Williams back to defend Herald-Sun Classic title
DURHAM – Back in June after a one-year schedule shift last year, the Herald-Sun Golf Classic begins its unique test of area golfers at Hillandale Golf Course today.
The six-day tournament features two days of stroke play after which the field will be divided into flights for four days of match play.
Traditionally held in the middle of June, the Herald-Sun Classic was contested in August last year. Hillandale’s renovation, which closed it for June and July, necessitated the temporary shift.
This year, it’s in June again and defending champion Ronnie Williams is glad to be in the field once again.
“I look forward to this every year,” Williams said. “This is my favorite tournament to play in. I get to see a lot of the old guys, a lot of the new guys, a lot of the college guys. It gives you a good test.”
The two-month delay in last year’s tournament gave Williams a chance to compete and, ultimately, win his second Herald-Sun Golf Classic championship.
After suffering an arm injury last year, he spent the summer recovering and eventually regaining his ability to golf. He won the tournament despite not being able to completely straighten the injured arm.
Even a year later, that remains the case. But Williams has found a way to golf at a decent level anyway.
“It’s as good as it’s gonna get,” Williams said. “It will never straighten all the way out. But it’s fine and in good shape.”
Williams played golf on Saturday with family before spending the final day before the tournament, Father’s Day, off the course.
He’ll tee off at 1:20 p.m. today to begin two days of stroke play. Match play begins Wednesday and runs through Sunday, when the champions in each flight will be crowned.
Williams said Wednesday is when the fun really begins.
“There are so many good golfers you can run up on someone playing so well,” Williams said. “Match play really tests you. You just have to beat that one guy. It’s such a different format. That’s why I like it. I’d much rather play mano-a-mano.”
The tournament tees off this morning when Michael Burton, Ronnie Powell and Harry Schrickx Jr., tee off from No. 1 at 7:30 a.m. At the same time, Cedell Alexander, Danny Bailey, Dalton Rich and Meghan Moore begin their tournament play at hole No. 10.
The field includes 141 golfers.
Williams will play with Johnny Adams, Eric Ardery and Peter Fox today as the penultimate group to tee off. The final group, which begins play at 1:28 p.m., includes Brad Pittman, John Pittman, Jimmy King and Tim King.
Herald-Sun Golf Classic
At Hillandale Golf Course
Monday’s Tee Times
No. 1—Michael Burton, Ronnie Powell, Harry Schrickx Jr.
No. 10—Cedell Alexander, Danny Bailey, Dalton Rich, Meghan Moore.
No. 1—Joseph Clayton, Casey Ellis, Foster Price, William Farrell.
No. 10—Chris Filiaci, Michael Frye, Tad Galloway, Chris Quinn.
No. 1—Macon Tunstall, Lonnie Browning, Brandon Nowak, Jasiel de Oliveira.
No. 10—Joe Gucker, Oren Stuchiner, Gary Sunderland.
No. 1—Andrew Hanna, Stephen Kuenzli, Edward Musselman, Gary Pettit.
No. 10—Dwight Honeycutt, Mike Kincaid, Kempton Mandeville, Chris McDonald.
No. 1—Newt Barringer, Blake McSherry, Taylor Peel.
No. 10—George Farlow, Ryan Thompson, Brandon Riggan.
No. 1—Doug Baker, Hershal Stephenson, Jerry Warren, Jason Warren.
No. 10—Chad Bryant, Carl Norgaard, Charles Salmon.
No. 1—Cliff Beasley, Carl Outland, Chris Outland, David Outland.
No. 10—Matt Phillips, Phillip Ray, Matt Ross.
No. 1—Buddy Brown, Gary Chambers, Tommy Parker, Tim Simpson.
No. 10—Clark Green, Mike Hall, Fritz Hine, Chris Winters.
No. 1—Jimmie Kerr, David Thomas, John Tomkovick, Tom Swain.
No. 10—Melvin Barnes, Dustin Barnes, Jerry Tucker.
No. 1—Nike Locantore, Kevin Cheek, John Gaddy, Stephen Kovacs.
No. 10—Robbie Robinson, Duane Wallace, Gary Wheeley, Travis Byrd.
No. 1—Andrew Robinson, Jerry Robinson, Jay Robinson, Jeff Robinson.
No. 10—John Synan, David Synan, Shane Synan.
No. 1—Louis Herndon, Charles Hooker, Lucas Starrett.
No. 10—Stephen Lavenets, Todd Eckstein, Clay Watkins, Sterling Bryant.
No. 1—Dink Andrews, Dante Berini, Wayne Bridges, Lea Couch.
No. 10—Khaddafy Thomas, Jimmy Davis, Keith Johnson.
No. 1—Cliff Cox, Abe Lewis, Jonathan Price, Corey Johnson.
No. 1—Eddie Ball, Richard Penny, Scott Penny.
No. 1—Mike Beaumont, Brian Stewart, Brent Lewis, Brian Gann.
No. 1—Doug Best Jr., David Perry, Dennis Perry, Eddie Carden.
No. 1—Craig Fielding, Nathan Freeman, Stephen Grosman, Greg Johnson.
No. 1—Cecil Lockley, Allen Smith, Charles Sims, Greg Byrd.
No. 1—Doug Hall Jr., Gary Newcomb, Michael Huff, Joe Weinberger.
No. 1—Richard Wagner, Tim Garrett, Ashley Berry.
No. 1—Brad Young, Todd Blalock, Jacob Johnson.
No. 1—Michael Avila, Justin Avila, Noah Constantine.
No. 1—Jeff Johnson, Daryl Naillon, John Naillon.
No. 1—Johnny Adams, Eric Ardery, Ronnie Williams Jr., Peter Fox.
No. 1—Brad Pittman, John
Pittman,Jimmy King, Tim King.