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Golf

  • Wiggins, Bergstrom Rivers Edge champions

    After being the runner-up for the previous three years, Michael Wiggins won the 2010 Rivers Edge club championship, shooting 77-71¬—148.

    Four golfers were within four strokes of Wiggins after the first round. In the second round, he shot a 32 on the front nine. He shot a 39 on the back nine for the 1-under 71.

    Betsy Bergstrom won the women’s club championship, shooting 88-90—178. She is a two-time champion, having won in 2007.

    Nancy and Alan Hughes were the low-net winners in the club championship. Each shot a 143.

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at the Valley At Eastport. Low gross: Gary Guthiel 80, Jim Beairsto 84 and Paul Michal 87. Low nets: Beairsto 64, Guthiel 66 and Bob Smith 69.

    Team two low nets each hole: Smith, Reggie Auten, Larry Cecil and Beairsto, 26-under par. Golfer of the week was Beairsto.

    BRIERWOOD MGA

  • Golf Gab: Seeing Brunswick County with new eyes

    I have the most fun when someone who has not been here before comes to visit us. Our guests are always slack-jawed with admiration and awe at the beauty of Brunswick County. They exclaim over our golf courses, our beaches, our seafood, seabirds and salt-marches. They love the friendliness of our people, how they can go to a grocery store or dry cleaner and everyone talks to you. 

    Two weeks ago, two friends from New Jersey arrived for a visit. John Saporito and his wife, Barbara, after several years of invites, finally came to visit us.    

  • The First Tee

    The First Tee program fosters nine core values to be used in golf and which come in handy in all other areas of life. These core values have caused parents and teachers alike to embrace the First Tee program.

    In the 2009-2010 school year, The First Tee of Brunswick County initiated a character education program with the Brunswick County Schools. The School Day Program was a pilot program that included the fourth-graders of six elementary schools “local” to the home facility of the organization located in Shallotte. 

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a modified Stableford tournament Friday at Oak Island. The winners with 22.5 points were Reggie Auten, Randy Cogdill, Charlie Shore and Dennis Keane. In second were Jim Beairsto, Bob Smith and Ed Kinney with 8 points. Low gross for the day were Jim Beairsto, 85; Dennis Keane, 87; Charlie Shore, 88; and Randy Cogdill, 89. Low net score honors went to Jim Beairsto, 63, and Dennis Keane, 64. Most over their points were Dennis Keane, +11.5, and Reggie Auten, +8.5. Dennis Keane was voted golfer of the week.

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • Practice makes perfect for Brunswick golfers

    The long hot summer is drawing to a close and it’s time to work on your game.

    I don’t care whether you play the piano or bowl. I don’t care whether you paint portraits or play tennis, practice will help. 

    With practice, your fingers will move with confidence over the keyboard; your brush strokes will coax out that hint of a smile you are trying to capture on the face of a child. Practice in bowling will bring more strikes your way; in tennis, you will score more aces. 

  • Greg Hensley returns from Pebble Beach

    By Connie Hensley
    The First Tee

    The Home Care and Hospice First Tee Open at Pebble Beach is over. It showcased the talent and character of 78 young people who participate at The First Tee chapters worldwide.

    As an official Champions Tour event, the stroke play tournament paired one junior with a Champions Tour player and two amateurs for a field of 78 teams.

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a two low nets tournament Friday at Woodland Valley. The winners at -21 by a match of cards were Paul Michal, Reggie Auten, Dennis Keane and Dennis Davidson. In second was the team of Jack Goin, Jim Beairsto, Bob Byrne and Matt Beairsto. Low gross: Matt Beairsto 80, Stu Cleveland 85 and Paul Michal 87. Paul Michal was voted golfer of the week.

     

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • Brunswick Isles Golf Trail: Boosting the business of golf

    A bright new marketing initiative is bringing golfers from all over the United States to Brunswick County golf courses. Called the Brunswick Isle Golf Trail, this innovative idea is just what we need. 

    It’s all about marketing, packaging and putting our best foot forward. It’s about telling people that we have a concentration of the finest golf courses in the world right here in Brunswick County. We have courses that were designed by Tim Cate, Willard Byrd, Dan Maples, Rees Jones, Pete Dye, Fred Couples, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.    

  • Panther’s Run reopens with new greens

    BY BILL LONG

    Special to the Beacon

    Panther’s Run has reopened with 18 new greens. The putting surfaces at Panther’s Run Golf Links, one of the Big Cats courses of Ocean Ridge Plantation, have been converted to new MiniVerde ultra-dwarf greens, which feature a combination of smooth, consistent playability and disease resistant, heat tolerant durability.