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Golf

  • PGA trade show, smaller, but upbeat

    Each year the Carolinas Section of the PGA hosts a Merchandise Show at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. I always go to check out what’s new in the world of golf.

    This year, I zeroed in on three booths. Two were startup clothing businesses and one was promoting one of the oldest courses in the world: the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St. Andrews, host of this year’s British Open.

  • Golf action

    Carolyn Bosman made a hole-in-one Feb. 7 at the third hole at Carolina Shores. She used an 8-iron on the 80-yard hole.

    BEACHCOMBERS

  • Championship motivates South Brunswick girls’ golf team

    High school girls’ golf has come a long way, baby.

    Three of our four daughters played on high school golf teams. They enjoyed it and did reasonably well, winning points during the season and helping their teams.

  • Golf action

    During an outing Feb. 3 on the Sea Trail Jones Course, John Barton scored a hole-in-one on the 144-yd 17th hole. He used a 23-degree rescue club. It was his fourth hole-in-one.

    BEACHCOMBERS

    Results of the Beachcombers event at Cypress Bay: Low gross: 79, Reese Evans; 84, Stu Cleveland; 86, Hal Riebesehl; 89, Paul Michal. Low nets: 66, Riebesehl; 71, Jim Ritter and Cleveland; 72, Evans. Team (two low nets): Evans, Cleveland and Bob Smith. Golfer of the week is Reese Evans.

    BRICK LANDING

  • Golf action

    During the Ocean Ridge Ladies Golf Association Groundhog’s Cry event Monday, Diana Gruver made a hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Lion’s Paw. It was her first hole-in-one.

    In the Groundhog Cry event, players counted one net from each foursome but threw away the three highest net scores at the end of the round. And if a golfer’s shadow touched any part of the cup when he or she addressed the putt, the putt may be conceded.

    First: Karen McCloskey, Peggy Jones, Diana Gruver, Jan Cameron.

  • From geek to sports nut: One woman’s journey

    As a kid, I was the geek princess. I took voice lessons, piano lessons, diction lessons and yes, violin lessons. Check out my yearbook and you’ll see I was president of the National Honor Society and I sang in the Glee Club.

    No sports.

    Then I went to Syracuse University.

  • Long-awaited new clubhouse opens at Crow Creek

    There’s been a lot of bad news in the world of golf recently. In the last few years several courses up and down the Carolina coast have closed. Because of the down economy, total numbers of golf rounds have decreased, rentals are down and hotels are no longer filled. Restaurants are now closed for longer periods of time during the offseason.

  • Golf action

    The Lockwood Folly Men’s Golf Association played its annual yellow ball mixer Jan. 16. In this four-person team event, alternating team members played a yellow ball on each hole while the other team members play a scramble. The yellow ball net score is added to the scramble score. Penalty strokes are incurred for losing a yellow ball.

  • Golf action

    A cold start and a frost delay on the course limited the number of Sandpiper Bay Men’s Golf Association players Jan. 14, but play continued by switching games to Chicago. In spite of the weather, there were 33 players, enough for two flights.

    Sand to Piper flight: John Murphy and Al Paynter each had a +4 and shared first. Third was a three-way tie at +3 among Don Moore, Ed Kilgoar and Dick Eby. Sixth went to Joe Cramer with a +2.

  • Coach Gene Doane: A lifetime spent coaching and teaching students

    Some people know what they want to do with their life at an early age. They don’t choose the big bucks, they choose to do what they love and that makes all the difference.

    Such a man is Gene Doane, better known as Coach Doane, of South Brunswick High School. He’s been coaching high school kids for a whopping 56 years.

    Today, at 74, Coach Doane is still going strong, teaching every day while he produces teams that qualify for state championships. As he mentors young athletes, he impacts the lives of Brunswick county youth in a positive way.