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Golf

  • Playing a real gem of a course at Jumping Brook in New Jersey

    There are many fabulous benefits in knowing how to play golf. The best of these benefits occurs when you are invited to play at a friend’s golf course.

    This is not true of other sports or activities. If your best friend is a bowler and he invites you to bowl with him, that’s great, but all bowling alleys are the same, measuring 41.5 inches wide by 60 feet long.

  • Handicap scores allow beginning and experienced golfers to play together

    Lots more folks are beginning to play golf in Brunswick County.

    Kids are learning golf through The First Tee or summer golf camps. Other youngsters come to visit grandma and grandpa (who own a home right on a golf course) and soon, Granny and Poppy have their grandchildren out on the practice tee and on the course.

    In addition to our junior golfers, hundreds of new retirees are moving to our coastal communities. Many of them dreamed of playing the game of golf but never had the time to get involved.

  • Golf action

    CAROLINA SHORES

    Gary Stewart, 72, of Carolina Shores shot his age or better four times during the month of May. He had one round of 72, two of 71 and one of 69. He played all four of those rounds at his home course of Carolina Shores.

    BRUNSWICK LADYBIRDS

    The Brunswick Ladybirds played May 28 at St. James Plantation. These are the results:

  • Hensley and Gore the best of the best of The First Tee of Brunswick County

    Greg Hensley has been selected to represent the First Tee of Brunswick County at the 2008 Summer Leadership and Life Skills Academy July 8-15 at Kansas State University.

    He will join 100 other First Tee members from around the country and the world for a week of leadership building, life skills workshops and golf. They will stay in dormitories while being chaperoned by Kansas State students who are involved with the leadership curriculum offered at the university.

    Last year, Eric Grant represented the Brunswick County chapter of The First Tee at the Leadership Academy.

  • First Tee Wal-Mart Tournament comes to Brunswick County

    The First Tee of Brunswick County is the sole beneficiary of the inaugural Wal-Mart Invitational Sept. 23 at The Thistle Golf Club.

    All Brunswick County Wal-Mart stores will be participating in this golf tournament. Brent Guice, manager of the Shallotte Wal-Mart, will spearhead the effort.

  • Amateur Tour comes to Crow Creek Golf Course in Brunswick County

    Last Saturday, Crow Creek was busy with serious-looking men of various ages heading for the practice tee and the putting green, clubs in hand. Greetings were called out, handshakes were given, but everyone had his game face on.

    The Amateur Tour had come to Brunswick County.

    I roamed around and chatted with the guys while I was waiting to speak with John Livoti, the tour director.

  • Brunswick County Literacy Council sets 18th annual golf tournament at Carolina National

    The Brunswick County Literacy Council is preparing for its 18th annual golf tournament on June 21. The tournament again will be at the Carolina National Golf Club, at Winding River in Bolivia.

    The tournament is the council’s most successful fundraising event. Last year, the council aided GED students through Generation NEXT. It also began Make Mine a Diploma, which is a dropout prevention program in partnership with Brunswick County schools and BCLC Baby Steps. BCLC gave 2,708 hours of volunteer service to 1,450 residents.

  • Golf action

    OCEAN RIDGE COUPLES

    Ocean Ridge Couples played a two-best-nets match (one from the men and one from the ladies) on May 25 on Panther’s Run.

    The winning team was Bob and Grace Bradicich and Walter and Carole Milnichuk (blind draw) at -23.

    In second were Walter and Carole Milnichuk and Tom and Marie Best at -18 (match of cards). In third were Frank and Dusty Burianek and Don and Peggy Rowland at -18. In fourth were George James and Ann Turner and Lynn and Bev Furman at -16 (match of cards). In fifth were Bob and Jane Kirkpatrick and Howard and Ruth Ray at -16.

  • Tournament of Champions: The Best of the Best come out to play

    When I first started writing this column on Sept. 12, 2002, I had goals in mind: to promote the game of golf, to be a sounding board for golfers, teaching pros, superintendents, club managers and the huge spectrum of golfers out there, from zero handicappers to just-beginning-to-play retirees.

  • Golf action

    HOLES-IN-ONE

    Making a hole-in-one is a difficult feat, but six area residents did just that recently.

    Terry G. Draper of Carolina Shores made a hole-in-one May 30 at Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club.

    Draper used a 3-hybrid at the 164-yard third hole. The hole-in-one was witnessed by Joseph Mosser.

    Loretta DeVita of Sunset Beach made a hole-in-one April 8 at Sea Trail Resort. DeVita used a pitching wedge at the 60-yard fifth hole. The hole-in-one was witnessed by James Mitchum.