Golf Bag: Dockery Claims Senior Win
James Dockery has been around long enough to be called a veteran of just about anything he’s involved in. But he’s showing everyone on the Senior Amateur Tour he has learned how to win.
Dockery, a Southern Pines resident, shot 81 to score a three-stroke win in flight B of the Golfweek and Senior Amateur Golf Tours preseason event held at Legacy Golf Links in Aberdeen, despite bone-chilling temperatures.
“Once we got going, the conditions were OK,” Dockery said.
John East of Rockingham shot 73 to win the championship flight, with Mark Macejko of Vass taking second with 76. Jay Yergeau of Godwin won flight A with 75. Steve Smith of Pinehurst was fifth with 81.
Bill Wilkinson of Rolesville won flight C with 91, followed by Henry Dirkmast of Pinehurst with 92. Roger Ammons of Wagram tied for fifth with 94.
Charlie Brodie of Oxford won flight D with 91.
The final preseason event will be held at Longleaf Golf & Country Club in Southern Pines Feb. 16.
The regular season for the tours begins March 2 with the Golfweek Tour at The Challenge Golf Club in Burlington and the Seniors at Bryan Park in Brown’s Summit March 7.
To enter either of the events or to join the tours, call tour director Bruce Hallenbeck at (336) 496-6556, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winternationals: Look out, junior golfers, Joseph Cansler is on a proverbial tear.
Cansler, a home-schooled senior from Clemmons, shot 69-75—144 to win his second straight junior/senior division in the sixth week of the Winternational Junior Series being held at Pinehurst Resort.
Cansler’s opening round featured a hole-in-one on the 181-yard par-3 16th hole on the Pinehurst No. 6 Course, helping him to a 32 on the back nine of the Tom Fazio-designed layout.
Tanner Owen of High Point, who has committed to attend Wake Forest University, shot 73-76—149 to finish five strokes back. Edwin Brooks IV of Sanford was third with 150.
John Landers of Raleigh made his debut in the Winternationals an auspicious one, winning the freshman/junior division by four strokes with 72-77—149.
Austin Harrill of Hickory and Chris Akers of Asheville tied for third with 153. Benjamin Chrystler of Whispering Pines was sixth with 164.
Lacy Mirovich of Mount Pleasant, S.C., shot 82-84—166 to dominate the girls’ division. Kendall Dobbins of Summerfield was runner-up with 205, carding an uncharacteristic 116 on Saturday.
Despite the bad day, Dobbins retains the lead in the girls’ point race with 315. Mirovich is third with 200 points, having won both events in which she’s played. Kendra Dalton of Wake Forest is second 255.
Gray Townsend of Winston-Salem leads the boys’ junior/senior division with 287.5 points. Owen is second with 280, followed by Nick Dorton with 271.3.
Rounding out the top five are Mitchell Ellis of Greensboro with 268, and Jordan Clontz of Nebo with 262.5.
Zachary Martin of Pinehurst is 10th with 160, and Josh Stockwell of Aberdeen is 20th with 80 after only one appearance.
James Sugg of Pinehurst continues to lead the freshman/sophomore division standings with 330 points. Aaron Walker of Charlotte is second with 275, followed by Austin Harrill of Hickory with 262, Chrystler with 245 and Alex Simpson of Matthews with 42.5.
Golfslinger: Drew Perry of Charlotte parred the first playoff hole Tuesday to earn his first victory on the Golfslinger.com Tour. Perry and Ryan Armour of Jupiter had tied at two-under-par 70 at the Santa Lucia River Club. Perry earned $1,000 compared to a total of $636.25 in his first four Golfslinger starts. Armour has three wins and earnings of $11,346.79 since November 2009.
Creed Junior: The Camden Country Club board of directors has announced the inaugural Creed Junior Boys’ Invitational to honor Jimmy Creed of Camden, S.C., for his support of junior golf at Camden Country Club. The event, May 25-26, will be a 36-hole stroke play tournament for junior boy golfers between the ages of 13-18 who have not finished high school.
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