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GOLF: Williams alums contend in CGA championship


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Two golfers with Burlington roots combined for third place in the North Carolina Four-Ball Championships last week at Morehead City Country Club.

Jerry Richardson Jr. and Matt Crenshaw, who are both Williams alums, matched the best round of the tournament to cap their participation.

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Richardson, who now lives in Cary, and Crenshaw shot rounds of 66, 67, and 63 for 20-under 196.

The winning team was Clemmons’ Joseph Cansler and Wallburg’s Scott Newton, who were defending champions, at 192. The Holly Springs team of Mark McMillen and Timothy driver placed second at 195.

There were 70 twosomes entered in the Carolinas Golf Association event.

• Burlington’s Dick Hogan and Statesville’s Mark Wagner shot 2-under 70 for eighth place in the 70-plus division of the Carolinas Super Senior Four-Ball Championship last month at Blowing Rock Country Club.

Tying for 11th was the team of Burlington’s Ray Womack and Clinton’s Bob Yow with 73.
Because of fog causing delays, the championship was reduced to 18 holes.

In the 65-plus division, Burlington’s John Frazier and playing partner Penn Compton of Wilmington tied for eighth place with 70.

• Wade Boteler of Burington shot 1-under-par 215 across three rounds of last month’s North Carolina Mid-Amateur to tie for seventh place at Forest Creek Golf Club’s North Course in Pinehurst.

Boteler had rounds of 74, 74, and 67. Davis Womble of Winston-Salem won with 203 among the 115 entrants.

The past two Alamance County Amateur champions missed the cut. Scott Tarcy had rounds of 76 and 78, while Kyle Austin had rounds of 77 and 81.


Smith matches UNC record
Willams alum Kayla Smith tied the individual school record for the University of North Carolina’s women’s golf team by shooting 7-under 65 on Monday.

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UNC golfer Kayla Smith stares down a shot

That score came in the second round of the Tar Heel Invitational at Governors Club in Chapel Hill.

Smith, a fifth-year senior, made eight birdies and one bogey to match the mark set by Krista Junkkari in 2021 at the Cougar Classic. Smith posted 33 on the front nine before 32 on the back nine.

Smith shot 76 in the first round and 72 in Tuesday’s final round for a 3-under 213 total and tied for sixth place, giving her the top finish on the North Carolina team. The Tar Heels were third in the 14-team standings behind champion Florida and runner-up Auburn.


On (and off) the docket
Southern Alamance’s girls’ golf team is the leader in the Central 3-A Conference going into the conference championship competition Monday at The Valley Golf Course.

Western Alamance is second through the regular-season matches in the seven-team conference.

• The Elon University men’s golf team will be the host for the Phoenix Invitational on Monday and Tuesday at Alamance Country Club in Burlington.

Elon is the two-time defending champion. Redshirt junior Garrett Risner is the defending individual champion.

Two rounds are set for Monday with the final round Tuesday.

• The Alamance County Amateur was cancelled this fall because of organizational issues.
The event had recently moved back to a format using three courses – The Challenge Golf Club, The Valley Golf Course, Mill Creek Golf Club. That fell through this year, though the tournament could be back in some form in 2024.

Last year’s winner was Tarcy, who defeated Boteler in a one-hole playoff. There were 98 entrants.

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