|...Carolina Golf News Line|
TOUR “GOOD GUY” FINALLY BREAKS THROUGH!
RUN, N.C. – On
every mini tour in the U.S., there is that one player who is always easy going
and laid back, regardless of whether or not he just shot 60 or 80. On the
Tarheel Tour, that player is Spartanburg, SC native John McAllister. He has been
sneaking up leader board’s for most of 2006, but he was finally able to put it
all together this week at the Bermuda Run Classic and claim his first Tarheel
McAllister entered the final round of the rain shortened event with a
four shot lead over two players following an opening round of 61. His opening
round on Bermuda Run’s West Course was both eye popping and not surprising
following his second place finish the previous week back in Charlotte. The final
round, however, would be played on the club’s more demanding Main Course, site
of the 1986 NCAA Championship. McAllister would be forced to hold off a stout
field, and luckily enough, he did just that.
A birdie at the benign par-4 1st quickly settled “Johnny
Mac’s” nerves as players remained in their round one pairings due to
Tuesday’s wash out. A bogey at the long par-5 6th brought him back
to even, but he would again find red numbers with a birdie at 10.
“I didn’t really make many putts today and on top of that it was kind
of hard out there because I never really knew exactly how I stood. I just tried
to pretend as though I was winning the tournament the whole time,” said the
former Coastal Carolina golfer, who will be heading to Florence, SC for the
first stage of PGATour Qualifying School
Johnny Mac would go bogey-birdie on 15 and 16 and wound up on the 18th
tee one under on his round needing one more par.
“I hit my tee shot in the right fairway bunker and was then kind of
blocked out by trees. So, I tried to hit a big cut and wound up missing the
green and having to get up and down for what I hoped to be the win.”
McAllister would be forced to sit in the clubhouse for hours as players
came in. In the end, his two day total of 132 was good enough to hold off Lee
Williamson of Crawfordsville, IN by
one shot for his first win and a payday of $10,500.
“I’ve been chipping and putting well this year and my ball striking
finally caught up. This gives me a lot of confidence heading into Q-School so
we’ll see what happens.”
Williamson trailed for most of the day but an eagle at the par-5 17th
brought him into the picture. His final round 66 was the low score of the day as
players struggled with wet conditions on an already long golf course.
Third place went to Tim Pemberton of Charlottesville, VA while solo
fourth went to longtime mini tour veteran Chris Hockaday of Mount Airy, NC.
Tarheel Tour leading money winner Dustin Bray of Asheboro, NC and Chris
Yoder of Winston-Salem, NC tied for fifth, each earning $2,525 for their
The tour would like to thank Director of Golf Jeff Nichols and his staff
for their help in making this event such a success. Thanks also goes to Head
Golf Course Superintendent Dennis Boucvher and his crew for their efforts in
preparing the golf course after all of the heavy rain. Finally, the biggest
“thank you” goes to the members of Bermuda Run Country Club for allowing the
Tarheel Tour players the use of their courses for the tournament week.
The Tarheel Tour will take the next two weeks off before going to
Lexington, NC on November 7-9 for the Sapona Open.
For more information, visit www.tarheeltour.com.
Bermuda Run Classic
Final Round Results
Bermuda Run Country Club
Par 72 – 7,080 yards; West: Par 70 – 6,625 yards
McAllister, Spartanburg, SC
Williamson, Crawfordsville, IN
Pemberton, Charlottesville, VA
Hockaday, Mt. Airy, NC
Bray, Asheboro, NC
Yoder, Winston-Salem, NC
Siegel, Matthews, NC
Taylor, Mocksville, NC
Davidson, Greenville, SC
Bradley, N. Augusta, SC
Sanchez, Pinehurst, NC
Boyd, Plano, TX
Martin, Lenoir, NC
Yancey, Blackstone, VA
Bowen, Monroe, GA
Quackenbush, Fairfax, VA
Schaff, Savannah, GA
Adams III, Laurinburg, NC
Gordon Beckett, Charlotte, NC
Haefner, Cary, NC
Mundorf, Raleigh, NC
Fricke, Grayson, GA
Adams, Cary, NC
Borchert, Orlando, FL
Bellflower, Milledgeville, GA
Ahn, Tacoma, WA