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Golf

  • Brunswick County golf: Fabulous, fun-filled and photogenic

    Brunswick County is often called the “Upper End of the Grand Strand.” Many of our golf courses are listed as part of the Myrtle Beach golf experience in advertisements and on Web sites.

    That’s great. We’re happy to be part of “Golf Capital of the World,” but we have so many courses that we honestly could stand alone as a golf destination.

  • Jay Votaw: A hero by any standard

    Everyone has a hero. Special people we admire, look up to and try to emulate.

    One of my personal heroes is Jay Votaw, a neighbor, a friend, a semiretired veterinarian and an avid golfer. OK, so why is he my hero?

    Jay is a paraplegic and plays golf in a specially constructed wheelchair with wide pneumatic wheels that can roll right onto a green. He usually plays from the senior men’s tees. Each Tuesday, he plays in the Brick Landing Men’s Association tournament, and on Saturday, he tees it up in the men’s shootout.

  • More mixed golf moments: Tales from the courses at Ocean Ridge and Sea Trail

    Each golf club has its own individual take on mixed golf because each golf club has different needs and interests.

    Frank Burniak has been running the mixed golf events at Ocean Ridge for more than a year now and enjoys doing it.

    “We have a great group of people who play in these events,” he said as we sat in the Plantation Club at Ocean Ridge last week. “We play every Sunday afternoon year-round and we run a variety of tournaments. It may be an alternate shot or a best ball or a red ball tournament.”

  • Golf action

    Results of the Sandpiper Bay Men’s Golf Association Two-Man Shootout tournament.

    The tournament began April 6, when the format was two-man best ball for the first nine holes and two-man net total score for the second nine holes. There was one point per hole and the winners of the nine holes received an extra point.

    Day 2 was April 8, when the format was a two-man scramble for the first nine holes and individual match play with full handicaps on the last nine holes. Again, there was one point per hole, with the winners of the nine holes getting an extra point.

  • First Tee players 'rivals' for first time

    West and South played in a nonconference match April 9 at South’s home course at St. James Plantation.

    The first group consisted of the best four golfers from both teams: Dalton Gore (South junior), Richard Weinacht (South junior), Harrison Taylor (West freshman) and Greg Hensley (West freshman). They played all 18 holes.

    The remaining groups played only nine holes and their scores were doubled.

  • Mixed golf: Funky fun for everyone

    Gene and I have been playing in couples (mixed) golf tournaments for most of our adult lives. We have had lots of laughs and good times and, best of all, we’ve made lasting friendships.

    As implied by the term, mixed golf is a tournament where men and women play on the same team. Everyone is in it for fun and everyone understands couples golf is not the U.S. Open or the Masters. It’s not the club championship or even the Saturday morning shootout.

  • Golf action

    The Sea Trail battle of the sexes tournament was played March 29 at the Maples Course. This is a yearly spring event. Forty-seven couples played a net game, head-to- head, against their spouse or partner. To the ladies’ surprise, the men finished as the 2009 couples champions, winning by a landslide. Four couples tied and received one-half point each. The men finished with 31 points and the women won 16 matches.

    HINTE EAGLES 8th at BAY

  • Golf action

    Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation will host a day of free golf activities during PGA Play Golf America Day from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. April 18.

  • Brunswick Community College Turf School: Reaching out to improve the community

    About 15 months ago, I wrote about the Brunswick Community College Horticulture and Turfgrass Management Program and their new, on-campus facility.

    This past week, I revisited BCC and talked again with Dean Bennett, director of the program, and Jace Myers, turfgrass instructor. My interest had been piqued because students from the turf school had been at Cinghiale Creek (home of The First Tee of Brunswick County) since January building a huge new bunker next to the south green.

  • Golf courses utilize water conservation methods to offset effects of abnormally dry weather

    Despite recent rain showers, we are in a drought. The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council has Brunswick County listed as “abnormally dry” as of March 10.

    Naturally, a drought affects golf courses in a big way. It impacts the way they look and the way they are maintained Drought is costly in water and in energy.