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Golf

  • Ladybirds: Fantastic golfing fun

    Brunswick County is a great place for golf. We have 21 golf course communities. Some have 18 holes of golf, others have 27, 36 or 54 holes. St. James Plantation has a whopping 81.

    That’s a lot of courses, but what really makes everything click are the activities that center around golf. Each weekend there are several charity golf events. I can only write about a few because if I didn’t limit their coverage, that’s all I would ever write about.

  • Golfers, be aware of the sun

    We can all take steps that will help us live a long, active, happy life. We can stop smoking, eat healthy natural foods, exercise, walk regularly and protect ourselves from the sun.

    My family is prone to skin cancer. My husband has had numerous Mohs treatments (a micrographic surgical process to remove basal cells) over the years. I am applying Fluorouracil cream to a crusty spot on my left ear. Our daughter Kim had a basal cell removed from her nose six months ago.

  • Match play – The best kind of golf

     

    We’re all used to watching the PGA Tour on weekends. Almost all PGA events are contested in medal (stroke) play. That means the score accumulates hole-by-hole until four days of play are completed. The lowest score at the end of 72 holes wins.

  • Father-son champs are the Isleys

    Because I am a golf writer, I get updates and scores from the Carolinas Golf Association every week. For those new to the area or new to the game of golf, the Carolinas Golf Association was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golfers.

    It is the second largest golf association in the United States and has 700 member clubs in North and South Carolina. That’s huge, folks. At least 150,000 people are part of this organization.

  • Backpacks Full of Blessings program: Let’s do it

    Last year Brick Landing had its first Wings Backpack Tournament and this year, another one will take place Aug. 1. It’s a simple tournament in a captain’s choice format with men’s and women’s categories.

    Last year the tournament was rained out and, unfortunately, this year I will be away at that time. However, when I read the notice, I was intrigued. It told me about the Wings Ministry Backpack Program, which provides food to needy children in our community.

  • Rivers Edge installing new greens

    Two weeks ago, the management of Rivers Edge made a difficult decision. They closed its beautiful course for July and August and installed new greens.

    “We’ve struggled with our SeaDwarf Paspalum greens since they were installed in 2009,” said Mike Buccerone, president of East Coast Golf Management, which manages Rivers Edge. “Our winters are becoming increasingly harsh and the greens just did not hold up. Each spring was a nightmare when the overseeding died out and the Paspalum was supposed to grow and flourish and did not.

  • Brunswick golfers beware of heat stroke

    By Elsa Bonstein

     

    The past few weeks have been excessively hot and humid in Brunswick County. Temperatures have been in the 90s almost every day and the heat index has been soaring above 100. I’ve seen ambulances at two golf courses recently and I’m worried about our golfers.

    We think we’re tough and we can take anything. We will play our weekly game, our match, our qualifying round and we don’t care how hot it is. 

  • Rivers Edge has Relay for Life golf tourney

    Rivers Edge golf community sponsored a Relay for Life golf tournament that raised $17,000 for the American Cancer Society Brunswick County.  

    Other Relay for Life activities brought the total of the 2015 Rivers Edge Relay for Life contribution to $18,869. This was $7,000 more than what the community raised in 2012.

     

  • Ashley Sloup reaching goals in golf

    In January of 2014, I wrote a column about Ashley Sloup. Her golf team at South Brunswick High School had just won the 3A East Regional Tournament for the second year in a row. And, she had just been awarded an athletic scholarship to Winthrop University.

    Last week, I had the pleasure of playing golf with Sloup at the Players Club at St. James Plantation, where she works in the pro shop. Our playing partners were Dan Lynes and Mike Reaves. We had a blast! 

  • John Daly: Broadcaster, Journalist, Anchor, Golfer

    John Daly of Sunset Beach has been in print and broadcast journalism for most of his  life.  Today, he is on the cutting edge of creating content for companies in the “new media”.   

    Before I go any farther, let me explain that I am not talking about John Daly, the heavy-set blonde PGA Tour player, the long hitter who has had a rough and tumble lifetime of golf championships and controversy and four marriages.  That John Daly won the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 U. Open.