By STEVE WILLIAMS
Payne McLeod was one of two North Carolina junior boys named to the All-Carolinas golf team, the second major honor he has received in December.
McLeod, a senior at Reidsville High School who will play collegiately at UNC Wilmington, was also named to the Carolinas Golf Association’s All-State team.
The only other All-Carolinas boys were Andy Knox of Cary and Damon Postal of Blythewood, S.C.
The All-Carolinas Junior Team is based upon a 12-event series of junior tournaments run by six associations that are the grassroots of junior golf in the Carolinas.
McLeod was also named second team CGA All-State.
To be eligible, juniors must have played in a minimum of five TYGA N.C. rankings events from Dec. 1, 2008, through Nov. 30, 2009. The awards were determined by a combination of each player’s scoring differential and the total points earned in the rankings events.
The only Triad player on the boys first team was Christian Hawley of Kernersville while Leif Neijstrom of Greensboro, Robert Register of Burlington and Davis Womble of High Point made the third team.
Lori Beth Adams was the only Triad player on the girls first team. Also honored were second-team members Lane Gakeler of Greensboro and Kristi Ingram of Winston-Salem and third-team members Victoria Allred of Pfafftown, Hannah Craver of Winston-Salem, Nimeeta Bhasker of Advance and Madison Kennedy of Salisbury.
Charles Tilghman Junior
NORTH MYRTLE BEACH • Dec. 12-13 – Christian Hawley tied for third in the CPGA Charles Tilghman Junior Championship, finishing just one shot off the pace.
Hawley, a senior at Glenn High School who will play collegiately at N.C. State, shot 74-69 and ended a stroke back of Drew McElveen of Murrells Inlet (72-70) and Andy Knox of Cary (73-69). McElveen rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt to win the playoff on the third extra hole.
Hawley had enough birdies to claim the title but his final round at the par-72 Surf Golf and Beach Club was full of peaks and valleys. He had seven birdies on his 34-35 card but he also suffered four bogeys. He had a sizzling six-hole stretch of 4-under par in the middle of the round, notching birdies at Nos. 5, 6, 8 and 10.
Davis Womble, who won the Donald Ross Junior later in December, tied for fifth overall with a pair of 72s.
Tarheel Golf Tour
SOUTHERN PINES • Dec. 5-6 – Andrew Kennedy of Winston-Salem needed four extra holes to claim first place in the middle school boys division of the Tarheel Junior Tour’s Carolina Cup Challenge at Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club.
Both Kennedy and David Kocher of Charlotte parred the first three holes of sudden death but Kennedy added a fourth par in the battle of attrition.
Kennedy, an eighth grader at Jefferson Middle School, shot 79-73 while Kocher posted 83-69.
In the high school girls division, Erica Clinard of Clemmons used a second-round 76 to take first place.
Eastern Junior Golf Association
WILMINGTON • Feb. 6-7 — Will Dull of Winston-Salem shot the second best score on day two and rallied to a tie for third in the Eagle Point Junior Masters at Eagle Point GC.
Dull was in ninth place after a first-round 81 but came back with 75 on day two to finish five shots off the pace of Cary’s Andrew Fowler (77-74).
SOUTHERN PINES • Jan. 23-24 — Jamie Canaday of Summerfield and Caleb Keck of Reidsville posted top-five finishes in the EJGA event at Talamore Golf Club.
Canaday’s 78-76 was fourth in boys 16-18, but was just three shots out of second place in an event dominated by Austin Dunlap of Pinehurst, who fired 69-73.
In boys 14-15, Keck shot 74-81 for third place, 10 shots off the pace of Zachary Martin of Pinehurst (74-71).
Maples Junior Girls
CARTHAGE • Dec. 28-29 – Hannah Craver opened a three-shot lead after the first round and went on to victory in the age 12-14 division of the Maples Junior Girls Invitational at Little River Resort.
Craver, a freshman at Reagan High, shot 75-81 and ended with a two-shot victory.
Victoria Allred tied for fourth with 84-83.
In the 15-18 division, Lori Beth Adams shot 78-77 and tied for fourth.
Donald Ross Junior
PINEHURST • Dec. 28-29 — Kyle Austin of Mebane, Drew Johnson of Oak Ridge and Ryan Cole of Mount Airy claimed top-five finishes in the 12-14 age division of the 62nd Donald Ross Junior Championship at Pinehurst No. 1.
Austin shot 71-72 to claim third place, six shots back of first-place finisher Joshua Martin of Pinehurst. Johnson (72-75) and Cole (70-77) tied for fourth.
In the 15-17 division, Davis Womble claimed the victory with 70-71 (see article) while Christian Hawley finished ninth with 73-74.