Golf Bag: Dougherty Fourth in Champions
Steven Dougherty of Pinehurst shot 76 to tie for fourth place in flight A of the Carolinas Golf Association One-Day Tournament of Champions held on Pinehurst Resort’s No. 5 Course.
Jason Smith of Raleigh won the flight with 70, followed by Gary Mason of Apex with 71. Jeff Manley of Raleigh was third with 72.
Hugh Beckwith of West End shot 78, Tim Copper of West End 82, and Jack Nance of Pinehurst 83.
Ray Casey of Garner won flight B with 77 in a card playoff over Marshall Miller of Kernersville. George Shadwick of Jackson Springs was fourth with 79. Paul Benfield of Pinehurst shot 83.
Sarah Winnick of Wilmington won the women’s division with 81, and Angela Stewart of Greenville was runner-up with 87. Mary Ann Gerney of West End shot 112.
CGA 4-Ball: Jonathan Williams of Clinton and Keith Waters of Raleigh posted 66 to win flight A in the men’s division of the Carolinas Golf Association One-Day Four-Ball event held on Pinehurst Resort’s No. 5 Course.
Tim Copper and Hugh Beckwith of West End finished second with 68, while Carmen Serbio and Sam Smith of Fayetteville were third with 69.
Cliff Seastrunk of Raleigh and Jason Seastrunk of Knightdale won flight B with 69.
Angela Stewart of Greenville and Pat Brogden of Garner won the women’s division by six strokes with 67. Betty Zvarich of Fayetteville and Kathy Devore of High Point were runners-up with 73.
Donna Rotondo and Carol Pitzer of Pinehurst were fifth with 81, while Cindy Cline of Carthage and Shari Dutton of Pinehurst tied for sixth with 82.
Kevin and Miken Miller of Clayton shot 69 to win the mixed division.
Tin Whistles: Charlie Eichhorn, Tom Race, Dennis Dolgan and Dick Bock won a card playoff over the team of Joe Koontz, Jan Ludwig, Frank Corcoran and Ron Kuklok to claim the Tin Whistle Club’s One-Two-Three tournament held on Pinehurst Resort’s No. 4 Course after they had tied with 132 in regulation.
Joel Shriberg, John Carlyle, Bob Wood and Peter Holmes were third with 135.
Old Chatham: Professional tour golfers are showing a definite like for Old Chatham Golf Club in Durham these days, as it has recently hosted Corey Pavin, Larry Mize, Lee Janzen, Peter Jacobsen, Brad Fritsch, Dave Mathias, Michael Putman, Andrew Putman and Justin Walters, among others.
Also, Webb Simpson was a member at Old Chatham for two years before moving to Charlotte.
Tour players appreciate the privacy of Old Chatham’s Rees Jones-designed course, whose gates open only for members, their guests and teaching professionals’ students. The course itself is located within 400 acres of federally protected land with no housing available.
In addition to the privacy and quality of the facilities, what draws Tour players to Old Chatham are two respected and sought-after instructors. Old Chatham founding member and professor of educational psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Richard Coop, is famous for helping professional athletes achieve optimum results.
Coop is a consultant to all the athletic teams in the area of mental skills training and performance enhancement, and has worked with a number of professional golfers on the PGA, Senior PGA and LPGA tours.
A partial list of these golfers includes Payne Stewart, Corey Pavin, Ben Crenshaw, Larry Mize, Jim Gallagher Jr., Mark O’Meara, Scott Simpson, Steve Pate, Nick Faldo, Bob Estes, Bob Tway, Gene Littler and Donna Andrews.
Players whom Coop has coached have won a combined six British Opens, four U.S. Opens, four PGA Championships and seven Masters.
Many of these professionals visit Coop at Old Chatham, who counts among its membership some of the best golfers in the area.
Golf instructor Patrick Kelley recently made Old Chatham his home base, much for the same reason Coop did. The level of service, quality of facilities and privacy provides the perfect atmosphere for Kelley to help his players find their best game.
Kelley helps golfers improve their swing mechanics, short game techniques, mental preparation and other aspects of the game.
Fritsch, who recently earned playing rights on the 2013 PGA Tour, worked on his game with Kelley and improved a half-shot in his putts per round. Kelley’s professional clients have won a combined total of eight PGA Tour wins.
“The course at Old Chatham is just as competitive as the courses that you see on the PGA Tour, which attracts professional golfers,” said John Marino, Old Chatham director of operations.
“Members and guests at Old Chatham have the opportunity to learn from the best by taking lessons with Patrick. He has helped many successful pros take their game to next level and improve their scores, which is a significant draw for many.”
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