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Golf

  • Steve Mona: Chief executive officer of the World Golf Foundation

    I first met Steve Mona when he spoke at the annual meeting of the Carolina Golf Course Superintendents several years ago in Myrtle Beach, S.C. At that time, he was the CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

    Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing Steve again. He was in Brunswick County speaking before 15 members of The First Tee from seven chapters in North and South Carolina. This was the annual Summer Leadership Academy at St. James Plantation, an event that has been hosted by The First Tee of Brunswick County for four straight years.

  • The First Tee teaches golf and core values

    The First Tee of Brunswick County received its charter in 2005 and began programs in February 2006. Since then, the local chapter has grown and flourished through community support, donors, parents and guardians, and enthusiastic kids.

    Each year, more than 400 children are reached through after-school and Saturday programs and summer camps. Another 6,500 Brunswick County students receive the National Schools Program of The First Tee through their physical education classes.

  • MacDonalds win Ocean Ridge couples title

    The Ocean Ridge Sunday Couples League played its annual club championship tournament July 19 and July 26. A third day was scheduled for Aug. 2, but stormy weather shortened the day to a nine-hole regular competition at Lion’s Paw.

    The July 19 couples event on Panther’s Run consisted of nine holes of alternate shot on the front nine, where both teed off, then selected the best drive and proceeded to alternate shots through the last putt on hole 9. On the back nine, the format was a two-person scramble, with two required drives from each player.

  • Brunswick County golfers Greg Hensley and Landon Patterson have qualified to play in the Tarheel Youth Golf Association Tour Championship.

    The two-day event will take place Aug. 12-13 at Monroe County Club.

    To be invited to the 84-player field for the championship, a golfer had to win one of the 18 tournaments and/or be one of the top seven players in points.

    The competition was intense: 900 rounds of golf played by 428 participants on 18 courses from June 23 to July 22.

  • Rivers Edge gets new great greens

    Rivers Edge is open for play.

    After struggling with inconsistent greens for several years, the owners and managers of Rivers Edge bit the bullet this summer and closed the course for two months to install new Paspallum grass.

    Rivers Edge has long been a local treasure, one of those courses that locals and visitors alike clamor to play. As one visiting friend said to me, “It’s worth the extra money. I love the course!”

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Crown Park. First: Dennis McCann, Bob Byrne, Fred Ortiz and Jim Beairsto at 5-under par. Second: a tie between the team of Bob Smith, Ed Kinney, Ed Hennessey and Paul Michal and the team of Reggie Auten, Hal Riebesehl, Danny O’Connell and a blind draw at 3-under par.

    BRICK LANDING LGA

  • John Green wins Super Senior Championship

    John Green, of Ocean Isle Beach, won the super senior division in the Carolinas PGA Senior Championship.

    The two-day tourney was played July 28-29 at the Thistle Golf Club at Sunset Beach. The Carolinas PGA Senior Championship is a 36-hole stroke play championship open to all senior PGA and members residing in North and South Carolina. The Championship was played on the McKay Course for the front nine and the Cameron Course for the back.

  • A Better Man: Guidebook for boys, a good read for everyone

    The book “A Better Man” was just published. The subtitle is “True American Heroes Speak to Young Men on Love, Power, Pride and What It Really Means to Be a Man.”

    I read it in two days. This book is not just for young men and boys, but for everyone who wants to learn about real modern heroes.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Sandpiper Bay (format was team low nets, one on par-5s, two on par-4s, three on par-3s). Winning on a match of cards on second hole with a score of 116 were Larry Bollinger, Hal Riebesehl, Dan O’Connell and Stu Cleveland. Low gross: Paul Mical and Stu Cleveland, 84; Bob Byrne and Jim Beairsto, 85. Low nets: Beairsto, 66; Michal, 67; Byrne, Cleveland and Bollinger, 68. Golfer of the week was Paul Michal.

    BRICK LANDING

  • Golf action

    BRUNSWICK PLANTATION LGL

    Results of the Stableford event July 6: 1. Wanda Krasniewicz, 60 points; T-2. Theresa Georgens, Donna Stangroom, 58; T-3. Emily Campbell, Becky Seibert, 55. Chip-in: Kathy Rosenberg, Dogwood No. 3. Birdies: Grace Byrne, Dogwood No. 4; Moe MacDonald, Azalea No. 2; Donna Stangroom, Azalea, No. 9.

    CAROLINA NATIONAL