2017 Carolina Trace Country Club Mar-ti-nee Member Guest
From the moment you were handed the artistic mar-tee-nee designed invitation for this annual event, you knew it was going to be well planned and executed. Patti Bakhoven and Sharon Morris were the event planners who started brain storming many, many months prior to May 18 & 19 which turned out to be bright weather days in between a rainy spring.
Patti the idea person and Sharon her talented co-chair, worked tirelessly on print materials, gifts, decorations, food choices and activities that made this two day tournament event outstanding. The Mar-tee-nee theme was seen everywhere including painted posters on the tee boxes, martini glasses for drinks and food vessels, table decorations and the players themselves who wore shirts, hats, earrings and scarves with Martini designs. Some even played in carts sporting martini glasses and steamers. The energy continued with a putting and pitching contest at the cocktail event and giving an award for team spirit at the awards banquet.
Hats off to the Carolina Trace Country Club staff. They truly displayed their dedication to providing the players with the best event in the Sandhills golf area. John Fairall, our general manager, Dean Allgeyer and Ollie Cortterell, our golf pros, sported bow ties and beautiful suits at the fun cocktail party. Our Chef Robert Hicks treated us to individual, hand tossed specialty salads with each person choosing their fresh ingredients and dressings. A special pulled pork treat was available for us along with a bountiful bread table and crudité table. Top all of that with a delicious cheese moose dessert where guest could pick the toppings. I for one would like to eat the same food over and over again, it was that good.
The Lake Course played in excellent condition thanks to the hard work of Tim Hart who joined us at the banquet. He and his staff supplied us with the necessary chocolate to make even a bad shot feel good. Playing one best ball for each twosome in a four man team took off pressure to play a perfect round.
I could go on and on as there were so many details that made this event worth every penny and every minute of our time. Hats off to the entire team who worked to make our time with our guest memorable. A special thanks to Patti and Sharon for a well thought out event that from this reporters’ viewpoint, it went perfectly. I know that my guest from Pinehurst was totally in awe of what Carolina Trace offered at this event and will recall fond memories when she sips out of her hand-painted martini glass with CTCC 2017 on it.
The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour came to Carolina Trace Country Club in the Sandhills of North Carolina. 41 players came from South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Texas to compete in the two day tournament held on May 6 & 7th. The Prep Divison players played the Lake Course at 5800 yards, the Future Division played it at 5273 yards.
Peggy Kirk Bell began golf at 17. She was a resident of Southern Pines, North Carolina. Peggy turned professional in 1950 at 29 years of age. In 1990 she was given the Bob Jones Award, the highest honor given by the USGA for distinguished sportsmanship in the game of golf. She became the first woman to be voted into the American Golf Instructor’s Hall of Fame in 2002. Peggy died at the age of 95.
The girls aging in range from 12-17 played in two flights. The Prep Series flight winner was Mackenzie Battle of Aberdeen, North Carolina. Battle shot a 69/80 for a 149; 5 over par for the tournament. The winner of the Futures Division was Halynn Lee from Carey shooting 83/75 for 158; 14 over par for the two days. This is the 4th year that the tournament has played at Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford.
59 PKB tour players have been accepted for college golf teams in 2017 . Mackenzie will be playing for the Citadel in South Carolina. The PKB holds 68 tournaments a year throughout the United States.
American Junior Golf Association is coming to the Sandhills! Carolina Trace Country Club in Sanford, North Carolina is host to a field of 78 juniors competing in this annual golf event. The AJGA is the premiere golf tour for juniors throughout the United States. Practice rounds will start on April 28 at 1:30 on the Lake Course at Carolina Trace. Players will tee off on both the 1st and 10th tees at 7:30-9:30 am on Sunday, April 30th.
Thirty volunteers from this golfing community are needed for live scoring, to staff six pace of play timing stations required by the AJGA and to be ball spotters for this challenging Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf course. AJGA will have two full time staff members along with 8 interns to manage the tournament. They will be on site for the entire week before the event. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 2:00 on the Sunday.
The Junior Golf Hub has partnered with American Junior Golf Association for this preview series. The Junior Golf Hub offers on line exposure for juniors 13 years and older to highlight their accomplishments to atract the attention of college coaches. The AJGA tournament attracts college coaches looking to recruit top talent throughout the United States.
More than 300 AJGA alumni play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have earned more than 600 tour victories since the first tournament held in 1978. The national chairman are Hunter Mahan and Annika Sorenstam.
Come out to see these talented young golfers as they compete.