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The Indomitable Patty Moore Wins Her Third NC Women’s Senior Amateur Championship

Charlotte, NC – Final Results of the 11th North Carolina Women’s Senior Amateur Championship hosted by Cedarwood Country Club on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.  Par 37-36—73  5648 yards. 

Patty Moore of Charlotte, NC fires an impressive round of 2-over par 75 in extremely cold and windy conditions to capture her third North Carolina Women’s Senior Amateur title and her 17th CGA championship win.  Moore carded only two birdies on the day.  One of those birdies came on the par 5 6th hole after her second shot skipped across the pond and landed just short of the green.  Moore was able to convert the up-and-down for a 4.  “After I hit that shot I thought, oh boy, that is either going to go in the water or it has a good chance to skip over.  Luckily for me, it skipped over.  That could have been a big three shot swing between myself and Pat (Brogden).” 

First round leader Kim Briele of New Bern, NC finished in 3rd place while defending champion Peg Brady of Stanley, NC finished in 6th place.

Moore also currently reigns as the Carolinas Women’s Senior Amateur champion and holds the most wins for a female in CGA history.  “I’m happy for this win.  It’s been a long time since I’ve won this event and I hope this is a sign for a good year,” Moore said.

In the tournament division Laura Gilchrist of Charlotte, NC shot a 81-88 to win by four shots over Chris Jones of Charlotte, NC. Peggy Lea of Charlotte, NC captured the Super Senior prize.  This division plays a shorter course. - Complete scoring.....

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Men's Golf takes 7th at Qualifier; Latham qualifies for Nationals

Acworth, Ga.- The St. Andrews University men's golf team finished 7th out of 11 at the AAC Direct Qualifier in Acworth, GA this week while returning All-American Matthew Latham (SR/Exmouth, Devon, England) will be the only national qualifier for this year's national tournament.

Latham, unfortunately, had to withdraw from the first two rounds due to illness but he came back to play round three and shot a respectable 80. However, based on his top ten and All-American finish at Nationals last season, he is able to qualify for this year's national tournament in Daytona Beach, Fla. Tennessee Wesleyan, based on their team title with a score of 906, was able to qualify their entire team to nationals along with the individual medalist Evan Ball as he won the tournament with a 220 (+4 over par). Union placed second, 15 shots back while Reinhardt was then third followed by Milligan, Truett-McConnell, SCAD-Atlanta and then St. Andrews.

The Knights ended up shooting a 955 team score, just 10 shots back of 5th place. Junior Tom Clutton (JR/Shropshire, England) placed the highest for the Knights as he came in 18th with a score of 235 (79-75-81) as his 2nd round score of 75 tied him with teammate Daniel Wieck (FR/Oviedo, FL) for the top score on the team. Matt Forbis (SR/Aberdeen, NC) placed next in 20th just one stroke back at 236 (80-76-80) while Wieck came in 22nd at 237 (79-75-83). Junior Ben Martinez (JR/Woodsboro, MD) wrapped up the scoring shooting a 251 to come in 41st place.

The tournament was so tough that the conference player of the year, Deven Broadaway of Truett-McConnell (Ga.) who won last week's tournament, could only manage a 13th place finish. The lowest round of the entire tournament was a 69 shot by three different people but oddly enough, neither of them won the tournament.

Latham will next be in action at NAIA Nationals from May 13-16 down in Daytona Beach, FL at LPGA International. pictured at the right...

 

Somers Garners SoCon Weekly Honor

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Elon senior John Somers has been named the Southern Conference Men's Golfer of the Week for all competition from April 9-15 the league announced on Wednesday, April 16. This is the first career weekly SoCon honor for Somers and just the third time ever that an Elon men's golfer has claimed the award.

Somers won the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational on Tuesday, completing the two-day tournament with a 10-under 206 for his first career victory. The 83-golfer field included a pair of players ranked in the top 25 nationally, with Somers besting both by two strokes.

