It’s almost time to break out the knickers.
Pinecrest Country Club will go through a bit of a time warp on Friday when the Carolina Hickory Golf Association holds a tournament at the golf course.
The association takes the game back to its roots, with participants using hickory-shafted clubs and donning period-appropriate attire such as knickers, argyle socks and ivy caps.
The course will be played at a shorter distance to accommodate the clubs and several of the county’s top players are expected to participate, including former county champions Dyrck Fanning and Mark Kinlaw. Anyone with a set of hickory clubs can join in for a $25 fee. Play will start at 10:30 a.m. Call Dwight Gane at 910-738-6541 for information.
The pre-Easter play will continue when Ward Racing hosts a tournament on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Entry for the captain’s choice tournament is $50 per person, which includes prizes for the top teams and closest to the pin, as well as mulligans and red tees. Race cars will be on display and there will be a 50/50 drawing. Registration starts at 8 a.m. the day of the tournament. For information, call Elvin Matthews at 910-624-1224.
April 25, 26 and 27 will be Pinecrest’s Member/Guest tournament. The two-person best-ball tournament will team up a club’s member with a guest of his or her choice.
Festivities start with a practice round on Friday, followed by an optional steak dinner at a cost of $10 per person. The tournament will be split between a morning round at 8:30 a.m. each day and an afternoon round that begins at 1:30 p.m. There is a cookout between rounds each day for tournament participants. Saturday night will also include cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and awards will follow on Sunday.
Early entry is $150 per team, which includes greens fees, a cart for the Saturday and Sunday rounds, and lunch on those two days. The fee increases to $180 after April 20. Players must sign up by April 23 and the field will be limited to 72 teams. For information call Dwight Gane at 910-738-6541.
Lumberton native Walter Ghaffar took second place in the 11-year-old division of the PGA Superstore Jr. Masters held April 4 and April 5 at the Chateau Élan in Braselton, Ga.
Ghaffar scored an even-par 72 to take a two-stroke lead after the first day. He needed a 15-foot birdie putt on No. 17 and a par on No. 18 to finish with a 78 and force a playoff with Luke Clanton of Hialeah, Fla., after the final round.
It was the second straight Jr. Masters win for Clanton, who finished third at the US Kids World Championship last year. Ghaffar, the only competitor from North Carolina in his age group, was a 2012 Jr. Masters champion.
The Lumberton Baseball Advancement Team will be hosting an alumni golf tournament on May 10 at Cliffwood. The four-man scramble will tee off at 1 p.m. There’s a $200 entry fee per team, which includes greens and cart fees, as well as lunch at noon. For information, call Lumberton baseball coach Paul Hodges at 910-671-6050.
J.D. Revels and Garner Revels won Tuesday’s senior shootout and Tommy Sipka and Tommy Newberry won the special event. The next shootout is April 22 at 9 a.m. Played as a two-man best ball format, there is a $23 entry fee, which includes carts and greens fees, lunch, snacks and the chance to win prizes.
The club’s annual member-member tournament will be played April 26 and April 27. For information and to sign up, call 910-628-9931.
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