Golf Bag: Clement Tops CCNC Am Field
Justin Clement shot 3-under-par 74-72-69—215 to win the Tarheel Golf Foundation Country Club of North Carolina Amateur Championship and lead 12 qualifiers into the Pinehurst Winter Shootout.
Clement won the Cardinal Amateur earlier this year.
Patrick Barrett, of Pinehurst and the University of North Carolina, shot 76-72-70—218 to claim second place. Ben Fogler, of Vanderbilt University, was third with 219.
Other qualifiers for the Shootout were Caleb Sturgeon, of the University of South Carolina, 220; Logan Harrell, of N.C. State, and Grayson Murray, of East Carolina, 222; Christopher Hickman, of East Tennessee State, 223; Drew Aimone, of Stanford, and John Boehme, of UNC Charlotte, 224; and Michael Hooker, of Liberty, Andy Knox, of UNC, and Jacob Mast, of Liberty, 225.
Hunter Howell, of Raeford and N.C. State, missed making the Shootout field by a stroke at 226. Jason Cox, of West End and the Carolinas Golf Association, and Robert Hoadley, of Southern Pines and UNC Greensboro, were at 239, and Joshua Stockwell, winner of the Moore County Men’s Amateur earlier this year, was at 242.
Results from the Pinehurst Shootout had not been made available as of deadline.
Military Day: Deercroft Golf Club is holding another in its series of Military Day events on Friday, Jan 18.
The tournament is open to all active and retired military personnel and their guests. The format is individual play flighted by gross scores and also using a blind draw partner in a better-ball format.
The entry fee is $35 per person and includes cart, a chili and rice meal with a sandwich and beverages.
There will also be closest to the pin and long drive competition. For more information or to enter, call the golf shop at (910) 369-3107, or email email@example.com.
Hirai Honored: Reona Hirai from Summerville has won the prestigious South Carolina Junior Golf Association Beth Daniel Award as the 2012 Junior Girl Player of the Year, as selected by the Heritage Classic Foundation Rankings of 2012.
Hirai began the year in 13th place and worked her way up with a strong summer. She won the Jimmy Self Junior Festival of Flowers, the Carolina’s Junior PGA, and finished in second at the popular Blade Junior Golf Classic.
She had moved to third in the rankings by the end of October, then she went on a tear with four straight victories in the Edisto Low Country Invitational, Cheraw Fall Challenge, the SCJGA Players Championship and the George Holiday. She finished 44 points ahead of her good friend Kelli Murphy.
Ford-Picard: Winn and Stuart Gibbs combined for 73 to win the Ford-Picard Christmas Classic Parent-Child Championship held on the Wild Dunes Links Course on the Isle of Palms, S.C.
Jaelyn and Kevin Tindal of Rock Hill were second with 74.
In the junior championship, Kelli Murphy, of Elgin, S.C., won the Picard Trophy for a second time with a 4-over-par 76.
Justin Hood, of St. Matthews, S.C., won the boys’ overall title with 77. Jackson Tyler, of Seneca, won the 13-14 boys’ title, and Drayton Stewart, of Charleston, won the 12 and under bracket.
The Links Course of Wild Dunes has been the host facility since inception of the event and has been a vital part of the SCGA family of host golf courses.
The first day’s festivities are named for seven-time SCGA Amateur Champion Frank Ford, with a parent-child format. The second day’s event is named after Henry Picard, who was one of the top S.C. golfers of all time. He won the Masters tournament and numerous PGA titles, and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.
The second round of the tournament is for juniors only in an individual stroke play event as part of the Ford-Picard Christmas Classic.
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