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HUNTERSVILLE, 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 driver.

            “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 expect.”

            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 2006 season.

            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.

            The 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 this week.

            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. 

Tarheel Professional Tour
Skybrook Open
Final Round Results
Skybrook Golf Club

Par 72 – 7,028 yards 

David Sanchez, Pinehurst, NC               $11,000                      65-69-64=198

Jason Martin, Lenoir, NC                      $4,600                         65-66-68=199

Derek Brown, Walnut Cove, NC           $4,600                         65-66-68=199

Dustin Bray, Asheboro, NC                   $4,600                         64-67-68=199

John McAllister, Spartanburg, SC          $2,700                         70-65-65=200

Iain Steel, Malaysia                                $2,700                         68-66-66=200

Kyle Bradley, N. Augusta, SC               $2,200                         68-65-70=203

Jonathan Fricke, Covington, GA             $1,725                         71-66-67=204

Aaron Black, Australia                           $1,725                         68-67-69=204

Matt Davidson, Greenville, SC               $1,725                         67-68-69=204

Kevin Taylor, Mocksville, NC                $1,725                         71-63-70=204

Greg Boyette, Akron, OH                      $1,350                         69-68-68=205

Brett Williams, Circleville, OH                $1,350                         69-68-68=205

Phillipe Gasnier, Orlando, FL                  $1,350                         71-65-69=205

James Nitties, Australia                           $1,075                         70-68-68=206

Daniel Sloan, Greenville, SC                   $1,075                         68-70-68=206

Tommy Biershenk, Inman, SC                $1,075                         69-66-71=206

Gregg Jones, Florence, SC                       $875                            68-71-68=207

Scott Brown, N. Augusta, SC                   $875                            67-70-70=207

Fernando Mechereffe, Brazil                     $875                            68-68-71=207

Braxton Wynns, Clayton, NC                   $875                            67-67-73=207

Alex Hamilton, Aiken, SC                         $730                            68-71-69=208

Jason Fober, Columbus, GA                     $730                            70-67-71=208

Jay Haas Jr., Greenville, SC                      $730                            67-68-73=208

Stephen Poole Jr., Spartanburg, SC          $690                            71-69-69=209

Yohann Benson, Canada                           $660                            72-67-71=210

Derek Watson, Murrells Inlet, SC              $660                            68-68-74=210

Scott Feaster, Columbia, SC                     $620                            71-68-72=211

Shaun Norris, South Africa                        $576.67                      72-68-73=213

John Eades, Charlotte, NC                        $576.67                      71-69-73=213

Ryan Sharpe, Greensboro, NC                  $576.67                      68-71-74=213

Ben Case, England                                    $500                            70-69-75=214

Adam Rushin, England                                $450                            70-70-75=215