Pinehurst No. 5 is big test for Junior Series
Forty high school boys and girls played Pinehurst No. 5 for the fifth event of Pinehurst's Winternational Junior Series on Saturday and Sunday. The Ellis Maples-designed course, at 6,640 yards and par 72, proved difficult for the junior golfers.
The Freshman/Sophomore Division was won by David Rabil of Fairfax Station, Va. Rabil, a sophomore, came from two shots off the first-round lead to capture his first Winternational Series victory.
Rabil played his last nine holes in even par, totaling 159 for his 36 holes, for a one-shot win over Jonathon Davis of Advance. Davis shot a second-round 76 which was the best round in the division.
James Sugg of Pinehurst finished third and is the division's point leader for the season.
Lee County freshman Walter Brinker shot 83 on both days and finished fifth.
In the Junior/Senior Division, Joseph Cansler of Clemmons was three shots out of the lead after the first round before shooting a 1-over-par 73 in the second round, for a 4-over 148 total, and a three-shot victory.
Mitchell Ellis of Greensboro led after one round after shooting a fine even-par 72 and finished runner-up.
Playing together in the final round, Cansler overcame the deficit in the first three holes and then hung on for the victory as Ellis shot 36 on the his final nine holes.
In the Girls Division Maria Cassas of Cary came from two shots back after the first round to win by five strokes over Kendall Dobbins of Summerfield. Cassas, a sophomore at Apex, shot 86 and 83.
Event No. 6 in the series will take place the first weekend of February at Pinehurst No. 6.