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Robinsonís steady play earns second title of season 

Huntersville, NC- Sandersville, GA native David Robinson made pars on his final six holes to fire a final round 2-under-par 70 and win the Tarheel Tourís Northstone Open, and the first place check of $18,500. 

Robinson held a share of the lead going into the final round but bogeyed the 473-yard fourth hole to fall off the lead.  Mt. Pleasant, SC resident Brian Duncan assumed the lead when he birdied the 9th hole to go out in 33 and climb to 11-under for the tournament.  Robinson, who also won the Rivertowne Open in March, birdied the 8th, 11th, and 12th holes to regain the lead at 12-under.  Robinsonís playing partners, Matt Mincer and Andy Bare fell out of contention early on the back nine and were no longer a factor. Both finished at 7-under and tied for 14th.  Duncan, playing in the group ahead of Robinson, continued his charge by birdieing 13, 15, and 16 to reach 14-under for the tournament to take a two-stroke lead over Robinson heading to the watery par-3 17th. Duncanís tee shot settled in the rough between the greenside bunker and the green, leading to a five-footer for par that slid past the hole leaving the former Clemson Tiger with one shot lead heading to the final hole. On the 18th hole Duncan hit a loose tee shot into the lateral hazard on 18 and the result was a closing double-bogey leaving Duncan in the clubhouse at 11-under par.  

Robinson played the 18th hole thinking he needed a birdie to force a playoff but his 7-iron from 165 yards was a bit wide to the right leaving him a 45-foot downhill hooking putt.  When Robinson arrived at the final green he saw on the scoreboard that Duncan had actually finished at 11-under and not 13-under as it appeared.  From there, the former Georgia College standout hit a tremendous putt that finished just a foot below the hole enabling him to secure his sixth consecutive par and the win.  ďI got lucky.  I played real solid but I thought I still needed a birdie at 18 to force a playoff.  Iíve been on the other side of it before and this time I was very fortunate to win,Ē said Robinson. 

Robinsonís victory was his second in four events on the Tarheel Tour this season and the $18,500 he collected moved him to the top of the 2008 money list with total earnings of $47,750. 

Duncan finished alone in second place and earned $9,500, which is his largest check of the season to date, and is his best finish on the Tarheel Tour.  Two other players made significant moves up the leaderboard to finish tied for third.  Huntersville resident and Tarheel Tour all-time leading money leader Matt Cannon birdied the final hole to fire a 5-under-par 67 and finish at 10-under.  He shared third place with Bluffton, SC resident Cory Kaufman who fired a 4-under-par 68 in the final round.  Each player earned $6,500 for the week. The low round of the day belonged to Boiling Springs, SC native Tommy Biershenk who parlayed his final round 66 into a tie for fifth place and $4400.             

            The Tarheel Tour staff would like to thank Northstone Country Club Director of Golf Courtney Ford, golf course superintendent Darrin Spierings, and their staffs for hosting a great tournament on a well-maintained golf course. The Tarheel Tour is off next week but returns to action in two weeks for one of the most anticipated trips of the season to the Walnut Creek Classic in Goldsboro, NC.  Last season, the Tarheel Tour made two visits to Walnut Creek Country Club for the inaugural Walnut Creek Classic, won by Jay McLuen, and for the season ending Tour Championship won by Richard Scott.  Both are expected to be in the field this year along with Robinson.  The Tarheel Tour will host 20 tournaments in 2008 from Hilton Head, SC to Charlottesville, VA and all points in between.  

