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Golf

  • 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.

  • Lockwood Folly expanding, polishing

    Last summer, Lockwood Folly broke ground on its new clubhouse, a beautiful multi-function building. It is more than16,000 square feet and overlooks the Lockwood Folly River with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway and Holden Beach in the distance. The new clubhouse has a large banquet room, sports bar and restaurant, pro shop, fitness center, library, offices, meeting rooms and two kitchens.

    Recently I learned Lockwood is installing new greens and renovating the course this summer.  

  • Cameryn Smith on Queens’ championship golf team

    The Queens University of Charlotte women’s golf team won the South Atlantic Conference championship tournament April 13, the first SAC title for the program.

    West Brunswick graduate Cameryn Smith, a freshman, is a member of the championship team.

    The Royals shot a final-round 313 and finished at 938, four strokes ahead of

    2015 conference champion Carson-Newman College. The tourney had 11 teams.

  • The First Tee: Blossoming and helping children grow

     

    We should all be proud of The First Tee of Brunswick County. It is one of the highest ranked chapters of the nearly 200 chapters of The First Tee in the U.S. and in the world. It has achieved that level of success thanks to the amazing volunteers and generous donors in our area.  

  • 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).

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  • 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.

  • Sandpiper Bay renovating

    Golf is alive and well in Brunswick County and I’m delighted.

    Several years ago, it was a different story. The economy had tanked; golf rounds were down on the Carolina Coast and courses were closing here and there in the Myrtle Beach, S.C., area.  Bay Tee, Gator Hole, Ocean Isle Beach Golf Course and Calabash Links were gone.

    My husband, Gene, and I had worked hard all our lives and we had built a great retirement home on the third hole of Brick Landing. Then that course went into bankruptcy and closed.

  • 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.