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Golf

  • Tournament of Champions: The Best of the Best come out to play

    When I first started writing this column on Sept. 12, 2002, I had goals in mind: to promote the game of golf, to be a sounding board for golfers, teaching pros, superintendents, club managers and the huge spectrum of golfers out there, from zero handicappers to just-beginning-to-play retirees.

  • Golf action

    HOLES-IN-ONE

    Making a hole-in-one is a difficult feat, but six area residents did just that recently.

    Terry G. Draper of Carolina Shores made a hole-in-one May 30 at Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club.

    Draper used a 3-hybrid at the 164-yard third hole. The hole-in-one was witnessed by Joseph Mosser.

    Loretta DeVita of Sunset Beach made a hole-in-one April 8 at Sea Trail Resort. DeVita used a pitching wedge at the 60-yard fifth hole. The hole-in-one was witnessed by James Mitchum.

  • LPGA/USGA Girls Golf is growing in Brunswick County

    Girls Golf is part of The First Tee of Brunswick County. All spring, 15 young ladies have been meeting weekly at St. James Plantation to learn about life skills and golf.

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    Meadowlands Missfits

    The Missfits played Farmstead May 12. The game was take all Par 5’s back to par.

    Sally Davis was first with 56. Wilma Mowery was second with 58. Anna Hackathorn finished third with 60. Kaz Radtclife was fourth with 62. Penny Crawford took fifth with 66. Linda Jones, Sue Hobgood and Marlene Lidgard tied for sixth with 67.

    Birdies were recorded by Myriam LaConte (No. 6), Anna Hackathorn (Nos. 2 and 3) and Kaz Ratclife (Nos. 9 and 12).

    Chip-ins were recorded by Anna Hackathorn (No. 2) and Wilma Mowery (No. 13).

    Sea Trail Ladies

  • Renovation at Sandpiper Bay: Good news for golfers

    There’s good news all over the place these days. Eastport Golf Club has been sold and will probably reopen as a golf course instead of streets of condos and townhouses. Rumor has it part of Bay Tree may be saved from development.

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    Beachcombers

    The Beachcombers played at Brierwood May 9.

    Paul Michal shot 81 to win low gross. Gary Guthiel was second with 83. Stu Cleveland was third with 84. Randy Cogdill was fourth with 86. Jim Beairsto was fifth with 89.

    Ed Kinney won low net with 66. Paul Michal and Randy Cogdill tied for second with 67. Stu Cleveland was next with 69.

    Gary Guthiel, Paul Michal and Ed Kinney teamed to win the team low net with -17.

    Calabash Elks

    Ron Mayo won the Calabash Elks tournament May 10 at Brierwood with a net 64. Fred Walsh finished second with 68.

  • Crow Creek golf tournament honoring Jerry McLamb is a labor of love

    Jerry McLamb is gone now, passed away from cancer five years ago, but his spirit lives on at Crow Creek.

    His spirit is there in the friendly greeting you get from the bag attendant when you arrive, in the smile of the cart girl as she hands you a PowerAde on the 13th hole.

    It’s there in the welcoming hand of Bryan Thomas, the general manager.

  • Ocean Ridge Plantation golfers step up to the First Tee

    Five Ocean Ridge golfers show up at Cinghiale Creek, the home course of The First Tee, every Tuesday afternoon. From 4-5:30 p.m., they teach golf and life skills to 15 junior golfers.

    The juniors hit balls and play the course. They also sit down in the classroom and talk about life skills. They learn “meet and greet,” the age old ritual of shaking hands, so important to job, relationships, and sports.

    They learn by doing, by trying new skills with their clubs. They learn by example from their coaches.

    Bill Smith is the lead coach.

  • Golf: The greatest game for everyone, but playing totals on the decline

    I love the Grand Strand of the Carolina coast with its 100-plus golf courses spread like green jewels along the lakes, inlets and waterways of the low country.

    This is a very fine golf resort. The best part is I, as a woman, can play any time I want. I can play golf Saturday mornings, Sunday mornings. I can also tee off between the hours of noon and 2 p.m.

    What about Wednesday, the historical “doctor’s day” at the course?

    No problem here.

    A men-only grill and bar?

    Naahhhh, not here.

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    Lockwood Folly Men

    The Lockwood Folly Men’s Golf Association crowned Jerry Lyons its club champion after a two-day tournament May 3-4. Lyons shot a 157 gross score in the two-day tournament.

    Fred Krug won the senior club championship (age 62 and over). Don Kehoe is the super senior club champion (age 72 and over). Russ Kleinbauer is the net club champion.

    The Lockwood Folly Memorial Cup Match Play Tournament concluded May 2. Jim Platukis defeated Allen Ayling two and one to win the cup. George Gisel finished third and Beecher Washburn fourth.