Local Golf Notebook, April 11: Cheng wins IJGT College Classic at Duke

Hank Haney International Junior Golf Academy student Matt Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, won the Boys 15-19 Division at the International Junior Golf Tour's College Classic last weekend at Duke University Golf Club in Durham, N.C.

Cheng shot rounds of 73 and 79 to win the two-day, 36-hole event by seven strokes.

In the Boys Under 14 Division, Andre Becerr of Mexico, also a Hank Haney IJGA student, fired rounds of 77 and 80 to edge classmate Andrew Spiegler of Abingdon, Va., by two strokes.

Hank Haney IJGA student Ana Paula Valdes of Morelia, Mexico, won the Girls Under 19 Division with rounds of 74 and 71, knocking off classmate Kelly Whaley of Farmington, Conn., by seven strokes.


Oyster Reef Golf Club will host the IJGT Classic, a two-day, 36-hole event, Saturday and Sunday. The event will feature some of the top junior golfers (ages 9-19) from the Southeast in three divisions: Boys 15-19, Boys Under-14 and Girls Under-19.

The event is nationally ranked by the American Junior Golf Association, Golfweek and Junior Golf Scoreboard.

The IJGT's "Discovery Tour" will host its first 18-hole tournament on Saturday (ages eight to 12) at Oyster Reef. Players are encouraged to have a caddy during the round. Caddies can carry a participant's bag, assist with rules and offer advice.

Details: Call 888-936-5327.


The first Hilton Head Island Amateur Golf Association tournament of the year will be held April 27 and 28 at Oldfield Golf Club.

It will be medal play for the first annual senior championship, gross and net, and the first annual spring championship, gross and net.

Details: Visit or call Bob Collar at 843-816-0898.


Twenty-eight women's teams from the Lowcountry's private communities competed in better ball gross match-play competitions to determine the division winners for the Lowcountry Team Play Association.

Each team fielded three two-women teams per match. The fees paid go toward the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort, the HHIJGA and local female golfers for entry into local, state and national events.

The winning teams were:

Division I -- Long Cove Club: Karen Ferree, Susan Cummings, Lisa Maloney, Sharon Son-Hing, Mari Harter, Patty Smith and Jill Sanders.

Division II -- Sea Pines I: Terrie Allemang, Linda Bridgers, Joan Leeds, Mary McNeil, Robin Phillips, Mardie Off, Trisha Rapp, Donna Watson and Carol Zack.

Division III -- Dolphin Head: Carolyn Cubley, Andrea Palmer, Catherine Curran, Anne Reed, Jo Friebely, Bette Taylor, Virginia Everett Margie Lechowitz, Billie Maywright and Linda Miller.

Division IV -- Berkeley Hall II: Zoe Bassos, Lori Delaney, Terri Savoury, Heather Cherichella, Celina Echaque, Dee Skinner, Linda Gettings, Julie Grime, Debbie Webb, Patricia Ruppel, Terrie Forde, Linda Arns, Maggie Sivak and Elaine Beringhouse


  • Leslie Abbate hit a hole-in-one April 2 on the eighth hole at Spanish Wells Golf Club. She used a driver. Witness was Dennis Abbate.
  • J. Russ Hopp hit a hole-in-one April 6 on the 17th hole at Hidden Cypress Golf Club. He used a 3 Rescue. Witnesses were Bob Cohen, John S. James, and John D. Rhyan.
  • Dave Butts hit a hole-in-one March 29 on the 14th hole at Harbour Town Golf Links. He used an 8-iron. Witnesses were Bruce Simpon, Art Kurtz, and Wade Webster.
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