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Golf

  • Golf action

    Vince Brown scored a hole-in-one Aug. 12 on the 163-yard 12th hole of the Sea Trail Byrd course using a 5-wood.

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a three low-nets tournament Aug. 15 at Carolina Shores. Winning the gold medal with a score of 192 (minus 24) was the team of Bill Cameron, Jim Beairsto, Ed Hennessey and Dennis Davidson. Low gross with a score of 83 was the team of Bob Byrne, Stu Cleveland and Randy Cogdill. Low net was Dennis Davidson (63). Davidson was also voted golfer of the week.

    BRICK LANDING

  • Tripp Isenhour revisited

    A saying goes like this: “You know it’s a bad day when you get to work and there’s a ‘60-Minutes’ news team sitting in your office.”

    You don’t want that to happen unless you just won the Mega-Millions Lottery.

    When the media train their searching spotlight on someone, the results can be brutal. If you’re a PGA pro with a wife and three small children, your life can be made into a living hell.

  • David Sandifer Scholarship Golf Tournament tees off Sept. 12

    Pat Sandifer, widow of longtime county commissioner David Sandifer, joked she had to nail the back door of David’s office shut so he wouldn’t sneak out and play golf instead of work.

    “He played every opportunity he got,” Pat Sandifer said.

    It’s a fitting tribute then, she said, that an upcoming golf tournament includes two of his passions—golf and education.

  • Courtesy and understanding help your superintendent help you

    The golf-course superintendent is the golfer’s best friend.

    He or she (because there are more and more female superintendents each year) works like a dog to keep the greens slick, the fairways lush and the tees level. The crew rakes and edges the bunkers, tames the rough, cultivates the flower beds and mulches under the trees. They blow the debris from the cart paths and they trim the edges of lakes and ponds.

  • Golf action

    The Sandpiper Bay Men’s Golf Association game Aug. 4 was Chicago, as a team effort: one point for bogey, two points for par, three points for birdie and five points for all others. Add quotas for team quota.

    Piper-Bay flight: First place with 27 points over quota was the team of Bob Nicoletti, Vince Niland, Marvin Pethal and Doug Williams. Second place with 23 points was the team of Dan Alsup, Mike Matlock, Charles Richardson and Jim Wiseman. Third place with 21 points was the team of Lou Zotter, Bill Lester and Tom Ioven.

  • The First Tee of Brunswick County receives high marks

    Jennifer Weiler, senior director of Network Service and New Directions of The First Tee, and Tony Powell, director of the Central Atlantic Region of The First Tee, visited the Brunswick County chapter last week. Both praised the staff and the board of directors for a truly excellent operation.

    The two directors visited The First Tee Summer Leadership Academy at St. James and then spoke with local volunteers and board members at a dinner in their honor at Cinghiale Creek, home of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

  • After several years, Thistle Clubhouse nears completion

    With a sagging economy, many golf courses are making drastic budget cuts. They are cutting back on services, limiting mowing, restricting the use of fertilizers and chemicals and cutting the hours of operations of their restaurants. To promote business, they are expanding tee times and giving cut rates and coupons to golfers.

    Construction around golf course communities has slowed in the last few months.

    Amid this quiet despair, The Thistle Golf Course is finishing its 15,600-square-foot clubhouse.

  • Golf action

    Golfers ace holes at Ocean Ridge Plantation golf courses

    On July 30 at Ocean Ridge, Howard Ray had his third hole-in-one in his golfing career, this one on the 137-yard sixth hole on Panther’s Run. He used an 8-iron.

    On July 28 at Ocean Ridge, Mike Ratchford had his first hole-in-one. It happened on the 154-yard 17th hole on Lion’s Paw. He used a 5-wood.

    BEACHCOMBERS

  • Amid clutter of golf clubs and golf balls, one special golfer

    Walking through Douglas Williams’ garage is like walking through a golf museum.

    Dozens and dozens of golf bags full of clubs line one wall, and more bags and more golf clubs lie throughout the garage.

    Near another wall is a white bucket full of used golf balls, at least 100. A smaller bucket is full of more golf balls. Stacks of egg cartons also contain dozens of golf balls.

  • Dalton Gore qualifies for First Tee Open

    Dalton Gore, a rising junior at South Brunswick High School will fly on Aug. 23 to Monterey, Calif., to compete in the Wal-Mart First Tee Open, a Champions Tour event.

    Each First Tee participant is teamed with one Champions Tour player and two amateurs in a 54-hole tournament played at the Pebble Beach Golf Links and the Del Monte Golf Course.