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Sep. 01, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

THUMBS UP: Adison Pace

Lee County High School graduate and UNC-Chapel Hill senior Adison Pace, a Sanford native, has won a pretty big honor for her diligence, commitment and hard work.

Pace, the daughter of Lisa and Scott Pace, has been named one of UNC’s varsity cheerleading captains this year. It’s a testament to the 16 years she’s spent cheering for youth teams in Sanford, for West Lee Middle School and Lee County High School, and for UNC. Now entering her second year as a varsity cheerleader, her captaincy puts her in charge of, among other things, scheduling non-game appearances for the Tar Heels’ cheerleaders at charity and community events. That’s in addition to cheering at all football and men’s basketball games and her schoolwork, which will culminate in May with a degree in education with a concentration in mathematics.

It’s not a stretch to compare Pace’s achievement to a star athlete being named team captain at a major university. To balance that commitment with her dream of teaching is even more meaningful. Congratulations to Adison Pace, and best wishes on another great year.

THUMBS UP: Tobacco Road Golf Course

Since it opened in 1998, Tobacco Road Golf Course has racked up some pretty significant honors and recognition – and helped put Sanford on the map as more than just a town you pass through on the way to Pinehurst and its magnificent golf courses.

The latest: Tobacco Road was listed as #50 in a survey of golf course architects and designers of the top 100 courses in the world by “Golf Course Architecture,” a British magazine.

Those surveyed listed Tobacco Road ahead of some of the best-known and most-recognized courses around the world, including numerous courses which have hosted major championships such as the U.S. Open and the British Open.

Brandon Johnson of the Arnold Palmer Design Company, one of the architects surveyed, said of Tobacco Road: “This is the most fresh and unique twist or interpretation of golf course design I have ever experienced. I love how the reinterpreted aesthetic vision balances sound strategic principles with new or daring ways to play the course and holds this truly remarkable vision together. It is also incredibly fun to play… Truly a masterpiece.”

Owners Mark Stewart and Tony Woodell and Director of Golf Joe Gay, who have shepherded Tobacco Road since legendary designer Mike Strantz was first commissioned to build the course, are to be commended for keeping “The Road” on top of its game.