• Brunswick golfers beware of heat stroke

    By Elsa Bonstein


    The past few weeks have been excessively hot and humid in Brunswick County. Temperatures have been in the 90s almost every day and the heat index has been soaring above 100. I’ve seen ambulances at two golf courses recently and I’m worried about our golfers.

    We think we’re tough and we can take anything. We will play our weekly game, our match, our qualifying round and we don’t care how hot it is. 

  • Rivers Edge has Relay for Life golf tourney

    Rivers Edge golf community sponsored a Relay for Life golf tournament that raised $17,000 for the American Cancer Society Brunswick County.  

    Other Relay for Life activities brought the total of the 2015 Rivers Edge Relay for Life contribution to $18,869. This was $7,000 more than what the community raised in 2012.


  • Ashley Sloup reaching goals in golf

    In January of 2014, I wrote a column about Ashley Sloup. Her golf team at South Brunswick High School had just won the 3A East Regional Tournament for the second year in a row. And, she had just been awarded an athletic scholarship to Winthrop University.

    Last week, I had the pleasure of playing golf with Sloup at the Players Club at St. James Plantation, where she works in the pro shop. Our playing partners were Dan Lynes and Mike Reaves. We had a blast! 

  • John Daly: Broadcaster, Journalist, Anchor, Golfer

    John Daly of Sunset Beach has been in print and broadcast journalism for most of his  life.  Today, he is on the cutting edge of creating content for companies in the “new media”.   

    Before I go any farther, let me explain that I am not talking about John Daly, the heavy-set blonde PGA Tour player, the long hitter who has had a rough and tumble lifetime of golf championships and controversy and four marriages.  That John Daly won the 1991 PGA Championship and the 1995 U. Open.   

  • Ken Kosak: St. James GM

    St. James is the largest golf course community in Brunswick County and the second largest in North Carolina. Only Pinehurst is bigger.

    St. James has 81 holes of golf designed by Pete Dye, Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin and our own Tim Cate. There are four clubhouses, five restaurants, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness centers, tennis courts and a marina. St. James has more than 3,200 members.

    Being the general manager of this active showcase community is not easy.

  • Fun finds for Father’s Day gifts

    Father’s Day is June 21, so I have explored great gifts for dad and some fun things to do in our area.

    I went to PGA Superstore in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., last week and spoke with John Wagner, the general manager. A jovial, articulate man, we had a blast looking at the latest in clothing lines, then we moved on to gadgets and gizmos for the golfing dad.  

  • The golfers among us: Ted Lide, Vietnam hero

    A few weeks ago, I began the series “The Golfers Among Us.” We have a fabulous, fantastic, fascinating mix of people here in Brunswick County and I wanted to feature some of our local citizen/golfers.

    This week, we honor one of our military heroes: Ted Lide. He is a gentle, humble man, yet he is also the most decorated Vietnam veteran hailing from South Carolina.

  • Get in the game: Nine-hole after-work league

     We live in a diverse area as far as golf is concerned. Some of our residents have played golf their whole lives; some have never touched a club. Others played years ago, then gave up the game for their careers and family and now want to start again.

    Brunswick County has a temperate climate and more than a 100 golf courses within an easy drive. Why not learn to play the sport? If you played years ago, why not take it up again?

    Take the plunge and get in the game.

  • Mother’s Day gifts galore at Lori’s Golf Shoppe

     As the mother of four daughters and now the grandmother of 10 (seven boys and three girls), I love Mother’s Day.

    My husband always remembers the date and makes me feel truly special for being his wife and the mother of his children

    But you don’t have to physically be a mom to be honored as one. Plenty of aunts and grandmothers, sisters and neighbors have been surrogate moms by listening, counseling and just being there for a kid who needs an adult friend.    

  • Jon Stewart: Superintendent at Sandpiper Bay

     Most people think the golf course superintendent is a guy who hangs out at the course and cuts grass. Maybe he rakes a few traps and fertilizes once in a while. It’s an easy, cushy job that any dude could do.

    Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

    The golf course superintendent is a highly trained, educated professional who usually has a college degree in agriculture or turf management. Many superintendents have advanced degrees.