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Golf

  • Carolinas golf course superintendents: A blessing to golfers

    People often ask me where I get my ideas for columns. It’s simple: many of them come from the folks who read Golf Gab regularly. I get phone calls and cards and letters and e-mails from my readers, who tip me off about possible stories in the world of golf.

  • Pro Profiles: Mac Hood, a multitasking, quintessential golf professional

    Mac Hood, director of golf and general manager of Farmstead Golf Links and Meadowlands Golf Club, laughingly calls himself “the accidental pro.”

    You see, Mac did not begin as a golf professional but worked in Wall Street for 10 years, rising to director of operations at Lebenthal & Co., where he supervised a staff of 23.

  • Golf action

    The Brick Landing Men’s Club weekly tournament was Nov. 10. The format was flighted individual stroke play. Flight one: Gene Bonstein, net 69; Dave Biesack, net 71; Al Zyga, net 73. Flight two: Larry Agrimonti, net 64; Bill Shanley, net 69.

  • Mona Dye, Peter Allen win Tournament of Champions

    Mona Dye, of Brierwood, and Peter Allen, of St. James Plantation, were repeat winners in The Brunswick Beacon’s Tournament of Champions, played Saturday and Sunday at the Members Course at St. James.

    MEN’S DIVISION

    Allen shot a round of 69 on the first day of competition. The seven birdies he carded in that round put him far enough ahead of the field to allow him an eight-stroke victory. He finished with a two-day score of 143 to seal his victory for the second year in a row.

  • Men's Tournament of Champions contenders

    Brick Landing

    Bob Koegel

    Bob Koegel won the Brick Landing Championship in 2006 and in 2009, but he was a seasoned competitor long before then.

    In 1996, Koegel won the Club Championship at Wynham Country Club in New York. From 1992 to 1999, he was the senior men’s champion there. He was also Green Country Champion in upstate New York.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a four-man team, two low nets tournament Friday at Crown Park. Winners with a score of 117 (-27) were Freddy Ortiz, Bill Cameron, Reggie Auten and Hal Riebesehl. Second went to Bob Byrne, Bob Smith, Ed Kinney and Jim Beairsto with a123 (-21). Low gross: Charlie Shore, 83; Stu Cleveland, 84; and Jim Beairsto and Randy Cogdill, 89. Low nets were Reggie Auten and Charlie Shore, 66. Reggie Auten was voted golfer of the week.

    BRICK LANDING

    TOMBSTONE TOURNEY

  • The story of the Beacon's Tournament of Champions

    In 2002, The Brunswick Beacon decided to feature area club champions in Golf Gab, the weekly golf column written by Elsa Bonstein.

    Men would be featured one week; women, the next. All champions would be personally interviewed, and the Beacon would run a small photograph and article about each individual champion.

    It would be the Beacon’s way of recognizing the best of the best in the county’s large and active golf communities.

  • Ximena makes better bodies for golf

    About a month ago, I walked into Lori’s Golf Shop in Calabash to meet with Lori DeSimone about a donation for a charity event. When she came out of her office, I did a double take.

    Lori is an LPGA pro who owns Lori’s Golf Shop, gives golf lessons and conducts ladies’ golf trips to Bald Head Island and other venues. She has always been a cute gal, with a muscular athlete’s body and an up-beat personality.

    I noticed a change since I had seen her last. Lori’s skin glowed, she was thinner, her eyes sparkled.

  • Golf action

    Michael Coleman made a hole-in-one Oct. 2 on the 164-yard ninth hole at Brierwood.

    Coleman, 76, of Little River, S.C., used a 3-hybrid in making the ace, his first.

    “After 46 years of playing,” he said, “I finally got a hole-in-one.”

    WALLY MILNICHUK ACES

    Wally Milnichuk made his first hole-in-one Oct. 20 on the eighth hole of Leopard’s Chase, a 135-yard par-3, using an 8-iron.

    GEORGE CASSIDY ACES

  • South golfers Gore, Kjome advance to state

    South Brunswick sophomore golfers Abby Kjome and Molly Gore qualified last week for the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 1A/2A/3A tournament.

    Kjome shot a 98 and Gore a 99 in the 18-hole regional Oct. 21 at Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course.

    Topsail won the team title, shooting a 263. Kathryn Rand finished 18 holes tied for first (77) but lost in a playoff. The other teams that qualified were Northwood (275), Southern Lee (290) and Fike (299). Team scores were based upon three individual scores.