Golf Bag: Kelly Cup Is March 21
The Kelly Cup Championship, a charity golf tournament benefitting the Sandhills Children’s Center, will be held March 21 on Pinehurst Resort’s Tom Fazio-designed No. 8 Course. A 12:30 p.m. shotgun start is scheduled.
Beverages will be provided by Aberdeen Coca-Cola, dinner by Outback Steakhouse, and trophies by Old Sport & Gallery. Tom Stewart and Pat Corso are co-chairmen of the event.
The entry fee is $200 per player or $1,000 per team for the captain’s choice event and includes a hole sponsorship.
For information or to enter as an individual or team, call Teresa Copper at (910) 692-3323, or visit the website www.Sandhills Childrens Center.org.
Baywood Sale: Baywood Golf Course, the Fayetteville facility that closed in January, has been sold to a family from Rhode Island.
The 21-year-old course has been purchased by Richard and Eunsoo Peyton and their three sons, Tyler, Kyle and Dylan, for a reported $1.25 million.
The course had been on the market since 2004 and the owners were asking $2.5 million.
The family is involved in the convenience store and property development business, but the sons all have golf course knowledge.
Tyler Peyton is in the Professional Golf Management program at Campbell University and will serve as general manager. Kyle has a degree in turf management and will be the assistant course superintendent under Steve Strickland, who is a holdover from the previous ownership. Dylan Peyton will manage the golf shop and serve as the assistant professional.
The course is reportedly still in reasonably good shape despite having been closed for more than a month.
Haney Book: Renowned golf instructor Hank Haney spent six years coaching Tiger Woods, a player he calls “the greatest golfer who’s ever lived.”
In an exclusive excerpt from his new book with Golf Digest senior writer Jaime Diaz, Haney offers an insider’s look at one of professional sports’ most enigmatic athletes. The excerpt will appear in the April issue of Golf Digest (on tablets Feb. 28 and on newsstands March 6).
In the excerpt, Haney, a Golf Digest teaching professional, describes the moment when he heard he got the job as Woods’ coach: “I feel as though I won the lottery…”
Haney describes the details of finding a solution to Tiger’s wild driver shots through a significant grip change, which he characterizes as “the fastest Tiger ever accepted any change I ever proposed to him, and the astounding thing is that it was probably the biggest change we ever made.”
Haney also reveals his mounting concern about Tiger’s obsession with the military, particularly a desire to train like and actually become a Navy SEAL: “the lengths he went to make a SEALs career a real possibility still stuns me.”
The excerpt illuminates a side of Tiger the public has never seen. “One of the adjectives most used to describe Tiger Woods was fearless,” Haney says. “But the more I observed him close up, the more it became clear: He wasn’t.”
In addition to the excerpt from the book, the tablet edition of Golf Digest includes an exclusive video featuring Haney and Diaz.
In it, Haney explains why he wrote the book and what he thinks Woods will think after reading it, and Diaz details what he learned about Tiger through working on the book with Haney.
The tablet edition of Golf Digest is available on the iPad, the Kindle Fire and the Nook.
CPGA Senior: Robert Linville of Greensboro and Todd Smith of Whitsett teamed to shoot 65-66—131 and win the Columbia Carolinas PGA Two-Man event held at Columbia (S.C.) Country Club.
The teams played captain’s choice in the first round and best-ball in the second.
Linville was the 2011 CPGA Senior Player of the Year.
Clem King of Columbia and Steve Behr of Florence were second with 132.
Tin Whistles: John Reglar shot a net 71 to take the trophy in the Tin Whistles Club’s Robins Memorial Tournament held on the Pinehurst No. 3 Course.
There was a three-way tie for second at 73 with Murray Williamson winning in a card playoff over Terry Daly and Jim Voelkel.
eGolf Tour: Chris Naegel shot 273 to win his first professional title in the eGolf Tour’s Oldfield Open by three strokes over Gator Todd, a Nationwide Tour member. Naegel earned $25,000 and moved to No. 2 on the 2012 money list with a total of $26,358.
Todd is the son of former New York Jets quarterback Richard Todd.
Andy Bare of West End shot 290 and tied for 42nd, winning $1,301.
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