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Golf

  • Those crazy rules of golf—Learn all about them or be sorry

    If you’ve played golf for as many years as I have, you’ve learned that the Rules of Golf are a strange and wonderful thing.

    The game of golf is played over miles of grass, deep holes that contain sand, ponds that contain water and swamps that contain snakes and alligators. There are rivers, creeks, bridges, bulkheading, forests, paved cartpaths, bushes and shrubs on a golf course.

  • Bob Jones named new chairman of The First Tee

    Bob Jones, of Ocean Isle Beach, has been named the new chairman of the board of directors of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

    He succeeds Mike Reaves, the former president of Brunswick Community College, who was chairman from 2006-08.

  • Golf action

    Two Calabash golfers had top-four finishes in the Carolinas Young Amateur Jan. 6 at the Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst.

    Zack Byrd, a Coastal Carolina University student, shot 72-70—142 on the 7,088-yard, par-72 course and finished tied for second. He had the best second round of the 65 golfers. He won $137.50.

    Drew Weaver, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot 65-71—136 for the six-stroke victory. He won $200.

  • Family grateful for holiday tournament

    Shallotte residents Jon and Dee Caudle received an early Christmas present for their ill son courtesy of Rivers Edge Golf Club and Plantation.

    A tournament played Dec. 20 raised money for Cam Caudle, who is battling Stage Three colon cancer. Cam, a Tampa, Fla., resident, is the father of two small children.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a modified Stableford tournament Jan. 2 at Cypress Bay. The winning team with a score of +17 was Paul Michal, Roger Dunham and Ed Kinney. Ed Kinney led the team with a +9.5 and an eagle on No. 15. Most over his points was Dennis McCann at +11.5. Low gross for the day was an 84 by Gary Gutheil and Paul Michal. Low nets were Ed Kinney at 65, Hal Riebesehl at 67, Dennis McCann at 68 and Roger Dunham at 69.

    BRICK LANDING

  • Golf action

    Bill Favro shot a net 62 and won the weekly Players Golf Association tournament at Meadowlands Golf Course. Second with a net 64 was Bob Lange. Third at 68 was Wil Garvin. Fourth at 69 was George Griffin. Favro also had the low gross of 76.

    GLANTON ACES

    PANTHER’S RUN 17th

    Beau Glanton made a hole-in-one Dec. 19 on the 17th hole at Panther’s Run. He used a 7-hybrid.

    BRIERWOOD MGA

  • Baby, it’s cold outside: How to stay warm while playing golf this winter

    It’s warm outside as I write this. The temperature is supposed to go higher than 70 degrees today, so my visiting family and I will be out on the course this afternoon wearing light clothing.

    That’s great, and one of the reasons we chose to live here on the Carolina coast.

    However, we do get cold weather here during the winter months. The temperature can dip way below freezing for several weeks at a time. Plus, because we’re next to the ocean, wind is a constant chill factor.

  • Merry Christmas to all

    Dear Reader, Since Christmas is a time to send letters and cards to friends and family, here’s my Christmas letter to y’all.

    The Christmas season is a reminder of the power of love and light. If you are a Christian, you commemorate the time when God reached down to earth and gave the ultimate gift, his son, Jesus.

  • Golf action

    On Dec. 15, the warm air returned and the Sandpiper Bay Men’s Golf Association used the format of count two best balls on par 3s, three on the par 4s and all four on the par 5s.

  • The Island of Bermuda: always timeless and an amazing place to visit

    This past week, Gene and I made our 19th pilgrimage to the tiny island of Bermuda and, as usual, it was perfect.

    Bermuda is in the Atlantic Ocean, directly east of North Carolina. The climate is much like ours, but a bit more temperate because the Gulf Stream runs right by it, bringing warm ocean temperatures to its shores.