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TAKES SECOND WIN AT SKYBROOK!
N.C. – One week ago, Charlotte native David Sanchez Monday
qualified for the PGA Tour’s B.C. Open in Verona, NY. This week, Sanchez was
back on the Tarheel Tour working towards the goal of playing the “big tour”
full time. As he stood holding his $11,000 winner’s check, it hard to say
he’s not on his way.
Sanchez began the final round three shots behind the lead held by Jason
Martin, Derek Brown, and Dustin Bray. The former N.C. State “All-American”
would record five birdies and a bogey on the front nine, despite fighting his
“My driver was pretty crooked, but I was able to get away with it
everywhere except number nine, where I made bogey,” Sanchez said.
From there, Sanchez would par holes 10-12 before making birdies on 13,
14, 15, and 17 on his way in for a final round 64. At that point, he was forced
to wait in the clubhouse and wonder what was happening behind him.
The final threesome came to the par-5 18th all needing birdie
to force a playoff. Martin and Brown left themselves 10 and 8 foot putts,
respectively, while Bray was in a greenside bunker in two. All three players
failed to convert and were forced to walk away with pars, a mere one shot behind
Sanchez, who made the Skybrook Open his second career Tarheel Tour win.
“I knew I was close all day, but I didn’t really focus on the leader
board,” said Sanchez.
The part time instructor at Pinehurst Country Club had mixed feelings
about the confidence he took from his brief stint on the PGA Tour last week.
“I felt comfortable this week because this is a much less stressful
atmosphere than a PGA Tour event; however, I didn’t feel that great about my
game after missing the cut in the B.C. Open. I really did not know what to
While Sanchez had played Skybrook before, he decided not to take a
practice round this week so that he could come out fresh. That theory seems to
have worked fairly well. Tarheel Tour players shouldn’t expect to see much of
Sanchez on the usual Monday afternoon practice rounds for the remainder of the
Martin, Brown, and Bray all collected $4,600 for their runner-up finishes
this week. Bray’s finish moved him to within $3,500 of Tommy Gainey’s lead
on this year’s money list. Martin, on the other hand, has used last week’s
victory in Salisbury and this week’s second place finish to vault up to number
three on the tour’s money list.
John McAllister of Spartanburg, SC and Iain Steel of Malaysia tied for
fifth place with three day totals of 200. McAllister came close, but a late
bogey on the par-4 17th kept him from the top of the leader board.
Steel, on the other hand, fell out of contention early before finishing with
birdies on five of his last seven holes.
Tarheel Tour would like to thank Head Golf Course Superintendent Rick Henderson
and his staff for their work in presenting such a well conditioned golf course
The tour will take two weeks off before heading to Marshville, NC for the
Eagle Chase Classic at Eagle Chase Golf Club on August 15-17.
For more information, visit www.tarheeltour.com.
Final Round Results
Skybrook Golf Club
Par 72 – 7,028 yards
David Sanchez, Pinehurst, NC
Jason Martin, Lenoir, NC
Derek Brown, Walnut Cove, NC
Dustin Bray, Asheboro, NC
John McAllister, Spartanburg, SC
Iain Steel, Malaysia
Kyle Bradley, N. Augusta, SC
Jonathan Fricke, Covington, GA
Aaron Black, Australia
Matt Davidson, Greenville, SC
Kevin Taylor, Mocksville, NC
Greg Boyette, Akron, OH
Brett Williams, Circleville, OH
Phillipe Gasnier, Orlando, FL
James Nitties, Australia
Daniel Sloan, Greenville, SC
Tommy Biershenk, Inman, SC
Gregg Jones, Florence, SC
Scott Brown, N. Augusta, SC
Fernando Mechereffe, Brazil
Braxton Wynns, Clayton, NC
Alex Hamilton, Aiken, SC
Jason Fober, Columbus, GA
Jay Haas Jr., Greenville, SC
Stephen Poole Jr., Spartanburg, SC
Yohann Benson, Canada
Derek Watson, Murrells Inlet, SC
Scott Feaster, Columbia, SC
Shaun Norris, South Africa
John Eades, Charlotte, NC
Ryan Sharpe, Greensboro, NC
Ben Case, England
Adam Rushin, England