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Golf

  • Jon Stewart: Superintendent at Sandpiper Bay

     Most people think the golf course superintendent is a guy who hangs out at the course and cuts grass. Maybe he rakes a few traps and fertilizes once in a while. It’s an easy, cushy job that any dude could do.

    Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

    The golf course superintendent is a highly trained, educated professional who usually has a college degree in agriculture or turf management. Many superintendents have advanced degrees.

  • Invisible homeless in county need your help

     A few weeks ago, my friend and neighbor, Stan Rogoff, spoke to me about the Brunswick County Homeless Coalition and its first golf tournament May 2 at Brierwood. Rogoff is on the board of directors and was hoping I would do a column about it.

    The problem was this: Brunswick County is filled with golf courses and fundraising events. Sometimes there are two or three charity golf tournaments in one weekend.

    If I wrote about all of them, I would write nothing else.

  • Teens from nine states compete in the Palmetto Championships

     High schools from all over the United States came to Brunswick County for the Palmetto High School Championships on April 2-4. They played their qualifying round at the Pearl Golf Links on Thursday, April 2, then moved to Ocean Ridge Plantation, where they played Lion’s Paw and Panther’”s Run in the championship finals.

  • Future Generations Tournament at St. James: A big deal

     The biggest, best charity event of the year is coming. The Future Generations Tournament benefiting The First Tee of Brunswick County is May 30 at St. James Plantation. 

    This is the 10th anniversary of The First Tee of Brunswick County and, baby, we’ve come a long, long way. From a handful of kids that met at Brierwood and The Lakes in 2005, our chapter now reaches 7,000 young participants each year.

  • Lockwood Folly next site of Tournament of Champions

     The 2015 Tournament of Champions take place Nov. 14-15 at Lockwood Folly Country Club in Supply.

    It will be a great venue. This course, designed by Willard Byrd, was built in 1988 through an old hunting preserve. There are beautiful vistas of the Lockwood Folly River and surrounding salt marshes. Many holes run though ancient hardwoods and old pines near ponds and riverbeds. Basically, it’s a challenging course with a lot of beautiful vistas.

  • Learn the Rules of Golf — It’s fun

    I’ve always been fascinated by the Rules of Golf. They are complicated, exasperating and enlightening.

    Look at all the other sports. How many rules does a bowler need? How many things can happen on a wooden playing field that is 60 feet long and 7 feet wide?

  • Golf fitness by Teri Daly: It’s working

    Each year, I make a bunch of New Year’s resolutions and by March I’ve forgotten them all. Losing weight, getting fit, lowering my golf handicap, creating delicious gourmet meals for Gene, reading more books, writing more books … the list goes on and on and as the days go by I slowly lose my resolve.

    This year is different and I’m delighted. I vowed to get fitter and to get my golf scores down — and so far, it’s working.  

  • Brierwood schedules grand opening for Charlie’s Grill

     Last week I drove to Brierwood Golf Club and met with Chris Sprow, director of sales, marketing and real estate. Blum Investments purchased the venerable old course in July 2014.

    The clubhouse has been under renovation for more than six months and the result is fabulous. New tables and chairs, large-screen televisions and new big windows overlooking the lake.

  • Spring tune-up with Cheryl Brankel

     Fellow golfers, it’s time for your spring tune-up. In a few short weeks, the warm weather will be here and you’ll want your swing ready so you can go out and conquer the course.

    To find out what makes a good tune-up, I drove up to Carolina National and spoke with Cheryl Brankel, of the Cheryl Brankel Golf Academy. Brankel is a lady PGA golf professional, certified in teaching and she loves what she does.

    Brankel was at Wild Dunes in Charleston, S.C, before coming to Carolina National nine years ago.

  • Golf getaway to the Crystal Coast

     For the past few years, I’ve gone on a gal’s golf trip to the Crystal Coast and we’ve had a blast. ­There’s wonderful golf, beautiful beaches, old coastal towns to explore, historic sites and fabulous seafood.

    Where is the Crystal Coast?

    It begins just north of Wilmington and runs up to the Outer Banks; 85 miles of unspoiled coastline between the Outer Banks and our own beloved Brunswick Islands. It’s a fabulous getaway if you don’t want to fly or drive long distances.