Golf Bag: Hickory Open This Weekend
The Mountain Valley Hickory Open will be held Saturday and Sunday on Pinehurst Resort’s No. 3 Course with players competing with hickory-shafted clubs and attired in clothing of the era.
An optional practice round is available Friday and a welcoming reception will be held at The Carolina Hotel Friday night.
Tee times begin at 9:04 a.m. Saturday and a putting contest at the Thistle Dhu course will be held from 2-4:30 p.m. A 9 a.m. shotgun start is scheduled for Sunday’s round.
The entry fee is $265. For information visit the website at www.carolinahickory.com.
Museum Golf: The Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation Tournament is scheduled for March 22 at Cypress Lakes Golf Course in Hope Mills.
A 9 a.m. shotgun start is scheduled for the captain’s choice event with prizes for two places, longest drive, closest to the pin. Food will be served following play.
“This is a great way to support the museum and just have a really good time,” said Paul Galloway, executive director of the Foundation.
The entry fee is $70 per player or $260 per four-person team. Call (910) 643-2778 for more information or to make reservation or to sponsor a hole.
G-4 Two-Man: Gates Four Golf & Country Club in Fayetteville will stage a Two-Man Invitational Championship March 23-24.
The event is open to all male amateurs and is limited to the first 50 paid entries. Deadline for entries is March 18.
There will be three divisions with the regular division playing Saturday’s first round from the blue tees. The senior division (50-64), will play from the white tees, and super seniors (65 and over) will play from the gold.
The entry fee is $200 per team. For information call (910) 425-2176.
Tin Whistles: Pat Henry posted a 68 to win the Tin Whistles’ Robins low net tournament held on Pinehurst Resort’s No. 5 Course.
Larry McWane was runner-up with 69, followed by Jim Peterson with 70 and Don Staley with 71.
Terry Florence: One of the most loved and respected golf professionals in the Carolinas has died. Terry Florence, a Charleston, S.C., native, spent 20 years as the head professional and director of golf at the Wild Dunes Club on the Isle of Palms before moving to Bulls Run.
Florence played briefly on some mini-tours, but quickly realized his future was in the business side of the game. As a player, he qualified for the Professional National Championship 16 times and played four PGA Championships, two U.S. Senior Opens and three Senior PGA Championships.
He was named the CPGA’s Merchandiser of the Year four times and was the CPGA Golf Professional of the Year in 1992.
Florence was a member of the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame, the Carolinas PGA Section Hall of Fame and the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame.
Kubla Wins: Tom Kubla of Pinehurst shot 79 to win flight B in the Senior Amateur Tour event held on Bryan Park’s Players Course.
John Franklin of Danville, Va., won the championship flight with 72. Ron Hockensmith of Whispering Pines was third with 78
Golfweek Am: Neal Faulkner of Gibsonville shot 74 to win the championship flight in the Golfweek Amateur Tour event held at The Challenge Golf Club in Graham.
Mark Macejko of Vass was runner-up with 77.
Golf ER: Renowned golf instructor Dana Rader of Charlotte is offering a unique program which she’s labeled Golf Emergency Room.
Rader Golf School, which is located at Ballantyne Resort, is offering four of these one-hour sessions: March 18-25 and April 1 and 8.
The ER sessions, which according to Rader are “a great way to help golfers after a frustrating weekend round of golf, are tailored to improve golf skills, increase fulfillment and decrease frustration.”
Rader was recently recognized for the 17th time as a Top 100 Teacher in America by Golf Magazine. “The Emergency Room is for golfers who want to improve their full swing, have problems with their ball flight, want to improve their ball striking immediately and who don’ want to have their swing re-created,” Rader said.
Participants will receive full–swing tips, video swing analysis with email follow-up, specific drills to work with at home, and an improvement plan.
According to Rader, side effects may include more satisfaction with the full swing, improved scores and a lower handicap.
Sessions are limited in size, designed to give students personal attention and hands-on instruction. The cost is $55 per session. To schedule an appointment with Rader, call (704) 542-7635.
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