John Gaddy shot the lowest round of his career at the right time a year ago to claim the Durham Amateur Golf Tournament championship. This weekend, he gets a chance to repeat the championship as Hillandale Golf Course hosts the Durham Am today and Sunday.
East Chapel Hill High School junior Ben Griffin capped a record-setting week Thursday by shooting a bogey-free 5-under-par 67 and taking medalist honors at a U.S. Open Championship local qualifying tournament at Forest Oaks Country Club.
East Chapel Hill junior Ben Griffin won the state individual 4-A golf championship for the second time in three seasons with a two-day total of 9-under 135 at Pinehurst No. 8.
Barry Williams traveled from Charlotte to Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., last week. The Durham native fished on Tuesday with Boo Weekley. He was on the TPC Sawgrass golf course on Wednesday for a practice round. Ahh … the life of a PGA Tour caddie.
Prestigious N.C. high school golf tournament to tee off Monday morning at Treyburn Country Club ... Golf benefit set ... Colleges shuffle schedules to avoid potentially dangerous Friday storms.
Adam Scott finished the job this time, and put an end to more than a half-century of Australian misery at the Masters. With the two biggest putts of his career, Scott holed a 20-footer for birdie on the 18th hole of regulation that put him into a playoff with Angel Cabrera, and then won his first major championship Sunday with a 12-footer for birdie on the second extra hole.
Finally it’s here. The time of year when we long for the colors of azaleas, crisp mornings, swaggering pines, blooming dogwoods, green jackets and golf shots struck on the anvil of greatness. The Masters, or what has been lost to time as Bobby Jones’ invitational, has presented itself to us since 1934 when Horton Smith beat Craig Wood by a single stroke. Horton’s pay for his 284 total was a mere $1,500 — less than 1 percent of the 2012 winner’s purse, $1.44 million to Bubba Watson.