• Arnie part of a memorable foursome

    By Thomas Ryan Paul

    The custom we follow when a great golfer dies is to cite statistics. And so it is with Arnold Palmer. Four Masters, one U.S. Open and two Open championships in seven years from 1958 through 1964. A memorable run, the likes of which few have achieved.

  • 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.  

  • Farmstead/Meadowlands site of Beacon Tournament of Champions this year

    I am so excited. This year’s Tournament of Champions will take place Nov. 12-13 at the beautiful Farmstead/Meadowlands golf courses. This marks the 13th year of this prestigious event in which the club champions (men and women) from each of our clubs battle it out to decide who is the best of the best.

    The format is two days of medal play. No handicaps allowed. It is fun to watch and each year the event attracts more and more spectators.

  • Platinum Series: Fun-filled pro-ams

    Brunswick County has a myriad of golfing opportunities year round. Each course has weekly play days and leagues. On a larger scale there are interclub matches, member-guest tournaments, gross and net championships and team events.

    One of the most enjoyable tournaments ever designed is the pro-am. In this format a pro plays with an amateur as a team. Sometimes, it’s a pro and three amateurs in a foursome against a field of similar teams.

  • Tourney Feb. 27 for injured motorcyclist

    A golf tournament for Tom Palka will begin with registration at 8 a.m. and golf at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Valley at Eastport. The fee is $75 per golfer.

    Palka was struck on his motorcycle on Nov. 6, 2015, by an underinsured motorist who failed to yield the right of way.

  • 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.  

  • Super Bowl golf: Something to try

    We tend to think golf competitions are terribly serious affairs. We either look forward to or dread club championships, member-guest days and interclub matches. We take a deep breath, tee it up and try our best to shoot the lowest round of our career, thereby ensuring a good time.

    What if we could have a great time, even if we didn’t come close to our average score?

    It can be done, and with every participant having a ripsnorting good time.

  • Cart-path-only: Aggravation

    This past year has been one of the wettest in the history of Brunswick County. Many courses have been cart-path-only for weeks and weeks. This slows play because golfers must leave their carts on the path, walk to their ball (which may be on the far side of the fairway) and then hit.

    A good tip is to take three clubs to the ball. The club you think you need, plus one longer and one shorter. Then you won’t have to walk back and forth if the distance is too long or short for what you thought

  • World Golf Hall of Fame: Lots of fun and facts

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    On a recent trip to Florida, my husband, Gene, and I took an extra day and visited the World Golf Hall of Fame, part of the World Golf Village near St. Augustine, Fla.