Golf Bag: National Patriot Set Sept. 28-30
The National Patriot Senior Invitational returns to National Golf Club Sept. 28-30 with a strong field competing in the two-day pro-am event and the Sunbelt Senior Professional Golf Tour’s 54-hole championship.
Although there are several excellent players competing for the professional title, including five-time PGA Tour winner Danny Edwards, the emphasis as usual is on the charities that benefit from the program.
The Patriot Foundation is a major player on behalf of children placed in need by the death of a parent serving with the 82nd Airborne or the six brigades reporting directly to the 18th Airborne Corps.
The weekend schedule begins on Friday, Sept. 28, with a brunch from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m., followed by a golf clinic. The Army’s precision parachute team, the Golden Knights, will stage a jump at 11 a.m., and the Patriot Charity Pro-Am has a shotgun start at noon.
There will be a 10:30 a.m. shotgun start for the field on Saturday for the final round of the pro-am, and the pros will begin play at 8:30 a.m. Sunday to decide the champion. An awards ceremony at the National clubhouse will immediately follow conclusion of play.
Some of the other professionals entered are Graham Banister, an exempt player on the European Tour; Mark Bucek, a multiple winner on the Sunbelt Tour; Jim Chancey, winner of more than 400 mini-tour events; Tim Conley, a former Patriot champion and a two-time winner on the Nationwide Tour; Tom Eubank, a former Patriot champion; James Mason, a former PGA Champions Tour winner; Rick Lewallen, the current Carolinas PGA Senior Champion; and former PGA Tour winner Fred Wadsworth.
For more information or to make a contribution, write to Patriot Foundation, P.O. Box 5069, Pinehurst, NC 28374, or www.patriotscholarships.com.
MMIA Event: The Military Missions in Action will hold its third annual golf tournament at Longleaf Golf and Country Club Sept. 29.
The entry fee is $75 for the captain’s choice event and includes carts, lunch, beverage cart, gift bag and range balls. There will also be closest to the pin, long drive and hole-in-one prizes.
In its fifth year of operation, MMIA has completed service projects in North Carolina from as far west as Thomasville and as far east as Wilmington. Home modification projects represent more than $1 million in service provided to veterans.
MMIA has also shipped more than 8,500 boxes of comfort supplies to troops serving in combat areas.
Sponsorships are available in the following: Silver Star — $600, includes a four-person team, entry for one active duty military person and a hole sponsor sign. Bronze Star — $300, sponsorship of a disabled veteran and a hole sponsor sign. Purple Heart — $150, sponsor sign on course; and $50 — honorary/memorial course sign.
For information call (919) 552-1603 or (910) 692-6100 or visit the website www.militarymissionsin action.org.
Green to Hyland: Alan Green has accepted the position as course superintendent at Hyland Golf Club after tenures with Pinehurst Resort and Deercroft Golf Club.
“Alan has experience on several of the Pinehurst courses and Tiburon Golf Cub in Naples, Fla.,” said Hyland owner Bill Burnette. “What he accomplished at Deercroft over the past seven months drew my attention to his turfgrass capabilities.
“Alan understands the bright future of mini-dwarf Bermuda greens like ours at Hyland and that was a prime consideration in him making the move here.”
Sr. Four-Ball: Dale Andress and Ray Dickerson of Foxfire Village teamed for a 72 to finish third in flight B of the Carolinas Golf Association’s Senior Four-Ball event held at Starmount Forest Country Club in Greensboro.
Bill Wade of Whispering Pines and Jim Nemeth Jr. of Pinehurst shot 84 in flight B.
Phil Thingstad and Mike Swensen of West End shot 67 to tie for first place in the super senior division, but lost in a playoff to Vic Robertson and Leonard Bullock of Greensboro.
Wiley Barrett of Southern Pines and Dick Skobo of West End tied for third with 68 along with Chuck Daley of Whispering Pines and Dean Donley of Carthage. Herb Conway and Hal Dugenske of Whispering Pines shot 70, George Kress of Southern Pines and Grady Strickland of Chapel Hill shot 75, and Donald Staley of Pinehurst and Robert Staley of Asheboro shot 77.
IJGT: The International Junior Golf Tour, one of the leading competitive circuits for elite golfers in grades 5-12, has released its fall schedule, including 16 events in seven states.
Headquartered in Hilton Head Island, S.C., the IJGT offers approximately 50 two- and three-day events throughout the U.S. each year.
On Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 23-25), more than 100 of the best junior golfers in the world will compete at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
The IJGT will host the fifth annual Hank Haney Invitational at Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island Dec. 8-9. Pete Dye’s Harbour Town Golf Links is home to the RBC Heritage each April.
New venues include Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg, Va., past host of the NCAA Division I Men’s National Championship and ranked in Golfweek’s “Top 100 Resort Courses in America.”
IJGT alumni include Webb Simpson, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Paula Creamer and many other PGA and LPGA Tour players.
For more information about the IJGT or to become a member: www.IJGT.com, info@IJGT.com, (800) 792-9143.
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