LUMBERTON — Two years after battling in the final round of the Super Senior Division at the Robeson County Golf Championships, sponsored by Dial Insurance, Bob McQueen and Larry McNeill were paired together in Saturday’s final round.
McQueen led the field by four strokes and McNeill by seven going into final-round play at Pinecrest Country Club and didn’t falter as he did two years ago. Instead, he earned his first title at the Robeson County Golf Championships by shooting a 2-over-par 74 and finished the tournament at even par 144.
“I just played and didn’t worry about it (the score) and enjoyed being out there,” McQueen said.
After birdies on Nos. 3 and 11, McQueen was at 1-under for the round, but closed with three straight bogeys. The first-round lead was enough cushion for him to hold off the rest of the field.
“Around Nos. 14 and 15 I started getting tired, my age is catching up with me,” McQueen said. “At my age, it don’t worry me. I do the best I can and go on from there, but having that four-shot lead helped.”
J.D. Revels finished second in the division with a second-round 71 after shooting a 77 on the first day. After a bogey on the par-3 second hole, Revels recorded birdies on Nos. 11 and 15 to score the final round’s lowest score.
Knocky Thorndyke finished third with a two-day total of 149. Willie Jacobs won the second flight with a combined score of 154.
White catches fire on back nine to lead Regular Division
Michael White said he was playing his best golf in the months leading up to the Robeson County Golf Championship and he picked a good time to set his personal-best round at Pinecrest Country Club.
With his 1-under-par 71, White leads the Regular Division going into today’s final round, one stroke ahead of Stoney Stone.
“I hit the ball great and now it’s just bringing it in tomorrow and try to win,” White said. “I’ve been hitting the ball well the past couple months and I’m here to win.”
Making the turn at 2-over, White shot a 3-under 33 on the back with four birdies and one bogey to bounce into the lead late in the day.
“I stepped it up on the back nine to pull my score under par,” White said.
White leads Stone, who shot a 35 on the front nine and finished at even par, by one stroke.
Junior Nance had the clubhouse lead after finishing his 4-over 76 round and sits in third going into today. Nance is attempting to win the Regular Division after winning the Senior Division last year.
“I didn’t drive the ball well today at all,” Nance said. “I probably got as much out of it as I could and 76 is about the best score you can have with the way I hit the ball.”
Nance bogeyed three of his first four holes before getting his lone birdie of the round on No. 11 and dropping two more strokes coming in.
“When you’re recovering from the rough and from the woods, you can’t get the ball close enough to the hole to make birdies,” Nance said.
Jordan Sampson, Marty Hunt and Joey Todd are tied in fourth place at 77. Kajun Hunt and Chris Rice are seven back of the lead at 6 over.
Godwin in control of Ladies Division
There were nerves for Meredith Godwin as she was set to tee off for the first time in the Ladies Division alongside some players who have competed in the Robeson County Golf Championships several times before.
The recent Purnell Swett graduate who will play golf for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke in the fall played through the nerves and fought against her swing at times to take an eight-stroke lead going into the final round today.
“It wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be, but it was OK,” Godwin said. “My timing on my swing was off today. … My short game was pretty good.”
Godwin shot a 6-over 78 and leads Pandora Carter in second place with an 86.
“I just want to try and have fun and relax more,” Godwin said.
She went 1 under on the day for the four par-5s and turned in a back nine score of 37 after opening with a 41.
Marty Duvall sits in third with a 91, Lea Helper is fourth a 94 and Tala Locklear and Kathy Hansen are tied for fifth place with scores of 95.
Maynor leads bunched Senior Division
The Senior Division of the Robeson County Golf Championships is clustered up with the difference between the leader and last place after the first round being nine strokes.
On top of the compact leaderboard is Pete Maynor with a 4-over 76. Maynor leads Phillip Wallwork by two strokes and Donnie Beck by three going into the final round.
Eddie Williams and Joe Locklear are tied in fourth after shooting 8-over 80s in the first round.
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