LAURINBURG — Braden Cline of Scotland County recently won the Tin Whistle First Tee Junior Golf Tour. The 11-year-old is the first golfer from Scotland County to win the tour, which began in 2008.
Each summer The Tin Whistles partners with the First Tee of the Sandhills to conduct a golf tour for players 17 and under. The mission is to help young players realize their potential in competitive tournaments within a learning environment while enjoying the game and to prepare players for high school and college competition.
The Tour Championship is designed like system used by the professionals in the Fed-Ex Cup where players are awarded points based on how they finish each tournament. First place earns golfers 100 points, second is 80 points, third is 60 points, fourth is 40 points and fifth is 30 points. All other golfers received 10 points.
This year’s tour featured five two-day tournaments on courses throughout the Sandhills including Longleaf, Legacy, Whispering Pines, Pinewild and Pinehurst No. 6. The flights in each tournament were arranged by age, gender and skill level.
Young players, like Cline, played nine holes per day and had a coach/caddie with them.
Cline won all five tournaments, beating out over 75 other junior golfers to become the 2016 Tour Champion. He will be recognized at the annual Tin Whistles Christmas Gala in December where he will receive a replica of the Tour Championship Trophy. His name will be etched onto the Tour Cup which will go on permanent display in the Tufts Archives section of the Givens Memorial Library in Pinehurst.
Amber Hatten can be reached at 910-506-3170.