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Golf

  • 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.

  • Ah, the delicate etiquette of golf: How to deal with a cheater

    Cheating is a way of life these days. Just look at the headlines in our newspapers, and listen to the sound bites on CNN Headline News.

    People cheat on their spouses (a la the illustrious governor of New York), disregarding and ignoring the vows they took when they got married. They cheat on their income tax returns—padding contributions to churches, deductions for medical expenses, fancy trips, insurance—anything they think they can get away with. Presidents, congressmen, governors, mayors and even sheriffs get drummed out of office for violations of the public trust.

  • Golf action

    Calabash Elks

    Mike Coleman won the A Flight with a net 59 in the Calabash Elks Tournament April 9 at Brierwood Golf Club. Mike Casper came in second with 71. Don Mimm won the B Flight with 64, and Bob Herre came in second with 65. Fred Ortiz won the C Flight with 65, and Mike McCormack was runner-up with 66. Closest-to-the pin winners were Jim Schuster (No. 3), Ed Kerr (No. 9 and No. 17), and Jerry Way (No. 14).

    Beachcombers

  • Short-game workout will bring down your scores

    We live in a temperate climate here on the Carolina coast, yet many of us want to play golf only under the most favorable conditions. The golfers who move here from Michigan, New York and Pennsylvania are the worst. They played in sleet and wind up North; they loved winter golf leagues because the ponds all froze up.

    Something strange happens to these stalwart golfers after a few years of “Southern comfort.” They get wimpy about the weather.

  • Sea Trail lady golfer scores hole-in-one and eagle on consecutive holes

    Sandy Reynolds made a hole-in-one on the second hole at the Byrd Course on April 4. She followed her ace with an eagle on hole No. 3 by chipping in from off the green.

    Brierwood Men

  • Order of play perplexing, but it's all in the rulebook

    Order of play is a concept that is often misunderstood. In simplest terms, it refers to who goes first in a group of golfers on the tee box, in the fairway, the rough and on the green. Even in hazards and ground under repair, there is an order of play.

    This can all sound trivial to a non-golfer, or someone who does not play a lot of competitive golf, but it is important to know what the order of play is.

  • Golf action

    Sandpiper Rebels

    The Rebels played a point tournament based on net scores on both the front and back nines March 28.

    Wayne Purdy and Len Borriello tied for first place with plus 23. Charlie Richardson finished second with plus 22. Chris Christie, Leo Lico and Gene McDonald tied for third with plus 20.

    In first place on the back nine was John Murphy with plus 23. Jack Hinte, Leo Lico, Len Borriello and John Hannigan tied for second with plus 22.