NCHSAA champion Benjamin Griffin of Chapel Hill and Northwood's conference champion, Emily Brooks, both won their opening rounds in match play Wednesday at the 44th N.C. Junior Championship in Charlotte.
James Madison University golfer Rich Leeper of Chapel Hill will be among the 152 entrants teeing off Thursday in the 51st North Carolina Amateur Championship in Greensboro.
Leeper was a four-time all-conference selection and team MVP at Carrboro High School. He'll be heading into his junior year at James Madison next season.
The N.C. Junior Amateur runs through Sunday at The Farm Course of the Greensboro Country Club. Leeper tees off at 12:54 p.m. Thursday for the opening round.
Greensboro favorite son Ryan Heisey, a 2010 graduate of UNCG, won the title a year ago at Wilson Country Club with an all-time tournament record score of 11-under-par 269. That included a last-round 64.
Heisey and 2010 runnerup Sherrill Britt of West End, a former Carolinas PGA professional, are expected back this year, as are 2009 winner Mark McMillen of Smithfield and 2008 winner Jack Fields of Southern Pines, who lettered in golf at Carolina.
A total of 472 golfers with handicap indexes of 5.4 or less submitted entries for this year's Amateur. Leeper, like most in the field, qualified at one of the six one-day tournaments held around the state in late May and early June. The field will be cut to the low 60 scorers and ties after 36 holes.
The N.C. Amateur's 72-hole, stroke play competition was last played on Greensboro CC's Farm Course in 1982. Originally designed by Ellis Maples, the course underwent a dramatic transformation when Scottish architect Donald Steel completed a $6 million reconstruction in 2010, notes the CGA. Steel built five entirely new holes and did significant work on the remaining 13, including changes in routing and elevation. The old greens were replaced and now sport A1/A4 bentgrass, while the fairways and tees are now composed of zoysia grass instead of the customary Bermuda grass.
Steel's work produced a couple of honors in 2010. The course was named Best New Course in the state by members of the North Carolina Golf Panel and was named "Renovation of the Year" by Golf Magazine.
The par-72 layout will play at approximately 7,223 yards for the N.C. Amateur.
UNC will host the NCAA Chapel Hill Baseball Regional Games this weekend, June 3-5, and on Monday, June 6, if a game 7 is necessary. Ridge Road will be closed to thru traffic approximately four hours prior to game time each date and until the end of the egress each night. However, Chapel Hill Transit buses will be allowed entrance along this corridor to maintain their normal routes.
CHT routes traveling along Ridge Road and Stadium Drive may experience schedule delays because of the expected increased pedestrian traffic along this area. These possible schedule delays may affect the following routes during the event: A, CCX, NU, RU, PX and U. CHT will attempt to operate the normal printed schedule on these routes. While every attempt will be made to maintain schedules, CHT is advising customers to expect delays due to traffic congestion and to allow extra travel time.
For questions concerning any of the information, please contact a CHT at 969-4900.
East Chapel Hill scored the go-ahead runs in the top of the seventh and won 4-3 Tuesday night at Raleigh Athens Drive. The Wildcats were the only local team to get their NCHSAA baseball playoff game completed.
Chapel Hill suspended play in its game with Union Pines due to heavy rain, and will resume play at 7 p.m. tonight. Carrboro will play at Eastern Randolph at 7 p.m.
East Chapel Hill will next play no earlier than Friday, facing either Durham Jordan or Leesville Road. Those two suspended play last night with Jordan holding a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning. They'll resume at 5 p.m today,
PINEHURST -- Ben Griffin of East Chapel Hill won a dramatic playoff with Greenville Rose's Andrew Decker on Tuesday to take the individual championship in the 75th annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A men’s golf championships at Pinehurst No. 6.
Griffin won it on the second playoff hole, chipping in to save par on a par four, after the two had finished deadlocked in the regulation 36 holes with 137 totals, five under par.
Andrew Klassing of Charlotte Ardrey Kell was third in the individual standings with a 140. Defending champ Grayson Murray of Raleigh Leesville Road was one of three golfers in a tie for fourth at even par 142, but Carter Jenkins of Leesville won on the first playoff hole to take the fourth spot over Murray and Philip Oweida of Charlotte Myers Park.
The championship was held on a par-71 layout set at 6,537 yards or the NCHSAA event.
Leesville Road held on to capture the team championship with a 292 score on Tuesday for a 577 total, four shots ahead of Myers Park. Ardrey Kell was third with a 593, followed by Raleigh Wakefield and Cary Green Hope. Six of the 12 teams in the field broke 600.
The East Chapel Hill High School lacrosse team’s web page got a face-lift recently from Don Wittenkind.
Among the new features, Wittenkind will be blogging and feeding live updates from Wildcat Stadium to the page during Friday’s second-round NCHSAA playoff double-header.
The East girls host No. 1 Apex at 5 p.m. Friday, and the boys host Middle Creek at 7 p.m.
East lacrosse’s home page, fittingly enough, is www.eastlacrosse.com.
Last night's torrential rain storm has left area fields sodden and unplayable, so East Chapel Hill High School is calling off this afternoon's baseball game with Leesville Road.
Instead, the Wildcats will host Leesville Road's varsity at 5 p.m. Thursday. The JV game with Cardinal Gibbons, originally planned for today, will not be rescheduled.
East Chapel Hill returns to conference play on Friday, when it hosts Hillside at 4:30 p.m.
The “Angels Among Us” 5K Run & Family Fun Walk will be held Saturday, starting near the corner of Erwin Road and Flowers Drive.
The certified 5K run and walk are held to benefit the Duke Brain Tumor Center of the Duke Compreshensive Cancer Center.
Entry for either event is free for kids 12 and under. For everyone else, registration costs $30 and begins on-site at 7 a.m. on race day. The 5K starts at 8 a.m.
For more information, call (919) 667-2614.
Durham's female football team, the Carolina Phoenix, will host the Philadelphia Firebirds at 7 p.m. Saturday in Durham County Stadium.
Tickets are $10, with children under 12 admitted free.
For more information, see www.carolinaphoenixfootball.com.
The Fila Deep South Classic, which includes 216 girls basketball teams, will be played this weekend in Chapel Hill and Raleigh. Teams from 33 states will participate in the three-day event.
In Chapel Hill, games will be played at the University of North Carolina's Smith Center and Fetzer Gym. In Raleigh, they'll play at N.C. State's Reynolds Coliseum and Carmichael Gym (not to be confused with UNC's Carmichael Auditorium.)
Play begins this morning and the finals are Sunday.
For a schedule, go to www. michaeltwhite.com