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Golf

  • Nick Bradley: World-famous golf coach is local resident with an offer you cant refuse

    Nick Bradley, coach to PGA Tour players and author of “The Seven Laws of the Golf Swing,” is living and working in Brunswick County.

    Last week, I spent a quiet morning with Nick in the clubhouse of the Thistle Golf Club, where he is teaching. His journey to become a world-renowned teacher of the game is amazing.

    Nick grew up in London, and as a boy he was a swimmer and a runner, not a golfer. His specialty was the 100-meter butterfly and he excelled at his sport.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Cypress Bay. Low gross, Paul Michal, 77; Stu Cleveland, 79; Harry Haggerty, 81; Jim Beairsto, 86; Bob Byrne, 87. Low nets: Michal, 63; Cleveland and Byrne, 66; Ed Hennessey and Bob Smith, 68. Team two low nets: Michal, Hennessey, Fred Ortiz and Beairsto, 30-under par. Golfer of the week was Paul Michal.

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • Lennon Hills: Green Golf Course Community

    There’s a new golf course community called Lennon Hills right off Route 211 near Virginia Williamson Elementary School.

    Driving to Southport one day, I saw a sign that read “Green Golf Course Community.” I was curious, so I drove back in there, following a winding road maybe a mile or so until I saw a formal entrance, a couple of model homes and, beyond the trees, a golf course.

  • Roy Pace Golf Links: A good idea for golfers of all ages

    PGA Golf Professional Roy Pace came to Brunswick County a few weeks ago for the dedication of the Roy Pace Wee Links Course at Cinghiale Creek, home of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

    Before the opening ceremonies, I had a chance to sit down and talk with Roy in the Learning Center. I came away in awe.

    This is a good guy with a long history as a PGA Tour Player, a club pro, award-winning teacher, writer, president of a chapter of The First Tee in Texas, and now the designer of Wee Links Golf, a concept I believe will bring golf into mainstream U.S.A.

  • Golf action

    THE BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Brierwood. Captain’s choice was the game of the day. First at 7-under par were Hal Riebesehl, Bill Cameron, Ed Hennessey and Dennis Butler. Second at 6 under were Stu Cleveland, Fred Ortiz, Bob Brownley and Paul Michal. Third at 3 under were Bill McDavitt, Larry Bollinger and Jim Beairsto.

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • The Roy Pace Wee Links and Driving Range ready for use

    The First Tee of Brunswick County home course is The Golf Park at Cinghiale Creek near Shallotte. On Saturday, Cinghiale Creek officially opened a new 2-acre outdoor practice area to complement its 18-hole golf course for the youth. It is called the Roy Pace Wee Links and Driving Range.

    A large crowd of chapter volunteers, guests, parents, and youth were on hand to see the ribbon-cutting ceremony. The guest of honor, and the namesake for the new course and range, was Roy Pace from Longview, Texas. He is the president and PGA golf instructor of The First Tee of the Piney Woods.

  • Dalton Gore heads to Pebble Beach--again

    Brunswick County’s Dalton Gore is going to California on Sunday to play in the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, a Champions Tour event televised by The Golf Channel.

    Gore is a senior at South Brunswick High School and plays No. 1 on its men’s golf team. He is an Eagle Level participant in The First Tee of Brunswick County.

    This is Gore’s second trip to Pebble Beach. In 2008, with Jay Haas as his partner, Gore qualified for the Sunday finals and his team finished 16th.

  • Taylor, Hopkins attend Golf Eagle and Ace Academy in Nashville

    Chandler Taylor and Keith Hopkins, members of The First Tee of Brunswick County, attended a Golf Eagle and Ace Academy July 29-Aug. 3 in Nashville, Tenn. Forty-two participants from 21 chapters of The First Tee in nine states attended.

    The week was an immersion in golf with two 18-hole rounds, eight nine-hole rounds and clinics dedicated to full swing, short game and course management. Each participant received a SeeMore Putter, a pair of Callaway golf shoes and other Callaway products, including hats, balls and equipment.

  • Pro Profile with David Kjome

    Last month I started a series called “Pro Profiles,” which will feature some of our local golf professionals. Today, the series continues with David Kjome, director of golf at St. James.

    David is called K.J. by most of his friends and associates. He is tall and tanned with a killer smile. If I were casting a movie with a golf pro in it, I would put David (or someone just like him) in the role.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a captain’s choice event Carolina Shores. First: Harry Haggerty, Jim Quigley, Bob Brownley and Jim Beairsto at 5-under par. Second: Stu Cleveland, Fred Ortiz, Ed Kinney and Bill Cameron at 2-under par. Third: Ed Hennessey, Bob Smith, Bob Byrne and Larry Bollinger at 1-under par.

    BRICK LANDING LGA