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Today's Sports

  • Fall season perplexing for...

    It’s been a less-than-spectacular fall season so far for most inshore fishermen. After a good year overall, I had high hopes, but the fishing season has not really kicked into gear. The lack of a protracted spot run has been the biggest worry, although fishing for everything else has been unusually hit-and-miss for autumn in southern North Carolina.

    The best fishing has probably been for red drum in the shallow areas or bluefish wherever you find them. The blues won’t last much longer as they aren’t a cold-weather fish, but the drum will stay around all year.

  • Tournament of Champions preview...

    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...

    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.

  • Season for spot has been hit-and...

    Halloween is upon us, and folks are still out there trying to scare up some spot for dinner. They are fishing in increasingly colder weather, as everyone hopes to arrive at the water just when the spot run really kicks into gear. So far it has been another hit and miss season for spot, something becoming familiar to anglers on the southeastern coast.

  • Late fall fishing transition...

    And now to the next phase of the fishing experience. Late fall has officially arrived as temperatures this week plummet into the 30s. Beach water temperatures have fallen to the mid-60s and the fish are on the move. The spots will be running at their peak over the next week or two. Watch for the piers to be lined with fishermen facing north as a sign the bite is on.

  • 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...

    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.

  • Shaw wins at BCC with trust

    Walter Shaw should be Coach of the Year every year.

    Winning at least 20 games for four straight years as coach of the Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team merits such an honor.

    But there is another reason he should be admired for what he has done at BCC.

    He wins against incredible odds.

    Consider this: If you’re a high school senior basketball player, would you want to play community college basketball at a school that has no gym? Would you want to play basketball at a school that offers no scholarships?

  • West wins 3-A title in...

    After a winless 2007 season, the West Brunswick High School football team clinched the 3-A title in the Mideastern Conference by beating the Jacksonville Cardinals 35-21 on homecoming Monday night at M.H. Rourk Stadium.

    West led 27-0 in the first half and then withstood a Cardinal rally for the nerve-wracking victory. The Trojans are 2-0 against the 3-A teams in the conference and 5-4 overall.