Carolina Winter Series: T.J. Howe wins at Long Bay Golf Club

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Jared Wolfe finishes second, five shots back

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – December 6, 2012 – After opening with a course-record 63, T.J. Howe of Osceloa, Pa., never looked back and pulled away for a five-stroke win in the NGA TOUR Carolina Winter Series event at Long Bay Golf Club on Thursday.

TJ Howe winner Carolina Winter Series (CWS)

“It was really important to get off to a good start,” said Howe. “I just kept putting the ball in play and I made a lot of putts. Once I got the momentum going, I was able to keep it for the entire round.”

 

Howe, a former Penn State All-American, posted rounds of 72 and 71 over the final two days, but his stellar start allowed him to finish with a 10-under 206 total and five shots clear of runner-up Jared Wolfe.

 

“I had never had gone that low in an opening round, so I was a little uncomfortable,” said Howe, who earned $5,700. “I felt like I was hanging on in the second round, but I settled back in and played well.”

 

After going bogey-free in the first round, Howe posted three bogeys and a double bogey in the second round, but his five birdies allowed him to escape with an even-par 72. Howe entered the final round with a three-shot lead and wasted little time stretching his lead, birdieing two of his first three holes.

 

With the winds picking up in the final round, Howe needed just to avoid major mistakes down the stretch to secure his second NGA TOUR victory. While he stumbled a bit, carding a double bogey and two bogeys, Howe’s three birdies left him well ahead of the field at the conclusion of the event.

 

“I felt like the winner would come out of the final group because of the conditions were cold and windy,” said Howe. “The course was setup tough for the final round, and I knew it would be hard for anyone to go low. I just tried to stay focused, commit and execute, and I was able to do that.”

 

Wolfe, a Murray State alumnus from Louisville, Ky., carded rounds of 67-72-72 for a 5-under 211 total to finish second. Wolfe, a two-time Carolina Series winner, earned $2,840 for the runner-up effort.

 

Adam Hart of Blythewood and Joe Young of Cochran, Ga., finished tied for third at 4-under par. Hart, a former Francis Marion standout, posted an even-par 72 in the final round, while Young, a former Georgia College and State stalwart, shot a 2-under 70.

 

Murrells Inlet’s Zack Byrd shot a 72 in the final round to finish in a tie for fifth with Jack Fields (72) at 3-under par. Lake City’s Paul Woodbury (74) finished seventh at 2-under par, while Chase Carroll (72), Sam Beach (77) and David Sanchez (73) ended the three-round event tied for eighth at 1-under par.

 

The NGA TOUR Carolina Winter Series would like to thank all the players and staff at Long Bay Golf Club for a great event. The CWS will return to action next week at River Hills Golf Club.

 

The NGA Pro Golf Tour is the No. 3 Men’s Professional Golf Tour in the United States after the PGA and Web.com Tours and is the No. 1 recommended developmental tour by more PGA and Web.com Tour Professionals.

 

The NGA has helped hundreds of professionals acquire their PGA TOUR, Euro, Web.com, and Champions Tour cards. In fact, NGA alumni have won an incredible Fifteen (15) “Major” Championships.

 

NGA alumni include: 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson; 2011 PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley; 2010 PGA TOUR Player of the Year and 2003 US Open Champion Jim Furyk; 2009 British Open Champion Stewart Cink; 2009 U.S. Open Champion Lucas Glover; 2007 Masters Champion Zach Johnson; 2003 PGA Champion Shaun Micheel; 2003 British Open Champion Ben Curtis; two-time U.S. Open Champion Lee Janzen; British Open and PGA Champion John Daly; British Open Champion Tom Lehman; PGA Champion David Toms; 2003 Tour Championship Winner Chad Campbell; 2010 NGA Player of the Year Michael Thompson; 2012 PGA TOUR winners Mark Wilson, George McNeill, Ted Potter Jr., Scott Stallings and Scott Piercy.

 

The NGA Pro Golf Tour, established in 1988, predates the Web.com Tour as the longest running developmental tour in golf. In 2012, the NGA TOUR became the “Official Partner of the 2012 Reno-Tahoe Open” and secured one PGA TOUR and six Web.com Tour event exemptions for its members, the most in developmental golf.

 

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson

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Michael "Beach Mick" Hudson is the founder and Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine. Living along the coast of North Carolina, Mike has a passion for the beach and loves to bring news and events of the Carolinas to others around the world.

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