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Golf

  • Resolved: No more slow play

    I love golf and everything that goes with it: the outdoors, beautiful scenery, the camaraderie, the 19th hole — and best of all, a chance to play a sport my whole life. 

    Can you imagine playing football at the age of 60? Baseball at 80? Hockey at 75? Even tennis becomes dicey as we age, but golf goes on and on. Check out the numbers of Brunswick County golfers who shoot their age regularly. It’s huge.

    One thing that hurts the game of golf everywhere today is slow play

  • Golf gadgets for the new year

    Golf is a sport that has lots of stuff associated with it.

    First of all, there’s the course: 5 miles of hills and valleys, greens and fairways and bunkers — and in Brunswick County, creeks, lakes and salt marshes.

    Then there are the clubs and the specialized clothing (most courses require collared shirts), gloves, balls and tees; windbreakers and rainsuits for inclement weather and we all need to have a golf umbrella unless we live in the desert; shoes, golf socks.

  • Carolina Shores: Rejuvenating a great old course

    Carolina Shores is one of the oldest golf courses in Brunswick County. Designed by Tom Jackson, it opened in 1974. A prolific designer, Jackson also did Aberdeen and Black Bear in Longs, S.C., River Hills in Little River, S.C., and Magnolia Greens in Leland.

  • Compass Pointe to open in spring

    Lots of great things are happening in Brunswick County Golf. Rivers Edge installed new greens this past summer; Lockwood Folly is building a new clubhouse that will open next year. Sandpiper Bay, Carolina Shores and other courses are renovating.

    And that’s not all. A new course, Compass Pointe, will open next spring in Leland.

  • New executive director of The First Tee of Brunswick County

    After an exhaustive search and many interviews, The First Tee of Brunswick County has hired a new executive director: Don Hall.

    Hall brings a wealth of experience to the organization. He is a graduate of Western Washington University in Bellingham, Wash., with a major in education and a minor in human services.

    His father was in the Air Force, and while growing up, Hall lived all over the United States and the world, including Bangkok, Thailand.

  • Thrilling golf: Rogers, Pacula win in Tournament of Champions

    On a crisp, clear November weekend, club champions from around the county faced off in the annual Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions on Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15, at Lockwood Folly Golf Course.

    Jayla Rogers of Magnolia Greens won the women’s division by one stroke over defending champion Billie Ellwanger when Rogers holed a 25-foot putt on the last hole.

    Tucker Pacula of Oak Island Golf Club won the men’s division in a playoff against Dave Lucas (Brierwood).

    Women’s division:

  • Profiles of men golfers in Beacon Tournament of Champions

    The 2015 men’s golf club champions are an awesome group. For some, this is their first club championship; others have won many such events, both here and in other states. Some are relatively new to the game of golf; others are seasoned competitors.

    Mike Verhoosky of Lockwood Folly has won his championship seven times in nine years. Peter Allen of St. James is a four-time champion and so is Tom Oxenfeld of Ocean Ridge. Mike Depauw has won the Sea Trail championship four times — and this year he also won at Carolina Shores.

  • Profiles of Beacon Tournament of Champions women golfers

    This was a banner year for our women’s golf club champions. Nine of our ladies repeated their victory from last year. Some have won it several times before. Mona Dye Boob from Brierwood has won its women’s club championship an astonishing 10 years in a row.   

    We also have some new winners this year. Lyn Howell (Brick Landing), Jayla Rogers (Magnolia Greens), Judy Harlow (Ocean Ridge) and Carol Davies Lilly (St. James) are Brunswick County Club Champions for the first time. Rogers is 14 and is a First Tee of Brunswick County golfer.

  • Leo Jarmusz: Going strong at 96

    One of the best things about writing this column is the chance I get to meet some of the greatest people in the world. Not presidents or politicians, wealthy industrialists, movie stars or rock stars, mind you, but the wonderful salt-of-the-earth people that make this country great.

    One of these guys is Leo Jarmusz, who just turned 96, plays golf three times a week and has shot his age more times than he can count.

    I spent time with Jarmusz last week and let me tell you, he is the real deal.

  • Brunswick County Literacy Council: Changing lives every day

    The Brunswick County Literacy Council hosted its 25th annual golf tournament Oct. 17 at Carolina National. Wow. Twenty-five years of raising money for an organization that teaches those who are 16 or older to read.

    C’mon! I thought. Everyone knows how to read.