As junior golfers from around the nation are being introduced to some of the Pinehurst region's outstanding courses this week, a golfer already acquainted with the layouts has put his local knowledge to work.
Zachary Martin of Pinehurst combined great putting with course familiarity to win the 88-player Boys Division of Sunday's K12 qualifying tournament for this week's Golf Pride Junior Classic, which runs Tuesday through Thursday at Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club in Southern Pines.
The 18-hole stroke-play qualifying event, conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, was played at the Mid Pines Inn and Golf Club at Southern Pines. The field consisted of 88 boys and 12 girls ages 12-18 and from 10 states and China.
Martin shot a 5-under-par 67, a score that included seven birdies and was helped by the golfer's appreciation of Mid Pines and other Donald Ross-designed courses.
“I like Donald Ross courses, and apparently I seem to play well on them,” Martin said in an AJGA news release. “My approach shots were really close, and I felt confident on the four to five foot putts. I just want to keep it steady this week and stay in a good position.”
Kayla Sciupider of Etowah took a five-stroke victory in the 12-player Girls Division after shooting a 3-under-par 69.
Among the 10 boys who advanced were Larry Han of Raleigh, Andrew Decker of Greenville, Alex Ehlert of Raleigh, Richard Fountain of Raleigh, Kyle Arakelian of Raleigh and W. Coalter Paxton IV of Wilson. Sarah Bae of Raleigh was one of four girls who advanced. (Complete scores)
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