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Norwalk grad Carr wins flight in tournament at Pinehurst

By DON HOHLER • Jul 24, 2018 at 9:00 AM

AVON — Andy Carr made his 36th birthday a memorable one.

Playing in a Golf Channel Amateur Tour event on July 13 at Mid Pines Golf Club in the Pinehurst, N.C. area, the 2000 Norwalk High School graduate won his flight on his birthday with his father, Bill, in attendance. He was presented a large trophy and $150 in gift cards from Dick’s Sporting Goods.

“I have always wanted to play competitive golf, even though I am anything but a low handicapper,” Carr said. “I joined the Golf Channel Tour earlier this year, using Sweetbriar Golf Club (in Avon Lake) as my home course.

“I had just minimal success at events in Cleveland and Columbus — but always wanted to test courses in the Pinehurst area,” he added. “So I entered a tournament played at Mid Pines and traveled down there with my father, who I play a lot of golf with at Eagle Creek.”

The Mid Pines event was an 18-hole Friday affair. Carr played in the 8-to-12 stroke handicap flight.

“My playing earlier tournaments made me quite comfortable, calm enough to shoot an 80, a number that included birdies on eight and 15,” Carr said. That score was good for eight-over par — good to win the flight and place tied for sixth overall.

Many of the players, including Carr, went over to the Pinehurst courses for a two-day tournament on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend.

“We played Pinehurst No. 2 one day, and that is a bear,” he said. “It’s little wonder the PGA Tour chooses that course for a major. I shot a 92, which was not bad considering an 86 won the event.

“We played Pinehurst No. 8 on Sunday, and I shot a 90 on a day when I was pretty much golfed out plus it was hot and humid — and I finished sixth,” Carr added.

Carr has played golf all his life. He played four years at Norwalk for the late Jim Denos, lettering all four seasons.

“I started out as the No. 6 player and graduated to No. 1 my senior year,” he said.

His first trip into amateur golf was his attempt to qualify for the Cleveland Amateur last year. Although he failed to make the field, it whetted his appetite to join the tour and play in more competitive events.

Carr, a Baldwin-Wallace graduate, is the pricing manager for Bravo Wellness, a health and wellness organization located near Hopkins International Airport.

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