US Kids has established a local tour for the first time for this area. This provides events for youths ages 5-18 to play at seven different golf courses in the eastern part of the state.
US Kids is among the leaders in junior golf in the country, helping kids to “have fun leading the lifelong game of golf and to encourage family interaction that builds lasting memories,” according to the program. It gives boys and girls a chance to advance their experience in age-appropriate competition. And parents are encouraged to caddie for their children.
Sign-ups are now under way and may be made at https://tournaments.uskidsgolf.com/tournaments/local/find-local-tour/507927/greenville-nc.
Wally McCarlie is the local director who has previously served as a coach and an organizer of PGA Junior League, having played junior golf as a youngster. He is a Level 1 certified US Kids golf coach. He may be reached at email@example.com.
Play will begin on Aug. 20 at Ironwood. Registration is now under way through Aug. 17; Aug. 27 at The Emerald, now through Aug. 24; Bradford Creek, through Aug. 31; Walnut Creek, Oct. 8 through Oct, 3; Wedgewood, Oct. 15 through Oct. 12; Washington, Oct. 22 through Oct. 19; and Greenville, Nov. 19 through Nov. 16.
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Greenville Golf and Country Club played host to the 24th Carolinas Women’s Match Play Championship tournament last week.
Five local women participated in the event but were knocked out of play after either the first or second round of the tournament. C.C. Buford of Winterville defeated Haley Wilson of Lewisville, 2 and 1, and then beat Deborah Spair of Raleigh in the championship flight’s second round, 3 and 2. She then fell to Jessica Spicer of Bahama in the quarterfinals, 3 and 2.
Carrie Catherine Gamin downed Grayson Warren of Washington, 6 and 4 in the first round of the championship flight.
In the first flight’s quarterfinals, Winterville’s Taylor Black fell to Lexie Bennett of Santee, S.C., 6 and 4.
Camilla Pittman of Greenville bowed to Adrienne O’Brien of Clemson, S.C., 4 and 3, in the semifinals of the second flight.
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Greenville’s Angela Stewart teamed with Pat Brogden of Garner to take first place in a Ladies Four-Ball event at MacGregor Downs in Cary.
The pair finished the match with the only score under par with a 71.
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Andrew Bridgers played in a one-day individual tournament at Magnolia Greens at Leland. He shot an 83 to take fourth place in the gross finals.
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Two Greenville players advanced to play in the 13th Amateur Match Play Championship played at the Country Club of Landfall’s Nicklaus course. Carter Rains finished with a 142, good enough for a tie for seventh place while Drew Greene posted at 146 to tie for 14th.
However, both were ousted with losses in the first round of match play. Rains was defeated by Connor Brown of Pinehurst on the 19th hole of the match. Greene fell to Colin Browning of Charlotte, 6 and 5.
Two other area players failed to make the initial cut. They were Kris Jackson, who shot 153, tied for 53rd, and Andrew Gallagher of Grimesland, whose 168 tied for 86th.
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A Greenville native now living in Southern Pines, Macon Moye attempted to qualify for the U.S. Senior Open, but missed the cut, scoring a 75 at the High Point Country Club. Only the top three advanced.
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In a Tarheel Youth Golf Association one-day event at the Sanford Country Club, Lucy McCarile scored a 53 to finish third in the 6-11 age group for girls, a nine-hole affair.
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Goldsboro’s Walnut Creek played host to another TYGA event, where Nathan Heath of Winterville shot 82 to win the 13-15 boys’ flight. Jacob Isenhour took fifth place with a 98 in the 14-15 age group.
Ford Amerson won the 16-18 boys, posting a 68. Holden Rucker finished third with a 75.
In girls’ play, Taylor Black of Winterville took third place with an 88 and Peyton Nichols was fourth with an 89.
The Washington Yacht and Country Club’s girls golf team captured the Eastern North Carolina Golf League’s Division B championship.
The girls have competed at five area courses this summer in age divisions where they accumulate points, and when the season closed, they had pulled in the most points.
Members of the team are Claire Holmes, Sophie Berry, Sally Ross, Arabella Collie and Georgia Barwick.
The three members of the team will visit Minnesott Country Club this week for the league finals.
A pair of Brook Valley members turned in rare shots this past week. Leo Corbin holed out his second shot on the seventh hole for an eagle. Liz Johnson hit her tee shot into the hole on the 12th hole for a hole-in-one.
The MGA Men’s Night saw them play a Pick Your Poison scramble on the back nine. Players picked their own foursome and played a scramble. The event was handicapped as not all teams were even as usual.
A scorecard playoff settled the winners as Jeff Gibson, Lance Clark, Martin Anderson and Mike Cox took first with a 26. That left Neal Woolard, Jay McElheny, Aaron Swain and Ryan Carperter in second, also with a 26. Davis Williams, Malcolm Williams, Chad Stocks and Luke Norris were third at 27, also settled with a scorecard playoff.
Cypress Landing’s Men’s Golf Association played a format of the three best net balls. The winning team was Steve Bucher, Darrell Lawler, Foz Ayer and Karl Rodabaugh.
You Can Play
Brook Valley – September 2. Pirate Club tournament, hosted by Harold Varner III, PGA touring pro and former ECU golf team member, 9 a.m. shotgun start, benefiting the men’s and women’s golf teams. Format – Texas Scramble. Packages run from $10,000 to $1.500 and include four-man teams for the tournament. Individual slots are $400.
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