Durham's Todd Eckstein to face Floridian Jeff Robinson in Herald-Sun Golf Classic Championship Flight match play final Sunday. Eckstein, a Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill alumn and rising junior on the Davidson College golf team, edged Robinson's Raleigh-based nephew, Jay Robinson, in one Saturday semifina. Jeff Robinson, 52, beat Durham's Tim Garrett in the other Championship Flight semifinal match Saturday. ... Complete Saturday results and Sunday pairings and tee times.
Champions to be crowned in first through fifth flights, not just championship and presidents flights today ... Retired NCCU golf coach Pete Hayes takes a look back ... Hillandale pro Fran James is a pioneer.
The student mastered the teacher — barely — Friday, Todd Eckstein nipping John Gaddy 1-up in 20 holes in a championship flight quarterfinal showdown at the Herald-Sun Golf Classic.
The hole that brought Jay Robinson so much success a day earlier was a golfer’s nightmare on Friday at Hillandale Golf Course. Both times, though, Robinson handled it the same way. Since it was match play at the 67th Herald-Sun Golf Classic, Robinson’s only choice in both instances was to focus on the next hole and try to win. “Composure — key to match play,” Robinson said.
Two-time state 4-A golf champion faces stiff road to finals today ... Voyager Academy's McKenzie Barringer and homeschooler Jessica Spicer are eliminated in quarterfinals.
Raleigh's Jay Robinson holed out a 7-iron second shot on the par 5 14th hole. The ball sailed toward the 440-yard hole, ticked off the flag stick and fell into the hole.
Defending champion and No. 1 seed Ronnie Williams is eliminated from 2013 Herald-Sun Golf Classic ... Former Trinity School star Todd Eckstein, Dalton Rich and Jay Robinson all move on in Championship Flight. ... Also, a look at Thursday's complete match-play results and Friday's quarterfinal pairings in all seven flights.
Top qualifier Melvin Barnes of Hillsborough is first-round match-play casualty in Championship Flight of 2013 Herald-Sun Golf Classic. Defending champion and No. 1 seed Ronnie Williams Jr. of Creedmoor remains alive in his pursuit of second straight crown at Hillandale Golf Course.
Melvin Barnes' 3-under 139 edges Jeff Robinson for medalist honors in stroke-play qualifying segment of rain-delayed Herald-Sun Golf Classic. ... Stroke-play qualifying continues at 6:30 a.m. today with top two flights teeing off at completion of opening 36 holes.