Golf on tour: From Honduras to Raleigh

Former O’Neal and North Carolina Tar Heel golfer Michael McGowan had a good tournament a week ago in Guatemala on the PGA Latinoamerica Tour and an even better start yesterday in Honduras.

Michael McGowan at Tela Honduras PGA Tour

Michael McGowan at Tela Honduras PGA Tour
Indura Golf and Beach Resort, Tela Atlatida Honduras

McGowan shot 30 on the front nine and finished with a 9-under 63, with nine birdies and nine pars for the round, and shared the lead as of late in yesterday’s first round in the Honduras Open presented by Indura Beach and Golf Resort.

In the Guatemala Stella Artois Open last week in Fuego Maya, McGowan shot rounds of 73, 71 and 70 to finish 2-under par and tied for 29th.

American Danny Balin won the tournament shooting 15-under to win by four strokes.

McGowan, 24, is 33rd in the PGA Latinoamerica’s season Order of Merit. His best result in the Latinoamerica season was a tied for 12th result in the Lexus Panama Classic presented by World Jewerly Hub in early May. The top five at season’s end earn promotions to the Tour for next season.

Sanford native and Lillington resident Chip Lynn finished tied for 13th in the eGolf Tour’s Willow Creek Open last Wednesday-Friday at High Point Country Club. Lynn shot rounds of 72, 69 and 69 for 6-under par total, five shots behind tournament winner Dykes Harbin of Augusta, Georgia.

Lynn, from Overhills, then Fayetteville St., is in his third year on the eGolf Tour.

He’s played three PGA Latinoamerica events this year including finishing tied for 5th at 13-under (72, 67, 66, 70) at the Mazatlan Open presented by Heineken in Mazatlan, Mexico in March.

A former Tar Heel and a former Fighting Camel are in the Tour’s Rex Hospital Open which got underway yesterday at TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh.

Jack Fields, a Southern Pines native and North Carolina standout, qualified his way into the tournament through Monday qualifying. Fields shot a 5-under 66 at the Grandover Resort West Course in Greensboro to be one of 12 qualifiers to make it from Greensboro to Raleigh.

Fields shot a 5-over par 76 on Thursday in the first round at TPC Wakefield Plantation.

Former Campbell golfer Vaita Guillaume shot a 1-under 70 in the opening round.

Guillaume earned his spot in the tournament by finishing runner-up in the eGolf Tour’s Palmetto Hall Championship in March.

SOURCE: The Sanford Herald

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