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Golf

  • Golf action

    Sea Trail’s Lynch a master at shooting his age

    Shooting one’s age is sometimes a daunting task, but Sea Trail’s George Lynch has mastered it.

    The 78-year-old golfer shot a 77 during the Sea Trail men’s tournament Feb. 19 on the Maples Course, marking the 107th time he’s managed the feat in his career.

    During the tournament, Jim Hunt and Gary Fagan managed eagles.

  • Golfers need to watch out for dangerous cellulites

    The strangest thing happened to me on a recent trip to Florida to visit some old friends.

    One evening we were all sitting around outside having some drinks and snacks and talking about our golf that day. After awhile, the mosquitoes came out and forced us to go inside.

    The next morning, I woke up with a welt over my right eye where a mosquito had bitten me. No big deal, I thought, and headed out to play golf.

    Later that day, the lump over my eye was larger, so I put some antibiotic cream on it and off we went to dinner.

  • First Tee forms fundraising committee

    The First Tee of Brunswick County has formed a grant-writing committee that conducted its first meeting Feb. 14 in Southport.

    Eight volunteers will actively pursue grants and other fundraising opportunities in the months to come, according to a press release.

    Al Arrigoni, executive director of the local First Tee chapter, and Carol Szot, board member and fundraising director, will serve on the committee.

    Other members include Randy Sloup, Jim and Bonnie Westbrook, Frank Voelker, Richard Gallotta, and Maggie Smith Roedema.

  • Carolinas PGA merchandise show all about the bling

    Despite claims that golf is down in numbers, you couldn’t tell it by the activity at this week’s Carolinas Section PGA Merchandise Show in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The exhibit hall was filled with booths that displayed clubs, balls, tees, clothing, shoes, gifts, furniture, paintings, golf carts, ball washers, scorecards, range finders and brand new teaching aids that will drop your handicap like a bowling ball out of a tree house.

    All the major manufacturers were there: Club Car, Nike, Titleist, Cutter & Buck, Calloway, Aureus, Tail and Oakley.

  • Golf action

    Duffy takes top flight in Ocean Ridge Ringers

    Sally Duffy posted a net 62 to take Flight One honors in the Ocean Ridge Ladies Ringers Tournament Feb. 11 and 13 on Panther’s Run.

    It was an individual stroke play event in which players try to obtain a best net score on each hole in a 36-hole tournament.

    Michelle Sherwood came in second with a 63.

    Linda Buck captured Flight Two with a 69. Sue Kane was second at 70 with Pam Fitzgerald at 71.

    Sharon Simon had a 62 to win Flight Three. Pam Bank was the runner-up at 66 with Kathy Giancarlo at 70.

  • Hahl, Stricklers win Carolina Shores Valentine's Tournament

    Art Hahl and Marie and Jerry Strickler teamed for a 66 to win Carolina Shores Golf and Country Club’s Two Thorns and a Rose or A Thorn between Two Roses Valentine’s Tournament on Feb. 9.

    Three teams tied with 68s. On a match of cards, second place was awarded to Donna and Harold Bowers and Loretta Swanson.

    Ed and Bernice Morris and Frank Talak took third.

    Longest drives went to Hahl and Marie Strickler.

    Closest to the pin honors went to Mike Van Dertoorn and Sharon White.

  • Golf briefs

    Singles golf

    The Wilmington Chapter of the American Singles Golf Association is planning a golf outing Sunday, Feb. 17, at Brierwood Golf Club in Shallotte. There will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

    The tournament is open to single, legally separated, widowed or divorced individuals. Golfers may play once with the association without joining.

    To sign up for the tournament, call Bill Duncan at (910) 289-0117 or email wearldunc3@yahoo.com.

    Senior tournaments

  • Kenneth Knight combines love of art and golf

    As I’ve said many times before, I meet the most fascinating people in writing this column. Let me introduce you to a young man who is combining his love of golf and his love of art into a career.

    Kenneth Knight is a gifted artist who has painted portraits, murals and landscapes. He uses different mediums including airbrush. He is also a gifted golfer who shot a 3 over par at Thistle Golf Club, not an easy feat.

    Here’s his story. Kenneth started playing when he was 14 years old and it was instant love.

  • Golf action

    Sandpiper Bay hosts annual Super Bowl Scramble

    Bob Nicolletti, Cathi Birmingham, Mike Donovan and Jack Dobson teamed for a 60 on the Bay to Sand course to win the annual Sandpiper Bay Super Bowl Scramble on Feb. 3.

    Don Moore, Candace Cochrane, Tom Birmingham and Gordon Coulson were second at 62.

    Oliver Marky, Dan Alsup, Bill Lester and Perry Weedon finished third at 63 with Gene McDonald, Bob Eason, Lois Redman and Ron Redman fourth at 64.

  • Pine needles line courses in Brunswick County

    One of the many benefits to getting older is having adult children. Gene and I can share in our four daughters’ careers, families, achievements, joys and sorrows.

    These are fellow human beings, miraculously emancipated from the nest and living on their own, yet they are tied to us in a lifelong bond of love and concern and (yes!) fun.

    Our oldest daughter Karen is a landscape designer in Richmond, Va. A few weeks before Christmas, she called and asked me to attend the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show in Baltimore in January.