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Golf

  • Renovation at Sandpiper Bay: Good news for golfers

    There’s good news all over the place these days. Eastport Golf Club has been sold and will probably reopen as a golf course instead of streets of condos and townhouses. Rumor has it part of Bay Tree may be saved from development.

  • Golf action

    Beachcombers

    The Beachcombers played at Brierwood May 9.

    Paul Michal shot 81 to win low gross. Gary Guthiel was second with 83. Stu Cleveland was third with 84. Randy Cogdill was fourth with 86. Jim Beairsto was fifth with 89.

    Ed Kinney won low net with 66. Paul Michal and Randy Cogdill tied for second with 67. Stu Cleveland was next with 69.

    Gary Guthiel, Paul Michal and Ed Kinney teamed to win the team low net with -17.

    Calabash Elks

    Ron Mayo won the Calabash Elks tournament May 10 at Brierwood with a net 64. Fred Walsh finished second with 68.

  • Crow Creek golf tournament honoring Jerry McLamb is a labor of love

    Jerry McLamb is gone now, passed away from cancer five years ago, but his spirit lives on at Crow Creek.

    His spirit is there in the friendly greeting you get from the bag attendant when you arrive, in the smile of the cart girl as she hands you a PowerAde on the 13th hole.

    It’s there in the welcoming hand of Bryan Thomas, the general manager.

  • Ocean Ridge Plantation golfers step up to the First Tee

    Five Ocean Ridge golfers show up at Cinghiale Creek, the home course of The First Tee, every Tuesday afternoon. From 4-5:30 p.m., they teach golf and life skills to 15 junior golfers.

    The juniors hit balls and play the course. They also sit down in the classroom and talk about life skills. They learn “meet and greet,” the age old ritual of shaking hands, so important to job, relationships, and sports.

    They learn by doing, by trying new skills with their clubs. They learn by example from their coaches.

    Bill Smith is the lead coach.

  • Golf: The greatest game for everyone, but playing totals on the decline

    I love the Grand Strand of the Carolina coast with its 100-plus golf courses spread like green jewels along the lakes, inlets and waterways of the low country.

    This is a very fine golf resort. The best part is I, as a woman, can play any time I want. I can play golf Saturday mornings, Sunday mornings. I can also tee off between the hours of noon and 2 p.m.

    What about Wednesday, the historical “doctor’s day” at the course?

    No problem here.

    A men-only grill and bar?

    Naahhhh, not here.

  • Golf action

    Lockwood Folly Men

    The Lockwood Folly Men’s Golf Association crowned Jerry Lyons its club champion after a two-day tournament May 3-4. Lyons shot a 157 gross score in the two-day tournament.

    Fred Krug won the senior club championship (age 62 and over). Don Kehoe is the super senior club champion (age 72 and over). Russ Kleinbauer is the net club champion.

    The Lockwood Folly Memorial Cup Match Play Tournament concluded May 2. Jim Platukis defeated Allen Ayling two and one to win the cup. George Gisel finished third and Beecher Washburn fourth.

  • Surviving rejection and pondering murder mystery

    Last year I fulfilled a lifelong dream when I finished my novel, “Footes Creek.” It’s a mystery that takes place at a prestigious old country club in an upper-class bedroom community in northern New Jersey.

    The story begins when a Hispanic worker on the maintenance crew is brutally murdered. A few days later, another worker is found dead in his car at the bottom of the lake surrounding the famous 17th island green. The USGA is about to announce that Footes Creek will be added to the list of U.S .Open sites.

  • Golf action

    Carolina Shores Men

    The Carolina Shores Men played a team event April 25. The scoring consisted of counting one low net on par fives, two low nets on par fours and three low nets on par threes.

    George Balbach, Frank Talak, Rich Hamilton and a blind draw took first with 111. Mike Devereux, George Bridges, Dick Polanski and Bill Teshler were second with 114 (match of cards). Gary Stewart, Keith Rogerson, Ron Buck and Roger Thompson finished third with 114. Bob Barrett, Dan Roberts, Bob Fyock and Don Errickson were fourth with 115.

  • Staying fit and stretching help golfers play pain-free

    I believe in exercise, in personal trainers, in massage therapy, in yoga, in walking and stretching, and even in acupuncture. I did not always feel this passionate about personal fitness, but I had an episode about 15 years ago that made me a true believer.

    Early on Easter Monday morning, I rolled over in bed and felt something “ping” in my back. Pain shot through my lower back and down my left leg. I could barely move.

  • Golf action

    Piperettes

    The Piperettes played an individual point quota tournament April 15. Players determine their point quota by subtracting their handicap from 50. Players with scores closest to or more than their quota win. Scoring consisted of eagle (8), birdie (5), par (3), bogie (2) and double bogey (1).

    In the Sand to Piper Flight, Wanda Green won with 15. Judy DeStefon tied Judy Hanna for second with 11, Kathy Manning was fourth with 9 and Mary Dickerson finished fifth with 8.