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Golf

  • ATMC cable TV to launch golf show

    ATMC will launch a new cable TV show specifically aimed at golfers and those connected with the golf industry in Brunswick County.

    “Tee Time” will be hosted by Al Arrigoni, PGA golf professional and executive director of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

  • Far out and cool stuff at the PGA merchandise show

    I love the annual Carolinas Section PGA Merchandise Show and try to go each year.

    Last week’s show was bigger than last year’s. More than 1,500 golf professionals from all over the Carolinas and even farther assembled for elections, meetings, seminars and to preview what’s new in the world of golf products.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Brierwood. Low gross: Reese Evans, 78; Jim Ritter, Jim Beairsto, 88. Low net: Ritter, 64; Evans, 68; Beairsto, 69. Team (two low nets each hole): Ritter, Evans, Bob Smith and Beairsto, 22-under par. Golfer of the week was Evans.

    BRIERWOOD MIXED SCRAMBLE

    Rita DuGan, Fran Thomas, and Randy Coates were first at 1-over par in the Brierwood nine-hole mixed scramble Feb. 24. Finishing second was the team of Marianne Nobes, Ralph Trimmer, and Bob Nobes. The team of Sharon Beavers, Glen Green and John Beavers were third.

  • Trojan golf team starts Waccamaw Conference play this week

    The WBHS men’s golf team began tournament play this week in the new 2A/3A Waccamaw Conference.

    Last year, the Trojans won the 3A division of the Mideastern Conference and advanced to the regionals, finishing eighth. For the overall combined 3A/4A individual golfers, Harrison Taylor, Greg Hensley, Cole Grammen and Jack Donoghue were in the top 25 for scoring average. This year looks to be even better with the loss of only one senior.

  • Play Golf America at Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach: Huge, entertaining, free

    Last Saturday, I attended the Play Golf America Day at Grande Dunes Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C. This is an initiative of the PGA of America to increase participation in the game of golf, and it’s all free.

    Hundreds of people of all ages showed up for free lessons from PGA pros. They hit full shots on the driving range, they chipped and putted and hit bunker shots, all under the watchful eye of dozens of pros, staked out all over the immense practice facility at Grand Dunes.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a modified Stableford tournament Friday at Carolina Shores. The winners with a score of +11.5 were Paul Michal, Bud Dunham and Stu Cleveland. In second at +0.5 were Reese Evans, Jim Ritter, Gary Gutheil and Jim Beairsto. Low rounds: Reese Evans, 84; Gary Gutheil, 85; and Paul Michal, 86. Low net was Bud Dunham, 70. He was also the most over his points at +9.5. Bud Dunham was voted golfer of the week.

    BRIERWOOD MGA

  • Golf pro records a 300--and proud of it

    Jeff Davis, PGA golf professional and teaching pro at Sea Trail Golf School, did something last week that few people ever do. He bowled a perfect 300 game at Little River Lanes in Little River, S.C.

    Unlike golf, in which there is no finite perfect score, bowling does measure perfection. A 300 game means the bowler has hit 12 strikes in a row. There are 10 frames in bowling; each strike is worth 10, plus the pin fall from the next two balls. Keep going through the last frame, which has two bonus throws, and the perfect bowler will get a score of 300.

  • Golf action

    Sharon DeBona, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., scored a hole-in-one on the 117-yard, par-3 18th hole Jan. 27 at Charleston National in Mount Pleasant, S.C. She used a 5-iron. Less than two weeks later, her husband, John DeBona, scored a hole-in-one on the 126 yard, par-3 fifth hole at Meadowlands Golf Club in Calabash. He used an 8-iron while playing in a Grand Strand Senior Men’s Golf Association event Feb. 8.

    BEACHCOMBERS

  • New owners spell new hope for Carolina National

    In the last few years, unhappy changes have occurred in golf courses in Brunswick County and the upper Grand Strand. Some courses have closed; others are in obvious financial straights with weed-filled courses and empty parking lots.

    To add to the angst, several restaurants at golf facilities have closed or operate with limited hours.

  • Golf action

    On Feb. 1 at Farmstead, Jim Kennedy, Vonh Hincher, John Methvin and Joe Gallo placed first with a 150. Teams scored two nets per hole. In second were Frank Janton, Jerry Rubin, Hugh Chinn and Cliff Musselman.

    On Feb. 3, at Meadowlands, Frank Janton, Pete Scott, John Ducey and Joe Gallo placed first with a 157. Teams scored three nets on par-5s, two nets on par-4s and one net on par-3s. In second were Sid Pennington, Steve Maiorca, John Ogden and Vonh Hincher.