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Hintons fill up NSGC Membership leaderboard

Three members of the Hinton family of New Salisbury were overnight leaders of their respective flights last weekend in the New Salisbury Golf Course Membership Tournament. Two of the three were able to come away with first-place trophies Sunday afternoon.
North Harrison High School freshman Hallie Hinton won the Ladies’ Flight with two sub-80 rounds of 77 and 79. Hinton qualified for regional as a freshman and will soon begin her sophomore campaign for the Lady Cats. Katie Alexander, also a member of the North Harrison golf team, was runner-up.
The Senior Flight went to Hallie’s father, Joe Hinton, who had to play an extra hole to top Les Long. Both competitors had to fish their clubs back out of their trunks when they realized 36 holes was not enough to separate the two. Both totaled 160 after two rounds. Hinton won the sudden-death playoff with a par on hole No. 1, a par-4.
Oakland City University sophomore-to-be Joseph Hinton, Joe’s son, was tied for the lead after round one in the Championship Flight, shooting an even-par 70 to match Kyle Mattingly. Hinton finished the round strong, birdieing the always difficult 16th (hole No. 7) and rolling in an eagle putt from the fringe on the final hole.
On Sunday, Joseph Hinton fired a 74 to finish third, one back of Mattingly and six back of winner Ross Schulz, who totaled 138 (71-67). A three-under 32 on the final nine allowed Schulz, the North Harrison High School golf coach, to secure his third club title.
In the High School Flight, North Harrison senior golfer Jack Phelps aced the par-3 7th Saturday, marking his first hole-in-one, in route to a first-round leading 85. However, because of graduation on Sunday, Phelps couldn’t come back to try to win the flight on day two. Freshman Parker Stone took advantage and brought home the high school hardware with a one-stroke victory over sophomore Logan Stephens, 207 to 208. Both attend North Harrison High School and play on the golf team.
Palmyra resident Kent Lance won the First Flight with rounds of 87 and 85.
Gavin Vermillion, a sixth-grader at de Paul School in the Highlands, won the Junior High Flight with consistent rounds of 83 both days. Nick Alexander, a sixth-grader at North Harrison Elementary School, was runner-up with rounds of 91 and 90.
New Salisbury Golf Course continues its weekly Friday night open scrambles at 6, and the summer league for juniors will be every Thursday at 9 a.m. The New Salisbury Invitational will be Aug. 1 and 2.
Other upcoming area golf tournaments include the Old Capital Golf Club Invitational in Corydon June 13 and 14 and the 2015 Baymont Inn & Suites Classic on June 27 and 28 at Country Oaks Golf Club in Montgomery.

Championship Flight ‘ Ross Schulz 138, Kyle Mattingly 143, Joseph Hinton 144, Matthew Bruce 147, Tony Beavers 147, Alan Reed 150, Rob Higdon 160, Jon Schmidt 77-WD; First Flight ‘ Kent Lance 172, Rob Dooley 184, Levi Deweese 87-WD, Terry Stephens 107-WD; Ladies Flight ‘ Hallie Hinton 156, Katie Alexander 211; Senior Flight ‘ Joe Hinton 160*, Les Long 160, Gary Smith 161, Jim Beanblossom 166, Keith Bottorff 174, Terry Smith 176, John Black 83-WD; High School Flight ‘ Parker Stone 207, Logan Stephens 208, Jack Phelps 85-WD, Ryan Dones 88-WD Scotty Poole 90-DQ; Junior High Flight ‘ Gavin Vermillion 166, Nick Alexander 181
* via a sudden-death play-off of one hole

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