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Golf

  • Good news: The rebirth of Brierwood

    More good news for Brunswick County golfers. Brierwood Golf Club has changed hands and is undergoing extensive renovations to the clubhouse.

    In Shallotte, the course flows through old pine forests and small lakes and creeks, with lots of waterfowl and one huge alligator named Charlie. Built in 1967 by Dr. Ben Ward, Brierwood is the oldest golf course community in Brunswick County. 

  • Veterans Memorial becoming a reality

     The is an awesome place to live. Brunswick County is filled with the most generous, caring people in the world. There is a real sense of community service and patriotism here.

    Two weeks ago, 10 of our area golf pros played 100 holes of golf in one day to raise money for Folds of Honor. Each week there are charity golf events for every cause from breast cancer, to Communities in Schools to hospice care. It’s impossible for me to cover them all, but I try to single out a few each year to showcase the length and breadth of our charity golf tournaments.

  • Play for Pink continues Lockwood tradition

     Lockwood Folly has been hosting fundraisers for breast cancer since 1997. The Play for Pink ladies golf tournament will take place Oct. 23.  The men’s Play for Pink golf tournament is on Oct. 29. The annual Play for Pink card party and luncheon took place on April 4.

  • 100 holes of golf for a good cause

     Labor Day weekend began with a totally awesome display of golf and patriotism at Rivers Edge Golf Course.

    Ten PGA pros from our area pledged to play 100 holes of golf in one day — and, by golly, they did.

    The beneficiary of this marathon golf event was the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides scholarships and assistance to the spouses and children of those killed or disabled in service to America.

  • Play It Forward

     Only in golf do we think we are touring pros.

    Here’s the deal. Most of the other sports we watch on TV are team sports, with highly trained, muscular professional players. Each sport has specialty players: catchers, pitchers, outfielders and infielders in baseball; linemen, receivers, quarterbacks, halfbacks, punters and kickers in football — and on and on in sports like soccer and lacrosse and field hockey.

    In golf, you are a one-person team playing against a golf course.

  • Qi Golf: A new approach to the game

     

    You can have dozens of lessons (like me), read golf instructional books (like me), watch golf videos (like me) and still have a lousy game (like me).

    When we first moved here and I had the freedom to play golf anytime, my game improved and I actually broke 80 twice. My handicap went down, I won some tournaments and was happy as a clam (or Rory McIlroy, when he won the PGA Championship earlier this month).

  • Sunbelt Senior Tour players rule

     The Sunbelt Senior Tour came to Brick Landing last week and played a two-day rain-shortened tournament. I was there to watch most of it, and let me tell you, folks, these guys can play.

    Danny Edwards, a five-time PGA Tour winner, carded a 129 (65-64) in finishing first and winning $2,000. In second place was Roger Rowland (66-65— 131). Third place went to Tim Conley (70-64 — 134). Fourth place was a tie between John Whitty and Steve Ford. They both shot 36-hole a score of 5-under-par 137.

  • At Thistle Club, new things happening

     

    I’d been hearing things about the Thistle Club for a while: new owners, new spec homes, golf course renovations and more.

    Like any good reporter, I decided it was time to track down those rumors and get the real scoop on what was happening over at the Thistle.

  • Golf Channel comes to The First Tee

     On Tuesday morning, July 29, Kelly Tilghman and Charlie Rymer of the Golf Channel came to The First Tee of Brunswick County.

    It was a totally awesome experience for the kids and coaches. They loved it.

  • Prevent heat stroke in the dog days of summer

     Dear friends and fellow golfers, we are in July and August, the hot and humid months, here on the Carolina coast. That’s great because we have the beach, boating, fishing and perhaps a pool to hang out in. We have backyard cookouts and pig roasts and just sitting on the back porch and vegging out with a cool drink and good friends.