Golf Bag: Mitchum Earns PGA Berth
Matt Dobyns, a 34-year-old head professional from Lake Success, N.Y., was too hot to handle in the PGA Professional National Championship in Seaside, Calif., last week, but Kelly Mitchum, a lead instructor at Pinehurst Resort's Golf Academy, wasn't too unhappy tying for second place.
Dobyns scored a runaway victory, shooting 13-under-par 275 on the Bayonet Course, but the runner-up spot was more than enough to earn Mitchum one of the 20 spots available for club professionals in the PGA Championship, to be held at Kiawah Island's Ocean Course in August.
Mitchum shot 71 in the final round and tied for second with Rod Perry of Port Orange, Fla., at 283.
"Matt played so solid," Mitchum said in a taped interview. "We were all playing for second. Matt and I played nine holes in a practice round, and then to get paired with the champion in the final round is pretty ironic."
Todd Camplin, the head professional at the Pinehurst No. 7 Course, tied for 64th at 11 over par.
Linton-Fields: Ryan Linton of Pinehurst and Jack Fields of Southern Pines qualified in the WebCom.-United Leasing Tour event in Indiana this weekend.
Linton shot 63 in qualifying while Fields shot 64, then earned the final spot by going birdie-par-birdie-birdie in the playoff. He hit his driver 410 yards on the final hole, a par-5.
The good play didn't carry over, however, as Linton shot 78 in the first round while Fields shot 82.
TW-First Tee: Sixteen-year-old Austin Scarboro of Pinehurst shot 77-78-155 to win the Blue Tees A Division in the Tin Whistles-First Tee Junior Golf Tour event held at Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club.
Grant Edwards of Monroe was second with 157. Bryan D'Ostroph of Whispering Pines finished fourth with 164, and John Rea of Pinehurst was seventh with 173.
Caroline Rea, 13, of Pinehurst shot 82-77-159 to take the Girls' Red Tee Division. Jade Hunt, 17, of Pembroke was runner-up with 175.
Justin Chavis, 17, of Pembroke won the Boys' Blue Tees A Division with 88-78-166. Bryan Boulander, 16, of Southern Pines was second with 177. Hayden Ayers, 14, of Pinehurst was fourth with 181.
Walter Brinker of Sanford shot 158 to win the White Tees Division, followed by Nash Neptune of Seven Lakes with 166. Brandon Harrell of Pinehurst was third with 173 and Bobby Capps of West End was fourth with 177.
Thirteen-year-old Drew Viney of Pinehurst shot 71-73-144 to win the Red Tees Division by 13 strokes over Jared Robinson of Pinehurst and Matthew Walters of Southern Pines, who tied for second with 167. Noa Bullough of Vass was fourth with 171.
Symon Balbin of Pinehurst, 10, won the nine-hole Red Tees event with 40-41-81. Austin Tate of Siler City shot 82 to finish second.
Ethan Waters of Carthage, 10, shot 85 to win the Orange Tees Division by a stroke over Garrett Mason of Richfield. Silas Woods of Maxton shot 88.
Carson Burney of Southern Pines shot 90, while Nicholas Boulanger of Southern Pines and Ryan Ayers of Pinehurst came in with 98.
Jaclyn Kenzal of Southern Pines shot 91 to win the Girls' Orange Tee Division. Kennedi Whitener-Mason of Spring Lake was at 107, and Courtney Jingle of Seven Lakes shot 113.
N.C. Juniors: Carter Jenkins of Raleigh and Isabella Rusher of Salisbury survived three days of heat, long matches and tough opponents to capture their respective titles in the North Carolina Junior Championships held at Carmel Country Club's North Course in Charlotte.
Jenkins defeated Victor Wiggins of Gastonia in the semifinals 2 and 1, then ousted Eric Bae of Cary 4 and 3 in the title match. Bae had beaten Zach Seabolt of Raleigh in the semis.
Rusher topped Emilia Migiliaccio of Cary 1-up in the semifinals, then beat Lucia Polo of Greensboro 1-up for the championship.
Polo ousted Madison Moosa of Charlotte 2 and 1 in the semis.
Tin Whistles: Some of the results from the Barber Memorial Tournament of the Tin Whistles Club were incorrectly listed last week. Luther Hutchinson won the event with a low net score of 60. Dave Cook was second with 61, Jerry Lefton third with 64; and Ray Dingman fourth with 65 in a card playoff.
Sr. Am Tour: Ron Hockensmith of Southern Pines shot 75 to win the Championship Flight of the Senior Amateur Tour event held at the Dormie Club.
Ron Caulder of Myrtle Beach shot 75 to tie with Jim Rohr of Southern Pines in regulation, then was ceded the win when Rohr left before a playoff could be held.
Russ Padgett of Cary, who joined the tour 15 years ago when it was known as the Carolina Blonde, won Flight B in a three-way playoff after tying at 78 with Vic Robertson of Greensboro and Mike Garber of Carthage.
Golfweek Am: Park Williams of Kernersville shot 74 to win the Championship Flight of the Golfweek Amateur event held at the Dormie Club.
Scott Mankins of Raleigh won a playoff after a three-way tie at 77 in Flight A. Will Bowers of Southern Pines tied for fifth with 81.
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