...Carolina Golf News Line                          Bermuda Run Golf Hole


BERMUDA 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 Tour title.

            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 efforts.

            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.

Tarheel Professional Tour
Bermuda Run Classic
Final Round Results
Bermuda Run Country Club

Main: Par 72 – 7,080 yards; West: Par 70 – 6,625 yards

 John McAllister, Spartanburg, SC                   $10,500                      61-71=132

Lee Williamson, Crawfordsville, IN                    $6,000                      67-66=133

Tim Pemberton, Charlottesville, VA                   $4,300                       67-68=135

Chris Hockaday, Mt. Airy, NC                          $3,200                       65-71=136

Dustin Bray, Asheboro, NC                               $2,525                       69-68=137

Chris Yoder, Winston-Salem, NC                      $2,525                       70-67=137

David Siegel, Matthews, NC                              $1,550                       68-70=138

Kevin Taylor, Mocksville, NC                            $1,550                       68-70=138

Matt Davidson, Greenville, SC                           $1,550                        68-70=138

Kyle Bradley, N. Augusta, SC                           $1,550                        70-68=138

David Sanchez, Pinehurst, NC                           $1,550                        67-71=138

Michael Boyd, Plano, TX                                 $1,550                        67-71=138

Simon McGreal, England                                   $1,550                        70-68=138

Jason Martin, Lenoir, NC                                  $1,050                        65-74=139

Cameron Yancey, Blackstone, VA                    $1,050                         66-73=139

Drew Bowen, Monroe, GA                                  $975                        69-71=140

Brian Quackenbush, Fairfax, VA                          $800                         68-73=141

Fernando Mechereffe, Brazil                                $800                         69-72=141

Tommy Schaff, Savannah, GA                             $800                         70-71=141

Frank Adams III, Laurinburg, NC                        $800                        70-71=141

John Gordon Beckett, Charlotte, NC                   $800                        69-72=141

Vance Haefner, Cary, NC                                   $521.88                   67-75=142

Ben Case, England                                              $521.88                   69-73=142

Chris Mundorf, Raleigh, NC                                $521.88                   70-72=142

Jonathan Fricke, Grayson, GA                             $521.88                  71-71=142

Mitch Adams, Cary, NC                                     $521.88                   69-73=142

Matthew Borchert, Orlando, FL                          $521.88                   73-69=142

Jody Bellflower, Milledgeville, GA                       $521.88                   72-70=142

Eric Ahn, Tacoma, WA                                       $521.88                   70-72=142