• Ten years of Golf Gab: Thanks for the memories

    On Sept. 12, 2002, I wrote my first golf column for The Brunswick Beacon. Counting back in time, that’s more than 535 columns.
    It all began when a group from Brick Landing was attempting to buy the golf course. Because I had been a freelance writer for most of my life, the committee asked me to help with public relations (press releases, letters and advertisements).   

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    Brierwood MGA
    The Charlie Stransky Memorial Scramble was played Dec. 1. In first at -7 was the team of Hollen Groff, Butch Viars, Jerry Lula and Chuck Hornfeck. Tied for second at -4 were the teams of Bill Tonking, Paul Salerno and Mike Prokop; and Al Bloom, George Edwards and Dave Harper.
    In a Stableford match Dec. 3, first at 132 was the team of Al Bloom, George Edwards, Jack Gruwell and Dennis Shea. In second at 118 was the team of Harvey Hundley, Paul Salerno, Mike Prokop and a player by draw.

  • Ocean Ridge plays Bah Humbug tourney

    On Dec. 12, the Ocean Ridge Men’s Golf Association played its annual Bah Humbug Tournament on Panther’s Run. The format was a four-player “shamble,” in which the best drive was chosen on each hole and then each player hit his second and subsequent shots from that point. Tee placements were in sand traps, woods, behind trees and on sides of hills. Four of the holes required putting with a shovel, a sledge hammer and various configurations of pipe. Two net scores per hole counted for the team score.  

  • Senior golf tourneys

    These are dates for the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation 55+ Golf Program. Contact Khrystye Haselden at khaselden@brunsco.net or call 910-253-2670.
    Jan. 16, Thistle Golf, $45, 9 a.m. sign-in, 10 a.m. start. Price includes cart fee, greens fee, cart attendants, refreshments and prizes.  
    Feb. 20, Cape Fear National Golf, $45, 8:30 a.m. sign-in, 9:30 start. Price includes cart fee, greens fee, refreshments and prizes. Cart attendant’s tip is not included in price.

  • The First Tee: Growing, giving and grateful to the community

    Every year, I am amazed by The First Tee of Brunswick County. Started in 2006, the chapter keeps growing, impacting more children and changing more lives.  
    I’d heard rumors of expansion and I needed to get an update from Rusty and Carol Petrea (founders of The First Tee of Brunswick County) and from Rebecca Albin, the executive director.
    Here’s the scoop: Our chapter has grown and become regional. It is now one of the top chapters in the United States. We mentor other chapters and provide a template for their growth by our success.  

  • Piperettes play Christmas scramble

    The Piperettes played their end-of-the-year Christmas Scramble Dec. 4 at Sandpiper Bay  Golf and Country Club. Sixty members participated in the scramble.
    Sand to Piper flight: 1. Candy Jones, Bonnie Whitaker, Carol Townsend and Lorraine Dobson, 71; 2. Judy Nicoletti, Dee Gajderowicz, Joanne Orendorf and Arlene Hernandez, 73; 3. Barbara Swanson, Peggy Donawick, Joyce Westcott and Brenda Goldsmith, 74.

  • Discount golf player card available from The First Tee

    By Mike Gildea

    How you can play just about every golf course in Brunswick County for a green fee of $25?
    Buy The First Tee of Brunswick County Player Card. The 2013 edition of the card is on sale now. As last year, 29 Brunswick County courses are available for one-time play for $25.

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    On Friday, the Beachcombers played at Cypress Bay. Gross: Sid Silvers, 82; Dick Cecil, 87; Ed Redman, 89. Nets: Cecil, 62; Dennis McCann, 67; Silvers, Redman and Bob Smith, 69; Jim Beairsto, 69. Team two nets: Smith, Beairsto, Jim Ritter and Stu Cleveland, 24-under par. Golfer of the week is Cecil.

  • Bermuda: Great people, great golf

    In the last 30 years, my husband and I have been to Bermuda 20 times.
    Only a three-hour flight from Atlanta, Bermuda lies east of us in the Atlantic Ocean. There are nine golf courses within the 21 square miles of the island. Two of them are presently closed for renovations, but will open shortly. Gene and I have played all of them.
    Some of the courses are private but become available through golf packages and Bermuda-sponsored tournaments (like the Bermuda Goodwill Open).  

  • Another football honor for Napolitano

    Nick Napolitano is one of four Wingate University football student-athletes named to the 2012 Daktronics All-Super Region 2 teams, selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
    Napolitano, a sophomore defensive lineman, received second-team distinction.
    In his first season as a starter, Napolitano led Wingate with 11.5 tackles for loss (41 yards) and 7.5 quarterback sacks (32 yards). He led the SAC in QB sacks. Napolitano is seventh on the Bulldog list with 49 tackles (25 solo, 24 assists).