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Golf

  • Ashley Sloup: A real winner

    I’ve known Ashley Sloup since she was in grade school and a charter member of The First Tee of Brunswick County. She was always smiling, interacting with the coaches, hitting the ball long and straight for a 10-year-old, and demonstrating the Nine Core Values of The First Tee in everything she did. I was on the board of directors then and we all speculated on where and how far she would go.

  • Sea Trail: Renovation and new pro

    Sea Trail Golf Resort, home of the Maples, Jones and Byrd courses, is renovating the Jones Course this summer. And in the middle of this flurry of activity is its new head golf professional, Andrew Galbraith.  

  • Mo Spada: Golfing every day and lovin’ it

    Early this year, Mo Spada of Sea Trail was recognized by the Carolinas Golf Association as having played the most rounds of any woman golfer in North and South Carolina for 2015. She posted 275 rounds of golf.

    Figure it out, folks. That’s an average of 5.3 times a week, year-round. Think of rainy days and Nor’easters, ice storms and summer heat waves, Mo Spada is either out on the course or sitting in her house, just waiting to grab her clubs. I love it.

  • Middle school golf thriving in Brunswick County

    What a difference a few years makes. When I first started writing this column almost 13 years ago, I remember speaking with Marcia Heady. At that time, she was the athletics director for West Brunswick High School.

    “We can’t get enough kids to field a golf team,” she moaned. “We have to beg kids to play. We hardly need tryouts. It’s sad, because we live in the golf capital of the world and our kids just aren’t into golf.”

  • How to run a charity golf event

    Brunswick County is a beehive of charity golf events. During much of the year, two or three charity golf events take place each week at courses from Leland to Calabash.

    Some raise funds for national charities like the Wounded Warrior Project, the American Cancer Society and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Other charity events are for a local need. Someone’s house burns down; a family experiences a life-changing accident or devastating illness. Sometimes funds are raised for the hungry and the homeless.

  • Winner of 2016 Masters: John Rae

    By Thomas Ryan Paul

  • Oyster Bay: Going Strong from the early ’80s

    Oyster Bay Golf Course in Sunset Beach has been one of my favorites since the early 1980s, when the course first opened. Designed by Dan Maples (who also designed Pearl East, Sandpiper Bay and the Maples Course at Sea Trail), Oyster Bay is a gem that requires the golfer to think before hitting.

  • Baseball seasons special for Jerry Linnell

    Baseball season is upon us and one man in Brunswick County is doubly excited.

    Jerry Linnell lives across the pond from me at Brick Landing. He and wife Jane live on the fourth hole; Gene and I are on the third.

    Linnell is an avid golfer who didn’t have much time to play during his 32-year career in the U.S. Senate as an official reporter of debates for inclusion in the official Congressional Record. For the last 16 years before retiring, he was the chief reporter.

  • Golf course superintendents deserve appreciation

    Golf course superintendants are dedicated, highly intelligent, well-educated professionals, but most folks think they are grass cutters. OK, maybe they trim some bushes and rake a few traps, but it’s an easy job.

  • The First Tee: Blossoming and helping children grow

     

     

    We should all be proud of The First Tee of Brunswick County. It is one of the highest ranked chapters of the nearly 200 chapters of The First Tee in the U.S. and in the world. It has achieved that level of success thanks to the amazing volunteers and generous donors in our area.