Golf Bag: Anderson, Sullivan Win Pro-Pro
Billy Anderson of Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington and Bryan Sullivan of Kilmarlic Club in the Outer Banks recently teamed to shoot 19-under-par 68-63-65—196 and win the Carolinas PGA Pro-Pro Championship played at Pine Needles, Pinewild Country Club and Pinehurst No. 8.
A field of 116 teams of PGA professionals competed in three formats: captain’s choice, four-ball stroke play (better ball) and modified alternate shot.
Anderson, a former All-American at Methodist University in Fayetteville, and Sullivan, a former University of North Carolina star, won the title on the second hole of a sudden-death playoff.
Sullivan hit a 248-yard 3-wood to reach the green of the par-5 second hole on Pinewild’s Magnolia Course. He and Anderson read the putt correctly for the winning eagle to claim the $4,200 first-place check. They also won the title in 2009.
Kelly Mitchum of Southern Pines and Pinehurst Resort, and Gus Ulrich of Pinewild Country Club closed with 66 to tie for sixth at 198 and earn $1,507.
Rob Pilewski and Kyle Fera of Pinehurst No. 6 shot 204 and tied for 22nd; Jeff Dotson and Adam Kushner of the Country Club of North Carolina were at 207; Will Morgan of Pinehurst No. 7 and Chip Wells of Scotch Meadows Country Club in Laurinburg were at 209; Todd Camplin of Pinehurst No. 7 and Nick Jacobi of Baden Inn Golf Resort shot 210; Chris Little of Pinewild and Ron Giles of Pinehurst shot 211; Kevin Lavertu and Scooter Buhrman of Gates Four Country Club in Fayetteville shot 211; Scott Cain and Brian Fahey of Pinehurst shot 222; and Robert Sweetnam and Paul McRae of Pinehurst shot 229.
Rick Morton of Jacksonville and David Thore of Wilmington teamed to win the senior division with 20-under-par 195. Defending champions Doug Thompson of Southern Pines Golf Club and Jon Hockaday of Anderson Creek Golf Club tied for eighth with 208.
Sugg Leads: James Sugg of Pinehurst, a ninth-grader at The O’Neal School, has moved into first place in the freshman-sophomore division points race of the Winternational Junior Series being held at Pinehurst Resort.
Saturday’s round was played on the Pinehurst No. 2 Course, while Sunday’s round was held on No. 5.
Sugg picked up 75 points last weekend with a third-place finish and has totaled 155 points. He was runner-up in the event’s first week.
Samuel Uhland of Jacksonville, Fla., won the freshman-sophomore division with 72-74—146, defeating David Shepherd of Powell, Ohio, on the first hole in sudden death. Sugg shot 81-75—156 to finish five strokes ahead of Austin Harrill of Pinehurst and Kevin Sowinski of Greensboro at 161. Griffin Cryan of Pinehurst was 12th with 170.
Tanner Owen of High Point won the junior-senior division with 72-74—146. Ethan Mead of Charlotte was second, nine strokes back, with 155.
Ethan Mead of Charlotte was third with 156.
Lacy Mirovich of Mount Pleasant, S.C., shot 79-82—161 to finish two strokes ahead of Emily Uhland of Jacksonville, Fla., in the girls division with 163. Kendra Dalton of Wake Forest was third with 171.
Gray Townsend leads the junior-senior division points race with 145. Nick Dorton of Anderson, S.C., is second with 143.3. Zachary Martin of Pinehurst is eighth with 80.
Aaron Walker of Charlotte is second to Sugg in the freshman-sophomore race with 134.5. Colson Hoffman of Indian Trail is third with 120. Cryan is 12th with 69.
Mirovich leads the girls’ point race with 100. Uhland is second with 80.
The third event in the junior series will be held Dec. 8-9 on the Pinehurst No. 6 Course.
For information, contact Peter deYoung at (910) 295-5661.
CGA Super Sr.: Deane Hundley of Southern Pines and Gus Neville of Chapel Hill teamed for 146 to finish sixth in flight A of the Carolinas Golf Association’s Super Senior Four-Ball Tournament of Champions held on Wild Dunes Resort’s Links Course in Isle of Palms, S.C.
Phil Thingstead and Mike Swensen of West End were 10th with 153.
Dick Wilson of Whispering Pines and Terry Ward of Jackson Springs were seventh in flight C with 159, while George Kress of Southern Pines and Grady Strickland of Chapel Hill were at 160.
CPGA Awards: Gary Hobgood, head professional of Happy Valley Country Club in Wilson, is the Carolinas PGA Section Professional of the Year.
The award is the highest annual honor that can be bestowed on a CPGA professional. It takes into consideration not only the past year of a professional’s career, but his or her lifelong contributions to the golf.
Hobgood is a man of many hats at Happy Valley, filling the roles of professional, superintendent, golf shop owner, snack bar owner and partial course owner.
Tom Mason of Woodlands Golf and Country Club in Columbia, S.C., is winner of the Horton Smith Trophy as the PGA professional who continually exhibits a commitment to the development and improvement of golf education.
John Marino, general manger of Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham, is the winner of the Bill Strausbaugh Award, given to the professional who made significant contributions to the game through mentoring of other professionals and the furtherance of their careers.
Other awards included Ben Grandy, executive director of The First Tee of Greater Greensboro, who received the Junior Golf Leader Award, and Chad Newton, head professional of Asheboro’s Pinewood Country Club, who received the President’s Plaque Award for his work in the area of player development.
All of the section award winners, including player of the year Kelly Mitchum of Southern Pines and teacher of the year Eric Alpenfels of Pinehurst, will be recognized at the CPGA’s annual awards dinner at Myrtle Beach in February.
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