• Patterson has ‘amazing’ time at First Tee Open

    I’ve known Landon Patterson since he joined The First Tee of Brunswick County eight years ago. He was cute, enthusiastic about golf and willing to learn and be a part of the program.

    Today, Patterson is a senior at West Brunswick High School, the captain of its golf team and an honors student. He has led them to three straight state tournament appearances. He has been named first team all-conference the last two years.   

    He just returned from playing in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

  • McLaughlin scores ace

    Doris McLaughlin scored a hole-in-one Aug. 24 on the second hole at Panther’s Run. She used a 7-wood on the 100-yard hole.

  • Golfers support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and golfers in Brunswick County are hosting tournaments, card parties, luncheons and other events to build awareness and to raise money.

    Breast Cancer has a special meaning for me because I have lost two close friends to this disease, which strikes one in eight women. Most of us know both victims and survivors of breast cancer, the leading cause of death among women in the world.

  • The fine art of golf club fitting: C.J. Ebel

    Recently, I’ve heard about club fitting from several friends. Some have bought a custom-fitted new set; others have taken their old clubs to a club fitter and had them retro-fitted to their swing and body type. One gal swore that her game improved fantastically after getting her old clubs custom-fitted.

  • 174 holes of golf for Folds of Honor

    On Labor Day weekend, a dozen local golf pros, sales representatives and golf managers participated in a 200 Holes of Golf event to raise money for Folds of Honor as part of Patriot Day Golf. Some played on the first day, some played on the second day. Of the field, six competed both days.  

  • The First Tee of Brunswick County celebrates 10th anniversary

    In 2005, The First Tee of Brunswick County received its charter from the national office. It began with a handful of volunteers and a few dozen kids.

    On Sunday, Sept. 6, The First Tee of Brunswick County celebrated 10 years of golf and fun and teaching core values to the youth of Brunswick County. A reception took place at the Leadership Academy at Cinghiale Creek, the home course of The First Tee. Jennifer Weiler, vice president of The First Tee, traveled from Saint Augustine, Fla., to help celebrate.

  • Rivers Edge is back with new greens

    It takes a lot of guts to close a golf course in the middle of the summer, but that’s exactly what East Coast Golf Management did.

    Rivers Edge, a beautiful Arnold Palmer Design on the bluffs overlooking the Shallotte River, installed Paspallum Greens in 2009. They were supposed to be the best greens for a course in this location, a salt-tolerant warm-season grass.

  • Ladybirds: Fantastic golfing fun

    Brunswick County is a great place for golf. We have 21 golf course communities. Some have 18 holes of golf, others have 27, 36 or 54 holes. St. James Plantation has a whopping 81.

    That’s a lot of courses, but what really makes everything click are the activities that center around golf. Each weekend there are several charity golf events. I can only write about a few because if I didn’t limit their coverage, that’s all I would ever write about.

  • Golfers, be aware of the sun

    We can all take steps that will help us live a long, active, happy life. We can stop smoking, eat healthy natural foods, exercise, walk regularly and protect ourselves from the sun.

    My family is prone to skin cancer. My husband has had numerous Mohs treatments (a micrographic surgical process to remove basal cells) over the years. I am applying Fluorouracil cream to a crusty spot on my left ear. Our daughter Kim had a basal cell removed from her nose six months ago.

  • Match play – The best kind of golf


    We’re all used to watching the PGA Tour on weekends. Almost all PGA events are contested in medal (stroke) play. That means the score accumulates hole-by-hole until four days of play are completed. The lowest score at the end of 72 holes wins.