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Golf

  • Pro Profile with David Kjome

    Last month I started a series called “Pro Profiles,” which will feature some of our local golf professionals. Today, the series continues with David Kjome, director of golf at St. James.

    David is called K.J. by most of his friends and associates. He is tall and tanned with a killer smile. If I were casting a movie with a golf pro in it, I would put David (or someone just like him) in the role.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a captain’s choice event Carolina Shores. First: Harry Haggerty, Jim Quigley, Bob Brownley and Jim Beairsto at 5-under par. Second: Stu Cleveland, Fred Ortiz, Ed Kinney and Bill Cameron at 2-under par. Third: Ed Hennessey, Bob Smith, Bob Byrne and Larry Bollinger at 1-under par.

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • Good grief: gators and golfers

    One of the more fascinating animals on the Carolina Coast is the alligator. On hot summer days, you can see them, lying like logs along the rivers, marshes and ponds in Brunswick County.

    If the golf course you play has rivers, marshes and ponds, it’s almost a given that there will be gators on it.

  • Golf action

    Aug. 13 was ace day for the Brick Landing Plantation LGA. The low net score of the day won ace of the month honors.

    The first flight winner was Jean Lakey with a 66. Keith Webb was second with a 72 and Irene Dowdy was third with a 74. Barbara Karkut won the second flight with a 62. Shirley Dowd was second with a 63 and Cathy Shanley was third with a 71. Peggy Campana won the third flight with a 61 and took ace of the month honors. Bernice Logan placed second in the flight.

  • Steve Mona: Chief executive officer of the World Golf Foundation

    I first met Steve Mona when he spoke at the annual meeting of the Carolina Golf Course Superintendents several years ago in Myrtle Beach, S.C. At that time, he was the CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

    Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing Steve again. He was in Brunswick County speaking before 15 members of The First Tee from seven chapters in North and South Carolina. This was the annual Summer Leadership Academy at St. James Plantation, an event that has been hosted by The First Tee of Brunswick County for four straight years.

  • The First Tee teaches golf and core values

    The First Tee of Brunswick County received its charter in 2005 and began programs in February 2006. Since then, the local chapter has grown and flourished through community support, donors, parents and guardians, and enthusiastic kids.

    Each year, more than 400 children are reached through after-school and Saturday programs and summer camps. Another 6,500 Brunswick County students receive the National Schools Program of The First Tee through their physical education classes.

  • MacDonalds win Ocean Ridge couples title

    The Ocean Ridge Sunday Couples League played its annual club championship tournament July 19 and July 26. A third day was scheduled for Aug. 2, but stormy weather shortened the day to a nine-hole regular competition at Lion’s Paw.

    The July 19 couples event on Panther’s Run consisted of nine holes of alternate shot on the front nine, where both teed off, then selected the best drive and proceeded to alternate shots through the last putt on hole 9. On the back nine, the format was a two-person scramble, with two required drives from each player.

  • Brunswick County golfers Greg Hensley and Landon Patterson have qualified to play in the Tarheel Youth Golf Association Tour Championship.

    The two-day event will take place Aug. 12-13 at Monroe County Club.

    To be invited to the 84-player field for the championship, a golfer had to win one of the 18 tournaments and/or be one of the top seven players in points.

    The competition was intense: 900 rounds of golf played by 428 participants on 18 courses from June 23 to July 22.

  • Rivers Edge gets new great greens

    Rivers Edge is open for play.

    After struggling with inconsistent greens for several years, the owners and managers of Rivers Edge bit the bullet this summer and closed the course for two months to install new Paspallum grass.

    Rivers Edge has long been a local treasure, one of those courses that locals and visitors alike clamor to play. As one visiting friend said to me, “It’s worth the extra money. I love the course!”

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Crown Park. First: Dennis McCann, Bob Byrne, Fred Ortiz and Jim Beairsto at 5-under par. Second: a tie between the team of Bob Smith, Ed Kinney, Ed Hennessey and Paul Michal and the team of Reggie Auten, Hal Riebesehl, Danny O’Connell and a blind draw at 3-under par.

    BRICK LANDING LGA