• Mike Gildea is making a difference


    During my year and a half in the First Tee of Brunswick County, I have met some incredible players and mentors.

    In the summer of 2009, at a First Tee Summer Tour event at Panther’s Run, I had the pleasure to meet Coach Mike Gildea, who is a birdie-level coach. From that point on, we developed a close bond. Over the past week I had the opportunity to interview Coach Mike about golf, his early life and what the First Tee of Brunswick County has meant to him.

  • Lockwood Folly men play first President’s Cup

    The Lockwood Folly Men’s Golf Association played its inaugural President’s Cup match play competition Nov. 1. Forty-eight golfers were split into the Red team and the Blue team. 

    Each of the 12 matches paired a Blue team white tee player with a gold (forward) tee player against a white and a gold team player from the Red team. Each of the 12 matches consisted of four points: team better ball, team alternate shot and two individual matches.

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues


    The Beachcombers played at Cypress Bay. Low gross: Jim Beairsto, 83; Ed Kinney, 88; Stu Cleveland, 89. Low nets: Kinney and Beairsto, 65s. Team two-man best ball: 1. Kinney and Paul Michal, 16 under; 2. Beairsto and Fred Ortiz, 11 under; Jack Goin and Cleveland, 8 under; Bob Smith and Hal Riebesehl, 6 under; Bill Cameron and Bob Byrne, 5 under. Golfer of the week was Kinney.


  • Sandpiper Bay concludes President’s Cup

    After four qualifying rounds, the 12 finalists played off for the President’s Cup. There were six players in the low gross competition and six in the low net competition. The finals were played on the Bay course, with nine holes played twice.

    Gross division: Bob Nicoletti, 74; Lance Lewin, 78; John Radziewski, 81; Al Hooker, 84; Bob Bryce, 86; Mike Finkelstein, 90.

    Net division: Jim Creighton, 64; Jim Kearns, 71; Don Moore, 72; Tom Ioven, 78; Tom Townsend, 79; Doug Williams, 80.

  • Tournament of Champions

    On Nov. 13-14, the men’s and women’s club champions from Brunswick County will tee it up in the seventh annual Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions. The tournament will take place at the Members Club at St. James Plantation with tee times beginning at 8:30 a.m. 

    Each year, the Brunswick Beacon honors our champions with this special edition. We celebrate the Best of the Best, those men and women who ripped their drives, blasted out of sand and sank putts from 30 feet away. 

  • Highlights, scores of area golf leagues

    There were two holes-in-one Oct. 27 during the final qualifying round for the Sandpiper Bay MGA President’s Cup. 

    Tony DeMarte aced the 149-yard third hole on the Piper course. He used his 24-degree utility club for the shot. He was playing with Doug Williams, Ron Donley and Jack Hinte. 

    John Hannigan aced the 123-yard sixth hole on the Piper course. He has two holes-in-one in his life, both on the same hole and both this year. He used his 7-iron, again, for the shot while playing with Marv Pethtal, J.J. Whalen and Bob Arace. 

  • A visit to Spain: Costa del Golf

    Last week Gene and I fulfil led one of the items on our bucket list: We went to Spain and played golf. 

    It all began when my cousin, Hannu Latomaa, asked us to come and visit him and his wife at their place in Spain. Hannu and Yrsa live in Helsinki year round, but like many of the folks in the northern climes of Europe, they have an apartment in the south of Spain, near Estepona.  

  • Winding River WGA plays member-guest tourney

    Forty-one members and their guests gathered at Carolina National Golf Course for the sixth annual Winding River Women's Golf Association’s member-guest golf tournament Oct. 1. “An Afternoon in Paris” became a soggy Thursday afternoon for the practice round, which was canceled. 

    For the tournament Friday, the sky was Carolina blue and the Carolina National grounds crew had the course ready with only a slight delay. Marilyn Greenfield and guest Mary Eggleston had the low net, 59. Marlene Burroughs and guest Terry Baker had the low gross, 78. 

  • Player Card benefits Brunswick First Tee



    The 2011 First Tee Player Card is on sale for  $100. With the card, golfers can play once at all the participating golf facilities in Brunswick County for $25. The card is available only to Brunswick County residents; golfers must present a valid Brunswick County driver’s license when arriving to play.

  • Highlights, scores of area golf tourneys


    The Beachcombers played a 1-2-3 tournament Friday at Brierwood. Winners with a score of 99 (-37) were Reggie Auten, Dennis Keane, Bill Cameron and Jim Ritter. Low gross were Dennis Keane, 84, and Jim Ritter, 88. Low nets were Dennis Keane, 64; Jim Ritter, 65; Reggie Auten, 67; and Bill Cameron and Bob Byrne, 69s. Dennis Keane was voted golfer or the week.