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Golf

  • The story of the Beacon's Tournament of Champions

    In 2002, The Brunswick Beacon decided to feature area club champions in Golf Gab, the weekly golf column written by Elsa Bonstein.

    Men would be featured one week; women, the next. All champions would be personally interviewed, and the Beacon would run a small photograph and article about each individual champion.

    It would be the Beacon’s way of recognizing the best of the best in the county’s large and active golf communities.

  • Ximena makes better bodies for golf

    About a month ago, I walked into Lori’s Golf Shop in Calabash to meet with Lori DeSimone about a donation for a charity event. When she came out of her office, I did a double take.

    Lori is an LPGA pro who owns Lori’s Golf Shop, gives golf lessons and conducts ladies’ golf trips to Bald Head Island and other venues. She has always been a cute gal, with a muscular athlete’s body and an up-beat personality.

    I noticed a change since I had seen her last. Lori’s skin glowed, she was thinner, her eyes sparkled.

  • Golf action

    Michael Coleman made a hole-in-one Oct. 2 on the 164-yard ninth hole at Brierwood.

    Coleman, 76, of Little River, S.C., used a 3-hybrid in making the ace, his first.

    “After 46 years of playing,” he said, “I finally got a hole-in-one.”

    WALLY MILNICHUK ACES

    Wally Milnichuk made his first hole-in-one Oct. 20 on the eighth hole of Leopard’s Chase, a 135-yard par-3, using an 8-iron.

    GEORGE CASSIDY ACES

  • South golfers Gore, Kjome advance to state

    South Brunswick sophomore golfers Abby Kjome and Molly Gore qualified last week for the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1A/2A/3A tournament.

    Kjome shot a 98 and Gore a 99 in the 18-hole regional Oct. 21 at Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course.

    Topsail won the team title, shooting a 263. Kathryn Rand finished 18 holes tied for first (77) but lost in a playoff. The other teams that qualified were Northwood (275), Southern Lee (290) and Fike (299). Team scores were based upon three individual scores.

  • Love blooms in Ocean Isle, blossoms into marriage on couple’s golf trip

    Sometimes human beings have the chance to witness something magical like a lavish church wedding, the birth of a child, a baby’s first smile.

    The magic may be as simple as a view from a mountaintop, or a sunset by a salt marsh as a great blue heron streams into the sky. It could be the rise and fall of a school of dolphins as it navigates the Intracoastal Waterway.

    My husband, Gene, and I and 10 other couples had a magical experience last week in Mount Pleasant, S.C., when a golf trip turned into a wedding none of us will ever forget.

  • Golf action

    BRICK LANDING

    MEN’S SPORTS CLUB

    The weekly tournament was Oct. 13. The format was individual flighted scores. First place in the first flight was a tie between Butch Cunningham and Bob Koegel at a net score of 68. Second flight net: 1. Bill Shanley, 65; 2. Larry Agrimonti, 69; 3. Alan Morrissey, 70.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a four-man, two low nets tournament Friday at Beachwood. The winners with a score of 120 (–24) were Paul Michal, Roger Dunham, Gary Gutheil and Stu Cleveland. In second were Bob Smith, Dan O’Connor, Ed Hennessey and Harry Haggerty with a 123. Low scores for the day were Paul Michal, 77; Harry Haggerty, 80; and Stu Cleveland and Gary Gutheil, 82. Paul Michal was voted golfer of the week.

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • Golf action

    Stanley Grab, 93, of Little River, S.C., plays golf every Tuesday with the Calabash 3 Putts. Grab, who will be 94 in November, shot a 94 in a recent round at Brierwood. Two weeks previously, he broke 100 for the first time.

    BEACHCOMBERS

  • Tournament of Champions--coming soon

    The excitement is building. The Tournament of Champions is five weeks away and the buzz is building in Brunswick County. This is the sixth year of the TOC, and I’m proud to say that the idea for a countywide tournament came right from our champions in 2003.

  • Caddie's journal: The second time around

    From Aug. 30 to Sept. 7, I traveled with Dalton Gore as his chaperone and caddie to Pebble Beach, Calif., for the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

    This was Dalton’s second trip to the event, and I wondered whether it would match the excitement and success of last year’s. This is a continuation of the diary. The first part was in the Sept. 24 edition.

    Friday, Sept. 4