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Golf

  • Golf action

    The governing club of this year’s season of the Brunswick Ladybirds is Brunswick Plantation. The officers are Sue Sadlon, president; Carrie Wilson, vice president/treasurer and Laura Lagenaur, secretary.

    The first tournament, which officially kicked off the season, was played March 11 at Oak Island. Following are the results:

  • One avid golfer's look back at the less-than-perfect days on the course

    If you’ve played golf as long as I have, you can look back at all the crazy things that happened on the course and laugh.

    A dog darts out of the woods, grabs a ball off the green and disappears into the trees. A fabulously long drive rolls toward the pond and nestles against a sleeping gator.

  • Golf action

    The Brierwood Men’s Golf Association Senior and Super Senior tournament were played March 5 and Saturday. The format was full handicap stroke play. In the Senior class (69 and younger), Marty Waldron was first at 133, Jim Bryant second at 135, Marty Brkal third at 137 and George Edwards fourth at 138. In the Super Senior class (70 and older), Hollen Groff was first at 136, Jim Pope and Jim Roach second at 140 and Dennis Shea third at 141.

  • Petreas receive national award, set goals for the future

    Every two years, The First Tee has a network meeting where representatives from all 207 First Tee chapters meet and greet each other, attend educational seminars and listen to speakers like Colin Powell.

    During those meetings, Home Office recognizes those who have made a difference, those who have gone above and beyond to help kids learn golf and life skills.

    On March 1, Rusty and Carol Petrea of Ocean Isle Beach received The First Tee Founders Award at the 2009 Network Meeting in San Jose, Calif.

  • Golf action

    The American Junior Golf Association will have its Preseason Junior tournament March 27-29 at St. James Plantation in Southport. This is the first time in its 31-year history the AJGA is playing a tournament in Southport.

    The 36-hole stroke play event will be played at The Members Club Course and will bring 96 of the nation’s top junior golfers from North Carolina and around the country.

  • Golfers: The rule book is your best friend

    Golfers often grouse about the rules, but the official United States Golf Association (USGA) book, “The Rules of Golf,” should be your best friend. Open the cover, read it, get to know it and you will have a pal for life.

  • Carolinas PGA: Growing the game

    When I was at the PGA Trade Show in Myrtle Beach last week, everyone was buzzing about the new initiatives the PGA is taking to grow the game of golf. The three big deals now are “Play Golf America,” the “League Play Championship” and “Get Golf Ready in Five Days for $99.”

    According to Ron Schmid, executive director of the Carolinas PGA, “These three growth programs provide excellent, inexpensive opportunities for people of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds to access the great game of golf.”

  • Golf action

    Bernie Gruzlewski had a hole-in-one Monday while playing in a Brierwood Men’s Golf Association event. Gruzlewski aced the 142-yard hole using a 5-wood.

    The BMGA game Monday was best ball. In first at 19 under was the team of Dave Harper, Chuck Hornfeck, Jim Pope and Rich Hornfeck. In second at 10 under was the team of Paul Salerno, Bernie Gruzlewski, Tom Bowen and Bob Janovic.

  • PGA trade show, smaller, but upbeat

    Each year the Carolinas Section of the PGA hosts a Merchandise Show at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. I always go to check out what’s new in the world of golf.

    This year, I zeroed in on three booths. Two were startup clothing businesses and one was promoting one of the oldest courses in the world: the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews, host of this year’s British Open.

  • Golf action

    Carolyn Bosman made a hole-in-one Feb. 7 at the third hole at Carolina Shores. She used an 8-iron on the 80-yard hole.

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