Golf Bag: Allred Wins TYGA Title
Victoria Allred may stand only “five-feet-nothing,” as her father-coach, Jay, likes to say, but her stature in junior golf continues to grow.
Allred, a junior in high school, recently won the state 4-A high school championship at Pinehurst and last week added the Tarheel Youth Golf Association State Girls’ Championship to her growing list of triumphs.
Allred, who attends Reagan High School in Phafftown, where her father, publisher of Golf Triad and Golf Triangle Magazines, is the girls’ coach, shot 73-71–144 to post a three-stroke win over runner-up Emily Stinson of Charlotte.
Allred began the second round four strokes behind first-round leader Siranon Shoomee of Sanford, but Shoomee soared to 83 in the final round and tied for fifth.
Savannah Thompson of West End, and a junior on the Pinecrest girls’ golf team, shot 75-74–to finish third in the event, which was held at Sapona Ridge Country Club in Lexington.
Zach Seabolt of Raleigh shot 76-72–138 to claim a two-shot victory over Seth Gandy of Huntersville, Ben Schlottman of Advance and Carter Jenkins of Raleigh in the Boys Division.
Zachary Martin of Pinehurst tied for 10th with 147, and his younger brother, Joshua, tied for 14th with 149.
Fields File: Jack Fields of Southern Pines competed in the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament first stage held at the Club at Irish in Kannapolis, which began on Tuesday.
Fields, who earned a paid entry into the event ($4,500 value) for his play on the eGolf Tour this season, opened with a 73. Play concluded on Friday.
A win in the Columbia Open in May helped Fields finish 14th on the eGolf money list with $39,888. He also tied for second in the Cabarrus Classic last month.
Captain’s Putter: The Virginias team used a strong final day singles showing to defeat the Carolinas 27-21 in the 67th playing of the Captain’s Putter Matches held on The Resort at Glade Springs’ Cobb Course despite a strong showing by Sherrill Britt of West End.
Virginias’ regulars outscored the Carolinas squad 17-15, while the Virginias seniors (55 and older) held a 10-6 advantage. The Virginias held only a one-point advantage after Friday’s four-ball and foursome matches, but widened that with a 14.5-9.5 decision in the afternoon singles.
Britt, a building contractor who won the Pine Crest Cup Moore County Match Play Championship last month, was the only Carolinas player to win three points.
He defeated Winston Canada of Oak Hill, Va., 1-up in singles and teamed with Joe Jaspers of Huntersville to win in both foursomes and four-ball.
The Virginias claimed their first repeat win in the event since 2003-04.
Junior Tour: The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour (HJGT) will stage the inaugural Pinehurst Junior Challenge Nov. 3-4 at Little River Golf Club. The tournament, which will be ranked by the Junior Golf Scoreboard, Tarheel Youth Golf Association, as well as the South Carolina Junior Golf Association, will feature junior golfers from throughout the entire Southeast region. All junior golfers are encouraged to compete, as an HJGT membership is not required for this event.
The event is 36 holes of stroke play with four separate divisions for competition. Players will be in divisions based on age as follows: boys 15-18, girls 15-18, boys 11-14 and girls 11-14.
Little River, designed by Dan Maples, is one of the area’s premier courses, a Golf Digest “award winner” and chosen by The Washington Golf Monthly as “A Best New Course for 1996.”
Sr. Am Tour: Ron Hockensmith of Whispering Pines has made his first year of playing on the Senior Amateur Tour a memorable one.
Hockensmith, who has played in 21 tour events this season, began the year competing in flight A, but was promoted to the championship flight in June. That proved a judicious move as he posted a 74 in the event held at Colonial Country Club in Thomasville to win the flight by two strokes over Jim Guidici of Carrboro.
The top players on the tour tee it up in the National Tour Finals in Pinehurst Nov. 13-14. For information on that event, which is open to the top 15 leaders in the season-ending points standings race, call tour director Bruce Hallenbeck at (336) 495-6556.
John Henely of Pinehurst shot 80 to finish third in flight B, while Marty Carpenter of Pinehurst tied for second in flight C with 86.
eGolf Tour: Tim Madigan of Rio Rancho, N.M., shot 13-under-par 200 to win the eGolf Tour’s NorthStone Open held in Huntersville.
It was Madigan’s first win on the tour and netted him a $13,000 payday. He shot 68-64-68 and finished two strokes ahead of Phillip Mollica of Anderson, S.C.
Sr. Four-Ball: Todd Turner of West End and Johnny Moore of Durham teamed for 67 to win flight A in the Carolinas Golf Association Four-Ball event held at Chapel Hill Country Club. Allen Lee and Chuck Taubersmith of Pinehurst were fourth with 71. Doug Aitken of Pinehurst and David Pitkin of Cary shot 78.
Wiley Barrett of Southern Pines and Steve Moore of Nashville were second in flight B with 75, while Patrick Lynch and Donald Macilvaine of Carthage shot 88.
Richard Moss and Peter Wilkinson of Pinehurst won the super senior flight with 67. Chuck Daley of Whispering Pines and Dean Donley shot 72, Dick Wilson of Whispering Pines and Michael Swensen of West End 74, John Dejong of Carthage and Evan Whalley of Pinehurst 80 and George Kress of Southern Pines and Grady Strickland of Chapel Hill 82.
Super Seniors: Ernie Newton of High Point and Jim Pridgen of Jamestown shot 65-65—130 to win the inaugural Super Four-Ball Championship of the Carolinas Golf Association held at Camden (S.C.) Country Club.
Rick Luzar of Pinehurst and Peter Shumway of McCormick, S.C., were third with 138. Hal Dugenske and Herb Conway of Whispering Pines shot 147, Deane Hundley of Southern Pines and Gus Neville of Chapel Hill shot 148, and Ray Novicki of Southern Pines and Barry Elliott of Pinehurst shot 166.
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