37th Brick Capital Classic is on the tee

Jun. 22, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

The most competitive, yet also one of the most social, events on Sanford Municipal Golf Course's schedule is set for Saturday and Sunday as professional and amateur, young to more experienced, will play the 37th Annual Brick Capital Classic.

Jon McCurry, of Sanford and a former Southern Lee High School and UNC Pembroke standout golfer, won last June's Brick Capital Classic. McCurry blitzed Sanford Golf Course with a seven-under par 64 in the first round and finished nine-under par. David Wicker, the 2010 and 2011 champion, finished runner-up at five-under par.

"It's Sanford's U.S. Open. That's what we call it," McCurry said last June. His hometown title came shortly after earning NCAA All-American honors and prior to giving U.S Amateur qualifying a shot later in the summer.

From better-than-scratch golfers to players who enjoy another pleasant weekend going around the course, the Brick Capital Classic has drawn some golfers out for decades, even the whole lifespan of the tournament.

Paul Gay, who was just named one of the NCHSAA's (North Carolina High School Athletic Association) 100 best coaches from 1913-2013 primarily for his career as Sanford Central High School's football coach, won the 1980 Classic and was in last June's field.

David Von Canon, the head PGA professional and general manager at Sanford Golf Course, won the 1992 Classic while a student at UNC Chapel Hill and before coming to work at the course in 1994.

Wicker and Craig Sturdivant are the Brick Capital co-leaders, and quite active co-leaders, with four championships apiece.

"We always call it a true championship," Von Canon said last year. "If you win, you're known as the best player around, at least for a year."

There will be multiple flights and a senior division. Play starts with two sets of shotgun rounds Saturday. The leaders through round one are slated to tee off around 2 p.m. Sunday.