Hole-in-One: Rick Burgin, a member at Midland Country Club, recorded his hole-in-one Feb. 23 on the 160-yard sixth hole.  Rick used his 6-hybrid to reach the green.

Witnessing this event were his playing partners Tony Leo and Harris Burgin. 

Pinehurst: The Silver Foils played Feb. 25 on course No. 1. The game was one best ball on holes one to six, two on holes seven to 12 and one on holes 13 to 18.

Results: Debbie Levy, Shirley Potter, Cathy Pierce, Diane Tate, 86; MT Peterson, Cindy Motter, Silvia Bisbe, blind draw, 87; Jan Kuklok, Lynn Delgarn, Jidi Avist, blind draw, 88.

The Silver Foils played Feb. 18 in a nine-hole game of one best ball on each hole.  Competition was held on ccourse No. 3. 

The winner was the team of Jan Kuklok, Judy Gais, Debbie Hockman and Joyce Arnott 21.

The Birdies played Feb. 24 and the game was two best balls on the front nine and one best ball on the back nine.

Results: first – Marcia Walker, Carol Tomel, Terri Watt, Susan Hulbert, 103; second – Diana Circelli, Rita Pearce, Lauri Velett, Lynn Middlebrook, 106; third – Carol Hannah, Paula Zellers, Patti Dellovade, Maryann Kepple, 107.

The Chippers played Feb. 26 on course No. 5.  The game was a captain’s choice scramble and the winner was the team of Judi Wood, Francine Smarrelli and Laura MacLennan at 41.

The Tin Whistles played Feb. 15 on course No. 1, in a two best balls on par-3 and par-5 holes and one best ball on par-4 holes.

Results: first -  Murray Stern, Vince Gamble, Pat Mondock, Richard Agnew, 82 (MOC); second – Dave Hampton, Bryan Lewis, Jim Koch, John Masotti, 82; third – Mike Fusselbaugh, Joe Derosa, Mark Janasek, John Taylor, 84.

The Tin Whistles played Feb. 19 on course No. 5. The scoring was Quota 40 with double points on par-3 holes.

The scoring was based on per player average due to the number of threesomes in competition.

Results: Bill Hauser, Mike Brittingham, Jeff Holm, Bob Asdal -2.75; Stu White, Bill Dawson, Jan Ludwig, -4.0; Tony Embrey, Ron Milam, Clif Johnson, -4.0.

Whispering Pines: The Men’s Golf Association played Feb. 25 and the game was two best balls of the foursome. Competition was held on the River Course.

Results: Jim Kelley, Glenn Bernhard, Phil Duggins, Mike Butefish at 126; Jim Phillingane, Joe Schmidt, Chris Reitler, Stuart Goodwin, 131.

The Men’s Golf Association played Feb. 19 and the game was two best balls of the foursome.

The winning team was John Harte, Jack Lyons and Peter Kwon at 127.

Midland: The Men’s Golf Association played Feb. 26, and the game was a 3-2-1 format.

Nine-holers results: Chad Buckley, Ken Pomeroy, James Burrill, blind draw, net 61; Chuck Gallagher, David Owens, Henry Fuhrmann, blind draw, tied at net 64, with John Burns, Bob Geller, Bill Parris and Derrick North.

Chuck Gallagher won closest to the pin.

Knollwood: The Rainmakers results for Feb. 24 in a game of low gross/low net are: low gross – Cathy Williams, 43; low net – Catherine Hobart, 52.

A Celebration: The Tin Whistles celebrated its 116th birthday Thursday, Feb. 20. 

There were 110 members present for the party at the Pinehurst Country Club.

The program was a presentation by Tin Whistle historian, Jan Ludwig.  Jan researched and reported about the winners of the Tin Whistles club champions for the years 1904 to 1927. The history included their exploits on and off the courses.

The Tin Whistles have a membership of 275 men that promote the game of golf here in Pinehurst as well as maintaining a high profile in the Pinehurst community.

Its Scholarship Foundation annually awards four Moore County high school graduates a four-year $5,000 per year scholarship, amounting to over $1.5 million in the last 40 years to 144 students.

First Tee is also a beneficiary with the Tin Whistles conducting junior tournaments. Members also volunteer as marshals, greeters and rules officials at the many USGA events held in and around Pinehurst.

Congratulations on this anniversary and continued success in the years ahead.

   

Some Statistics: From time to time I enjoy checking the internet looking for news about golf. The National Golf Foundation this month did an article about national rounds of golf played in 2019.

The news is encouraging: “The rounds of golf for December 2019 rose 8.3% nationally compared to a year ago, with notable increases in parts of the central regions during what’s typically the offseason for golf. Across the U.S., rounds were up 1.5% for the year, putting the total for 2019 at 440 million rounds.

“2019 ranked among the wettest years in our country since 1895, the number of rounds of golf played saw year-over-year increases in each of the final five months of 2019.

“Play is usually limited in December in many parts of the country – however states that fall into this category (Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska) had golfers playing at least 1/3 more rounds than they did the prior year. Chicago is one of the nation’s biggest golf markets — with their rounds increasing up to 117% for the final month of 2019.

“There were increases of 69% around Atlanta, as well as, almost 54 percent in the Greensboro/Raleigh area in North Carolina.

“Family plays a major role in the game of golf, especially in the early stages.  Research finds that kids in a household where the parents play golf have a 1-in-4 chance of playing the game themselves.  Not in a golfing family, the stats are 250-1.

“Two thirds of golfers say they have played golf on a course with a friend/colleague in the last 12 months and a similar percentage reported playing with a family member.”

Golf is a game that you practice on your own, enjoying the challenge against par each time you step on the tee, plus the camaraderie of your playing partners.  Sounds like the stats in this article let us know it is growing each year.  

Contact Nancy O’Connell at apcnancy@rocketmail.com.

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