captured two of junior golf’s prestigious tournament titles over the winter.
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ichael Hocker II of Chapel Hill and Joshua Martin of Pinehurst
Hocker, a senior, fired a 66 in the final round to claim a come- from-behind victory in the 22nd CPGA Charles Tilghman Junior Championship in December at Surf Golf and Beach Club in North Myrtle Beach. A couple of weeks later, Martin stayed close to home and captured the 64th Donald Ross Junior at Pinehurst Resort.
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Like their larger counterparts, both towns are hosting professional golf tournaments this year – on two of the best new courses in the state. The NGA Pro Tour – formerly The Hooters Tour – returns to Cutter Creek Golf Club in Snow Hill on March 25-31, then swings north to Windsor the following week for the Avoca Open at Scotch Hall Preserve.
Cutter Creek is arguably the premier design in the impressive North Carolina portfolio of Chapel Hill-based architect Bob Moore, also the designer of Heritage Golf Club and The Tradition Golf Club at
hat do the small Eastern North Carolina towns of Snow Hill and Windsor have in common with the Triangle, Greensboro
Chapel Ridge in the Triangle. Scotch Hall Preserve is an Arnold Palmer signature design, voted the ninth-best new course in the country by Golf Digest in 2009.
The caliber of play will be equally impressive. The NGA Tour traditionally has provided a jump start to some of the game’s brightest new stars, including Keegan Bradley, Zach Johnson, Stewart Cink and numerous others.
If you’d like to preview the courses before the NGA comes to town, great golf is closer than you might think. Cutter Creek (www.cuttercreekgolfclub.com
) is less than 90 minutes from the Triangle off Highway 58, while Scotch Hall Preserve (www.scotchhallpreserve.com
) is about two hours via US 64 and US 17.
Hocker, who will play col- legiately at Liberty, used a hot putting round to nip Clemson
recruit Austin Langdale of Townville, S.C., by one shot. Langdale, a high school junior, had a share of the first-round lead with 70 and he matched that score on day two. But Hocker, who opened with 73, stormed back with a six-birdie, no-bogey gem. Three consecutive birdies beginning at the ninth highlighted his 33-33 card.
Martin was just as hot while winning the Donald Ross Junior in late December. He estab- lished a three-shot lead with a 67 at Pinehurst No. 5 and backed it up with a 68 on Pinehurst No. 4. His 9-under-par effort was six better than runner-up Benjamin Griffin of Chapel Hill, who shot 70-71. See more junior golf tournament results in the scoreboard on page 27.
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