Golf Bag: DiIanni, Pasupa Series Champs
Jonathan DiIanni of Kernersville was the picture of consistency last weekend, shooting 74-74—148 to win the junior-senior division of the Winternational Junior Series held on the Pinehurst No. 5 Course.
Despite the chilly weather, which never reached 50 degrees over the weekend, a field of 26 players competed in the fifth stage of the eight-stage event.
The win was the second in two years for DiIanni, who finished two strokes ahead of runner-up Trey Guy of Fayetteville. An eagle-3 on the par-5 17th hole highlighted his final round.
Guy, also a former winner in the series, actually held the lead in the final round, but couldn’t keep pace with the birdie-eagle-par finish of DiIanni.
A.T. Cashwell of Concord took third with 158, while newcomer Zachary Boe of Bluffton, S.C., was fourth with 159.
Chakka Pasupa of Charlotte had to go extra holes to secure his win in the freshman-sophomore division. Pasupa birdied the first hole in sudden death to defeat Blake Wagoner of Cornelius after they had deadlocked in regulation at 159.
The long-hitting Pasupa trailed by a stroke after an opening-round 80, but had worked his way to a two-stroke lead going into the final hole. A double bogey allowed Wagoner to make par and send the match into overtime.
Pasupa boomed his drive on the first playoff hole 295 yards and wedged his approach to two feet for the winning birdie.
James Mishoe of Cary was third, missing the playoff by a shot. Austin Harrill of Hickory and Will Kelly of Wheaton, Ill., tied for fourth with 162.
The Winternational Series continues Jan 28-29 on the Pinehurst No. 6 Course. For information, call Peter deYoung at (910) 295-5661 or visit the website www.juniorgolfpinehurst.com.
Top Juniors: McKenzie Talbert and Carson Young head the Carolinas Golf Association All-Carolinas Junior teams.
Talbert, a 16-year-old junior at Strom Thurmond High School in North Augusta, S.C., heads the three-player girls’ team.
Talbert, the CGA junior girls’ player of the year for the third consecutive time, was a three-time winner in 2011, a member of the winning Junior Solheim Cup team, and recipient of the 2011 Beth Daniels South Carolina Junior Player of the Year Award presented by the South Carolina Junior Golf Association.
She has verbally committed to play collegiately for Clemson.
Joining Talbert on the team are Sarah Bae of Cary and Kelli Murphy of Elgin, S.C.
Bae is a 16-year-old junior at Athens High School who won the CGA North Carolina Junior Girls’ Championship, the N.C. Trusted Choice Big I Junior, and the Tarheel Youth Golf Association’s Team Championship. She finished third in the Carolinas Junior and tied for fourth in the TYGA State Championship. She also won the N.C. Junior Player of the Year Award in 2011.
Murphy, a sophomore at Lugoff-Elgin High School, won the CGA Carolinas Girls’ Championship and the Joe Cheves Junior. She was second in the SCGJGA Fall and Players Championships and was third in the Blade Championship.
She represented the Carolinas in the Mid Atlantic Girls’ Team Matches and was named Golfweek Junior Player of the Week after winning the Cheves title.
Other players making the boys’ team were Will Starke of Chapin, S.C., and Benjamin Griffin of Chapel Hill.
Starke, a senior at Chapin High School, finished second in the S.C. Trusted Choice Big I Classic and the Carolinas Junior Championship. He also competed in the U.S. Junior Amateur, reaching the quarterfinals, and represented the Carolinas in the Virginias-Carolinas Team Matches.
He has committed to the University of South Carolina.
Griffin, a sophomore at East Chapel Hill High School tied for second in the TYGA State Championship, tied for third in the N.C. Junior, was third in the CPGA Junior, fourth in the CGA Dogwood State Junior, tied for fifth in the Bobby Chapman Junior, and was eighth in the N.C. Trusted Choice Big I.
The players will be recognized at the CGA’s Golf Night Feb. 25 at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines.
Tin Whistles: The team of John Regler, Dave Brown, Pete Wilkinson and Ed Guidice posted 125 to win the three-best-ball 1-2-3 flags event held by the Tin Whistles Club on the Pinehurst No. 1 Course.
Murray Williamson, Jim Voelkel, Bill Noggle and Chuck Butters were second with 131, while Joel Striberg, John Carlyle, Bob Wood and Blair Femsterstock took third with 134.
Best Fitter: Stan Roach of the Dana Rader Golf School in Charlotte has been named the 2011 PING Regional Club Fitter of the Year for the third time.
The award recognizes the Authorized PING fitter that has demonstrated the highest commitment to custom fitting and the promotion of its benefits to golfers of all abilities.
“Stan shares our belief that if golfers take the time to get custom-fit, they’ll see improved performance on the course,” said PING chairman and CEO John Solheim. “Their attention to detail and passion for service ensure golfers benefit from the most thorough custom fitting in the industry. He demonstrates his expertise on a daily basis.”
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