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Golf

  • Golf action

    The finals of the Sandpiper Bay President’s Cup year-long tournament were played Nov. 5. The scoring was based on the FedEx system, leading up to competitions resulting in the top players competing for the top prize. The results were as follows:

    Gross division: First, Bob Nicoletti, 81. Second, Dagn Alsup, 82. Third, a tie between Al Hooker and John Radziewski, 87. Net division: first, Bobby Bryce, 73. Second, Norm Burgess, 76. Third, Bob Kakos, 82. Fourth, Don Capretta (did not play).

    The remainder of the club played low-gross and low-net scores.

  • Tournament of Champions preview: Ladies club champions—These gals rock!

    Each year I have the pleasure of interviewing all the ladies’ and men’s club champions prior to The Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions.

    This is the sixth year the Beacon has sponsored this event, and it gets bigger and better each year.

    It all began in 2002, when I first started writing this column. I thought it would be a hoot to interview all the champions and then feature them in Golf Gab, the men one week, the women the next. It was fun talking to the best of the best, the guys and gals who, for this one special tournament, came out on top.

  • Golf action

    On Oct. 23, Don Nelson eagled the 375-yard on the sixth hole at Black Bear. He used a driver and a 7-iron.

    On Oct. 28, Carolina Shores resident Bob Kronberg recorded an eagle 3 on the par-5, 484-yard 11th hole at Leopard’s Chase Golf Club at Ocean Ridge Plantation. Kronberg used a driver and a 3-wood and chipped in using a lob wedge. His playing partners were J.C. Peloquin and Bob Mabe.

    Dick Pearce eagled the par-5 ninth hole Oct. 30 at Farmstead Golf Course. He used a driver and a 7-iron and sank the putt.

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  • Albatross sitting at Brick Landing Plantation

    When you look up “albatross” in the dictionary, you will read about large, web-footed birds, mainly found in the Southern Hemisphere, having a hooked beak and long narrow wings. However, if you look up “albatross” in a golfer’s glossary, you will see it is a term used in Britain for a score of 3-under par for a hole. In the U.S., this score is more commonly referred to as a double-eagle.

  • Golf action

    The Ocean Ridge Men’s Golf Association played its ninth annual Ocean Ridge Cup tournament Oct. 15, Oct. 20 and Oct. 22. The contest consisted of two 52-member teams (Oceans and Ridges) competing in a Ryder Cup Format.

  • Five holes-in-one? You have to be kidding

    I started hearing rumors about a gal at Ocean Ridge who had three holes-in-one in the past year, then I heard she had another, and then another…

    Naaah! Five holes-in-one in a year? Impossible, I thought. Someone was pulling my leg.

    But the rumors persisted and a couple of people sent me e-mails, someone else called me about it.

    I decided to track it down and folks, it’s as true as the sun shining outside my office window this morning.

  • The First Tee Walmart Invitational deemed a success

    The first major fundraiser for The First Tee of Brunswick County raised more than $50,000 for the local chapter.

    Played Sept. 23 at The Thistle Golf Club in Calabash, The First Tee Walmart Invitational Golf Tournament pulled teams and individual golfers from Wilmington to Myrtle Beach, S.C. All three Brunswick County Walmart stores sponsored the event, with Brent Guice of the Shallotte store acting as liaison. Walmart is a major national sponsor of The First Tee.

  • My Dad and the game of golf: Interview with Joe Louis Barrow Jr.

    Last week I had the opportunity to chat with Joe Louis Barrow Jr. in the clubhouse of The First Tee of Brunswick County at Cinghiale Creek. For 45 minutes we traded stories of boxing, kids and golf. I know a little bit about boxing since my father had been an amateur boxer in his youth and often enjoyed sparring with me when I was a kid, teaching me the difference between a right uppercut and a left jab.

    Joe Louis was his hero, and now I was talking to his son, Joe Louis Barrow Jr.

    It doesn’t get any better than that.

  • Golf action

    The Ocean Ridge Ladies Golf Association had an individual match play Sept. 24 at Lion’s Paw. The winners were Erma Krahl, Mickie Underhill, Linda Johnston, Maureen Cotter, Ammie Sullivan, Valerie Ratchford, Pam Bank and Doris Fairchild. Birdies: Erma Krahl at No. 16. Chip-ins: Erma Krahl at No. 4 and Ammie Sullivan at No. 8 and No. 10.

    The Ocean Ridge Men played their annual match play tournament Sept. 17, Sept. 22 and Sept. 24 at Lion’s Paw, Panther’s Run and Panther’s Run. There were nine flights of eight players each. The final results:

  • Not feeling up to par? It could be an underlying heart problem

    A few weeks ago, as I was grabbing a muffin prior to a Club 25 event at The Lakes, a group of gals from Lockwood Folly collared me and suggested I do a column about heart attacks and women.

    They said that a couple of ladies from Lockwood had sought medical help just in time to avert a serious heart attack. What made it interesting was their symptoms were not the usual ones associated with cardiac problems. No chest pain, no pains in the left arm.