Tarheel Tour Northstone Open

Northstone Country Club

Par 72 6900 Yards 

1. David  Robinson, Sandersville, GA, $18,500.00, *68-66-70-204 -12

2. Brian Duncan, Mt. Pleasant, SC, $9,500.00, *69-67-69-205 -11

3. Matt Cannon, Huntersville, NC, $6,500.00, *70-69-67-206 -10

3. Cory  Kaufman, Bluffton, SC, $6,500.00, *66-72-68-206 -10

5. Tommy  Biershenk, Boiling Springs, SC, $4,400.00, *69-72-66-207 -9

5. Matthew McQuillan , Canada, $4,400.00, *68-70-69-207 -9

7. Ted  Brown, Richmond, VA, $2,335.71, *69-72-67-208 -8

7. Dustin Bray, Charlotte, NC, $2,335.71, *73-68-67-208 -8

7. Whitfield Massey, Mt. Pleasant, SC, $2,335.71, *70-70-68-208 -8

7. Tim Cantwell, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, $2,335.71, *73-66-69-208 -8

7. Jonathan Mount, Kingston, TN, $2,335.71, *69-70-69-208 -8

7. Hank Kim, Roswell, GA, $2,335.71, *69-67-72-208 -8

7. Bryant Odom, St Simons Island, GA, $2,335.71, *72-65-71-208 -8

14. Mark  Evans, Massillon, OH, $1,800.00, *72-66-71-209 -7

14. Andy  Bare, Jacksonville, FL, $1,800.00, *68-68-73-209 -7

14. Matt Mincer, Lenoir City, TN, $1,800.00, *68-66-75-209 -7

17. Josh Coley, Cleveland, TN, $1,650.00, *72-69-69-210 -6

17. Jason  Martin, Lenoir, NC, $1,650.00, *69-72-69-210 -6

17. Jay  McLuen, Athens, GA, $1,650.00, *70-71-69-210 -6

20. Jason Kokrak, Bradenton Beach, FL, $1,537.50, *72-70-69-211 -5

20. David  Thomas, Tampa, FL, $1,537.50, *74-69-68-211 -5

20. David  Sanchez, Pinehurst, NC, $1,537.50, *71-69-71-211 -5

20. Frederik Ohlsson, Sweden, $1,537.50, *75-69-67-211 -5

24. Alex  Hamilton, Aiken, SC, $1,437.50, *73-69-70-212 -4

24. Duncan  Stewart, St Augustine, FL, $1,437.50, *74-68-70-212 -4

24. Jerry  Richardson, Burlington, NC, $1,437.50, *72-71-69-212 -4

24. Matt Crenshaw, Elon, NC, $1,437.50, *68-76-68-212 -4

28. Will  Mc Girt, Boiling Springs, SC, $1,362.50, *68-73-72-213 -3

28. Scotty Jones, Charlotte, NC, $1,362.50, *73-71-69-213 -3

30. Louis  Godin, Champlain, QC, $1,312.50, *72-69-73-214 -2

30. John Mc Allister, Spartanburg, SC, $1,312.50, *73-71-70-214 -2

32. Andy Morse, Auburn, ME, $1,212.50, *74-68-73-215 -1

32. Stephen Thomas, St Petersburg, FL, $1,212.50, *71-71-73-215 -1

32. Steve Sokol, Oxford, CT, $1,212.50, *70-70-75-215 -1

32. Martin Ureta, Chile, $1,212.50, *69-69-77-215 -1

32. Ryan Sharpe, Greensboro, NC, $1,212.50, *72-72-71-215 -1

32. Matt Vick, Franklin, TN, $1,212.50, *72-72-71-215 -1

38. Jesse Smith, Dover, NH, $1,075.00, *71-69-76-216 E

38. Jonathan Jackson, Chapel Hill, NC, $1,075.00, *67-76-73-216 E

38. Joey Maxon, $1,075.00, *72-67-77-216 E

38. Fernando Mechereffe, Charlotte, NC, $1,075.00, *78-66-72-216 E

38. Kevin Durkin, Indian Trail, NC, $1,075.00, *73-71-72-216 E

43. Kevin Haefner, Auburn, AL, $983.33, *70-72-75-217 +1

43. Tommy Schaff, Savannah, GA, $983.33, *71-71-75-217 +1

43. Martin Catalioto, Ramsey, NJ, $983.33, *65-73-79-217 +1

46. Stephen  Poole, Aiken, SC, $940.00, *72-70-76-218 +2

46. Jordan Pomeranz, Sanford, NC, $940.00, *74-70-74-218 +2

46. Jeffrey Hill, Ocala, FL, $940.00, *74-70-74-218 +2

49. Chris Gallagher, West Chester, PA, $910.00, *73-70-76-219 +3

49. John Scott Rattan, Montgomery Village, MD, $910.00, *75-68-76-219 +3

49. Soo Ahn, Morrisville, NC, $910.00, *71-72-76-219 +3

52. Mathew Cram-Smith, New Market, TN, $750.00, *68-75-77-220 +4

52. Jason Fober, Columbus, GA, $750.00, *73-70-77-220 +4

52. Scott Griffin, Troutville, VA, $750.00, *72-72-76-220 +4

55. Eric King, Ferguson, KY, $500.00, *73-71-77-221 +5

55. Tug Maude, St. SImons Island, GA, $500.00, *73-71-77-221 +5

57. John Saari, Lilburn, GA, $350.00, *73-71-79-223 +7