the Dormie Club, was tied with Ben Hollerbach at 149 after the 36 holes of regulation.
Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club will host its ninth annual hickory shaft event Nov. 2-4.
N.C. Match Play: Matthew Crenshaw of Burlington knocked off No. 1-ranked Carolinian amateur Scott Harvey to win the North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship, his fourth Carolinas Golf Association title this year, in a 1-up nail-biter.
Crenshaw, a 30-year-old car salesman, had previously won the Carolinas Club Champion- ship, the Carolinas Four-Ball and the North Carolina Amateur.
Dogwood Jr: Victoria Allred of Phafftown shot 69-78-73—220 to win the girls’ division of the Dogwood State Junior Championship held at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro by a stroke over Ashlii Thompson of Browns Summit.
Carter Jenkins of Raleigh set an event record with 16-under-par 197 to win the boys’ division by nine strokes over William Register of Burlington.
G-4 Invitational: Gates Four Golf and Country Club in Fayetteville will hold its annual Invitational Tournament Aug. 25-26. This will be the first invitational to be held since the course’s extensive renovation by Kris Spence.
The 36-hole stroke play event is limited to 128 entrants, and the deadline is Aug. 20. The entry fee is $125 and includes a practice round, range balls and cookout following Saturday’s first round. Play is gross scores with players flighted for Sunday’s final round in both overall championship and the senior division.
For information, call (910) 425-2176.
Senior Four-Ball: Jim Grainger and James Pearson of Charlotte posted 15-under-par 201 to win the N.C. Senior Four-Ball Championship held at Rolling Hills Country Club in Monroe.
Gary Strickfaden of Southern Pines and Dennis Helms of Monroe tied for eighth with 204.
Charles Wilkins and Tim Hunter of Pinehurst tied for 17th with 209.
Women’s Four-Ball: Brooke Baker of Raleigh and Lea Venable of Greenville, S.C., shot 67 to win the rain-shortened Carolinas Women’s Four-Ball Championship held at Green Valley Country Club in Greenville.
Defending champions Patty Moore of Charlotte and Peg Brady of Stanley tied for sixth with 72.
In the tournament division from shorter tees, Jo Ann Sluder of Pinehurst and Becca McKinney of Raleigh were sixth in flight 1 with 75. Sue Kress of Southern Pines and Isabelle Daley of Whispering Pines were sixth in flight 2 with 86.
Golfweek Tour: Eric Friar of Whispering Pines shot 86 to win flight C in the Golfweek Tour event held at Sapona Country Club in Lexington by six strokes.
Jared Jewett of Greensboro won the championship flight with 79, while George Shadwick of Jackson Springs tied for third with 81.
Tom Kubla of Pinehurst was fifth in flight B with 83.
Warrior Pro-Am: Active and former military men and women, touring and PGA professionals as well as amateur players will tee it up Sept. 9 at Anderson Creek Golf Course in support of the Serenity-Ridge second annual Warrior Pro-Am Tournament.
The Serenity-Ridge Pro-Am was established to recognize the soldiers who serve or have served in our armed forces. The tournament is held on 9/11 weekend because organizers felt it offered a perfect opportunity to both honor and reflect on those who have fought and died for our country.
Events start on Saturday, Sept. 8, when both touring pros and PGA professionals will host a clinic at Stryker Golf Course from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and provide lessons. A meet and greet follows at 6:30 p.m. with acoustical music performed by Mark Cullinane.
Tournament play begins Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. at Anderson Creek, using a modified captain’s choice format.
For more information or to register to play, visit the website at www.serenity-ridge.org., or call Lance Jordan at (910) 551-0845.
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