|...Carolina Golf News Line|
FORCED TO HOLD OFF ON RETIREMENT!
heavy rain washed out Tuesday’s opening round, the event was shortened to 36
holes and players in turn had to keep the same pairings for both rounds. Diewock
began the day four shots behind overnight leader Stephen Poole Jr., but with no
final round pairings, he really had no idea how he stood relative to the field
“I thought I was chasing for the most part all day. I think not knowing
kind of kept me charged up throughout the round,” said Diewock, who just a
week ago was contemplating hanging up the clubs for good.
Diewock played steady golf through most of the final round. Birdies at 3,
7, 9, 13, and 15 put him in contention, although he never really knew for sure.
“I just kept pushing along all day. I made birdie from the fairway
bunker at nine, and then was able to save par from greenside bunkers on 10 and
11. That little stretch of holes kept my momentum going.”
Diewock eventually slowed down with a missed four-foot par putt at the
par-3 16th, but pars at the final two holes proved enough to claim
his largest title as a professional. His two-day total of six under par 136 was
one of the highest winning scores on the Tarheel Tour all year. It is surely a
testament to the difficulty of the short but penal Sapona Country Club layout.
“I’ve won events on smaller tours, but never on one of this caliber.
This might force me to re-think my ideas on early retirement.”
Glen Daigle of Greenville, SC finished in solo second with rounds of 68
and 69. Daigle was the leader in the clubhouse for the entire afternoon, and it
wasn’t until Diewock came in that he realized victory was out of his hand.
Daigle had his chance to claim the title, but a costly bogey at the par-5 18th
hole would eventually leave him one shot out.
Fernando Mechereffe, Stephen Poole Jr., and John Eades all tied for third
place with two-day totals of 139. Eades’ round of 66 tied the low final round
score for the day.
A big thanks goes out to Head Golf Professional Jeff Biggers and his
staff for hosting such a great tournament.
The tour would also like to thank Head Golf Course Superintendent Keith
McKenzie and his entire crew for getting the golf course in wonderful condition,
especially considering all of the rain earlier in the week.
The Tarheel Tour will conclude the 2006 season next week at the Tour
Championship at Firethorne Country Club in Marvin, NC.
For more information, visit www.tarheeltour.com.
Diewock, Fayettville, GA
Daigle, Greenville, SC
Poole Jr., Spartanburg, SC
Eades, Charlotte, NC
Bowen, Monroe, GA
Corsuti, Jacksonville, FL
Cannon, Huntersville, NC
Larick, Columbia, SC
Davidson, Chapel Hill, NC
Siegel, Matthews, NC
Sloan, Greenville, SC
Pemberton, Charlottesville, VA
Sanchez, Pinehurst, NC
Bare, Jacksonville, FL
Bray, Asheboro, NC
Feaster, Columbia, SC
Walters, South Africa
Elgert, Lincoln, NE
Wilfong, Thomasville, NC
Quackenbush, Fairfax, VA
Bellflower, Milledgeville, GA
Weir, Brunswick, OH
Adams III, Laurinburg, NC
Brown, Walnut Cove, NC
Petty, Tuscaloosa, AL
Sharpe, Greensboro, NC