Golf Bag: SLAM Pro-Am Benefits First Tee
The inaugural Sandhills SLAM Charity Pro-Am and professional long drive event will be held at the Country Club of Whispering Pines Friday.
The format calls for three-person captain’s choice teams to be joined by a professional long driver, ensuring an experience to remember.
The entry fee is $99 per player and includes an awards dinner and new set of Golf Pride grips for each player. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.
The tournament, which benefits The First Tee of the Sandhills, is presented by American Power Golf and sponsored by Golf Pride and Southern Pines Chevrolet-Buick-GMC.
For information or to enter, call Kurt Osterman at (910) 315-2227 or Bill Baker at (910) 783-8288.
UNC Golf: Michael McGowan of Southern Pines and Patrick Barrett of Pinehurst played leading roles in the Tar Heel intercollegiate event held at Finley Golf Course in Chapel Hill last weekend as the University of North Carolina golf team finished as runner-up to Duke.
McGowan, a senior, led the Tar Heels’ team effort with a 4-under-par 212 and finished third overall. The Blue Devils won with a total of 856, while UNC was at 862 despite having the low score of 287 in the final round.
Barrett, who was playing as an individual, finished second overall with 211, edging McGowan, who bogeyed the final hole, by a stroke.
“I’m a little frustrated,” McGowan told reporters after the round. “I had a decent front nine — a couple of birdies and the rest pars. The back nine was OK, just not quite there. I just had a poor finish with two bogeys on the back, and I missed a very makeable birdie on 17.”
N.C. Mid-Am: Scott Harvey of Greensboro, the top-ranked amateur in the Carolinas, shot 72-70-74—216 to win the North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship held at Benevue Country Club in Rocky Mount.
Paul Tucker of Waxhaw, the 2009 champion, and Matthew Crenshaw of Burlington, the reigning N.C. Amateur and N.C. Match Play champion, tied for second with 218. Gary Robinson, the 2007 Mid-Am champion, was alone in fourth with 219.
Sherrill Britt, a four-time Moore County Amateur champion who won his second straight Moore County Pinecrest Cup Match Play title on Monday, tied for seventh with 221.
Jason Cox of West End tied for 14th with 224, Nicholas Brown of Southern Pines shot 228, Kevin Whitaker of West End 229, Kelly Miller of Southern Pines 231, and Daniel Neveu of Pinehurst 234.
Jones Memorial: The sixth annual Bill Jones Memorial Moore County Junior Amateur Golf Championship sponsored by the Tin Whistles Club-First Tee Tour will be held at Talamore Golf Club Oct. 27-28.
The tournament is open to boys and girls 18 and under who are still in school. The entry fee is $30, and golfers do not have to be Moore residents.
The format is 36 holes of stroke play in divisions for boys, girls and super junior for boys, who will play from shorter tees. Only players in the championship division will be eligible for the title.
The field is limited, and the tournament committee reserves the right to accept or reject players based on their skill level.
For information, call The First Tee Sandhills Chapter at (910) 944-3633.
Deercroft Ace: The number 13 proved lucky for Sandi Dally as she scored a hole-in-one at Deercroft Golf Club Sept. 13. Dally used a 9-iron on the 93-yard 12th hole.
Amateur Tours: David Williams of Cary shot a 1-under-par 71 to win the championship flight of the Senior Amateur event held at Hyland Golf Club. George Shadwick of Jackson Springs and Richard Gant of Pinehurst tied for second with 74. Arch Reed of Pinehurst tied for fifth with 77.
Jim Finnegan of Greensboro won flight A with 73, using a set of rental clubs while his were being reshafted. It was his lowest score ever on the tour.
Tim Ward of Greensboro shot 75 to win flight B. Mike Garber of Carthage was fourth with 79.
Dick Shuler of Pittsboro won flight C in a playoff after he and Benny Miller of Raleigh had tied at 82.
Mark Strickland of Bennett shot 70 to win the championship flight in the Golfweek Amateur Tour event held at Hyland. Shadwick was fourth with 75.
Chuck Poole of Wake Forest won flight A with 73. David Randall of Pinehurst tied for third with 77.
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