Golf Bag: Zach Martin AJGA Honoree
Zachary Martin, a senior at Pinecrest High School, has been named an HP (Hewlett-Packard) Scholastic Junior All-American, according to a release from the American Junior Golf Association and HP.
Since 1988, the team has recognized 12 young men and 12 young women who demonstrate the ability to excel both on the golf course and in the classroom.
Martin scored a 2,000 on the SAT and carries a weighted GPA of 4.9348, which is eighth in his class of 433. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was a volunteer at the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship held in the Pinehurst area.
Martin posted a pair of top-10 finishes in AJGA competition in 2012, with his best finish a tie for eighth at the E-Z-GO Vaughn Taylor Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf.
Davis Morrison of Charlotte was the only other North Carolina golfer to make the team.
To be eligible to apply for the HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team, boys must have placed in the top 10 of an AJGA Open, Regional Golf Championship or Invitational, while girls needed a top-five finish. The selections were then based on grade point average, class rank, SAT/ACT/PLAN/ PSAT scores, community service and writing ability.
Candidates were required to submit an essay no longer than 500 words on an original topic relating to golf.
The HP Scholastic Junior All-America Team will be honored at the Rolex Junior All-America Awards Banquet, Nov. 18, at PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. By being named to this team, each player is also eligible to participate in the Polo Golf Junior Classic, one of the most prestigious events in junior golf, which will take place on PGA National Resort and Spa’s Champion and Fazio Courses, Nov. 17-23.
Bickart Named: Pinehurst Resort has named Jack Bickart vice president of sales. Bickart will oversee group sales, leisure sales and conference services for the resort.
Bickart comes to Pinehurst from Lakeway Resort and Spa in Austin, Texas, where he was the director of sales and marketing. At Lakeway, Bickart oversaw sales for the 174-room property, which is located on the shores of Lake Travis and features 24,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.
“Jack has an impressive breadth of experience and brings a proven track record of success to Pinehurst,” said Pinehurst Executive Vice President Tom Pashley. “We’re excited to have him leading our sales efforts.”
Bickart’s previous resort experience includes Horseshoe Bay Resort in Texas, Barton Creek Resort and Spa in Austin and Daufuskie Island Resort in South Carolina.
Chiquita Classic: A sizzling 6-under-par 66 gave Jack Fields of Southern Pines medalist honors in the Web.Com Tour qualifier held at Rocky River Golf Club in Concord last Monday. Seven players earned berths in the event, which is being held at the Club at Longview in Charlotte and concludes today.
Boswell Wins: Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame member Larry Boswell, 68, of Jamestown, shot 71-70—141 to win the Carolinas Golf Association’s North Carolina Super Senior Championship held at Pine Island Country Club in Charlotte.
Jack Williams of Gastonia finished one stroke back. It was the 15th CGA career title for Boswell.
Gary Strickfaden of Pinehurst shot 146 to finish ninth; Hal Dugenske of Whispering Pines tied for 17th with 151; Chuck Daley of Whispering Pines tied for 24th with 154; Deane Hundley of Southern Pines tied for 29th with 155; Alan Hall of Pinehurst tied for 37th with 158; Herb Conway of Whispering Pines was 46th with 162; and George Kress of Pinehurst was 57th with 176.
Women’s Senior: Pat Brogden of Garner won her third Carolinas Women’s Senior Amateur title, shooting 74-75—149 on Rumbling Bald’s Apple Valley Course in Lake Lure, edging Angela Stewart of Greenville by two strokes.
Defending champion Patty Moore of Charlotte finished third.
Donna Rotondo of Pinehurst shot 177 to finish fifth in flight 2 of the tournament division. Juanita Milan of Pinehurst posted 196 to finish seventh in flight 3.
Carolinas Sr. Am.: Rick Cloninger of Creedmoor overcame a three-stroke deficit in the final round, shooting 67 and winning the Carolinas Senior Amateur Championship at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro with an 8-under-par 208.
Ron Carpenter of Fort Mills, S.C., the 36-hole leader, shot 78 in the final round and finished tied for fifth. Gary Strickfaden of Southern Pines tied for 32nd with 226, and Wynn Solle of Pinehurst tied for 56th with 231.
Senior 4-Ball: William Fletcher of Boone and Gary Drinnon of Sugar Grove shot 68 and won a card playoff to take honors in flight A of the Carolinas Golf Association Senior Four-Ball Championship held at Jefferson Landing.
Larry Boswell and Jim Pridgen of Jamestown won the super senior division with 66. Wiley Barrett of Southern Pines and Dick Skobo of West End were sixth with 75. Donald Staley and James Jost of Pinehurst were ninth with 82.
In the Senior Four-Ball event held at Boone Golf Club, Mike Mackie of Granite Falls and Joe Stepp of Hickory won flight A with 66. Jimmy Trotter of Sunset Beach and Jim Eskridge of Greensboro won the super senior flight with 66. Barrett and Skobo were fourth with 71 and Staley and Jost were ninth with 83.
More like this story