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Golf

  • 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.

  • Golf action

    CAROLINA SHORES LGA

    Results of the Carolina Shores LGA Club Championship, played Sept. 11 and Sept. 18.

    First flight, gross: Judy Nicoletti (151). First flight, net: Phyllis Welch (135). Second flight, gross: Betty Kibblehouse (186). Second flight, net: Bev Farmarco (149). Third flight, gross: Sue Greiner (210). Third flight, net: Nancy Sneska (152).

    On Sept. 18, Judy Nicoletti had the fewest putts (25) and low gross (76). Phyllis Welch had the low net (68).

    Dottie Russo chipped in at No. 2. Birdies: Dawn Rubin at No. 2 and Judy Nicoletti at Nos. 4 and 7.

  • Couple's trip to Quebec proves golf is universal language

    In the winter months when it’s cold outside, many of us sit in front of our fireplaces and plan trips. I have a suggestion. Instead of thinking of Alaska or far west or a Caribbean Island, why not plan a trip to Quebec for next summer? Then, when the temperature and humidity soars on the Carolina coast, you’ll be playing the links in slacks and a sweater.

    My husband and I have been to Quebec three times—on our honeymoon, then for a family reunion and just a few weeks ago for a second romantic trip a deux.

  • Golf action

    The Ocean Ridge couples tournament played Sunday at Panther’s Run was a modified Stableford format.

    First at -92 was the team of Gordon and Kathy Wicke and Bob and Mary Kish. Second at -80 was the team of Bob Larkin II, Doris McLaughin and Pete and Becky Williams. Tying for third at -76 were the teams of Ed and Di Gruver and Roger and Linda Buck, and Lynn and Beverly Furman and Larry and Diane Wright. Tying for fifth at -75 were the teams of Allen and Judy Keegan and Brian and Toni Roe, and Chappy and Peggy Jones and Bob and Grace Bradicich.

    BEACHCOMBERS

  • A caddie's journal of Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach

    On Aug. 25 through Sept. 1, I traveled with Dalton Gore as his chaperone and caddie to Pebble Beach, Calif., for the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. What follows is my journal account of key events, observations and thoughts.

    Tuesday, Aug. 26

    Up early and prepare to go to tournament registration. As we start to leave, Gary McCord and Ben Crenshaw are seated at the pro registration table. We are pumped.

    Stop by and get our practice times for Del Monte today and Pebble tomorrow. Off to range to hit balls and warm up.

  • Chris Cates plays to the golf crowd

    During the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony and reception Aug. 25 in Pinehurst, a young man got up from my table, grabbed a guitar, went to the microphone and sang a song that had everyone laughing out loud.

    The name of the ditty was “Triple Bogey with 17 Holes to Play.” It chronicled a golfer’s agony when he’s practiced hard all summer and has a meltdown of epic proportions on the very first hole of play.