• New executive director of The First Tee of Brunswick County

    After an exhaustive search and many interviews, The First Tee of Brunswick County has hired a new executive director: Don Hall.

    Hall brings a wealth of experience to the organization. He is a graduate of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., with a major in education and a minor in human services.

    His father was in the Air Force, and while growing up, Hall lived all over the United States and the world, including Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Profiles of men golfers in Beacon Tournament of Champions

    The 2015 men’s golf club champions are an awesome group. For some, this is their first club championship; others have won many such events, both here and in other states. Some are relatively new to the game of golf; others are seasoned competitors.

    Mike Verhoosky of Lockwood Folly has won his championship seven times in nine years. Peter Allen of St. James is a four-time champion and so is Tom Oxenfeld of Ocean Ridge. Mike Depauw has won the Sea Trail championship four times — and this year he also won at Carolina Shores.

  • Profiles of Beacon Tournament of Champions women golfers

    This was a banner year for our women’s golf club champions. Nine of our ladies repeated their victory from last year. Some have won it several times before. Mona Dye Boob from Brierwood has won its women’s club championship an astonishing 10 years in a row.   

    We also have some new winners this year. Lyn Howell (Brick Landing), Jayla Rogers (Magnolia Greens), Judy Harlow (Ocean Ridge) and Carol Davies Lilly (St. James) are Brunswick County Club Champions for the first time. Rogers is 14 and is a First Tee of Brunswick County golfer.

  • Leo Jarmusz: Going strong at 96

    One of the best things about writing this column is the chance I get to meet some of the greatest people in the world. Not presidents or politicians, wealthy industrialists, movie stars or rock stars, mind you, but the wonderful salt-of-the-earth people that make this country great.

    One of these guys is Leo Jarmusz, who just turned 96, plays golf three times a week and has shot his age more times than he can count.

    I spent time with Jarmusz last week and let me tell you, he is the real deal.

  • Brunswick County Literacy Council: Changing lives every day

    The Brunswick County Literacy Council hosted its 25th annual golf tournament Oct. 17 at Carolina National. Wow. Twenty-five years of raising money for an organization that teaches those who are 16 or older to read.

    C’mon! I thought. Everyone knows how to read.

  • Sandpiper Bay renovating

    Golf is alive and well in Brunswick County and I’m delighted.

    Several years ago, it was a different story. The economy had tanked; golf rounds were down on the Carolina Coast and courses were closing here and there in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area.  Bay Tee, Gator Hole, Ocean Isle Beach Golf Course and Calabash Links were gone.

    My husband, Gene, and I had worked hard all our lives and we had built a great retirement home on the third hole of Brick Landing. Then that course went into bankruptcy and closed.

  • Patterson has ‘amazing’ time at First Tee Open

    I’ve known Landon Patterson since he joined The First Tee of Brunswick County eight years ago. He was cute, enthusiastic about golf and willing to learn and be a part of the program.

    Today, Patterson is a senior at West Brunswick High School, the captain of its golf team and an honors student. He has led them to three straight state tournament appearances. He has been named first team all-conference the last two years.   

    He just returned from playing in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

  • McLaughlin scores ace

    Doris McLaughlin scored a hole-in-one Aug. 24 on the second hole at Panther’s Run. She used a 7-wood on the 100-yard hole.

  • Golfers support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and golfers in Brunswick County are hosting tournaments, card parties, luncheons and other events to build awareness and to raise money.

    Breast Cancer has a special meaning for me because I have lost two close friends to this disease, which strikes one in eight women. Most of us know both victims and survivors of breast cancer, the leading cause of death among women in the world.

  • The fine art of golf club fitting: C.J. Ebel

    Recently, I’ve heard about club fitting from several friends. Some have bought a custom-fitted new set; others have taken their old clubs to a club fitter and had them retro-fitted to their swing and body type. One gal swore that her game improved fantastically after getting her old clubs custom-fitted.