Golf Bag: Sugg Shines in Winternational
James Sugg may only be a freshman at Pinecrest High School, but he’s taking his fellow golfers to class in the Winternational Junior Series being held at Pinehurst Resort.
Sugg shot 79-74—153 over the weekend to win the freshman/ sophomore division by four strokes over runner-up Ben Chrystler of Whispering Pines, a sophomore at Union Pines High School.
The win widened Sugg’s lead in the division’s point race, giving him 255 points to second-place Aaron Walker of Charlotte’s 202.
Chrystler, who shot 77-80—157, was second in the event played on Pinehurst Resort’s No. 6 Course. Chrystler, who is fourth in points with 135, was briefly tied with Sugg during the final round, but Sugg played the final three holes one under par to secure the win.
Zachary Martin of Pinehurst, also a Pinecrest High student, took a four-shot lead into the second round of the junior/senior division, but couldn’t make it stand up as Mitchell Ellis of Greensboro fired a 70 on Sunday to win by three, 149 to 152.
Ellis, who had opened with a 79, made four birdies in the final round, including three on the front nine. It was the first win of the series for Ellis.
Martin, whose 152 total was four strokes clear of third-place D.J. Matthews of Henderson, recently signed a national letter-of-intent with the University of North Carolina.
Rhea Bhatia, a freshman at Heritage High School in Wake Forest, made her Winternational debut a successful one as she shot 79-78—157 to win the girls’ division by eight strokes over runner-up Kendra Dalton of Wake Forest, a junior at Heritage High.
Dalton still leads the girls’ point race with 155 points. Bhatia gained a tie for second with Lacy Mirovich of Mount Pleasant, S.C., at 100.
Jordan Clontz of Nebo leads the junior/senior points race with 192.5. Matthews is second with 176.5, and Martin is third with 160.
The Winternational Series resumes the weekend of Jan. 5-6 on the Pinehurst No. 1 Course.
Sr. Four-Ball: Mike Weiner of Kiawah Island, S.C., and Robert Albus of Johns Island, S.C., shot 67-66—133 to win the overall gross division title in the Carolinas Golf Association Senior Four-Ball One-Day Tournament held at Pine Needles and Mid Pines golf clubs.
Harvard Turnbull and David Layton of Greensboro teamed to win the overall net division with 121 (gross 151).
Mike Mackie of Granite Falls and Joe Stepp of Hickory won gross in flight A with 134, edging Tim Hunter and Chuck Wilkins of Pinehurst in a card playoff. Robert Fisk and Thomas Eberhard of Johns Island won net honors with 131.
Brian Alchermes of Columbia, S.C., and Robert Van Norden of Greenville, S.C., took low gross in flight B with 138. Jody Huneycutt and Mark Andrew took low net with 129.
Jim Kirkhan of Columbia, S.C., and Mike Bright of Mount Pleasant, S.C., won gross in flight C with 138. Bob Buie of Columbia and Jim Cocca of Myrtle Beach won net with 127. Doug Aitken of Pinehurst and David Pitkin of Cary shot 140 net.
Delanous Bennett and Charlie Parks of Asheboro won gross in flight D with 140. Net winners were Harold Fisher and Tom Bookmiller of Lake Wylie, S.C., with 131.
Lanny Correll Sr. of Pawleys Island, S.C., and Steve Denney of Shallotte won gross in flight E with 142. Net champs were Ron Shelton of Oak Ridge and Randy Rummage of Charlotte.
Willard Dorriety and Dennis Dorman of Florence, S.C., took gross in flight F with 144. Net winners were Bryce Beard and Clyde Mickle of Salisbury with 129. Wiley Barrett of Southern Pines and Steve Moore of Nashville were at 137 net.
William Dawson of Pinehurst and Jim Bradley of Leland won gross honors in flight G with 154. Bill Wade of Whispering Pines and Jim Nemeth Jr. of Pinehurst were second with 155. Randy McConnaughey and Tom Mylett of New Bern won net with 133.
David Smith of Travelers Rest, S.C., and Roger Buckner of Weaverville won gross in flight H with 154. Charles Augone and Greg Gibson of Ocean Isle Beach won net with 128.
Tin Whistles: The team of Frank Corcoran, Jan Ludwig, Ron Kuklok and Joe Koontz posted 126 to win the Tin Whistle club’s man in the box tournament held on the Pinehurst No. 5 Course.
Ralph Cole, Luther Hutchinson, John Regler and Dick Bock were second with 128.
Finishing third with 130 were John Oliver, John Ruggles, Dean Underwood and Jim Jones.
Tilghman Jr.: Anderson Allgeyer of Pinehurst shot 76-71—147 to tie for third place in the boys’ 13-14 age division of the Carolinas PGA Charles Tilghman Junior Championship held at the Surf Golf & Beach Club in North Myrtle Beach.
Allgeyer, the son of Beacon Ridge Country Club General Manager Dean Allgeyer, finished 15th overall in the event.
Kyle Spencer of Mount Pleasant, S.C., won the division with 143.
Austin Zoller of North Charleston, S.C., won the overall title and the 15-16 division with 142 as Wesley Simmons of Goldsboro and Austin Langdale of Townville, S.C., tied for second with 143. Griffin Cryan of Pinehurst was at 175.
Madison Moosa of Charlotte shot 68-71—139 to win the girls’ overall title as well as the 13-15 division.
Kelli Murphy of Elgin, S.C., won the 16-18 division with 146.
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