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Golf

  • Father-son champs are the Isleys

    Because I am a golf writer, I get updates and scores from the Carolinas Golf Association every week. For those new to the area or new to the game of golf, the Carolinas Golf Association was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golfers.

    It is the second largest golf association in the United States and has 700 member clubs in North and South Carolina. That’s huge, folks. At least 150,000 people are part of this organization.

  • Backpacks Full of Blessings program: Let’s do it

    Last year Brick Landing had its first Wings Backpack Tournament and this year, another one will take place Aug. 1. It’s a simple tournament in a captain’s choice format with men’s and women’s categories.

    Last year the tournament was rained out and, unfortunately, this year I will be away at that time. However, when I read the notice, I was intrigued. It told me about the Wings Ministry Backpack Program, which provides food to needy children in our community.

  • Rivers Edge installing new greens

    Two weeks ago, the management of Rivers Edge made a difficult decision. They closed its beautiful course for July and August and installed new greens.

    “We’ve struggled with our SeaDwarf Paspalum greens since they were installed in 2009,” said Mike Buccerone, president of East Coast Golf Management, which manages Rivers Edge. “Our winters are becoming increasingly harsh and the greens just did not hold up. Each spring was a nightmare when the overseeding died out and the Paspalum was supposed to grow and flourish and did not.

  • Brunswick golfers beware of heat stroke

    By Elsa Bonstein

     

    The past few weeks have been excessively hot and humid in Brunswick County. Temperatures have been in the 90s almost every day and the heat index has been soaring above 100. I’ve seen ambulances at two golf courses recently and I’m worried about our golfers.

    We think we’re tough and we can take anything. We will play our weekly game, our match, our qualifying round and we don’t care how hot it is. 

  • Rivers Edge has Relay for Life golf tourney

    Rivers Edge golf community sponsored a Relay for Life golf tournament that raised $17,000 for the American Cancer Society Brunswick County.  

    Other Relay for Life activities brought the total of the 2015 Rivers Edge Relay for Life contribution to $18,869. This was $7,000 more than what the community raised in 2012.

     

  • Ashley Sloup reaching goals in golf

    In January of 2014, I wrote a column about Ashley Sloup. Her golf team at South Brunswick High School had just won the 3A East Regional Tournament for the second year in a row. And, she had just been awarded an athletic scholarship to Winthrop University.

    Last week, I had the pleasure of playing golf with Sloup at the Players Club at St. James Plantation, where she works in the pro shop. Our playing partners were Dan Lynes and Mike Reaves. We had a blast! 

  • John Daly: Broadcaster, Journalist, Anchor, Golfer

    John Daly of Sunset Beach has been in print and broadcast journalism for most of his  life.  Today, he is on the cutting edge of creating content for companies in the “new media”.   

    Before I go any farther, let me explain that I am not talking about John Daly, the heavy-set blonde PGA Tour player, the long hitter who has had a rough and tumble lifetime of golf championships and controversy and four marriages.  That John Daly won the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 U. Open.   

  • Ken Kosak: St. James GM

    St. James is the largest golf course community in Brunswick County and the second largest in North Carolina. Only Pinehurst is bigger.

    St. James has 81 holes of golf designed by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin and our own Tim Cate. There are four clubhouses, five restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness centers, tennis courts and a marina. St. James has more than 3,200 members.

    Being the general manager of this active showcase community is not easy.

  • Fun finds for Father’s Day gifts

    Father’s Day is June 21, so I have explored great gifts for dad and some fun things to do in our area.

    I went to PGA Superstore in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., last week and spoke with John Wagner, the general manager. A jovial, articulate man, we had a blast looking at the latest in clothing lines, then we moved on to gadgets and gizmos for the golfing dad.  

  • The golfers among us: Ted Lide, Vietnam hero

    A few weeks ago, I began the series “The Golfers Among Us.” We have a fabulous, fantastic, fascinating mix of people here in Brunswick County and I wanted to feature some of our local citizen/golfers.

    This week, we honor one of our military heroes: Ted Lide. He is a gentle, humble man, yet he is also the most decorated Vietnam veteran hailing from South Carolina.