Etc: A new golf event coming to Chapel Hill

January 26, 2014 

Three things for which I don’t think Chapel Hill can ever get enough room on its calendar: road races, basketball games and golf tournaments.

Most local folks can see plenty of hoops and enter plenty of 5Ks and trail runs.

But, outside of the Chapel Hill Country Club and the Governors Club, there haven’t been that many golf tournaments in Chapel Hill-Carrboro since the Orange County Invitational died.

That’s why the new Hurricane Golf Tour should receive a good welcome this year.

Based out of Florida, the HGT has held a few nice junior events in North Carolina. This year, the group is launching of the Hurricane Amateur Golf Tour for adults.

The Hurricane Amateur Golf Tour has plans for 25 events across 13 different states. That includes a stop at UNC’s Finley Golf Course on July 19-20.

There will be five open flights for men and women ages 18-49, and five senior flights for those 50 and older.

For more information about the tour, go to

Praised by peers

Northwood baseball coach Rick Parks was in Greensboro last weekend to receive a regional coach of the year award from the North Carolina Baseball Coaches Association. He was one of eight NCBCA members honored with a regional award during the group’s convention at UNC-Greensboro.

The NCBCA awards mean more than most because it’s voted upon by a coach’s peers.

Members of the NCBCA also vote on an all-state team. Orange’s Nick Debo and Jon Evans were named to the 3A all-state team last summer. Three of parks’ players made the 2A all-state team: Justin King, Robert Straughn and Andrew Webster.

Chapel Hill Scenes

East Chapel Hill’s CAMILO HERNANDEZ working out in preparations for spring football drills. ... GARY BENEVILLE, the School Resource Officer at Chapel Hill High, comparing the merits of wood stoves on a frosty night. Crooks Corner’s renowned chef BILL SMITH in a T-shirt as he strolls up West Franklin Street in winter weather. ... Night-time skateboarders at Homestead Park ignoring the temperatures dipping into the teens, proving they’re every bit as macho as NFL players who where short sleeves during the playoffs. ... Former CHHS basketball player DENZEL ROBINSON eating lunch with a friend at Med Deli.

Can you write?

Just like I don’t think Chapel Hill can have too many 5Ks or golf tournaments, we also can never have too many good writers. If you’re interested in trying your hand at sports reporting on local events, drop me a line at College and high school students are especially welcome.

Warnock: 919-932-8743 or

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