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Golf

  • 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

  • Great community support makes Walmart Invitational a success

    I am sooooo glad I live in Brunswick County. This is an awesome place. The wide beaches face south. There are quiet rivers and rushing inlets and dolphins in the Intracoastal Waterway. Because the climate is temperate, we play golf on more than 100 Grand Strand courses 12 months a year.

    The people of the Carolina Coast are friendly. They politely wave you through an intersection instead of stepping on the gas and playing chicken with you. Since moving here, I have not had anyone give me a dignitary salute when I make a clueless move with my car.

  • Golf action

    Brunswick Plantation played its third annual club championship Sept. 21-24. Dennis Radtke took first place in the men’s championship flight. George Tuccinardi finished second and Lee Marsh finished third after a playoff.

    Alcina Davis was first in the ladies’ championship flight. Mae Drezekin was second and Grace Byrne third.

  • Golf action

    Greg Powell, of Whiteville, finished tied for fifth Sunday in the 16th North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship of the Carolinas Golf Association.

    On the par-71 Pinewood Country Club course in Asheboro, Powell shot 67-74-70—211 (-2).

    Paul Tucker, 30, of Waxhaw, shot a final round 4-under par 67 to win the event at 7 under. Sherrill Britt, of West End, and Paul Simson, of Raleigh, were two strokes behind.

    The top 30 scores and ties are exempt into the 2010 North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship.

    BEACHCOMBERS

  • Cancer Rally at Ocean Ridge helps local community

    Breast cancer impacts many people in our society. I lost a dear friend to breast cancer many years ago.

    June Larson was a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism; I was a graduate of the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse. We were both stay-at-home moms and became friends through our church, where we were both active in Sunday School and youth programs.

    When all of our children were in school full time, June and I began our long-delayed writing careers. We joined forces and sent out proposals on articles we wanted to write.

  • Nick Bradley: World-famous golf coach is local resident with an offer you cant refuse

    Nick Bradley, coach to PGA Tour players and author of “The Seven Laws of the Golf Swing,” is living and working in Brunswick County.

    Last week, I spent a quiet morning with Nick in the clubhouse of the Thistle Golf Club, where he is teaching. His journey to become a world-renowned teacher of the game is amazing.

    Nick grew up in London, and as a boy he was a swimmer and a runner, not a golfer. His specialty was the 100-meter butterfly and he excelled at his sport.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Cypress Bay. Low gross, Paul Michal, 77; Stu Cleveland, 79; Harry Haggerty, 81; Jim Beairsto, 86; Bob Byrne, 87. Low nets: Michal, 63; Cleveland and Byrne, 66; Ed Hennessey and Bob Smith, 68. Team two low nets: Michal, Hennessey, Fred Ortiz and Beairsto, 30-under par. Golfer of the week was Paul Michal.

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • Lennon Hills: Green Golf Course Community

    There’s a new golf course community called Lennon Hills right off Route 211 near Virginia Williamson Elementary School.

    Driving to Southport one day, I saw a sign that read “Green Golf Course Community.” I was curious, so I drove back in there, following a winding road maybe a mile or so until I saw a formal entrance, a couple of model homes and, beyond the trees, a golf course.

  • Roy Pace Golf Links: A good idea for golfers of all ages

    PGA Golf Professional Roy Pace came to Brunswick County a few weeks ago for the dedication of the Roy Pace Wee Links Course at Cinghiale Creek, home of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

    Before the opening ceremonies, I had a chance to sit down and talk with Roy in the Learning Center. I came away in awe.

    This is a good guy with a long history as a PGA Tour Player, a club pro, award-winning teacher, writer, president of a chapter of The First Tee in Texas, and now the designer of Wee Links Golf, a concept I believe will bring golf into mainstream U.S.A.