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Golf

  • 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.

  • Youth program teaches golf, life skills

    I have been involved with youth programs for most of my life. Gene and I had four daughters and for years we were immersed in Girl Scouts, church youth groups, softball teams, gymnastics, a children’s choir, and the junior golf program at our club.

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    SANDPIPER BAY MGA

    On July 21 Al Bowman, 79, beat his age by five strokes, shooting a 74 for the day. Bowman was playing with Ralph Bowman, Hal Foley and Butch Reeves.

    On July 23, the game was “Man in the Box.” Post the three best balls per hole but each player must be designated to play every fourth hole, where his score must be used. Post just three best balls for holes 17 and 18.

  • Guest days are great days for friendly competition on the golf course

    Besides being a wonderful sport that nearly everyone can play at any age, golf is a great social venue.

    You might invite a friend to bowl or to play tennis with you, but you probably would not invite a friend to participate in your senior men’s ice hockey league. You might invite a friend to your club or neighborhood pool for the afternoon, but that visit would not involve swimming competitive laps. Imagine a basketball, football or baseball invitational tournament in which folks of all ages and abilities compete?

    I think not.

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    CAROLINA SHORES LGA

    The Carolina Shores President’s Cup was played July 10 and July 17. The Cup winner, by a match of cards, was Dawn Rubin with a net of 138. She also had the fewest putts (26) and low gross (79). She birdied No. 9 and No. 12. Runner up was Marlene Cleary (138). She had the low net (70).

    Chip-ins: Barb Juergens at No. 18, Sue Greiner at No. 6 and No. 13 and Carol Szarka at No. 2. She also birdied No. 2.

    CAROLINA SHORES NINERS

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    OCEAN RIDGE LGA

    Linda Van Horn had a hole-in-one July 10 on hole No. 3 on the Lion’s Paw Golf Course. She used a 9-iron from 100 yards to sink the shot. This is her third hole-in-one within a year. The first was on Lion’s Paw No. 11 and the second on Panther’s Run No. 2.