The Elon, N.C., native opened the tournament with a career-low seven-under-par 65 on Monday, equaling the 26-year old tournament's first-round record. Somers followed that up with a four-under 68 in round two, putting him in the lead with an 11-under 133, also a tournament record through 36 holes. He finished his run with a one-over 73 on Tuesday to claim the two-shot win over a quintet of players, including No. 15 J.T. Poston of
Western Carolina and No. 21 Julien Brun of TCU.

As a team, Elon finished second in the 15-team field with a 27-under 837, four strokes back of champion Lamar and 16 ahead of No. 50 TCU. The
Phoenix shattered the tournament record for 36-hole score with a mark of 30-under 546, breaking the previous mark by 11 strokes. Elon's 16-under 272 in the second round was a new tournament record for low round, as well.

The only other Elon player to ever win SoCon Golfer of the Week status was Jimmy Lytle who did so on Feb. 27 and
March 5, 2008.

Elon and the rest of the league return to action at the Southern Conference Men's Golf Championship at the National Golf Club in
Pinehurst, N.C., on April 20-22.

Duke Heads to ACC Championship at Sedgefield

DURHAM, N.C. – The third-ranked Duke women’s golf team will head to the ACC Championship from April 17-20, which will be played at the 6,107-yard, par 71 Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro, N.C.  The Blue Devils move to postseason action finishing no worse than second place in their last six tournaments, including three victories.

The format of the championship will feature 18 holes each day with tee times beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Thursday’s first round features Boston College and Maryland teeing off from 8:00 through 8:40 a.m.; Notre Dame, NC State and Miami from 8:50 through 9:30 a.m.; Florida State, Virginia and North Carolina starting from 9:40 through 10:20 a.m.; and finally Duke, Clemson and Wake Forest from 10:30 through 11:10 a.m.

The Blue Devils have had a history of success at the ACC Championship, claiming 18 titles in program history including back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013, while also boasting ACC Individual Champions in 10 of the past 15 events. Head coach Dan Brooks has led the squad to 17 of the 18 championships over his 30 seasons at Duke.  -  Continue reading......

     

MCLEOD TAKES COLONIAL HONORS FOR THIRD TIME


WILMINGTON, North Carolina – On the heels of his fourth top-10 finish of his senior season, UNCW’s Payne McLeod was named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Golfer-of-the-Week on Wednesday for the third time in 2013-14 and the second time in as many weeks.

McLeod carded a one-under-par score of 211 earlier this week at the River Landing Intercollegiate in Wallace, N.C. It was his second consecutive tournament that he’s finished under-par, following a seventh-place finish at the Irish Creek Collegiate on Apr. 4-5.

McLeod leads the Seahawks with a 73.2 stroke average and is ranked second in the conference among individual players.

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Pfeiffer's Haizlip Selected to Third Team All-Conference

High Point, N.C. - Pfeiffer's Danielle Haizlip was selected to the Third-Team All-Conference as announced by Conference Carolinas last evening. Haizlip finished the season with an 81.2 stroke average and twice claimed top 10 finishes. The sophomore's low 18 hole score on the season was a 77 and her best 36 hole score was a 154.

The Conference Carolinas All-Conference Teams were determined by vote from each Head Coach of participating league institutions. Nominations were collected and then voted upon by ballot and tallied to determine Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Coach of the Year, All-Conference First Team, All-Conference Second Team and All-Conference Third Team. Awards were presented at the league golf team banquet at the Conference Tournament Championships hosted by Belmont Abbey College at Bryan Park "Champions Course" in Greensboro, NC. This year's award winners are as follows:  - Continue reading......

Greater Hickory Classic Tickets are now on Sale

Tournament Introduces Ultimate Golf Experience

CONOVER, NC – Tickets for the 2014 Greater Hickory KIA Classic at Rock Barn are now available for purchase, the tournament announced today.  The 12th annual Champions Tour event is set for Oct. 13th-19th, 2014 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa. 

