Jim Pearce knew he’d get some interest when he came up with the idea for the Tarheel Seniors Golf Association Tour 13 years ago. The Clayton resident’s idea was just wanted to make it easier for area seniors to play in a competitive tournament atmosphere a few times a month at area courses.
As the tour started its 2015 run on Monday at Brier Creek with the first of 16 tournaments, membership was approaching the 175-member mark.
“I was amazed by the response when we started and I continue to be amazed by the number and cross section of people we have participate,” Pearce said recently.
The tournaments are played on Monday mornings, typically one of the lighter days for golf course activity. That allows Pearce to get a reduced rate for participants. Entry fees range from $30-40 with most of the events carrying $30 entry fees.
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There are four flights with gift certificate prizes awarded to the top three finishers in each flight. Handicaps range from 0 to 30 for the tour.
Locally, the tour visits The Neuse (March 30, July 27 and Oct. 19), Pine Hollow (April 13), River Ridge (April 27 and Aug. 24), Eagle Ridge (Sept. 8, a Tuesday) and Reedy Creek (Oct. 5).
Entrants can sign up as late as the Saturday before the scheduled event and there’s always room for more players on the Tour since not everyone competes at each event.
For more info, visit tarheelseniors.com or contact Jim Pearce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-215-7676.
College notables: Corinth Holders High School graduate Casey Utley won her first collegiate women’s tennis match earlier this month, playing for Barton College. Utley, a freshman, defeated Lees-McRae’s Rachel Grether at No. 6 singles, 8-4. …
West Johnston High School grad Andrew Henry helped Eastern Michigan University win the Mid-American Conference men’s swimming championship. Henry, a junior, broke the MAC record in the 200-yard freestyle but got nipped at the line for the win.
Andrew’s older sister, Sarah, has qualified for the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Sarah Henry, a senior at Texas A&M, took a silver medal in the 400 IM and finished third in the 1,650 free and the 500 free at the Southeastern Conference Championships. …
North Johnston graduate Lindsay Tippett is hitting .441 for Methodist University’s softball team this spring. The senior first baseman had five extra-base hits and 11 RBIs through 10 games. …
Another North grad, Jamie Johnson is continuing the hot start to her college career at UNC Pembroke. The freshman infielder was hitting .397 through 21 games for the Braves’ softball team.
Golf performances: Tracey King of Selma teamed with Raleigh’s Jason Smith to win the Men’s A flight of a Carolinas Golf Association Four-Ball Tournament at the Duke University Golf Club on March 9. The pair posted a round of 68. … Charles Lee Sr. of Clayton and Al Makila of Raleigh were the runners up in the Super Senior division (70 and older) of a Senior Four-Ball tournament at the Dormie Club in West End. … Andy Cook of Garner and Sam Sparks of Raleigh finished second in the B flight of a Senior Four-Ball tournament at Seven Lakes Country Club. Lee and Makila were third in the same event in Super Seniors.