Golf Bag: Wheeless, 13, Is Longleaf Men’s Champion
Thirteen-year-old Dalton Wheeless is the new Longleaf Country Club Men’s Champion. Wheeless, an A student at New Century Middle School, shot 84-77—161 to win the Championship Flight title last week.
Dale Johnson shot 153 to win the Men’s Net Championship, and Nancy Evans posted 185 to win the Ladies’ Championship.
Jimmy Walker won the Senior Men’s event with 145 net.
Wheeless, a Birdie Level participant in The First Tee of the Sandhills chapter, was featured in the organization’s July email blast.
“Dalton joined The First Tee in 2008 and attends classes on Saturday afternoons, plays in the Teen League on Wednesdays, and loops in our youth caddie program at the Country Club of North Carolina and Dormie Club,” First Tee Executive Director Bill Baker said.
“He competes in Tarheel Youth Golf Association and the Tin Whistles-First Tee Junior Tour events. He also served as a volunteer standard bearer in the North and South Amateur Championship at Pinehurst. His dream is to someday play on the PGA Tour, and he is one step closer to that dream.”
Another First Tee member, 16-year-old Josh Stockwell of Aberdeen, won the Moore County Men’s Amateur Championship last month, becoming the youngest champion in the event’s 71-yea r history.
CPGA Assistants: Charles Frost of Charlotte rallied from a five-shot deficit with a final-round 67 to win the National Car Rental Carolinas PGA Assistant Professional Championship held at Hasentree Club in Wake Forest.
Frost, an assistant at Quail Hollow Country Club, recovered from an opening round of 75 for a 142 total that was two strokes better than Scooter Buhrman of Gates Four Golf and Country Club in Fayetteville, Mike Perry of the Governors Club in Chapel Hill, and Jakin Fox, of River Oaks Golf Club in Statesville.
Frost posted 31 on the final nine to pull away from the other contenders. He won the North Carolina Open earlier this year.
Perry, who had opened with a 70, shot 74 in the final round while Buhrman finished with a 67.
The top five finishers earned berths in the national PGA Assistants Championship to be held at the PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course) in Port Lucie, Fla., Nov. 1-4.
Aaron Black of Charlotte won the final berth in a four-man playoff with Rob Pilewski of Vass, Matt Bova of Hilton Head and Barry Pierce of Charlotte. Bova earned the first alternate slot with Pilewski taking the second.
Will Morgan of West End tied for 12th with 148, and Andrey Glover of Pinehurst shot 158.
Sr. Am Tour: Arch Reed of Pinehurst shot 74 to win the Championship Flight of the Senior Amateur Golf Tour event held at Crooked Creek Golf Club in Fuquay-Varina.
Tom Kubla of Pinehurst shot 79 to tie for fifth in Flight B.
The top players on the tour will compete in the National Championship Finals to be held in Pinehurst Nov. 13 and 14.
Cox Named: Eddie Cox, a former head professional at The Pit for several years and who helped in the early stages of development at Tot Hill Golf Club near Asheboro, has returned to that club as director of golf, according to an announcement by managing partner C.C. Pharr.
Cox left Tot Hill in 2005 to help in the construction and startup of Olde Liberty Golf and Country Club in the Raleigh area. He is also involved in coaching and teaching and has a female student from Italy who is a two-year world champion in the 10-year-old category.
Pharr said Cox’s return does not involve other personnel changes. Head professional Alan Martini remains in that position, and John Adkins remains general manager. Adkins has been at the club since construction of the Mike Strantz design began in 1999.
Sr. 4-Ball: Rick Alspaugh of Winston-Salem and Keith Hill of Clemmons teamed for a 70 to win the Flight A gross division of the Carolina Golf Association’s Senior Four-Ball Tournament held at River Run Country Club in Davidson.
David Hunt of Denver and Bob Binkley of Cornelius shot 75 to win Flight, with Charles Wolff of Matthews and Milt Walker winning the Super Senior Flight with 71.
Herb Conway and Chuck Daley of Whispering Pines shot 79.
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