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Golf

  • Qi Golf: A new approach to the game

     

    You can have dozens of lessons (like me), read golf instructional books (like me), watch golf videos (like me) and still have a lousy game (like me).

    When we first moved here and I had the freedom to play golf anytime, my game improved and I actually broke 80 twice. My handicap went down, I won some tournaments and was happy as a clam (or Rory McIlroy, when he won the PGA Championship earlier this month).

  • Sunbelt Senior Tour players rule

     The Sunbelt Senior Tour came to Brick Landing last week and played a two-day rain-shortened tournament. I was there to watch most of it, and let me tell you, folks, these guys can play.

    Danny Edwards, a five-time PGA Tour winner, carded a 129 (65-64) in finishing first and winning $2,000. In second place was Roger Rowland (66-65— 131). Third place went to Tim Conley (70-64 — 134). Fourth place was a tie between John Whitty and Steve Ford. They both shot 36-hole a score of 5-under-par 137.

  • At Thistle Club, new things happening

     

    I’d been hearing things about the Thistle Club for a while: new owners, new spec homes, golf course renovations and more.

    Like any good reporter, I decided it was time to track down those rumors and get the real scoop on what was happening over at the Thistle.

  • Golf Channel comes to The First Tee

     On Tuesday morning, July 29, Kelly Tilghman and Charlie Rymer of the Golf Channel came to The First Tee of Brunswick County.

    It was a totally awesome experience for the kids and coaches. They loved it.

  • Prevent heat stroke in the dog days of summer

     Dear friends and fellow golfers, we are in July and August, the hot and humid months, here on the Carolina coast. That’s great because we have the beach, boating, fishing and perhaps a pool to hang out in. We have backyard cookouts and pig roasts and just sitting on the back porch and vegging out with a cool drink and good friends. 

  • Sunbelt Senior Tour coming to Brick Landing

     The Sunbelt Senior Tour has been around these parts for 19 years. Founded by Don Barnes, the Sunbelt Senior Tour originally played most of its events in and around the Grand Strand (Myrtle Beach, S.C., and areas immediately to the north and south).

    This year, the Sunbelt Senior Tour will play at Brick Landing on Aug. 4-7.

    The Sunbelt Senior Professional Golf Tour prides itself on being the No. 1 developmental tour for players seeking to play on the Champions Tour.    

  • Footgolf: New and growing sport

     Until last month, I had never heard of footgolf, a new game that combines golf and soccer.

    What? Is that possible? Why would anyone want to combine golf and soccer?

    For a million good reasons, and now footgolf has come to Brunswick County. The first nine holes of Meadowlands will open on July 12 as an accredited 18-hole FootGolf Course.   

  • Learning golf: From intimidating to easy

     Golf is an intimidating game. It’s played outside in all kinds of weather on natural terrain. There are tees and greens and fairways with obstacles like sand traps and ponds, creeks, rivers, trees, shrubs and deep grass. 

    In baseball and tennis, you have a single bat or racquet. In golf you have a bag full of 14 clubs with different names and uses: irons, woods, hybrids, rescue clubs, wedges and a putter. 

  • Ellen Gregory at the helm of The First Tee

     I’d heard about Ellen Gregory, the new executive director of the Carol S. Petrea Youth Foundation, and I even met her briefly during a photo session for the Future Generations Tournament (playing this Saturday, June 7, at St. James Plantation).

    I wanted to get to know this gal who is at the helm of four local chapters of The First Tee, plus the Carolinas Leadership Academy at Cinghiale Creek. Last week, Gregory and I had lunch, and then on Sunday night, June 1, I attended a donor reception at the Carolinas Leadership Academy and spent more time with her. 

  • Golfers: Watch out for snakes, alligators and poisonous plants

     Golf has inherent dangers: back sprains, errant golf balls, clubs that fly out of sweaty hands, carts that can overturn on steep hillsides. 

    But on the Carolina Coast, other dangers lurk in the ponds, lakes, marshes and pine forests, and we need to be aware of them.