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Golf

  • Baby, it’s cold outside: How to stay warm while playing golf this winter

    It’s warm outside as I write this. The temperature is supposed to go higher than 70 degrees today, so my visiting family and I will be out on the course this afternoon wearing light clothing.

    That’s great, and one of the reasons we chose to live here on the Carolina coast.

    However, we do get cold weather here during the winter months. The temperature can dip way below freezing for several weeks at a time. Plus, because we’re next to the ocean, wind is a constant chill factor.

  • Merry Christmas to all

    Dear Reader, Since Christmas is a time to send letters and cards to friends and family, here’s my Christmas letter to y’all.

    The Christmas season is a reminder of the power of love and light. If you are a Christian, you commemorate the time when God reached down to earth and gave the ultimate gift, his son, Jesus.

  • Golf action

    On Dec. 15, the warm air returned and the Sandpiper Bay Men’s Golf Association used the format of count two best balls on par 3s, three on the par 4s and all four on the par 5s.

  • The Island of Bermuda: always timeless and an amazing place to visit

    This past week, Gene and I made our 19th pilgrimage to the tiny island of Bermuda and, as usual, it was perfect.

    Bermuda is in the Atlantic Ocean, directly east of North Carolina. The climate is much like ours, but a bit more temperate because the Gulf Stream runs right by it, bringing warm ocean temperatures to its shores.

  • Golf action

    THE BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played their annual old vs. young tournament at Cypress Bay. The three-round event ended Dec. 12. The winning team was the young team of Reggie Auten, Bob Brownley, Randy Cogdill, Bob Byrne, Dennis Davidson, Jack Goin, Gary Gutheil, Dan O’Connell, Dennis McCann and Jerry Morano.

  • To shop or not to shop—did abstaining from shopping cure this shopaholic?

    I have not shopped for myself for 11 months, 4 days, 16 hours and 30 minutes.

    My no-shopping adventure began last Jan. 2, when I decided to really clean out my clothes closet.

    Let me explain. When Gene and I built our retirement home here on the Carolina coast, I wanted a big walk-in closet. In our last home, my clothes were stuffed into a small wall closet with heavy sliding doors that often fell off the track. I dreamed of a big closet the same way golfers yearn for a single-digit handicap or a hole-in-one.

  • Lockwood Folly Men’s Golf Association plays red, white and blue tournament

    The Lockwood Folly Men’s Golf Association played its red, white and blue tournament Dec. 5. Members who normally play from the white tees played three holes of their choice from each of the red, white and blue tees on the front and back nines. Members who normally play from the gold tees played three holes of their choice from each of the white, gold and red tees on the front and back nines.

  • What’s it cost to play a round of golf here in Brunswick County?

    We’re all in a budget crunch right now and looking to save pennies whenever we can. The holiday season is upon us with gifts to buy, special meals to prepare and travel costs.

    When family and friends arrive for the holidays or a winter vacation in the mid-South, we want to take them out to play golf. Maybe a grandson just got a new set of clubs for Christmas and now wants to try them out. Perhaps a daughter-in-law is taking golf lessons. Maybe you have a long-standing golf bet with your older brother from Minnesota.

  • Despite cold weather, golfers get in their rounds

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a tourney at Palmetto Greens. Low gross: 77, Matt Beairsto; 88, Geno Confort. Low nets: 67, Beairsto; 70, Reggie Auten; 72, Ed Hennessey; 73, Bob Smith; 74, Confort; 76, Hal Riebesehl.

    Team (three low nets each hole): First at -11, Beairsto, Confort, Riebesehl and Bob Byrne; Second at -9, Smith, Hennessey, Auten and a blind draw.

    Golfer of the week was Matt Beairsto.

    BRICK LANDING

    MEN’S SPORTS CLUB

    The Brick Landing Men’s Sports Club weekly tournament was played Nov. 18.

  • Legends Golf Tour to come to Brunswick County

    Amid depressing economic news, The Legends Golf Tour is planning to come to Brunswick County Sept. 28-30. The Legends Tour is the senior tour of the LPGA.

    Letters of intent have been signed and many people are working hard to make it happen. The site will be Tiger’s Eye at Ocean Ridge Plantation. The beneficiary will be North Carolina Special Olympics.

    Legends Tour players include Amy Alcott, Sally Little, Beth Daniel, Rosie Jones, Jan Stephenson and Nancy Lopez. In short, these are the LPGA golfers fans followed and cheered for and who have since turned 45.