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A second-place finish in the putting competition keyed the performance of 13-year-old Drew O’Neal of Wilson in the Drive Chip & Putt regional qualifying competition at famed Congressional Country Club near Bethesda, Maryland, on Sunday.
In a field of 15 contestants, O’Neal, in the Boys 14-15 division, amassed 55 points in being proclaimed the putting runner-up.
The son of Gena and Jody O’Neal managed just 14 points for his drives and 32 points for his chips. He totaled 101 points and a 10th-place finish in his Drive Chip & Putt debut.
The O’Neal youth qualified for one of 10 regionals across the nation. The regional winners advance into the national finals at Augusta National, home of the Masters, next April.
O’Neal earned a regional opportunity by finishing second in local competition at Ironwood Golf Club near Greenville and winning the subregional at Duke University Golf Club.
The free opportunity for boys and girls ages 7-15 across the nation is sponsored by the Masters tournament, the United States Golf Association and the PGA of America.
Wilson Ladies League holds monthly match
Sue McGuire of Willow Springs Country Club won a scorecard playoff for low gross in the red flight during the September outing of the Wilson Ladies League on Sept. 4 at Willow Springs,
Also prevailing in the red flight were Wilson Country Club’s Debbie Keely in low net. Susan Baker of Willow Springs was second, while Priscilla Brewer of Wilson Country Club earned the low putts honor.
In the orange flight, Melba Martin of Wilson Country Club was first in low gross, WCC’s Barbara Biddle was first in low net and Lucille Stolo of Wedgewood Public Golf Course finished first in low putts. Jean Pochis of WCC was second in low net.
The next Wilson Ladies League outing is set for Oct. 2 at Wilson Country Club.
Lewis and McGuire among Play Day victors
Charlene Lewis of Wedgewood Public Golf Course and Sue McGuire of Willow Springs Country Club were proclaimed Ladies State Play Day winners at their respective clubs on Sept. 6.
At Wedgewood, Marshall fired a net score of 67. At Willow Springs, McGuire carded a net score of 72.
The event is sponsored by the North Carolina Women’s Golf Association and golfers who are members of registered ladies golf associations are allowed to participate.
The deadline for submitting club winners is Oct. 1 and the golfer with the lowest net score will be declared the state winner.