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Golf

  • New medical procedure puts local golfer back on the course

     John Mills started playing golf when he was a kid growing up in Scotch Plains, N.J. As he caddied at local courses, he learned to play the game and to love it.   

    John worked hard, got married and raised a family. During those busy, active years, John dreamed about the day he could retire, relax and play golf to his heart’s content. 

    As the years passed, the focus of his dreams became Brunswick County, and eventually the dream materialized into a beautiful home on the seventh hole of the Irwin Course at St. James Plantation.  

  • Thistle Club to host annual benefit tourney for The First Tee

     The annual benefit tournament for The First Tee of Brunswick County will take place Sept. 21 at Thistle Golf Course in Calabash. 

    “This is the third year for this event, and we are delighted that Thistle Golf Club is hosting it once more,” said Walt Stachura, tournament chairman. “Last year we made over $50,000 for The First Tee, despite the downward economy. This year we hope to make it even bigger and better.” 

  • Sandpiper Bay golf course to remain open during greens conversion

     Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club began its final stage of green renovations June 1. The Dan Maples designed 27-hole public golf course in Sunset Beach hired Modern Turf, from Rembert, S.C., to convert all putting greens to MiniVerde Ultradwarf Bermuda Grass from Sandpiper’s 1987 original Penn Cross Bent Grass greens.

  • Carolina National to offer junior golf clinics this summer

     Carolina National Golf Club will have a summer-long junior golf promotion aimed at introducing the game at no cost to junior golfers.

    Beginning June 7 and continuing through Sept. 6, a weekly complimentary golf clinic will be offered for junior golfers each Monday. The clinic will be from 11 a.m. to noon under the direction of Carolina National PGA certified instructor Cheryl Brankel. Advance registration is required and the number of participants will be limited. The clinic will cover fundamentals, etiquette, and rules. 

  • 2010 Tournament of Champions set for St. James in November

    The 2010 Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions will be played Nov. 13-14 at the Members Club at St. James Plantation. This will be the seventh Tournament of Champions and the second hosted by St. James.  

    Scott Harrell, publisher of The Brunswick Beacon, is delighted with the growth of the event over the past six years.  

  • Golf action

     The Beachcombers played at Brierwood. Low gross: Stu Cleveland 79, Gary Gutheil 84, Bob Byrne 86 and Jim Beairsto 88. Low nets: Cleveland 62, Byrne and Beairsto 66, Gutheil and Dick Cecil 69.

    Team (one low net on each hole): Byrne and Beairsto, 14-under; Reggie Auten and Ed Hennessey, 13 under; Cleveland and Hal Riebesehl, 11 under. 

    Golfer of the week was Cleveland.

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • The Great Golf Experiment: Hitting 50 balls a day for 90 days

     I’m sick of bad golf. I hate shanks, skulls, chili-dips, three-puts and leavies in the bunker. I hate losing brand new golf balls in water hazards and hitting banana ball slices that sail out-of-bounds into flowerbeds in other people’s yards.

    Worst of all, I hear myself constantly complaining about my poor golf. Last week, one of my dear friends asked me whether I wanted “a little cheese with my whine?”

    So now, by gosh and by golly, I’m doing something about it.  

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

     The Beachcombers played at Lion’s Paw and Charlie Shore had the low gross, 84, and the low net, 67. Team (one low net on par-5s, two low nets on par-4s and three low nets on par-3s): Reggie Auten, Ed Kinney, Stu Cleveland and Bob Smith at 18-under. Golfer of the week was Charlie Shore.

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • To play your best game, learn the rules of golf before heading to the course

     Golf is a game of both honor and intrigue. The golfer does not actually play against other golfers. The player plays against the course. 

    Yes, there are group and team competitions, but the essential game of golf is played by one person and the competition is not the other golfers but the course. 

    Golf is simple. The lowest score played against the course wins.  

  • Dr. June Atkinson visits School Day Programming

    On May 19, Dr. June Atkinson, state superintendent of schools for North Carolina, visited The First Tee of Brunswick County. She came to observe School Day Programming in action and to meet with representatives of TFTBC.

    In School Day Programming, fourth-grade students from six elementary schools are bused to Cinghiale Creek, home of The First Tee of Brunswick County, every other week for a 90-minute lesson in golf skills and life skills and core values.