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Isaac Spencer runs away to 10-shot Triad Amateur victory

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By STEVE WILLIAMS

 

HIGH POINT • June 28-29 – Isaac Spencer tied the competitive course record at High Point Country Club’s Willow Creek course and went on to a 10-shot victory in the inaugural Triad Amateur.

Spencer’s record-tying 8-under-par 64 in the first round opened a six-shot lead and there was no let-up on day two as he followed with a 67. He was up by nine shots at the turn and even a back-nine 30 by Chandler White couldn’t dent the lead. White finished second with 74-67.

Tanner Owen (72-70) and Josh Nichols (70-72) tied for third.

Spencer, a 23-year-old from Winston-Salem who played collegiately at Southeastern University, made 10 birdies in his opening round, including the final four holes. He also had four consecutive birdies in the second round beginning at the sixth.

 

N.C. Players Championship

CLEMMONS • July 18-20 – Chandler White fired a final-round 63 at Tanglewood’s Championship Course to overcome a three-shot deficit and win the N.C. Players Championship.

White, who played collegiately at Surry Community College in 2013-14, posted 70 in the first round at Oak Valley Golf Club and then shot a second-round 71 at Tanglewood. Michael Borton, a rising senior at Furman, built his lead by shooting 72-66.

In the final round, White closed the gap with a 32 going out while Borton also played well with a 1-under-par 34. Both players continued their strong play, trading birdies on the back nine. After birdies at the 15th left them tied, Borton added another birdie at 16 to take a one-shot edge.

The tournament was decided at the 17th when Borton suffered a double bogey and White parred. Both parred the 18th.

It was a two-man battle as third-place finisher Dustin Moore ended seven shots back with 71-68-72.

 

Joe Wood Memorial

ELKIN • July 12-13 – Caleb Keck birdied seven holes during an 11-hole stretch on his way to a 67 to win the Joe Wood Memorial Championship at Cedarbrook Country Club.

Keck, a rising junior at Appalachian State, finished three shots ahead of Daniel Hensley, who was seeking his third straight win in the event.

Keck, Hensley and Graham Biggs shared the first-round lead with 71s. Hensley grabbed an early advantage in the second round when Keck took a double bogey on the second hole. Keck got going with birdies at Nos. 4, 6 and 9, but still trailed Hensley by two at the turn.

Keck then birdied Nos. 10, 12, 13 and 14. He parred the final four holes for a back-nine 32. The final margin became three when Hensley bogeyed the 15th and 16th for a second-round 70. Biggs finished third, five shots back, after shooting 72.

 

Whitsett City Amateur

 

WHITSETT • June 28-29 – Tony Byerly notched his 40th amateur tournament title by winning the Whitsett City Amateur at Brookwood Golf Club.

Byerly, who has also won 16 club championships dating back to 1998, closed  out his most recent win with an 11-under-par 61 that allowed him to pull away to a nine-shot win over Willie Noah.

Byerly and Noah opened with 66s and held a one-stroke lead going into the second round.

But Byerly eagled the par-5 ninth hole to cap off a 30 going out and pulled further away with birdies at 10, 11, 12, 14 and 18. He had only 20 putts in the round and one-putted 16 times.

 

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