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LEXINGTON, N.C. – Veteran mini-tour player Karl Diewock of Fayettville, GA fired a final round 67 in the Tarheel Tour’s Sapona Open on Thursday and captured his first ever tour title.

            After 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 all day.

            “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.

 Tarheel Professional Tour

Sapona Open

Final Round Results

Sapona Country Club

Par 71 – 6,398 yards


Karl Diewock, Fayettville, GA             $9,500                         69-67=136

Glen Daigle, Greenville, SC                  $5,000                         68-69=137

Fernando Mechereffe, Brazil                $2,566.67                    73-66=139

Stephen Poole Jr., Spartanburg, SC      $2,566.67                    65-74=139

John Eades, Charlotte, NC                    $2,566.67                    73-66=139

Drew Bowen, Monroe, GA                   $2,000                         72-68=140

Anthony Corsuti, Jacksonville, FL          $1,575                         69-72=141

Matt Cannon, Huntersville, NC              $1,575                         69-72=141

Steve Larick, Columbia, SC                   $1,575                         70-71=141

Matt Davidson, Chapel Hill, NC             $1,575                         71-70=141

David Siegel, Matthews, NC                  $1,575                         72-69=141

Daniel Sloan, Greenville, SC                   $1,575                         71-70=141

Tim Pemberton, Charlottesville, VA        $835                            73-69=142

David Sanchez, Pinehurst, NC                $835                            70-72=142

Andy Bare, Jacksonville, FL                  $835                            70-72=142

Dustin Bray, Asheboro, NC                    $835                            69-73=142

Simon McGreal, England                         $835                            66-76=142

Scott Feaster, Columbia, SC                    $835                            70-72=142

Justin Walters, South Africa                      $835                            71-71=142

A.J. Elgert, Lincoln, NE                            $835                            69-73=142

Chad Wilfong, Thomasville, NC                $835                            68-74=142

Brian Quackenbush, Fairfax, VA               $835                            69-73=142

Jody Bellflower, Milledgeville, GA             $187.50                      74-69=143

Steven Weir, Brunswick, OH                    $187.50                      73-70=143

Frank Adams III, Laurinburg, NC              $187.50                      70-73=143

Derek Brown, Walnut Cove, NC               $187.50                      70-73=143

Mayson Petty, Tuscaloosa, AL                    $187.50                     68-75=143

Ryan Sharpe, Greensboro, NC                  $187.50                      71-72=143