Fans have plenty of ways to purchase tickets for this year’s tournament.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.greaterhickorykiaclassic.com, by calling the tournament office at (828) 459-4000, or by visiting the tournament office.  Again this year, the tournament is partnering with local non-profits to raise proceeds through the “Together Anything’s Possible” charity challenge.  The TAP program allows patrons to designate 100 percent of their ticket purchase to a participating charity by selecting the benefiting organization from the drop-down menu online or specifying on the ticket order form. 

In addition, the tournament is offering two golf packages, “The Ultimate Golf Experience” and “The Fantastic Foursome.”  "The Ultimate Golf Experience" includes two weekly grounds badges and two rounds at Rock Barn Golf & Spa for $125.  "The Fantastic Foursome" is a four-person version of "The Ultimate Golf Experience" for $225.  Cart fees are not included in either package, and these two packages are ONLY available for purchase on the tournament website.  Other ticket options available for purchase are grounds passes, weekly badges and good-any-day tickets.

The 12th annual Greater Hickory KIA Classic at Rock Barn is set for Oct. 13-19 at Rock Barn Golf & Spa in Conover, N.C.  The event features a week of special events and attractions, including exhibitions, pro-ams and three days of Champions Tour competition among some of the greatest legends in golf.  Operated by the Greater Hickory Classic Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the tournament donates all net proceeds to charities throughout the Greater Hickory Metro area each year. For more information, please call (828) 459-4000 or visit www.greaterhickorykiaclassic.com.  Follow the Greater Hickory Kia Classic on Twitter: @greaterhickory

 

   Two Teams Lead With Duplicate rounds of 66s at 46th Carolinas Senior Four Ball Championship

DAVIDSON, NC – First round results of the 46th Carolinas Senior Four-Ball Championship of the Carolinas Golf Association hosted by River Run Country Club in Davidson, NC on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.  (Par 36-36—72, 6,350 yards, Rating: 70.9/132). 

After the originally scheduled first round was cancelled due to course flooding on Tuesday, Round 1 got underway Wednesday in cold, windy and wet conditions.  Two teams finished the round tied for the lead both posting matching 6-under par 66s. 

Both teams carded their 6-under rounds in two very different ways.  Mike Gravley from Greer, SC and his partner Walter Odiorne from Columbia, SC started on #10 and shot a 1-over 37 on the difficult back-nine at River Run.  They countered that with a 7-under par 29 on the front-nine with 7 birdies.  Joe Stepp, from Hickory, NC and his partner Mike Mackie, from Granite Falls, NC started in #1 and fired a 2-under 34, then got hot on the more difficult back-nine with four birdies and a 4-under par 32.   21 teams finished under par at River Run in very difficult conditions.

All teams are scheduled to play on Thursday with tee times beginning at 8:30 off #1 and #10. The leaders will tee off the 1st tee at 2:22pm.  Final Round pairings can be found here:  http://www.ghintpp.com/carolinasgolf/TPPOnlineScoring/Pairings.aspx?ID=501

Gilchrest Named SEC Player & Freshman Of The Week

AUBURN, Ala. – Freshman Matt Gilchrest was named the SEC Golfer and Freshman of the Week following his four-stroke win at the UK Bluegrass Invitational last weekend, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

The tournament win was the first of Gilchrest’s Auburn career and his second straight top-3 finish after placing third at the Hootie at Bulls Bay Intercollegiate March 23-25.

Gilchrest shot a 68-68-71—207 to finish at 9-under, and was one of only two competitors to shoot three sub-par rounds at the Bluegrass Invitational. His first two rounds also represented his fifth and sixth rounds in the 60’s this season.

Gilchrest was tied for the lead after both the first and second rounds before winning the title outright.

With a 71.74 stroke average over 27 rounds, Gilchrest has the 12th-best stroke average in the SEC and the second-lowest of any freshman.

Gilchrest is the third Auburn golfer to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors this season, joining Blake Messer (Feb. 19) and Will Long (March 5).

As a team Auburn moved up from 25th to No. 22 in the Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches’ Poll, also released on Wednesday.

Auburn will play in the Capital City Club Match Play on Saturday, April 19, before heading to the SEC Tournament April 25-27 at Seaside Golf Club at Sea Island, Ga.

   

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