ELIZABETHTOWN — Though the headlines from the PGA were all about Jordan Spieth’s wire-to-wire win at the British Open last weekend, the local golf headlines could easily have been the busy and successful summer being put together by teenage phenom Cade Hancock.
“Cade has a had a busy summer schedule traveling all over the southeastern United States playing tournaments and qualifiers,: his father Jim said. “He has played well, but hasn’t had any great finishes … until recently.”
On the heels of a hole-in-one at Vineyard Golf at White Lake and a highly successful individual and team golf season as a sophomore at Harrells Christian Academy, Hancock recently played in the Roy Jones Invitational at Kinston Country Club, where he carded a 73-73 and finished fifth.
Hancock, 16, then traveled to River Landing Golf Club in Wallace last week to play in The Ping Junior Amateur Tournament, where he opened with an even-par 72 on the first day and followed it up with a 69 on the second day for a two-day total of 141 that earned him a first-place finish — by four strokes.
Hancock will be competing on Thursday at the Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) “Bear Trap” at PGA National, where he will play out of the 16- to 18-year-old division.
Cade’s charity update
Hancock continues to shoot for birdies and eagles as part of his season-long fundraising project through the American Junior Golf Association.
Raising money for the Operation Smile in honor of his older sister, Hancock fired in 13 birdies last week during his four days of competition — giving him a total of about $12,000 raised so far.
“Things are progressing nicely,” Jim Hancock said about his son’s efforts.
The fundraising effort has about a month to go, and the public still has time to contribute to the final total. Those wanting to donate can go online to www.ajga.org/LL and click on “Websites,” then “Find a Junior,” then click on Cade Hancock, go to DONATE NOW and fill in the necessary information. Donors can make one-time contributions or a specific dollar amount for each birdie and eagle Hancock makes.
Checks can be made out to the American Junior Golf Association with Hancock’s name in the “memo” line. The address is: AJGA-Leadership Links, 1980 Sports Club Drive, Braselton, Ga. 30517.
Tax letters for donations of $100 or more will be mailed upon receipt.
Anyone having difficulty with the website can call Jim Hancock at 910-874-4435 for assistance.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.