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Golf

  • New idea for golf courses: colorants

    Welcome to the world of colorants. Spraying the golf course with green pigments in the fall is the latest big deal in golf course maintenance. It’s good for the environment, it’s great for the golf course and helps keep golf affordable.   
    I went to Brunswick Plantation and spoke with Rob Vaughn, the golf course superintendent and nationally recognized guru of colorants. I watched as they “painted” the course and was amazed to see brown fairways change into a beautiful shade of green right before my eyes.

  • Ellwanger, Lucas win Tournament of Champions

    Under perfect weather conditions, the men’s and women’s golf club champions from within the county gathered Saturday, Nov. 16, and Sunday, Nov. 17, at Crow Creek for two days of medal play in The Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions to determine the best of the best in Brunswick County.  
    Dave Lucas, a first-time champion at Brierwood, won the men’s division, shooting 146 (76-70). This was his first time participating in the Tournament of Champions.

  • Hooray for our men’s golf tournament champions

    Since it was started in 2004, the Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions has grown steadily. This year we have 18 clubs participating. The tournament is by invitation only to the men’s and ladies’ champions at golf courses in Brunswick County that have memberships.
    Several of our men are repeats from previous years but we also have a few new champions. It’s been an exciting year for the golfers of Brunswick County. Today we salute all the guys who won club championships in 2013.
    Brick Landing, George Jacob:

  • Honoring our ladies’ club champions

    This is the 10th year of the Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions and the entire golf community is excited.
    We started in 2004 with 12 clubs participating. Since then, new golf courses have opened, older ones have thrived and now we have 17 clubs with memberships large enough to support an annual women’s championship.
    This week we honor our ladies’ club champions for 2013. The men get their turn next week.

  • The First Tee Player Card keeps the program going

    I love The First Tee and all that it does for our children. I’ve seen children’s lives change as they learn to play the great game of golf and adopt the life skills and core values inherent in it.

  • Superintendent’s Revenge: A fun golf tournament

    I’ve heard about the Superintendent’s Revenge golf tournament for years, but I’ve never played in one.
    Basically, the golf course is set up to be as hard as possible with some crazy twists. The pin may be tucked behind a deep bunker or all the way back with a big pond to carry. Or worse yet, right on the ridgeline of a two-level green. The greens may be double cut to roll at a 12 on the Stimpmeter (a device that measures the quickness of a green). The higher the number, the faster the green. Twelve is very, very fast.  

  • Bring your camera: A primer on golf course photography

    Years ago, when I worked as a journalist in New Jersey, a photographer went with me on my assignments. Jean Bateman was a registered nurse by profession but photography was her real love. She had several cameras (real film, in those days), had taken many courses in photography and had won awards for her work.
    So off we went, photographing restaurants, parks, businesses, horse shows, racetracks, wineries and various craftsmen and artists for my feature articles. Because Jean loved her work, she enjoyed sharing her expertise with me.

  • Dale Ketola: He is helping golfers reach their potential

    Dale Ketola grew up in Greenwood, S.C. His earliest golf memories are of hitting balls in the large backyard of his parents’ home.  
    “Once my parents determined that my brother and I had an active and continuing interest in playing the game, they got us a junior membership that allowed us to play golf from morning until night at several courses,” Ketola said last week as we chatted on the range at Farmstead.  

  • Family friend voted into Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame

    I got the news from the Carolinas PGA. In February, Peggy Kirk Bell will be the first woman inducted into the Carolinas PGA Hall of Fame.
    This is huge and I am proud to say my family has a wonderful connection to Peggy, her family and their Pine Needles Resort and Country Club in Pinehurst.   
    First, let me tell you about this beautiful, gifted and gracious woman.

  • Have clubs, will travel: Tips for fun golfing trips

    I am the luckiest person in the world. This chicken farmer’s daughter from rural Maryland grew up to become a college graduate, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a golfer and a writer. Best of all: a golf writer for the Brunswick Beacon.
    How cool is that? My dreams have all come true.