Golf Bag: Sugg Retains Points Lead
James Sugg, a freshman at Pinecrest High School, shot 83-79—162 to finish third in the freshman/sophomore division of the Winternational Junior Series at Pinehurst Resort last weekend, enabling him to maintain the lead in the division’s point standings.
David Rabil of Fairfax, Va., won the division with 82-77—159, making up a two-shot deficit in the final round of the event that was played on the No. 5 Course.
Rabil played the final nine holes in even par to edge Jonathon Davis of Advance, who finished at 160. First-round leader Brantley Phillips of Greensboro was at 165.
Griffin Cryan of Pinehurst tied for eighth with 170.
Joseph Cansler of Clemmons shot 75-73—148 to win the junior/senior division by three strokes over second-place Mitchell Ellis of Greensboro. Cansler trailed after Ellis had opened with 72, but was level after three holes on Sunday.
Court Settle of Raleigh was third with 153, nipping Jordan Clontz of Nebo by a stroke. Austin Scarboro of Pinehurst shot 168.
Maria Cassas of Cary rallied from two shots down after the opening round to win by five strokes over Kendall Dobbins of Summerfield, shooting 86-87—173. Dobbins followed her first-round 84 with a 94.
Sugg, who earned 75 points for his third-place finish, has 330 points, followed by Aaron Walker of Charlotte with 242. Alex Simpson of Matthews is third with 235.
Benjamin Chrystler of Whispering Pines is sixth with 185, while Cryan is 17th with 116.5. Anderson Allgeyer of Pinehurst is 32nd.
Clontz leads the junior/senior division with 262.5. D.J. Matthews of Henderson is runner-up with 252, and Gray Townsend of Winston-Salem is third with 220.
Zachary Martin of Pinehurst is eighth with 160 and Josh Stockwell of Aberdeen, who finished second in his only event, is tied for 17th at 80. Scarboro is 30th with 36.5 points.
Kendra Dalton of Wake Forest continues to lead the girls’ division race with 255 points. Dobbins is second with 235.
The sixth event in the series is scheduled for Feb. 2-3 and will be played on the Pinehurst No. 6 Course.
Tin Whistles: The team of Ralph Cole, Bob White, Bruce Monteith and Tony Embrey shot 124 to win the Tin Whistle Club’s two best-ball tournament held on Pinehurst Resort’s No. 1 Course.
Finishing second with 125 were Jim Peterson, Doug Lapins, Ron Sundstrom and Walt Hess.
Dave Brown, Dick Bock, John Regler and Pete Wilkerson were third with 127.
Good Start: Darren Stiles, who makes his home in Pinehurst, and William McGirt of Fairmont, who has several Pinehurst ties, fared well in the PGA Tour’s Humana Challenge last week.
Both made the cut and tied at 15-under par, earning in excess of $12,000 each.
Hot List: Golf Digest has released the 2013 Hot List, a comprehensive ranking of the hottest clubs in the game as selected by Golf Digest’s team of equipment editors with input from scientists, retailers, teachers and amateur players.
The Hot List appears in the debut issue of Golf Digest STIX, Golf Digest’s new e-magazine (http://bit.ly/VZV3GC), and in the March issue of Golf Digest, on newsstands Feb. 5.
The issue will also be available on the Apple iPad, Kindle Fire, Samsung Galaxy and Barnes & Noble Nook tablets beginning Jan. 29, and a slide show featuring category leaders will be available on GolfDigest.com Jan. 31. The complete Hot List will appear on GolfDigest.com Feb. 4.
Of the hundreds of clubs that were evaluated this year, 103 earned their way on to the 2013 Hot List, and 23 brands are represented in nine categories: drivers, fairway woods, hybrids, game improvement irons, super game improvement irons, players irons, wedges, blade putters and mallet putters.
In addition, the Hot List identifies leaders in performance, innovation, look/sound/feel and demand in each of the nine categories evaluated.
Now in its 10th year, the Hot List is the most highly anticipated editorial project Golf Digest undertakes.
Readers across all of the magazine’s platforms — print, online and digital — depend on the annual Hot List to help guide them through the myriad equipment options and new technologies available.
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