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Golf

  • Eric Morgan new golf pro at Lockwood Folly

     On Jan. 1, Eric Morgan became the new head golf professional at Lockwood Folly.  

    Lockwood Folly is a Willard Byrd design built in 1988 on the site of an old hunting preserve. The course sits on the Lockwood Folly River and runs through old live oaks and tall pines with ponds and a lot of wildlife. It is a certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.

  • SWATCA: Fostering women’s golf

     I’d been hearing about something called the Southeastern Women’s Amateur Team Championship Association for several years. This is an organization to sponsors women’s team championships among several states that include the Carolinas.

    Each state sends a team of 10 players (eight scores count) and a non-playing team captain. Competition is over three days with scoring based on four-ball match play, modified foursome match play and singles match play. The team that amasses the most points wins. 

  • Walk your way to better scores

     I love this time of year. We can discard the old ways, make new resolutions, begin all over again and do what we really want to do. We can create a healthier lifestyle.

    So, let’s begin by walking. Walk the dog, walk the neighborhood, walk the mall. Best of all, walk the golf course.

    Walking regularly is a terrific way to become healthier and happier in the New Year. The American Heart Association tells us that walking:

  • Baby, it’s cold outside

     Many of us who live in Brunswick County are from the north. We’re from New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, New England, even Minnesota.

    Years ago, Gene and I came down on a family vacation and we fell in love with the beaches, the golf, the fishing, restaurants —  and the weather.

    Historically, the average temperature in this area in January is a high of 55 and a low of 34. Chicago, on the other hand, has an average daily temperature of 31 (January) and New York has an average daily temperature of 39 for the same month.

  • Baby, it’s cold outside

     

    Many of us who live in Brunswick County are from the north. We’re from New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, New England, even Minnesota.

    Years ago, Gene and I came down on a family vacation and we fell in love with the beaches, the golf, the fishing, restaurants —  and the weather.

    Historically, the average temperature in this area in January is a high of 55 and a low of 34. Chicago, on the other hand, has an average daily temperature of 31 (January) and New York has an average daily temperature of 39 for the same month.

  • The Superintendent: A golf course’s most valuable player

     

    Last month I attended the annual Conference & Trade Show of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendent’s Association. The event at the big convention center in Myrtle Beach, S.C., had three days of meetings, seminars, keynote speakers, networking and fun for the 1,800 members of the CGCSA.

  • Pro profile: Brett Thomaswick of Sandpiper Bay

     Brett Thomaswick has been the head golf professional at Sandpiper Bay for six months and he loves his job.

    A giant of a man at 6 feet, 6 inches, Brett grew up in Ford City, Pa., just north of Pittsburgh. He played basketball and baseball in high school. When he was 17, his father (an avid golfer) took him to an exhibition match at La Trobe Country Club. Brett was standing on a slight knoll behind one of the greens when Arnold Palmer hit a shot that flew the green and rolled right to him.

  • On Thanksgiving Day, I’m grateful for golf

     I’ve been a rookie golfer for decades. I’ll never be a single-digit handicapper or a club champion. My 13-year-old grandson outdrives me and my 4-year-old granddaughter gives me a run at mini-golf.

    But I still love the game.

    I grew up on a chicken farm in rural Maryland and golf was nowhere to be seen. Not a course in Cecil County. I did not play any sports in high school; I sang in the glee club and was president of the National Honor Society, not a big huge deal because we had only 65 in our graduating class.

  • Meo remembered for life of service

     Joe Meo, a popular golfer in this area, died Nov. 8 at age 97.

    Meo was born May 5, 1917, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He and wife Ann moved to Carolina Shores from New Jersey in 1986. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    During the funeral Mass Friday, Nov. 14, Rev. D. Anthony Droze used a phrase from a World War II documentary in describing Meo as “a trophy of God’s grace.”

  • Some new golfers in men’s Tournament of Champions

    For the 2014 Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions, we have a bunch of new club champions in the ranks of our men. Hooray for the newbies.

    Of the 16 Brunswick County clubs that have played their championships thus far, we have 10 new men’s champions. Some of these guys have won club championships at other clubs before moving here, but several of them are experiencing the kudos and glory for the very first time. Meet the 2014 club champions of Brunswick County.

    Brick Landing, Bob Brown