• The First Tee offering Ace level programming

    Al Arrigoni, or Coach Al as the golfers know him, recently completed the necessary requirements to attain the status and recognition of The First Tee Coach. This was a prerequisite for the chapter to offer participants Ace level programming. Only 96 out of 204 chapters in The First Tee organization have achieved this final level. The four other programming levels are PLAYer, Par, Birdie and Eagle.

  • Sandpiper Bay Men’s Golf Association completes member-member tourney

    The final round of the SBMGA member-member annual tournament was played April 14. The tournament was two days with four flights playing a range of nine-hole matches. Day one had the group playing a nine-hole, two-man best-ball match followed by a nine-hole total score for the two-man team match.

  • Golf action

    The Beachcombers played at Carolina Shores: Low gross: Paul Michal, 86; Harry Haggerty, 87; Stu Cleveland, 88. Low nets, Michal 72. Team two low nets on each hole: Dan O’Connell, Dennis Davidson, Bob Byrne and Cleveland at 18-under par. Golfer of the week was Michal.
    The Brick Landing Ladies Golf Association played the third round of its President’s Cup match. Winners were Sharon Deutsch and Peg Agrimonti.

  • From the gulag to the golf course: the story of Stanley Opalka

    Golf is played by the most amazing people. I’ve met paraplegic golfers, blind golfers, one-armed golfers, and just plain folks who have battled debilitating disease and injury to get back on the course.  
    Stanley Opalka, of Sunset Beach, traveled a long, hard road to the quiet beauty of the Carolina coast.  
    His story begins in Poland, in the fall of 1939, when his native country was invaded by the Nazis from the west and the Soviets from the east.  

  • Trojan golfers shoot in 70s at conference tournament

    WHITEVILLE—The West Brunswick golf team finished one stroke ahead of host West Bladen on April 12 at Land O’ Lakes Golf Club. Three Trojan golfers shot in the 70s to seal a second-place finish, one stroke ahead of the host Knights.
    For the tournament, the conference team scores were South Brunswick 307, West Brunswick 311, host West Bladen 312, Whiteville 337, North Brunswick 351, East Bladen 393 and South Columbus 445.

  • Area results

    The Beachcombers played at Cypress Bay. Low gross: Randy Cogdill, 84; Bob Byrne, 86; Paul Michal, 86; Charlie Shore, 87; Jamie Cogdill, 88; Bob Smith, 89. Low nets: Smith, 67; Byrne, 68; Jamie Cogdill, 68; Shore, 69. Team two low nets per hole: Reggie Auten, R. Cogdill, J. Cogdill and Shore at 25-under par. Golfer of the week was Smith.


  • West golf team second in tourney

    Host West Bladen and West Brunswick finished ahead of conference leader South Brunswick in a conference tourney March 31 at Carolina Sands at White Lake.
    For the tournament, West Bladen finished at 321, West Brunswick 323, South Brunswick 334, Whiteville 343, North Brunswick 376, East Bladen 385 and South Columbus 487.

  • Richard Mandell: Designer in sync with today's issues

    One of the things I enjoy the most about writing this column is the chance to meet new people in the world of golf. Last fall I attended the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendent’s Association meeting in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and took the course “How To Do More With Less: Renovation and Construction,” taught by Richard Mandell, a well-known golf course architect with offices in Pinehurst.

  • Golf action

    Club 25 began its 2010 season with a tournament March 22 at the Founders Club at St. James Plantation. Elaine Pipino from Carolina National led the excitement of the day with a hole-in-one on the 97-yard 16th hole.

    The first flight was won by Barb Eckroth (The Legends) with an 83. She was followed by Mary Barclay (St. James). Dale Calhoon (Brick Landing) and Shari Hodson (The Lakes) tied for third. Barb Guhl (Pine Valley) finished fifth and Dianne Belair (Prestwick) sixth.

  • Golf action


    The Beachcombers played at Carolina Shores. Low gross: Reese Evans, 85; Harry Haggerty, 86; Dan O’Connell, 87; Jim Fitzner, 88. Low nets: O’Connell, 68; Fred Ortiz, 70. Team two best balls per hole: O’Connell, Ortiz, Haggerty and Bill Cameron at 29 under. Golfer of the week was O’Connell.