• Weather no problem for Pittsburgh golfers

    Saturday in Shallotte was a rainy, 30-to 34-degree day, with some occasional sleet. Because I was unable to play golf, I accompanied my wife to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to do some shopping. The weather was atrocious. A penetrating, cold rain fell, and I felt miserable standing in it even for the short time I had to pump gas. In nearby areas, many inches of snow and ice were accumulating.

  • More pro profiles: Rick Ferrell of Rivers Edge, in the job he loves

    There are certain similarities between successful club pros. My husband, Gene, and I have a son-in-law who is a PGA pro; we have friends who are club pros, and they all have traits in common.

    Sure, they’re good golfers. Yes, most of them learned the game as a kid and dreamed of someday becoming a real live PGA golf professional. A few dreamed of playing on the tour, but many thought the ultimate job would be as a head pro at a golf course.

  • Golf action

    The team of Liz Boyer, Sue Janovic, Ralph Trimmer and Bob Nobes came in first at 1-over par in the Brierwood nine-hole mixed scramble Jan. 20. Fran Thomas, Rita Dugan, Carola Hornfeck and Larry Boyer were second. Glen Green, Marianne Nobes, Bob Janovic and Chuck Hornfeck were third.


  • Brunswick senior golf kicks off 2010 season

    There are dozens of golf activities for people of all ages in Brunswick County.

    Clubs with memberships run tournaments, guest days, member-member events, club championships and mixed events. The Elks, the VFW and various special interest and/or friendship groups sponsor leagues. The Carolinas Golf Association has an active tournament schedule. Most churches and charitable organizations have fundraising events each year.

    One of the best opportunities to play golf in Brunswick County is sponsored by the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department.

  • Katie McGee supports The First Tee

    Dr. Katie McGee, the outgoing superintendent of Brunswick Schools, has been a strong supporter of The First Tee since the beginning, according to Rusty Petrea, the founder (with wife Carol) of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

  • Golf action

    On Jan. 14, the Brierwood Men’s Golf Association had its first Thursday tournament of 2010 because of the cold weather. The game of the day was two best balls of the foursome, with the team of George Edwards, Dave Harper and a draw finishing at 15 under par. The team of Paul Salerno, Bernie Gruzlewski, Chuck Hornfeck and Rich Hornfeck finished at 14 under.

  • Golf action

    In a CFAG match Friday at Meadowlands, Ron Doeblin and Joe Gallo placed first with a 75. The two-man teams scored one net per hole. Placing second were John Ducey and Steve Maiorca.


  • Lauren Hunt: Beginning the hunt for success, one day at a time

    Several years ago, I watched a petite young lady pound balls on a practice tee. Her swing was classic, the balls flew long and straight.

    The kid was cute, long brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, a wide infectious smile. I had a feeling I’d see her again.

    Last week, I did.

    Lauren Hunt is still petite with that same winning smile, but she’s all grown up now. Done with high school and junior golf, she has graduated from the University of North Carolina, where she played on the women’s golf team.

  • Golf action

    In an CFAG event Dec. 28 at Farmstead, Steve Maiorca, Frank Janton, John Ogden and Joe Meo placed first with a 160. Teams scored one net and one gross per hole. Placing second were Ned Meier, Jerry Rubin, Joe Gallo and a draw.

    On Dec. 30 at Meadowlands, Steve Maiorca, Bob Jaeger and John Ogden placed first with a 94. The three-man teams scored one net on the par-3 and par-4 holes and two nets on the par-5s. Frank Janton, Jen Dearborn and Joe Meo were second.

  • 2010 marks a new year: Time to dream, to plan, to change, to grow

    I love Jan. 1!

    Other people hate the New Year; they don’t like to see the dates change. They don’t like to see time marching on. They don’t want to admit they’re a year older.

    I, on the other hand, love that another year has gone by. Hopefully, I will have learned some lessons in 2009 that will help me live 2010 just a little bit better. And the best part of the New Year is that I’m still here!